You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles Paperback – 7 Oct 2010
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"Enthralling...impossible to put down...fascinating" (Independent)
"A gripping account that portrays The Beatles as something much more interesting than the airbrushed gods we've recently seen" (Guardian)
"The Beatles story you haven't read" (GQ)
"Refreshingly straightforward and highly readable portraits of the leading players...compulsive" (Daily Telegraph)
"Truly remarkable...a gripping narrative...the most important book on its subject since Revolution In The Head" (Sunday Herald)
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Beginning during the haphazard formation of Apple in 1967 and continuing to the present day,`You Never Give Me Your Money' documents The Beatles' split more successfully than almost every other account. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the inner-workings of their business empire and the subsequent antagonism between Lennon/McCartney and McCartney/Harrison.
Rest assured, this is not a tabloid-style character assassination al-a Albert Goldman: it is an unbiased and refreshingly well-balanced account of the reality behind the biggest entertainment phenomenon the world has ever known. Doggett merely shows The Beatles for what they were: four incredibly talented but rather naive young men struggling to come to terms with the financial monster they had unwittingly unleashed.
Nor is `You Give Me Your Money' a dry tale of endless contract signings and boardroom meetings. Doggett ensures that the various deals and manoeuvres are explained in a clear, concise and readable fashion. He also offers a comprehensive examination of the individual Beatles' changes in fortune throughout the last four decades. Doggett illuminates this incredible story with a huge selection of rarely-seen interviews, particularly from Lennon and Apple Spokesman Derek Taylor, although every significant player is well-represented throughout with interesting and insightful quotes.Read more ›
The only criticism of the book (& it's a small one) is that jacket for the book must rank as being one of the dullest I've seen - it doesn't exactly 'shout' from the bookshelves!
On reading it, it struck me that the break up was almost by default with the parties particularly John and Paul acting like hurt lovers with many things said and done designed to hurt the other into saying sorry first. This behaviour continued into their solo careers, with both protesting way too much that they didn't care about each other.
Reading Pauls infamous press release for the McCartney album it seems to me that he is engaging in a bit of brinksmanship which was interpreted by the Press as an announcement that he was quitting The Beatles.
He didn't actually say that but I think the weariness which had by this time set in on all sides resulted in nobody challenging this and so it was all over.
This may incidentally explain why he fell into such a deep depression after the split .
In retrospect much could have been done to keep everyone happy and a year or two during which the participants were allowed to engage in solo projects may well have saved the band .In the end however I'm not sure that would have been the best result.
It's like they ended at the right time and entered Mythology in a way The Rolling Stones never will.
Dont take my word for it. Read this Book.
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I've read plenty of Beatles books and biographies (not all of course as that would take several lifetimes) and seen most of the documentaries, but this is as close to unputdownable... Read morePublished 18 days ago by DV Don't
Very good for a second hand copy. Just what I needed. Also First Edition which is better.Published 1 month ago by Frank Lomax
If you are in any way interested in The Beatles this book is essential. It says a lot about the characters that The Beatles were, away from the public persona but that's not to say... Read morePublished 7 months ago by kiefspoon
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