This is a question I’ve gotten a few times from friends who, for some reason, just haven’t listened to the Beatles that much. They wonder whether they’d understand enough about what’s going on, whether they would get the inside nuances that only Beatle fans might understand.
Granted, you get more out of the book the bigger the fan you are. You understand all the solo songs that might go on a future Beatles album, and you recognize the bit players in the Beatles’ history. But for the rest of you, not to worry. This book is mainly about Mal Evans and the journey he takes throughout the 1970s. And very little is known about Evans.
I have taken great care into trying to describe each song, putting it and each event into its proper context, and giving even non-fans an idea about how all the songs might fit together. I include sections at the end that explain what really happened during the 1970s, and how you can create your own fantasy Beatles albums by splicing together solo album cuts from the four. I also explain why each song made it onto the fantasy albums. If you don’t know who Geoff Emerick is (He was the Beatles’ sound engineer), I tell you.
As Jim Bartlett said, the book moves at a quick pace, and you’ll find yourself wrapped up in the story without wondering what the song “Isolation” really sounds like. Of course, if you’re interested, you can always buy the solo albums or listen to it on Spotify to get a real feel for what’s happening. That’s what I recommend. The Beatles’ journey was one thing. The unplanned journey through the 1970s is a bumpy ride, but it’s full of surprises and beautiful music.