Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The Beatles Archive - a Book Review


This photo is on the cover of the book 

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about the book  The Beatles Archive by Ray Connolly is full of short Beatles articles and interviews written and conducted by journalist Ray Connolly beginning in 1967 up until modern day.  Connolly was on good terms with three of the Beatles (George didn't trust him), especially John.   The stories are in chronological order, so the things at the beginning of the book are the most interesting.  I especially enjoyed the interviews because they were word-for-word transcripts of the interviews because it isn't too often that you get to read new interviews with John Lennon. 

Parts of the book I just didn't like.   No surprise, but I had to skip over the articles about John's murder and his killer.  There are some days when I can read about that stuff, but right now is not that time, and I just couldn't handle reading it.   Other more modern-day articles I honestly found to be boring.    I know that I am not really into a book when it goes several days in a row and I haven't read the book.   

There is a nice article about Mal Evans in this book that was written based on an interview Connolly did with Mal's widow, Lil.   I don't recall anyone speaking to her about her thoughts or memories before.   There are also articles based on interviews with Cyn and Pete.   As time goes on, and we lose more and more key figures in the Beatles' story, these stories will become very valuable in telling the history correctly. 

I can't necessarily recommend this book but at the same time, I can't say that it was a bad book.   I guess it just wasn't a good fit for me.  Perhaps you will pick it up and enjoy it.

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