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The Mammoth Book of the Beatles (Mammoth Books) Paperback – 23 Apr 2009
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A bumper anthology of interviews, accounts and recollections of the Beatles.
About the Author
Sean Egans previous books include The Rough Guide to the Rolling Stones and 100 Albums That Changed Music. He is well connected in the music press in the UK and America.
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In 'The Mammoth Book of the Beatles', you'll find so many landmark interviews, new and old, including John Lennon's infamous 'Beatles are bigger than Christ', first-hand accounts, and memoirs of the band members. Every album by the group and every movie is covered, as well as landmarks from the Ed Sullivan TV show. To round things up there's a comprehensive UK Beatles/Beatles solo discography at the back, completed by Graham Calkin.
My hands-down favourite parts of this book were the contemporary articles and reviews that were published at the time, and I have to say that the 'Dissenters' part, which collects together some people's negative opinions about the band, were also fascinating to read. To add an authentic touch, Sean Egan contributes his own reviews and analysis, and at times it does seem that he has gone out of his way to contradict the positive reviews, but everyone is entitled to their own opinions, even if I strongly disagreed with some of them.
I would have probably given 'The Mammoth Book of the Beatles ' five stars, had Mr. Egan kept his opinions to himself, although his high level of research can not be denied. If you're a new fan, then this is a great first book for the historical information and content. To the more familiar Beatles admirer, this is still a very useful and comprehensive guide to four men, who not only made some of the best British music of all time, but were also responsible for a cultural phenomenal.
The book contains no pictures apart from the one which graces the cover.
The best part of the book for me were the articles actually written at the time the Fab Four were active. Even the critical articles from those who didn't like the Band are interesting and sometimes amusing.Well done for including these.
I was particularly pleased to see a section on The Beatles Cartoon Series(shown in the US 65-67). Now virtually forgotten, it reminds us the series was a massive success in the States,attracting startling audience figures.
Its a well written and well balanced book. Giving us a good insight into the effect John,Paul,George and Ringo had on the 1960's. Their social impact as well as musical.
A good purchase for anyone interested in The Beatles.
Sean Egan's writing makes readers feel that they have that Ticket to Ride the Magical Mystery Tour bus and take in a plethora of Beatle information. He is a gifted writer who brings the Beatles and their life experiences to readers. He keeps his tone objective and one gets the impression that he is coming at this from a reporter's angle.
Egan does critiques of the recordings in an objective, yet respectful tone. He uses clear guide posts or markers for travelers down the Beatles' Long & Winding Roads. He wisely and aptly titled his book sections Life & Art; Dissenters; Film & TV; Beatle Women; Interviews; and In the End.
Other voices are included in this book such as Hunter Davies, who wrote a very sanitized, toned down Beatle biography entitled "The Beatles." Maureen Cleave's article about John Lennon's infamous 1966 comment, "more popular than Jesus" along with early Beatle influences such as Astrid Kirscherr, George Martin, Paul McCartney as well as Cynthia Lennon. You also get treated to a discography of Beatles and post-Beatle releases.
This is amust-have for Beatle fans especially. It deserves a place of honor among Beatle fans. For those who are marginally fond of the Beatles, just coming into the Beatles or who aren't even fans will get a lot out of this book as well. It explores Sixties culture and the part the Beatles had in shaping the soundtrack of our lives and defining an entire generation as well as generations to come.
Excellent book. I highly recommend it and urge people to buy this as a gift for the rabid Beatle fans they know. This gets a hearty YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!
If you buy only one Beatles book make it "Revolution in the Head" by Ian MacDonald! Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties