I didn't see this news mentioned here before, but Mark Lewisohn's massive Beatles biography books – which apparently took 10 years to write and research - are done, and the first book will be out this fall. Amazon lists the publication date as Oct. 10th, 2013 in the UK and Oct. 29th, 2013 for the US.
The first book in the three part series is called: The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In
The book starts from when John, Paul, George and Ringo are born, follows their childhoods and teenage years, and then into Hamburg, finishing up at the end of 1962.
Here is a mock-up of the cover:
There's a twitter feed for the book, and a web site as well: http://www.thebeatlesbiography.com/
I also found the press release for the book interesting:
BRAND NEW- Released Oct 29, 2013 - By Mark Lewisohn, This is Volume 1 of the trilogy. A decade in the making! The world's leading authority on the Beatles - and author of the bestselling Beatles Recording Sessions - has completed the riveting first volume in a groundbreaking trilogy about the iconic band that changed the face of pop music.
TUNE IN uncovers the lives of John, Paul, George and Ringo as never before.
Their enduring fame and legendary exploits have led to countless biographies of the Beatles, but now we have the ultimate portrait. Tune In is the first book in a
genre-defining trilogy, telling the story of the Beatles from before their beginning up to the final night of 1962, with success within their grasp and on the cusp of a whole new kind of celebrity.
This is the lesser-known Beatles story - the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg - and in many respects the most absorbing, extraordinary and incredible period of all. Here is the warts and all story of their family backgrounds, childhoods, and their infatuation with American music. As Tune In chronicles in amazing nuance, everything comes together in these years and in this one book: the Beatles' talent, charisma, looks,personalities, honesty, humor, attitude - and the Lennon-McCartney partnership.
Forget what you've read or know about the Beatles, Tune In, and start anew.
"Forget what you've read or knew . . ." That's an interesting thing to say IMO. It makes me really wonder if there really is something new that's going to be in these books, and it's not just going to be the same stuff rehashed. I haven't had a chance to read anything else Lewisohn had done, so I don't know how he is as a writer, but from what I've read around here, it seems people think he's pretty fair, especially on the the Lennon-McCartney front.
The page count for the unabridged version - which from what I understand will be out in November - is said to be around 1800 pages. (The abridged version, the one coming out in October, is 800 pages). And that is just Part One!
Oh, and this quote from George Martin about the book(s) is pretty awesome IMO:
Of all the chroniclers who have studied the lives of John, Paul, George and Ringo, Mark Lewisohn stands supreme. His dedication in getting all the true facts, coupled with a style of writing that is most readable, leaves him with no rival. Time and again he has proven that he knows far more about what we did than any of us. So many other books have been written about the lives of the Beatles that are less than truthful and a great deal of misinformed rubbish has been avidly devoured. We are fortunate to have Mark’s scholarship’ -- Sir George Martin
Have to say, if the reviews are good, I'm going to be sorely tempted to buy it, no matter the price tag. Does everyone think this could be the first real "definitive" Beatles Biography finally done?