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You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles
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on 9 January 2012
A great read. One can only imagine how painful it was for Paul, George and Ringo to have Yoko ever present at the Beatles musical sessions despite their love for John. There would always be rivalry between Lennon and Macca which never seemed to wane right up until John's death. However post 1970, aside from Ringo, John (Yoko), Paul and George each had a role to play and each prevented a proper reunion ever taking place. If you watch the Anthology series, in 1995 George clearly still had issue with Paul. Catch the new Scorcese documentary on George's life. It is excellent and includes rarely seen archive material. I wonder if anyone has ever taken an estimate on the total wealth of the Beatles enmpire has been since 1963? It is hard to imagine there ever again being such an influencial musical and cultural force as the Fabs.
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on 2 December 2012
What can I say?

Peter Doggett is an excellent rock journalist and writer. The opening chapter 'Prologue: 8th December 1980' sets the scene for a completely engrossing book and is worth the price of admission alone. In this chapter he conjures up brilliant ways of explaining how Lennon's death affected the remaining Beatles - and the entire world. Almost a slightly melodramatic writing style at times, but he never overdoes it, and the subject matter benefits.

Doggett is balanced and fair and we see good - and a lot of bad! - in each one of the Fab Four. He is not partisan, unlike Philip Norman in 'Shout' where he obviously couldn't stand Paul McCartney.

It's not a story of the Beatles' career, but it does document just about every non music-related event from 1968 to the present day.
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I don't normally write reviews, especially gushing ones, but this book is one of the most fascinating non-fiction books I have ever read. I'm a bit of a Beatles nut so I thought I knew the whole story, but I knew next to nothing about what happened AFTER the band broke up. What comes across to me is the unshaking feeling that even in the worst times, these four men loved each other despite their squabbling and public slaggings-off. Well, maybe not Harrison and McCartney.

Only in the last section does the book get a little bogged-down in too much financial detail, and you may be left feeling that the whole "reunion/Anthology" project was little more than a cynical money-spinner/publicity stunt. But then, we probably already knew that, didn't we?
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on 23 March 2013
Truly gripping. Usually when I read the standard blurb trope "impossible to put down" I yawn and move on. In this case, whichever reviewer it was got it dead right. The legal and financial machinations of a disintegrating pop group seems unlikely material for a thriller, especially when it has to be true; but I was reminded of a couple of Richard North Patterson's politico-legal novels that hardly move outside of a few Washington offices and are almost solid dialogue but are more thrilling than most harum scarum adventure stories. With similar intelligence and economy Peter Dogget's book shows how exciting it can be to tell it like it is. Terrific read and packed with indispensable information. Don't miss it.
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on 20 September 2009
I could not put this book down! I thought I knew everything about the Beatles but this book is crammed full of stuff about their 'after' life. It's a very intriguing and entertaining book, so whether you're mad about the Beatles or not, it's a great read - definitely giving it to lots of people for Christmas...
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on 11 December 2014
Another book about ‘that band’… what more is there to say? Well, it turns out to be plenty – and for once we a Beatle book that doesn’t try to add any gloss to its subjects. This ‘warts and all’ look at the collapse of the band and the aftershocks that followed is full of revelations – small and large – and shows just how bad, bad management can get.

I was very pleasantly surprised and would recommend this book to anyone interested in music industry machinations. Don’t read if you don’t want to discover that heroes can have feet of clay; otherwise it’s a detailed joy.
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on 14 January 2012
A book like this has been wanted for a long time, when you listen to the music from Revolver onwards you can see how the group would eventually split, each member bar Ringo would eventually want to go solo and as Harrison said of himself and the others the group was stifling their development. Most good bands run out of inspiration in 6-8 years, I for one am glad they ended with the end of the 60's, the music is it for me.
You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles
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on 25 April 2015
I have read dozens of books on the Beatles but this unearthed so much more about the machinations behind Apple and the behaviour of the protagonists. I tried to limit my self to one chapter per sitting but failed miserably. Peter Doggett's writing style made me hungry to find out what was on the following page. This is an excellent book, a thorough investigation into the machinery of the Beatles and how Apple turned sour. Highly recommended.
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on 4 December 2010
I took this book on a recent holiday, having read most books on the Beatles, the excellent reviews , and " The Beatles Story You Have Not Read " hooked me . I read "The Last Cocktail Party " which was written by the House Hippy from Apple , which was quite shocking for its insights on the fall out going on, when it came out . I also read an early '70's book on the Buy outs of NEMS / etc, so had some understanding of what had gone on in Apples last years.
This book supersedes both with its detail, and the long aftermath up to the present day which is always facinating, even though it becomes quite painful some times . Its like people you love seeing everything that went on in your place of work even down to the disagreements leading up to a final product, most people would never see that detail. The Beatles are almost family, because we've known them all our lives.
Peter Doggett has a great way of recapturing the time . He tries to keep an impartial eye over it all, which
is an achievement when you read the final chapter and he's been a Beatles and Solo Beatles fan all through.
Only complaints ? Some of his views on the solo work is dismissive, not my own .
A great Christmas read, its the detail that makes this more than just another Beatles book .
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on 26 December 2014
One of two essential books - along with Revolution In The Head - written about The Beatles. Yes, it deals with their breakup; but that's an enormous period: 1968 or so to the present day.
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