Indispensable books on the Beatles

A Listmania! list by lexo1941 (Edinburgh, Scotland)
 
Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties
1.  Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties by Ian MacDonald
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  "A lucid and insightful commentary on the Beatles' music.  Passionately enthusiastic about the good stuff, ruthlessly cutting about the bad, arguably too pessimistic about music's decline"
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The Complete "Beatles" Chronicle
2.  The Complete "Beatles" Chronicle by George Martin
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  "Or 'What the Beatles did' - a mind-boggling day-to-day chronicle of the band's career"
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The "Beatles": The Classic
3.  The "Beatles": The Classic by Hunter Davies
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  "The first biography, with a trove of first-hand observation and anecdote"
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The Beatles Anthology
4.  The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles
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  "They tell their own story.  Sometimes a party-line, sometimes exercise in nostalgia but more often than not highly interesting, but take a pinch of salt with it"
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Can't Buy Me Love: The "Beatles", Britain, and America
5.  Can't Buy Me Love: The "Beatles", Britain, and America by Jonathan Gould
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  "Finally, a proper critical biography of the band.  Impeccably researched, and perhaps the wisest and most sensible book ever written about them"
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Love Me Do!: "Beatles" Progress
6.  Love Me Do!: "Beatles" Progress by Michael Braun
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  "The first book written about them, from 1964 - sharp, good-humoured, amused and fabulously indiscreet"
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The Beatles Complete Score
7.  The Beatles Complete Score by Tim Cain
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  "The canon in book form.  Every recording lovingly transcribed"
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"Playboy" Interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
8.  "Playboy" Interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono by David Sheff
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  "Lennon's mellowest and most considered self-assessment, recorded only days before his death"
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The Day John Met Paul: An Hour-by-Hour Account of How the Beatles Began
9.  The Day John Met Paul: An Hour-by-Hour Account of How the Beatles Began by Jim O'Donnell
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  "A detailed account of what was going on in the world, and in Liverpool, on the day Lennon first met McCartney.  Mad but engrossing"
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Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now
10.  Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now by Paul McCartney
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  "An eye-opener - Paul on his life as a Fab.  A slight hint of 'I was cool too, y'know' but who can blame him - he's Paul McCartney"
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I, Me, Mine: New Introduction by Olivia Harrison
11.  I, Me, Mine: New Introduction by Olivia Harrison by George Harrison
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  "George tells his story, or bits of it.  Funny and sometimes caustic"
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The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (Cambridge Companions to Music)
12.  The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (Cambridge Companions to Music) by Kenneth Womack
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  "Fascinating scholarly essays assessing their career and what it may have meant"
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The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul
13.  The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul by Walter Everett
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  "Volume 1 of a brilliant but highly technical musical analysis of the Beatles' work. Don't read it unless you know music theory"
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The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology
14.  The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology by Walter Everett
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  "Volume 2 of the above, actually published first. Just as good but the songs are arguably more interesting to write about"
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