Saturday, December 13, 2008

June 18, 1965 - Tonight

Taped: Friday 18 June 1965
Aired: Friday 18 June 1965

At the BBC's Lime Grove Studios, John appeared on BBC l's Tonight programme where he was interviewed by Kenneth Allsop and read two extracts from his book, 'The Wumberlog' and 'We Must Not Forget The General Erection'.

The 910's Guide to the Solo Beatles' Outtakes

by Doug Sulpy and Chip Madinger

"The 910's Guide to the Solo Beatles' Outtakes" was the natural follow-up to the original "910's Guide." Co-written with Chip Madinger, the "Solo Guide" is long out of print, and will probably never be re-printed.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Complete Beatles' Audio Guide

by Doug Sulpy

Long recognized as the ultimate collector's Bible, the initial aim of the "Guide" was to accurately identify every circulating (and, in some cases, not circulating) scrap of Beatles audio and to tell collectors what the best quality source is. It's long since outgrown the title, though, and in later editions encompasses all available Beatles' recordings, examining the differences between the legitimately released stereo and mono mixes, and the mix differences that exist between various formats and in various countries. Most recently, the "Guide" has been renamed "The Complete Beatles' Audio Guide."

Thursday, December 11, 2008


by John Robertson

This work documents the life of John Lennon from his birth in 1940, through his young life, his music, "The Beatles", Yoko Ono, his solo work and finally his death in 1980. The book is illustrated to cover all periods of Lennon's life.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Art & Music of John Lennon

by John Robertson

A portrait of John Lennon containing a complete catalog and history of all his work as a musician, writer and artist. Describes and provides a complete catalog of Lennon's recordings, composing tapes, studio outtakes, live recordings, collaborations with other artists, interviews, films, videos, writings, and artwork.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Summer of Love: The Making of Sgt. Pepper

by George Martin with William Pearson

On 1 June 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the Beatles made "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". In this book the band's producer George Martin tells his story of the nine months it took to make the recording, featuring songs such as "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" to "A Day in the Life" and "She's Leaving Home". 1966 had seen a crossroads in the Beatles career, with the band under strain from the pressures of live performances. They decided to make an album that was like a show. Martin follows through the creation of the album's songs and offers an insight into the recording process itself.

Monday, December 08, 2008

The Beatles Live!: The Ultimate Reference Book

by Mark Lewisohn

"Didn't the Beatles give everything on God's earth for ten years?"
John Lennon, 1980

This meticulously researched chronology of the Beatles' stage performances corrects hundreds of previously published inaccuracies and reveals absorbing new information about early Beatles history. Every significant date is included from the fateful day in March 1957 when John Lennon was given a £17 guitar to the Beatles' last, massive concert in San Francisco in August 1966.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

June 20, 1965 - Les Beatles

Taped: Sunday 20 June 1965 (evening)
Aired: Sunday 31 October 1965

The Beatles' European Tour opened in Paris. The venture began controversially, when the authorities at London Airport turned away Beatles fans who were arriving to wave the group goodbye, claiming that The Beatles themselves had asked them not to attend. This was angrily denied by both the group and manager Brian Epstein.

The Beatles arrived at Paris-Orly at 10am and checked in to the George Cinq. Their reception was quiet by Beatles standards with only about 50 fans waiting outside their hotel. This pattern was repeated throughout the tour, as the group regularly played to less than capacity audiences.

In Paris, they played two concerts to 6,000 people each at the Palais des Sports, topping a bill which also featured The Yardbirds. The second show was broadcast on both French radio and television.

Afterwards Franchise Hardy visited them at the George Cinq. The night was spent at Castell's nightclub, where they stayed until dawn. The Beatles' set during the European tour consisted of: 'Twist And Shout', 'She's A Woman', 'I'm A Loser', 'Can't Buy Me Love', 'Baby's In Black', 'I Wanna Be Your Man', 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby', 'Rock And Roll Music', 'I Feel Fine', 'Ticket To Ride' and 'Long Tall Sally'.

The Complete Beatles Chronicle

by Mark Lewisohn

* The single greatest and most authoritative document about The Beatles ever written
* Every working day of the Beatles career covered
* Long awaited successor to the best-selling THE COMPLETE BEATLES RECORDING SESSIONS
* Written by the world's leading authority on the Beatles
* Contains over 500 illustrations (many previously unpublished)
* The one and only indispensable guide to those remarkable Beatles years

Appearing 30 years after the release of the Beatles first single, "Love Me Do", The Complete Beatles Chronicle is easily the single greatest and most authoritative document about the world-famous group ever published. The fruit of many years painstaking research in film, TV, radio, newspaper, record company and recording studio archives, and the product of hundreds of interviews with those who knew and worked with the Beatles, this book reconstructs each day of their career, encompassing every stage appearance, all of their film, video, TV, and radio work, and, of course, every recording session.

The content is arranged on a chronological basis with an introduction to each year providing an overview to the twelve months developments. Then a diary section describes every working days events in the sort of fascinating detail the made the author's previous book EMI's The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions such a runaway international best-seller. With over 500 photographs (many previously unpublished), posters, handbills, tickets, letters, and rare documentation, there is also a tremendous array of illustrations to paint an absorbing picture of the group.

Other books have dealt with aspects of the Beatles working lives but The Complete Beatles Chronicle is the first to tell the whole story, from their very first tentative performances in 1950's Liverpool church halls and social clubs through the beat boom and psychedelia to their irrevocable split in 1970. In between they had, in the words of John Lennon, "Given everything on God's earth" - as this book so clearly demonstrates - and created a body of work which will never be rivaled.

For every Beatles fan, past, present of future, this is the one and only indispensable guide to those remarkable Beatles years.