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BOOK REVIEW: MAXIMUN VOLUME: THE LIFE OF BEATLES PRODUCER GEORGE MARTIN (THE EARLY YEARS 1926-1966)

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Maximum Volume offers a glimpse into the mind, the music, and the man behind the sound of the Beatles. George Martin’s working-class childhood and musical influences
profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC’s Classical Music department and as head of the EMI Group’s Parlophone Records. Out of them flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the Beatles’ incredible body of work, including such albums as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.

The first book of two, Maximum Volume traces Martin’s early years as a scratch pianist, his life in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, and his groundbreaking work as the head of Parlophone Records, when Martin saved the company from ruin after making his name as a producer of comedy recordings. In its most dramatic moments, Maximum Volume narrates the story of Martin’s unlikely discovery of the Beatles and his painstaking efforts to prepare their newfangled sound for the British music marketplace. As the story unfolds, Martin and the band craft numerous number-one hits, progressing toward the landmark album Rubber Soul—all of which bear Martin’s unmistakable musical signature.


“THE BEATLES IN INDIA” ON 50 YEARS OF BEATLES INDIA VISIT TO HIT STORES IN FEBRUARY

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A book featuring rare photographs of The Beatles clicked by Emmy award-winning producer-director Paul Saltzman during the iconic groups India visit 50 years ago will hit stores next month.

Titled “The Beatles in India”, the book celebrates 50 years of the bands famous trip to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram in Rishikesh. During their visit, The Beatles studied transcendental meditation, and wrote some of their most memorable music. No other person, except Saltzman, was allowed to photograph the group which had John, Paul, Ringo and George.

The book, published by Simon & Schuster India, also contains a detailed narrative by Saltzman about the story of how “Dear Prudence” came to be and George’s description of the first time he picked up a sitar. George´s former wife Pattie Boyd has written the foreword for the book. After parting ways with the legendary guitarist, Boyd married musician Eric Clapton.

This NEW EDITION brings intimate images of the group,taken at an ashram in Rishikesh, India,to a wider audience than ever before.No photographers or press were allowed at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas,but the Beatles had no objection to fellow visitor Paul Saltzman freely snapping pictures during their time there. This unprecedented access resulted in an extensive collection of intimate photos of the world’s most beloved rock band during one of their most serene and productive periods.
THE BEATLES IN INDIA (2018) By Paul Saltzman(Author),‎Tim B. Wride(Preface),‎Donovan Leitch(Afterword),‎ PATTIE BOYD (Foreword) Will be released on February 13, 2018.


NEW BOOK: “IMAGINE” BY JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO

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Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon’s immortal song, Imagine, and created in collaboration with Amnesty International, this poignant book inspires a new generation to imagine a world at peace.  Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a global journey to spread a message of peace and friendship among birds from around the world, of all shapes and sizes.

Yoko Ono Lennon has kindly allowed John Lennon’s wonderful words to be used in this beautiful book.  The artist Jean Jullien has created the beautiful pictures in the book. The book will support Amnesty International’s work to help protect human rights all over the world. A royalty from every book sold will be donated to Amnesty International.

 

A message from
Yoko Ono Lennon

This book is very special to me. The words were written by my husband John and it makes me so happy to see them illustrated in this beautiful book. He wrote Imagine as a song calling for peace around the world. Today, we need peace more than ever, so I think his words are still very important.

Everybody wants to feel happy and to feel safe. And we can all help make the world a better place in our own way. We should always keep love in our hearts, and look after one another. We should always share what we have, and we should stand up for people who are not being treated fairly.

And it’s important that we treat everyone like that, not just our family and our friends. We should treat everybody the same, no matter where they are from or if they speak a different language. After all, the pigeon in this book welcomes all the other birds, whatever colour of feathers or shape of beak they have.

By doing this, we can all help to make a difference every day. Every small good thing that we do can help change the world for the better. You can do it, I can do it, we all can do it.

Imagine. Together we can make peace happen.

Then the world truly will live as one.

Foreword to Imagine, 2017

 

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LENNON: THE NEW YORK YEARS IS OUT NOW

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IDW Publishing explores Lennon: The New York Years today Wednesday.

 In 1975 the most famous rock star in the world moved to New York City to raise his young family, in the process setting career, adoring fans, and creative contemporaries aside. During this reflective time he met with a psychoanalyst, worked to spread peace around the globe, celebrated his wife, and went about the daily business of being John Lennon. Then just five years later he was killed.

Lennon adapts David Foenkinos’ legendary novel to graphic album form, with striking black-and-white illustrations by French artist Horne. Relive the defining moments and experiences that shaped pop music’s–and popular culture’s–most influential voice, as captured in this unique and moving graphic novel.

Lennon: The New York Years is out on May 31st…  PRE-ORDER: H E R E . 

BEATLES EXPERT SAYS HIS NEW “SGT.PEPPER” BOOK LOOKS AT FANS’ EXPERIENCES WITH THE INFLUENTIAL ALBUM

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With the 50th anniversary of the official U.K. release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band taking place this Thursday, Beatles historian and author Bruce Spizer has just published a fascinating new book focusing on the landmark album. The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective delves into how the album was experienced and embraced by the group’s faithful followers, while also offering an in-depth look at the history and cultural impact of the record.
Spizer tells ABC Radio that the catalyst for his book was an essay he wrote celebrating Sgt. Pepper‘s 50th anniversary, which he decided to augment with a series of fan recollections gathered from a variety of sources. These remembrances wound up being at the core of the project.
“The real key to it was…fans really related to this album and I just felt that people would have their own Sgt. Pepper stories,” he explains. Spizer also says he noticed that many of these recollections actually mirrored his own Sgt. Pepper experiences, which he discussed in his essay.

“What it showed me was that my Sgt. Pepper experience wasn’t unique after all,” he maintains, “and there also were people talking about how they made friends through The Beatles and through Sgt. Pepper, and things of that nature.”

Among the fans who shared their Sgt. Pepper memories were some noteworthy music artists, including Billy Joel, The MonkeesPeter Tork, The SmithereensPat DiNizio, ex-Wings drummer Denny Seiwell and The Royal Guardsmen’s Barry Winslow. The book is enhanced by a variety of rare photos and images.
Other sections of the book focus on information about each track on Sgt. Pepper, the album’s chart history, details about its famous cover art and innovative packaging, and much more.
Hardcover- May 25, 2017 PRE-ORDER HERE (FREE Shipping!!): H E R E .