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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190603267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032678
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'If you want to know anything about The Beatles, ask Tony Bramwell.' - Paul McCartney"

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Tony Bramwell grew up with George, Paul and John in Liverpool, supporting them in business, and often in their personal lives. He was the UK's first independent record promoter and formed a successful movie music company. He lives in Totnes, Devon. Born in India and now residing in London, Rosemary Kingsland is an established author of fiction, non-fiction and memoir.

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Liverpool, the grimy northern town that John, Paul, George, Ringo and I were born and grew up in, was a dynamic port full of sea shanties, sailors and music. Read the first page
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. This is a refreshing Beatle biography, from the standpoint of someone who literally grew up with the Beatles and socialized with them from boyhood. A gifted raconteur, Bramwell draws readers into a "sense" of each Beatle as a boy; what it was like to have George Harrison have dinner at your table; to witness George pulling a very dangerous stunt as a boy and being warned about John's questionable influence on his peers.
Bramwell does a stellar job of portraying a part of musical/artistic/cultural history that will no doubt delight inveterate Beatle fans, but attract the attention of those either becoming familiar with the Beatles or who have an interest in history in general. This book is really geared for all ranging from the "advanced" Beatle fan; that is, one who has a strong background in Beatle knowledge to people wanting to learn more about them and bring them to a high level of Beatle information.
This inveterate, avid Beatles' fan gives this work a hearty endorsement and a yeah, yeah, yeah!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. B. Pell Pell on 29 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
As all the fans know there are loads of books out there raking over the same old story. This one does to an extent but it also brings up other stories not heard before, not by me at any rate. I would agree with other reviewers that there is a lot of Yoko bashing and that does get a bit tiring after a bit, Tony really does not like the woman!
However, for Beatle buffs it's a great addition and well worth getting for the 'untold' stories and anecdotes.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on 22 Jan 2009
Format: Paperback
Tony Bramwell, his co-author and his publishers make great play of the idea that he was part of the Beatles' "inner circle". He'd grown up in the same area as them, so he knew them a bit, which is presumably why they tolerated him hanging around as a fan. Because he was such a dedicated fan, Brian Epstein hired him as a personal assistant, so he got to be part of the band's organisation from early on.

This book tells a lot of stories that I, for one, hadn't heard before. Bramwell claims that the Beatles were smoking pot long before the famous occasion when Bob Dylan supposedly gave them their first taste of the stuff. There is no other evidence for this.

More importantly, at least for those who are interested in matters of the Beatles' sexuality, he breezily dismisses the notion that John Lennon ever had any kind of homosexual experience whatever with Brian Epstein during the Spanish holiday that the two took together.

Bramwell says that Lennon said that he had 'allowed Epstein to make love to him "to get it out of the way".' Bramwell comments: "Those who knew John well, who had known him for years, don't believe it for a moment." This is, on the face of it, an extraordinary remark, because if Lennon was as "aggressively heterosexual" as Bramwell says he is, why would he ever have told anyone that he had let Epstein 'make love to him'? Surely he would never have admitted to such a thing. Bramwell is prepared to dismiss Lennon's own remarks on the grounds that they do not fit his idea of what Lennon was like. This says more about Bramwell than it says about Lennon.

Moreover, Bramwell's assertion that nobody else believed Lennon is simply untrue.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Poppy on 20 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book, well written by Tony Bramwell. So much 'inside' information and rare photos that you wont read or see anywhere else, just incredible and not to be missed. I now have the hard back version of this book also! Highly recommended to all. It really is the best book I've read. Thank you Tony Bramwell for an excellent read.
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