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The Beatles laid bare

From Lennon's childhood to the devastating breakup, Bob Spitz's illuminating 850-page Beatles biography is almost certain to become the standard work

By Erik Tarloff   February 2006

The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz (Little, Brown, £20)

The UK edition of this book will be published by Aurum Press in hardback in April, priced £25.

I used to feel that listening to Frank Sinatra gave me insight into my father’s character. He was a man with no interest in music, and never aspired to that peculiar, musty, ring-a-ding style of hipness that characterised Sinatra and his circle, but still, something of the Sinatra aura, some notion of what it meant to be a man during the two decades encompassing the second world war and the…

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