The Beatles Review
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This book will carry you on a fascinating, in-depth journey, beginning along the banks of the river Mersey. You’ll travel with the Fab Four across the pond for a U.S. tour, only to spend an enormous amount of energy trying to escape from crowds of dangerously-crazed fans. There are secret poolside interviews with Life and the Saturday Evening Post and a phone interview with American Bandstand's Dick Clark. There are women, drugs, marriages, children, deaths, and divorces. There's the disturbing rumor of Paul McCartney’s death and the invasion upon the spirit of the band by Lennon’s second wife, Yoko Ono.

The amount of research that went into this writing is absolutely staggering. It reaches back to the marriage of John Lennon’s maternal grandparents George Stanley to Anne Millward in the late 1800s and explores a bit of each band member’s family history with remarkable detail. Bob Spitz paints an extremely vivid portrait of how four lads, all from somewhat troubled childhoods, grew to be one of the most legendary bands in rock and roll history.

From the Quarry Men’s performance at a Christmas dance at Litherland’s Town Hall in December of 1960 (for a whopping £6) through the trials that led to the agonizing breakup of the Beatles in April of 1970, this intriguing book will carry the reader through every step of the way. If you’re into history or you’re a fan of the Beatles, I can guarantee that this will pull you right in.

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