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Re-meet the Beatles!

This fall you can expect a slew of books about the Beatles, timed to anticipate the 50th anniversary of their debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The one sure to make the loudest thud is “Tune In,” the first volume of Mark Lewisohn’s planned biographical trilogy, “The Beatles: All These Years,” which comes out on October 29. Based on nearly a decade of research, this 944-page volume delves into everything from the family history of each band member to the Beatles’ glory days at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. “Tune In” includes a full portrait of John Lennon’s late mother, Julia, a profound influence he avoided speaking about (except in song: “Half of what I say is meaningless / but I say it just to reach you, Julia”) and ends with the group’s electrifying final performances in Hamburg, Germany, on the eve of Beatlemania. What Robert Caro is to LBJ, Lewisohn is to the Fab Four — more than just a biographer, he's a man with an obsession who’s devoting his life to his subject. If you want the unabridged story, this is the place to start. — John Birmingham