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Philip Norman (author)

Philip Norman (born 13 April 1943)[1] is an English novelist, biographer, journalist and playwright.

Norman grew up in Ryde, Isle of Wight. He attended Ryde School, and his father, Clive Norman, ran the Seagull Ballroom on Ryde Pier. He described his childhood in his book Babycham Night. (Relatives of his produced the eponymous champagne perry in Shepton Mallet).

At the end of the 1960s, as a correspondent for The Sunday Times, he was assigned to investigate and report on the breakup of Beatles’ own business, Apple Corps.[2][3]

Norman is the author of Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation, described by a New York Times writer as " ... the definitive biography – comprehensive, intelligent, sensitively written and exhaustively researched" of the Fab Four.[3] A Chicago Sun-Times review raved that Shout! is "The best, most detailed, and most serious biography of the Beatles and their time." In October 2008 his 800+ page book John Lennon: The Life was released to some controversy.

Norman has also published biographies of Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones and Elton John. Additionally, Norman has published six works of fiction, and two plays: The Man That Got Away and Words of Love.

Published biographies

  • Shout!: The True Story of the Beatles (1981), ISBN 0-241-10300-2, ISBN 0-241-10631-1
  • Symphony for the Devil: The Rolling Stones Story (1984), ISBN 0-671-44975-3
  • The Life and Good Times of the Rolling Stones (1989), Century
  • Days in the life: John Lennon Remembered (1990), ISBN 0-7126-3922-5
  • The Stones (1993, updated w/ a new afterword), Penguin
  • Elton or Elton John (1991), ISBN 0-09-174838-0 or ISBN 0-517-58762-9
  • Shout!: The Beatles in their Generation (1996), ISBN 0-684-83067-1
  • Rave On: The Biography of Buddy Holly or Buddy: The Biography of Buddy Holly (1997), ISBN 0-684-83560-6 or ISBN 0-330-35223-7
  • Sir Elton: The Definitive Biography (2001), ISBN 0-7867-0820-4
  • The Stones: The Acclaimed Biography (2002), ISBN 0-330-48057-X
  • John Lennon: The Life (2008), ISBN 0-06-075401-X
  • Mick Jagger (2012), ISBN 94-004-0204-X


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  2. ^ Philip Norman bio at Harper Collins Publishers
  3. ^ a b Hohan, Randolph, "They Love They Take and Make", New York Times, April 5, 1981
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