John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005
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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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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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- Dave Schwensen, author of "The Beatles In Cleveland"
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.