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The Ray Connolly Beatles Archive Paperback – 17 Jul 2016
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Prior to reading this collection of articles by Ray Connolly, I had just completed reading Mark Lewisohn's The Beatles - All These Years - Extended Special Edition: Part One: Volume One: Tune In and The Beatles - All These Years - Extended Special Edition: Part Two: Volume One: Tune In, which proved to be the most detailed Beatles biography I had ever read.
However as 'All These Years' represented only Volume One (Parts One and Two), with other volumes to be released in the future, Ray Connolly's Beatles Archive covered many of the years beyond the scope of Lewisohn's book and incorporated plenty of new material and interesting perspectives that I, personally, had never encountered before.
Consequently I would highly recommend Ray Connolly's book to anyone wishing to explore Beatles facts from the viewpoint of a writer, in whom the Beatles often confided and whose interviews and perceptions facilitated insights, that incorporated an honest understanding of what the Beatles were really about....
Though not a biography, the book does have biographical elements. More than anything Beatles Archive is a behind the scenes peek at the world of a Beatle, both when the group was together and also as former Beatles.
Each chapter of Ray Connolly's Archive provided something I had not known previously. And I didn't just learn Beatle facts and dates. This book also reveals insights into how each member felt about the group, their post-Beatle careers, their songs, each other, and even themselves.
Any Beatle ardent fan would enjoy the book, as would anyone wanting to gain an understanding of the group that set the world on its collective head in the 60's, leaving it more melodic and lyrical yet today.
I can't really expand on what has already been written in the other reviews but what I will say is that if you buy it you won't be disappointed , it is really really good .
I can't recommend it highly enough .
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Nice book; would have benefitted from a greater design sensibility (re the cover/layout) and more rigorous proof-reading.Published 2 months ago by Dory Buck
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OK, it's just interviews and not a proper "story". Sheesh ... so what? It reveals many secrets of the Fab Four. The author knows of what he is talking!Published 10 months ago by Mr Toad
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Excellent real time account
A real understanding and compassion for the subject
Quite reflective towards John
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