10 Best Beatles Books

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'The Man Who Gave the Beatles Away,' by Allan Williams
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Coronet Books9/10

9. 'The Man Who Gave the Beatles Away,' by Allan Williams

Williams is the titular figure, and you never have to sweat how good he is, how bright, how canny, etc., because he's always there to tell you. He was the band's first manager when, in his words, no one would go near them with a barge pole, Not a lot of people can boast like Williams does and still come off as a likable person, but that's Williams: avuncular, shady as all hell, but earnest, like some comic-relief character from a Fielding novel who steals an early chapter or two. He loses out on future riches, naturally, but the dude keeps coming back, and even plays his role in the bartering of the wildly underappreciated Star Club tapes.

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