4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A book that really sets the benchmark in Beatles research, everyone no matter if you've read every Beatles book that's ever gone before will find revealing new information in this book. It's well-written too.
Just a couple of minor flaws - the book peaks with the first couple of Hamburg trips. The late 1962 era tends to fade away into trivia like who worked for the publishing companies(2 paragraphs about Ardmore and Beachwood is one paragraph more than I need to know) and less about the Beatles themselves. I'm hoping the extended edition has more about the Beatles during this period.
There's also dark stories/rumours that don't get mentioned at all. Whether John kicked… Read more
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
If you have even a cursory knowledge of the Beatles or Lennon then you will find no new information in this biography. The section on the Beatles is by far the largest part of the book and consists of old stories that will be familiar to anyone who has already read a Beatles book. Norman has clearly taken the bulk of his research from already published books.
Norman writes little about the music and has no insight into it's creation.
Perhaps the most disappointing part is the brief coverage of the years 1975-1980. Norman's sources for these years are Yoko, Yoko's PR man Elliot Mintz and Yoko's private photographer Bob Gruen. Needless to say the account comes across as… Read more