You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup

You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup

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by Peter Doggett
     
 

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The world stopped in 1970 when Paul McCartney announced that he was through with the Beatles. His statement not only marked the end of the band's remarkable career, but also seemed to signal the demise of an era of unprecedented optimism in social history. Though the Beatles' breakup was widely viewed as a cultural tragedy, one of the most fascinating phases of their

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The world stopped in 1970 when Paul McCartney announced that he was through with the Beatles. His statement not only marked the end of the band's remarkable career, but also seemed to signal the demise of an era of unprecedented optimism in social history. Though the Beatles' breakup was widely viewed as a cultural tragedy, one of the most fascinating phases of their story was just about to begin.

Now, for the first time, You Never Give Me Your Money tells the behind-the-scenes story of the personal rivalries and legal feuds that have dominated the Beatles' lives since 1969. Journalist Peter Doggett charts the Shakespearean battles between Lennon and McCartney, the conflict in George Harrison's life between spirituality and fame, and the struggle with alcoholism that threatened to take Richard Starkey's life. In vivid detail, Doggett also describes the wild mismanagement of the Beatles' fortune staked largely in Apple Corps.

You Never Give Me Your Money is a compelling human drama and an equally rich and absorbing story of the Beatles' creative and financial empire, set up to safeguard their interests but destined to control their lives. From tragedy to triumphant reunion, and chart success to courtroom battles, this meticulously researched work tells the previously untold story of a group and a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
“Elegant and deeply researched...You Never Give Me Your Money posits a nuanced afterlife for the Beatles. [Peter Doggett] has found a new lens (and much new information) through which to consider the band.”
Aaron Leitko
Doggett portrays the post-breakup Beatles as self-absorbed, bratty and—more than anything else—confused…Doggett delivers some less-than-flattering tales, but You Never Give Me Your Money is hardly lurid fare. He is too classy, too well-informed. And it's clear that he loves the Beatles.
—The Washington Post
Rolling Stone
“Doggett documents rock’s most agonizing four-way divorce. Rigorously researched, You Never Give Me Your Money is a dark but compelling endnote to rock’s greatest story.”
Newsweek
“I had such a ball reading You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup that once I finished, I returned to page one and read it all over again.”
Irish Times
“What Doggett has achieved is a laying bare of the darker consequences of enormous fame and wealth. Yes, there is the glory but there’s also the concomitant pressure of how to deal with the myth and the legacy – while trying to keep four very different voices in harmony.”
The Guardian
“a gripping account that portrays [The Beatles] as something much more interesting than the airbrushed Gods we’ve recently seen: damaged, eternally bickering men, left punch-drunk by the group’s success”
Metro London
“Doggett’s book charts an admirably unstarry-eyed path through the break-up of the band and beyond.”
Mojo
“[Doggett’s] identification of the forces that drove The Beatles apart and kept them so for the best part of 30 years is not new, but his forensic tenacity and unyielding gaze are.”
Q
“a breathtaking record of uncontrolled fame’s grotesque side-effects”
Daily Telegraph (London)
“Doggett, a music journalist, offers refreshingly straightforward and highly readable portraits of the leading players”
Booklist
“Fascinating…Doggett captures the competitive sparks that flew among the four men, especially between Lennon and Paul McCartney, and also the mutual affection that formed the basis of their complicated relationships…A must for Beatles fans and good for more casual pop-music enthusiasts, too.”
The Independent
“an enthralling new book on [The Beatles]…impossible to put down”
Annie Lennox
“Peter Doggett’s book about the Beatles’ split is a real page-turner.”
Q Magazine
“a breathtaking record of uncontrolled fame’s grotesque side-effects”
Library Journal
The Beatles story has been told and retold, but British journalist Doggett shines welcome light on some of the seedier aspects of the saga of the world's most popular and influential pop band, focusing on what caused the group to splinter and why the Fab Four failed to reconcile. He details the musicians' poor business decisions, ego-driven mistakes, and missed opportunities, as well as the malignant influence of outsiders. All but the most well-informed Beatles fans will learn a great deal about the band's disintegration and decadeslong personal, legal, and financial squabbles. Doggett, an admitted Beatles fanatic, writes with mostly journalistic objectivity about these fallible superstars. VERDICT Relying on documented evidence and a variety of contemporary accounts, Doggett has crafted an authentic and enlightening book full of myth-busting surprises and insight. Its few flaws include a distracting insistence on calling Ringo Starr by his birth name and gratuitous mentions of the drummer's drinking habits. But it is easy to recommend this to Beatles fans and scholars as well as anyone interested in the business of rock 'n' roll.—Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061774188
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
323,707
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Annie Lennox
“Peter Doggett’s book about the Beatles’ split is a real page-turner.”

Meet the Author

Peter Doggett's books include Are You Ready for the Country: Elvis, Dylan, Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock,the award-winning There's a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars and the Rise and Fall of the '60s, and You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup, which was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of 2010 by the Los Angeles Times.

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You Never Give Me Your Money 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
iCanTeach More than 1 year ago
Peter Doggett has done good job reporting behind-the-scenes story of the personal rivalries and legal feuds that have dominated the Beatles' lives since 1969. Doggett also describes the wild mismanagement of the Beatles' fortune staked largely in Apple Corps. As a long time Beatle fan I appreciated his glimpses of why the Beatles seemed to crumble at the peek of their success. I like the story behind the group that shows them as young who misunderstood the legal ramifications for being the BEATLES.
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loopLL More than 1 year ago
great find if you are a beatle fan you will find this a good read
fendermike More than 1 year ago
At the time it was happening, the breakup of the Beatles was huge. The buzz was everywhere and lasted for over a year, despite it's happening in a world without the round-the-clock connectedness that exists today. While this book occasionally drifts towards the dry, administrative underbelly of legal detail, it remains interesting throughout. The Beatles story is well-documented, and this book offers a fab collection of vignettes that shed light on the interpersonal connections between the four men and their managers, assistants, lawyers and love-partners. If you thought there was nothing more to learn about the Beatles in the Abbey Road / White Album era, you may be surprised.
philip tesorero More than 1 year ago
Very good book and an easy read. The book demonizes yoko and heavily favors paul. Regardless, this book was very entertaining and informative.
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reghan smith More than 1 year ago
The beatles were the band of the centery. Now years later they are honoring the beatles after they change the world with beatle mania. Some kids are just starting to get into this. So this book is a great way to let a kid read of something other than fary tales. Because this is and always has been beatle mania!!
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