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by Peter Doggrt

  • ISBN: 0099532360
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  • Author: Peter Doggrt
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House UK Ltd. (January 1, 2010)
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In memory of Sean Body. The Beatles could be forgiven for doubting the value of celebrity.

In memory of Sean Body. One of the quartet was shot dead outside his apartment building by a man who claimed to be a fan. Another was attacked brutally in his home; within two years, he too was dead. A third was involved in a marital breakdown that exposed every corner of his life to the public gaze. The fourth found it so difficult to survive outside the group that he lost himself in alcohol and cocaine. These four men created music of such joy and inventiveness that it captured the imagination of the world, and has never lost its grip.

Doggett's obsession with the Beatles goes back to his childhood and their glory days. He presents a mass of detail about their music, individual characters, wives, lovers, friends, spiritual explorations, drug use and business dealings, in an engaging narrative. He treads carefully around thorny issues of love and money, yet paints a convincing picture of the relationship between Lennon and Yoko Ono and its impact on the financial and legal disputes which trailed success

Peter Doggett is an excellent rock journalist and writer.

Peter Doggett is an excellent rock journalist and writer. The opening chapter 'Prologue: 8th December 1980' sets the scene for a completely engrossing book and is worth the price of admission alone. In this chapter he conjures up brilliant ways of explaining how Lennon's death affected the remaining Beatles - and the entire world. Almost a slightly melodramatic writing style at times, but he never overdoes it, and the subject matter benefits. I wonder if anyone has ever taken an estimate on the total wealth of the Beatles enmpire has been since 1963? It is hard to imagine there ever again being such an influencial musical and cultural force as the Fabs.

This is a book that simply must be read if you are a fan of the Beatles, or a music fan in general

This is a book that simply must be read if you are a fan of the Beatles, or a music fan in general. The lasting influence of the band simply cannot be measured in quantifiable terms. But their story was not all fun and games.

Now, for the first time, You Never Give Me Your Money tells the dramatic story of the personal and business rivalry that has dominated the Beatles' lives since 1969. It documents the bitter struggles between the Lennon and McCartney families. It charts the shifting relationships between four of the most famous figures of the 20th century as the strive to establish their identities beyond the Beatles. And it chronicles the transformation of their multi-media company, Apple Corps, from a bastion of 1960s counter-culture into a corporate behemoth, ready to launch lawsuits at anyone straying.

I only give you my situation, Я лишь описываю свою ситуацию. And in the middle of investigation I break down. You only give me your funny paper, Показываешь мне одни бумажки? And in the middle of negotiations you break down. И посредине наших разговоров сникаешь. И в разгар обсуждения теряю самообладание. Out of college, money spent, Из колледжа вылетел, деньги потрачены. See no future, pay no rent. Будущее туманно, за аренду платить нечем. 1. All the money's gone, nowhere to go. Денег ни копейки, и некуда деваться. Any jobber got the sack. I never give you my number

You Never Give Me Your Money is a book by author and music journalist Peter Doggett about the break-up of the English rock band the Beatles and its aftermath.

You Never Give Me Your Money is a book by author and music journalist Peter Doggett about the break-up of the English rock band the Beatles and its aftermath. The book was published in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head in September 2009, and by HarperStudio in the United States in 2010.

It ultimately tore them apart, yet ensured they were bound together in decades of legal wrangles. In fact, the four’s musical genius was matched only by their breathtaking talent for unwise business decisions. Unsurprisingly, the most contentious figure here is Allen Klein, whose management of The Beatles’ finances after Brian Epstein’s death sparked fierce litigation between McCartney and the others

Peter Doggett’s book about the Beatles’ split is a real page-turner. Annie Lennox Enthrallin. mpossible to put down.

Peter Doggett’s book about the Beatles’ split is a real page-turner.

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Though not the most entertaining reading, this is nonetheless an interesting book about the breakup of the Beatles and its aftermath, involving a tangle of legal intricacies and in-fighting that would follow them for years. If you wish to continue to think of the Beatles in mostly positive mythological terms, I would skip this book, as it will shatter most of your notions about who they were. But if you want to glimpse the individuals behind the all-time greatest band in popular music, then you should probably check this out.

No Beatle comes off great here, but Paul comes off the worst. This is partly because he became very domineering in the latter years as John slipped off into a drug-induced and Yoko-fixated haze and partly because McCartney’s musical perfectionism and strong work ethic often rubbed the others the wrong way. It’s clear that McCartney felt completely abandoned by Lennon as the latter became consumed by his relationship with Yoko. Even if they didn’t write much together anymore, McCartney still wanted Lennon’s feedback, approval, friendship and respect. But the omnipresent Yoko became John’s world instead, so McCartney felt jilted. All of these things made McCartney difficult to be around in the late '60s, as he would freely admit years later.

But I also detect some anti-McCartney bias on the part of the author. He categorizes a McCartney-penned, number one Beatles hit as “maudlin” and another number one McCartney/Wings hit as “sickly.” At the height of McCartney’s solo success between 1974 and 1976 (Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, Wings Over America, etc.), the author dismisses it all as “lightweight pop.” This overriding attitude colors the mostly negative portrait he paints of McCartney. He’s clearly not a fan of McCartney’s music, which skews his view of McCartney the person.

On the other hand, George gets the most sympathetic treatment. I think the author likes the underdog. Harrison clearly felt stifled by his limited writing role in the Beatles. Lennon was often openly hyper-critical of George's songs while McCartney was often bored by or indifferent to them. Harrison’s catchy song “Run of the Mill,” which appeared on All Things Must Pass, was directed toward McCartney and the in-fighting that plagued the band in the latter years. He was basically saying: here’s one of my supposedly “run of the mill” songs that wasn’t good enough to appear on a Beatles album. I had always wondered about the mysterious title.

For someone as spiritually focused as he was, it’s surprising just how bitter and spiteful Harrison remained for the rest of his life about the Beatles period and his relationship with McCartney in particular. He seemed unable to forgive and let go. Over the years McCartney made several overtures to try to improve things and smooth them over, but to no avail.

John comes off as drug addled and naively idealistic. For instance, his reasoning behind hiring Allen Klein as the Beatles' business manager, which separated McCartney from the rest of the group, was that anyone with a reputation as bad as Klein’s can’t possibly be as bad as all that--so let’s hire him! The others, apart from Paul, followed John’s lead and opted to sign with Klein as their manager, ultimately with bad consequences.

Lennon is presented as someone seeking a strong and dominating woman. In Yoko, he found just that. Since his tragic death, Yoko set out to whitewash his legend and paint him in saintly terms. Much to McCartney’s chagrin, she also makes sure to emphasize at every turn her view that it was John who was the heart and soul of the Beatles and their greatest and unrivaled talent, all the while remaining a thorn in McCartney’s side as she became John’s voice in handling his Beatles-related affairs after his death.

I was astonished and irritated to discover that there were multiple times in the '70s that Lennon was ready to write with McCartney again, but each time it was thwarted by Yoko, who turned out to be far more controlling and domineering than I ever suspected.

Being, for all intents and purposes, the non-writer in the group, as well as the most limited vocalist, Ringo was the most vulnerable to the breakup of the Beatles. Accordingly, he slid into a two-decade long period of alcoholism after they went their separate ways. I had no idea that Harrison had an affair with Ringo’s wife Maureen, which contributed to the dissolution of that marriage. Ringo clearly was the most lost and adrift ex-Beatle.

All in all, this book makes for very grim reading, though it’s also hard to put down, somewhat like trying to avoid looking at the aftermath of a traffic accident as you drive past. There is much acrimony and endless litigation. But this book does help flesh out a fuller picture of the Beatles, telling a lot about who they were and how and why something so great ended so badly.
This is a difficult book to read - not only because of the detailed accounts of the Beatles' business and legal entanglements, but also because Doggett doesn't pull any punches when it comes to these four talented but very human men. Nobody gets off scot-free. It's nothing short of a miracle that Abbey Road and Let It Be came out of this period when they all pretty much hated each other. Doggett doesn't talk much about the music, but that's not surprising as this book is much more about the Beatles as a business entity than as a band. As a younger fan I didn't know that a Beatles reunion was the subject of speculation and gossip throughout the 70s and right up until Lennon's death. Doggett is kinder to Yoko than a lot of writers are - but it's pretty clear she wanted John to have nothing to do with a reunited Beatles. Oh, what might have been. Doggett has done an excellent job of a tangled and touchy subject, which I would recommend to any fan wanting to dive deeper.
Exceptionally well researched and written. Poignant and sad. The Beatles shouldn't have ended like it did. There was a confluence of things that came together at just the wrong moments; the fiasco in Manilla and the end of touring, Epstein's death, the emergence of Yoko Ono in Lennon's life, Apple and the resulting business losses, drug addictions, primarily with John, and the nail in the coffin, Alan Klein. Once the ball started rolling, there was nothing to stop the disintegration. And I am not one to buy the argument that McCartney's overbearing ways led to the group breakup. If anything, though he was annoying to the others, they owed him a great debt of gratitude for forcing them to work when they didn't want to.

The worse part? Realizing that Lennon's awful death prevented a true reconciliation between the four men. I truly believe that though they may not have appeared as the Beatles again, Lennon and McCartney (and to some extent, Harrison) would have buried the hatchet and remembered their time as Beatles with fondness and affection.

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