All the Songs

The Story Behind Every Beatles Release

By Philippe Margotin; Jean-Mihcel Guesdon; Patti Smith (Preface by)
(Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Hardcover, 9781579129521, 671pp.)

Publication Date: October 2013

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Every album and every song ever released by the Beatles from "Please Please Me" (U.S. 1963) to "The Long and Winding Road" (U.S. 1970) is dissected, discussed, and analyzed by two music historians in this lively and fully illustrated work.

"All the Songs" delves deep into the history and origins of the Beatles and their music. This first-of-its-kind book draws upon decades of research, as music historians Margotin and Guesdon recount the circumstances that led to the composition of every song, the recording process, and the instruments used.

Here, we learn that one of John Lennon's favorite guitars was a 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri, which he bought for 100 in 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. We also learn that "Love Me Do," recorded in Abbey Road Studios in September 1962, took 18 takes to get right, even though it was one of the first songs John and Paul ever wrote together. And the authors reveal that when the Beatles performed "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964, John's microphone wasn't turned on, so viewers heard only Paul singing.

The hundreds of photographs throughout the book include rare black-and-white publicity stills, images of Beatles instruments, and engaging shots of the musicians in-studio.

"All the Songs" is the must-have Beatles book for the any true Beatles fan.




About the Author
Philippe Margotin has written numerous books on music, including biographies of U2, Radiohead, and the Rolling Stones.

Jean-Michel Guesdon is a producer and musician. He created Editions du Pekinois in 1986 in Paris to publish audiovisual creations in music. He has collaborated with Sony, EMI, Universal Music, Philips, Editions Albert Rene, among others. He has also been Art Director at Editions Rym Musique (youth, classical, and jazz music) and Collection Director at Editions Atlas, Fabbri and Cobra. Over the past thirty years he has been compiling an exceptional collection of information and documentation about The Beatles. His talents as a musician, composer and sound engineer allow him to have a realistic and precise approach to their work.

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her seminal album Horses, bearing Robert Mapplethorpe s renowned photograph, has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Her books include Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Smith married the late Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.
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