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You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles
You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles
by Peter Doggett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars First Class, Must Read, 6 Sep 2014
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I've read this book twice. The first time I focused on the dynamics & relationships of the protagonists, the second on the complexities of the legal & contractual issues surrounding The Beatles break up, such is the volume of information therein.

I can say with 100% assurance that it is the best Beatles book I've read. Doggett provides a factual, warts and all account of the break up of the band that has always been sugar coated in the official Apple party line. He does so in an excellent writing style, with a sharp wit and with complete impartiality to all those concerned. He gives credit where due but is not afraid to criticise or even ridicule where it is warranted.

McCartney comes off best in the sense that he was ultimately proven right in the whole Klein saga and went on to be the most financially secure Beatle, though his ego, insecurities & undying desire for Lennon's validation aways casts a shadow. Lennon himself to me comes off worst; charismatic, talented and well intentioned (at times) he may have been, but he was also naive, hypocritical, abusive and spent the last 5 years of his life a drug addled recluse. We learn little new about Harrison's personality - torn between the material & spiritual world, intensely bitter about his time in The Beatles despite the platform for wealth & freedom it afforded him. But also a generous & funny guy. I never realised the extent of Starkeys alcoholism until I read this book.

The contractual stuff, the law suits etc border on mind boggling and are utterly exhaustive, yet fascinating at the same time and Doggett is a stickler for detail & footnotes. I would whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone, Beatles fan or otherwise, looking to gain an insight into the break up & subsequent fall out of the biggest (and in my opinion best) band of all time.

Meeting People Is Easy [DVD] [1998]
Meeting People Is Easy [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Thom Yorke
Price: £11.62

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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, But Also Pretty Dull, 24 Nov 2010
I first bought this film on VHS way back when it first came out, before the turn of the millenium, before Kid A and No Logo and the technological revolution of the '00's. At the time I watched it once, didn't like it and never watched it again. With some 12 years life experience behind me, plus another decades worth of Radiohead material come and gone I thought I'd buy the DVD and give it another go.

I 'get' what Gee is getting at with the way this film is made - not that it's particularly subtle. It's filmed in a stop-start, white noise, flashing lights, "the worlds moving too fast" kind of way, with layers of imagery and sound representing the emotional and spiritual turmoil the band are going through as they struggle to cope with the pressure of suddenly being the worlds biggest band. And it works. For a while. Then it starts to become a bit tedious and you start feeling as if you're waiting for something to happen - which never does. Essentially this film is a one trick pony, whilst the mood created is impressive it gets quite dull after a while, there's as much footage of buildings and transport as there is of the band, and the band footage itself consists of barely audible interviews and snippets of live songs that will be nothing new to any Radiohead afficionado.

It's a nice thing to own if you're a radiohead die hard, and its certainly filmed in a stylish way, but in reality it's not massively interesting and goes on for too long with nothing ever really happening. Pretty, but also pretty dull.

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