The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz

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The Beatles: The Biography Read Online Free - Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth - until now.

The product of almost a decade of research, hundreds of unprecedented interviews, and the discovery of scores of never-before-revealed documents, Bob Spitz's The Beatles is the biography fans have been waiting for -- a vast, complete account as brilliant and joyous and revelatory as a Beatles record itself. Spitz begins in Liverpool, a hard city knocked on its heels. In the housing projects and school playgrounds, four boys would discover themselves -- and via late-night radio broadcasts, a new form of music called rock 'n roll.

Never before has a biography of musicians been so immersive and textured. Spitz takes us down Penny Lane and to Strawberry Field (John later added the s), to Hamburg, Germany, where -- amid the squalor and the violence and the pep pills -- the Beatles truly became the Beatles. We are there in the McCartney living room when Paul and John learn to write songs together; in the heat of Liverpool's Cavern Club, where jazz has been the norm before the Beatles show up; backstage the night Ringo takes over on drums; in seedy German strip clubs where George lies about his age so the band can perform; on the lonely tours through frigid Scottish towns before the breakthrough; at Abbey Road Studios, where a young producer named George Martin takes them under his wing; at the Ed Sullivan Show as America discovers the joy and the madness; and onward and upward: up the charts, from Shea to San Francisco, through the London night, on to India, through marmalade skies, across the universe...all the way to a rooftop concert and one last moment of laughter and music.

It is all here, raw and right: the highs and the lows, the love and the rivalry, the awe and the jealousy, the drugs, the tears, the thrill, the magic never again to be repeated. Open this book and begin to read -- Bob Spitz's masterpiece is, at long last, the biography the Beatles deserve.

Title : The Beatles: The Biography
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ISBN : 0316013315
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 983 pages


Michael rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

The Bob Spitz biography of The Beatles was the first musical biography that I read a few years back. Not sure that I would be all that interested and yet having read some very positive reviews, I picked up this one and had a really hard time putting it down. The story is absolutely fascinating -...

Brian rated it ★★★★☆

September 27, 2007

Holy crap is this book long. And informative. Also fun to read, so yay. Here's some fun stuff I learned: 1. They all had gonorrhea when they recorded "Love Me Do." 2. John was a huge asshole. 3. Brian Epstein would invite really rough dudes back to his house to beat the crap out of him. 4. Yoko was e...

Duffy rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2013

The opening chord of A Hard Day's Night. George, on a twelve string, plays a Gsus chord. From bass to treble that's G,C,F,A,C,G. On a twelve string guitar, the bottom four notes get doubled at the octave, while the top two are doubled in unison. Underneath, Paul plays a D. And John strums a Dsus...

Caroline rated it ★★★☆☆

January 23, 2011

Rating for the quality of the book: 4 out of 5 Rating for how much I enjoyed the book: 2 out of 5 I realized as I was finishing this book that I wished I hadn't read it. Don't get me wrong - it was well-written and well-researched and I learned a great deal I didn't know about the Beatles. And ther...

Mike rated it ★★★☆☆

November 29, 2011

A threshold book. If your interest in The Beatles is only so-so, you'll be bored stiff by the book and I suspect you won’t make it to page one-hundred. The writing is only fair--in style not quite historical, not quite journalistic, and not quite pure tabloid-y entertainment--and the substance is...

Amie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 09, 2007

Inconsistent, riddled with errors, inaccuracies and wrong information. Lots of mistakes. Such as photos from 1960 and 1961 being labeled as being at the Star Club, which didn't open until '62. States that George met Pattie Boyd on the set of "Help!" when they actually met on the set of "A Hard Da...

Russ rated it ★★★☆☆

January 12, 2008

It's not a perfect book, but I think this is a decent enough Beatles biography. It's certainly a long one. I can't believe I just read an 800-page book. It took a little under a month to read. The good: Spitz really captures the insanity of Beatlemania and the craziness that came with being a Bea...

e.a. rated it ★★★★★

July 26, 2007

I'm a huge Beatles fan. HUGE. And this book was telling me things I didn't know. This is a brilliant book that made me completely bereft when I was finished with it. The first hundred pages gave me the impression that it was going to be yet another John-worshiping biography, but if anything, Spit...

Meg rated it ★★★★★

July 02, 2007

Still finishing this up, but it's certainly the most comprehensive Beatles bio out there, and very well-written and readable. The best chapters are probably the school years and the Hamburg period which the author fleshes out with much more detail than I've ever encountered. He also has a talent...

Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

August 29, 2009

Well, I only read the last half, to see what jolly Bob Spitz could do with the tale of hippy woe which is the decline & fall of the four jolly boys. I was expecting a whole lot of fun to be had in the style of Bob's outrageous biography of the other Bob, Dylan. In that one, Spitz makes up who...

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