That is the new book by Mark Lewisohn, and I was so keen to finish it that I neglected to see the Ender’s Game movie yesterday. 944 pp. and you only get up to 1962 and the beginnings of the first LP! Despite the length, it is gripping throughout. In addition to the obvious angles on The Beatles, it is a study of Liverpudlian history, the nature of poverty, why educating even really smart people can be problematic, why relative age matters so much for young people, how groups gel, the importance of practice, the importance of management, and the importance of origins, among a variety of other more general topics.
This work is one of my five favorite non-fiction books of the year. And if you are wondering, it is not just me: the book has received very positive reviews elsewhere.