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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (25 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906032262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032265
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.5 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,294 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Some Other Guy on 1 May 2008
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By susan ann crawford on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frances Anne Clayton on 8 July 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chankos on 16 Jun 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SteveR on 23 Feb 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Cann on 15 July 2013
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This book is simply indispensable for The Beatles' fan who wants to see all the places where members of the band lived, recorded, filmed, had photo sessions or just simply hung-out during the sixties.

As is common knowledge, once the band signed to EMI (& under the guidance of Brian Epstein in 1963) they became London/Home Counties-based, & most of their activities as a band (when not touring or on holiday) were confined to this part of the country.

The book has been meticulously & lovingly researched, with every detail covered. Lots of 'before & after' photos, helpful maps & diagrams, & many surprises to be found (I didn't know for instance that the cover pics of Beatles For Sale were taken among the trees of Hyde Park, a short stroll from Brian Epstein's house).

I've had great fun creating my own 'Beatles Walks' around London using this book, & showing others the sights too. It's also fun taking pics of the places mentioned (as they are now), & recreating your own photos at the same locations where Beatle boots once trod!

It's an excellent & fascinating book, painstakingly researched, & a fine record of the world's greatest band's history & activities in 1960s London.
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