The Beatles Anthology

The Beatles Anthology

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The international best-seller is now in paperback! From their years growing up in Liverpool through their ride to fame to their ultimate breakup, heres the inside story. Interwoven with The Beatles own memories are the recollections of such associates as road manager Neil Aspinall, producer George Martin, and spokesman Derek Taylor. The Beatles Anthology is


The international best-seller is now in paperback! From their years growing up in Liverpool through their ride to fame to their ultimate breakup, heres the inside story. Interwoven with The Beatles own memories are the recollections of such associates as road manager Neil Aspinall, producer George Martin, and spokesman Derek Taylor. The Beatles Anthology is a once-in-a-lifetime volume: warm, frank, funny, poignant, and bold-just like the music thats been a part of so many of our lives. The Beatles Anthology is, for the first time, the story of The Beatles by The Beatles. Created with the full cooperation of Paul, George, Ringo, and Yoko Ono Lennon, it also includes the words of John, painstakingly compiled from sources worldwide. The Beatles Anthology is, in effect, The Beatles autobiography.The Beatles Anthology features over 1300 images, most previously unpublished. Paul, George, Ringo, and Yoko Ono Lennon all opened their own archives just for this project, as did Apple, EMI, and others long associated with The Beatles, allowing the unprecedented release of photographs, documents, and other memorabilia from their homes and offices. The result is an extraordinary wealth of visual material brimming on each and every page.

Editorial Reviews

The quintessential Beatles book: In 300,000 words and 1,300 images, the Fab Four present a personal history of their epoch-making group. This book is, in effect, the Beatles' autobiography.
The Barnes & Noble Review
"What can I tell you about myself that you have not already found out from those who do not lie?" These words by John Lennon commence The Beatles Anthology, and they encapsulate what is so spectacular about this sprawling, exquisite book. After all, John's words couldn't be farther from the truth: Fans of the Beatles have long been aching to hear the real story, after hearing so much from so many who, if not deliberately lying, certainly didn't know everything about the Fab Four and their unbelievable journey. And now, finally, there is The Beatles Anthology. It includes extensive interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison conducted exclusively for the book; it includes John Lennon's words, in reproduced interviews and journal entries, gathered with the help of Yoko Ono; it contains scores of photographs from the Beatles' private collections, many of which have never been published. In short, like the Beatles themselves, The Beatles Anthology rocks.

With remarkable candor, the Fab Four discuss everything, from the fateful decision to replace Pete Best with Ringo to their drug experimentation and sexual exploits, their marriages, life during the height of Beatlemania, and rivalry within the group. In a particularly revealing quote, John says of his relationship with Paul, "It wasn't resentment, but it was competitive. I mean, rivalry between two guys is always there: it was a creative was not a vicious, horrible vendetta, because it's not on that level."

The slow breakup of the group is also discussed at great length and with great frankness. George describes the mood of the concert at Candlestick Park, which would be their last: "We knew. 'This is it -- we're not going to do this again. This is the last concert.' It was a unanimous decision. It was all too much with all those riots and hurricanes. Beatlemania took its toll, and we were no longer on the buzz of fame and success." Interviews with Beatles insiders like Brian Epstein, Neil Aspinall, and George Martin are incorporated into the book, providing a somewhat objective perspective. There is also a touching passage in which the Beatles talk about Brian Epstein, whose death left an indelible mark on the group.

In presentation, The Beatles Anthology is unparalleled. Gorgeous photographs adorn the pages like hidden treasures. Childhood photos and family snapshots abound, in addition to the candid pictures of the Beatles and spectacular photos taken from their private collections.

The Beatles Anthology is not simply the kind of sugar-coated retelling of events that one might expect. It is the real thing. What shines through the narrative of each member of the Beatles is a bittersweet mix of friendship, remembrance of good times, resentment, remembrance of bad times, and, above all, love of the music and amazement that four ordinary lads from Liverpool endured such a whirlwind ride of fame and fortune.

--Karen Burns

London Sunday Telegraph
The book will provide the frankest account yet of the band's rise to the top of the pop world in the 1960s...
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Who knows why the Beatles happened?" John Lennon asked in 1980: if anyone did, it would be the Fab Four themselves, who tell their own story--with plenty of visual aids--in this giant compendium. Festooned with more than 1,300 photographs, posters and documents (many in color), the weighty (6.6 lbs.) volume offers the Beatles' "own permanent written record of events up to 1970," some of it previously published, but much of it transcribed from new or unpublished interviews. Paul, George, Ringo and Beatles-related folks (Brian Epstein, George Martin, Derek Taylor) contribute text from interviews conducted for the book and for an accompanying TV program. Words from the late John Lennon have been gathered from print, broadcast and manuscripts (each with an indicated date), then spliced together to create coherent pages and paragraphs. The book opens with the band members' separate accounts of their childhoods, then moves into a year-by-year organization that allows for great detail and many digressions. Here are what the Beatles have said, or say now, about particular sessions and gigs. Here, too, are comments and reminiscences on every topic in their career-- from marijuana to Manila to Murray the K, from Hamburg to "A Hard Day's Night" to "Hey, Jude." Most of the text appears oral-history style, in short paragraphs with rapid switches between one Beatle and another: the format makes it sound as if all the Beatles (including John) were being interviewed simultaneously. The visuals bring in cartoons, signed letters, scrawled drawings and photos. As a whole the volume is beautiful, big and a bit intimidating, somewhere between the Yellow Submarine and the Death Star. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Hyped, anticipated, and cloaked in secrecy, the Beatles' autobiography is articulately told through quotes from John, Paul, George, and Ringo, as well as the group's closest aides: George Martin, Neil Aspinall, and Derek Taylor. Taken largely from interviews for 1995's Beatles Anthology documentary, the quotes were further expanded by interviews exclusive to the book. Lennon's quotes are seamlessly cobbled together from scores of sources (listed in the back) and smoothly integrated with the others' comments. Topics are discussed in more depth than the film, though a few significant career points (e.g., the "Lady Madonna" single) are ignored. Many of the over 1300 images come from the private archives of EMI Records, the Beatles' own Apple Corps., and the band members themselves. Unfortunately, the lavish design sometimes takes precedence over substance, as many previously unseen documents, including original hand-written drafts of song lyrics, are hard to read because the texts are either superimposed in color onto other illustrations or are printed like a watermark behind the main text. Captions for only a small percentage of the illustrations are listed in an appendix, often making the reader flip to the back to look for a caption that doesn't exist. The density of the text is daunting, but the book's browsability makes it as appealing to casual readers as it is indispensable to Beatlemaniacs. Despite its price, this is essential for most libraries.--Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Mim Udovitch
Entertaining and, to a degree that depends on your previous grasp of the information, informative...Anthology also highlights, as no work by an outsider could, how close the members of the group really were to one another...
New York Times Book Review
In effect, the Beatles tell their own story, without critical commentary. Revelatory pictures, many never seen before, accompany the text.

What makes this oral history of the band gripping is not only the documentation of their spectacular rise and rancorous fall but the ample evidence that each Beatle was smart and self-aware (yes, Ringo too).
Washington Post Book Review

From the Publisher
Text and images copyright Apple Corps Ltd 2000. Reproduction or reuse of any of the images or text is strictly prohibited. "Apple," the Apple logo, "Beatles" and "The Beatles" (in both cases with and without the stylized letter "T") are all trademarks of Apple Corps Limited. All rights reserved.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I encourage anyone interested in learning the Beatle's story to get this book. It will give you insight into the band told by the band themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next to Cynthia Lennon's biography, "John" based on Beatle, and ex-husband, John Lennon, Beatles Anthology is by far, one of the best books I have ever came across. It is probably the only autobiography written by the Beatles themselves - in their own words. I have had my share of good biographies, based on the band out there, though most of those books are usually written by either their fans, or historians who look into their personal lives and careers, though I'd say it's better that John, Paul, George and Ringo speak for themselves. The book is quite large and isn't necessarily a novel, but filled with rare, unseen photos of the Beatles, and their personal feelings and opinions on their childhood, careers, and even marriages. Personally, I have not finished the book, due to the fact that it does take a good amount of time to actually sit down and read the book, but it's absolutely worth buying the book, if you are a true Beatles fan who loves them for more than the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a nice coffee table book full of interviews with the fab four. There is no narrative. It reads like one long magazine article. That's not to say that it's bad, but to fully understand the Beatles' history you may be better served with some of the older books written on them. Still, there is a lot to enjoy in this gigantic tome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book i should say! I am pleased with how they put all of the illistrations in the book. I know two people that have The Beatles Anthology. The book tells you more about their biography than any movie The Beatles ever made! It tells about what they did when they were little kids and before they were The Beatles.I congragulate and give my thanks to George Martin, Brian Epstien, John Lennon, Paul McCartny, George Harrison and Richard Starky (Ringo Star). And the publishers that made the book. Thanks Everybody!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Beatles Anthology is a great book for anyone who's ever wanted to hear the Beatles tell how life was as a Beatle. I realize the book tends to be critized for suppossedly not revealing any deep dark secrets, or that it priced way too high, but I beg to differ. With all of the books written about that Fab Four, and only about a small percentage that are completely accurate, it's nice finally have both words and interview from the Beates themselves, not some amature writer who only wants to make a fast buck using the Beatle name. And once more, the pictures included inside this books are some of the most amazing I've ever seen. That alone, to me, is worth the price of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book transcends its overt purpose of being an anthology of the Beatles. Anyone who loves the music the Beatles gave us will find much rewarding material here. Those who want to know about how success can be accomplished in popular music will be riveted. Those who like to look back on popular culture in times past will have a happy trip. If you just love exciting photography, there is much to attract you to this volume. I found myself singing the Beatles' songs to myself as I read the text and looked at the illustrations. That was the best part! To me, the most thought-provoking part of this book was its rags-to-genius quality. The Beatles were unlikely candidates to become leading musical innovators. Most of them were so poor that their families lacked indoor bathrooms when they were growing up. None of them could read music. The combined number of music lessons they had was less than ten in total. They could not afford musical instruments. Their families could not afford to subsidize their careers. Yet they were observant about the new, in contact with what moved their hearts, listened intently for better music, and worked with a never-ending frenzy to fulfill their passion for the music. It's vastly more heartwarming and fascinating than any rags-to-riches story ever can be. I had never understood John Lennon's complaints about the 'packaged, predictable' Beatles until I read in this book about the type of band they were while evolving their style. Particularly in the Hamburg gigs, they were more like a jazz combo that played rock and roll. The music was free form, and they stretched some songs into being as long as an hour and a half. In fact, their commercial success was a tremendous tragedy for their artistic success because they were probably at the edge of developing a whole new musical genre that would have become the dominant one today. I'm sorry it never happened. I feel even more sorry for them, in realizing that they knew what they lost and must feel it very deeply. I was also moved by the story of their tempestuous friendship. These guys went through tremendous stresses, strains, and deprivations together. They fought, they disagreed, they slugged each other, and they appreciated each other. Yet, there was a strong enough pull towards each other that allowed the group to continue through its amazing journey, despite the difficulties. To have had such friendships, even if they are eventually lost, must be an amazing experience. Few will know this closeness in their lives. I came away from this book with a new appreciation for the Beatles. Before this book, the Beatles were all about (for me) how they sounded and looked, and how I reacted to that. Now, I see them as being role models for important aspects of human experience that we should all appreciate. Before closing, I do have two words of caution. This book is very open about the major and minor vices of life. As such, this book could make the wrong impression on adolescents. They don't need too many new ideas about how to rebel, and this book could be read that way. That's not what the Beatles were doing, but a 13 year old could see it that way. Second, as revealing as the book is, more is ultimately still hidden below the surface than is revealed. These young men knew a lot of pain, and that pain was an important source of their brilliance. Don't be offended that they did not share more. It was probably very painful to share as much as they did. I would like to give the editors major credit for developing a successful dialogue style in the book that included quotes from John Lennon. It must have been the dickens to read through all of his many quotes, and to weave them into material comparable to what can be developed in a simple interview where the others could be aware of what each other said. 'Take a sad song, and make it better.' Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,0
Walterama More than 1 year ago
The Beatles Anthology tells the story of how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr became the Beatles. It is the only autobiography written by the Beatles themselves in their own words.Unlike several authors who wrote the book about the Beatles, none of them even come close to telling the true story of the Fab Four. Also, the Compleat Beatles which came out on VHS, did not tell the story of the Beatles. You can add The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr as authors along with George Martin, Neil Aspinall, and Derek Taylor. The Beatles Anthology is one of the best selling books of all time and definitely one of my favorite Beatles books.
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As a long time Beatles fan who read the ink off of teen magazines like "16" and "Tiger Beat" back in 1964... I have to say, as thrilled as that made me back then, this is the grand daddy of them all. It is just so beautifully done. The perfect gift for the 60's fan, or the newer Beatles fan. I love to read about them. I guess I always will. There are many good books out there, but this is truly the cream of the crop!
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DuckyandRingo4ever More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing! To read about their lives before and during the Beatles in their own words was facinating! The accompanying pictures were of great quality though the hardback makes it difficult to take with you if you want to read it. This book is a must for all Beatles fans or those who are merely curious about them!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is exactly what the ultimate Beatle fan would want. Everything you want to know, said by the Beatles themselves. The perfect book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Beatles book I've ever read. It describes presicley what was happening and I liked a lot.
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It was supurb. I would have given it 6 stars but i couldn't.
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A super book that gives startling detail of the lives of the Fab Four.
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I love this book, and the four sane, compelling people who wrote and experienced it. I only pray that the pain each has experienced while giving such pleasure to the world will ease someday. We in the 60's were so incredibly lucky to have them in our orbit, and the warmth of their message will resonate forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The True Beatles will forever be a unbreakable mystery to many (except themselves). Yet, this book is the closest dipiction to who they really were, and what they were thinking (at the time).
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best beatles book ever written! i wasn't alive during the '60s, but i've always liked the beatles. after my parents bought this book, they've kept it on the coffee table in our living room and i can't stop reading it! i love just picking it up and reading excerpts from it here and there. after reading it and buying sgt. pepper, i can't stop listening to the beatles. like one other person who reviewed this book, i used to like the backstreet boys too, but now i can't stand them! i think i'll be into the beatles for many years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Beatles touched us all in some way-- even ultra-conservative types who did not like Rock'n'Roll grew their hair a little longer in the 70's. Their music is timeless. Their rags to riches experience is inspiring and filled with paradox. The Anthology paints one of the best pictures of one of the most influential, if not THE most influential, acts of the Rock'n'Roll era
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was amazing. I definitely have never read such a good book. I bought it London cause I thought I would get more into it and I did. I couldn't put the book down. I used to never like the Beatles cause I used to be into like the Backstreet Boys and I can't stand them. Now all I listen to is the Beatles and Led Zepelin and music like that. I would definitely get this book and if you do I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.