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The most important book about the Beatles since Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head.
Peter Doggett has been writing about popular music, the entertainment industry and social and cultural history since 1980. A regular contributor to Mojo, Q and GQ, his books include The Art and Music of John Lennon; a volume detailing the creation of the Beatles' Let It Be and Abbey Road albums; the pioneering study of the collision between rock and country music, Are You Ready for the Country? and, most recently, There's a Riot Going On- Revolutionaries, Rock Stars and the Rise and Fall of 60s Counter-culture.
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 Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"Enthralling...impossible to put down...fascinating" * Independent * "A gripping account that portrays The Beatles as something much more interesting than the airbrushed gods we've recently seen" * Guardian * "The Beatles story you haven't read" * GQ * "Refreshingly straightforward and highly readable portraits of the leading players...compulsive" * Daily Telegraph * "Truly remarkable...a gripping narrative...the most important book on its subject since Revolution In The Head" * Sunday Herald *