All The Songs

The Story Behind Every Beatles Release

Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon
Preface by Patti Smith
Scott Freiman, consulting editor

Every album and every song ever released by the Beatles—from “Please Please Me” (U.S. 1963) to “The Long and Winding Road” (U.S. 1970)—is dissected, discussed, and analyzed by two music historians in this lively and fully illustrated work.

“Fun facts about every one of the Fab Four’s creations, with photos.
Yeah yeah yeah.” — People

 After more than 50 years and a billion records sold, The Beatles’ popularity remains undiminished. In All the Songs, music historians Jean-Michel Guesdon and Phillipe Margotin, with consultation by composer and producer Scott Friedman, delve deeply into this endlessly fascinating and seemingly inexhaustible subject.


Drawing on decades of research, the authors recount the circumstances that led to the composition of every song, the recording process, and the instruments used. Organized chronologically by album release and illustrated with 600 black & white and color photographs, this information-packed book provides readers a comprehensive look at how The Beatles changes music forever.

Throughout the song-by-song recording history are informative details such as John Lennon’s purchase of a 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri for £100 in Hamburg, in 1960. Diving into The Beatles’ song and album recording process, readers discover that The Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me, was recorded in one epic 12-hour session in 1963 for £400. In contrast, they spent month after month in 1967 layering sounds on a four-track recorder to create their masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

In this first-of-its-kind book, every album and song recorded by The Beatles – from “Please Please Me” (U.S. 1963) to “The Long and Winding Road” (U.S. 1970) – are dissected and revealed anew. All the Songs is the must-have Beatles book for the any true Beatles fan.

Praise for All the Songs:

Enough technical tables to please everyone’s inner nerd.
— The Wall Street Journal
Fun facts about every one of the Fab Four’s creations, with photos. Yeah yeah yeah.
— People
[All the Songs] should delight casual listeners and make even hard-core Beatlemaniacs smile
— The Dallas Morning News
Everybody has a Beatles fan in their life, and you’ll make them very happy if you give them a copy of‘All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release’
— Newsday
A perfect gift for the Fab-Four fanatic!
— New York Post
Impossible not to like for Beatle-types
— The Nation
[This] doorstop collects a galaxy of Beatles song data into impressively simple and digestible form. Beautifully illustrated.
Engaging...Highly recommended.
— Library Journal
Essential for Beatles fans and a pleasure to read.
— Kirkus Reviews
Added together, ‘All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release’ is an engaging journey through the band’s canon that should easily satisfy both casual and die-hard fans.
— Richmond Times-Dispatch
[If you’re looking for yet another attractive book to place with a Beatles coffee-table tableaux, there’s Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin’s ‘All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release’
— Chicago Tribune

Discover the first twenty pages below!

Philippe Margotin has written numerous books on music, including biographies of U2, Radiohead, and the Rolling Stones. He lives in Paris.

Jean-Michel Guesdon is a producer and musician. Over the past 30 years he has been compiling an exceptional collection of information and documentation about the Beatles. His talents as a musician, composer, and sound engineer allow him to have a realistic and precise approach to their work. He lives in Paris.

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She has recorded twelve albums, including Horses, which has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. She has written numerous books, including Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, Auguries of Innocence, and Just Kids, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commander des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. She lives in New York City.

Scott Freiman combines his career as a composer, producer, and educator with his in-depth knowledge of the Beatles to create Deconstructing the Beatles, a series of multimedia presentations about the composition and production techniques of the Fab Four. Freiman presents his lectures to sold-out audiences throughout North America and at colleges and universities. He lives in Irvington, New York.

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