“An epic unprecedented in rock ’n’ roll biography, and a great read . . . there’s a surprise on every page.
Beyond essential . . . a wildly evocative portrait . . . The saga is clearer and richer here than it’s ever been. Lewisohn writes in novelistic detail and with the obvious conviction that none of the previous Beatles biographies have ever been good enough.
A radical event and a joy to read . . . Lewisohn’s work stands as a monumental triumph, a challenge not merely to other Beatles biographers but to the discipline of biography itself. If only all important subjects had their Lewisohn.
The biggest, deepest Beatles book ever.
The widest possible angle on an extensive and engrossing group biography built on a well-raked mountain of exacting new research . . . expertly controlled and propelling.
New York Times
Lewisohn manages to fill in blanks that no one knew were empty.
The New Yorker
A triumph. Not only an enthralling account of the Beatles group’s origins, far superior to anything that has gone before, but also an essential piece of social history . . . Lewisohn has set out to do the Beatles justice and write the definitive history. I think he is succeeding.
The Times (UK)
A book with a difference, one that ensures all previous rock tomes will gather dust on high cobwebbed shelves . . . Lewisohn has set the benchmark in popular music history that he alone can match.
Every single page brings the Beatles back into focus and moves them away from legend. Common myths fall apart under Mr. Lewisohn’s research.
New York Journal of Books
In its close focus and historical ambition, the trilogy may be compared to Robert Caro’s biography of Lyndon Johnson or John Richardson’s A Life of Picasso; it is unlikely to be surpassed.
Daily Telegraph (UK)
A game-changing study which raises the bar in a genre characterized by pap or pretension. A meticulous piece of work – I can’t wait for volume two.
The Independent (UK)
This is the story told in Proustian detail, told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it.
The Guardian (UK)
With imagination, energy and a gripping plotline, Lewisohn manages to put flesh and blood on the story as never before.
The Sunday Times (UK)
Packed with revelations and demystifications.
A major event in music publishing . . . the definitive account of the Beatles.
“A definitive history of the band…Mr. Lewisohn’s chronicle fills in vital details that had been missing from the existing beatles canon and corrects mistakes that have been reprinted for years.”
Wall Street Journal
Lewisohn treats his subjects seriously, as historical, if ultimately remarkable, figures, and eschews the myriad myths that have grown up around the band in favor of the sorts of details and minutiae, wrapped in a serious but breezy narrative, that give us the fullest picture of who John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and, eventually, Ringo Starr were.
A fast-moving page-turner overflowing with warm humor, passion, and (of course) music. Likely to become a principle text in 20th-century studies, a sort of Complete Shakespeare with a much better soundtrack.
As a Beatles scholar, Mark Lewisohn has no serious rivals. [This is] nothing less than a lifetime’s work embracing the cultural and personal history of the Fab Four, a multi-volume epic written on a scale unprecedented in its genre.
Tune In is brilliant in describing the addictive power of rock and roll when there was no imaginable alternative in a doomed town. [Tune In] turns up the colors in a world that has faded to grey.
Unearths searing new facts that change our historical perspective of what we’ve always been told, setting history on its ear.
“A definitive history of the band.
Written with passion, authority and vitality, this is an absorbing book.
Edinburgh Evening News
Epic in its scope, forensic in its detail, Tune In is like reading the Beatles’ story for the very first time.
R2/Rock ‘n’ Reel
Lewisohn has a knack for underscoring the moment, the precise moment, when things change.
A clear-eyed appraisal of rock’s most beloved band.
“This beyond-essential dive into the Beatles’ early Liverpool and Hamburg days is a wildly evocative portrait of our lads on the verge.”
“The biggest, deepest Beatles book ever.”
extensive and engrossing group biography built on a well-raked mountain of
exacting new research…[Lewisohn] retells this epic tale in a manner that, while
ambitious and, at times, even indulgent, also manages to be expertly controlled
and propelling…This edition has a lean, polished feel that could make the
curious itch for more, and Lewisohn’s obsessive scholarship offers provocative
details…Lewisohn’s insider status has scored him priceless bounty…Many, many
other books will be written about the Beatles. But Tune In, despite its bland title, will always hold an honored place
New York Times Book
“Lewisohn treats his subjects
seriously, as historical, if ultimately remarkable, figures, and eschews the
myriad myths that have grown up around the band in favor of the sorts of
details and minutiae, wrapped in a serious but breezy narrative, that give us
the fullest picture of who John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and,
eventually, Ringo Starr were.”
“First they were the Blackjacks,
then the Quarrymen, then the Beatals, then the Silver Beatles, then the
Beatles—and then they were history. The most influential band in rock history
didn’t blossom overnight; in fact, as this first volume of Mark Lewisohn’s
much-anticipated multivolume history dramatically shows, the Fab Four and its
constituents developed and synergized over time. Tune In takes John, Paul, George, and Ringo from their childhoods
and teenage years through their efforts as fledgling musicians to gigs in
Hamburg and the UK and early recording sessions. This authoritative narrative
brings the story up to a significant jumping off point: the final days of 1963,
when the group is about to be become a worldwide sensation. Destined to become
“I can think of no greater praise for Tune In than to say that it gives The Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve…Gripping.”
“Astounding....packed with revelations
“Unlikely to be surpassed as factual record…Once anointed ‘Beatle Brain of Britain’ while working in accounts at BBC Radio, Lewisohn amasses and investigates facts without sacrificing an iota of the excitement.”
“The story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it…Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle.”
masterful, step-by-step account raises the intriguing possibility that the
Beatle’s success was anything but foreordained.”
“These are the least documented,
least known years in the Beatles’ lives but in some ways the richest material,
as Lewisohn shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Richy
Starkey (not yet Ringo Starr) as wartime Liverpool babies who get inspired by American
R&B, rock ’n’ roll, and skiffle records (the last played partially on
washboards and tea chests) while becoming the first British generation in
decades to avoid call-up to National Service.”
“The choicest parts of the band’s
story are the early, prefame years, culminating with 1962. These are the
hell-for-leather years, the period when a band from a grimy, bomb-scarred
city—a city that didn’t exactly turn out world-beaters—defied long odds and
commenced a quest that has something almost preordained about it. In this book,
which focuses on 1957 to 1962, Lewisohn picks up on that supernal feel to the
Beatles’ success, and at times his own wonder that all of this ever happened,
with one amazing coincidence after another, feeds into our own…Lewisohn has a
knack for underscoring the moment, the precise moment, when things change.”
“If you love the Beatles, and good
history, then this audiobook feast will both fill you up and whet your appetite
for more. It’s one of the most detailed biographies written about a rock band,
and by the end we’re still only up to 1962. Two more volumes are planned.
Narrator Clive Mantle has a deep, rather formal, English accent…He reads with
sterling diction, varies his pitch to keep this mammoth work moving, and
occasionally allows a character voice to seep through.”