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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (4 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849386595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849386593
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2011
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Having been a Beatle fan for many years and read hundreds of books about them, I have to ask myself whether a new book can offer anything new. Thankfully, in this case, the answer is a resounding Yes! Or, should that be Yeah?! Martin Creasy has taken the Beatles UK Tours, between 1963-1965 as his inspiration and there really isn't too much information given to these in most books, most of which concentrate on the Liverpool/Hamburg years or which jump on to the US invasion. For many, these tours were not the Beatles at their best and, to be fair, they were in fact a 'tour package' with many artists, so the Fabs had only a short set to perform each night. After performing for hours on end in Hamburg, the time on stage must have seemed easy, but the travelling was gruelling.

Martin Creasy examines all six (yes, six!) UK tours during this time. What is so interesting is not only that the tours were so long and tiring, but even during the rare day off, the Beatles were doing radio shows, concerts and photo shoots and during this time period they also managed other, overseas, tours, Christmas specials and two films, amongst other things! Their work rate was truly phenomenal and it was an exhausting schedule. The first tour was with Helen Shapiro as the main act, in a freezing Britain, having some of the worst weather it has ever seen. By the second tour, with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe, the Beatles were a nationally successful band, causing resentment with the two Americans who threatened to walk off the tour if they were dropped from closing the show. John Lennon had little time for Chris Montez, who struggled with the girls screaming for the Beatles and was bemused at the attention given to them, when he was (supposed to be) the star.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Some Other Guy on 12 July 2011
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This is an excellent addition to my Beatles library and, like another reviewer, I too have read hundreds of books, magazines & essays on the band. It is well-written, meticulously researched & well-presented and rich in detail which shows how far The Beatles went in such a short time, from being able to walk to gigs to fullscale police operations to get them in & out of theatres. It encapsulates the mania & hysteria of the later tours, when shows became more of an event than a musical performance. It amazes me that they came through these years relatively intact, a self-contained unit that had to endure months on then road in less than luxurious conditions. And remember, documented here are just the main UK tours - consider also that they also undertook mini-tours (to the Channel Islands for example where I have some terrific photos of them taken from the wings) and one-off appearances, along with the performances overseas, PLUS recording two albums a year and making films! It's quite astonishing. The only minor, trivial comment, from Pedants Corner, is that the cover featuring the screaming fans behind a "We Love The Beatles" banner MIGHT be from Australia (note the TV Week poster one of the girls is carrying; an Australian publication I think?).

That aside, this really is an excellent book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms Letap on 24 April 2011
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Having read this great book, I have only one question....when is someone going to make a movie out of it? Painstakingly researched, the laugh-out-loud anecdotes and detailed eye-witness accounts give the reader a unique insight into what it was like for the four talented Liverpool boys in the early days of their career. This snapshot of life on the road, travelling on the tour bus with the other acts, overnighting in cramped B&Bs and the concert halls packed with screaming girls are so vivid, they transport you back in time to the early 60s. You can close your eyes and feel like you're actually there! In fact, some of the typical Beatle antics described in this book, such as the disguises the boys donned to escape from fans, are reminiscent of A Hard Day's Night. This is a fantastic tribute to the Fab Four by an author who has taken great care to deliver the ultimate must-have book for all true Beatle fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr Tolstoyevsky on 26 April 2011
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I have read 100's of books about the Beatles (yes, literally 100's!). It surprised me therefore that this book provided me with many unknown snippets. There are no huge or monumental revelations in this book, but the little facts, insights and personal stories are fascinating. This book is a real treat, well written and a genuine contribution to Beatle literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2011
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There are hundreds of books about The Beatles. Some are very good, some are okay, and some are complete rubbish. What separates the very good from the rest isn't necessarily in the writing but more in the subject matter and the way it's presented. The two Lewisohn books, their own `Beatles Anthology', `Beatles Gear', and 'The Unreleased Beatles' from Ritchie Unterberger all stand head and shoulders above a crowded market because they're different. Surprisingly, of all the millions of words turned into books about the Fab Four, none has concentrated on the tours undertaken in the UK. Yes, the live shows have certainly been mentioned and alluded to (especially in 'Chronicle' and 'Live!'), but nothing on the scale of Martin Creasy's work, which propels it onto that rarefied list.

Whilst six national tours in three years may seem an awful lot in terms of live performances now (with four in the first 12 months), in the days of pre-motorway package tours (the M1 didn`t go that far), each visit to the local cinema or theatre meant two shows a night and a morning dash to the next venue, more often than not at the other end of the country. (Artists had only one way of promoting themslves in those days.) This may read like a diary of sorts but Creasy has tracked down and interviewed many promoters, local coppers on duty, cleaners, fellow performers, and, of course, fans. When others can only give an opinion of what they think it might have been like, the contributors within these pages were there at the time and it really does make an interesting read.

No one knew how big the group would get and there must have been many local papers kicking themselves for not taking more notice, and photos, of what was happening in their town; equally, the fans didn't realise either.
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