The Beatles have been in our lives for half a century and surely always will be. Still, somehow, their music excites, their influence resonates, their fame sustains. New generations find and love them, and while many other great artists come and go, the Beatles are proving beyond eclipse.
So ... who really were these people, and just how did it all happen?
'The Beatles story' is everywhere: all over the internet, written in hundreds of books, taught in schools and shown on the side of cereal boxes. Told wrong from early on, rehashed in every possible way and routinely robbed of its context - its extraordinary adventure, excitement and exceptional newness - this is a phenomenal event in all our lives that's in urgent need of a bright, new approach. In his series All These Years, Mark Lewisohn - the world-recognised Beatles historian - presses the Refresh button to relate the entire story as it's never been told or known before. Here is a full and accurate biography-history at last. It is certain to become the lasting word.
Tune In is book one of three, exploring and explaining a period that is by very definition the lesser-known Beatles: the formative pre-fame years, the teenage years, the Liverpool and Hamburg years ... in many ways the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. The Beatles come together in this book, all their originality, attitudes, style, speed, charisma, looks, appeal, personalities, daring and honesty, the tools with which they're about to reshape the world. It's the Beatles in their own time, an amazing story of the ultimate rock band, a focused and colourful telling that builds, builds and builds some more, to leave four sharp lads from Liverpool on the very brink of a whole new kind of fame, a white hot and ever-royal celebrity.
Using impeccable research and resources, Tune In is a magisterial work, an independent biography that packs energy, clarity, objectivity, authority and insight. The text is anti-myth, and tight and commanding like the Beatles themselves - the reader is kept ever at the heart of the action, in among all the incisive characters and moments.
Here is the Beatles story as it really was. Throw away what you think you know and start afresh.