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  • Jun 2, 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.
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June 28, 2011
Wow-- sounds like an utter waste of time! That's too bad!
June 28, 2011
Yeah, I know. The Beatles have a very interesting story, but Spitz apparently doesn't care about telling it.
June 29, 2011
Such a shame. Are there other Beatles biographies that you can read that are better?
June 29, 2011
I liked Meet the Beatles by Steven D. Stark. It's a biography dressed up as an explanation of just how they changed the culture.
July 01, 2011
That sounds like a good one. Did you ever write a QT or review on it? Would love to read it if you did.
July 01, 2011
Not yet, hopefully soon. Did you catch the review of the band itself I wrote a few weeks ago?
July 02, 2011
Cools. Let me know when you do. Would love to read it. I also just created a few Beatles related badges in Cafe Libri if you want to try and earn some of them.

Nope, I didn't catch the review of the band you wrote. Can you send me the URL? I just added you as a friend; hopefully, you don't mind. I also started following your contributions on Lunch. That will make it easier for me to read some of your new content. Feel free to do the same with me if you are inclined.
July 02, 2011
I don't mind at all. I probably would have added you sooner if I knew about the function sooner. Anyway, here's the link: http://www.lunch.com/reviews/band/UserReview...ah_Yeah_Yeah_Yeah_.html

Also, I looked at the new badges for Cafe Libri, and I couldn't help but notice that I think I may have earned two or three which aren't on my profile. At the very least, I've DEFINITELY earned the Baseball badge!
July 07, 2011
lol, I hear you about the functions. I often miss when there are new changes made to Lunch. 

I'm off to read your review now. :)

And...hmm...really weird!! I'm going to report it to Debbie right now. If you can list all the ones you should have earned, that would be helpful. I will mention the Baseball one at least for now. Sorry for the delay in earning them. Must be a glitch!
July 07, 2011
Ok, feedback has been sent. Please follow-up with me about whether or not you receive your missing badges too!
July 08, 2011
Hey Nicholas, which review(s) have you written to earn the Baseball badge? That would be helpful in seeing what happened!
July 08, 2011
I've written 20 reviews of baseball books. Ball Four by Jim Bouton; 90% of the Game is Half Mental by Emma Span; Moneyball by Michael Lewis; Emperors and Idiots by Mike Vaccaro; Crazy '08 by Cait Murphy; Odd Man Out by Matt McCarthy; Safe at Home by Alyssa Milano; The Machine by Joe Posnanski; Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy; The Curse of the Bambino by Dan Shaughnessy; The Bad Guys Won by Jeff Pearlman; The Bronx Zoo by Peter Golenbock and Sparky Lyle; The Rocket that Fell to Earth by Jeff Pearlman; The Yankee Years by Tom Verducci and Joe Torre; Sox and the City by Richard Roeper; Perfect I'm Not by David Wells; The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King; You Can't Lose 'em All by Frank Fitzpatrick; Bums by Peter Golenbock; and I think I got Faithful by Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan in there too, but I can't find it on my profile.
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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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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 band from each member's family origins in working-class Liverpool to the band's agonizing final days. Spitz's unflinching biography reveals that not only did the Beatles pioneer a new era of rock but they also were on the cutting edge of rock star excess, from their 1961 amphetamine-fueled sets in the clubs of Hamburg to their eventual appetites for stronger drugs, including marijuana, LSD, cocaine and, eventually for John Lennon, heroin. Sex was also part of the equation; in 1962, when the band cut its first audition for Sir George Martin, all four members had a venereal disease, and both John's and Paul McCartney's girlfriends were pregnant. Spitz details the tangled web of bad business deals that flowed from novice manager Brian Epstein (though the heavily conflicted Epstein can be forgiven since he was in uncharted territory). Although this is a hefty volume steeped in research, Spitz writes economically, and with flair, letting the facts and characters speak for themselves. In doing so, he captures an ironic sadness that accompanied the Beatles' runaway success—how their dreams of stardom, once realized, became a prison, forcing the band to spend large parts of their youth in hotel rooms to avoid mobs and to stage ...
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ISBN-10: 0316803529
ISBN-13: 978-0316803526
Author: Bob Spitz
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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