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« on: September 01, 2013, 12:53:57 AM »

I love the Beatles but had no idea this was in the pipeline.

http://www.examiner.com/article/it-won-t-be-long-author-mark-lewisohn-shows-off-first-copies-of-new-beatles-bio

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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2013, 07:27:15 AM »

What more is there to tell?? The Beatles must be the band with the most books devoted to them, by a country mile. However, it looks like a mammoth project and Mark Lewisohn is a "respected author" so maybe he has unearthed some gems that no-one else has. I still think you have to go a long way to beat Philip Norman's 'Shout', though.
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2013, 07:33:31 AM »

Quote "The thing to remember is that everything about this project is big" Guess that will mean the price too...
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2013, 08:33:36 AM »


Quote "The thing to remember is that everything about this project is big" Guess that will mean the price too...


Around £18 for the standard hardback edition, which I can justify, and £74 for the extended version, which I certainly can't.
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2013, 09:38:59 AM »

Lewisohn's previous books on the subject have definitely been scholarly and readable.  I strongly suspect this will become the definitive text, although that probably depends on how reverential he is in tone.  I'm hopeful.

Think I'll go for a signed numbered standard edition, myself, then wrap it in cotton wool and put it in the pension pile while obtaining the download of the extended edition to read.
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2013, 10:29:14 AM »


Lewisohn's previous books on the subject have definitely been scholarly and readable.  I strongly suspect this will become the definitive text, although that probably depends on how reverential he is in tone.  I'm hopeful.

Think I'll go for a signed numbered standard edition, myself, then wrap it in cotton wool and put it in the pension pile while obtaining the download of the extended edition to read.


I know the man is a true scholar, I just hope his writing isn't too "dry" (ie dull).  His writing certainly suits factual reference books about the Fabs, but can he capture the excitement?

Oh, and David - drop me a line if you succeed in finding that download.  £72, my arse.

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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2013, 10:37:51 AM »



Lewisohn's previous books on the subject have definitely been scholarly and readable.  I strongly suspect this will become the definitive text, although that probably depends on how reverential he is in tone.  I'm hopeful.

Think I'll go for a signed numbered standard edition, myself, then wrap it in cotton wool and put it in the pension pile while obtaining the download of the extended edition to read.


I know the man is a true scholar, I just hope his writing isn't too "dry" (ie dull).  His writing certainly suits factual reference books about the Fabs, but can he capture the excitement?

Oh, and David - drop me a line if you succeed in finding that download.  £72, my arse.

Jules


Well, I was actually talking about the Kindle purchase this time, Jules...(so £29.99, my arse...)  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2013, 10:41:08 AM »


Well, I was actually talking about the Kindle purchase this time, Jules...(so £29.99, my arse...)  Smiley


Ah well, yes, [ahem] that may be the way to go.

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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2013, 12:07:49 PM »

A quick look on Amazon reveals that the prices quoted by Col D were £30 to £18, and £130 to £74.40. I could maybe justify the extra cost for twice the pages. Not sure I would want to pay so much extra for the autograph. I'm guessing that will be Lewisohns. John, Ringo and Georges might be a bit difficult to obtain.
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2013, 08:10:28 PM »


A quick look on Amazon reveals that the prices quoted by Col D were £30 to £18, and £130 to £74.40. I could maybe justify the extra cost for twice the pages. Not sure I would want to pay so much extra for the autograph.


The signed, numbered copy (of the standard edition) is 'only' £24 (plus p&p presumably) which seems fairly reasonable if that sort of thing floats your boat
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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2013, 09:02:52 PM »

Wait 6 months and pick it up for£0.01p +£2.80p&p on amazon marketplace
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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2013, 09:09:38 PM »


Wait 6 months and pick it up for£0.01p +£2.80p&p on amazon marketplace


I think you'll be lucky in this instance.

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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2013, 09:42:51 AM »

Blimey, it is whopping isn't it? Over 1000 pages.

Much as I love the fabs and will generally read anything I can get hold of about them, I think getting on for 4000 pages by the time all three volumes are published might prove beyond me.
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2013, 10:08:21 AM »


Blimey, it is whopping isn't it? Over 1000 pages.

Much as I love the fabs and will generally read anything I can get hold of about them, I think getting on for 4000 pages by the time all three volumes are published might prove beyond me.


Jeez, I'd forgotten there will be three volumes. Thats some reading... Can there really be much in there that we don't already know?
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« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2013, 10:15:24 AM »



Lewisohn's previous books on the subject have definitely been scholarly and readable.  I strongly suspect this will become the definitive text, although that probably depends on how reverential he is in tone.  I'm hopeful.

Think I'll go for a signed numbered standard edition, myself, then wrap it in cotton wool and put it in the pension pile while obtaining the download of the extended edition to read.


I know the man is a true scholar, I just hope his writing isn't too "dry" (ie dull).  His writing certainly suits factual reference books about the Fabs, but can he capture the excitement?


Jules


I had the same thought. (The Complete Beatles Chronicle is full of facts, but dispassionate.) Then I remembered I'd read Lewisohn's biography of Benny Hill. The writing in that book was warm and witty and full of critical insights that projected the author's personality. Hopefully he'll use the same voice when writing about Sarky, Larky, George & Starkey.
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« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2013, 11:32:48 AM »


Jeez, I'd forgotten there will be three volumes. Thats some reading... Can there really be much in there that we don't already know?


I think it's more a case of making sure that every known date and fact is documented in the one place.  It'll be very all-inclusive!

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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2013, 11:33:29 AM »


Hopefully he'll use the same voice when writing about Sarky, Larky, George & Starkey.


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« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2013, 11:35:42 AM »

I think this first volume only takes one up to Love Me Do, doesn't it?  Cripes.  

And George ate what at school on 15th Sept 1954?
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« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2013, 11:51:24 AM »


I think this first volume only takes one up to Love Me Do, doesn't it?  Cripes.  

And George ate what at school on 15th Sept 1954?


Hopefully some birthday cake. I was 6 that very day... lol
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« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2013, 12:10:39 PM »

Having read so many books on the Beatles I am more than familiar with most of the details of the story. It will be interesting to see what Lewisohn, for whom I have a lot of respect, brings to the genre.

In the short term however I think I am more interested in this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-Run-Paul-McCartney-1970s/dp/1846972396/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378119989&sr=1-1&keywords=man+on+the+run

There was an excerpt from it in this month's Mojo magazine and at least it covers a period and subject matter that nobody has really attempted before and a potentially interesting one at that.
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