All the Songs : The Story Behind Every Song Released by the Beatles, Hardback Book

All the Songs : The Story Behind Every Song Released by the Beatles Hardback

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Every album and every song ever released by the Beatles?from 'Please Please Me' (U.S. 1963) to 'The Long and Winding Road' (U.S. 1970)?is dissected, discussed, and analyzed by two music historians in this lively and fully illustrated work.All the Songs delves deep into the history and origins of the Beatles and their music.

This first-of-its-kind book draws upon decades of research, as music historians Margotin and Guesdon recount the circumstances that led to the composition of every song, the recording process, and the instruments used.Here, we learn that one of John Lennon's favorite guitars was a 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri, which he bought for ?100 in 1960 in Hamburg, Germany.

We also learn that 'Love Me Do,' recorded in Abbey Road Studios in September 1962, took 18 takes to get right, even though it was one of the first songs John and Paul ever wrote together. And the authors reveal that when the Beatles performed 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, John's microphone wasn't turned on, so viewers heard only Paul singing.The hundreds of photographs throughout the book include rare black-and-white publicity stills, images of Beatles instruments, and engaging shots of the musicians in-studio. All the Songs is the must-have Beatles book for the any true Beatles fan.?


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc
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  • Category: Discographies & buyer's guides
  • ISBN: 9781579129521



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Note: I read the first third of this story as a digital ARC from NetGalley, but received the book in print for Christmas, so I finished reading in that format.This is a hefty, hefty book, but it'll end up being a must-own for Beatles fans. A large portion of the book is devoted to photographs, so it's not a demanding read and there are lots of interesting tidbits for diehard fans, although some of them are common knowledge by this point (eg. John shredding his vocals on "Twist and Shout").Fans with a background in music will find even more to appreciate, as the instruments and technical details are reported for each song. I skimmed over much of this, but I still found much to appreciate. In the future, I want to read each section and listen to the appropriate album to pick up on the small details mentioned by the authors.This book won't give you the multi-faceted view of the Beatles the way other biographies have, but that is also not the book's intent. I think it works best as a companion to the substantial amount of Beatles literature, and it's definitely an eye catching book to put out on the coffee table.A small distraction for me was the author's liberal use of unwarranted exclamation points. Not a major concern, but it was frequent enough for me to take notice.

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A tour de force that looks at every one of the Beatles songs and gives the details behind them, both known and rumors (indicating the rumors with a ?). A lot of pictures of the Fab Four, who always seemed to be in just the right pose to make the picture look artistic, complement the work. Discussions of the songs and albums center around the British releases, but the authors provide information about the American releases, as well. There is also abundant information about the lives of the Beatles, their loves, and their petty (and not so petty) quarrels. A must read for any Beatles fan.