The Beatles Anthology

The Beatles Anthology


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This extraordinary project has been made possible because Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have agreed to tell their combined story especially for this book. Together with Yoko Ono Lennon, they have also made available the full transcripts (including all the outtakes) of the television and video series The Beatles Anthology. Through painstaking compilation of sources worldwide, John Lennon's words are equally represented in this remarkable volume. Furthermore, The Beatles have opened their personal and management archives specifically for this project, allowing the unprecedented release of photographs which they took along their ride to fame, as well as fascinating documents and memorabilia from their homes and offices.

What a book The Beatles Anthology is! Each page is brimming with personal stories and rare vintage images. Snapshots from their family collections take us back to the days when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard Starkey were just boys growing up in Liverpool. They talk in turn about those early years and how they came to join the band that would make them known around the world as John, Paul, George and Ringo. Then, weaving back and forth, they tell the astonishing story of life as The Beatles: the first rough gigs, the phenomenon of their rise to fame, the musical and social change of their heyday, all the way through to their breakup. From the time Ringo tried to take this drum kit home on the bus to their much anticipated audience with Elvis, from the making of the Sgt. Pepper album to their last photo session together at John's house, The Beatles Anthology is a once-in-a-lifetime collection of The Beatles' own memories.

Interwoven with these are the recollections of such associates as road manager Neil Aspinall, producer George Martin and spokesman Derek Taylor. And included in the vast array of photographs are materials from both Apple and EMI, who also opened their archives for this project. This, indeed, is the inside story, providing a wealth of previously unpublished material in both word and image.

Created with their full cooperation, The Beatles Anthology is, in effect, The Beatles' autobiography. Like their music has been a part of so many of our lives, it's warm, frank, funny, poignant and bold. At last, here is The Beatles' own story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811826846
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 324,764
Product dimensions: 10.25(w) x 13.82(h) x 1.63(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years


From the Authors:

John: "The Sixties saw a revolution among youth--not just concentrating in small pockets or classes, but a revolution in a whole way of thinking. The youth got it first and the next generation second. The Beatles were part of the revolution, which is really an evolution, and is continuing. We were all on this ship--a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest."

Paul: "To thine own self be true." I think that was very apt with The Beatles. We always were very true to ourselves--and I think that the brutal honesty The Beatles had was important. So sticking to our own guns and really saying what we thought in some way gave some other people in the world the idea that they too could be truthful and get away with it, and in fact it was a good thing."

George: "The moral of the story is that if you accept the high points you're going to have to go through the lows. For The Beatles, our lives were a very heightened version of that: of how to learn about love and hate, and up and down, and good and bad, and loss and gain. It was a hyper-version of what everybody else was going through. So, basically, it's all good. Whatever happened is good as long as we've learnt something. It's only bad if we didn't learn: "Who am I? Where am I going? Where have I come from?"

Ringo: "They became the closest friends I'd ever had. I was an only and suddenly I felt as though I'd got three brothers. We really looked out for each other and we had many laughs together. In the old days we'd have the hugest hotel suites, the whole floor of a hotel, and the four of us would end up in the bathroom, just to be with each other."

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I encourage anyone interested in learning the Beatle's story to get this book. It will give you insight into the band told by the band themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next to Cynthia Lennon's biography, "John" based on Beatle, and ex-husband, John Lennon, Beatles Anthology is by far, one of the best books I have ever came across. It is probably the only autobiography written by the Beatles themselves - in their own words. I have had my share of good biographies, based on the band out there, though most of those books are usually written by either their fans, or historians who look into their personal lives and careers, though I'd say it's better that John, Paul, George and Ringo speak for themselves. The book is quite large and isn't necessarily a novel, but filled with rare, unseen photos of the Beatles, and their personal feelings and opinions on their childhood, careers, and even marriages. Personally, I have not finished the book, due to the fact that it does take a good amount of time to actually sit down and read the book, but it's absolutely worth buying the book, if you are a true Beatles fan who loves them for more than the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a nice coffee table book full of interviews with the fab four. There is no narrative. It reads like one long magazine article. That's not to say that it's bad, but to fully understand the Beatles' history you may be better served with some of the older books written on them. Still, there is a lot to enjoy in this gigantic tome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book i should say! I am pleased with how they put all of the illistrations in the book. I know two people that have The Beatles Anthology. The book tells you more about their biography than any movie The Beatles ever made! It tells about what they did when they were little kids and before they were The Beatles.I congragulate and give my thanks to George Martin, Brian Epstien, John Lennon, Paul McCartny, George Harrison and Richard Starky (Ringo Star). And the publishers that made the book. Thanks Everybody!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Beatles Anthology is a great book for anyone who's ever wanted to hear the Beatles tell how life was as a Beatle. I realize the book tends to be critized for suppossedly not revealing any deep dark secrets, or that it priced way too high, but I beg to differ. With all of the books written about that Fab Four, and only about a small percentage that are completely accurate, it's nice finally have both words and interview from the Beates themselves, not some amature writer who only wants to make a fast buck using the Beatle name. And once more, the pictures included inside this books are some of the most amazing I've ever seen. That alone, to me, is worth the price of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book transcends its overt purpose of being an anthology of the Beatles. Anyone who loves the music the Beatles gave us will find much rewarding material here. Those who want to know about how success can be accomplished in popular music will be riveted. Those who like to look back on popular culture in times past will have a happy trip. If you just love exciting photography, there is much to attract you to this volume. I found myself singing the Beatles' songs to myself as I read the text and looked at the illustrations. That was the best part! To me, the most thought-provoking part of this book was its rags-to-genius quality. The Beatles were unlikely candidates to become leading musical innovators. Most of them were so poor that their families lacked indoor bathrooms when they were growing up. None of them could read music. The combined number of music lessons they had was less than ten in total. They could not afford musical instruments. Their families could not afford to subsidize their careers. Yet they were observant about the new, in contact with what moved their hearts, listened intently for better music, and worked with a never-ending frenzy to fulfill their passion for the music. It's vastly more heartwarming and fascinating than any rags-to-riches story ever can be. I had never understood John Lennon's complaints about the 'packaged, predictable' Beatles until I read in this book about the type of band they were while evolving their style. Particularly in the Hamburg gigs, they were more like a jazz combo that played rock and roll. The music was free form, and they stretched some songs into being as long as an hour and a half. In fact, their commercial success was a tremendous tragedy for their artistic success because they were probably at the edge of developing a whole new musical genre that would have become the dominant one today. I'm sorry it never happened. I feel even more sorry for them, in realizing that they knew what they lost and must feel it very deeply. I was also moved by the story of their tempestuous friendship. These guys went through tremendous stresses, strains, and deprivations together. They fought, they disagreed, they slugged each other, and they appreciated each other. Yet, there was a strong enough pull towards each other that allowed the group to continue through its amazing journey, despite the difficulties. To have had such friendships, even if they are eventually lost, must be an amazing experience. Few will know this closeness in their lives. I came away from this book with a new appreciation for the Beatles. Before this book, the Beatles were all about (for me) how they sounded and looked, and how I reacted to that. Now, I see them as being role models for important aspects of human experience that we should all appreciate. Before closing, I do have two words of caution. This book is very open about the major and minor vices of life. As such, this book could make the wrong impression on adolescents. They don't need too many new ideas about how to rebel, and this book could be read that way. That's not what the Beatles were doing, but a 13 year old could see it that way. Second, as revealing as the book is, more is ultimately still hidden below the surface than is revealed. These young men knew a lot of pain, and that pain was an important source of their brilliance. Don't be offended that they did not share more. It was probably very painful to share as much as they did. I would like to give the editors major credit for developing a successful dialogue style in the book that included quotes from John Lennon. It must have been the dickens to read through all of his many quotes, and to weave them into material comparable to what can be developed in a simple interview where the others could be aware of what each other said. 'Take a sad song, and make it better.' Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,0
AileenPowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Fab Four are the alpha and omega of all things music as far as I'm concerned. There have been 8,000 books written about them and I'm sure I have most of them, but if I have to choose just one, it certainly will be the one in their own words! Liverpool Hope University is now offering an MA in Beatles studies; may have to apply to that program (since I know I can at least pass the courses).
muffin_killer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's great--really THE book on the Beatles. Who better to talk about the Beatles than John, Paul, George and Ringo!Although I love it, there are some issues. First off, I'd recommend reading a basic biography on the Beatles before hand (to get the main events and people down) or else it can get a little confusing. Also, the sheer bulk of the book makes it very difficult to read comfortably (I actually lugged it with me on the plane, and I found that to be the most comfortable). It also tends to be slightly repetitive--you ARE reading about the same event from four perspectives. Minor details that bother other people, are that the pictures aren't labeled and sometimes, the print is difficult to read, but I didn't find it too bad.All in all, it's a definate must for any Beatle fan, whether you read it cover to cover, or just simply leave on the coffee table and flip through it on occasion.
russelllindsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm such a Beatles fan that I'd love just about anything writing about them. I would have given it a 5, but I can't get enough of the Beatles.
boeflak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good coffee table ornament, suitable for digesting a morsel when you're dressed up and ready to go out for an evening and your spouse says "I'll be ready in a minute." There's an extraordinary section on The Beatles trip to The Phillipines, and the shock that they are not just members of a band anymore; they are prisoners of their popularity, and will never again be able to go out in public unmolested and unprotected.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
The Beatles Anthology tells the story of how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr became the Beatles. It is the only autobiography written by the Beatles themselves in their own words.Unlike several authors who wrote the book about the Beatles, none of them even come close to telling the true story of the Fab Four. Also, the Compleat Beatles which came out on VHS, did not tell the story of the Beatles. You can add The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr as authors along with George Martin, Neil Aspinall, and Derek Taylor. The Beatles Anthology is one of the best selling books of all time and definitely one of my favorite Beatles books.
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As a long time Beatles fan who read the ink off of teen magazines like "16" and "Tiger Beat" back in 1964... I have to say, as thrilled as that made me back then, this is the grand daddy of them all. It is just so beautifully done. The perfect gift for the 60's fan, or the newer Beatles fan. I love to read about them. I guess I always will. There are many good books out there, but this is truly the cream of the crop!
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DuckyandRingo4ever More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing! To read about their lives before and during the Beatles in their own words was facinating! The accompanying pictures were of great quality though the hardback makes it difficult to take with you if you want to read it. This book is a must for all Beatles fans or those who are merely curious about them!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is exactly what the ultimate Beatle fan would want. Everything you want to know, said by the Beatles themselves. The perfect book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Beatles book I've ever read. It describes presicley what was happening and I liked a lot.
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It was supurb. I would have given it 6 stars but i couldn't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A super book that gives startling detail of the lives of the Fab Four.
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I love this book, and the four sane, compelling people who wrote and experienced it. I only pray that the pain each has experienced while giving such pleasure to the world will ease someday. We in the 60's were so incredibly lucky to have them in our orbit, and the warmth of their message will resonate forever.