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Love Me Do: 50 Great Beatles Moments Kindle Edition
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The idea of assembling 50 important moments in the Beatles career is a novel way to rise above the slew of Beatles books that are already out there. As a journalist, one would reasonably assume that Paulo Hewitt would be thorough in researching his material and let's face it there's no shortage of reliable sources out there.
In the light of this I was surprised just how many avoidable errors cropped up. In one of the early chapters relating to Stuart Sutcliffe and the 'Exis' who befriended the Beatles, Hewitt refers to a relatively well known photo of the Exis and mistakes Stuart Sutcliffe for Jürgen Vollmer. In another chapter about George Harrison's adoption of LSD he mistakenly uses the term drollest as if it meant dullest. In the Shea stadium chapter he mistakenly attributes authorship of Carl Perkins' Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby to George Harrison.
I could go on nit picking ad infinitum about the rest of the annoying inaccuracies in the book, and I'm sure the casual fan has already stopped reading this review and clicked on Not Helpful. But to me and the many avid Beatles fans out there who crave to learn something new or are presented with a different view or approach to one of the music industry's most enduring subjects, these little things matter.
That said, there are still some tasty tidbits in there to keep most Fabs fans happy and it doesn't cost the earth.
This may be entry level to many. Hopefully it will encompass the time and effect the period had. Each generation has the 'I was there and remember what and where' factor. This is mine and many others. I suspect it will be in your collection as a thumb-through, maybe picked up at a cheaper price later (no means extravagant now). Well-illustrated. 'Love Me Do' gets a vote.
On the plus side, it has an appealing cover & features a good selection of photographs, many I've not seen before, so it's not a complete disaster. What lets it down is the text. As has been pointed out, it's riddled with errors which space & inclination precludes from detailing here but if Paolo Hewitt, former confidant of the Mod Father, can't even get basic facts like Paul McCartney's full name correct ("Paul James McCartney"??) what hope is there for the reminder of the narrative? It's almost as if the author has written the book from memory, adding in a bit of pure speculation & supposition which makes for unsatisfying, muddied mix of facts and the author's whimsy.
Why should this matter? Because, with first-hand experience working for a world renowned publishing house where content was king, books like this will regrettably be referenced in other work, which themselves will be referenced in further work until what's contained herein is treated as absolute, unconditional fact & future generations will, for example, read that Ringo Starr left The Beatles & the sessions for The White Album in 1968, went on holiday to Sardinia, took a boat trip & saw octopuses in the sea, collecting objects for what was loosely described as their aquatic gardens, returned home and was inspired to write......"Don't Pass Me By."!!
For all his credentials, Paolo Hewitt - in my personal opinion - is just not a very good writer. It's clear that he loves The Beatles as much as I do but does that mean he's qualified to write what is revealed to be a patchy, inconsistent book about them? No.
So, despite the meagre plus points mentioned above, this is far from an essential addition to the expert Beatles scholar or even casual observer's library.
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