Beatles for Sale: How Everything They Touched Turned to Gold Paperback – 1 Jun 2008
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About the Author
John Blaney is the author of Jawbone's Lennon And McCartney - Together Alone: A Critical Discography Of Their Solo Work. He is a passionate Beatles fan who brings to his writing the expertise and rigour of a professional historian.
Top Customer Reviews
But that's not all. The author simply doesn't do justice to his subject. He doesn't know why George Martin signed the first EMI contract but not the renegotiation in 1966. (George Martin left EMI in 1965 to set up an independent production house, AIR.) And he simply doesn't understand the music business (he refers to mechanical royalties from EMI for example). A professional historian would know (or find out) the detail and the background.
So what we have is a mountain of facts culled from other authors (Brian Southall, Bruce Spizer, Geoffrey Ellis, George Martin, Debbie Geller, Derek Taylor, Keith Badman, Barry Miles, George Melly, Mark Lewisohn, etc.) and presented in a jumble. There is no coherent narrative or analysis and the separate aspects in separate chapters remain stubbornly separate.
"How everything they touched turned to gold" is not explained. It is not even explored. The author merely serves up a simplistic caricature of the players (Brian Epstein is repeatedly dismissed as a "shopkeeper" for example). Whether you already know, or are expecting to learn, about the Beatles this book will be a disappointment. I have read more than 50 of the several hundred Beatle books on offer and I can assure you this is among the very worst.
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.