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Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

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by Mark Lewisohn

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Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.


Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962—when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They’ve one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon.  This is the lesser-known Beatles story—the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg—and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years and their infatuation with American music, here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in.  

For those who’ve never read a Beatles book before, this is the place to discover the young men behind the icons. For those who think they know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, it’s time to press the Reset button and tune into the real story, the lasting word.

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Editorial Reviews

First they were the Blackjacks; then the Quarrymen; then the Beatals; then the Silver Beatles; then the Beatles—and then they were history. The most influential band in rock history didn't blossom overnight; in fact, as this first volume of Mark Lewisohn's much-anticipated multi-volume history dramatically show, the Fab Four and its constituents developed and synergized over time. Tune In takes John, Paul, George, and Ringo from their childhoods and teenage years; through their efforts as fledgling musicians; to gigs in Hamburg and the UK, and early recording sessions. This authoritative narrative brings the story up to a significant jumping off point: the final days of 1963, when the group is about to be become a worldwide sensation. Destined to become a standard.

The New York Times Book Review - Tim Riley
…an extensive and engrossing group biography built on a well-raked mountain of exacting new research…[Lewisohn] retells this epic tale in a manner that, while ambitious…also manages to be expertly controlled and propelling…Lewisohn doesn't just tell the story fully and entertainingly, however. He also challenges some sacred strands of received wisdom.
The New York Times - Janet Maslin
…the intrepid reader who enters the portals of Tune In is probably in the presence of slow-gestating greatness. The finished history promises to have monumental stature, and this warm-up may turn out to be its most revealing installment. Mr. Lewisohn executes the difficult trick of introducing five major characters—John, Paul, George, Ringo and Liverpool—and patiently establishing each before their paths cross. It is invaluable to view each band member as a separate individual…It's also eye-opening to read Mr. Lewisohn's revisionist versions of the most widely propagated myths about band members' early years…
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“An epic unprecedented in rock ’n’ roll biography, and a great read . . . there’s a surprise on every page.” Mojo

“Beyond essential . . . a wildly evocative portrait . . . The saga is clearer and richer here than it’s ever been. Lewisohn writes in novelistic detail and with the obvious conviction that none of the previous Beatles biographies have ever been good enough.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A radical event and a joy to read . . . Lewisohn’s work stands as a monumental triumph, a challenge not merely to other Beatles biographers but to the discipline of biography itself. If only all important subjects had their Lewisohn.” —Washington Post

“The biggest, deepest Beatles book ever.”Rolling Stone

“The widest possible angle on an extensive and engrossing group biography built on a well-raked mountain of exacting new research . . . expertly controlled and propelling.”New York Times
“Lewisohn manages to fill in blanks that no one knew were empty.”The New Yorker
“A triumph. Not only an enthralling account of the Beatles group’s origins, far superior to anything that has gone before, but also an essential piece of social history . . . Lewisohn has set out to do the Beatles justice and write the definitive history. I think he is succeeding.” —The Times (UK)
“A book with a difference, one that ensures all previous rock tomes will gather dust on high cobwebbed shelves . . . Lewisohn has set the benchmark in popular music history that he alone can match.” —Huffington Post
“Every single page brings the Beatles back into focus and moves them away from legend. Common myths fall apart under Mr. Lewisohn’s research.” New York Journal of Books
“In its close focus and historical ambition, the trilogy may be compared to Robert Caro’s biography of Lyndon Johnson or John Richardson’s A Life of Picasso; it is unlikely to be surpassed.” —Daily Telegraph (UK)
“A game-changing study which raises the bar in a genre characterized by pap or pretension. A meticulous piece of work – I can’t wait for volume two.” —The Independent (UK)
“I can think of no greater praise for Tune In than to say that it gives the Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve. It is hard to imagine the subsequent volumes, covering more familiar ground, matching the gripping quality of this constantly surprising work.” —Financial Times
“This is the story told in Proustian detail, told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it.”  The Guardian (UK)
“With imagination, energy and a gripping plotline, Lewisohn manages to put flesh and blood on the story as never before.” The Sunday Times (UK)
“Packed with revelations and demystifications.” The Economist
“A major event in music publishing . . . the definitive account of the Beatles.” GQ
“Lewisohn treats his subjects seriously, as historical, if ultimately remarkable, figures, and eschews the myriad myths that have grown up around the band in favor of the sorts of details and minutiae, wrapped in a serious but breezy narrative, that give us the fullest picture of who John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and, eventually, Ringo Starr were.” —Esquire
“A fast-moving page-turner overflowing with warm humor, passion, and (of course) music. Likely to become a principle text in 20th-century studies, a sort of Complete Shakespeare with a much better soundtrack.” —VH1.com
“As a Beatles scholar, Mark Lewisohn has no serious rivals. [This is] nothing less than a lifetime’s work embracing the cultural and personal history of the Fab Four, a multi-volume epic written on a scale unprecedented in its genre.” —Irish Times
Tune In is brilliant in describing the addictive power of rock and roll when there was no imaginable alternative in a doomed town. [Tune In] turns up the colors in a world that has faded to grey.” —Herald Scotland

“Unearths searing new facts that change our historical perspective of what we’ve always been told, setting history on its ear.”—Examiner.com

A definitive history of the band.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Written with passion, authority and vitality, this is an absorbing book.”—Edinburgh Evening News

“Epic in its scope, forensic in its detail, Tune In is like reading the Beatles’ story for the very first time.”—R2/Rock ‘n’ Reel

“Lewisohn has a knack for underscoring the moment, the precise moment, when things change.”—Slate.com

“A clear-eyed appraisal of rock’s most beloved band.”—CNN.com

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MARK LEWISOHN is the acknowledged world authority on the Beatles. His books include the bestselling and influential Beatles Recording Sessions and Complete Beatles Chronicle. He has been a consultant and researcher on all aspects—TV, DVDs, CDs and book—of the Beatles' own Anthology and has been involved in numerous additional projects for them as well as independent works like this one. Married with two children, he lives in England.

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Tune In: The Beatles--All These Years 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
DavefromBuffalo More than 1 year ago
I have read countless books on the Beatles. This is the most in depth ever. It was full of information I have never encountered before. This is the new standard! Excellent book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nicely written book, with a lot of personal information regarding the life of the Fab four. I learned a lot of the lads families and their lives in young age.
SallyPinkReviews More than 1 year ago
Lewisohn pens a raw, candid, comprehensive book about one of the world's greatest rock groups, the Beatles.  Over 932 pages, Lewisohn examines the early, formative years of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. He reveals how their parents' heritage, the world around the boys, and American music shaped the Beatles' lives and influenced their choices.   "Tune In" shows the Beatles as young men struggling to find their way in life, determined to stay true to themselves and honest to the music that embodied the core of who they were.   Lewisohn's writing style is straight-forward and direct, which can bog down the reader at times, but considering the fascinating depth of the material, his style is never cumbersome.   Lewisohn's examination of the Beatles' character is revealing. John is wounded at an early age due to his parents' distance. Paul is encouraged, George is firm in his convictions, and Ringo is determined to make a better path for himself, especially when he discovers the drums.   The influence of the supporting cast is important and Lewisohn has devoted much time to Stu Sutcliffe, Brian Epstein, George Martin, and Pete Best, discussing their influence on the Beatles' lives. A revealing point is how the Beatles avoid conflict – a trait that haunts them throughout their life.   "Tune In" offers tantalizing tidbits into the Beatles' musical influences and development while taking a comprehensive look at outside influences, family, and friends. It's a must read for any diehard Beatles fan.
AppleEE10Pie More than 1 year ago
Not many documentaries that are page turners. New Beatles fsn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. When does second book come ou
Beetlejuice More than 1 year ago
Very interesting but wish the nook shows the pictures I am sure are in the book.
BookwormMama2014 9 months ago
If you don't know by now, I am a huge fan of the Beatles. Both of my children have their own Beatles song (Hey Jude and Help), however my general knowledge of their history is not so great. So when I saw Tune In, I didn't hesitate at the opportunity to read it. Being born in the late 80s I can only imagine what it was like to live in the world of Beatlemania, endure the sorrow of their breakup, and all the years in between. Which is why I am so excited about this book. Something else about me, is that I value history, learning the facts and details about people and time periods. Tune In is an extremely in depth look at the men that changed music forever. Beginning with their family histories, we learn everything there is to know about the background, the life, the creation of the Beatles. Each chapter covers a few years to a few months, and a single day in some cases, beginning in 1845-1945 with the histories of their families, going through their childhood years in the next chapter (1945-1954), and taking us through to the end of 1962. I have only begun to scratch the surface of this book and I think it is safe to say...Mind...Blown. So much detail, so much history. I love it! With about 80 pages of Notes and another 10 for Credits Mark Lewisohn has definitely done his research to give us such an in depth account of Beatles history. If you are a fan of the Beatles, you are sure to love reading Tune In. Now to wait for volume two... I received a free copy of Tune In (The Beatles: All These Years) Volume 1, from the publisher through Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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It's very long-- about a thousand pages. Very chronological and detail-driven. Very full of facts, like a book you'd read for school. Sometimes it takes itself a little too seriously.