Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962 - when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They've one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon. This is the lesser-known Beatles story - the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg - and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years, and their infatuation with American music; here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks, and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in.
For those who've never read a Beatles book before, this is the place to discover the young men behind the icons. For those who think they know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, it's time to press the reset button and tune into the real story, the lasting word.
©2013 Mark Lewisohn (P)2013 Random House Audio
"The story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it….Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle." (The Guardian UK)
"I can think of no greater praise for Tune In than to say that it gives The Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve….gripping." (Financial Times)
"Unlikely to be surpassed as factual record…. Once anointed 'Beatle Brain of Britain' while working in accounts at BBC Radio, Lewisohn amasses and investigates facts without sacrificing an iota of the excitement." (Telegraph UK)
The coolest thing about this book is all the details about how the Beatles became (and almost didn't become) THE BEATLES. It's an amazing set of coincidences and chance meetings between these four guys kicking around the various schools and middle class neighborhoods in Liverpool. Paul might have easily kept the day job that his father wanted him to keep; Ringo might have stayed at his day job and gotten promoted; and so forth. And yet the group would never have become what it was without these exact four guys in their places.
The other surprise in the book (to me, anyway) is what a creep John Lennon really was. As talented and creative as he was, I hadn't heard how cruel he could be to fellow band members, girlfriends and family members.
Anyway, this is a great book and well worth the credit--highly recommended.
I'm a New Zealander with an interest in the arts and history
No Stone Unturned .
The description of their accommodation when first arriving in Hamburg
This is a comprehensive book - on for the ultimate fan of music or the Band . The abridged version will suffice for most I suspect .
The detail of events and it never dragged.
How tight the friendship was with the Beatles. Unlike some other groups...they were friends and with that kind of friendship they could not have lasted as long as some other groups. Everyone contributed to the success....it wasn't all John and Paul.
When they recorded Please Please Me...and knew what was coming.
Not really laugh or cry...just awe struck... How everything feel in place and how they found the right people and right record producer to be work with....If Decca would have signed them...it's a good possibility the story would not have happened like it did.
Just a longing to get the next book. I really thought before I started that it would be boring and I'd heard it all before...but it was far from boring and I read things I never knew about The Beatles.
The Catholic Weird Al
If you want to move past easy explanations as to why The Beatles were great (sorry Malcolm Gladwell fans) then this book is a landmark achievement.
I'm 55 and only heard the Beatles on the radio. Never owned any albums from them or new anything about their history. Oh my this book goes into so much detail, it's FANTASTIC!!! Looking forward to part II.
Mark L. is THE authority on the Beatles, and with this introductory volume he delivers. The text is delivered superbly with a BBC smoothness punctuated by spot-on renderings of the individual Beatles and their supporting cast. CLICK, CONFIRM AND GIVE IT A LISTEN!!
There is only one real thing wrong with Lewisohn's history of the Beatles. Vol. 2 will not be out until 2020. I want it now, and Vol. 3 while you are at it Mr. Lewisohn. Tune-in starts out a little slow as Lewishon covers all the details of the early lives of all the main legends; John, Paul, George, Pete Best, Stu Sutcliff, Brian Epstein and George Martin. But, as later events show, knowing and understanding the personalities and events that shape them is crucial to understanding the musical and cultural revolution that the Beatles caused. You can always start a vigorous debate by asking what was the greatest rock and rock band of all time, but after reading Tune-in, there is no doubt that rock history was completely altered with the arrival of the Beatles. Everybody and everything that follows happened because four young men from Liverpool, loaded with talent and charisma, willing to do the thousands of hours of club dates to perfect their style, met the perfect storm of being in the right place at the right time with the right sound, finding the right manager, getting a sweetheart publishing deal, and meeting up with George Martin. I grew up in the 60's, I've always been a total music fan, I saw many legendary acts in small clubs before they went supernova, and you think, rock and rolI in the 60's was going to happen no matter what, but after reading this book, Now I don't think so. I realize just how important the Beatles were in bringing that era into being. This is an essential read for any one with an interest in modern music. Famous characters drift in and out of the story, and you can see how the momentary contact with the Beatles rising star altered the musical landscape in undefined ways.From the middle of the book onward, mostly because we know where the story is heading, the tension and excitement starts to build. I found myself often stopping the book and going to youtube to hear the recordings, or see the videos being talked about in the book. I went looking for all the mentioned photographs. This is well researched and well written book, one of my few five stars reviews. The narration is excellent. Oh, and Pete Best deserved to get booted out of the band.
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