The Beatles: An Illustrated Record

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The Beatles: An Illustrated Record is a 1975 book by music journalists Roy Carr and Tony Tyler, published by Harmony Books (ISBN 0-517-52045-1). Updated editions were published in 1978 and 1981.

Formatted in the same shape as an LP record, the lavishly put-together book[1] 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,[1] 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.[1] Its reported sales of 250,000 copies made it the best-selling Beatles book.[1]

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.


  1. ^ a b c d Schaffner, Nicholas (1977). The Beatles Forever. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Cameron House. p. 217. ISBN 0-8117-0225-1.