Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian was published in 2013, but I just saw it for the first time a couple weeks ago on the shelf at Barnes & Noble. As I said previously, I rarely pay full price for any of the books I review, so when I went looking for a used copy online, I discovered that there had been another earlier book written on this same topic. I reviewed that book, The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, last week. The difference between the two is amazing!
This book is actually a very enjoyable read and I learned a lot about the relationship between John & Paul and Mick & Keith. They were all actually very good friends from the very start and John and Paul actually wrote the second song The Rolling Stones recorded! That’s something that I didn’t read in last week’s book… a book that now appears like it was just a pissing contest between the co-authors to see who knew more about the two bands and their albums.
As for my opinion on this topic, both books start out early saying there was no rivalry between the two highly successful British invasion bands. So why the books? Because just like the press has always done, they created a rivalry that never really existed.
The book that I think really needs to be written (and maybe it has and I just haven’t found it yet) is The Beatles vs. The Beach Boys. Those were two bands that used to analyze and look at the dynamics of each others songs and try to outdo each other. It wasn’t just a pissing contest for first place on the record charts…it was who could write the better song and produce a better album!
Still this is a great book to learn about the relationship and friendship between two of the greatest bands the world has every known. And for that reason…
I rate this book, 3 out of 4 Beetles!
You can get a copy of this book at Half.com for about $0.75