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This is a must-have for Beatles' fans.,
This review is from: The Beatles - All These Years - Extended Special Edition: Volume One: Tune In (Hardcover)
After buying both editions of this book my friend Charlie expressed doubts to me on getting the extended version becxause of a couple of derogatory reviews here on Amazon. I explained that, as he was as passionate about the Beatles as I am, he would have to get the larger copy.
Following the excellent review by S Riaz I am unable to add to that critique. But I intend to address the one star comments posted here.
One of them claims to be a Beatles' fan but if this is the case why gripe about the extra text? If you don't want to know all there is to know about the band then don't buy it. There are hundreds of books out there on the subject that cover the basics and should suffice. There are edven books by distinguished authors who profess to be "intimate" with the Beatles who publish the bare bones of their story. Of course, they do include errors, incorrect facts and absolute untruths. A particular author, who shall remain nameless, issued a book in the eighties about the Beatles and reissued it as a revised and updated book some 22 years later still choosing to include the numerous errors made in the previous version.
So, If you do want all thje facts, this book is the one to buy. Mark Lewisohn is widely recognised as the leading authority on the Beatles' history and you can trust his accuraty on the subject. He will not flannel you or mislead. He spent ten years researching this book, speaking to people who were part of the story and using reputable quotes from other sources. On every page you will uncover at least one fact that you did not know before. Surely this is what a book is read for; the information.
Okay, no invites to Paul's house are include but you will enter the real world of the Beatles as it happened and the extended version has pictures extra to the ones in the shorter edition which will help obtain a sense of how it was back in those days. Lewisohn transports you back there, he really does.
Now Charlie is happy about purchasing the extended version and we both think that the people who slated the book without actually reading it are quite sad. How do you do that when you don't know what the content is?
As for the price and packaging, i got my copy from hive.com for £67.99 and it arrived by courier in a solid outer box with extra padding wrapper around the book. It was well protected and arrived in perfect condition.
If you are a true Beatles fan then this book is the one to have.