One-Two-Three-Four: The Beatles in Time by award-winning author Craig Brown.
ONE-two-three-four is such a clever title from a very clever writer.
The musical ‘count in’ is used by musicians the world over and the Beatles were no exception from Hamburg’s seedy clubs to The Cavern … and from the Liverpool Empire to the Hollywood Bowl to the final goodbye on the Apple rooftop.
It also sums up the four unique individuals who loved each other and together became the greatest band the world has known.
This Beatle book with a difference by Craig Brown was released in hardback to mark 50 years since the group split in April, 1970.
Now Craig’s a paperback writer as the book is receiving favourable reviews all over again.It’s been the ideal ‘must read’ during lockdown and is a Sunday times best seller .
He is on a Beatle pilgrimage of sorts allowing us to thumb a lift with them on the long and winding road of anecdotes
Craig is the master of re-telling a tale: author of 18 books; a critic for national newspapers and broadcaster he has also been a columnist for Private Eye magazine for 32 years.
For his latest tome he has already won one major literary prize – The Baillie Gifford Award for his multi-layered account of the Fabs in all their glory.
It is certainly a refreshing take on the Beatles story peppered with humour, poignancy and some never-heard-before revelations.
In a recent interview Craig, 62, said the whole Beatle story is “endlessly fascinating”.
He added: ”There’s a sociological backdrop, the curious phenomenon of fandom – the array of intesrting weirdos in their orbit. ”The book is 600 pages but could have been ten times the length.”Craig regards exhaustive chronological biographies as “boring.”
So he does not offer day-by-day account but skips in and out of the magical history story with brief chapters here, there and everywhere sitting alongside more in-depth analysis.
There are 150 chapters in all and more than 50 illustrations.
Beatles fans are used to new films and book biographies emerging every year but this one stands out for originality.
Craig uses a vast amount of source material as shown in the seven pages of acknowledgements.