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Frequently falling foul of some form of Fab Four fanatical faction? Constantly ridiculed for your radical yet rational views? At last, help is at hand...

This book is a satirical and sometimes surreal self-help guide, which as well as challenging the orthodox perception of the Beatles' status, presents an oppressed minority with a complete defence strategy for dealing with any Fab Four fans reluctant to give peace a chance.

By breaking Beatles' fans down into seven key groups, the author offers an invaluable insight into the mindset of each individual strain. Why would anyone claim to enjoy the Beatles' music? What's in it for them? (The reasons the Nostalgic Impolitic, for example, will choose to become a fan will vary greatly from those of the Latecomer or the American. They all long to fit in, but where and with whom?) Once you learn to identify which fan type is harassing you, simply follow the advice suggested in this book for dealing with that particular strain, and before you can say Pet Sounds, the fan will be retreating in defeat.

The groundbreaking research expounded in these pages is also recommended reading for any form of Fab Four fan (apart from the Beatle Head), who may be interested in learning how to distinguish between articulate, cutting edge rock 'n' roll and bombastic, bubblegum claptrap.

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ISBN: 0-9543921-0-8


Gary Hall was born in Liverpool in 1964 and has been painstakingly researching this book ever since.

REVIEWS

"An iconoclastic survival guide for those keen to escape the tyranny of Beatlemania."
Maxim
"Fab Four fans be warned: someone's on to you, and he's done his homework."
Record Collector
"One of the most entertaining music books you'll read all year."
The Guardian
"This is no mere Beatle bashing book, but a tearfully funny, so-sharp-it-hurts, visceral volume ... if you've ever thought 'The Beatles? What's all the fuss about?' then buy this book. Now. A startlingly good read."
Guitar
"Hall dissects McCartney's 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' (a blot on Abbey Road) with forensic glee, both cheerfully and convincingly rubbishing every sonic element, lyrical nonsense and narrative ludicrousness. It is a laugh-out-loud piece of work."
The Herald
"Even Paul McCartney would have trouble stifling a snigger at some of the crimes against music detailed within."
The Leeds Guide
"This is the kind of book that is guaranteed to either make your blood boil or punch the air in triumph, depending on how you feel about the Beatles' music. Even a sworn Beatle maniac (like me) has to laugh at this book, which is full of clever insights, sometimes painful observations and often fairly valid points."
Bookmunch.co.uk
"Hall is at pains to point out that it's not his intention to stop people enjoying the Beatles, but merely to show those that have never been convinced how to defend themselves. This beautifully produced pocket book is irreverent, scurrilous and beautifully written, couched in a particular style of humour that could only come from a musician."
Musician
"It had to be written by a Scouser, to avoid World War three... and has to be read by all Beatles' fans."
Manchester Evening News

Recalling an era when paperback books were collected and cherished by the reader with as much love and care as the publishers took in publishing them, this lovingly presented 144 page book is securely bound in a matt laminated 200gsm cover and based on the A format design and dimensions (178mm x 111mm) of the classic Penguin and Pelican paperbacks of the 1960s.


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