Foreword by Brian Wilson
An unforgettable journey through 10 tumultuous years.
The Beatles reveals more about the Fab Four than any other book: for the first time, John Lennon's friend Bill Harry recalls how the band was formed; "lost" fan, Raymond Jones, tells how he brought the Beatles to Brian Epstein's attention; Beatles associate Barry Miles describes how the whole band turned onto LSD; and Nick Kent, in his first-ever feature on the Beatles, speculates on the future had they stayed together.
TWIST AND SHOUT - relive the excitement of the early days and the thrilling era of "Beatlemania."
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR - take the ultimate trip back to the psychedelic years and seminal records like Sgt. Pepper.
LET IT BE - be a witness to the final years, a time of bitter recriminations and the end of "the long and winding road."
With reassessments of all the albums and accounts of the crucial shows, plus contributions from '60s legends Marianne Faithfull, Astrid Kirchherr, and Donovan, and a brand new foreword by Brian Wilson, The Beatles explores the personalities and the public and private events that made the group so special.
MOJO magazine is widely regarded as the "bible" for anyone involved in music. Launched in 1993 and winner of numerous awards, MOJO has set new standards in rock and pop journalism; Jack White of the White Stripes describes it as "the only music magazine I trust and care about and I never throw an issue away."
Paul Trynka became editor of MOJO in 1999 and is the author of several music books. As Editor in Chief of The Beatles, he heads a list of outstanding music writers, photographers and contributors.
Donovan, singer and songwriter whose hits include "Mellow Yellow" and "Hurdy Gurdy Man" - Hunter Davies, author of the classic 1968 official Beatles biography - Bill Harry, friend and student colleague of John Lennon, and founding editor of Mersey Beat - Keith Badman, editor of The Beatles: Off The Record - Chris Ingham, interviewer of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and author of Rough Guide to the Beatles - Mark Ellen, founding father of Q and MOJO magazines - David Fricke, senior editor of Rolling Stone - Andy Gill, pop critic of the Independent - Nick Kent, legendary writer for the NME, the Sunday Times, and author of The Dark Stuff - Mark Lewisohn, author of The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions - Ian MacDonald, former assistant editor of the NME and author of Revolution in the Head - Paul Du Noyer, founding MOJO editor and author of Liverpool: Wondrous Place - Robert Sandall, former Sunday Times senior rock critic and Radio 3 presenter - Robert Whitaker, photographer with the Beatles between 1964-67
The world's greatest rock writers tell the full, frank, and extraordinary story of the Beatles. New and revealing interviews with insiders who were there behind the scenes, unique "Days in the Life" features, and rare photographs provide the inside track on this incredible group.
"That guitar is okay but you'll never make a living with it."
Aunt Mimi, to her nephew John Lennon
"We were just a band that made it very, very big that's all."
"I declare that the Beatles are mutants. Prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen."