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You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009
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`An enthralling new book on the group.' --The Independent
`an admirably unstarry-eyed path through the breakup of the band and beyond.' --Metro
`What Doggett has achieved is a laying bare of the darker consequences of enormous fame and wealth.' --Irish Times
"A breath-taking record of uncontrolled fame's grotesque side-affects."
"Doggett's approach to the Beatles is brave...refreshing."
`The Beatles Story you haven't read.'
"A familiar story, freshly told" --Financial Times
`A page-turner, and for its genre and uncharacteristically literate one'. --Literary Review
Unique and original, this is the most important book about the Beatles since Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head.See all Product description
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Read this in conjunction with Lewisohn's 'The Complete Beatles Chronicle' and you'll have a much better view of what went on behind the media smokescreen of the time which only hinted, often untruthfully, at the stories surrounding the biggest sensation to hit pop music in the '60s.
This book is a great read. The Kindle edition makes it difficult to follow the footnotes as these are split into both chapter notes and actual footnotes which are, unfortunately, lumped together at the end of each chapter. As such the footnote references are difficult to match up with the text which is why I've deducted a star. However this doesn't spoil the flow of the narrative, which is the main thrust of Doggett's book, and I enjoyed it immensely.
Well written and insightful, I'm not sure about Doggett's sources, but he appeared to me to be both credible, objective, and unbiased. It was a riveting read, and helped me understand things even better than before, particularly the early seventies and immediate post break up time.
It seems even more plausible that the fabs would have reformed at some point, according to Doggett, but Yoko got in the way initially, and then later of course, it was never to be, after Lennon's untimely death.
Highly recommended, the best Beatles book since Revolution in the Head. I'd callthis is the first '21st Century Beatles book', as it seems to have been able to mop up so much of the last 20 years too into a cohesive sweep, and retell this wonderful, captivating story from a new perspective - quite an achievement.
Peter Doggett is an excellent rock journalist and writer. The opening chapter 'Prologue: 8th December 1980' sets the scene for a completely engrossing book and is worth the price of admission alone. In this chapter he conjures up brilliant ways of explaining how Lennon's death affected the remaining Beatles - and the entire world. Almost a slightly melodramatic writing style at times, but he never overdoes it, and the subject matter benefits.
Doggett is balanced and fair and we see good - and a lot of bad! - in each one of the Fab Four. He is not partisan, unlike Philip Norman in 'Shout' where he obviously couldn't stand Paul McCartney.
It's not a story of the Beatles' career, but it does document just about every non music-related event from 1968 to the present day.
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