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IS IT ANY WONDER THE BEATLES STOPPED TOURING?,
This review is from: Beatlemania: The Real Story of The Beatles UK Tours (Paperback)
This is an excellent addition to my Beatles library and, like another reviewer, I too have read hundreds of books, magazines & essays on the band. It is well-written, meticulously researched & well-presented and rich in detail which shows how far The Beatles went in such a short time, from being able to walk to gigs to fullscale police operations to get them in & out of theatres. It encapsulates the mania & hysteria of the later tours, when shows became more of an event than a musical performance. It amazes me that they came through these years relatively intact, a self-contained unit that had to endure months on then road in less than luxurious conditions. And remember, documented here are just the main UK tours - consider also that they also undertook mini-tours (to the Channel Islands for example where I have some terrific photos of them taken from the wings) and one-off appearances, along with the performances overseas, PLUS recording two albums a year and making films! It's quite astonishing. The only minor, trivial comment, from Pedants Corner, is that the cover featuring the screaming fans behind a "We Love The Beatles" banner MIGHT be from Australia (note the TV Week poster one of the girls is carrying; an Australian publication I think?).
That aside, this really is an excellent book.