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The Beatles: A Diary
by Barry Miles
ISBN 0711963150 / 9780711963153 / 0-7119-6315-0
Publisher Omnibus Press
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What more can be published about the Beatles? Flying in the face of opinion that yet further books on the subject can only be superfluous is The Beatles: A Diary, proving that there is still much more of value to be discovered and enjoyed about the Fab Four phenomenon. Written by close friend of the band Barry Miles it acts as a marvellous accompaniment to Many Years From Now, his bestselling authorised biography of Paul McCartney. In chronological order, the Diary begins in wartime Liverpool and the births of each member of the group and quickly progresses to 1960 and the birth of the Beatles as a band. It then travels on a day-by-day basis through their entire 10-year career to the demise of both the Swinging Sixties and the Beatles themselves, detailing events as they unfolded, never glossing over the arguments or being afraid to confront controversies such as the drugs and sex stories that surrounded them.
Fully illustrated, the book is also a visual treat and is packed with hundreds of superb colour and black-and-white photographs and contains many quotes from members from within and without the band; some rare, some common, all classic.
Both defining and influencing the Sixties, the Beatles were and will remain the biggest band in the world and The Beatles: A Diary is the perfect testament of their life and achievements. Despite the familiarity of some of the history, Miles' sharp and refreshing style and the extraordinarily extensive chronology ensure the Diary to be invaluable to any fan. It is the definitive Beatles chronicle. --Robert Brookes [via]