The Beatles Anthology (ISBN: 0811826848)

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So much has been written about the most famous and successful band of all time and yet one story has not been told - the band's own story. Spanning their early lives, their rise to pre-eminence, and a year-by-year account of the golden period of fame right through to the break-up in 1970, THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY is the Beatles' own book. To the never-before-disclosed recollections of Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are added the memories of associates such as road manager Neil Aspinall, producer George Martin and spokesman Derek Taylor. Interwoven with these are the recollections of John Lennon, and almost all of these have never been published before. Add to this the astonishing collection of over 1,000 photographs drawn from the Apple Corps archive and The Beatles' own personal collections and you have a truly unique book. Created with their full co-operation, THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY is nothing less than The Beatles autobiography.

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"Who knows why the Beatles happened?" John Lennon asked in 1980: if anyone did, it would be the Fab Four themselves, who tell their own storyDwith plenty of visual aidsDin this giant compendium. Festooned with more than 1,300 photographs, posters and documents (many in color), the weighty (6.6 lbs.) volume offers the Beatles' "own permanent written record of events up to 1970," some of it previously published, but much of it transcribed from new or unpublished interviews. Paul, George, Ringo and Beatles-related folks (Brian Epstein, George Martin, Derek Taylor) contribute text from interviews conducted for the book and for an accompanying TV program. Words from the late John Lennon have been gathered from print, broadcast and manuscripts (each with an indicated date), then spliced together to create coherent pages and paragraphs. The book opens with the band members' separate accounts of their childhoods, then moves into a year-by-year organization that allows for great detail and many digressions. Here are what the Beatles have said, or say now, about particular sessions and gigs. Here, too, are comments and reminiscences on every topic in their careerD from marijuana to Manila to Murray the K, from Hamburg to "A Hard Day's Night" to "Hey, Jude." Most of the text appears oral-history style, in short paragraphs with rapid switches between one Beatle and another: the format makes it sound as if all the Beatles (including John) were being interviewed simultaneously. The visuals bring in cartoons, signed letters, scrawled drawings and photos. As a whole the volume is beautiful, big and a bit intimidating, somewhere between the Yellow Submarine and the Death Star. (One-day laydown, Oct. 5) Forecast: Do people still care? You bet they do. With massive publicity, innumerable tie-ins and enduring, worldwide passion for the music, this is poised to be one of the biggest nonfiction books of the year. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
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