The Beatles

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The book that defines a band that defined a generation.
During 1967 and 1968 Hunter Davies spent eighteen months with the Beatles at the peak of their powers as they defined a generation and rewrote popular music. As their only authorized biographer, he had unparalleled access—not just to John, Paul, George, and Ringo but also to friends, family, and colleagues. Davies collected a wealth of intimate and revealing material that still makes this the classic Beatles book—the one ...

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Overview

The book that defines a band that defined a generation.
During 1967 and 1968 Hunter Davies spent eighteen months with the Beatles at the peak of their powers as they defined a generation and rewrote popular music. As their only authorized biographer, he had unparalleled access—not just to John, Paul, George, and Ringo but also to friends, family, and colleagues. Davies collected a wealth of intimate and revealing material that still makes this the classic Beatles book—the one all other biographers look to. He remained close with the band and had access to more information over the years. This edition brings the story up-to-date with new material on the Beatles's solo careers and lives, as well as the stories of many other people who appear in the book. Drawing on new material from the author's archives and from the Beatles themselves, including a newly discovered song lyric by George Harrison, this edition brings new insights to the Beatles legend.

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Editorial Reviews

Marshall McLuhan
“A document of our century.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Originally published in 1968, this is a revised and updated edition of the band's authorized biography. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Since their breakup in 1969, the only band that has managed to become bigger than the Beatles is...the Beatles. Their inestimable number of fans have not been willing to let it be, and the release of the three Anthology double CD sets has put the group right back on top. amazingly, their recordings sell more copies now than at the height of Beatlemania. Written in 1968, this was the only official portrait of the group that was produced with their cooperation. For this revision, Davies has included a new introduction and three updated appendixes of Beatles places, memorabilia, and books. Though works on the band are legion, this remains one of the best. (LJ 11/1/68)
Newsweek
“[Davies's] hard work and the obvious trust the Beatles have in him allow us to see the young musicians for the first time as interesting, fallible, corporeal creatures, each quite different from the others, each with his own history and hang-ups and hopes.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393338744
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2010
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 225,913
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Hunter Davies, formerly an editor for the Sunday Times of London, is the author of numerous books, including The Glory Game. He lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    wicked beatles book!

    this particular book tells any beatles fan anything and mostly everything you will ever need to know. there are many good photographs and alot of really intersting information. i learned alot about the beatles from this book, its one of a kind!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    A good book, and well-written

    This book is good for two reasons. 1) It was written in the sixties by someone who had access to the band - so he tells you stuff that no other author could know, and 2) he delves into other areas that are not strictly related to the band. For example, the chapter where he looks up Pete Best in 1967 to see what he's been doing is both poignant and funny. And the part where he finds Astrid Kirchherr still mourning Stuart all those years later is touching. It is also the only Beatles book that sits in on an actual writing sessions - when they wrote With A Little Help From My Friends. Priceless stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Very good book! My husband really appreciated as a present.

    Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I'll say this:-

    I think a lot of us go looking for deeper things in the Beatles lives. Maybe that's not fair to The Fab Four, but that's how fans are.

    Most of what could be found here are the same things as in other stories about The Beatles. Not much is new but it's written in a more interesting way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2000

    A must read for any Beatles fan!

    The best Beatle's book around! Lot's of interesting interviews, great pictures, and a whole lot of information missing from other Beatle Books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2000

    STILL THE BEST

    I first got this book from the library when I was twelve back in 1968. I loved it then and I love it now. These four men still speak to me today and they still make me happy. Thanks John, Paul, George and Ringo-and thanks to Mr. Davies for giving us the definitive, non-exploitive story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    A great Beatles book

    This book is a great book for any beatles fans it especially concentrates on their early years in Liverpool and Hamburg

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