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When They Were Boys

The True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top
Kane, Larry (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Never before told stories of the Beatles seven-year rise from teenage dreamers to icons, both the heartbreaks and lucky breaks. From their humble beginnings in Liverpool to the cellars of Hamburg, this includes an eyewitness account of that first meeting between Lennon and McCartney, the inside story of how Ringo replaced Pete Best, a chapter devoted to the brilliant but troubled soul of manager Brian Epstein, the real scoop on their unlucky first visit to Hamburg and the death of Stu Sutcliffe.
Authors: Kane, Larry, 1942-
Title: When they were boys
the true story of the Beatles' rise to the top
Publisher: Philadelphia : Running Press, c2013.
Characteristics: 395 p., 16 p. of plates :,ill., port. ;,24 cm.
Contents: First words: Present day/violent past
Stirrings : The milkman ; Inspiration, perspiration, and admiration ; Paul: yesterday
Fever : See you at the Jac ; Pen pal #1: Bill Harry ; He was just seventeen
Across the Sea : Hamburg, part 1: The wild side ; Breakthrough at Litherland ; The life and death of Stuart Sutcliffe ; Hamburg part 2: "Love me do" ; The fearsome foursome ; Forgotten friend: Hurricane Rory
Where were you in '61? : Nineteen steps to heaven ; The prince of Mathew Street ; The poll ; Tower of power ; Bob Wooler: "Can you dig it" ; Brian Epstein: Silky soft whispers in the dark
Turning points : "Mean, moody, magnificent"
Pete Best ; The Decca disaster ; On the poor side of town: Hurricane Ringo ; Triumph at Parlophone
Secrets to success : Bands on the run ; Secret-agent girls ; The boys of the road ; The makeover
New Year's Day : Music stampede: A story of two countries ; Barrow on the beat ; Pen pal #2: Derek Taylor ; Momentum with a royal and foreign touch ; A December to remember: the end or the beginning?
Summary: Never before told stories of the Beatles seven-year rise from teenage dreamers to icons, both the heartbreaks and lucky breaks. From their humble beginnings in Liverpool to the cellars of Hamburg, this includes an eyewitness account of that first meeting between Lennon and McCartney, the inside story of how Ringo replaced Pete Best, a chapter devoted to the brilliant but troubled soul of manager Brian Epstein, the real scoop on their unlucky first visit to Hamburg and the death of Stu Sutcliffe.
Local Note: 15 29 35 53 80 118 127 148 150 173 175 198 210 211 243 244 245
ISBN: 0762440147
9780762440146
Statement of Responsibility: Larry Kane
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-380) and index.
Subject Headings: Rock music England History and criticism. Rock musicians England Biography. Beatles.
Topical Term: Rock music
Rock musicians
LCCN: 2013938630
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The first chapters were hard to get through because of the author's style of writing -- annoying! But it got better as it went along. Interesting to see how many people were important to their success. It is clear that it takes more than talent to become a phenomenon -- it takes people who are willing to help!

Definitely an authority on their history, well written and enthralling at times. The pictures included were nice to see and helped to identify some of the key players in the Beatles legacy. For anyone who thought the Beatles had simply stumbled upon their success should read this book to see how hard they really had to work to make it all happen.

Mar 05, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Haven't yet read this, but felt compelled to comment, because my husband relieved me of the book the day I brought it home and has been nose-deep ever since. He's not much of a reader, so that's a fairly strong review in and of itself!

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Feb 27, 2014
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