Setting out on the long winding road to Beatle enlightenment and avoiding any pot-holed zebra crossings along the way........
This is a guide to the best and most highly regarded books* about The Beatles. Of course there will always be some debate about what makes a good Beatles book but these are based on many reviews and also feedback from hardcore Beatle fans. Your feedback is welcomed. *First Hand Accounts books vary in quality but I have listed for historical interest.
The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
Mark Lewisohn's three-part biography is the first true and accurate account of the Beatles, a contextual history built upon impeccable research and written with energy, style, objectivity and insight. This first volume covers the crucial and less-known early period - the Liverpool and Hamburg years of a hungry rock and roll band, when all the sharp characters and situations take shape. The product of at least eight years' writing and research, and full of information sourced even before that, it runs from the band members' family prehistories to the release of their first proper single in 1962. For avid Beatlemaniacs, this meticulously researched account will be hard to beat because of its high level of detailed trivia, and is worthy of re-evaluation, on its publication in paperback. It has new interviews from old girlfriends, family, friends and teachers, weighed up against well-worn quotes from archived essays and magazines. Lewisohn is like a detective, taking all the information available surrounding a particular moment in the Beatles' history and then deducing which is most likely to be the genuine reality when those versions of events don't match up.