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Proclivities
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Posted: Oct 18, 2013 - 7:14am

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Not really "new", but, whatever...
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Posted: Apr 6, 2006 - 9:35am

There's a very good article on the National Review website reviewing a new Beatles biography:

In his epic saga of the four lads from Liverpool, The Beatles: The Biography, Bob Spitz delivers a jarring reappraisal of the supposed glory days of the band that spearheaded the British Invasion. . . . the heroic Mop Top myth quickly disintegrates into an often dark and tragic morality play that begins with the dysfunctional family life of an angry teenager named John Lennon, whose eventual stardom led him to declare that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. The irony, of course, is that one is hard pressed to find a more apt illustration of Jesus' saying "What would it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?" than the John Lennon of Spitz's biography. (As it turned out, Lennon's fame also quite literally cost him his life when a deranged fan murdered him).

(click here)

To judge from the review, while the book clearly challenges the "conventional wisdom" of Beatles history, it's not a Kitty Kelly-style "trashing" by any means. Go read the whole article and you'll see what I mean. I plan to look for the book next time I go Amazoning.

If you've read it, please consider sharing your reactions in this thread.