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You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles [Paperback]

Peter Doggett
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7 Oct 2010

When Paul McCartney told the world in 1970 that he had no plans to work with the Beatles again, it was widely viewed as a cultural tragedy by the media and public alike. But one of the most fascinating phases of the Beatles' story was just about to begin.

Now, for the first time, You Never Give Me Your Money tells the dramatic story of the Fab Four post 1969. It charts the almost Shakespearean rivalry of the Lennon and McCartney families, the conflict in George Harrison's life between spirituality and fame, and Richard Starkey's efforts to conquer his personal demons. It also chronicles the transformation of their multi-media company, Apple Corps, from a bastion of 1960s counter-culture into a corporate behemoth.

From court battles to chart success, the best of rock'n'roll writers, Peter Doggett traces the untold story of a group and a legacy that will never be forgotten.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; First Paperback Edition edition (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099532360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099532361
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Enthralling...impossible to put down...fascinating" (Independent)

"A gripping account that portrays The Beatles as something much more interesting than the airbrushed gods we've recently seen" (Guardian)

"The Beatles story you haven't read" (GQ)

"Refreshingly straightforward and highly readable portraits of the leading players...compulsive" (Daily Telegraph)

"Truly remarkable...a gripping narrative...the most important book on its subject since Revolution In The Head" (Sunday Herald)

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The most important book about the Beatles since Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head.

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
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Peter Doggett's incredible new book is essential reading for any diligent student of The Beatles. It charts the complex and frequently upsetting tale of the group's tangled business affairs, ably demonstrating how monumental decisions formulated in a haze of optimism and innocence ultimately ensured that John, Paul, George & Ringo were bound together forever.

Beginning during the haphazard formation of Apple in 1967 and continuing to the present day,`You Never Give Me Your Money' documents The Beatles' split more successfully than almost every other account. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the inner-workings of their business empire and the subsequent antagonism between Lennon/McCartney and McCartney/Harrison.

Rest assured, this is not a tabloid-style character assassination al-a Albert Goldman: it is an unbiased and refreshingly well-balanced account of the reality behind the biggest entertainment phenomenon the world has ever known. Doggett merely shows The Beatles for what they were: four incredibly talented but rather naive young men struggling to come to terms with the financial monster they had unwittingly unleashed.

Nor is `You Give Me Your Money' a dry tale of endless contract signings and boardroom meetings. Doggett ensures that the various deals and manoeuvres are explained in a clear, concise and readable fashion. He also offers a comprehensive examination of the individual Beatles' changes in fortune throughout the last four decades. Doggett illuminates this incredible story with a huge selection of rarely-seen interviews, particularly from Lennon and Apple Spokesman Derek Taylor, although every significant player is well-represented throughout with interesting and insightful quotes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading...! 20 Oct 2009
I can't help but endorse the reviews already posted - this is an excellent book, detailing the complicated and protracted business affairs of The Beatles, both during the giddy days of Apple in the late 60s through to the 70s and beyond. If it sounds like a dry summary, you couldn't be more wrong. The narrative is brisk & filled with detail that will satisfy most followers of Beatles lore. Above all, it is a hugly sad story as well, showing just how far four people who survived in the eye of the hurricane during Beatlemania drifted apart during the 70s, descending into petty, petulant squabbles as the lawsuits & counter-lawsuits dragged on during the process to disentangle the Apple empire. Conversely, it also offers a glimpse as to how close The Beatles came to reuniting during the mid-1970s when relations thawed.

The only criticism of the book (& it's a small one) is that jacket for the book must rank as being one of the dullest I've seen - it doesn't exactly 'shout' from the bookshelves!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Break up by default ? 31 Jan 2011
I loved this book and it gave an insight into a subject which many , including The Beatles own Anthology have skirted around the edges.

On reading it, it struck me that the break up was almost by default with the parties particularly John and Paul acting like hurt lovers with many things said and done designed to hurt the other into saying sorry first. This behaviour continued into their solo careers, with both protesting way too much that they didn't care about each other.
Reading Pauls infamous press release for the McCartney album it seems to me that he is engaging in a bit of brinksmanship which was interpreted by the Press as an announcement that he was quitting The Beatles.

He didn't actually say that but I think the weariness which had by this time set in on all sides resulted in nobody challenging this and so it was all over.
This may incidentally explain why he fell into such a deep depression after the split .

In retrospect much could have been done to keep everyone happy and a year or two during which the participants were allowed to engage in solo projects may well have saved the band .In the end however I'm not sure that would have been the best result.

It's like they ended at the right time and entered Mythology in a way The Rolling Stones never will.

Dont take my word for it. Read this Book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL 17 Jan 2011
I must have read well over fifty books on The Beatles, but if I had to pick just five I'd pick:

Love Me Do by Michael Braun (the earliest look at the group as a serious musical force)

Hunter Davies official biography of The Beatles (a bit flawed, but he WAS there so it's important)

Mark Lewisohn's Complete Beatles Recording Sessions (for a fascinating look at just how they did it)

Iain Macdonald's totally unsurpassable Revolution In The Head (an incisive and informative song-by-song guide)

...and this one. Peter Doggett's book starts with The Beatles getting near the end of their own long and winding road and continues through the post-Beatles years with all the personal and business triumphs and tragedies that ensued. It's wise, informative, impartial and almost Yoko-input-free (but read the chapter notes for a juicy little snippet at the end!)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book. Like most Beatle fans I was familiar ...
A wonderful book. Like most Beatle fans I was familiar with the 60s story and Lennon's emotional decline in the 70s but this gives you the lot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Tuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very interesting insight into the fab four
Published 1 month ago by alan broadrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
This is a fine book, no doubt about it. But one can't help but think EVERY Beatles biog is going to be far surpassed by the mark lewisohn series.
Published 3 months ago by Harry Boxx
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into the last days of The Beatles
As an account of what went wrong with The Beatles as a group and Apple Corps as a venture you won't find a more insightful book than this. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. J. Comeau
3.0 out of 5 stars 180 pages in....
...and I don't feel I am learning anything new. I've read quite a few books about the Beatles so the period before the split, the animosity over Yoko's presence in the studio,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant.. I bought this for my husband as part of his Christmas... He's delighted with it and would recommend it to any Beatle lover...
Published 7 months ago by Joyce McKinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars A quite different take on how The Beatles interracted
Never written a review before; however, I did find this book gripping. It is very detailed in terms of the legal wrangles but I found all that very interesting. Read more
Published 10 months ago by G. Sanger
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and interesting insight.
Amazing and very interesting insight into little known facts about The Beatles personal relationships with each other and their management.
Published 11 months ago by 40dMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Peter Doggett writes sympathetically to the Beatles plight of greedy business men who wanted to take their share of this groups wealth. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Soltar
5.0 out of 5 stars There have been many books written about the Beatles and their...
This is a remarkable book and I thoroughly recommend it. It tells the history (not the story - there is no fiction in this whatsoever) of how the Beatles grew apart and then were... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stephen Reid
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