Tune In

Tune In is the first volume of All These Years a highly anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world s leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr Ten years in the making, TunTune In is the first volume of All These Years a highly anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world s leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962 when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity They ve one hit record Love Me Do behind them and the next Please Please Me primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon This is the lesser known Beatles story the pre Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years and their infatuation with American music, here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in For those who ve never read a Beatles book before, this is the place to discover the young men behind the icons For those who think they know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, it s time to press the Reset button and tune into the real story, the lasting word.
Tune In Tune In is the first volume of All These Years a highly anticipated groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world s leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access a

  • Title: Tune In
  • Author: Mark Lewisohn
  • ISBN: 9781400083053
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Tune In”

    1. A five star book with a one star title and a no star cover, so let’s get that out of the way now – Mark, what were you thinking? Tune In? It’s from Timothy Leary, right? So I am assuming that your three volumes will be Tune In, Turn On and Drop Out. It must have sounded cute to you. Not to me. It’s a wretched idea. And the cover – there are gorgeous photos of the young Beatles on the inside cover, where they can’t be seen. They would have done wonderfully. Or anything except what you [...]

    2. First off, this is not a review of the 960-page standard edition of this book, which I haven't read. Oh no. This is a review of the boxed, two-volume 'Extended Special Edition'. I got my copy on 14 November 2013 and finished it a month later, and given that it's 1728 pages, at an average of c. 58 pages/day, that's the fastest I've read any book in my life. I had serious doubts about Mark Lewisohn's qualifications to write this book. I know that he's the most dedicated and conscientious Beatles s [...]

    3. Over the years I have read more books about the Beatles than I care to admit to and they vary in quality from pretty good to absolutely terrible. However, when Mark Lewisohn announced that he would be writing the ‘definitive’ biography of the band, fans believed him. Lewisohn is not only THE Beatles expert, but he is also someone who has an obvious love for them. In other words, he is also a fan and the little details, which intrigue us, also interest him. This first volume looks at their fa [...]

    4. It’s a Beatlelife.Hard to reckon how long we’ll wait for the next volume. Make healthy eating choices—exercise, don't smoke ciggies, etc.

    5. The body of this book is 840 pages long.That’s eight hundred and forty pages.840 pages, and by the end of this weighty tome, The Beatles have got as far as recording their first two singles – one of which hasn’t been released yet. As the astute amongst you can guess then, this means a ridiculous amount of detail. There are successful presidents of the United States whose lives have not been chronicled with this level of meticulous care. Yes, this is The Beatles and The Beatles are importan [...]

    6. This is an absolute top notch historical joy-ride of a book. So much fun. Some impressions: John was an arrogant arse. But he was the force behind the group--they never would have started without him. Paul was talented and good-hearted and the glue that created the whole and kept it together. George was the quiet one, but he might have saved the whole venture when he insulted George Martin's tie at the first recording session to break the ice and get people laughing. Stuart death in Astrid's arm [...]

    7. I'm often wary of reading books on people or subjects that are so prolific in pop culture; more often than not, you get a summary of information that could have been gleaned from various websites along with lots of empty filler. In the multitude of Beatles "biographies", Tune In is a thrilling standout!Mark Lewisohn took ten years researching the book and while not officially authorized by the Beatles, he had help from several inherent sources including Paul McCartney, Neil Aspinall and Yoko Ono [...]

    8. I read this book in preparation for a trip to Liverpool next month, where I hope to go on a Magical Mystery Tour of the Beatles' history. Although I'm not a true Beatles obsessive, I do love their music. I have read quite a few books about them over the years, but discovered loads of information that was new to me from this truly massive tome. Mark Lewisohn clearly loves the group and his enthusiasm comes across loud and clear, even if the level of detail is sometimes overwhelming. This enormous [...]

    9. Over 1000 page biography of the Beatles, only up to December 31, 1962! For those of us who have read many biographies with much information about their early days (starting with the authorized Hunter Davies book) it seems inconceivable that so much could be written in Tune In. It is a credit to Lewisohn's research that this biography is both readable and thorough.My five stars is based on both the readability and the research. Lewisohn draws from many sources and interviews to discover as much t [...]

    10. This book probably goes more detail than you want. It's almost a thousand pages and only gets to December 31, 1962, when the Beatles are about to record their first album. Mark Lewisohn wants to know absolutely everything the Beatles did. His annoyance is palpable when there's a day trip that almost definitely happened but nobody remembers taking.But as it happens, I *do* want all this detail. If you're sufficiently interested in the Beatles to consider reading it, it's going to blow your mind. [...]

    11. One of the best straight up biographies I have read in a very long time. Beautifully written, never boring.However, this is a book with a lot of information in it, over 800 pages (or 70 hours on audio). This is Volume I of a planned three volume set on the Beatles. This volume only takes you from the childhood to just before the release of their first album in early 1963. Seemingly nothing that occurred to John, Paul, George or Ringo in the years between 1957 and 1962 is left unexplored. Extensi [...]

    12. "Every once in a while, life conjures up a genuine ultimate," so begins Mark Lewisohn in his epic book on the Beatles, talking about them. This is not only true of the Fab Four but also of Mark Lewisohn's work itself.In a new tome on the Beatles titled Tune In, which is the first of a three-volume series The Beatles: All These Years, Mark Lewisohn who is acknowledged as an authority on the Beatles, examines the early days of the group in superb, almost minute detail, which is likely to leave eve [...]

    13. Does the world really need another book about The Beatles? After reading the 803 pages of Mark Lewisohn's "Tune In" I'd say emphatically "Yes!" "Tune In" is a great book. And if the subsequent volumes in this trilogy are anywhere near the quality of the first, the world not only needs them, it needs them as soon as possible.I'm a student of The Beatles. (Yes, I'm a fan.) I've read almost every book ever written about The Beatles. And Lewisohn's "Tune In" is the most objective, detailed and well [...]

    14. Are you that kid in high school who bought The Beatles Live at the Star Club in Hamburg? (And more importantly, did you listen to itpeatedly?)Did you make a pilgrimage to Liverpool and Hamburg back when no American in their right mind would set foot there?Did you tape the Beatles Anthology off television, then buy it on laser disc and then DVD?Do you celebrate every February 7th like it is Liberation Day?If you answered yes to these questions, this is the book for you. It is literally like follo [...]

    15. The definitive Fab Four saga (?), part oneWhen I first heard that Mark Lewisohn was going to publish the first of a projected three-volume biography of the Beatles I knew the books would not lack accuracy. Lewisohn is the world’s foremost Beatles authority, whose book on their recording sessions I have referred to thousands of times since it was released in 1988. Lewisohn has listened to probably every second of recorded music and between song chatter that was ever put to tape in their short b [...]

    16. The brilliance of this book is to show how the members of the Beatles typified the young people of their time. Their musical brilliance set them apart, but this book, interestingly, focuses on their similarities with young people around the world growing up in the aftermath of WWII. They want to have fun. They want to cut loose and look good. The Beatles broke out of a conformist mode dominated by religious and secular institutions. Their musical and poetic talent made them geniuses, but breakin [...]

    17. An excellent book for any Beatles lover. At just over 800 pages, this first volume of a 3 volume set takes the reader through a detailed examination of each member of the group, including those who did not end up in the final lineup (Pete Best, Stuart Sutcliffe, etc.). Amazingly, this volume only takes the reader through the end of 1962 when the Beatles are on the cusp of success. The detail and wealth of information is tremendous. The first few chapters focus on each members' family history and [...]

    18. Holy crap. This is the ultimate work of Beatles scholarship, and it only goes to December 31st, 1962. (Books two and three are, um, in the works. It took Lewisohn 8 years to write this; if I have to wait 16 years for this trilogy to be over, I'll cry. I'll also be 50 when the third books comes out. FIFTY. I really hope I'm not waiting 16 years for the third volume.)Anyway, this is dense, obviously. It's 800 packed pages. You'd think it'd be boring, but it really wasn't. Then again, I have a pret [...]

    19. What can you say about 800 pages of Beatles history that ends in 1962? "Wow"Marc Lewisohn's thorough examination of the early Beatles is only the first in a three part history that will cover the Beatles up to 1980. This first part "Tune In" is fantastic on its own, even to someone like me who has read dozens of books on the Beatles. New (to me) stories of their families, friends, influences and lucky breaks all combine for a truly enchanting story of four Liverpool lads who, against all odds, g [...]

    20. The problem is, I'm just not a Beatles fan. I like the songs, they've been playing along in the background all of my life. I find the history interesting, as a phenomenonbut i'm not a fan. I don't care about the provenance of each song or the controversial historiography of minor events. Now, as history, this is enjoyable. A nice view into a time, place and industry, particularly the Liverpool of the 40s and 50s and Hamburg of the early 60s. But Lewisohn is a fan, a fanatic, an admirer. He cares [...]

    21. Volume 1 is 803 pages, not counting notes, acknowledgements, appeal for research support, and index(an expanded edition is available online). It covers the Fab Four, their family backgrounds and youth and the first five years of their professional life, 1958 through 1962. Okay. Eight hundred and three pages of what comes as close to a day by day history of four pop musicians who became a world-wide cultural phenomenon may seem a bit much, particularly as you remember there are two more volumes t [...]

    22. This book is part 1 of a trilogy, so it ends December 31, 1962. On this date, The Beatles have one single on the charts, but are working on an LP and the next single. Nothing has been released yet in the United States. Most of the stories in this book were new to me since I was never a huge Beatles fan. I liked their music, and bought their later albums, but never read the fanzines or joined their fan club. This is a thoroughly researched and very well written biography of The Beatles. Mr. Lewis [...]

    23. Make no mistake. This is a textbook. Nevertheless, I gave it five stars AND I read every word. It is very readable but the reader needs massive amounts of patience to wade through the detail. I'm sure I won't remember 95% of what I read. BUT, what I can take away is an invaluable immersion into the shifting times, who the real people that Ringo, John, Paul, George, Stu, Pete and their friends were and the struggles they had breaking the chrysalis of their Liverpudlian birth. Lewisohn is a meticu [...]

    24. Absolutely essential reading for any Beatles fan.This is the first of three books which are destined to stand as the definitive Beatles history/biography. This book covers John, Paul, George, and Ringo (and Pete, and Stu, and Brian, and George Martin) from their births up to the end of 1962.The book is packed with incident, anecdotes, and explanations. Many myths are debunked. What makes the book special is that, not only has Lewisohn exhausted all existing written sources of Beatles history, bu [...]

    25. The sheer density of information gave this tome greater mass than a block of plutonium. But what else would one expect from the definitive biography of the Beatles (Vol. 1)? Although there are some clearly acknowledged but reasonable speculations where hard evidence is lacking, it is clear that Lewisohn has exhaustively researched every bit of minutiae so that he reports facts not rumors. It is also clear that he is a huge fan. My only quibble is that there are a few too many British colloquiali [...]

    26. This is an extremely ambitious, mind-blowingly detailed history. The sheer amount of detail is incredible. Lewisohn has almost created a day-by-day record of the first several years of the band, up to 1962. But what is remarkable is that he has done so without devolving into a mere journal entry type history. Rather, he makes smart connections, draws out thematic threads, and in general makes it engaging rather than something that you just get lost in. And preceding the band years he has an extr [...]

    27. I loved this excellent and detailed book about the early years of the Beatles. This is the first volume in a trilogy; it ends in December 1962, just before the release of "Please Please Me." Lewisohn doesn't neglect any detail, which some readers might find to be too much, but I loved it. I especially enjoyed his in-depth look at the music of the day that was such a big influence on the early Beatles--the American R&B singles and the great hits of early rock and roll. I've read several other [...]

    28. Lewisohn adds the pointing between the established facts we all know, through meticulous, dogged research and fully-referenced footnotes. Everything verifiable, from births and backstories, R&B b-sides and burning the Bambi Kino, is documented and slotted in to paint the most sprawling and comprehensive biography yet of the ever-influential skifflers turned Teds turned teen idols. It stops at the end of 62, just as Please Please Me is about to change all our lives, with the author's 'To be c [...]

    29. It took me nearly six months but I finally made it through this massive tome—a PART 1 history of The Beatles starting from roots so deep and providing such a detailed history that it wasn’t until nearly page 700 (out of 800) that Ringo became a Beatle. The length of time it took me to complete the book is by no means a reflection of my interest or the book’s grip on me. I was fascinated every time I picked it up to read and absolutely enjoyed meandering through it, not trying to retain eve [...]

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