The Beatles - All These Years: A Review of the Extended Special Edition of Volume One: Tune In
The Beatles are arguably the most influential and popular band in the history of music. Their story has been told many times, but never with such depth and detail as in Mark Lewisohn's magisterial biography, The Beatles - All These Years. The first volume, Tune In, covers the early years of the Fab Four, from their family backgrounds to the moment they're on the cusp of their immense breakthrough at the end of 1962.
However, for the true Beatles aficionado, there is an even more comprehensive and definitive version of Tune In: the extended special edition. This edition consists of two hardback books that feature hundreds of thousands of words of extra material, as well as many extra photographs. It is designed, printed and bound in Great Britain, with high-quality paper and a specially designed box and lid.
What makes this edition so special According to Lewisohn himself, it contains \"a lot more story, a lot more detail, a lot more colour, a lot more atmosphere, a lot more context, a lot more analysis\". It also includes \"many hundreds of stories and incidents that are either completely unknown or have been barely touched upon before\". For example, it reveals how John Lennon met Paul McCartney's father for the first time, how George Harrison got his first guitar, how Ringo Starr joined the band, how they got their famous haircuts, how they recorded their first single, and much more.
The extended special edition of Tune In is not just a biography of the Beatles; it is also a cultural history of Britain in the 1950s and early 1960s. It paints a vivid picture of the social, political and musical landscape that shaped the lives and careers of the four young men who would change the world. It is also a testament to Lewisohn's impeccable research and writing skills. He has spent decades interviewing hundreds of people who knew or worked with the Beatles, as well as consulting thousands of documents and sources. He has also written with energy, style, objectivity and insight, making this book a joy to read.
If you are a fan of the Beatles or interested in their era, you owe it to yourself to get this extended special edition of Tune In. It is a true collector's item that will enrich your understanding and appreciation of the greatest band of all time.
The extended special edition of Tune In also contains many quotes from the Beatles themselves, as well as from their friends, family, colleagues and critics. These quotes help to bring the story to life and reveal the personalities, opinions and emotions of the people involved. For example, here is John Lennon describing his first impression of Paul McCartney: \"I thought he was a bit too young and a bit too cocky. He had a guitar with him and he knew all these chords that I didn't know. He could tune it properly and everything. He was showing off.\" [^1^]
Another example is Paul McCartney recalling his reaction to hearing Elvis Presley for the first time: \"It was like nothing I'd ever heard. It was so animal. It was so sexual. It was so thrilling. It was like a thunderbolt had hit me. I thought, 'This is it. This is what I want to do.'\" [^1^]
A third example is George Harrison expressing his frustration with the Beatles' early recording sessions: \"We were always being told what to do and what not to do. We had no say in anything. We had to do what they wanted us to do. We had to play what they wanted us to play. We had to sing what they wanted us to sing. We felt like puppets.\" [^1^]
The extended special edition of Tune In is full of such quotes that illuminate the Beatles' journey from obscurity to fame, from innocence to experience, from Liverpool to London, from skiffle to rock and roll. It is a book that no Beatles fan should miss. ec8f644aee