Dozens of books about the Beatles are released every decade, with some relying on familiar lore and others making bold claims about previously untold moments of history. Craig Brown does a little bit of both in this new book, which should interest Beatles novices and experts alike. The author of Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret weaves oral histories, rote facts, dubious myths and his own personal stories together for an unpredictable and entertaining read. He goes deep on the Fab Four’s fraught meeting with Muhammad Ali; examines peripheral characters like Stuart Sutcliffe, Pete Best and the mystery man in the background of the Abbey Road cover; and homes in on seemingly innocuous moments in time that would end up changing the course of pop culture forever.
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