A complete and fascinating chronicle of Beatles music and history, Beatlesongs details the growth, evolution, and dissolution of the most influential group of out time.
Drawing together information from sources that include interviews, insider accounts, magazines, and news wire services, this is a complete profile of every Beatles song ever written -- from recording details such as who played which instruments and sang what harmonies to how each song fared on the charts and how other musicians and critics felt about it. Chronologically arranged by U.K. release date, Beatlesongs nails down dates, places, participants, and other intriguing facts in a truly remarkable portrait of the Liverpudlian legends.
Behind each song is a story -- like Paul's criticism of George's guitar playing during the Rubber Soul sessions, John's acid trip during the Sgt. Pepper's session, and the selection process for the Revolver album cover. And carefully examined along the way are the Beatles' evolving musical talents, their stormy private lives, and their successful -- and unsuccessful -- collaborations.
Beatlesongs is truly an inside look at the Fab Four and a treasure for all their fans.
My favorite book on The Beatles!!
This is the only book about the Beatles (that I've come across anyway) that actually attempts to quantify the contributions of each member. In addition to breaking down who wrote/performed each tune in chronological order, this book also provides album & song information from each Beatle as well as numerous other inside sources. Mr. Dowlding obviously did his homework with the aid of many, many references. There a few typographical errors (mostly lack of italics signifying sources), but they're easy to overlook.