A look at the origins of the groups name; quotes about them from such names as Mick Jagger, Steven Spielberg, Tony Blair, and Francis Rossi; other musicians who temporarily or nearly joined them, from early stand-in drummers to heavyweights such as Eric Clapton and Billy Preston; their producers, management and inner circle; their connections with Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Badfinger and others; their British radio and TV appearances; the Paul is dead story that gripped some of the media in the late 60s; the album titles and films that nearly were but ultimately weren t; and much more. Although the focus is on the group up to their split in 1970, there are also brief surveys of their solo careers and solo album listings. As they might have said, and you know that can t be bad ."
John Van der Kiste has published over forty books including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victorias Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II and The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family and ‘Alfred―Queen Victorias Second Son’ and ‘Prussian Princesses’ for Fonthill. He lives in Devon.