The Beatles: The Biography

Category: Book
By (author): Spitz, Bob
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Audience: general/trade
Awards: New York Times Notable Books of the Year (2005) Winner
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: October 2006
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 992
Size: 9.25in x 6.00in x 1.75in
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From The Publisher*The definitive biography of The Beatles, hailed as "irresistible" by the New York Times, "riveting" by the Boston Globe, and "masterful" by Time.

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 -- the highs and the lows, the love and the rivalry, the awe and the jealousy, the drugs, the tears, the thrill, and the magic to never be repeated. In this vast, revelatory, exuberantly acclaimed, and bestselling book, Bob Spitz has written the biography for which Beatles fans have long waited.
Review Quote*"Irresistible...The Beatles amplifies and corrects some of what is known about the band's formative years. It shapes a particularly vivid picture of the young, surly John Lennon...It powerfully evokes both the excitement and the price of such a sudden rise...A captivating picture that hasn't been seen before."-Janet Maslin, New York Times
Review Quote*"Masterly...A deep, serious, and accomplished account worthy of the most important band in the world...A book that, although exceptionally lengthy, is actually the perfect size...Spitz expertly captures the sense of time and place to frame his story."-Tom Sykes, New York Post
Review Quote*"Richly detailed...The Beatles comes as close to being a quick read as any 983-page book has a right to be...Spitz also does a remarkable job capturing the distinct qualities of each Beatle."-Jonathan Bor, Baltimore Sun
Review Quote*"Juicy, detailed, well-written, and authoritative...What makes Spitz's book a standout is his attention to visual detail...He has a knack for description and for cliffhangers. Every chapter of The Beatles promises more misery for the lads, more pleasure, more surprise."-David Kirby, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Review Quote*"Beatlemaniacs will swoon."-People
Review Quote*"Riveting...Startlingly well-reported and consistently engaging...Even though the Beatles story is well known, Spitz has fleshed it out fully, revealing the flawed, singularly creative human beings behind the lovable moptop image....What Spitz does exceptionally well is contextualize."-Carlo Wolff, Boston Globe
Review Quote*"In its scope, structure, and sheer length, this meaty 983-page true-life epic unfolds as a sort of Beatles's War and Peace...Spitz's genius is how he stitches together available Beatles knowledge with the artistry of a fine novelist."-Michael Tarm, Cincinnati Enquirer
Review Quote*"Spitz has done a masterful job of focusing his kaleidoscope eyes on the greatest pop thing since Jesus."-Richard Gehr, Village Voice
Review Quote*"Spitz knows his subject. His encyclopedic grasp pervades every page.-Joe Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle