The True Story of the Beatles

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The first and best Beatles biography, Norman had close working relationships with each of the Fab Four, having interviewed them many times since 1965 and observed first hand the events that led to the split during 1969-70. The resulting book contained unique insights into the rise of the Beatles, their final years, the chaos of Apple and the collapse of hippy idealism.

Now fully updated, and written with all of Norman's trademark verve and skill, this is an essential book for anyone with an interest in pop music, the Sixties and the pleasures and perils of god-like fame.

'Nothing less than thrilling . . . the definitive biography' New York Times

'This stands as the first (and still the best) collision of Beatles history and literary depth . . . just about everything is rendered with beautiful prose and laser-like insight' Q

About Philip Norman

Philip Norman is widely acclaimed as a chronicler of popular music and culture, and his definitive biographies of John Lennon, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Buddy Holly have been translated into numerous languages. He is also an award-winning writer of fiction and has written a memoir, Babycham Night.

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Babycham Night
Babycham Night