The Beatles

by Hunter Davies | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0099196816 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Vroomfondel of Shipley, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on 2/17/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by Vroomfondel from Shipley, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 17, 2008
Amazon.co.uk description:
"In this behind-the-scenes look at the most famous musical group in history, Hunter Davies gives the complete story of the Beatles. As the only authorized biographer, Davies had full access to the Fab Four as well as their help and encouragement. He spent eighteen months with them when they were at the peak of their musical genius and at the pinnacle of their popularity, and he remained friends with each of the members as they went their separate ways."

In some ways this is fascinating, and in some ways this is really lacking. As much as an authorised biography ever can do, it shows the lives of the Beatles as they were in 1967. 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' had just come out, and they were at the peak of their powers. A year later John had met Yoko and Paul had met Linda and the group and its dynamics were completely different. They appear so wholesome at this point of their career and the cynic in you does wonder what has been left out, but as no other biographer ever got as close to them, you have to accept this is as definitive as a biography of the group can get.

Updated 7 June 2009: I'm taking this to perfect-circle. She's then, very kindly, going to use her knowledge and wisdom to get this to a future meet; possibly the Edinburgh BookCrossing Unconvention next month.

Journal Entry 2 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, June 15, 2009
This is one of a number from vroomfondel that appears to have decided to rest on my Mount TBR for a little while before moving on.

Journal Entry 3 by perfect-circle at Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I did largely enjoy this snapshot of life with the Beatles in 1967/8, but I think there could have been so much more to it at the same time - I guess this is because of him cutting it down to one volume as opposed to ten. The added bit, from 1985, was interesting but I think I'd have liked more from it about John's death, although I guess there's plenty of other books that cover that. Paul McCartney's views on how he was treated and painted as the 'bad guy' was very interesting.

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