The latest rockcritics podcast features Tim Riley, author of one of my favourite Beatle books, Tell Me Why: The Beatles: Album by Album, Song by Song, the Sixties and After. A couple weeks prior to our chatting, I asked Tim — currently completing a large-scale John Lennon biography — to submit a list of some of his favourite Beatle books, and it’s that list which forms the basis of our conversation. We delve into more than a dozen titles here, including a few obscurities, a few ancillary titles (Aesthetics of Rock, Peter Doggett’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On) plus, of course, Tell Me Why, which, among other things, is notable for its annotated (in-need-of-an-update!) Beatles bibliography.
Big thanks to Tim for taking time out to do this (and for putting up with my usual nonsense and semi-competence).
Ian MacDonald, Revolution in the Head
Mark Lewisohn, The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions **+ **The Complete Beatles Chronicle
Devin McKinney, Magic Circles
John Lennon, In His Own Write and Spaniard in the Works
Bob Dylan, Tarantula
Allan Kozinn, The Beatles
Wilfid Mellers, Twilight of the Gods
Peter Doggett, Art and Music of John Lennon + There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Ringo Starr, Postcards From the Boys
Chris Salewicz, McCartney
Jim O’Donnell, Day John Met Paul
Michael Braun, Love Me Do
Richard Meltzer, The Aesthetics of Rock
Musical interludes (in order of appearance) by: Al Green, David Hillyard & the Rocksteady Seven, DJ Dangermouse, Bongwater, Peter Sellers, Irvin’s 89 Key Marenghi Fairground Organ, unknown house artist (“Revolution”), Rainer, Sunshine Company, First Moog Quartet, Los Fernandos, Cristina, Candy Flip, Bryan Ferry, P.M. Dawn, Sunshine Company (redux).