Reviews

“An epic unprecedented in rock ’n’ roll biography, and a great read . . . there’s a surprise on every page.” Mojo

“Beyond essential . . . a wildly evocative portrait . . . The saga is clearer and richer here than it’s ever been. Lewisohn writes in novelistic detail and with the obvious conviction that none of the previous Beatles biographies have ever been good enough.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A radical event and a joy to read . . . Lewisohn’s work stands as a monumental triumph, a challenge not merely to other Beatles biographers but to the discipline of biography itself. If only all important subjects had their Lewisohn.” —Washington Post

“The biggest, deepest Beatles book ever.”Rolling Stone

“The widest possible angle on an extensive and engrossing group biography built on a well-raked mountain of exacting new research . . . expertly controlled and propelling.”New York Times

“Lewisohn manages to fill in blanks that no one knew were empty.”The New Yorker

“A triumph. Not only an enthralling account of the Beatles group’s origins, far superior to anything that has gone before, but also an essential piece of social history . . . Lewisohn has set out to do the Beatles justice and write the definitive history. I think he is succeeding.” —The Times (UK)

“A book with a difference, one that ensures all previous rock tomes will gather dust on high cobwebbed shelves . . . Lewisohn has set the benchmark in popular music history that he alone can match.” —Huffington Post

“Every single page brings the Beatles back into focus and moves them away from legend. Common myths fall apart under Mr. Lewisohn’s research.” New York Journal of Books

“In its close focus and historical ambition, the trilogy may be compared to Robert Caro’s biography of Lyndon Johnson or John Richardson’s A Life of Picasso; it is unlikely to be surpassed.” —Daily Telegraph (UK)
 
“A game-changing study which raises the bar in a genre characterized by pap or pretension. A meticulous piece of work – I can’t wait for volume two.” —The Independent (UK)
 
“I can think of no greater praise for Tune In than to say that it gives the Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve. It is hard to imagine the subsequent volumes, covering more familiar ground, matching the gripping quality of this constantly surprising work.” —Financial Times 

“This is the story told in Proustian detail, told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it.”  The Guardian (UK)

“With imagination, energy and a gripping plotline, Lewisohn manages to put flesh and blood on the story as never before.” The Sunday Times (UK)

“Packed with revelations and demystifications.” The Economist

“A major event in music publishing . . . the definitive account of the Beatles.” GQ

“Lewisohn treats his subjects seriously, as historical, if ultimately remarkable, figures, and eschews the myriad myths that have grown up around the band in favor of the sorts of details and minutiae, wrapped in a serious but breezy narrative, that give us the fullest picture of who John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and, eventually, Ringo Starr were.” —Esquire

“A fast-moving page-turner overflowing with warm humor, passion, and (of course) music. Likely to become a principle text in 20th-century studies, a sort ofComplete Shakespeare with a much better soundtrack.” —VH1.com

“As a Beatles scholar, Mark Lewisohn has no serious rivals. [This is] nothing less than a lifetime’s work embracing the cultural and personal history of the Fab Four, a multi-volume epic written on a scale unprecedented in its genre.” —Irish Times

Tune In is brilliant in describing the addictive power of rock and roll when there was no imaginable alternative in a doomed town. [Tune In] turns up the colors in a world that has faded to grey.” —Herald Scotland

“Unearths searing new facts that change our historical perspective of what we’ve always been told, setting history on its ear.”—Examiner.com

A definitive history of the band.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Written with passion, authority and vitality, this is an absorbing book.”—Edinburgh Evening News

“Epic in its scope, forensic in its detail, Tune In is like reading the Beatles’ story for the very first time.”—R2/Rock ‘n’ Reel

“Lewisohn has a knack for underscoring the moment, the precise moment, when things change.”—Slate.com

“A clear-eyed appraisal of rock’s most beloved band.”—CNN.com

“Captures the internecine struggles and bonds that were so important to forming the band’s winning formula.” – New York Times (Janet Maslin)

“Tune In is the definitive biography of the savage young Beatles, and Mark Lewisohn is their Boswell. It is difficult to imagine anyone else even bothering to tell the story after this. Sits along Peter Guralnick’s two-volume biography of Elvis Presley at the pinnacle of books about rock and roll music.” – Shabby Road (Brendan M Stewart)

“With several highly regarded and meticulously researched books under his belt, Lewisohn has trumped himself with this huge affair.” – Jocks & Nerds (Paolo Hewitt)

“Uses an astonishing array of secondary and primary sources to illuminate both major and minor characters.” – The Listener (New Zealand) (Guy Somerset)

“Has all the heft of the Old Testament, with greater forensic rigour.” – Observer (Kitty Empire)

“A remarkable piece of scholarship.” – Choice Magazine (Simon Evans)

“Astonishing … Lewisohn’s masterful, step-by-step account raises the intriguing possibility that the Beatles’ success was anything but foreordained.” – Bloomberg News (Cass R Sunstein)

“A splendid, heroic work.” – The Scotsman–Weekend Life (Aidan Smith)

“The biggest, deepest Beatles book ever.” – Rolling Stone (Christian Hoard) [This is the one you’ve picked for the front cover until now]

“This is a true biography. Lewisohn has ‘connected the dots’ and used the facts as the foundation for a layered, insightful, and moving narrative.” – mediawally (Walter Podrazik)

“This book, and its subsequent two volumes, is now the definitive Beatles biography and will never be bettered. I give it the highest rating possible.” – The Rock and Roll Chemist

“The magisterial Tune In delivers on all counts – a triumphant achievement that breathes new life into a familiar tale.” – The Beatles Bible

“Very readable, with a warm tone and lots of humor.” – Cold Read

“A real page-turner, written in a clear, accessible style. As definitive as anyone could wish for, and highly readable too.” – The Tale of Bengwy

“Tune In is a wonderful achievement. It’s not just the incredible detail that makes this book so compelling; it is also the even-handed and insightful judgments he makes throughout the book. Mark Lewisohn’s book is the definitive account.” – Clive Baugh

“A cast of characters worthy of a great novel.” – Rain Taxi (Britt Aamodt)

“Mark Lewisohn has a deserved reputation as the expert of experts. He does a good job of writing for fans and casual readers alike.” – A Day In The Life (selenak)

“A huge book, full of interesting stories, told by an informed author, in an authentic voice.” – Bill’s Book Reviews (Bill Mackela)

“Highly entertaining as well as informative. There was so much that I didn’t know, or that was presented in a fresh new light, or with new information that questioned or challenged the veracity of old stories.” – theroadlesstravelled (loribeth)

“The reader is left wanting more – more pictures, more details, more music, a tremendous achievement for a book more than 800 pages long.” – Steven Silver’s reviews (Stephen H Silver)

“A masterpiece, certainly the most ambitious and wide-ranging rock biography ever written and possibly the greatest.” – factorysunburst