All the Songs

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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 22, 2013


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
Romancier, chroniqueur, consultant, directeur de collections, Philippe Margotin a ete le responsable editorial d Universal/Polygram Kiosks et de DIAL, pour qui il a concu et ecrit un grand nombre de collections musicales. Il a ecrit plusieurs ouvrages sur la musique comme Les Genies du rock ou Les Genies du jazz, ainsi que des biographies d artistes et de groupes (The Rolling Stones, Radiohead, Amy Winehouse ).

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, visual artist, and performer. Her New York Times bestselling book Just Kids was awarded the 2010 National Book Award for Nonfiction. She is the recipient of France's highest honor for a living artist, the Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, as well as the Polar Award, one of the most distinguished music prizes. Her album Horses was inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and is number 44 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2008, Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2010 she received ASCAP's Founders Award for lifetime achievement. Her books include Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, Auguries of Innocence, and M Train.