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John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233001409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233001401
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'Tony Barrow... writes well and with authority, and John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me will be an invaluable source for all Beatles brains' Sunday Times, Hunter Davies, The Beatles' only authorised biographer 'His detailed account of their final world tour of 1966 - Japanese riots, literally being kicked out of the Philippines, Lennon's tears before facing the American press over his "bigger than Jesus" comment - genuinely takes the reader deep into the band's world' Q Magazine 'This fab new book... [is]... a vividly personal account of the world's largest band by one of their closest allies.' Uncut" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tony Barrow, who coined the phrase the Fab Four and whose sleeve notes adorned some of The Beatles' biggest-selling albums, was the band's press officer from 1962-68. He is the only surviving professional writer who witnessed Beatlemania from the inside.

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Tony Barrow worked as the Beatles' press officer during the years 62-68 and has told his story here for the first time.
On the whole it is a good read, there are plenty of personal insights into various situations and conversations which happened on tour, particularly dealing with touring the USA as well as Japan and the Philippines. The chapter on the Japanese leg of the tour is particularly interesting as it deals with assassination threats and how much the boys were unaware of the danger they were in. There is also a detailed section covering the infamous meeting with Elvis.
There is a general air of "Look, I was there too!" from Tony, who seems keen to ensure that he is recognised as part of the Beatles inner-circle, along with more familiar faces like Neil Aspinal, George Martin and Derek Taylor. The photos in the book have obviously been chosen so that people can see Tony actually with the Beatles.
But this aside it is a good page-turner and shows how much work went on behind the scenes in those days when promoting the biggest band on earth.
The book tells a well-worn story but from a different perspective; from someone who was actually there! (unlike so many other Beatle books which deal with hearsay). Also, what makes it interesting is that it isn't from the official sanitised Apple stable, so Tony can tell it like it was!
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I had been waiting for years for Tony Barrow to tell his story and he doesn't disappoint. It's fascinating to watch the Beatles rise to stardom through the eyes of an unpretentious PR man with no axe to grind. Barrow manages to avoid the myth-perpetuation of some eyewitnesses and, as a result, the Beatles and Brian Epstein emerge from the book as ordinary people who suddenly find themselves making history. The book is especially strong on the 1962-63 period, conveying the dizzying pace of that first year, and there is also an utterly compelling behind-the-scenes account of Lennon's 'more popular than Jesus' remark. Recommended - even for the most jaded Beatles fan.
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Tony Barrow was well-known to the beatles, being their PR for most of their touring years and writing the sleeve notes on some of their early albums. Tony tells about his personal experience of life within the frantic world of john paul george ringo and their manager Brian Epstein. It is brief but always compelling and I would recommend it to beatles fans who know the well-known facts about the band.
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HASH(0x91e48ef4) out of 5 stars Great Inside Information for Beatles Fans 17 Sept. 2010
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I've actually traded emails with Tony about a book I'm working on. He refered me to "John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me" and it was sound advice. Tony's a great writer, (of course - he was the No. 1 publicist for the No. 1 group in the most important decade of pop music and pop culture!), so it's easy reading. I learned a lot about the Fabs and thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Great job Tony!!
- Dave Schwensen, author of "The Beatles In Cleveland"
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HASH(0x8ef19030) out of 5 stars GIVE ME DEREK TAYLOR! 8 Mar. 2011
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Such an exciting time. . . Such an exciting group. . . So many exciting events. . . Why is this book so dry and boring. Tony Barrow may be an interesting and exciting individual...in person, but none of that comes across in these pages. He manages to make the events surrounding four of the most captivating and talented individuals read like a recipe.

And on a petty note, on page 46 he writes "If there was a moment in time when the Lennon and McCartney songwriting team was conceived this was it - Saturday, July 7, 1957, in the grounds of St. Peter's Parish Church..." NO! July 7th was a Sunday. It's been widely published that this event took place on Saturday, July 6th.
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