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Book review

‘All These Years’ by Mark Lewisohn

No half measures here: If you ever cast an eye toward Pepperland and wished for an epic Beatles bio, this sprawling tome would seem to be pure payoff. The first volume of a planned three-part series, Mark Lewisohn’s book charts the band’s early years through the end of 1962, when the Beatles have exactly one record to their credit and the recording of their first album is five weeks off.

Beatles buffs love Lewisohn because of his excellent “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions’’ and “The Complete Beatles Chronicle,’’ but I’d caution you: What they love is the depth and veracity of Lewisohn’s research, not his prose, nor his musical judgments, shortcomings that put a drag on this weighty account.

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