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“AND IN THE END: THE LAST DAYS OF THE BEATLES” WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 18

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Ken McNab’s in-depth look at The Beatles’ acrimonious final year is a detailed account of the breakup featuring the perspectives of all four band members and their roles. A must to add to the collection of Beatles fans, And In the End is full of fascinating information available for the first time.

McNab reconstructs for the first time the seismic events of 1969, when The Beatles reached new highs of creativity and new lows of the internal strife that would destroy them. Between the pressure of being filmed during rehearsals and writing sessions for the documentary Get Back, their company Apple Corps facing bankruptcy, Lennon’s heroin use, and musical disagreements, the group was arguing more than ever before and their formerly close friendship began to disintegrate.

In the midst of this rancour, however, emerged the disharmony of Let It Be and the ragged genius of Abbey Road, their incredible farewell love letter to the world.


THE BEATLES FINALLY LET IT BE BY BRUCE SPIZER

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The Beatles “Get Back”/”Let It Be” sessions and the resulting unreleased and released albums and bootlegged recordings are among the most interesting and confusing aspects of the Beatles recorded legacy.
Bruce Spizer’s fourth installment in his Beatles album series, The Beatles Finally Let It Be covers the January 1969 rehearsals and recording sessions, the unreleased “Get Back” albums, “Let It Be” and “Let It Be…Naked,” along with American, British and Canadian perspectives. The book relies on articles from 1969 and 1970 magazines and newspapers to report on what fans knew about the sessions and the planned albums that were never issued, as well as reviews of the unreleased and released albums. There are also chapters on 1970 current events and music and film, plus a detailed breakdown of all of the songs released from the sessions. The fan recollections chapter includes stories from those were fortunate enough to be up on the roof for the Beatles final public performance on January 30, 1969, along with one from a fan on the ground.
This book measures 9″ x 9″ and includes images in both color and original black & white.
The Beatles Finally Let It Be is the perfect companion to the other books in the album series, the upcoming Get Back film directed by Peter Jackson, and the anniversary edition of the Let It Be album.

The book is an historical overview of the Get Back /Let It Be project commencing with its conception in September 1968 and running through the Let It Be…Naked album issued in November 2003. Any information pertaining to the new Get Back film and any possible set of new audio releases would only comprise of a relatively small part of the book. That said, the Beatles album series books are intended to be as complete as possible and cover all releases through the date the book goes on sale.

498 PRODUCTIONS, LLC proudly announces the upcoming publication of The Beatles Finally Let It Be, Bruce Spizer’s latest book in his Beatles album series which is set for release later this year.

The book will cover the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, the unreleased Get Back albums, the Let It Be album and film, the noteworthy Get Back bootlegs, the Anthology tracks from the sessions and Let It Be…Naked.

Like the other books in the series, The Beatles Finally Let It Be covers the  album and related releases from the American, British and Canadian perspectives.

The book contains chapters on newsworthy events of 1970 and the music and films from the first half of 1970.

There are also chapters on the Hey Jude and In The Beginning albums released in 1970.

And, of course, dozens of fan recollections about the album and film.

The Beatles “Get Back”/”Let It Be” sessions and the resulting unreleased and released albums and bootlegged recordings are among the most interesting and confusing aspects of the Beatles recorded legacy.

Description:

1st Edition, 2020
September 4, 2020
200 Pages
9″ x 9″
Hardbound
Full Color throughout

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MEETING THE BEATLES: ‘THE JOHN LENNON SERIES’ VOL. 4 ‘SHOULD HAVE KNOW BETTER’ REVIEW

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Jude Southerland Kessler has released her fourth entry in her exquisite biographical works entitled, ‘The John Lennon Series’ (On the Rock Books, 2018). This volume covers 1964, and is dubbed, ‘Should Have Known Better’.

We find Lennon somewhat as complex and multifaceted as a diamond, exuding a potpourri of emotions including bravado, insecurity, genius, anger, humor, and ennui.  The anecdotes have the feel of sitting and listening to anecdotes of the inner circle, which is what most fans desire.  This is as close as most can get to that experience.
By 1964, the Beatles lives were compartmentalized, and stifling.  It feels claustrophobic simply to read the day in-day madness of frantic crowds who basically had the Beatles existing in a fishbowl.  The lads would often go from plane to limos, from limos to hotels.  Then they would have to brave wild throngs to get to and from shows.  In between, they would perform.  The pace and output in the studio were also daunting, and relied heavily on the dazzling songwriting output of Lennon and McCartney that defy belief in quality and number.

Author Kessler depicts the relationships of Lennon to his loving wife Cynthia, the other ‘Lads’, his son Julian, mother Julia, Aunt Mimi, Manager Epstein, and we still are scratching the surface of those in her purview.  Kessler uses facts to flesh out depictions in the fashion akin to historical narrative.  The result is readable, entertaining, thorough, and deeply insightful.  Perhaps only the subject himself could have given us more of a porthole-view into his life, had he been willing.  This is done across some 785 pages, before indispensable illustrations by artist Susan Derbacher, and other notes. Do not be dissuaded by the length of the tome, as each chapter is a strawberry cultivated for the pleasure of a king.  We can ‘rattle our jewelry’ in appreciation (the entire project times out at 984 pages).

The coverage of the touring prior to the release of the group’s first film, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ is perhaps unmatched.  As we watch Lennon evolve, we have the gift of hindsight knowing what is to come in his life.  Kessler fills in gaps in our understanding, and the results are never anything close to rote, or pedestrian.  It is fascinating to view the road leading to a cessation of touring, and living as a band from the studio off the travails of the road. The pressure that the band lived under to that point cost them their nervous systems, and practically required a diving bell.
Beatle fans thrive on minutiae, and in the best possible sense there is plenty to feast on here.  Previous volumes have become highly collectible, so Beatlemaniacs will want to get ‘em while they’re hot.  It is a feather in the author’s cap to produce such thorough coverage of Lennon, and she has taken place a high place among all Lennon biographers.
With a little help from friends such as Bill Harry, Jim Berkenstadt (‘The Beatle Who Vanished, 2013), and others, Jude has merged the minds of some of the cream of the crop of other writers.  Jude remains humble, while producing an authoritative work irreplaceable in the Lennon cannon.  Roll up, and that’s an invitation for a magical tour of the life of Beatle Lennon.

Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series will be addressing the White Album Conference at Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey this weekend. Kessler will examine #9 factors that shaded John Lennon’s life in 1968 and made his songs on The White Album rather serious and at times, grim. On Saturday morning, 10 November, at 10:30 a.m., Kessler will share over 50 rare photos of Lennon and will play clips of his music in her discussion of “Lennon’s White: A Darker Shade of Pale.” Those who would like to “sample” the White Album Conference are invited to attend this one presentation, free of charge. It will last an hour and then be followed by a question and answer session. Kessler’s latest book in The John Lennon Series, Should Have Known Better (detailing Lennon’s life in 1964 with The Beatles) will be available to order at the conference. Attendees will enjoy free shipping. Kessler will also participate in a panel with authors Al Sussman and Bruce Spizer on Friday, 9 November, at 1:30 p.m. They will be discussing “1968: You Say You Want a Revolution.”

(Review by our Collaborator Robert Wilson)

LAST DAY TO ENTER: WIN 4 BOOKS “THE COMPLETE BEATLES SONGS” By Steve Turner

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COMPETITION IN BEATLES MAGAZINE !! …
WIN ONE OF FOUR BOOKS:”THE COMPLETE BEATLES SONGS” BY STEVE TURNER, Carlton Books
Competition:27 October-3 November//Results: 4 November,2018. OPEN WORLDWIDE!
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In The Complete Beatles Songs, Steve Turner shatters many well-worn myths and adds a new dimension to the Fab Four’s rich legacy.This beautifully packaged book examines every Beatles-penned song and the inspiration behind them all; with fresh research and packed with new information, there are revelations aplenty. The book covers the Fab Four’s entire output chapter by chapter and includes a complete set of printed lyrics to accompany each song,used with exclusive permission from the band’s music publishers.

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Last Day to Enter! #WIN IN BEATLES MAGAZINE!..THE NEW BOOK “THE WHITE ALBUM,THE ALBUM,#THEBEATLES AND THE WORLD IN 1968” By BRIAN SOUTHALL

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Last Day to Enter! #WIN IN BEATLES MAGAZINE!..THE NEW BOOK “THE WHITE ALBUM,THE ALBUM,#THEBEATLES AND THE WORLD IN 1968″ By BRIAN SOUTHALL, Carlton Books ltd, Enter for a chance to WIN 1 of the 2 BOOKS SIGNED by the author. COMPETITION:Sat 13 October-Sat 20
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Packed full of musical and historical analysis centred on the Beatles at the peak of their popularity, The White Album: A-side/B-side takes a look at one of the greatest albums ever created, and the tumultuous time period it was born into.The ultimate guide to the eclectic styles, techniques and stories behind the universally renowned “The White Album”.Including an indepth guide to the album and an exploration of the political and social influences,this captures revolutiony moment in musical history.
Brian Southall worked as a journalist with Music Business Weekly, Melody Maker and Disc before joining A&M Records. He moved to EMI Records and EMI Music, where, during a 15 year career, he served in press, promotion, marketing, artist development and corporate communications. From 1989 he was a consultant to Warner Music International, HMV Group and both the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the International Federation of the phonographic Industry (IFPI). Among other books, he has written are the official history of Abbey Road Studios and the Story of Northern Songs, both published by Omnibus Press.

DREAMING THE BEATLES: THE LOVE STORY OF ONE BAND AND THE WHOLE WORLD

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Rob Sheffield’s book Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World is a celebration of the band, from the longtime Rolling Stone columnist. It tells the weird saga of how four lads from Liverpool became the world’s biggest pop group, then broke up – yet somehow just kept getting bigger. Dreaming the Beatles, out in paperback on June 19th, follows the ballad of John, Paul, George and Ringo, from their Sixties peaks to their afterlife as a cultural obsession. In this section, Sheffield explores one of the Beatles’ unheard treasures – the May 1968 Esher demos they recorded at George Harrison’s pad, preparing for the White Album, not suspecting their friendship was about to turn upside down.

The end of May, 1968: the Beatles meet up at Kinfauns, George Harrison’s bungalow in Esher. Just back from India, gearing up to go hit Abbey Road and start their next album, the lads bang out some rough acoustic tunes into George’s newfangled Ampex reel-to-reel tape deck. The result is one of their weirdest and loveliest unreleased recordings: the Esher demos. There’s nothing else in their music quite like this. Most of the 27 songs ended up on the White Album, yet there’s none of that record’s tension and dread.

In an excerpt from his new book ‘Dreaming the Beatles,‘ the author looks back at the ups and downs of the former Fab Four adrift in the Seventies.

Fifty years later, the Esher demos remain one of the Beatles’ strangest artifacts. When the boys gathered at George’s pad in the last days of May – nobody’s sure of the exact date – they had excellent reason to feel cocky about their new material. They wrote these songs on retreat with the Maharishi in Rishikesh, India, a place where they had no electric instruments. As John Lennon said years later, “We sat in the mountains eating lousy vegetarian food and writing all these songs. We wrote tons of songs in India.” John, the most distractible Beatle, had the hot streak of his life during his three months in Rishikesh, which is why the White Album is their most John-intensive record.
When the Beatles regrouped in England, they decided to get together and tape home demos on their own turf before stepping into Abbey Road – an innovation they’d never tried before and would never revisit. So they met at George’s hippie bungalow in the Surrey countryside, decorated in the grooviest Indian style. John showed up with 15 tunes, more than Paul (7) or George (5)….

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