The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles
The most important book about the Beatles since Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head.
When Paul McCartney told the world in 1970 that he had no plans to work with the Beatles again, it was widely viewed as a cultural tragedy by the media and public alike. But one of the most fascinating phases of the Beatles' story was just about to begin.
Now, for the first time, You Never Give Me Your Money tells the dramatic story of the Fab Four post 1969. It charts the almost Shakespearean rivalry of the Lennon and McCartney families, the conflict in George Harrison's life between spirituality and fame, and Richard Starkey's efforts to escape the alcoholism that threatened to kill him. It also chronicles the transformation of their multi-media company, Apple Corps, from a bastion of 1960s counter-culture into a corporate behemoth.
The best of rock'n'roll writers, Peter Doggett gives us a compelling human drama, spanning from tragedy to triumphant reunion, and court battles to chart success, tracing the untold story of a group and a legacy that will never be forgotten.
“An admirably unstarry-eyed path through the breakup of the band and beyond.”
“The Beatles Story you haven't read”
“Enthralling...impossible to put down...fascinating”
“Truly remarkable...a gripping narrative...the most important book on its subject since Revolution In The Head”
“Refreshingly straightforward and highly readable portraits of the leading players...compulsive”
“What Doggett has achieved is a laying bare of the darker consequences of enormous fame and wealth”
Brian Boyd, Irish Times
“A breath-taking record of uncontrolled fame's grotesque side-effects”
Victoria Segal, Q Magazine
“A page-turner, and for its genre and uncharacteristically literate one. The shelf of Beatles reads is short, but 'You Never Give Me Your Money' belongs on it”
Christopher Bray, Literary Review
“A familiar story, freshly told”
Ludovic Hunter-Tinley, Financial Times, Music books of the year
“4*, well worth reading”
William Leith, Scotland on Sunday
“offers refreshingly straightforward and highly readable portraits of the Beatles”
“an engaging narrative...paints a convincing picture of the relationship between Lennon and Yoko Ono and its impact on the financial and legal disputes which trailed success”
Judith Rice, Sunday Guardian
“Doggett has produced a fresh approach to the band.”
“...highly readableand full of great quotes...and surprising anecdotes.”
Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday
“The book I most enjoyed reading last week was You Never Give Me Your Money, Peter Doggett's meticulous account of the Beatles in the years after the band fell apart.”
Independent on Sunday, DJ Taylor
“This brilliantly related work about the achievements and mishaps of The Beatles after they broke up is a guilty pleasure but irresistibly compelling”
Boyd Tonkin, Independent
“Thoroughly researched, brilliantly related work”
Christopher Hirst, Independent