Well, if there’s anything you ever want to know about the Beatles here’s a 900 page textbook that covers their beginnings through 1962. If you want anything after that, you’re in luck because there’s supposed to be two more volumes. If they’re both 900 pages long each, then good luck to you because that’s a lot of information.
I’m a Beatles fan– I really am. A lot of older people think that young people don’t know who the Beatles even are, but my dad loves them, so by default, I love them, too. Given that, I know their music well, but I’m not as familiar with their history, so that’s where Tune In comes in.
Mark Lewisohn’s epic about the Beatles thoroughly chronicles the pre-fame lives and beginnings of John, Paul, George, and Richy (a.k.a. Ringo). The book is filled with more facts than you can imagine. Lewisohn is clearly an expert on Beatles history and demonstrates that in his ability to get the reader to turn the page with a ‘gotta know more!‘ attitude. Though, to counter that, the writing style misses engaging prose because it seems to literally just be fact after fact.
Tune In: All These Years is definitely a must read for fans who want to know absolutely everything about the Beatles and who have a lot of time on their hands. For those not so inclined, the book has pictures. And I mean, they’re pretty nifty pictures of the young Beatles, so that’s a major bonus.
I received a free copy of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1 from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.