The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles

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This extraordinary project has been made possible because Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have agreed to tell their combined story especially for this book. Together with Yoko Ono Lennon, they have also made available the full transcripts (including all the outtakes) of the television and video series The Beatles Anthology. Through painstaking compilation of sources worldwide, John Lennon's words are equally represented in this remarkable volume. Furthermore, The Beatles have opened their personal and management archives specifically for this project, allowing the unprecedented release of photographs which they took along their ride to fame, as well as fascinating documents and memorabilia from their homes and offices.

What a book The Beatles Anthology is! Each page is brimming with personal stories and rare vintage images. Snapshots from their family collections take us back to the days when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard Starkey were just boys growing up in Liverpool. They talk in turn about those early years and how they came to join the band that would make them known around the world as John, Paul, George and Ringo. Then, weaving back and forth, they tell the astonishing story of life as The Beatles: the first rough gigs, the phenomenon of their rise to fame, the musical and social change of their heyday, all the way through to their breakup. From the time Ringo tried to take this drum kit home on the bus to their much anticipated audience with Elvis, from the making of the Sgt. Pepper album to their last photo session together at John's house, The Beatles Anthology is a once-in-a-lifetime collection of The Beatles' own memories.

Interwoven with these are the recollections of such associates as road manager Neil Aspinall, producer George Martin and spokesman Derek Taylor. And included in the vast array of photographs are materials from both Apple and EMI, who also opened their archives for this project. This, indeed, is the inside story, providing a wealth of previously unpublished material in both word and image.

Created with their full cooperation, The Beatles Anthology is, in effect, The Beatles' autobiography. Like their music has been a part of so many of our lives, it's warm, frank, funny, poignant and bold. At last, here is The Beatles' own story.

 

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Inspired by the song "Yellow Submarine" from the Beatles' Revolver album, the film YELLOW SUBMARINE was released in 1968 and was quickly hailed as a visionary masterpiece. This extraordinary collaboration of talent -- Heinz Edelmann's art wedded with Beatles music -- was brought to life in celluloid with groundbreaking animation techniques. More than thirty-five years later, the film continues to beguile adults and children alike.
 
Published October 5, 2000 by Chronicle Books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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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. Fes

Sep 04 2000 | Read Full Review of The Beatles Anthology

The New York Times

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It includes the first original song the Beatles recorded (from a hissing 78-r.p.m. shellac disk) and versions of songs they handed over to other groups;

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The Guardian

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The Beatles Anthology the Beatles 368pp, Cassell £35 Buy it at BOL It is a pity The Beatles Anthology isn't a more exciting book.

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The Guardian

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The Beatles Anthology The Beatles Cassells £35, pp367 Buy it at BOL Lennon Remembers Jann S Wenner Verso £13, pp166 Buy it at BOL In seven years of recording, The Beatles changed the shape and direction of popular cliché.

Oct 22 2000 | Read Full Review of The Beatles Anthology

Publishers Weekly

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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 for...

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BC Books

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I wonder if one day the tale of The Beatles will join the likes of Homer’s The Odyssey or Aesop’s Fables as part of the canon of the greatest stories ever told.

Aug 07 2012 | Read Full Review of The Beatles Anthology

Book Reporter

Mrs. Best pawned her jewelry, placed a bet on a horse, and won the money to buy Number Eight Haymans Green, a giant house whose cellars were transformed into the Casbah when the Best boys discovered rock-and-roll and needed a place to perform and listen to music.

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Entertainment Weekly

The special features include an in-the-studio deconstruction of some of the band's more experimental music (''I'm Only Sleeping,'' ''Tomorrow Never Knows''), and a making-the-video segment for the 1995 ''reunion'' single ''Free as a Bird.'' But the only truly must-see extra is the one that finds ...

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Entertainment Weekly

''We had fun in those days,'' says George Harrison sometime during the second evening of The Beatles Anthology, sounding like the nostalgic old fart he — and many of us — has become.

Nov 17 1995 | Read Full Review of The Beatles Anthology

Entertainment Weekly

And any doubts that George was the Grumpy Beatle are laid to rest with his entries: He complains about the tedium of the ''Pepper'' sessions, admits he was ''definitely uncomfortable'' having Yoko around, calls the original ''butcher'' cover of ''Yesterday and Today'' ''gross,'' and dubs Apple Re...

Oct 25 2000 | Read Full Review of The Beatles Anthology

USA Today

Memoir of the Fab Four includes 1,300 images.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

We all know the Beatles as stars and voices, but Kozinn, a classical music critic for The New York Times, examines how the profoundly innovative composers of the group -- Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison -- worked together and grew apart, how they were influenced, and how they each experimented wi...

Nov 12 2012 | Read Full Review of The Beatles Anthology

Project MUSE

There have been a lot of excellent books released since the last major Beatles biography including significant research by Keith Badman, Mark Lewisohn, Barry Miles, and of course, The Beatles Anthology.

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Technology Tell

A story focusing on the John/Yoko romance, from beginning to end, which would obviously have to be called “The Ballad of John and Yoko” (or possibly “Dear Yoko” or “Oh Yoku.” Unfortunately, that’s probably impossible for as long as Yoko is alive.

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