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Solo in the 70s: John, Paul, George, Ringo 1970 - 1980 [Kindle Edition]

Robert Rodriguez
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In 2010, Robert Rodriguez’s Fab Four FAQ 2.0: The Beatles 1970-1980 told the story of the ex-band mates during the first ten years after calling it quits, detailing efforts to establish four separate artistic identities while laboring in the shadow of their glorious collective past; all the while facing the inevitable query, “So when are the Beatles getting back together?”
But while 2.0 covered an enormous amount of ground, there were still more stories to tell: John’s fight to stay in America against the forces of Nixon Administration; the lawsuits against their business allies—and each other; unreleased recordings; the promo films; album art; covers of ex-Beatle music by other artists (as well as covers by ex-Beatles of other artists’ material); bootleg releases and many more subjects.
In Solo in the 70s: John, Paul, George, Ringo 1970-1980, you’ll learn about their people: producers and engineers they worked with; up-and-comers branded as “the new Beatles;” protégés; friends and associates, and a roll call of deaths in the “family.”
Putting it all in perspective is a 30,000 word day-by-day timeline, contextualizing rock’s evolution throughout the 1970s, ending with the death of John Lennon. See for yourself the peers and artistic rivals the ex-Beatles worked alongside while crafting their art and how it all fit together.
Solo In The 70s is a welcome addition to the Beatles’ reference canon. Richly illustrated with period ephemera, it draws the reader into the world that fans inhabited back in the day. Whether you’re seeking to learn more about the post-break-up era or want to revisit a glorious time when four ex-Beatles were creating new music worthy of their legacy, Solo In The 70s puts this unsung era into focus.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3344 KB
  • Print Length: 561 pages
  • Publisher: Parading Press (12 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IZ1W0PO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Pop culture historian Robert Rodriguez has written or contributed to nine books. His newest, Fab Four FAQ 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years 1970-1980, has just been published. Like its predecessor, Fab Four FAQ, it too has received critical and fan acclaim. Be sure to check out the website www.fabfourfaq2.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solo in the 70s 9 April 2014
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Subtitled, “John, Paul, George and Ringo : 1970-1980,” this is really a follow on to the author’s “Fab Four FAQ 2.0” book, which also dealt with the solo years. In effect, this is all the things he left out and deals with a myriad of details, which will be of interest to fans – but probably not the casual reader. Robert Rodriguez is the author of several books about the Beatles, including Fab Four FAQ (about the Beatles years), Fab Four FAQ 2.0 (solo years up to 1980) and the brilliant, “Revolver: How the Beatles re-imagined Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

The Seventies were a fascinating time for Beatles fans, with solo careers taking off (and floundering), lawsuits, feuds and the four Beatles in and out of each other lives throughout the decade. Was John really considering writing with Paul again, until he reconciled with Yoko? Yes, probably. Would the Beatles had reformed? Probably not, although solo projects may have reunited them, such as Ringo’s solo albums. Would Paul have abandoned Denny Laine without a backward glance? Not to be unkind to poor Denny, but probably yes. However, despite all the interesting possibilities and projects of the Seventies, it is nowhere near as well documented as the Beatles years, which is a real pity. As Mark Lewisohn stated once, there is a whole book in just George Harrison’s life during 1974 (one which I would certainly like to read) and the mid-Seventies saw the four solo Beatles closer than they would ever be again. There are many reasons for this; including legal and business ones.

So, what does this book offer? As well as a timeline of those years, it also looks in detail at many people and events during those years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Nov. 2014
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great book from a fab trader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Add to the list of new "must have" Beatle books ... with a twist 21 Dec. 2013
By Tom E. DeShovelle - Published on Amazon.com
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While much in the news of important new Beatles books is centered (quite justifiably) on Mark Lewisohn's landmark tome, a slew of new and important Beatles related books are not to be overlooked. Immediately coming to mind are Kevin Howlett's excellent look at the band's BBC performance career, and on the domestic front, this new entry from noted author Robert Rodriguez.

Like his Beatles "FAQ" books, this one serves less as a start-to-finish story, and more a collection of annotated lists. And like his acclaimed look at "Revolver" in his last book, it is immaculately researched. Moreover, it focuses on what we can now, in retrospect, view as the glory days of the Beatles solo careers, the 1970's. For starters, having all four members on this earth kind of makes that an automatic, but the string of chart successes and sheer volume of their collective output was staggering during the decade.

As the 50th anniversary of the Beatles US invasion looms, Rodriguez reflects on the 40 years since 1974 ... what a great year for fans ! Paul and Ringo were coming off massive hit albums and riding strings of chart topping singles; John (for all the nonsense about the "lost weekend" period) was at his prolific peak including his first #1 single, and George even became the first Beatle to tour the US after the breakup. And a little gathering called Beatlefest was launched, which has developed into a prime outlet for keepers of the flame.

Along the way, Rodriguez deftly evokes the spirit of fandom in those days, when NO conversation about them ever ended without the requisite "do you think they'll get back together?".

Reading about the highs and lows of their artistic endeavors is a (to borrow a phrase from our favorite drummer's greatest hits album) "blast from the past", and conversely, turns bittersweet when examining those in the fold (Mal Evans, Pete Ham, etc) who we lost unacceptably too soon.

So much younger than today, indeed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solo in the 70s 9 April 2014
By S Riaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Subtitled, “John, Paul, George and Ringo : 1970-1980,” this is really a follow on to the author’s “Fab Four FAQ 2.0” book, which also dealt with the solo years. In effect, this is all the things he left out and deals with a myriad of details, which will be of interest to fans – but probably not the casual reader. Robert Rodriguez is the author of several books about the Beatles, including Fab Four FAQ (about the Beatles years), Fab Four FAQ 2.0 (solo years up to 1980) and the brilliant, “Revolver: How the Beatles re-imagined Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

The Seventies were a fascinating time for Beatles fans, with solo careers taking off (and floundering), lawsuits, feuds and the four Beatles in and out of each other lives throughout the decade. Was John really considering writing with Paul again, until he reconciled with Yoko? Yes, probably. Would the Beatles had reformed? Probably not, although solo projects may have reunited them, such as Ringo’s solo albums. Would Paul have abandoned Denny Laine without a backward glance? Not to be unkind to poor Denny, but probably yes. However, despite all the interesting possibilities and projects of the Seventies, it is nowhere near as well documented as the Beatles years, which is a real pity. As Mark Lewisohn stated once, there is a whole book in just George Harrison’s life during 1974 (one which I would certainly like to read) and the mid-Seventies saw the four solo Beatles closer than they would ever be again. There are many reasons for this; including legal and business ones.

So, what does this book offer? As well as a timeline of those years, it also looks in detail at many people and events during those years. These include musical events, such as promo films, album covers, unreleased tracks, bootlegs and the “new Beatles” touted throughout the decade (not fit to lick their boots...) – from those compared to them (nowhere near...), inspired by (ok, probably...) and even suggested as replacing them (hmmm......), such as ELO, the Bay City Rollers and Squeeze (I remember even now how much that one annoyed me) and others which we have since forgotten about completely. There is also a pretty comprehensive account of all the lawsuits that took place during that decade – just think that everyone sued everyone else and you pretty much have it covered – and John’s legal battle to stay in the States. There are brief accounts of those they worked with the in the studio, acts associated with the individual members, business associates, friends, lovers and gofers. Obviously, each person and event looked at, spins into different stories. So, for example, there is quite a lot about Fred Seaman and the legal battles which resulted from his thefts from the Dakota after John’s death. Lastly, there are those of importance to the Beatles who died in that decade – from George’s parents, both John and Paul’s fathers, the ill fated Jimmy McCulloch, Pete Ham and the terrible loss of Mal Evans – plus his missing memoir, which is the ‘Holy Grail’ to Beatles fans.

This is a fascinating book to dip into – or even devour if you are as obsessive a fan as I am. However, I do feel it would have little interest for the casual fan and is not really a book which will give you a flavour of those years, although there is lots of detailed information. Really, this is for fans who already know a great deal about the band and will understand the significance of something happening in a particular year. That said, the Seventies are sadly ignored in most books about the band (I really hope Mark Lewisohn does turn his mind to the decade at some time in the future, as a really comprehensive account is needed to cut through all the myths and rumours that abound). It was an important decade and anything which helps bring perspective to the accounts of the solo Beatles during this time is welcome.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Again with a winner! 7 April 2014
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Robert Rodriguez nails it again. As with Fab Four FAQs and Fab Four FAQs 2.0 Mr. Rodriguez writes books that read as the footnotes to all of the other books that follow chronological narratives. This is a good thing. Sub-plots, side stories, anecdotes and rabbit holes are one of the wonderful things that make the Beatles “story” so interesting…yet adding these elements and details can side track an author into never ending minutia and digression. This is where Robert Rodriguez shines (and “we all shine on” in our own ways, don’t we?).

It has been said (by the author himself, no less) that you can simply pick up the book and start reading as there’s no real beginning or end (as it were). While that’s true I find it easier to simply start at the beginning and read to the end. That way I won’t in inadvertently skip a chapter and miss out on some tid-bit.

I highly recommend this book to each and all. For the casual fan simply read and enjoy. For the more serious and rabid Beatles fan have your albums ready to cue up and youtube on-line for some heavy viewing. You won’t be disappointed!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Rodriguez Classic! 13 Jan. 2014
By Frank Miranda - Published on Amazon.com
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Hundreds of books have been written about the Beatles, ranging in quality, writing style, and accuracy from the exceptional to the downright awful. In trying to separate the wheat from the chaff, sometimes just the author's name is enough. If you see Marc Lewisohn, Bruce Spizer, John C. Winn, or Doug Sulpy (to name a few) on the spine of a Beatles book, you know you're in for a first-rate reading experience. In my opinion, the name of Robert Rodriguez can be added to this select list. Having devoured his first four Beatles books (Fab Four FAQ, Fab Four FAQ 2.0, Fifty Fabulous Years, and Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock `N' Roll), I snatched up this newest one simply because Rodriguez's name was on it. As I expected, it's an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable read with a liberal helping of Rodriguez' dry wit and original presentation of material. If you're a Beatles fan(atic), you may already know a lot of this stuff, but it's a likely bet you haven't seen it presented quite like Rodriguez does.

I'd been waiting for this book ever since I began hearing rumors of it when his analysis of Revolver was published. Like that book and his three others, Solo In The 70s is continuing evidence of Rodriguez's masterful ability to add valuable and entertaining material to an already crowded literary field. As he did in his two Fab Four FAQ books, Rodriguez organizes his material into self-contained chapters that address specific aspects of the solo Beatles' lives and careers during the decade after their breakup. I particularly enjoyed his chapters on Proteges (although I admit to some slight disappointment at the exclusion of Mortimer, a three-man Beatlesque outfit that recorded an unreleased album for Apple before later releasing its one and only LP on the Phillips label) and John Lennon's fight to stay in the U.S. Rodriguez ends this book with a concise but fairly thorough timeline of the decade; it's a natural follow-up to Lewisohn's excellent The Complete Beatles Chronicle which ended with the 1970 breakup. Rodriguez is given to some sardonic yet very amusing turns-of-phrase, yet there is no question that he is a great fan of the Beatles. And an honest one at that: traditional Beatle "baddies" like Yoko Ono, Allen Klein, etc. are blasted for their sins but also praised for their better qualities, while the boys themselves are taken to task when circumstances call for it. This is not a "hero worship" book!

If your interest in the Fabs extends into their solo careers, this book is essential - for the diehard as well as for the casual fan. No matter how much of an "expert" you think you are, I'd be very surprised if you didn't find something among these pages that you didn't know. If you're a fan of Rodriguez's other books, this is another can't-miss gem. And if you're not familiar with his work, read all five of his Beatles books. You will not be disappointed. Seriously.

Personally, I hope Rodriguez is working on his sixth book -- even with John's death in 1980 there are still the 80s and 90s Threetles yet to cover. And there are few that could do it as well as he could.

[NOTE: If possible, get the updated (Copyright © 2013, 2014) printing of this book. It corrects numerous typographical and grammatical errors present in the original (Copyright © 2013) printing. Your reading enjoyment will be well worth the search!]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, great writer 25 Jun. 2014
By M. Terrill - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Rodriguez is quickly becoming my favorite Beatles author. His work is meticulous, well thought out and engaging. This is a must for those interested in the post-Beatles years.
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