Sunday, June 13, 2010
Book Review - You Never Give Me Your Money
The world stopped in 1970 when Paul McCartney announced that he was through with the Beatles. His statement not only marked the end of the band's remarkable career, but also seemed to signal the demise of an era of unprecedented optimism in social history. Though the Beatles' breakup was widely viewed as a cultural tragedy, one of the most fascinating phases of their story was just about to begin.
Now, for the first time, You Never Give Me Your Money tells the behind-the-scenes story of the personal rivalries and legal feuds that have dominated the Beatles' lives since 1969. Journalist Peter Doggett charts the Shakespearean battles between Lennon and McCartney, the conflict in George Harrison's life between spirituality and fame, and the struggle with alcoholism that threatened to take Richard Starkey's life. In vivid detail, Doggett also describes the wild mismanagement of the Beatles' fortune staked largely in Apple Corps.
You Never Give Me Your Money is a compelling human drama and an equally rich and absorbing story of the Beatles' creative and financial empire, set up to safeguard their interests but destined to control their lives. From tragedy to triumphant reunion, and chart success to courtroom battles, this meticulously researched work tells the previously untold story of a group and a legacy that will never be forgotten.
Peter Doggett has been writing about popular music, the entertainment industry, and social and cultural history since 1980. A regular contributor to Mojo, Q, and GQ, his books include The Art and Music of John Lennon; a volume detailing the creation of the Beatles' Let It Be and Abbey Road albums; the pioneering study of the collision between rock and country music Are You Ready for the Country?; and, most recently, There's a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of the '60s.
My Take on the Book
While I did not grow up in the 60's I still came to love the music of the Beatles. I knew that they had their squabbles, but never really learned much about them until I read through this new publication! The book itself goes through many of the legal issues and squabbles that the band went through as they became successful The book opened my eyes to the myriad of issues that the members of the Beatles went through to deal with their fame and star status. The bbook also examines the individual members and their need to break away and find their own individuality which was enlightening in itself.
The author did a great job at researching his facts and presents the information in a compelling way which made me, for one, continue to turn page after page wondering what would come next.
For someone who had not read much on the legal and internal strife issues that the Beatles dealt with, this book opened my eyes and I know it will open yours as well.
If this book sounds like something you want in your own library you can find it on Amazon!