I love hearing the musicians I grew up adoring talk about the musician they grew up adoring. When I first saw the Beatles "Anthology", I was thrilled to be seeing new footage and hearing them all give first hand accounts. I was also taken with the shear cheesy-ness of Paul (don't get me wrong, I love the guy). It was his project and you can tell. Throughout the entire thing he is either walking in the woods, at a bonfire or captaining a tug-boat. -Hmmm..? Ringo's comment at the end about "Elvis trying to ban" the Beatles from being able to come to American struck me as odd. Does anyone know if this is true?
For the last year or so, I've been slowly making my way through the 800-pages long Beatles biography by Bob Spitz. He talks about the Elvis episode, and,apparently, Elvis wasn't impressed. There's also the time they met Muhammad Ali. (http://tinyurl.com/3hx3vab) And the time they met Bob Dylan, who, allegedly, introduced them to marijuana.
I haven't read the Spitz biography, but I read a couple different Beatles biographies as a teenager. What Beatles fan wouldn't want to have been a fly on the wall of some of their greatest recording sessions? This is what "Here, There and Everywhere" by Geoff Emerick delivers. You not only get the interpersonal relationships, the friendships and conflicts that are now well established as part of rock and roll history, you get the technical side of recording. You get the moment when John Lennon tells George Martin that he wants to sound like he's singing from the moon and you get Geoff Emerick's (the author AND the Beatles sound engineer for nearly all their major recordings) solution of running his vocals through a Leslie Speaker. -Something that has been emulated a gazillion times since. There are a bunch of really fantastic moments in the book. Though I haven't read Spitz's book, I'm confident in saying, "put it down and pick up Emerick's". There is no way it will take you more than a few days to read. Also, the second link in your comment didn't work for me, just brought me back here.
I'll definitely take a look. Here's the second link, fixed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_US_vs._John_Lennon
I love that all George was interested in was "scoring some reefer" from Elvis' goons. I also love that they all call John out for basically making up the fact that he "jammed" with Elvis. There are two John Lennons, the guy that actually existed and the martyr he has become. I enjoy hearing about the "real John" from these guys.