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This review is from: The Beatles' London: The Ultimate Guide to Over 400 Beatles Sites in and Around London (Paperback)
The Beatles' London should be owned by all fans of the Fab Four. It is a mind-boggling treasure trove of information which can just as easily be enjoyed at home via Google Street View as walking the streets of London. Impeccably researched, flawlessly organised and refreshingly witty, open any page at random and you'll be presented with a wealth of fascinating trivia and historical information.
The book ably demonstrates that The Beatles' London existence wasn't merely confined to the vacuum of Abbey Road Studios. It places the band firmly in the context of "Swinging London" more successfully than any other account, showing just how closely the network of people and places of the period were interlinked. Barely a page goes by without some Beatle-related connection to a famous artist, photographer or writer being revealed (typical example: Playwright Joe Orton, commissioned to write the third Beatles movie, lived and died in Noel Road, right next door to Ivan Vaughan, who famously introduced John and Paul to each other as teenagers).
It's crammed with great photos, particularly the "now and then" comparisons and the rare period shots of long-demolished locations. There are also plenty of maps and a street index. Each location contains an entry concerning its Beatle connection, no matter how trivial. I've read scores of Beatles books and a huge amount of information here was completely new to me.
The Beatles' London is much more than one of the all-time best reference books about John, Paul, George and Ringo. As the late great Derek Taylor notes in his eloquent introduction, it is "Far and away the most interesting Beatles book ever assembled."