This book is now out of stock. It is being reissued in a new edition by McNidder & Grace as The Beatles On Record: Love Me Do To Love Me Don’t on 12th November 2015. It will be available in bookstores, Amazon and through this website.
This 400 page book offers a complete rundown and review of all the Beatles’ Parlophone and Apple recordings with many quotes taken from Spencer Leigh’s BBC interviews with their friends, associates and fellow musicians.
“A fascinating book with some amazing quotes which tells you why the Beatles were really great.” (Sean Styles, BBC Radio Merseyside)
“I thought I was all ‘Beatled out’ when this book found me. And the reason why I kept reading once I’d dipped into it was its unusual format. Most biographies excerpt many a quote from the principal characters involved. Leigh’s approach is to feature extended quotes from figures who were part of the whole music scene that nurtured (or disparaged) the Beatles along the way.
What results are multiple perspectives typically a step or two removed from the making of the Beatles recordings that are the book’s focus. The author confines his role to a kind of tour operator and guide who points out the selected sites with the occasional insightful commentary of his own to fill any gaps. This is an eminently-worthwhile addition to the realm of Beatles literature.” (Jeffrey Walker, amazon.com)
“Leigh analyses and discusses all of the Beatles’ songs with the assistance of his own vast archive of recorded interviews.” Mike Brocken, The Beatles Bibliography, 2012