Shout! : The True Story of the "Beatles" Paperback
This is the first and best Beatles biography, Norman had close working relationships with each of the Fab Four, having interviewed them many times since 1965 and observed first hand the events that led to the split during 1969-70.
The resulting book contained unique insights into the rise of the Beatles, their final years, the chaos of Apple and the collapse of hippy idealism.
Now fully updated, and written with all of Norman's trademark verve and skill, this is an essential book for anyone with an interest in pop music, the Sixties and the pleasures and perils of god-like fame. 'Nothing less than thrilling ...the definitive biography' - "New York Times". 'This stands as the first (and still the best) collision of Beatles history and literary depth ...just about everything is rendered with beautiful prose and laser-like insight' - "Q".
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages, 40 black & white halftones
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 18/06/2004
- Category: Rock & Pop music
- ISBN: 9780330487689
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Review by paulmorriss
This is a pretty comprehensive story of the Beatles, extending way back into the lives of the Beatles' parents and grandparents. There's a lot more detail sometimes on the dead compared to the living, but perhaps that's understandable. Of the four themselves, John and Paul are featured a lot more than George and Ringo. The author says in the introduction that you are either a John person or a Paul person and he is clearly a John person, and Paul's actions since the Beatles haven't done much to endear him to the author.It's a highly competent and well researched book. The descriptions of the Cavern Club dripping in sweat and smelling of cheese make me smile when I compare them to the picture portrayed by the Beatles Rock Band game, but that's another review...This edition has been updated since the death of George, and also has a bit more about their actual music than previous editions did apparently. If you want a comprehensive biography, this seems to be it.