Reference Library: Lewisohn and his Bible
From: email@example.com (saki)
Subject: Re: Who is Lewisohn?
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 1997 19:30:33 GMT
Previously, M L Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
Sorry to bring this up again, but I guess what I really wanted to know
is - What makes HIM so special? Why did he get to "hear almost every
second of every Beatles recording" as opposed to any one else? Is he
part of some inner circle of friends, or did he work for the Beatles at
Lewisohn worked with EMI/Abbey Road Studios (I'm not sure it's accurate
to say he worked *for* them, since it's unclear who paid him for his
research) to finish a cataloguing project of all Beatles-related
recordings at Abbey Road. The project was begun by engineer John Barrett,
who died before he could complete it.
Lewisohn's credientials were impressive, and he was the only natural
candidate for the job. He'd won at least one major Beatles-trivia contest
in the early eighties; worked as a research assistant for Philip Norman;
and had a day-job as an accountant at the BBC (perhaps this was good
training for accuracy. :-)
Lewisohn approached the project much as he did in his own first book, "The
Beatles Live!" which was an impeccably researched tome on the Fabs' live
performances. What made his work so notable was his reliance on documents
and verifiable information to build a comprehensive history of the Fabs on
stage. He used this approach for "The Beatles Recording Sessions", the
book he completed while working with EMI on the Beatles' session material,
and included much heretofore-unseen documentation and session notation.
Lewisohn continued to improve upon this book with "The Complete Beatles
Chronicle", an amalgam of "Live!" and "Recording Sessions", with
corrections as needed.
He's not perfect---he slips up occasionally---but Lewisohn's works are
among the most dependable sourcebooks in the field.
Lewisohn was also asked to work on historical documentation for the
"Anthology" projects, and is generally called upon whenever the Fabs or
Abbey Road needs further research or verification of session material.
"Everywhere I go I hear it said in the good and
the bad books that I have read".
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