Mark Lewisohn: A life devoted mostly to researching and writing about the Beatles

September 23, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: books, journalism, writers, writing.

When Mark Lewisohn published the first volume, Tune In, of his trilogy about the Beatles (The Beatles: All These Years) six years ago, it turned out to be massive: 390,000 words, which is about four times the length of a good mystery novel and at least twice as long as most nonfiction books.

It took him 10 years to get that book together. And all it did was take the Fab Four up to the time right before they had their first big hit in 1963.

Lewisohn has been writing about the transformative rock and roll group for more than 30 years, and he has published several books about them already: A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles’ LondonThe Complete Beatles Chronicle: The Definitive Day-by-Day Guide to the Beatles’ Entire Career  , etc. He has written about other subjects, but there is probably very little to be known about the Beatles that he doesn’t know.

So, when will volume two appear?

Constant demands to know when Turn On (covering 1963-66) and Drop Out (1967-69) might appear are met with a sigh: “I’m 61, and I’ve got 14 or 15 years left on these books. I’ll be in my mid-70s when I finish.” Time is of the essence, he adds, perhaps thinking of the late John Richardson’s uncompleted multi-volume Picasso biography.

The Guardian has a story on Lewisohn and his latest discovery about the Beatles, which is significant. You can read it here: ‘This tape rewrites everything we knew about the Beatles’ | Music | The Guardian

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