A Hard Day's Write: The Stories behind Every Beatles Song

A Hard Day's Write: The Stories behind Every Beatles Song

by Steve Turner


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A lavishly illustrated, rollicking account of the real people and events that inspired the Beatles' lyrics.

Who was "just seventeen" and made Paul's heart go "boom"? Was there really an Eleanor Rigby? Where's Penny Lane? In A Hard Day's Write, music journalist Steve Turner shatters many well-worn myths and adds a new dimension to the Fab Four's rich legacy by investigating for the first time the ordinary people and events immortalized in the Beatles' music and now occupying a special niche in popular culture's collective imagination.

Arranged chronologically by album, the book breaks new ground by exploring how private incidents influenced the group's writing and how their music evolved. Turner reveals that Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was really a drawing by Julian Lennon of his childhood friend; Bungalow Bill was an all-American tiger hunter; Doctor Robert was a New York 'speech doctor'; and much more. A longtime Beatles admirer, Turner tracked down and interviewed the real-life subjects of the songs, probed public records and newspaper archives, and spoke in depth to the people closet to the Beatles to unearth tales that have never before been made public. The result is a book that chronicles an untold story of the Beatles themselves.

Illustrated with over 200 photographs, A Hard Day's Write is a visually alluring and highly entertaining journey to the land stretching just beneath your conscious mind, mapped out with strawberry fields, fool-topped hills, and long and winding roads.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060844097
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/18/2005
Edition description: New
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 199,369
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Steve Turner is the author of Trouble Man: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye, A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles' Song, Hungry for Heaven: Rock and Roll and the Search for Redemption, Jack Kerouac: Angelheaded Hipster, and Van Morrison: Too Late to Stop Now. His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, and the London Times. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Preface 6(3)
Introduction 9(8)
Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night
Beatles For Sale
Rubber Soul
SGT Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour Yellow Submarine
The Beatles
Let it Be
Abbey Road
Live at the BBC
Anthology 1-3
Chronology 218(2)
Discography 220(3)
Bibliography 223(1)
Index 224

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A Hard Day's Write: The Stories behind Every Beatles Song 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
maddie_B More than 1 year ago
great book for all die-hard Beatles fans i recomend this to any beatles fan out there who want to know more
beezee More than 1 year ago
Each and every song ... and a great new insight about its making. You'll be *instantly* transported back in time as you retrace the path of the Fab 4's recording career. Such good fun!
TonyT2 More than 1 year ago
Insightful, comprehensive, a great way to enhance your enjoyment of the classics.
numahiko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the beatles! The beatles is very very famous singers.They made many great songs.This book taught me interesting history of the beatles.
EdVonBlue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I sat down and read this in one sitting. Rare photographs of the Beatles (and others) that accompany tidbits of trivia, affirmation (or debunking) of legends mixed with quotes, stories of influences and inspirations for every song the Beatles recorded. If you have even the slightest interest in the Beatles and have an afternoon to kill, then this book is a thrill. For instance seeing the actual Julian Lennon drawing that inspired the title of Lucy in the `Sky with Diamonds¿ alongside a photo of the four year old ¿Lucy¿ that Julian had in mind as he created the name and drawing will give any Beatlemanic a stiffy. Before reading A Hard Day¿s Write, I actually looked up about half of the Beatles songs on Wikipedia to compare what wikipedia had to report versus what Turner had to report. Although by necessity there is some overlap, overall Turner digs a bit deeper on most occasions and is able to create a bit of a narrative arc. Whereas wikipedia seemed to repeat itself a bit and was¿by nature¿without an overall narrative arc.
Giglio.Danny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say that this is one of the most informative, entertaining Beatles books I've yet to read. This is almost even more so than the "Anthology Book" Turner works his way through every song penned by the Beatles, even including some not released on any major album. He offers numberous qutoes from interviews with all of the Bealtes, Sir George Martin, the spouses and girlfriends of every Beatle. I felt that this was filled with very pertinent, yet new and refreshing information. It happens all too often in Beatles books that the same information is rehashed in an unoriginal manner. The book is an entertaining read, and gives very interesting analysis on the motives of the Beatles in composing each one of their songs. I reccomend this to any Beatles fan who wishes to hear a new, refreshing perspective on all the old great songs which we love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't like wrong info typo's happen that I understand in the book the year of Brian Epstein's death says 1962 should be 1967
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An interesting insight.
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If you like the beatles you'll love this because it is the best