Monday, December 15, 2008

Get Back: The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles' Let It Be Disaster

by Doug Sulpy and Ray Schweighardt

"Monumental... A most remarkable look inside the inner world of the Beatles." --Goldmine

"Along with the [Mark] Lewisohn books, the most valuable Beatles volume put out in recent years... It's a must for all Beatlefans." --Beatlefan

Hailed as one of the most in-depth portraits ever presented of a band, Get Back traces--in an incredible minute-by-minute re-creation--every move that the Beatles made during the making of their ill-fated Let It Be album and film in January 1969. The friction that formed within the band during these recording sessions is chronicled here in closely observed detail, and the result is an extraordinarily intimate look at the Beatles and their music during their most difficult period. For years people have asked why the Beatles broke up; here, finally, is the answer.

"Painstakingly thorough...reveals glimpses of the Beatles' remarkable ensemble talent even in the face of self-made adversity...The pictures painted of the Beatles' working habits at this late stage are among the book's greatest assets." --Pulse

"Fascinating thorough a look at the fabled sessions as we're likely to get." --Orange County Register

"A monumental testament to sheer perseverance and first-class detective work...A most remarkable look inside the inner world of the Beatles, a world that almost ceased forever in January 1969." --Goldmine

"This book will long remain an invaluable, dog-eared source to the 'Get Back' sessions, as fans and scholars alike puzzle over the disintegration of a historical and influential group....[An] impressive and welcome pop culture anthropology." --Popular Music

Doug Sulpy publishes the Beatles magazine The 910; he has written for Goldmine and Musician.

Ray Schweighardt published the Beatles newsletter How Do You Do It?; he writes for The 910 and other publications. Both live in New Jersey.

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