6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Solid, unspectacular book,
This review is from: You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles (Paperback)
I've read enough books about The Beatles. I was done. I had no desire or inclination to read another variation on their story. And yet I came across this book at an attractive price. The business dealings of the group sounded like a potentially curious variation on the usual, plus I hoped it dealt much more with the neglected post-split era.
The book starts with the formation of Apple Corp in 1967. The first third deals with the band up to their split in 1970. The remaining two thirds deal with their business troubles, their solo careers and the reissue campaigns that go up to the release of the 2009 album remasters (sadly next to nothing is said about these). As far as the book is concerned they have still not released their music on iTunes.
It was a very readable book on a subject that could have easily been bone dry. It was a solid book and always engaging. The estimated eleven hours that it took to read flew in. Personally I found the solo career stuff to be much more interesting than the well trodden Beatles era material. The business problems that the book dwells on were interesting, if not exactly fascinating. It didn't feel like it was the definitive account though.
I would say it was an average book, but an easy, enjoyable one that is well worth taking the time to read.