The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of the Beatles by Peter Brown

By Peter Brown

This is the nationwide bestseller that Newsday referred to as “the such a lot authoritative and candid glance but on the own lives…of the oft-scrutinized group.” In The Love You Make, Peter Brown, a detailed pal of and enterprise supervisor for the band—and the easiest guy at John and Yoko’s wedding—presents an entire examine the dramatic offstage odyssey of the 4 lads from Liverpool who verified the best track phenomenon of the 20 th century. Written with the whole cooperation of every of the group’s contributors and their intimates, this publication tells the interior tale of the song and the insanity, the feuds and the medicine, the marriages and the affairs—from the best heights to the self-destructive depths of the Fab Four.

 

In-depth and definitive, The Love You Make is an remarkable account of 4 males who remodeled the way in which a complete new release of kids notion and lived. It reigns because the so much accomplished, revealing biography on hand of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

 

Includes 32 pages of infrequent and revealing photos

A Literary Guild® exchange Selection

 

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The women ran the gamut from archetypical sleazy groupies to movie stars and writers. Only a few weeks before, John had confessed to dozens of infidelities committed during the eight years of their marriage, none of which she had suspected. He claimed in his list of conquests the American folk singer Joan Baez, the English actress Eleanor Bron, the Evening Standard journalist Maureen Cleave, and American pop singer Jackie De Shannon, along with what he estimated at three hundred other girls in towns and cities around the world.

The access that Brown had—not only to the Beatles themselves, but to their wives, girlfriends, friends, and fellow musicians—did not distort the clarity and even-handedness of his portraits. Epstein, for example, emerges as charming, feckless, utterly devoted to the Beatles, self-serving, dangerously self-destructive, and sad. It is a three-dimensional rendering, and quite unforgettable. Without ever lapsing into the sort of psychological reductionism that afflicts so much biographical writing, particularly over the past twenty years, Brown sensitively untangles the nuances of Epstein’s life as an upper-middle-class, Jewish, closeted gay man in England at a time when any single one of those identity issues raised far more complex problems than they do even today.

It is an awesome idea, and one that turned out to be the Beatles’ epitaph. It can seem glib, as easy a formulation as it is a rhyme. But there is an unsettling element of challenge in it, one that is difficult to face if you are truly honest with yourself. Have you really been so generous and good-hearted a person that you would be pleased to get in return only as much love as you freely gave? This “Insider’s Story of the Beatles,” then, is a story that is inside all of us. And that’s why it is as valuable now as when it first came out, if not moreso.

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