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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; Reprinted Edition edition (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316729604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316729604
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 6.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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This is the story told in Proustian detail . . . The first edited-down volume, is largely a delight, and the story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it. Secondary sources are comprehensively mined; letters, public records and business documents have been found in places no one else ever thought to look . . . Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle (John Harris Guardian)

Never previously have the Beatles' formative years been recounted in such detail. It is unlikely to be surpassed (Michael Watts Daily Telegraph)

I can think of no greater praise for Tune IN than to say that it gives The Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve. It is hard to imagine the subsequent volumes, covering more familiar ground, matching the gripping quality of this constantly surprising work. But Lewisohn's clear head and good humour augur well. The main feature may not have even started yet, but this is the classiest of prequels (Peter Aspden Financial Times)

A major event in music publishing this month as Tune In by Mark Lewisohn lands..the definitive account of The Beatles (GQ)

Lewisohn has done an astonishing job. I can't wait for volume two (Independent)

An epic on an unprecedented scale . . . Lewisohn has no serious rival (Irish Times)

A brilliant narrative, propelled by character, action and chance encounters as thrilling as any great novel. It is a fantastic social history, illuminating life in post-war Britain in compelling detail (Steve Hilton Telegraph)

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The first part of the definitive three-volume biography of the Beatles

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2013
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Over the years I have read more books about the Beatles than I care to admit to and they vary in quality from pretty good to absolutely terrible. However, when Mark Lewisohn announced that he would be writing the `definitive' biography of the band, fans believed him. Lewisohn is not only THE Beatles expert, but he is also someone who has an obvious love for them. In other words, he is also a fan and the little details, which intrigue us, also interest him.

This first volume looks at their family history and childhood, then splits into five chapters; taking detailed looks at the years 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962. From the first, two things become abundantly clear - that the author understands the relationship between John and Paul and that he is keen to debunk myths that have become almost accepted - especially ones built around John's childhood. Yes, his childhood was difficult, but films such as "Nowhere Boy" have created a totally fictional account of what happened and even recent books, such as "When They Were Boys" by Larry Kane, simply repeats them. Stories of Mimi dodging bombs to visit the baby John in hospital or John's mother and father forcing him to choose between them in an emotional `tug of love' are just that - stories. Mimi also gets a much more sympathetic portrayal and we learn how, rather than trying to keep John's father away from him, she even allowed him to write to his son from prison. They may have lost touch, but it was certainly not Mimi's fault that they did.

Having established that he wants to tell the story as the truth, Mark Lewisohn is certainly not portraying the band in a better light, or concealing their flaws. They were young boys at this time, each with their own character traits and faults, as everyone has.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Mick Lynch on 10 Oct. 2013
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If you've read any of Mark Lewisohn's previous books, you'll know he's the definitive Beatles historian, and now he has been given special access to various sources and material to write the definitive story of the fab four. `Tune In', is the highly anticipated first part of a trilogy titled `All These Years' that has taken almost a decade to complete and as Lewisohn clarifies "all the information is tested, accurate, and free of airbrushing".
While many will ask do we need another Beatle book? It's clear from the opening pages here that the author is digging deeper than the official Anthology did a decade ago, so deep in fact that Volume 1 is over 800 pages and details the early days of childhood right up to the end of 1962, and the release of their first single.
While most of their 214 tracks recorded in 7 years will be dealt with in Volumes 2 and 3, here we get the complete story of the 1100 hours performing (and 38 weeks spent) in Hamburg, which Lennon commented "we went in young boys and came out old men". These are the formative years, the less visible years, and possibly the most fascinating and exciting period of their career.
The opening chapters cover the period up to 1945 and Lewisohn is clever here. All the Beatles family trees are well rooted, but he keeps it brief, keeps the reader entertained throughout, switching between the births of Ringo and John, while his factual account of John choosing between his mother and father is the ready made script for a Hollywood movie. By the time we get to July 1954 the author has John, Paul, George & Ringo's lives intersecting with each other on every page, writing that Tarantino would have been proud of.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Hilton on 6 April 2014
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Let me say for a start that this is the only volume of the proposed 3 I want to read. The greater the longevity of the achievement, the more the detailing becomes a series of lists. In the next 2, if I look at them at all, I'll be diving into the index to see what Lewisohn has to say about certain lurid and celebtrated characters ... but (post propter hoc) I find all I did in fact want to know, and am still contemplating every day in a little part of my imagination and memory, is this part of the story.

Let me pay tribute too to what everyone else has noticed: the weaving of the stories. Deftly sliding into the footnotes and then gradually surfacing in the texts, the secondary characters make their appearance - Linda, Jane, and dozens of others. The moment Linda's family perished is attached by footnote to a key moment in the text, and a strong plausible narrative connection is made.

Jane's flaming red hair is greatly admired by the McCartney brothers as they watch the seasoned 15 year-old actress going through her paces on "Juke Box Jury", the very television programme one would have McCartney watch if one knew nothing about his television viewing in those years. The whole cast is established - Tolstoyan in its significance and detail - at the same time as the story is told, but most of the time there is no distinction between the introduction of characters one knows to be essential later on, and the unrolling narrative - epic in its magnitude as it is. What an extraordinary achievement that is.

As the story develops one notices the absences. This, I felt, was deliberate. Some appearances should not be pre-empted.
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