The Beatles: An Illustrated Record
Formatted in the same shape as an LP record, the lavishly put-together book contains an extensive discography of record releases by the Beatles, with critical reviews of each release by Tyler and Carr. Sidebars give a concurrent history of the band, with press clippings, quotes, and photos from each phase of the Beatles's career, including their post-breakup solo years.
The book mainly follows the British releases of the Beatles's records, and helped inform an American audience heretofore unfamiliar with that sequencing. The final section of the book includes a United States discography, and notable foreign releases. The first edition also included a list of bootleg Beatles recordings.
An Illustrated Record was a commercial success, reaching number two on the The New York Times Best Seller list for trade paperbacks. Its reported sales of 250,000 copies made it the best-selling Beatles book.
Later editions deleted the bootlegs section, stating only that they were of generally poor sound quality, and of interest "only to the most die-hard Beatlemaniacs." The 1981 edition included a tribute section to John Lennon, who had died only months earlier. Also included was a copy of Lennon's own correction to a passage in the first edition, with a copy of an early news clipping to back it up. "Set the 'Illustrated Record' straight!" Lennon wrote.
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