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The Beatles' London: The Ultimate Guide to Over 400 Beatles Sites in and Around London [Paperback]

Piet Schreuders , Mark Lewisohn , Adam Smith
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25 Mar 2008
Where Did John, Paul and George try to post Ringo into a letterbox? Which railway stations were locations in 'A Hard Day's Night?' 'Where was 'I Am The Walrus' filmed? They may have been born in Liverpool, but London was the Beatles' home away from home; the place where they really grew into their roles as international musical and cultural icons. Subsequently, all over the city, there are sites which represent a significant shared moment in the history of the band, and that of London. "The Beatles London" is a celebration of those places, both a guide book and a treasure trove of Beatles' nuggets. This unique and fascinating book details how London and the Beatles were, and always be, connected together at the time of a great social and cultural shift. Originally published in 1994, this new edition has been full updated and reformatted, and includes a section on 'Beatles walks' to take across the capital.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (25 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906032262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032265
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like pop culture Peter Pans, authors Schreuders, Lewisohn, and Smith lead readers by the hand in a fanciful flight across time and over London to the places and settings touched by the Beatles and seared into our collective memory. Exceptionally written and researched, this unique and fascinating volume will captivate fans and armchair travelers of all ages. Highly recommended. --John Bengtson, www.silenttraces.net

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Piet Schreuders, Mark Lewisohn and Adam Smith are renowned Beatleologists.

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5.0 out of 5 stars RIGHT HERE'S A THING OF BEAUTY... 1 May 2008
For the London-based Beatles fan, this is pretty near perfection. A welcome update of the 1990's edition, the new format showcases all the old familiar places and, alas, details the sites that have been swept away since (EMI House, West Malling Airfield etc). Whilst there are a lot of houses, venues, pubs, clubs, recording studios and offices listed, this is not a dry directory of locations - the text is engaging and the book reflects the enthusiasm of the authors. Treat yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab 4 footwork 17 Jan 2010
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Fascinating companion for Beatles fans when in London. Excellent alternative guide to London, too. If you don't often get the chance to visit London,it reads like a travelogue written by a "groovy ", friendly tour guide. The anecdotes are charming. The research is impeccable. Photos included will transport you straight back to the 60's. Lovers of Beatles lore, lovers of London, this book's for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent detailed Beatles London history 8 July 2009
I recently did a full day Beatles tour of Liverpool (which was awesome), but I was based in London at the top end of Baker street, in the heart of original Beatle land. It was awesome to know that the paths I was walking all through London, were the same pathways that the Beatles walked. This book is an awesome detailed account of their lives. It's like recreating my experiences all over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walking In The Shadows Of The Beatles 16 Jun 2011
By Chankos
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The Beatles' London should be owned by all fans of the Fab Four. It is a mind-boggling treasure trove of information which can just as easily be enjoyed at home via Google Street View as walking the streets of London. Impeccably researched, flawlessly organised and refreshingly witty, open any page at random and you'll be presented with a wealth of fascinating trivia and historical information.

The book ably demonstrates that The Beatles' London existence wasn't merely confined to the vacuum of Abbey Road Studios. It places the band firmly in the context of "Swinging London" more successfully than any other account, showing just how closely the network of people and places of the period were interlinked. Barely a page goes by without some Beatle-related connection to a famous artist, photographer or writer being revealed (typical example: Playwright Joe Orton, commissioned to write the third Beatles movie, lived and died in Noel Road, right next door to Ivan Vaughan, who famously introduced John and Paul to each other as teenagers).

It's crammed with great photos, particularly the "now and then" comparisons and the rare period shots of long-demolished locations. There are also plenty of maps and a street index. Each location contains an entry concerning its Beatle connection, no matter how trivial. I've read scores of Beatles books and a huge amount of information here was completely new to me.

The Beatles' London is much more than one of the all-time best reference books about John, Paul, George and Ringo. As the late great Derek Taylor notes in his eloquent introduction, it is "Far and away the most interesting Beatles book ever assembled."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mine of Beatle Interest 23 Feb 2011
By SteveR
I went to a talk on "Beatles' London" and this book was recommended by the presenter. What great advice as this nugget of a book reveals the Beatles influence on London as well as London's influence on them. It is an absolute gem and immensely interesting reading that is difficult to put down once you have started. Quite how all this information on the Beatles life in London was collected and collated in such detail almost defies the imagination but it amply goes to show that once the 'Fab Four' became famous they were based in London not Liverpool and their lives seemed to extend to all parts of our capital city not just the glitzy West End. As well as listing the sites with Beatle connections it seems that almost every entry has an interesting story attached to it. For the real Beatles' fan a by-product of this book must be to make a pilgrimage to the sites it mentions but be warned, many of the relevant buildings have been pulled down since the heydays of the 'Swinging Sixties'. Buy this book without delay.
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