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on 6 October 2000
For the diehard Beatles fan, this probably rates 10 stars. As a gift (this is a surprising large and lavish book) it's probably worth 11 stars. As a book for the rest of us (interested in the Beatles, not obsessed) it's a four. So the five-star rating is a blend, based on how you think of the Beatles.
The book is packed with photos, scanned images of handwritten song lyrics and notes written by the Beatles, and tons of interviews. In terms of Beatles trivia and information, it's absolutely first rate and fascinating. If you're the kind of Beatles fan who likes to listen to their live recordings, rare studio outtakes, alternate recordings, etc. -- you probably "have" to own this book.
The only drawback of the book -- if you're not 100% obsessed by the Beatles -- is that the interview format really is a slow way to tell the Beatles story. For each event in their career, you get four different versions of how it happened (sometimes more, because other leading Beatles characters are interviewed, too), and it can take a long time to get through the thread of the story. So, if you want to string together how their career happened and how the band imploded, it takes a little longer than one would like. But if you're a Beatle-ologist and want to revel in the small details of their career, it's absolutely first rate.
In summary, any Beatles fan -- casual or serious -- would love this, especially as a gift. The more casual you are about the Beatles, though, the more likley you are to skim the book rather than absorb every detail.
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