Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Review - Tune In: The Beatles - All These Years (Vol. I)

Book Synopsis
Now in paperback, Tune In is the New York Times bestseller by the world’s leading Beatles authority – the first volume in a groundbreaking trilogy about the band that revolutionized music.

The Beatles have been in our lives for half a century and surely always will be. Still, somehow, their music excites, their influence resonates, their fame sustains. New generations find and love them, and while many other great artists come and go, the Beatles are beyond eclipse.

So . . . who really were these people, and just how did it all happen?

‘The Beatles story’ is everywhere. Told wrong from early on, rehashed in every possible way and routinely robbed of its context, this is a phenomenon in urgent need of a bright new approach. In his series All These Years, Mark Lewisohn – the world-recognized Beatles historian – presses the Refresh button to relate the entire story as it’s never been told or known before. Here is a full and accurate biography at last. It is certain to become the lasting word.
Tune In is book one of three, exploring and explaining a period that is by very definition lesser-known: the formative pre-fame years, the teenage years, the Liverpool and Hamburg years – in many ways the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. The Beatles come together here in all their originality, attitude, style, speed, charisma, appeal, daring and honesty, the tools with which they’re about to reshape the world. It’s the Beatles in their own time, an amazing story of the ultimate rock band, a focused and colorful telling that builds and builds to leave four sharp lads from Liverpool on the very brink of a whole new kind of fame.

Using impeccable research and resources, Tune In is a magisterial work, an independent biography that combines energy, clarity, objectivity, authority and insight. The text is anti-myth, tight and commanding – just like the Beatles themselves.

Here is the Beatles story as it really was. Throw away what you think you know and start afresh.

My Review
I am a lifelong Beatles fan.  One of my first memories is seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.  As someone who really loves the music of The Beatles, Tune In: The Beatles All These Years is a real treat.

Tune In covers an area of Beatles history that I knew much less about:  the early, pre-fame years.  I really like the format of the book.  There is a section called Old Before Our Birth that talks about Liverpool and the Beatles' earliest years.  Then there are sections on the five years leading up to Beatlemania:  1958: Thinking of Linking;  1959:  Three Cool Cats;  1960: Competence, Confidence & Continuity;  1961:  The Rock Age;  1962: Always Be True.

This is a big, thick book, exhaustively researched and full of details and information that I have never read elsewhere.  Mark Lewisohn went directly to the sources instead of relying on familiar material.  There is an energy and intensity to his writing, and I am certain that Beatles fans will find the early years of the pre-Beatles story fascinating.

There are several sections of black and white photos that include early childhood photos, school pictures, and teen photographs.

I am impressed that this is only the first volume of a three part biography of the Beatles!  I am looking forward to continuing the story with the other books.  

This is truly an engrossing read for Beatles fans, and highly recommended to anyone who wants to live in the early days of the Beatles for a while.

Author Bio
MARK LEWISOHN is the acknowledged world authority on the Beatles. Before embarking on The Beatles: All These Years his books included the bestselling and influential The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions and The Complete Beatles Chronicle. He was a consultant and researcher on all aspects—TV, DVDs, CDs and book—of the Beatles own Anthology and has been involved in numerous additional projects for them. Married with two children, he lives in England.

I received this book from Blogging for Books.

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