The Beatles: All These Years Vol.1: Tune In

The Beatles - like you've never read them before.


ISBN: 9780316729604

October 10th 2013

Also available in ebook and audio


The Beatles have been at the top for fifty years, their music remains exciting, their influence is still huge, their acclaim and achievements cannot be surpassed. But who really were the Beatles, and how did they and everything else in the 1960s fuse so explosively?

Mark Lewisohn’s three-part biography is the first true and accurate account of the Beatles, a contextual history built upon impeccable research and written with energy, style, objectivity and insight. This first volume covers the crucial and less-known early period – the Liverpool and Hamburg years of a hungry rock and roll band, when all the sharp characters and situations take shape.

This is the Beatles like you’ve never read them before. It isn’t just ‘another book’, it’s the book, from the world-acknowledged authority. Forget what you know and discover the real story.


Mark Lewisohn

About the author


  • "I think it is a triumph… not only an enthralling account of the group’s origins, far superior to anything that has gone before, but also an essential piece of social history"

    Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
  • "‘This is the story told in Proustian detail…The first edited-down volume, is largely a delight, and the story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it. Secondary sources are comprehensively mined; letters, public records and business documents have been found in places no one else ever thought to look….Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle.’ "

    John Harris in The Guardian
  • " ‘Never previously have the Beatles’ formative years been recounted in such detail. It is unlikely to be surpassed.’ "

    Michael Watts in The Telegraph
  • "‘I can think of no greater praise for Tune IN than to say that it gives The Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve. It is hard to imagine the subsequent volumes, covering more familiar ground, matching the gripping quality of this constantly surprising work. But Lewisohn’s clear head and good humour augur well. The main feature may not have even started yet, but this is the classiest of prequels’. "

    Financial Times, Peter Aspden
  • "'A major event in music publishing this month as Tune In by Mark Lewisohn lands…the definitive account of The Beatles' "

    GQ magazine
  • "‘There have been hundreds of books about the Beatles but nothing as comprehensive as this… I know more about this subject than most people and yet I can open this book on almost any page and find something I didn’t know, have never had confirmed or have never realised the full significance of before… What you get from this book is that sense of possibility, the world as they experienced it, through a succession of instants, rather than as the recapitulation of a time-honoured legend.’ "

    David Hepworth
  • "‘Mark Lewisohn manages to put flesh and blood on the story of the band as never before. He does so with imagination, energy and a gripping plotline… Lewisohn’s achievement lies not in mining a single 24-carat scoop, but in the extraordinary depth and scope of his research…. The raw excitement of the Hamburg period, where the Beatles properly came into being, is conveyed in electrifying detail… This volume puts him (Lewisohn) in a different league’"

    Sunday Times
  • "‘It is the breadth and scope of Lewisohn’s endeavour that are unparalleled’"

  • "- ‘This is a book with a difference, one that ensures all previous rock tomes will gather dust on high, cob-webbed shelves. It's a work of careful research that turns the legend of The Beatles into a woven history that reads like a work of fiction.’ 'Sets the benchmark in popular music history that he alone can match'"

    The Huffington Post
  • "‘Hundreds of books have been written about the Fab Four, but this volume- the first of a three part biography- deserves to be called the definitive.’ "

    The Mail on Sunday
  • "'Spares no detail and tells all with sparkling accuracy; a gripping page-turner for Beatles fans."
  • "‘A game-changing study which raises the bar… It is a meticulous piece of work… I can’t wait for volume two’ "

    Independent, i, Liz Thomson
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