The Story Behind Every Beatles Release
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Incorp
On Sale: October 22, 2013
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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
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
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.
of photographs throughout the book include rare
black-and-white publicity stills, images of Beatles
instruments, and engaging shots of the musicians
All the Songs is the
must-have Beatles book for the any true Beatles fan.
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