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Fab Four
The complete Beatles chronicle : the definitive day-by-day guide to the Beatles' entire career
Mark Lewisohn ; foreward by George Martin.
Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, 2010.
Beginning with the first entry dated June 9, 1957, to the last on April 10, 1970, this all-encompassing reference documents every working day of the Beatles’ career. Images of various memorabilia, rare photos, notes, concert bills, and recording session track sheets accompany the journal entries detailing the days’ events—concert, radio, and television appearances as well as the times, locations, and duration of recording sessions. In examining the group’s grueling schedule, the account reveals how diligently the “Fab Four” worked to attain their status as the world’s premier rock band. A discography ranging from 1962 to 1970, a listing of peak chart positions from the same time frame, and a date and composer index of the Beatles' EMI Recordings round out the presentation.               In 1979, Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn set about establishing a complete list of the group’s live appearances from 1957 through 1966, when they stopped giving concerts; the research took seven long years and was published as the bookThe Beatles Live!Shortly thereafter, EMI Records invited Lewisohn to be the only person outside of the Beatles and their production staff to go into Abbey Road and listen to the entire collection of Beatles session tapes and to interview practically everyone involved in their making. The result was published in 1988 asThe Complete Beatles Recording Sessions,and sold over 150,000 copies.             This book artfully combines and updates all the vital material in Lewisohn’s earlier two books with his definitive account of the Beatles’ work in radio, television, film, and video to create a complete day-by-day summary of the group’s entire oeuvre. First published in 1992,The Complete Beatles Chroniclehas become the Beatles Bible, the one book no fan can live without, and a perfect companion to the bestsellingBeatles Anthology,which recounted their story in their own words.
     
The Beatles
Hunter Davies ; with a new introduction.
New York : W.W. Norton, [2010]
During 1967 and 1968 Hunter Davies spent eighteen months with the Beatles at the peak of their powers as they defined a generation and rewrote popular music. As their only authorized biographer, he had unparalleled access-not just to John, Paul, George, and Ringo but also to friends, family, and colleagues. Davies collected a wealth of intimate and revealing material that still makes this the classic Beatles book-the one all other biographers look to. He remained close with the band and had access to more information over the years. This edition brings the story up-to-date with new material on the Beatles's solo careers and lives, as well as the stories of many other people who appear in the book. Drawing on new material from the author's archives and from the Beatles themselves, including a newly discovered song lyric by George Harrison, this edition brings new insights to the Beatles legend.
     
Fab : an intimate life of Paul McCartney
Howard Sounes.
Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2010.
Howard Sounes, the bestselling author ofDown the Highway: The Life of Bob DylanandCharles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life, turns his considerable reporting and storytelling skills to one of the most famous, talented—and wealthiest—men alive: Paul McCartney.

Fabis the first exhaustive biography of the legendary musician; it tells Sir Paul’s whole life story, from childhood to present day, from working-class Liverpool beginnings to the cultural phenomenon that was The Beatles to his many solo incarnations.

Fabis the definitive portrait of McCartney, a man of contradictions and a consummate musician far more ruthless, ambitious, and moody than his relaxed public image implies. Based on original research and more than two hundred new interviews,Fabalso reveals for the first time the full story of his two marriages, romances, family feuds, phenomenal wealth, and complex relationships with his fellow ex-Beatles.

     
Beatles deeper undercover
Kristofer K. Engelhardt.
Burlington, Ont. : Collectors Guide Pub., c2010.
Focusing exclusively on more than 1,000 musical endeavours shared between more than 300 artists, this updated continuation of the critically acclaimed Beatles Undercover contains new chapters, previously unpublished interviews, and exclusive firsthand information on the Fab Four from the artists who knew them best. An exhaustively researched, highly detailed discography of the Beatles' musical contributions is also included, giving a clear look into their songwriting and recording processes. Many of the Beatles' contributions to other artists' recordings were done anonymously and are documented here for the first time, making this an extremely valuable book for any Beatles fan.
     
Paul is undead : the British zombie invasion
Alan Goldsher.
New York : Gallery Books, 2010.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S TIME TO REALLY MEET THE BEATLES. For John Lennon, a young, idealistic zombie guitarist with dreams of global domination, Liverpool seems the ideal place to form a band that could take over the world. In an inspired act, Lennon kills and reanimates local rocker Paul McCartney, kicking off an unstoppable partnership. With the addition of newly zombified guitarist George Harrison and drummer/Seventh Level Ninja Lord Ringo Starr, the Beatles soon cut a swath of bloody good music and bloody violent mayhem across Europe, America, and the entire planet. In this searing oral history, discover how the Fab Four climbed to the Toppermost of the Poppermost while stealing the hearts, ears, and brains of smitten teenage girls. Learn the tale behind a spiritual journey that resulted in the dismemberment of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Marvel at the seemingly indestructible quartet's survival of a fierce attack by Eighth Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono. And find out how the boys escaped eternal death at the hands of England's greatest zombie hunter, Mick Jagger. Through all this, one mystery remains: Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four are zombies, and zombies live forever. . . .
     
Paul is undead : the British zombie invasion
Alan Goldsher.
[Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, p2010
  1. Unabridged.
  2. Read by Simon Vance.
  3. Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four "are" zombies, and zombies live forever ....
     

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5th Beatle FAQ's

The Beatles were a highly significant English rock band. They are one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful popular music bands in history. Their creative music and style helped to define the 1960s. The Beatles' impact went beyond their music. Their clothes, hairstyles, and statements made them trendsetters.

Did you know?

  • The Beatles released 219 songs. Some were number one hits in Britain and not in America and others were number one hits in America and not in Britain.
  • It only took them one day to record their first album entitled "Please Please Me." 
  • Their first American concert was at the Washington DC Coliseum on Feb. 11, 1964. 
  • "Beatlemania" was a term used to describe the young, screaming teenage fans with a high level of interest in the rock-and-roll band.
  • The Beatles appeared in four movies, A Hard Day's Night, Help!, Yellow Submarine, and Let It Be and one TV special, Magical Mystery Tour.
  • The Fifth Beatle was played by many. There were musicians who played and recorded songs with the group, those that worked behind the scenes and others that just hung out with them.
  • They performed their last concert for paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on August 29, 1966.
  • The Beatles had thirty-five Grammy Award nominations and took home seven statuettes.
  • George Harrison was the first to have a number one solo hit after the end of their partnership.
  • The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff