Once again, I’ve fallen behind on my reading. This book has been on my shelf for over 2 years now and it was published in 2008. Hopefully, I’ll eventually catch up with all the Beatles books in my collection.
I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this book. We’re Going to See the Beatles! by Garry Berman was a very enjoyable read and is written in a format that makes it easy to pick up, read a couple pages and put it back down until you have another moment or two (I’m refraining to from calling it a bathroom book, but truth be known, it’s perfect for the ‘library’ in the throne room!).
As someone who was born in the summer of ’64, I missed Beatlemania. I admit to not really giving them the time of day until I was in my late teens. Yeah, we sang the songs in elementrary school…and yeah, ‘Live and Let Die’ was my first Bond movie…but becoming a hardcore fan didn’t happen until I was in my senior year of high school. But that’s another story for another day.
It was delightful to read what happened during Beatlemania from the fans perspective. Reading about being crazed by the sight of the Beatles in concert or on the Ed Sullivan show, along with the feelings of anticipation of all their albums is something that I’ve never witnessed in my lifetime. And believe me…I attended a Jonas Brothers concert 2 years ago at a stadium in Utah and they are NO Beatles!
This book is a must read for anyone like myself who missed the sixties due to being born too late or any Beatles fan that had parents that forbade them to listen to ‘that noise’ or attend their concerts. We’re Going to See the Beatles! will bring the story to you in a way that no other book or documentary can. It will take you inside the minds of fellow Beatles-freaks who were actually there.
You can read a great interview with Garry about the writing of this book at: Forgotten Hits.
I rate this book: 4 out of 4 Beetles