We love them yeah, yeah yeah

11 Apr

Of course, I mean The Beatles.

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Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom tell the fascinating story of one of the world’s greatest rock bands, the ‘Fab Four’; John, Paul, George and Ringo (as well as Pete and Stu). The book is laid out in two-page spreads, illustrated cartoon-style, with a welter of boxed items per page that give crisp factual info—usually no more than a couple dozen words at a time—while the text buzzes along. 

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This  story covers John Lennon’s Liverpool childhood with Auntie Mimi and his school band the Quarrymen, the friendship between Paul McCartney and George Harrison and their entry into the band, renaming the band the Beatles, the arrival of Brian Epstein as manager, the tour to Hamburg, record label boss George Martin’s influence, Ringo Starr joining the group, fame and screaming fans, the famous tour to the USA, the making of the albums, key hit songs, and films, their visit to India and the influence of Indian spirituality, and finally the breakup of the band and the beginning of solo careers for each. It includes a timeline and bibliography. 

Here are a few more images to enjoy.

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All in all this is a fun book to read. I didn’t learn much more than I already knew about The Beatles, and it’s not really meant for young people already listening to the White Album. But for kids just starting to learn about them this is an excellent resource.

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