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Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2009

    The Fantastic Tale Of The Fab Four

    Shout! is one of the most honest and descriptive biographies on the Beatles. Philip Norman goes into meticulous detail about the lives of Ringo, George, Paul, and John, before, during, and after joining the Beatles. You can tell through the in-depth look at all aspects of the lives of the Beatles, that Norman thoroughly researched his subjects. Like most biographies Shout! starts with the childhoods of the four members. Each boy had to face different hardships and struggles during their adolescents. During their childhoods is when each one of the members picked up an instrument and started to become engrossed in learning to play. They all began to play in different groups such as the Quarry Men and Rory Storms and the Hurricanes. Through these different groups the Beatles began to start forming.
    The second part of the biography describes the significant success that the Beatles had with their music. Norman chronicles the numerous tours that they went on during that period, and what affect their stardom had on their personal lives. Norman also goes into great detail about the personal life of the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, and the inner demons he fought while managing the band. Through Brian Epstein's life it is much clearer for a reader to understand the impact of working with such a successful band had on a person's mentality.
    The third part details more about the inter-workings of their company Apple, and the different fights the Beatles had over certain aspects of their music and company. You see how the conflicts they faced seemed to cripple their ability to function as a group, and ultimately led to their break-up.
    Norman's biography on the Beatles showcases the message that dedication and hard-work can lead to great successes. The Beatles worked extremely hard starting from when they were just adolescents, and had many struggles along the way, yet they never gave up on their dream. Through their dedication to their music, and their determination to succeed they tried as hard as they could, and were rewarded with immense success.
    This was so far the best biography I have read on the Beatles. While reading I sometimes got so caught up in the story I forgot it was completely true account of their lives, and not just a fictional novel. Philip Norman wrote it brilliantly, not sugarcoating any facts, but putting the truth out there for the audience to read. The only problem I had with Norman's writing was that he appeared to be somewhat biased towards John Lennon and against Paul. He seemed to blame Paul for a lot of the conflicts that went on in the band, and sometimes seemed to portray Paul as more of the villain of the group. To Norman's credit he does not just show the flaws in Paul, but shows them in Ringo, George, and John as well. Ultimately, I thought this was really well done, and would recommend it to any fan of the Beatles or anyone who wants to gain some insight into one of the most famous and successful bands of all time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2010

    A must-read for all Beatles fans!

    I very much enjoyed reading "Shout!" It was, thus far, the most compehensive Beatles' biography I've read. It follows each of their lives from birth to meeting each other and to the deaths of John and George.
    I found that the majority of the book was describing the events up to when The Beatles took over America. The next 6 or so years of their careers together was much quicker to read.
    This book also includes information about their lives post-Beatles. I found that was too much about John and Paul and George and Ringo were only roughly mentioned.
    I think this is a must-read for any Beatles fan who is interested in how the band came to be and how they did what they did. There are vague descriptions of the song-writing (which I thought was random and out of place) so this isn't for someone looking for the stories behind each song, but rather the timeline of their lives. This also is not a quick read. It is something that will take a while to get through. A great gift for a true Beatles fan!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    Good - but quite bias towards John

    I enjoyed this book immensly. It is well written and almost reads like a story - the descriptions of Hamburg are quite worthy of the price alone. But I was disappointed at some of the details. First of all, he writes in 'quotes' that can't possibly be true - because no one was there to write them down. He also presents things as fact that are highly dubious- for example, the well-known claim that Brian Epstein was murdered. This is ridiculous in the the extreme, but here it makes out that it is a plausable theory. He also makes no secret of the fact that he dislikes Paul. He makes that plain in the introduction, and carries it through in the text. The book is heavily biased against Paul - especially when it comes to the break-up. But having said all that, I did enjoy the book. And if you can get past the things I've just mentioned, than you will probably enjoy it too

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    One of my favorite books

    I got this book for my fifteenth birthday and I loved it! I've read it several times and it gets better every time! It's really informative and helped me write my research paper on George Harrison!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    EMERGENCY!!!!HELP!! HEY! Arent you going to HELP?!?!?

    Fooled ya. Anyways thanks for tapping....... LETS GO LED ZEPPELIN!!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! BEATLES ARE GOING DOWN!!!!!!!!! LED ZEPPELIN!!!!!!!!!!!! YA! WHOO! OH! BRING IT! YA! LETS GO! WHOO! LED ZEPPELIN!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    The statues shadow

    Cooks storm with no more words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Ronnie loves it

    A must read for all beatle fans!!!!! I love this book it is inspriering to musicians and future musicians!!i truly reccomend this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!"ronnie loves it,shouldend you.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Second time around...

    Even better than the first time with the addition of the sad and tragic deaths of John & George.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Cool

    This is a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    A captivating read. Great research piece as well.

    What was the song 'Help!' all about? You can find that answer here. This book allows the reader and in-depth study into how this band metamorphosed througout the years; from John's original skiffle group through 1970. They truly had to beat the odds from cards dealt them in life, love, and the music world.

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