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Best Beatles Books You Should Read

There are countless Beatles courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music, Including the Handwritten Drafts of More Than 100 Classic Beatles Songs (2015)

 Best Beatles Books You Should ReadThe definitive book of Beatles songs, shown as first written by their own hands and put into authoritative context, for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America.For the Beatles, writing songs was a process that could happen anytime — songs we all know by heart often began as a scribble on the back of an envelope or on hotel stationery. These original documents have ended up scattered across the world at museums and universities and with collectors and friends. Many have never been published before. More than 100 songs and lyrics are reproduced in THE BEATLES LYRICS, providing Hunter Davies a unique…
Author(s): Hunter Davies

2. The Beatles Book (2019)

 Best Beatles Books You Should ReadHunter Davies, the only ever authorized biographer of the group, brings together three eminent Beatles experts to compile an invaluable and essential guide. Divided into four sections—People, Songs, Places and Broadcast & Cinema—the book covers every element of the band’s history. Illustrated with material from Hunter's remarkable private collection of personal artifacts and memorabilia, this compendium is an beautiful, insightful and entertaining treasure for any Beatles fan. #160,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #38 in Classical Musician Biographies #68 in Pop Artist Biographies…
Author(s): Hunter Davies

3. PEOPLE The Beatles 1969 (2019)

 Best Beatles Books You Should ReadThe end of one of the most compelling and transformative decades in American history was also the end of a musical era. 1969, with the recording of their final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be, marked the end of the Beatles. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this final musical gesture and the changes it ushered in, the editors at People present this new special edition, The Beatles: 1969. Explore this wild and creatively productive time in “Their Final Year in Pictures.” Take a close, track-by-track look at the inspirations and legacy of the final two albums. Revisit the beginning of each…
Author(s): The Editors of PEOPLE

4. The Beatles: The Biography (2006)

 Best Beatles Books You Should ReadAs soon as The Beatles became famous, the spin machine began to construct a myth–one that has continued to this day. But the truth is much more interesting, much more exciting, and much more moving–the highs and the lows, the love and the rivalry, the awe and the jealousy, the drugs, the tears, the thrill, and the magic to never be repeated. In this vast, revelatory, exuberantly acclaimed, and bestselling book, Bob Spitz has written the biography for which Beatles fans have long waited. #39,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #17 in Pop Artist Biographies #26 in The Beatles #38 in Popular Music (Books) Would you like…
Author(s): Bob Spitz

5. The Beatles (Updated Edition) (2010)

 Best Beatles Books You Should ReadThe book that defines a band that defined a generation. During 1967 and 1968 Hunter Davies spent eighteen months with the Beatles at the peak of their powers as they defined a generation and rewrote popular music. As their only authorized biographer, he had unparalleled access―not just to John, Paul, George, and Ringo but also to friends, family, and colleagues. Davies collected a wealth of intimate and revealing material that still makes this the classic Beatles book―the one all other biographers look to. He remained close with the band and had access to…
Author(s): Hunter Davies

6. The Beatles Sheet Music Collection (2017)

 Best Beatles Books You Should Read(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). 440 pages featuring over 100 timeless hits from the Fab Four in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements, including: Across the Universe * All My Loving * Back in the U.S.S.R. * Blackbird * Can’t Buy Me Love * Come Together * Don’t Let Me Down * Eight Days a Week * Eleanor Rigby * The Fool on the Hill * Good Day Sunshine * Here Comes the Sun * Hey Jude * I Want to Hold Your Hand * In My Life * Let It Be * Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds * Michelle * Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) * Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da * Penny Lane * Revolution * Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band * She Loves You * Ticket…
Author(s): Beatles

7. Beatles Complete Easy Guitar (1986)

 Best Beatles Books You Should Read(Easy Guitar). This bestselling easy guitar songbook has been a mainstay on the music stands of guitarists for nearly 30 years! This refreshed edition features all-new engravings of the same incredible song list: 155 songs by the Beatles from their classic early hits to their psychedelic later years and every phase in between, this book lets you play through the entire Beatles journey. The music is arranged at an easier level and includes chord grid diagrams. Songs include: All My Loving * All You Need Is Love * And I Love Her * Back in the U.S.S.R. * Blackbird * Can’t Buy Me Love * Come…
Author(s): The Beatles

8. Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years (2016)

 Best Beatles Books You Should Read  The Beatles have been in our lives for half a century and surely always will be. Still, somehow, their music excites, their influence resonates, their fame sustains. New generations find and love them, and while many other great artists come and go, the Beatles are beyond eclipse.   So . . . who really were these people, and just how did it all happen?   ‘The Beatles story’ is everywhere. Told wrong from early on, rehashed in every possible way and routinely robbed of its context, this is a phenomenon in urgent need of a bright new…
Author(s): Mark Lewisohn

9. The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook (2000)

 Best Beatles Books You Should Read(Guitar Chord Songbook). This great collection features all 194 songs written and sung by The Beatles, specially transcribed here for strumming guitarists, from the actual recordings, in the original keys. Each song includes chord symbols, guitar chord boxes and complete lyrics. Also features a helpful playing guide and a full discography. #11,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #33 in Rock Music (Books) #3 in Guitar Songbooks #17 in Guitars (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): The Beatles

10. The Beatles: arr. Phillip Keveren The Phillip Keveren Series Piano Solo (2001)

 Best Beatles Books You Should Read(Piano Solo Personality). 18 Fab Four favorites masterfully arranged for solo piano by Phillip Keveren: All You Need Is Love * And I Love Her * A Day in the Life * The Fool on the Hill * Here Comes the Sun * Here, There and Everywhere * Hey Jude * I Will * In My Life * Julia * Let It Be * Michelle * Norwegian Wood * Penny Lane * She’s Leaving Home * Something * With a Little Help from My Friends * Yesterday. Sample Music Notation [20kb PDF] #80,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #490 in Piano (Books) #404 in Pianos #370 in Piano Songbooks Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): The Beatles, Phillip Keveren

11. The Beatles Anthology (2002)

 Best Beatles Books You Should ReadThe international best-seller is now in paperback! From their years growing up in Liverpool through their ride to fame to their ultimate breakup, heres the inside story. Interwoven with The Beatles own memories are the recollections of such associates as road manager Neil Aspinall, producer George Martin, and spokesman Derek Taylor. The Beatles Anthology is a once-in-a-lifetime volume: warm, frank, funny, poignant, and bold-just like the music thats been a part of so many of our lives. The Beatles Anthology is, for the first time, the story of The Beatles by The Beatles. Created with the…
Author(s): Beatles, John Lennon , et al.

12. The Beatles (2012)

 Best Beatles Books You Should Read(Ukulele Chord Songbook). This series features convenient 6 x 9 books with complete lyrics and chord symbols above the lyrics for dozens of great songs. Each song also includes chord grids at the top of every page and the first notes of the melody for easy reference. These books are perfect for people who don’t read music but want to strum chords and sing, and are equally ideal for more advanced, music-reading ukulele players who don’t feel like wading through note-for-note notation. This collection features 100 favorites from the Fab Four: Across the…
Author(s): The Beatles

13. 100 Things Beatles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things…Fans Should Know) (2013)

 Best Beatles Books You Should ReadFew music groups have been able to sustain a fan base over half a century that is as significant and devoted as those of the Beatles, and this entertaining guide to all things Fab Four rewards those fans with everything they need to know about the band in a one-of-a-kind format. Packed with history, trivia, lists, little-known facts, and must-do adventures that every Beatles fan should undertake, it ranks each item from one to 100. Fans of any generation will appreciate the songs, albums, places, personalities, and events that are relived and…
Author(s): Gillian G. Gaar

14. Read the Beatles: Classic and New Writings on the Beatles, Their Legacy, and Why They Still Matter (2006)

 Best Beatles Books You Should ReadThere are, of course, many books on the Beatles, but this is the only one available that is a comprehensive, career-spanning collection of journalism about the legendary band, before and after the breakup. Consisting of more than fifty articles, essays, interviews, record and movie reviews, poems, and book excerpts-many of them rare and hard to find-Read the Beatles is an unprecedented compilation that follows the arc of the Fab Four’s iconic and idiosyncratic career, from their early days in Liverpool through their tragic and triumphant histories after the group’s split. The book also includes original essays from noted musicians and…
Author(s): June Skinner Sawyers, Astrid Kirchherr

Best Beatles Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some beatles books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles

Author(s): Dominic Sandbrook
ID: 2438580, Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group, Year: 5 Feb 2015, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

The Beatles on the Roof

Author(s): Tony Barrell
ID: 2391912, Publisher: Omnibus Press, Year: 26 Oct 2017, Size: 8 Mb, Format: epub

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

Author(s): Craig Brown
ID: 2507828, Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Year: 2020, Size: 35 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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