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Beatles still making money,
This review is from: Beatles for Sale: How Everything They Touched Turned to Gold (Paperback)
This book is about how The Beatles were conned out of hundreds of millions of pounds by the greed and incompetence of the people around them who managed their affairs.
Its an old story, and has been told many times before. There's absolutely nothing in this book that can't be found in any number of other books about the band.
Its ironic that 'respected author' John Blaney has, while pointing out that people continue to this day to make money out of the Beatle name, is himself making money out of the Beatle name. He's done nothing in this book except collect together information previously published in other books and present it more or less as his own research.
He writes reasonably well, but apart from that, don't bother.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2008 21:25:22 BDT
Derek Longstaff says:
I agree, it's an old story that's been told many times. But `Beatles For Sale' is the first time anyone's bothered to bring all the threads together. I disagree with Bother John's comment that there's `absolutely nothing in this book that can't be found in any number of other books about the band'. It's clear the Blaney has done a lot of research from primary source material, but he's also drawn on the best secondary sources available. (Isn't that what research is, bringing different sources together and citing those sources?) Indeed, he's done a lot more than `collect together information previously published in other books and present it more or less as his own research'. It's clear from the text that he's spoken to several industry insiders, some of whom were close to Epstein, to shed new light on an often told story. Not perfect perhaps, but more deserving than one star.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2008 11:31:55 BDT
Wayne Arleigh says:
I wouldn't agree that the threads have been brought together - they are in separate chapters. And if you want the story of, say, the Beatles' publishing then Northern Songs by Brian Southall (while not perfect) is more comprehensive and better informed.
(Incidentally I agree with Brother John... I didn't find any new insights or information in the book.)
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