When Paul McCartney told the world in 1970 that he had no plans to work with the Beatles again, it was widely viewed as a cultural tragedy by the media and public alike. But one of the most fascinating phases of the Beatles' story was just about to begin.
Now, for the first time, You Never Give Me Your Money tells the dramatic story of the Fab Four post 1969. It charts the almost Shakespearean rivalry of the Lennon and McCartney families, the conflict in George Harrison's life between spirituality and fame, and Richard Starkey's efforts to conquer his personal demons. It also chronicles the transformation of their multi-media company, Apple Corps, from a bastion of 1960s counter-culture into a corporate behemoth.
From court battles to chart success, the best of rock'n'roll writers, Peter Doggett traces the untold story of a group and a legacy that will never be forgotten.
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Enthralling...impossible to put down...fascinating - Independent
A gripping account that portrays The Beatles as something much more interesting than the airbrushed gods we've recently seen - Guardian
The Beatles story you haven't read - GQ
Refreshingly straightforward and highly readable portraits of the leading players...compulsive - Daily Telegraph
Truly remarkable...a gripping narrative...the most important book on its subject since Revolution In The Head - Sunday Herald
What Doggett has achieved is a laying bare of the darker consequences of enormous fame and wealth - Irish Times
A page-turner, and for its genre and uncharacteristically literate one. The shelf of Beatles reads is short, but You Never Give Me Your Money belongs on it - Literary Review
A familiar story, freshly told - Financial Times, Music books of the year
4*, well worth reading - Scotland on Sunday
Highly readableand full of great quotes...and surprising anecdotes - Independent on Sunday
The book I most enjoyed reading last week was You Never Give Me Your Money, Peter Doggett's meticulous account of the Beatles in the years after the band fell apart - Independent on Sunday
This brilliantly related work about the achievements and mishaps of The Beatles after they broke up is a guilty pleasure but irresistibly compelling - Independent
Thoroughly researched, brilliantly related work - Independent
A breath-taking record of uncontrolled fame's grotesque side-effects - Q Magazine
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Peter Doggett has been writing about popular music, the entertainment industry and social and cultural history since 1980. A regular contributor to Mojo, Q and GQ, his books include The Art and Music of John Lennon; a volume detailing the creation of the Beatles' Let It Be and Abbey Road albums; the pioneering study of the collision between rock and country music, Are You Ready for the Country? and, most recently, There's a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars and the Rise and Fall of 60s Counter-culture.