• One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
  • One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
  • One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
  • One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
  • One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
  • One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
  • One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
  • One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

Non-Fiction, Literary Biography & Memoir, Music
Paperback Published on: 18/03/2021
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One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
A Cornucopia of Fab Four facts
Whenever a new book about the Beatles is published, there's a tendency to wonder if we really need another one. In the case of Craig Brown's epic, 600+ pa... READ MORE
Nick, Stockport
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
The Beatles in snapshots
The book tells the story of the rise, and the fall of the Beatles, beginning as Brian Epstein first sees them play at the Cavern Club, and ending in the sa... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
A Day in the Life..
An excellent telling of the Beatles story, told with great wit and genuine love for the Fab Four. Craig Brown follows trails of family, close colleagues an... READ MORE
Teresa@StNeots
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
The Beatles in Time
By exploring fate, possibility, and the contagion like impact of unprecedented celebrity, Brown transforms the story of The Fab Four into a rich, fragmenta... READ MORE
Ryan Edgington

Synopsis

Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for April 2021 Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020 Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Winner of Winners Award A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week From the award-winning author of Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret comes a fascinating, hilarious, kaleidoscopic biography of the Fab Four. John Updike compared them to 'the sun coming out on an Easter morning'. Bob Dylan introduced them to drugs. The Duchess of Windsor adored them. Noel Coward despised them. JRR Tolkien snubbed them. The Rolling Stones copied them. Loenard Bernstein admired them. Muhammad Ali called them 'little sissies'. Successive Prime Ministers sucked up to them. No one has remained unaffected by the music of The Beatles. As Queen Elizabeth II observed on her golden wedding anniversary, 'Think what we would have missed if we had never heard The Beatles.' One Two Three Four traces the chance fusion of the four key elements that made up The Beatles: fire (John), water (Paul), air (George) and earth (Ringo). It also tells the bizarre and often unfortunate tales of the disparate and colourful people within their orbit, among them Fred Lennon, Yoko Ono, the Maharishi, Aunt Mimi, Helen Shapiro, the con artist Magic Alex, Phil Spector, their psychedelic dentist John Riley and their failed nemesis, Det Sgt Norman Pilcher. From the bestselling author of Ma'am Darling comes a kaleidoscopic mixture of history, etymology, diaries, autobiography, fan letters, essays, parallel lives, party lists, charts, interviews, announcements and stories. One Two Three Four joyfully echoes the frenetic hurly-burly of an era.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008340032
  • Number of pages: 656
  • Weight: 460g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 42 mm

Customer Reviews

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One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
Deeply disappointing
I managed to read through this book, but it was quite annoying and frustrating. There is no new insights really just repetition of what others have previou... READ MORE
David Charles
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
Here, there and everywhere
Despite the unusual multichapter format, this is quite a conventional sort of chronological US-centric biography of the Beatles. It covers their upbringing... READ MORE
The oaks
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
Bad error
Craig Brown is wrong to state, on page 499 of the hardback edition, that in 1967 Sgt Norman Pilcher “led the raid on Keith Richards’ house, Redlands, in We... READ MORE
Chris Charlesworth
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
'One Two Three Four 'by Craig Brown
Although I'm not a huge fan of the Beatles early years, I certainly love some of the songs written by Lennon and McCartney. I was interested to read this ... READ MORE
Brenda Brett
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
1 2 3 4
I was underwhelmed. Not what I was expecting . There is barely anything about the music , song writing or the songs. Some of the chapters were irrelevant a... READ MORE
Dennis Osborne
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
Witty, playful, and refreshingly non-definitive.
By exploring fate, possibility, and the contagion like impact of unprecedented celebrity, Craig Brown transforms the familiar story of The Beatles into a r... READ MORE
Ryan Edgington

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