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Old Aug 04, 2006, 10:28 AM   #1
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Default Beatles books that you own (or once owned)?

I was inspired by 4No1's thread regarding the book "Beatles Forever". It got me thinking about all the Beatles books I own or have owned...

Here are mine:

Beatles Forever by Nicholas Schaffner. Had an original 1st printing in paperback, but that fell apart and I gave it away to a friend. Acquired a new hard cover copy a few years later.

The Beatles Illustrated Record by Roy Carr and Tony Tyler.
I have two copies of this. The first one in hard cover I received as a gift in 1977/1978(?). It was my favorite! Big color pictures of albums covers! I received a second copy in paperback a few years later... updated with a "death of John Lennon" section in the back.

The Beatles Encyclopedia A-Z by???? Paperback book, black cover with a Sgt. Pepper's era photo on the front cover.

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics 2 by Alan Aldridge

Before They Were The Beatles by???? I think this book is OOP now. Great book with amazing photos from the Hamburg and Cavern days.

Screenplay to A Hard Day's Night Great book of the movie script.

The Beatles Official Discography by??? An old out-dated edition from like 1975. The final McCartney release listed in it is "Venus And Mars". Lists who played what on certain songs. It was thanks to this book that I was enlightened to the fact that each of the four members didn't always play ONLY their main instruments.

A book who's title I can't recall... it's the one that was wrapped with the Andy Warhol art as the dust jacket.

The Anthology

Beatles Gear by Andy Babuik

The Recording Sessions by Mark Lewhison

I have a couple of photo books of which I can't recall the exact titles of... and a book that is basically a bunch of reproductions from the Mersey Beat newspaper chronicling their rise to fame.

The Compleat Beatles (music songbook 2-part boxed edition)

The Beatles: a Private View by Robert Freeman

The Beatles In Their Own Words by???

I think that covers it (heh-heh! No pun intended).


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Old Aug 04, 2006, 10:40 AM   #2
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I have so many I'll have to go home & make a list so I can post them here! haha! Looks like you have a great list!
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I hardly have any Beatle books, so my list is easy:

The Beatles Anthology
Postcards From the Boys - Ringo Starr
The Beatles Every Little Thing - Maxwell Mackenzie
A Teenagers Guide to the Beatles - Zane Lalani

And that's about it. (pathetic little list, I know!)

I used to have Lennon by Ray Coleman, and also "Spaniard in the Works" but I sold them a few years ago.
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Old Aug 04, 2006, 10:50 AM   #5
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Thanks! They are cherished possessions of mine.

I figured people would need time for this one.
Oh I agree! I don't know why I love books! I must admit, my faves are the ones that have lots of pics! I'm so bad about reading sometimes! & whlie some of the books are for fun or not always 100% true, it's still interesting to read them!

I've collected a lot of magazines over the years, too. Again.. probably more for the pics, but I get such a giggle when I read the old teenie magazines from the 60s! You know those are for fun!
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Old Aug 04, 2006, 10:51 AM   #6
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I hardly have any Beatle books, so my list is easy:

The Beatles Anthology
Postcards From the Boys - Ringo Starr
The Beatles Every Little Thing - Maxwell Mackenzie
A Teenagers Guide to the Beatles - Zane Lalani

And that's about it. (pathetic little list, I know!)

I used to have Lennon by Ray Coleman, and also "Spaniard in the Works" but I sold them a few years ago.
Oh I just LOVE Postcards From the Boys! I was so thrilled that Ringo did that book. So sweet of him to share! I've collected postcards that have been sent to me for decades! In fact, I have some Rell & Lynner sent to me as well as a few other Linkers! I could do a Postcards From the Linkers!
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Hey, that's a great idea, Asha! I'd buy it!! I'll be your first customer!

Yeah, I love Ringo's book! It's interesting to see all the postcards he collected over the years, how they were addressed to him, etc.
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Oh I agree! I don't know why I love books! I must admit, my faves are the ones that have lots of pics! I'm so bad about reading sometimes! & whlie some of the books are for fun or not always 100% true, it's still interesting to read them!

I've collected a lot of magazines over the years, too. Again.. probably more for the pics, but I get such a giggle when I read the old teenie magazines from the 60s! You know those are for fun!
I'm the same way, Asha! My favorties are the ones with lots of pictures. "The Illustrated Record" by Roy Carr and Tony Tyler was always my favorite because it was light on text and heavy on color pics!
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I have an extensive Beatles' library and it would be a major challenge to list all the books I have. Short version - here are some I highly recommend. Ray Coleman's biography of John Lennon is one very outstanding book along with Alan Clayson's biographies of each inidividual Beatle.

Here Comes the Sun
Beatles Forever
Shout!
Postcards From the Boys
Before He Was Fab
Do You Want to Know a Secret
George Harrison - by Alan Clayson
The Boys From Liverpool
Who Were the Beatles*
Anthology
The Beatles: An Authorized Biography by Hunter Davies

There is yet another outstanding book about using the Beatles as philosophical guides. Also, check www.amazon.com for Beatle books and reviews.

*Excellent book for young people
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I also have a rather extensive Beatles library (part of which is in NZ under the care of my mother - she is constantly adding to it for me whenever she sees a new book on them which is very sweet of her!) so won't provide a full list.
I have been re-reading the Anthology book recently and that would have to be one of my favs simply because of the beautiful presentation and the fact that it is THEM!
I also love my Rolling Stone "Harrison" book.
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Old Aug 05, 2006, 01:57 PM   #11
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Here's my short but growing list:

The Recording Sessions by Lewisohn
The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Lewisohn - an excellent source book that covers it all. Read it cover to cover, and everytime I pick it up, I seem to spy something new.
Here, There, and Everywhere by Geoff Emerick - a great read full of technical details of the later recording sessions.
The Compleat Beatles - 2 volume song books that have been used so much spines are cracked and pages are falling out.
The Beatles' England - by David Bacon and Norman Maslov. Such a cool little book with lots of pictures. It appeals to my archaeologist side showing the places, architecture, and artifacts associated with the Beatles in England and Hamburg as well. I call it "A Landscape Approach to the Beatles".
Paul McCartney and Wings by Tony Jasper. Mostly pictures, got it for free when a book store I used to work at cleared out it bargain books.
Also currently I have I, Me, Mine out from the library. I've only just started reading it.
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Here's my short but growing list:

The Compleat Beatles - 2 volume song books that have been used so much spines are cracked and pages are falling out.
I was given this for Christmas back when I was like 11 yeas old - when I started playing the guitar. I was always puzzled by how a music book for a band as great as The Beatles could have a misspelled word in it - "Compleat" ("Complete").

Mine is still in pretty good shape. I didn't use it all that much as I taught myself to play nearly 100%.

Nice growing list, by the way. I plan to get Geoff Emerick's book in the near future.
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Old Aug 05, 2006, 05:13 PM   #13
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Listing my Beatles library will be quite a job, because Beatles books is what I collect (over albums or memorabilia). But, here goes:

My main references are:
The Beatles - Off The Record by Keith Badman
The Beatles - After The Break-Up by Keith Badman
The Beatles - The Dream Is Over by Keith Badman
All Together Now by Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik
The Beatles Again? by Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik
The End of The Beatles? by Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik
The Beatles - Day-by-Day, Song-by-Song, Record-by-Record by Craig Cross
Beatlesongs by William J. Dowlding
Beatles Undercover by Kristofer Engelhardt
The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia by Bill Harry
The Encyclopedia Of Beatles People by Bill Harry
The Ultimate Beatles Quiz Book by Michael J. Hockinson
The Ultimate Beatles Quiz Book II by Michael J. Hockinson
The Beatles: Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn
The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn
Eight Arms To Hold You by Chip Madinger and Mark Easter
The Beatles - A Diary by Barry Miles
Get Back by Doug Sulpy and Ray Schweighardt
Way Beyond Compare by John C. Winn
That Magic Feeling by John C. Winn
Lennon by Ray Coleman
The Art & Music Of John Lennon by John Robertson
The Beatles - 10 Years That Shook The World by the editors of MOJO

Also:
The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles
The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics edited by Alan Aldridge
Beatletoons by Mitch Axelrod
Beatles Gear by Andy Babiuk (a favorite)
The Beatles ... After The Break-up by David Bennahum
Novelisation of A Hard Day's Night by John Burke
The Complete Idiot's Guide To The Beatles by Richard Buskin (a favorite)
The Beatles (authorized biography) by Hunter Davies
The Quarrymen by Hunter Davies
Classic Rock Albums - Abbey Road / Let It Be by Peter Doggett
The Beatles A To Z by Goldie Friede, Robin Titone and Sue Weiner (my first Beatles book)
The Beatles - An lllustrated Diary by H. V. Fulpen
Those Were The Days by Stefan Granados
A Day In The Life by Mark Hertsgaard
The Beatles - Unseen Archives compiled by Tim Hill and Marie Clayton
Novelisation of Help! by Al Hine (a favorite)
Abbey Road To Zapple Records by Judson Knight
The Beatles Way by Larry Lange
The Beatles - Day By Day by Mark Lewisohn
Revolution In The Head by Ian MacDonald
The Beatles - Every Little Thing by Maxwell Mackenzie
33 1/3 - Let It Be by Steve Matteo
Shout! by Philip Norman
The Day John Met Paul by Jim O'Donnell
The Beatles - An Oral History by David Prichard and Alan Lysaght
Tell Me Why by Tim Riley
The Beatles Forever by Nicholas Schaffner (a favorite)
The Beatles - A Day In The Life by Tom Schultheiss
The True Story Of The Beatles by Billy Shepherd
Paperback Writer by Mark Shipper
The Beatles Book Of Lists by Stephen J. Spignesi
The Beatles Records On Vee-Jay by Bruce Spizer
The Beatles' Story On Capitol Records - Part One by Bruce Spizer
The Beatles - The Ultimate Recording Guide by Allen J. Wiener
Yellow Submarine by Max Wilk
John's In His Own Write (a favorite)
John's Skywriting By Word Of Mouth
John's Real Love - The Drawings For Sean (a favorite; I have two copies)
Lennon Remembers by Jann S. Wenner
All We Are Saying by David Sheff
John Lennon - In My Life by Pete Shotton and Nicholas Schaffner
Lennon Revealed by Larry Kane
The Lennon Companion edited by Elizabeth Thomson and David Gutman
The Lives Of John Lennon by Albert Goldman (I'm ashamed to admit)
Blackbird by Geoffrey Giuliano (I'm ashamed to admit)
Paul McCartney - Many Years From Now by Barry Miles
The Walrus Was Paul by R. Gary Patterson
George's l Me Mine
The Quiet One by Alan Clayson
Before He Was Fab by Jim Kirkpatrick
A Cellarful Of Noise by Brian Epstein
With A Little Help From My Friends by George Martin
All You Need Is Ears by George Martin
Beatle! The Pete Best Story by Pete Best and Patrick Doncaster
The Beatles - The True Beginnings by Roag Best
Hello Goodbye by George Gunby
Here, There And Everywhere by Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey
The Love You Make by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines
Magical Mystery Tours by Tony Bramwell and Rosemary Kingsland
John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me by Tony Barrow
At The Apple's Core by Denis O'Dell and Bob Neaverson (a favorite)
John, Paul & Me; Before The Beatles by Len Garry
The Longest Cocktail Party by Richard DiLello (a favorite)
Ticket To Ride by Larry Kane
Bob Dylan And The Beatles by Al Aronowitz
Not Just The Beatles ... by Sid Bernstein and Arthur Aron (a favorite)
The Beatles, The Bible And Bodega Bay by Ken Mansfield

Plus:
The Beatles Digest by the editors of Goldmine
The Beatles - From Yesterday To Today by the editors of Life (I have two copies)
Lennon - His Life And Work from The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum
Harrison by the editors of Rolling Stone
Beatles Complete (a simple book of sheet music; no author listed)
The Complete Beatles Lyrics (no author listed)
Two small childrens books, both titled The Beatles (no author listed)

and too many magazines and catalogs.

Looking forward to adding to my collection from attending Beatlefest next weekend.
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Jesgear, I have one word: Wow!
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Listing my Beatles library will be quite a job, because Beatles books is what I collect (over albums or memorabilia).
it's what i collect, too, jesgear! your library is outstanding and contains many titles i have plus a fewl i (woefully) don't have. i'll list a few from my collection that i don't remember seeing in yours:

with a little help from my friends, the making of sgt. pepper - sir george
all you need is ears - also by sir george
the beatles: recording sessions - mark lewisohn
it was 20 years ago today - derek taylor
the long & winding road, the history of the beatles on record - neville stannard
working class heroes, istory of the beatles solo recordings - neville stannard and john tobler
paperback writers, the history of the beatles in print - bill harry
the ballad of john and yoko - the editors of rollling stone
the beatles - geoffrey stokes
it was 30 years ago today - terrence spencer
the art of the beatles - mike evans
mike mac's white and blacks - michael mccartney
growing up with the beatles - ron schaumburg
the man who "framed" the beatles (dick lester bio) - andrew yule
the beatles in the beginning - roag and pete best
the beatles album - geoffrey giuliano ( it was a gift!)
the lennon plays: in his own write - jl, adrienne kennedy, victor spinetti

i have many silly beatlemania-era books (not good reference books, but reflective of the exuberance of the times) and a bazillion books on john lennon (way too many to type right now. it's late!)
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Listing my Beatles library will be quite a job, because Beatles books is what I collect (over albums or memorabilia). But, here goes:
Jesgear, I have two words: holy sh*t!

You reminded me that I also own "Altogether Now" but neglected to list it among my books.
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Jesgear I'll give it three : That's f**king amazing.

Are those John Winn books essential or expendable?
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I forgot to mention the children's book Who Were the Beatles? by Geoff Edgers. The Digkids thoroughly enjoyed it.

And since Digmom was the one to read them the chapter discussing their nicknames, they are usually quick to point out: "Paul. He was the cute one. But mommy thinks George was the cute one."
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Are those John Winn books essential or expendable?
I really like them, as I've just started getting into bootlegs. But I haven't compared them to Doug Sulpy's books on bootlegs (I plan on buying copies in Chicago this weekend). Does anyone else here know how Winn's books and Sulpy's books compare?
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