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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780974027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780974026
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 2.7 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Brian Southall began writing about pop music in the 1960s on a local newspaper before graduating to the likes of Melody Maker and Disc. He then pursued a 30-year career in the record business working for A&M, Tamla Motown, EMI and Warner Music. His first book - the official history of Abbey Road Studios - was published in 1982 and since then he has written many music-related books, including the Sex Pistols 90 Days at EMI, Northern Songs - the story of the Beatles music publishing; Pop Goes To Court; and most recently The Rise & Fall of EMI.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Briggs on 3 Mar 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice idea for a book, but sadly it is let down by being stuffed full of typos and glaring factual inaccuracies. The author even tries to make out that Ringo thought Little Richard was 'fat' - because he can't read his handwriting.

From incorrect guitars (e.g. A 12 string Rickenbacker when the article's about a 6 string, McCartney's 2nd hofner bass when the article's about his 1st), to sloppy editing (e.g. Getting Tony Sheridan's name wrong), to downright lies (claiming that Sutcliffe left the band in 1960 when a photo a few pages later shows him performing in 1961- and uncredited of course.. Perhaps the author doesn't even know what Stu looked like), this book is a major disappointment. Sure it looks pretty, but once you notice so many mistakes you start to question the accuracy of the rest of the text, and it then ceases to be a pleasurable read.

You get the impression it was rush released to capture the Christmas market before decent proof reading and fact checking could be made.

Maybe a 2nd edition would sort out these problems, but at the moment this is so amateur it's not worth having. The author should be ashamed!
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By TESS on 26 Jun 2014
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Great book! For the Beatle Fans! At this price it's a steel! Well presented hard back book & excellent value!
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a list of Interessanting Beatles memorabilias
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By Mrs P R Molloy on 19 July 2014
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great, thanks
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have to be honest here. When I first heard about this book I didn't think it would be all that much--just another cash-in on The Beatles. I was wrong. If you're not a Beatles fan then this neat little book won't impress you all that much--if at all. To each his own. But if you are a fan of the band (and I can still remember the exact street and block where I was--in the car with my Mom who was driving us home from surfing--when I first heard "I Want To Hold Your Hand" on the radio, "by this new group from England--The Beatles." Hmmm.), then you might want to check this book out. I gave this book 3 "stars" for it's contents, and because there's a few typographical/informational errors (but don't let that fool you into thinking the contents is just "so-so"), and a 4th "star" for being another pretty cool way to tell the Beatles' story--and for just being a cool book in general.

These 100 objects, taken individually, don't really add up to (relatively) all that much. But taken together as a whole they tell the story of The Beatles from a slightly different, interesting viewpoint. Beginning with an Astoria guitar, that Paul McCartney borrowed for a party at his "auntie's house" with The Quarrymen, the book is filled with objects that are well known, and some lesser known. The book is laid out with a photograph of a particular object, while the facing page has an essay on that object. It's an easy to read/browse system that makes this book fun (and informative) to read.

Objects include--Lennon's glasses, magnetic hair game ("look like a Beatle"), fan club membership card, Star Club menu signed by the band, Ringo's Abbey Road ashtray (cool looking!), Beatles' bug logo, "She Loves You" promo single, fan club floppy disc, U.S. tour itinerary, Japanese singles, Beatles record player, ticket to the Hollywood Bowl concert, 1965 U.S. tour personalized luggage tags, MBE medals, "Help!" script, "Within You Without You" lyrics, Lennon's Afghan jacket, Paul's recording notes for "Hey Jude", photographer Gerald Mankowitz unpublished image, invitation to "Bag One", and ending (#100) with a postcard from Lennon. One of the more interesting objects is a Hohner Beatles harmonica ($2.98) that was never for sale. The box had pictures of Harrison and McCartney on the front, but had their respective signatures under the wrong photos.

And as I said, these items by themselves don't add up to much--especially since the story of The Beatles is so well known. And even reading a list of the objects doesn't really illicit much excitement as far as it goes. But together--visually--these items are the story of The Beatles, and that whole exciting, innocent era. The essays are concise and informative (except for a few errors), and the reproductions of the objects is very well done. It's evident that quite a bit of thought went into the planning and layout of this book--from the jacket photos (which are also reproduced on the front and back of the hardcover boards, to the "textbook size" dimensions of the book itself, to the choice of paper stock, the good reproductions of the objects, and the (usually) informative, (usually) intelligent, and just plain fun to read essays.

The author, Brian Southall, was director of publicity and public relations for EMI Music, and who also worked with The Beatles during his career. He's also published an official history of Abbey Road Studios, and "Northern Songs", about The Beatles publishing empire, and other music industry related pieces. But know that there's a few errors and some confusion (what does an essay on Lennon's boyhood Mendips home have to do with his round eyeglasses for example?) in Southall's essays. But its still a fun book to check out.

Is this a book that should be in your Beatles' library? If you're a fan and want a different, fun visual look at the band's history--yes. If The Beatles' music, and that whole period, never really excited you--then probably not. In the end this is a fun, off-beat look at one of the biggest bands in history. Reading the essays and looking at the photographs does awaken memories from that period. And maybe that's reason enough to own this book.

And if you want something else that evokes memories of when The Beatles came to America, check out (the soon to be published in Oct.'13) "The Beatles In America" poster book. But read my review of this "poster" book first so you know exactly what you're purchasing. Many of these photos will be familiar, others less so. It contains 20 reproductions of photos (b&w and color) of The Beatles in the U.S.--getting off the plane in the U.S. for the first time, the Ed Sullivan show, concert shots and more. They're 11" X 14" with perforations so they can be taken out, framed, and hung on the wall.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Glaring factual editorial innacuracies 27 Nov 2013
By George - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There are glaring factual editorial errors in this book. So much so I question whether it was indeed edited.

On page 32-33, the Rickenbacker written about in the blurb is not the one shown in the photo. John's was a 6-string natural finish that he painted black. The guitar in the photo is a 12-string and is not the guitar described. Very easy to editorially verify by calling Rickenbacker, as it (The real 6-string) is arguably the most famous guitar they ever made.

Also on page 130-131 It is suggested that the photo accompanying the blurb is from October 1963, when it is clearly a photo from 1965 as George is playing a Gretsch Tennessean which he acquired long after 1963. Once again a simple call to Gretsch would confirm this.

Why not spend the time to get it right? Done right it would be a nice book.

To anyone that loves the Beatles and would buy this book, The Rickenbacker gaff alone is outrageous.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Just thrown together 14 Oct 2013
By John F. Crowley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a disappointing book. Although filled with nice pictures, there are several glaring fact errors and a load of typos. Just in the first few pages, the author misidentifies John Lennon's iconic Hamburg Rickenbacker (he shows a later Ric) and manages to go on and on about Lennon's "granny glasses" without even mentioning where he got them (issued when he portrayed a WWII musketeer in the film "How I Won the War"). The concept of the book is admirable but the execution poor. Even the text -- small and rather pale -- works against one's enjoyment. So while there is some interesting stuff inside, I can't recommend this book to anyone who expects a high level of accuracy. If there is a second edition, I hope it gets the benefit of a better designer and copy editor.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Magical Mystery Beatles Tour! 5 Nov 2013
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As I repeatedly paged through Brian Southall's THE BEATLES IN 100 OBJECTS, I began getting the feeling I had years ago listening to the SGT. PEPPER'S album. Initial wonderment gave way to a "it's interesting but it's not all that is claimed" disappointment.

A 2013 Sterling Publishing release, Southall's book describes and illustrates "100 of the most famous or influential Beatles objects." The items includes guitars/drum kits/amplifiers/pianos used by JPG&R, beatle suits/boots, lyric sheets, invitatiosn to shows, tour itineraries, show posters/progarms, tickets to shows, audition tapes, record pressings, gold records/awards, film scripts, books/magazine articles by or about the Fab Four, autographed items, automobiles, etc.

As can be seen, it's quite a smorgasbord. Do the assembled items justify the "most important/influential objects" claim? To my mind, no - some are marginal at best - but Southall's book is still an interesting, fun trip through Beatle times. Recommended.
A good reference book. 30 Mar 2014
By Paul Wultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nice book with great illustrations. Pick it up if you get the chance and I think you'll enjoy it. A good reference book.
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