Crisstti wrote:I don't see why you're so angry... didn't this guy write Shout!, a quite respected book?. We should wait a littele to see what the Lennon book really says. All those news don't have any quote nor from the writer nor from Paul or Yoko.
I have to admit that "Shout!" was a good read at the time
although some of his aligations and turning each Beatle into some sort of caricature often raised an eyebrow. What a amazed me was how convincing his narrative was even when I was almost sure that his facts were distorted or incorrect. Guess it is true what my English professor once told us, "It is possible to write a lot of garbage and do it correctly and do it well. However in the end, it is still garbage." Mind you I read the book once 1981 but that's how I remember it.
I do faintly recall McCartney referred to it as "Shite!" in one interview and reportedly tossed it into a lit fireplace. While initially I was surprised to read the both McCartney and Ono coorperated with the writing. "Co-operating" is a touchy term. I believe a written or oral refusal to be interviewed for a book may constitute a "co-operation" or that's what we were told in one of Beatlefest discussion groups.
Lately I have been very cagey with buying new books about The Beatles. I'll wait for a year or two until the first of the three series of Mark Lewisohn books come out. As for the rest, I simply glance or skim through them at my local Barnes and Noble or Borders (and I'll avoid the coffee