The Beatles by Bob Spitz
The Biography

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As soon as The Beatles became famous, the spin machine began to construct a myth--one that has continued to this day. But the truth is much more interesting, much more exciting, and much more moving. In this bestselling book, Bob Spitz has written the biography for which Beatles fans have long waited. 32 pages of b/w photos.
 

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Bob Spitz is an American journalist and author best known for his celebrity biographies, including the New York Times best seller The Beatles: The Biography. Articles by Spitz appear regularly in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Conde Nast Traveler, Men's Journal, In Style, Esquire and The Washington Post. Some of his non-fiction titles include The Saucier's Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe, Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival and Dylan: A Biography. His title Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child made the New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.
 
Published June 25, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 965 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The Beatles come in for some rough treatment, à la Albert Goldman, at the hands of Spitz (Shoot Out the Lights, 1995, etc.), who seems taken only with the always affable Ringo Starr.

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Publishers Weekly

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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

Oct 03 2005 | Read Full Review of The Beatles: The Biography

The Guardian

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For it is not so much that he brings anything really new to the party - he says his book concentrates on the music more than the others, but this is true only if you ignore about two dozen of them - as that he manages, almost miraculously, to retell a story that could hardly be called unfamiliar ...

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“ 'I think you two will get along,’ [the friend] said to John, perhaps the understatement of all time.” A chatty but thorough narrative chronicles each member’s family life, the group’s various incarnations (the Quarry Men, the Silver Beetles), their big break with a gig in Hamburg, Germany, and ...

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With this massive opus, veteran music journalist Spitz (Dylan: A Biography ) tells the definitive story of the band that sparked a cultural revolution.

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He details the separate social contexts of each Beatle, re-creates their heady early years (the Hamburg gigs where they sharpened their craft and the Cavern gigs that seeded Beatlemania are particularly vivid), makes their oppressive, even frightening popularity palpable (fans nearly tore them ap...

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Book Reporter

It may be difficult for some to fathom the impact that the Beatles had on myriad disciplines: music, art, fashion, culture.

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Christian Science Monitor

If you like your Beatles just as you remember them - cute and cuddly and dusted with magic - you might want to avoid this book.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Carlo Wolff Atlanta Jrnl-Constitution 4 of 5 Stars "Spitz’s knowing, affectionate take on the Beatles will give you a sense of what Wordsworth meant when, describing the revolutions of his own time, he wrote: ‘Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, / But to be young was very heaven.’" David ...

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Austin Chronicle

Although superfans have made sport of finding mostly minor factual errors in its 900-plus pages, Bob Spitz's marathon Beatles bio is an engrossing account of the band's formative years.

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CNN.com

But if you're still convinced Yoko broke up the Beatles -- which Spitz determinedly shows, for the most part, was not the case -- it's just your bag.

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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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