You Never Give Me Your Money : The Beatles After the Breakup
- Author: Peter Doggett
- Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
- Published: 2010
- ISBN-10: 0061774464
- ISBN-13: 9780061774461
- Format: Hardcover
- Size: 6.25 X 1.5 X 9.25
- Weight: 1.25 lbs.
- Copyright: 2010
- Subject: MUSIC / History & Criticism
The Beatles story has been told and retold, but British journalist Doggett shines welcome light on some of the seedier aspects of the saga of the world's most popular and influential pop band, focusing on what caused the group to splinter and why the Fab Four failed to reconcile. He details the musicians' poor business decisions, ego-driven mistakes, and missed opportunities, as well as the malignant influence of outsiders. All but the most well-informed Beatles fans will learn a great deal about the band's disintegration and decadeslong personal, legal, and financial squabbles. Doggett, an admitted Beatles fanatic, writes with mostly journalistic objectivity about these fallible superstars. VERDICT Relying on documented evidence and a variety of contemporary accounts, Doggett has crafted an authentic and enlightening book full of myth-busting surprises and insight. Its few flaws include a distracting insistence on calling Ringo Starr by his birth name and gratuitous mentions of the drummer's drinking habits. But it is easy to recommend this to Beatles fans and scholars as well as anyone interested in the business of rock 'n' roll.—Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia[Page 76]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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