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Beatles Biographies

Since the 1960s, there have been hundreds and hundreds of biographies published on The Beatles. Every year a new perspective or previously undiscovered fact is revealed by yet another person or link to The Beatles story. Beatles-History.net has compiled a list of the most significant Beatles biographies, chronologically by year of first release.

Hunter Davies Beatles The Beatles: The Authorized Biography by Hunter Davies (pictured) (1968; reprinted several times; latest edition, 2006)

The Beatles: An Illustrated Record by Roy Carr & Tony Tyler (1975)

The Beatles Forever by Nicholas Schaffner (1977)

Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman (1981; reprinted 2003)

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn (1988; reprinted 2004)

The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn (1992)

The Beatles: From Yesterday to Today by Life Magazine (1996)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Beatles by Richard Buskin (1997)

The Beatles: A Diary by Barry Miles (1998)

The Beatles: After the Breakup: 1970-2000 by Keith Badman (1999)

The Quarrymen by Hunter Davies (2001)

The Rough Guide to The Beatles by Chris Ingham (2003; 2nd edition, 2006)

The Beatles Are Coming: The Birth of Beatlemania in America by Bruce Spizer (2003)

The Beatles: 10 Years That Shook the World by Mojo Magazine (2004)

Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America by Jonathan Gould (2007)

Many Beatles fans still want to know:
What is the definitive Beatles biography to read?

ANSWER: It is currently being written.

tune in beatlesThere are so many aspects to the Beatles story, it would be hard to fit it all into one book. The list of biographies we list here will give you a well-rounded perspective of Beatles history. But to compile all the information now known about the Beatles into one book would be a daunting task.

That's why we're betting on the three-volume Beatles biography currently being written by Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn. The first volume, Tune In: The Beatles - All These Years, was released in 2013, with the set to be completed by 2018.

Here's some commentary on Lewisohn's project:

Mark Lewisohn announces new comprehensive Beatles bio

Anxiously awaiting Mark Lewisohn's Beatles biography

And here's a brief review to give you an idea of the scope of the book:

A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words


Books Written by The Beatles

Ringo Starr Postcards Beatles In His Own Write by John Lennon (1964)

A Spaniard in the Works by John Lennon (1965)

I, Me, Mine by George Harrison (1981)

Skywriting by Word of Mouth by John Lennon (1987)

The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles (2000)

Postcards from the Boys by Ringo Starr (2004)

High in the Clouds (Children's book) by Paul McCartney (2006)

Beatles Recording Analysis

Beatles Hard Days Write The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics by Alan Aldridge (1969; re-issued 2005)

Beatlesongs by William J. Dowlding(1989)

Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties by Ian MacDonald (1994)

A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song by Steve Turner (1999; reprinted 2005)

Beatles Gear by Andy Babiuk (2001; revised edition 2002)

Tell Me Why: The Beatles: Album by Album, Song by Song, the Sixties and After by Tim Riley (2002)

The Beatles on Apple Records by Bruce Spizer (2003)

The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film by Richie Unterberger (2006)


Beatles Books by Co-workers

Beatles Love You Make A Cellarful of Noise by Brian Epstein (1964; re-issued 1998)

As Time Goes By by Derek Taylor (1973)

The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away by Allan Williams (1975)

All You Need is Ears by George Martin (1979; reprinted 1994)

The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of The Beatles by Peter Brown (1983; reprinted 2002)

A Secret History by Alistair Taylor (2001)

The Beatles: The True Beginnings by Roag Best, Pete Best, Rory Best (2002)

Magical Mystery Tours: My Life with The Beatles by Tony Bramwell (2005)

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me:The Real Beatles Story by Tony Barrow (2006)

Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles by Geoff Emerick (2007)


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