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2.0 out of 5 stars If it's the music you're really interested in..., 6 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Shout!: The True Story of the Beatles (Paperback)
...don't bother reading Philip Norman, a worthy Sunday Times journalist self-appointed as a rock scribe. I opened his much-vaunted Lennon tome at a page where Phil Spector is described as a Motown producer! I read Shout when it was first published and at the time of relatively few Beatle books it more or less sufficed. Perhaps the best thing about is its title - smart marketing. The updated edition contains a particularly snide summing-down of George Harrison as artist and person, and in today's Sunday Times he goes further, describing him as a mantra-chanting, misanthropic sex-addict. Even if this were true, there's no way Norman could begin to comprehend George's contribution as a musician, because he hasn't a clue about music, nor, it would seem by the Spector/Motown nonsense, much real interest in it - like too many journalists what he's really into is the gossip. I love John Lennon, in spite of the numerous tales of appalling behaviour, but The Beatles were above all a great band - all four were outstanding in their different ways. For my money the best book by far is Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head, which provides almost as much insight into the Fabs as people as it illuminates the music - and much more.
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