The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/10/10
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The Beatles have been at the top for fifty years, their music remains exciting, their influence is still huge, their acclaim and achievements cannot be surpassed. But who really were the Beatles, and how did they and everything else in the 1960s fuse so explosively? Mark Lewisohn's three-part biography is the first true and accurate account of the Beatles, a contextual history built upon impeccable research and written with energy, style, objectivity and insight. This first volume covers the crucial and less-known early period - the Liverpool and Hamburg years of a hungry rock and roll band, when all the sharp characters and situations take shape. This is the Beatles like you've never read them before. It isn't just 'another book', it's the book, from the world-acknowledged authority. Forget what you know and discover the complete story.
A brilliant narrative, propelled by character, action and chance encounters as thrilling as any great novel. It is a fantastic social history, illuminating life in post-war Britain in compelling detail -- Steve Hilton * Telegraph * An epic on an unprecedented scale . . . Lewisohn has no serious rival * Irish Times * Lewisohn has done an astonishing job. I can't wait for volume two * Independent * A major event in music publishing this month as Tune In by Mark Lewisohn lands..the definitive account of The Beatles * GQ * I can think of no greater praise for Tune IN than to say that it gives The Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve. It is hard to imagine the subsequent volumes, covering more familiar ground, matching the gripping quality of this constantly surprising work. But Lewisohn's clear head and good humour augur well. The main feature may not have even started yet, but this is the classiest of prequels -- Peter Aspden * Financial Times * Never previously have the Beatles' formative years been recounted in such detail. It is unlikely to be surpassed -- Michael Watts * Daily Telegraph * This is the story told in Proustian detail . . . The first edited-down volume, is largely a delight, and the story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it. Secondary sources are comprehensively mined; letters, public records and business documents have been found in places no one else ever thought to look . . . Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle -- John Harris * Guardian * Lewisohn manages to fill in blanks that no one knew were empty * New Yorker * Epic in its scope, forensic in its detail, Tune In is like reading the Beatles' story for the very first time. Lewisohn's art is to tell the story compellingly: his prose has a vibrancy that sustains a remarkable page-turning momentum throughout its entire length. And what a story! Tune In leaves the reader breathless * R2/Rock 'n' Reel * The widest possible angle on an extensive and engrossing group biography built on a well-raked mountain of exacting new research ... expertly controlled and propelling * New York Times * Fills in vital details that had been missing from the existing Beatles canon and corrects mistakes that have been reprinted for years. A definitive history of the band * Wall Street Journal * I doubt anyone expected to be surprised about the Beatles again, but the story only needed supersizing. I continued reading with bewildered pleasure * Daily Telegraph * A major event in music publishing . . . the definitive account of the Beatles * GQ * Packed with revelations and demystifications -- James Woodall * The Economist * With imagination, energy and a gripping plotline, Lewisohn manages to put flesh and blood on the story as never before * Sunday Times * I can think of no greater praise for Tune In than to say that it gives the Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve. It is hard to imagine the subsequent volumes, covering more familiar ground, matching the gripping quality of this constantly surprising work * Financial Times * A game-changing study which raises the bar in a genre characterised by pap or pretension. A meticulous piece of work - I can't wait for volume two * Independent * Lewisohn amasses and investigates facts without sacrificing an iota of the excitement. In its close focus and historical ambition, the trilogy may be compared to Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson, or John Richardson's Life of Picasso; it is unlikely to be surpassed * Daily Telegraph * The best book I read all year. I expected data collection. I got data, but also interpretation at a very high level, obsessive reporting and high quality music criticism. Lewisohn's a writer as much or more than an assembler of information. This is a great book, there's nothing like it in music and damned little anywhere else (it makes The Power Broker seem superficial) -- Dave Marsh * Rock & Rap Confidential * Tune In is brilliant in describing the addictive power of rock and roll when there was no imaginable alternative in a doomed town. Mark Lewisohn's achievement lies with the fact that he never tries to 'explain'. He is not argumentative but turns up the colours in a world that has faded to grey * Herald Scotland * This is Torah! Huge on a massive scale, the most altruistic thing anybody's done in the arts since the Beatles, and it needed to be done. God keep Mark Lewisohn alive to finish what he's started -- Howie Edelson * US radio writer/producer * The saga is clearer and richer here than it's ever been. Lewisohn writes in novelistic detail and with the obvious conviction that none of the previous Beatles biographies have ever been good enough * Entertainment Weekly * Presents the Beatles story in a way it's never been seen before: truthfully and completely. The end result is a herculean effort, a fast-moving page-turner overflowing with warm humor, passion, and (of course) music. Likely to become a principle text in 20th-century studies, a sort of Complete Shakespeare with a much better soundtrack. For anyone who loves music, this book is the genuine ultimate * VH1.com * The accomplishments of the Beatles has given rise to a near deification of them as both people and myth. Lewisohn brings that story back down into the world of real people. Tune In clears the air of myth and legend, leaving as much reality as a biography can offer. Every single page brings the Beatles back into focus and moves them away from legend. Common myths fall apart under Mr. Lewisohn's research * New York Journal of Books * Positively a page turner, both for excitement and anticipation - Lewisohn has enhanced the story as a beautifully flowing factual tale that reads like a classic novel. Nobody but nobody could begin to match this work of joy and detail; and reassuringly, nobody ever will. This is the best work ever produced on the subject of the Beatles. A five star review is an insult, it merits an unheard of ten -- Colin Larkin * Best Things On Earth * An epic unprecedented in rock 'n' roll biography, and a great read ... Does far more than enrich with mind-boggling detail, there's a surprise on every page ... The detail is sharp and incisive ... It's the kind of book where want-to-know and need-to-know is wrapped into a narrative that unfolds brilliantly and, for once, justifies that 'real story of the Beatles' billing * Mojo * Mark Lewisohn raises the biographical bar to stratospheric heights. This first volume suggests he is on the verge of achieving what was heretofore considered impossible: blowing the cobwebs off one of the late 20th century's hoariest cultural myths, scraping away decades' worth of accumulated crud and revealing detail no one previously suspected was there * Literary Review * A triumph. Not only an enthralling account of the Beatles' origins, far superior to anything that has gone before, but also an essential piece of social history. Lewisohn has set out to do the Beatles justice and write the definitive history. I think he is succeeding * The Times * A radical event and a joy to read - Lewisohn tells the tale with such authoritative command of the evidence and so intimate a grasp of the Beatles' daily lives that the reader emerges knowing - with a certainty denied all previous generations - that this is how it really happened. Lewisohn's work stands as a monumental triumph, a challenge not merely to other Beatles biographers but to the discipline of biography itself. If only all important subjects had their Lewisohn * Washington Post *商品の説明をすべて表示する
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The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One, Tune In. Part Two: 1961 and 1962 (English Edition) Kindle版
となっています。混乱するのは、Extended Special Edition: という1728ページの書籍が出ていることです。このレビューは、
全３巻で刊行予定の All These Years シリーズのVolume One, Tune Inです。拡大ヴァージョンではありませんので注意。
kindle版にはこの他にもASIN: B00CNQ9P6E があってページ数が同じです。現物見てないのでわかりませんが、同じ内容ではないでしょうか？
以上で本文は840ページ。このあと、注、あとがき、クレジット、写真、索引。ちなみに、写真は総ページ数961ページに含まれていません。kindel papaerwhite では全部モノクロですが、他のデバイスではカラーのものはカラーで見られます。貴重な写真もあるものの、大半のファンにとっては見たことのあるものでしょう。
まず、ガチガチの事実だけを求める方は、本書は必要ないでしょう。同じ著者によるThe Complete "Beatles" Chronicle（わたしは未見）など、ほかにいくらでもソースはあります。本書の持ち味は、著者自身によるインタビュー、ラジオ音源などを豊富に使っていることです。
ニール・アスピナル、ビートルズのロード・マネージャーであり、Anthology プロジェクトの中心人物です。ビートルズのことをメンバー以上に知っている人物です。本書の取材のために協力を惜しまず、著者の信頼する人物です。しかし！ ニール自身から話を聞き始めようとした時、亡くなってしまうのです。ですから、おそらくニールの知っていた事実で、本書で新しく発見できたことは、ほとんどないでしょう。残念なことです。
第2巻が2020年発行と予告されていますが、予定どおり進むんでしょうかねえ？ こんな不安がよぎるのは、この巻の1962年の量が285ページもあることです。たしかに、1962年は多事多難な年でした。でも、まだLove Me Doのシングルが出ただけですよ。この後、ブリテン全域のツアー、アルバム録音、テレビ出演、など続くわけです。このくらいの密度でいったら、1963年から1967年までで、1500ページ？ 全3巻の予定が全4巻に変更されそうな不安があります。それに、こちらは最期の巻まで生きていないだろうけれど、著書も健康に気をつけてほしいものです。
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when the Beatles couldn’t get a contract, record company signings followed the pattern established over many years. Philips snapped up a Canadian singing wrestler, Frankie Townsend, and a middle-aged London housewife singer, Mary May; Oriole signed a singing builder’s labourer they renamed Brett Ansell; 以下略(p612の脚注） こんな泡沫シンガーたちも、すぐに検索できるわけです。
This first volume looks at their family history and childhood, then splits into five chapters; taking detailed looks at the years 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962. From the first, two things become abundantly clear - that the author understands the relationship between John and Paul and that he is keen to debunk myths that have become almost accepted - especially ones built around John's childhood. Yes, his childhood was difficult, but films such as "Nowhere Boy" have created a totally fictional account of what happened and even recent books, such as "When They Were Boys" by Larry Kane, simply repeats them. Stories of Mimi dodging bombs to visit the baby John in hospital or John's mother and father forcing him to choose between them in an emotional `tug of love' are just that - stories. Mimi also gets a much more sympathetic portrayal and we learn how, rather than trying to keep John's father away from him, she even allowed him to write to his son from prison. They may have lost touch, but it was certainly not Mimi's fault that they did.
Having established that he wants to tell the story as the truth, Mark Lewisohn is certainly not portraying the band in a better light, or concealing their flaws. They were young boys at this time, each with their own character traits and faults, as everyone has. He also ties in what was happening to other people who enter the story at a later date - Brian Epstein, George Martin and other musicians are there, sometimes almost within touching distance, but their paths not quite intersecting. Most interestingly for fans, he has tracked down people that have simply not been heard from before - school friends, those who worked with them in early jobs, fans, people who were there but have not been considered perhaps important enough to be interviewed before - as well as the more obvious characters in the Beatles story.
This, then, is the complete timeline of those early years - the founding of the Quarrymen, John and Paul meeting at the St Peter's Fete, George joining the band, Ringo becoming part of Rory and the Hurricanes, early auditions, success and failure, and of that first trip to Hamburg, which honed their sound and changed them into a band - even if they were always, "John, Paul, George and a drummer" at this stage. Lewisohn is not afraid to state what most fans have always known - that Pete Best was asked to go to Hamburg simply because they needed a drummer in order to fulfil the contract and that, almost from the point the poor man packed his kit into Allan Williams van, he was on borrowed time as a member and certainly never a Beatle.
Returning to Liverpool, there is the show at Litherland Town Hall which showcased how good they had become, as the Liverpool scene took off and the Beatles - sneered at before leaving - were undoubtedly now the top band in the city. They were the Kings of Liverpool but, as always, wanted more. Enter Brian Epstein, who Bob Wooler remarks, came to the Cavern to watch them - "he came, he saw and he was conquered." There follows the long road towards a recording contract, a changing image with the arrival of suits, the death of Stuart Sutcliffe and the beginning of George, in particular, conspiring to get Ringo in the band. It was also the beginning of girls hanging around their houses, which would never stop from that point on.
With the Beatles finally achieving that recording contract, it was essential to change drummers. They were then no longer "John, Paul, George and a drummer" , but changed to "John, Paul, George and Ringo"- four equal members. "Love Me Do" peaked at number 17, but considering the lack of exposure and the resistance to the Beatles it was amazing the record ever took off. "So, what's from Liverpool?" sneered Dick James, when George Martin told him about `the boys'. That North-South divide was about to be smashed down, as Merseybeat would explode on a jaded British pop market. If London was uninterested at first, then the US certainly resisted anything from England. However, even they would succumb to the charm, charisma, enthusiasm, energy and talent of the Beatles. For the Beatles itself, it was no surprise. As John Lennon said, they always knew they were "the best" and "it was just a matter of time before everybody else caught on."
Sadly, Mark Lewisohn has not yet written the second and third parts of this trilogy, but if they are anything as complete, well written (his dry humour can almost rival the Beatles themselves) and his desire to tell the story as it should be told, then they will be worth waiting for. In the meantime, there is an extended, two volume edition of this book due out soon. I cannot imagine what Lewisohn may have left out, but I am quite sure that I will enjoy reading it to find out. This book has been needed for a long while, it is a triumph and I am sure it will become the definitive biography of the Beatles.
But I've read a lot of rock bios. And this one sits at the top.
Lewisohn is helped in his endeavor by the Beatles themselves. John, Paul, George and Ringo were smart, funny and revolutionary, a biographer's dream. Their lives were a match for their music. The threads of those lives, along with the story of their era and their Liverpool, make for a captivating read.
Lewisohn is an exhaustive and meticulous historian. He knows how to track down forgotten sources, sift through decades of interviews and tease out connections.It should be pointed out that this biography only covers Beatles history to the first recording sessions with George Martin in 1962. Within a year, Beatlemania would hit Britain and then spread the following year to America.
Tune In begins with an author foreword then jumps to a moment in time. We look in on pre-Beatles John and Paul as they sit toe to toe with guitars to work out chords and lyrics . This was where the Beatles began, in bedrooms, in side rooms, in stolen moments, as two friends figured out songwriting.
From there, the history backtracks to the genealogies of the various clans. Lewisohn lets you know where the families came from and how they got to Liverpool. You get some background on grandparents and parents and the war that ushered in the births of Ringo, John, Paul and George.
The major events of pre- and early Beatles history are covered but in new and refreshing ways. Liverpool becomes a major character, as does the music of the 1950s. You'll want to have Spotify on so you can pull up tracks as John Lennon falls in love with an album by Johnny Burnett or Paul practices his Little Richard hollers. The artists and songs that inspired the Beatles are everywhere in the text.
One thing Lewisohn never lets you forget was that the Beatles' success was not a sure thing. Like bands today, they struggled to get people to notice them. They even contemplated jumping in the English Channel to stir up some press. There was a point too when McCartney started hedge his bets. He took a straight job at a factory, maybe feeling this music thing wasn't going to work after all, when Lennon said, Make up your mind. Music or mundane factory work?
You can't help wondering how differently this story might have turned out if they hadn't gone to Hamburg, if Brian Epstein hadn't gone to check out this rocker band in the Cavern, if George Martin hadn't landed the thankless job of recording a relatively unknown band from Liverpool, if, if, if.
But these events did happen. Lewisohn captures the immediacy, the uncertainty and the magic of a band that would eventually change the world but at a moment when John, Paul, George and Ringo were still striving to get a recording contract and to get people to listen.
I thought I'd be bored as I have read just about every book there is on The Beatles but I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the second instalment.