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The "Beatles": The Only Authorized Biography Paperback – 1 Oct 1992


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099196816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099196815
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,430,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Stanier on 24 Oct 2002
Format: Hardcover
Hunter Davies is a great writer who has been lucky enough to write about some fascinating subjects. But none better than the Beatles.
His research centres in 1967-8, with the Beatles at work on the White album and it's a sort of glossed picture. For example, he doesn't go into John's infidelities - he is still the family man here - nor does he divulge all he knew about Brian Epstein, though he deals with this in the add ons to a later edition.
Yet even with this, he spent such a long time with them - and they obviously like him - that you get really intimate details. He is best on John and George -I think- and finds Paul the hardest to get to grips with.
This isn't the perfect biography, as he concedes: it's a bit like he never quite got on top of the mountain of material he accumulated, but it's totally readable and rich in detail. If you are interested in the Beatles, this is a gold mine, and it catches something of the Sixties London atmosphere too.
Even more to the point, loads of great books have been written about the Beatles since, "Revolution in the Head", "Shout" etc.etc. but no one except Davies had the opportunity to get this close.
You can read Lennon interviews or the Miles book on McCartney, but they are biassed. Davies captures them as they really were in the latter stages: his portrait is both perceptive and affectionate. A terrific book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct 1998
Format: Paperback
Because this book was the only authorized biography ever written of The Beatles and also because it was written at the time, rather than researched & compiled years later, I felt that I could believe what I was reading. It was facsinating reading comments from John before the breakup when he still enjoyed being a Beatle, rather than the cynical type of quotes from after all the animosity came into their relationships.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is the first Beatle biography that I read ( the "only authorized biography of the Beatles" subtitle catching my attention). I must say, all of the ones I have read since have dissapointed me compared to this book. Its awesome!! At first, the author talks about himself to establish his credibility, and its worth it. He talked to each of the Beatles privately and spent several days in each of their homes, and stayed in contact with them after the break up. The one thing that really sticks out in my mind is a conversation that Mr. Davis had with Mr. McCartney five years after Mr. Lennon's death. Paul called him to talk about current events and to establish truth to several myths going around, and it was really wonderful. I would suggest this to everyone who is looking for a biography of the Beatles!! THIS IS DEFINATELY THE ONE TO READ!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 July 1997
Format: Paperback
This was the only authorized Beatles biography
written during the height of their career. Mr.
Davies had an unobstucted view of the Beatles
for a year and wrote down every thing he saw.
It includes copies of original text for songs and
explains how some songs came into being.
Excellent background information on all four of
the Beatles and almost any one who was called
a "Fifth Beatle." Overall, a great documentary
of the world's biggest sensation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Ambrose on 4 Feb 2009
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What sets this book apart from the plethora of Beatles books is when it was written. Hunter Davies was given access to all The Beatles just before the release of Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane and up to mid-1968 when it all began to unravel.

Hunter Davies writes for the broadsheet newspapers so this was the first 'grown-up' book about The Beatles. As it was authorised by all four Beatles prior to release don't expect much rumour or scandal!

What you do get is a profile of each member and a snapshot of how they were at the time. He includes updates with the benefit of hindsight as the legend continues to grow through the years.

A must for anyone looking to put together a Beatles library!
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