A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song
10 journalers for this copy...
Arranged chronologically by album, the book breaks new ground by exploring how private incidents influence the group's writing and how their music evolved. Turner reveals that Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was really a drawing by Julian lennon of his childhood friend; Bungalow Bill as an all American tiger hunter; Doctor Robert was a New York 'speed doctor'; and much more. A longtime beatles admirer; Turner tracked down and interviewed the real-life subjects of the songs, probed public records and newspaper archives, and spoke in depth to the people closest to the Beatles to unearth tales that have never before been made public. The result is a book that chronicles an untold story of the Beatles themselves.
Illustrated with over 200 photographs, A Hard Day's Write is visually alluring and highly entertaining journey to the land stretching just beneath your conscious mind, mapped out with strawberry fields, fool topped hills, and long and winding roads.
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TheBowieFollies (New York, USA) Intl
WhitePine (Connecticut, USA) Intl
Stellarv (Brazil) Intl
LauraLeterboxer (Scotland, UK) Intl
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Bookworm-lady (Spain) Europe Only
vainilla79 (Spain) Europe only
boirina (Portugal) Intl
snufkin81 (South Africa) Intl (poss. surface)
back to taniazed
starbrightxx (Ohio, USA) US pref (taken out of ring because a number of books have stalled here. Will add back once books are moving again...)
Will be starting real soon, as soon as I'm done with the BookRay I have.
Thanks for sharing.
This is on its way to JennyC1230
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I am nearly done with the book I am reading now and will start this one right away! Thank you!
Thanks for sharing Taniazed and mailing to me yvensong! I contacted TheBowieFollies and they asked to be skipped, so I contacted WhitePine. I haven't heard from them, but when I get the address I will mail the book to them. Thanks!
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This arrived from WhitePines this week. Thanks WhitePines!!
I've read the preface, and it looks very interesting. I like those albums that the author says he has the most to say about, so I'm very much looking forward to this.
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I've had this book for far too long. For some reason, I've had trouble getting into it and didn't complete it. It probably has more to do with work pressures (and a lot of work related books and articles I'm reading at the moment). I've had trouble getting in touch with the next person on the ring as well, though I must admit I haven't been as diligent about trying as I should be. Anyway, finally got my act together and the address to send to, and it's on its way. I hope you enjoy this, voveryte, and I'm sorry to all in the ring for holding it up.
Anyway, I have enjoyed reading it so much and the pictures are great too.
The book is travelling to penelopewanders in Switzerland.
So, this took me almost a month to get through. Two major complaints: first would be the constant repetition - perhaps different sections were written at different times and therefore information was repeated, but it was irritating to reread the same story a few pages on, or the same info about the same song repeated when referred to as a single rather than part of an album, or vice versa. Secondly, and I suppose this is for reasons of copyright or something, but it bothered me that lyrics were referred to but not quoted. Perhaps I'm not enough of an afficionado to know all the songs by heart, but it would have been great to have a section with the lyrics someplace. As is I did enjoy remembering tunes I'd totally forgotten about, and found myself humming old Beatles hits the whole time I was reading the book. I've ordered a CD and look forward to actually hearing them again. Thanks so much for making this available. This should travel on in the next day or so - sorry it was here so long!
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Ironically, just after having sealed the package yesterday, I went to a talk in the evening and the presentation was punctuated with songs by the Beatles! This is now on its way to bookworm-lady. Sorry it spent so much time with me, but then, the Alps in the winter are worth dallying around for!
It makes you reach for your old CDs, and want to listen to all these amazing songs again...
Quote from the Introduction:
"Twenty-five years after the band stopped playing, those songs still mean something to us. They are like old friends who we met when we were young and who made life a little more exciting and easier to cope with. Because of what they did for us, we have great affection for them. It is because we hold such affection for them that it makes sense to find out where they came from."
Vanilla79 isn't traceable, so I will send this on to my good friend Boirina.
Thanks for sharing, Taniazed!
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Sent this morning to Boirina, who is next in the bookray list.
Enjoy, it is an interesting book, with lots of research!
I'll finish reading the book and I'll send it over to the next person in line in about two weeks time, from Portugal.
I must say that I also found it hard to get into it, for some reason. Then the book got mixed up with other books that were meant to go to the office, then it took a long time to unpack them to find that the book was there, then I tried reading it again, and then life got in the way. But I don't want to keep it any longer. It has actually been waiting for over a month because my husband hasn't travelled to Portugal for a while - I don't really trust the Spanish mail, I can't say why.
Thanks for letting me join, and I'm really sorry it's taken so long.
Huge apologies to Taniazed for keeping this for an age! I will send this off promptly as soon as I have an address.