Mark Lewisohn told Beatles Examiner Aug. 31 the wait is almost over -- the first copies of Volume 1 of his much anticipated Beatles biography “All These Years: Volume 1, Tune In” to be available in the U.S. and the UK, are just off the press, as pictures on this page and in the slide show confirm. That's Mark and his wife Anita proudly holding one of the first copies.
“I can’t wait for this book to be out and have people talk about the content rather than the mechanics of its publication,” he told Beatles Examiner.
"I am holding the UK mass-market edition, literally hot off the press," he explained. "Hardback only, and the extent is 960 pages. (Though it was feared at one point that the end notes would not be included in this edition, they are, thankfully.) Publication in UK on 10 October by Little, Brown.”
“So that’s two different editions of the same book – quite simple, really," he said.
As we have reported, the U.S. edition will be identical, but with a different jacket and ”Americanized text”. The book comes out in the U.S. on Oct. 29 by Crown.
The Extended Special Edition with 1,728 pages comes out in the UK Nov. 14. He said he hopes that version will be published in the U.S. in February, but that's still up in the air. The Extended Special Edition will be a boxed set in two volumes and not available separately.
The mass market version will also be available as an ebook. There will also be an ebook of the Extended Special Edition, again split into two, but unlike the physical book, the two parts will be available separately. (Note: Amazon.co.uk has a listing for part one, but not part two yet.) And he says the audio book of the mass-market edition only will also be available as a download.
"The thing to remember is that everything about this project is big," he said.
Lewisohn told Beatles Examiner internet reports that review copies are out there are false.
“Review copies won’t be available for another couple of weeks, I understand,” he told us.
“If you’ve read differently on the web, such claims are untrue.”
However, there will be autographed copies. A spokesman for Tracks Ltd. told us a limited number of autographed copies (300 total) of the book will be available through their site.
Other false stories have been going around as well, he said.
“I even read that I turned up in Liverpool last weekend with three copies. I was in Liverpool, yes, but without the book, which I didn’t get to hold until yesterday.”
Thankfully, we'll all be able to hold it soon.
- U.S. mass market (shorter 960 pages) book version
- UK mass market version
- Canada mass market version
- Japan mass market version (UK import)
- Japan mass market version (U.S. import)
- U.S. mass market (U.S.) ebook version
- Canada mass market (Canada) ebook
- UK mass market shorter ebook
- Japan mass market (U.S.) ebook
- Japan mass market ebook (UK version)
- UK Extended Special Edition (1,728 pages)
- Japan Extended Special Edition from Amazon.co.jp
- UK Extended Special Edition ebook (part 1 only, only in UK at present)
- Japan Extended Special Edition ebook (part 1, UK import)
- Japan Extended Special Edition ebook (part 2, UK import)
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