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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409086642
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

You Never Give Me Your Money

The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles

The most important book about the Beatles since Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head.

When Paul McCartney told the world in 1970 that he had no plans to work with the Beatles again, it was widely viewed as a cultural tragedy by the media and public alike. But one of the most fascinating phases of the Beatles' story was just about to begin.

Now, for the first time, You Never Give Me Your Money tells the dramatic story of the Fab Four post 1969. It charts the almost Shakespearean rivalry of the Lennon and McCartney families, the conflict in George Harrison's life between spirituality and fame, and Richard Starkey's efforts to conquer his personal demons. It also chronicles the transformation of their multi-media company, Apple Corps, from a bastion of 1960s counter-culture into a corporate behemoth.

From court battles to chart success, the best of rock'n'roll writers, Peter Doggett traces the untold story of a group and a legacy that will never be forgotten.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409086642
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Peter Doggett

Peter Doggett has been writing about popular music and social and cultural history for more than thirty years. His books include the acclaimed There's a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars and the Rise and Fall of '60's Counter-culture,The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s and Electric Shock:From the Gramophone to the iPhone - 125 years of Pop Music.

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Praise for You Never Give Me Your Money

4*, well worth reading

William Leith, Scotland on Sunday

A breath-taking record of uncontrolled fame's grotesque side-effects

Victoria Segal, Q Magazine

A familiar story, freshly told

Ludovic Hunter-Tinley, Financial Times, Music books of the year

A gripping account that portrays The Beatles as something much more interesting than the airbrushed gods we've recently seen


A page-turner, and for its genre and uncharacteristically literate one. The shelf of Beatles reads is short, but You Never Give Me Your Money belongs on it

Christopher Bray, Literary Review

Enthralling...impossible to put down...fascinating


Highly readableand full of great quotes...and surprising anecdotes

Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday

Refreshingly straightforward and highly readable portraits of the leading players...compulsive

Daily Telegraph

The Beatles story you haven't read


The book I most enjoyed reading last week was You Never Give Me Your Money, Peter Doggett's meticulous account of the Beatles in the years after the band fell apart

D J Taylor, Independent on Sunday

This brilliantly related work about the achievements and mishaps of The Beatles after they broke up is a guilty pleasure but irresistibly compelling

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Thoroughly researched, brilliantly related work

Christopher Hirst, Independent

Truly remarkable...a gripping narrative...the most important book on its subject since Revolution In The Head

Sunday Herald

What Doggett has achieved is a laying bare of the darker consequences of enormous fame and wealth

Brian Boyd, Irish Times

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