London: Heinemann, 1968. [Music biography] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp.374. With four suites of four black and white photographic plates. Publisher's purple cloth with gilt titles to spine. With the laminated psychedelic jacket designed by Alan Aldridge, with printed price of 30s net. Heavy wear to jacket, with chipping to edges, creases to spine, and significant wrinkling to lamination. A fresh clean copy internally. Good. British author Hunter Davies remains the Beatles' only authorised biographer to-date, and his book is a portrait of the group at the peak of their creative powers. Granted extraordinary access to the band, Davies was at Abbey Road studios for many of the Sgt. Pepper recordings and sat in on several Lennon-McCartney song-writing sessions. He also spent many hours documenting, for the first time, the individual Beatles' own recollections. Released in 1968, when the band's future still seemed limitless, the book was an engaging and surprisingly honest firsthand account. Although he has added illuminating postscripts to subsequent editions, Davies never 'finished' the book, sparing readers the excruciating details of the Beatles' disintegration. It remains the most enjoyable of all Beatles biographies, and the core from which all others have been constructed. Item #58418
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