Just what is left to say about the world's most renowned band? Ken McNab certainly found plenty and even for those who thought they'd heard and read it all there are some revealing and insightful disclosures within the pages of this very excellent publication.
What is most disturbing are the accounts of Lennon's growing eccentricities and how the other three found his obsession with Yoko and her inclusion in all things Beatles to be both frustrating and a cause of resentment. Of course it is well documented how johnandyoko became joined at the hip but his total attention was focused on his relationship to the detriment of his colleagues. No where more so does this ring true than in the making of Abbey Road. John would not or could not offer anything more than he did and history clearly shows that material which should have ended up as a B side padded out the album (Maxwell's Silver Hammer and Octopus,s Garden). With a little more effort Lennon should have been able to add something other than Cold Turkey!!
Naturally Apple and it's myriad of problems together with the associated personalities involved is dealt with quite comprehensively and it is little wonder that the band just could not function as they once did. Harrison in particular had more artistic reason than the others to want out of the situation and forge his own pathway, which he did in an incredible way. He more than any did not want to tour again but amazingly set out the Delaney Bonnie and Friends almost immediately!!
The whole sad outcome affected McCartney most and this ever optimistic man all but suffered a nervous breakdown with only the love and support from Linda drawing him back from self-destruction.
Starr seemed to cope best as he too had to weigh up his options without his band mates. To his credit he still tours with variations of his All Starr Band.
This was an enjoyable if at times very sad read and throws some new light on the tumultuous year which heralded their demise and arguably their best album release ever.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Polygon (6 August 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846974720
- ISBN-13: 978-1846974724
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
- Customer Reviews: 78 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)