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Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

The first of three (!) volumes on the Fab Four.

Dec 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14 • By EDWARD ACHORN
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Yet Lewisohn does reveal, in unprecedented detail, how miraculous it all was. A thousand things could have changed everything: Imagine if Paul had not met John; if the lads’ parents or guardians had succeeded in keeping them in school or at jobs; if Allan Williams had not met the Hamburg club owner Bruno Koschmider, or if other bands had been available to go. What if compulsory military service in Britain had not been ended? What if the Decca audition had been recorded before they were ready, denying them the essential assistance of EMI’s George Martin? What if the Beatles, on the edge of quitting many times, had done so? Each time the end neared, the Beatles would promise each other, “Something’ll happen.” And when, as the scattered pieces uncannily fit together toward the end of this book, something does happen, the effect is not only riveting; it is thrilling.

Edward Achorn, editorial page editor of the Providence Journal, is the author, most recently, of The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game