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Shout!: The True Story of the Beatles Kindle Edition
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Very good, though, on just how shambolic and absurd the counter-culture was: a social experiment of a kind, thus doomed to end in failure.
Only Ringo Starr seems to emerge from this with much credit (only just)...
On the whole, for me, a timely reminder of why I stopped listening to pop and rock music in favour of Beethoven and J.S.Bach.
Throughout that time, the Beatles' journey was indeed a long and winding road, their itinerary becoming wilder and more unpredictable as it unfolded...STAR CLUB, CAVERN, BRIAN EPSTEIN, GEORGE MARTIN, M.B.E., ED SULLIVAN, BIGGER THAN JESUS, IMELDA MARCOS, SERGEANT PEPPER, SUMMER OF LOVE, MAHARISHI, APPLE, YOKO ONO, LET IT BE...and yet, with hindsight, it's still possible to trace unmistakable fracture-lines in the order and chaos of events held together, paradoxically, by the inextricable hand of fate. The highs and the lows, in every conceivable sense. And those unforgettable others, yet to come.
If you can get over the odd jarring, marginally detrimental, bias then this is a major achievement.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
For any half-serious Beatles fan, this book is a goldmine. Everything you could reasonably want to know is here. I already had a pretty comprehensive knowledge by average standards, but I learnt vast amounts I'd never known, especially about the pivotal importance of Brian Epstein. It's entertaining too. Norman has a chatty prose style and conjures up Apple Corps, Hamburg, and touring wonderfully well. Best of all is the amount of facts available. It is hard to see how it will be beaten in this by a book of its size.
Especially good are the descriptions of the cultural importance of the Beatles. The introduction is focussed on this- it's simply superb. Norman has a great eye for hyperbole, which he deploys in exactly the right quantities to contrast the inconceivable wealth and fame of the Beatles with their humble beginnings and simplistic attitudes. The book is worth getting for these bits alone.
But there are a couple of problems. First is the obsessively generous depiction of Lennon. I'm a hands-down Johnite, but I found this ridiculous. McCartney is not only sidelined but ridiculed. Norman simply doesn't like him. It ruins parts of the book. I find myself just not knowing whether an account of something is accurate. For a 'definitive' history, that's bad. Secondly, and more importantly, the music is practically not mentioned at all. Now, despite what Norman implies, the success of the Beatles lies in their musical genius. To ignore the music so devotedly- despite claiming, in the introduction, to have added more about the music for the second edition- is a bizarre way of looking at the titans of our age.
Read this book, but unless you want to think the Beatles were just John Lennon's PR stunts, read 'Revolution in the Head' as well.
Most recent customer reviews
I've been a big fan of The Beatles for over 10 years now. I decided to read this book out of curiosity because I first read Norman's book on McCartney which made me aware of Shout... Read morePublished 13 months ago by GJS
Every one has their view. But can,t help think the auther has no knowledge of music. An from his view the Beatles were a one man band.Published 13 months ago by RICKY WILLIAMS
The first book I ever read on the Beatles back in the early eighties. Very easy to read and absorbing account of the greatest band ever. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Barclays
This book is the most dangerous of things..... superior gossip stuff, but offering a completely distorted overview. I'm neither a Lennon nor a McCartney freak..... Read morePublished 15 months ago by imogen
As confirmed in other reviews, the author really dislikes McCartney. It is in fact a 'good read' but borders on the spiteful in its criticism of McCartney. Read morePublished 16 months ago by mucker
fantastic book came in great conditon and on time well pleasedPublished 21 months ago by sandra west
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