Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio

by Andy Babiuk

Even though their songs are known by millions around the world, only now has a book been published that reveals how The Beatles sounded the way they did. This lavishly illustrated hardcover volume is the first to examine all the instruments and equipment The Beatles used to compose, rehearse, perform and record some of the best-loved popular music of all time. It features over 300 color and black & white photos of The Beatles – many never before published – as well as prime memorabilia, including instrument sales receipts, manufacturers' ads, concert posters and more. The book's year-by-year format analyzes in detail The Beatles' entire touring and recording career. Beatles Gear was written by Andy Babiuk, a staff consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a 20+-year employee of House of Guitars, and an advisor to auction houses on music-related memorabilia. Includes a foreword by esteemed Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn.


Brick the Fish said...

I have this book and it is an excellent book with closeup pictures of the instruments, it goes into the amplification, drums, keyboards, and other areas that you might not expect such as modifications made to their instruments (different bass drum head logos, John's Ricky 325 knobs and paint jobs, the Gibson jumbo paint jobs, etc.).
I could only expect that Andy got access to the instruments themselves or had them professionally photographed. Even some closeups of the set lists taped to the upper bout of some of the guitars. Highly recommended!

life of the beatles said...

This appears to be a new edition. Do you know if the contents have changed?

AsteriĆ³n said...

This book seems like a copy of magnificent Lewisohn "The Beatles complete recording sessions".