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The Beatles: The Biography

6 Ratings: 2.8
A book by Bob Spitz

Starred Review.With this massive opus, veteran music journalist Spitz (Dylan: A Biography) tells the definitive story of the band that sparked a cultural revolution. Calling on books, articles, radio programs and primary interviews, Spitz follows the … see full wiki

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Author: Bob Spitz
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
6 reviews about The Beatles: The Biography
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2011
A -3 and the reason it isn't lower is because I couldn't finish it. It is a self-indulgent vanity project written by a pretentious author who is more interested in being Dickens than in giving us the tale. Little, trivial details are dragged out - I don't give a shit who deflowered John - whole sections could easily have been discarded, and the book fails to explain the whole idea of how the band changed the world - an idea no music writer has sufficiently been able to explain.
review by . December 23, 2005
I confess that I rarely play the Beatles' music, having been a child born early in the 60s so having heard their songs constantly by osmosis. The best commendation for Spitz's massive biography is that it inspired me to listen again, with fresh ears and unjaded spirit, to their art. He pours seven years' labor into not so much analyzing the songs--which has been done admittedly by Mark Lewisohn, Ian MacDonald, and Tim Riley to name only a few--as the emotion that infused the tunes.     The …
review by . February 22, 2006
This is a huge doorstooper of a book, which could have been titled: "Everything you ever wanted to know about the Beatles, and much, much more!". Now don't get me wrong, I grew up in the Beatles era, and purchased all of their albums, and enjoyed them very much. Even so, I really didn't need to know John Lennon's great-grandfather's name, and when he came to England from Ireland, and such other trivia. The tale of the Beatles is story enough without all of that extraneous matter. I particularly …
review by . January 17, 2006
I was never a big fan of pop music or rock 'n roll in my now lost youth, which happened to coincide with the advent of the Beatles. I knew they were out there, listened to their music when it was on the radio, even watched one or more of their appearances on Ed Sullivan. But I wasn't a fan; wasn't a detractor.     Forty years later, through Bob Spitz's extraordinary group biography, I'm finding out that I missed not one, but two or three revoutions in popular music. It may sound …
review by . December 22, 2005
With over 500 books about John, Paul, George and Ringo, and the broad outlines of their story has been authoritatively established. Beatle fans won't learn any earth-shattering revelations. Instead, Bob Spitz creates a driving narrative that adds touches of details here and there, shaping the old stories with freshness and energy.    Spitz takes us back to the beginning and showing their background and ambition took root and thrived amid the grey times that followed Liverpool …
review by . November 14, 2005
I really enjoyed learning more about the Beatles, but this book made me sad to see how they went from innocence to drugs. It seems that that's too often the price one pays for fame at a young age; even older people have a hard time handling all the temptations thrust on celebrities.    Booklist summed it up best (above): "fresh, terrifically entertaining perspective on the world's most famous rock group." And that they were--and much, much more! They were cute! They were fun! …
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