The Beatles: The Biography
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As soon as The Beatles became famous, the spin machine began to construct a myth--one that has continued to this day. But the truth is much more interesting, much more exciting, and much more moving. In this bestselling book, Bob Spitz has written the biography for which Beatles fans have long waited. 32 pages of b/w photos.
invited him to go along. It is not known what prompted Brian to make such a bold—and potentially dangerous—offer. So far, all his experiences with the Beatles had been strictly professional, and to a large extent protective, leading observers to view their relationship “more like that of a father and his sons” than manager and artist. Only once had Brian stepped over a line, and even then it was more a matter of appearances than of any intent. It had occurred on an afternoon almost a year
proper rock ’n roll band. “We weren’t happy with the… appearance,” said Paul, “because one of the mikes weren’t [sic] working.” John’s vocals sounded washed-out and occasionally lost, all the more infuriating because they’d worked painstakingly on sound during rehearsals. Throughout it all, the Beatles themselves had consulted with Sullivan’s technicians, running back and forth to the control booth after each take. “Finally,” George recalled, “when they got a balance between the instruments and
8/28/97. According to a 1997 interview: “For whatever reason, I said, ‘Okay.’ ” Alan Livingston, Arena archives. 700,000 copies: “Advance orders for the disc…” NME, 11/3/63. Even at Capitol: “For an artist that had a following, you might press twenty-five, fifty thousand.” Alan Livingston, Arena archives. “After a while,” Bernstein recalled: Spitz, The Making of Superstars, p. 190. “Girls are fainting”: “Beatsville,” Melody Maker, 11/9/63. “rampaging fans”: Lewisohn, 25 Years in the Life,
For the Record, p. 58. “I decided to leave”: Wenner, Lennon Remembers, p. 69. “the boys became of no interest”: Sheff, Playboy Interviews, p. 41. “ ‘Goodbye to the boys’ ”: Coleman, Lennon, p. 354. CHAPTER 36: DISTURBING THE PEACE “After six years’ work”: Letter from Stephen Maltz, 10/23/68. “a pitiful �78,000”: Goldman, Lives of John Lennon, p. 337. “The deal among the Beatles”: Author interview with Peter Brown, 12/10/97. John, who had been tipped: “Don Short… had warned him”: Coleman,
or we’d swap.” The attraction wasn’t hard to fathom. Buddy Holly had everything they wanted, everything they’d been struggling to create musically: melodic songs; a crisp, clean sound; impeccable rhythm; unforgettable riffs; and monster appeal. His entire image was suffused with the dreamy romanticism of a small-town success story. Only twenty-two, he conveyed an Everyman presence, with his birdlike face, unfashionable horn-rimmed glasses, and a gawkiness at odds with rock ’n roll stardom. When