This extraordinary work of popular criticism provides the story behind every single Beatles song ever recorded. Unprecedented and unparalleled.
Ian MacDonald was born in 1948. A writer with many interests, he was Assistant Editor of the New Musical Express during 1972-5. He has also worked as a songwriter and record producer, and is the author of The New Shostakovich, The People's Music and The Beatles at No. 1.He died in 2003.
His essays are a brilliant summation of the cultural sea change
that the Beatles benefitted from and helped to create, and it also
contains a clear-headed and unsentimental review of every song they
recorded. -- Paul Hanley * The Big Issue *
The finest piece of fabs scholarship ever published * Mojo *
The masterpiece The Beatles deserved -- Max Bell * Vox *
The most sustained brilliant piece of pop criticism and scholarship for years. An astonishing achievement -- Stuart Maconie * Q *
No book has ever taken us closer to the actual music of The Beatles...A brilliant piece of work -- Tony Parsons * Daily Telegraph *