New releases from the Beatles and related artists
CD & VINYL
24.07.20 TBC UMC - Virgin International 7 Discs
I found this in the TBC confirmed section on Amazon.
It's due to be released on the 24th July 2020, the unconfirmed date for Paul McCartney's Flaming Pie Archive Collection. It contains 7 discs - the Flaming Pie Archive Collection contains an unconfirmed 5xCD/2xDVD The Vinyl release is due a week earlier on the 17th July 2020. Finally the label is UMC - Virgin International - watch this space...
23.10.20 HOME AND AWAY 1964-1966 VINYL BOX SET The Beatles Imp 5 x Vinyl LP
DISC 1 17th June 1964 - Festival Hall, Melbourne,Australia / National Television Network Side One: I Saw Her Standing There / You Can t Do That / All My Loving / She Loves You /Till There Was You Side Two: Roll Over Beethoven / Can t Buy Me Love / Twist & Shout / Long Tall Sally
DISC 2 ITV Network UK / 19th July 1964 - ABC Theatre, Blackpool Side One: A Hard Day s Night / Things We Said Today / You Can t Do That / If I Fell / Long Tall Sally 1st August 1965 Side Two: I Feel Fine / I'm Down / Act Naturally / Ticket To Ride / Yesterday / Help!
DISC 3 Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia, USA - 2nd September 1964 WXPN 88.9 FM Side One: Twist & Shout / You Can t Do That / All My Loving / She Loves You / Things We Said Today / Roll Over Beethoven Side Two: Can't Buy Me Love / If I Fell / I Want To Hold Your Hand / Boys / A Hard Day s Night / Long Tall Sally
DISC 4 Palais Des Sports, Paris, France - 20th June 1965 Europe 1 Side One: 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 Side Two: A Hard Day s Night / Everybody s Trying To Be My Baby / Rock N Roll Music / I Feel Fine / Ticket To Ride / Long Tall Sally
DISC 5 Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan - 30th June 1966 NTV Channel Four Side One: Rock n Roll Music / She s A Woman / If I Needed Someone / Day Tripper / Baby s In Black Side Two: I Feel Fine / Yesterday / I Wanna Be Your Man / Nowhere Man / Paperback Writer / I m Down
It contains a 60 page hardback book, an A2 poster with many rare archival photographs and 5 x LP's of Beatles live performances from Australia, USA, France, Japan and the UK. The entire original National Television Network, ITV, WXPN 99.9 FM, Europe 1 and NTV Channel 4 broadcasts Presentation 10/10 then, but without hearing the actual LP's the 55 songs seem to be a mite thinly spread over a box set, although an argument could be made they've been released over 5 discs for better sound quality.
BLU RAY & DVD
Beatles Blu Ray & DVD releases will appear here...
30.04.20 FAB FOOLS: THE LAST EVER UNTOLD BEATLES STORY Jem Roberts Candy Jar Books Paperback Pages 200
There are many Beatles books out there but nobody has yet told the story of the greatest band of all time s real X factor, that special something which elevated them above all their competitors the Beatles comedy. Fab Fools is the full, detailed, hilarious story of how John, Paul, George and Ringo laughed their way to the toppermost of the poppermost their classic films, cartoons and even pantomime, not to mention their experimentations with audio comedy through Sir George Martin s Parlophone comedy classics series. The epic history brings in every comedy legend of the 1960s and beyond: George Formby, Ken Dodd, Morecambe & Wise, Cook & Moore, the Goons, Monty Python, the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, the Simpsons, Peter Serafinowicz, Tenacious D, all the way to Richard Curtis and his recent film Yesterday. And of course, no exploration of Beatles comedy would be complete without the first ever full print celebration of the Rutles Dirk, Stig, Nasty and Barry. With full support and participation of Neil Innes and friends, Fab Fools documents Eric Idle and co s creation of the most influential rock and roll spoof in history.
05.05.20 GEORGE HARRISON ON GEORGE HARRISON: INTERVIEWS AND ENCOUNTERS Ashley Kahn Chicago Review Press (US) Hardcover / Kindle Edition Pages 432
George Harrison on George Harrison is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of Harrison's most revealing and illuminating interviews, personal correspondence, and writings, spanning the years 1961 to 1997. Though known as ""the Quiet Beatle,"" Harrison was arguably the most thoughtful and certainly the most outspoken of the famous four. This compendium of his words and ideas proves that point repeatedly, revealing his passion for music, his focus on spirituality, and his responsibility as a celebrity, with a sense of deep commitment and humor as well.
28.05.20 HEY GRANDUDE Paul McCartney, Kathryn Durst Puffin Book & CD Pages 32
New York Times No.1 Bestseller - now including a story CD performed by the author, bringing the magic to life. From the legendary Paul McCartney - an action-packed picture-book adventure celebrating the fun that grandparents and grandchildren can have when their imaginations run wild.
Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer - a Mary Poppins for the modern day! With his magic compass he whisks his four grandkids off on whirlwind adventures, taking them all around the globe . . . Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches!
Beautifully imagined in a riot of colour by talented children's illustrator Kathryn Durst, it's the perfect bedtime story for little explorers.
This is a new paperback edition with an accompanying CD, featuring narration, instrumental music, and sound effects - all performed by the author himself.
Inspired by his own experience of being a 'Grandude' of eight, the picture book sees four youngsters and their grandfather travel the world on a host of magical adventures. Accompanied by Kathryn Durst's colourful illustrations, it's sure to take pride of place on any little one's bookshelf - OK MAGAZINE
28.05.20 IN LENNON'S GARDEN: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF JOHN'S FINAL YEARS Michael "Tree" Medeiros Diversion Books Hardcover Pages 256
Forty years after John Lennon's untimely death, his former gardener and assistant Michael Medeiros celebrates the Beatles legend with this honest and insightful recollection of the time he shared with John during his final, reclusive years and days at the Dakota.
Nearly a half-century after his sudden, untimely death, John Lennon’s gentle spirit and otherworldly talent live on in the hearts and minds of countless fans across the globe. The Beatles, which he cofounded with Paul McCartney in 1960, is the bestselling band in history, with more than 600 million records sold worldwide to date. And the witty, mercurial John―frequently cited among the best songwriters in history―was credited with writing many of the band’s most beloved hits. From his ingenious musical compositions, to his political activism, to his quirky relationship with Yoko Ono, the indefinable cultural icon that is John Lennon never ceases to amaze and confound, and his influence has reached across generations.
Now, four decades after his murder shocked the world, yet another side of John is revealed: one witnessed by Michael Medeiros, a gardener he and Yoko hired in 1977 to tend to their indoor garden. It was Michael who observed John’s parenting skills first-hand, who sailed with John in Bermuda, and who, on December 8, 1980, exchanged kind words with John before unwittingly shaking hands with his killer. A heartfelt tribute to Lennon, this book also ponders the artist’s evolution and insecurities, while uncovering new details of his unusual partnership with the ever-ambitious Yoko. Candidly recounting intimate conversations and encounters with Lennon in the last four years of his life, Michael’s story is a fresh, stirring perspective on a complex and brilliant man.
18.08.20 AND IN THE END: THE LAST DAYS OF THE BEATLES Ken McNab Polygon Hardcover / Paperback / Kindle Edition / Audiobook Pages 320
Ken McNab's And in the End: The Last Days of The Beatles is an in-depth look at the Fab Four's acrimonious final year...
31.08.20 JOHN LENNON: 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Guy Cavill G2 Entertainment Ltd Paperback Pages 128
On the 40th anniversary of John Lennon s death this book celebrates his richly fulfilled life which was so tragically cut short when he was murdered outside the Dakota Building New York, on the 8th December 1980.
15.09.20 PATTI BOYD: MY LIFE THROUGH A LENS Pattie Boyd Insight Editions Hardcover Pages 224
An extraordinary visual memoir from Pattie Boyd--model, photographer, and muse to rock 'n roll royalty. The former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd is perhaps the most famous muse of all time, inspiring Harrison's "Something" and Eric Clapton's "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight." Swept up into the height of Beatlemania as a young model, Boyd captured endless photographs of her years with the band, and later with Clapton. In Pattie Boyd: My Life Through A Lens, Boyd offers candid and intimate photographs of rock royalty and the elite social circles of the 60s and 70s, and also shares the drawings, paintings, and mementos collected from a life shared with pop-culture icons. Alongside it all are Boyd's own stirring reflections, giving a look into the golden age of rock 'n roll that only a woman at the center of it all could provide.
15.09.20 DEREK TAYLOR: FOR YOU RADIOACTIVE CHILDREN...DAYS IN THE LIFE OF THE BEATLES SPIN DOCTOR Andrew Darlington Sonicbond Publishing Paperback Pages 304
There are a million stories that take place within the arc of Derek Taylor's life. He lived a charmed life, which started on Saturday, 7 May 1932, in the Liverpool 17 suburb of Toxteth Park South, and saw him becoming a writer best known as the press agent for the Beatles. He became the band's friend and intimate across thirty years. Indeed, there are no shortage of claimants to the 'honorary' or 'fifth Beatle' status, but Derek's claim is more valid than most. His urbane charm, his easy intelligence, and the value of his contribution to the Beatles' collective story are beyond dispute. He put spin on stories decades before the term 'spin doctor' was concocted, with his droll, idiosyncratic way of speaking. It all began in 1964, when he co-wrote A Cellarful Of Noise, the best-selling autobiography of Brian Epstein. Soon after, he became Epstein's personal assistant and The Beatles' press agent. In 1965 he moved to Los Angeles, where he started his own public relations company, managing PR for bands like Paul Revere And The Raiders, The Byrds, and The Beach Boys. Brian Wilson called him a 'PR whiz' and 'a colourful, slick-talking Brit'. But he could also be a 'theatrical, slightly conspiratorial man' according to Ray Coleman. Derek was co-creator and producer of the historic Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He's there in song when John rhymes 'Derek Taylor' with 'Norman Mailer' in 'Give Peace A Chance'. He returned to England to work for the Beatles again as the press officer for the newly created Apple Corps. This is the definitive biography of a man that was at the heart of the music world of the 1960s and 1970s. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Beatles of course, but also to anyone yearning for a deep dive into the colourful world of a man who helped define a era.
17.09.20 WHO KILLED JOHN LENNON? THE LIVES, LOVES AND DEATHS OF THE GREATEST ROCK STAR Lesley-Ann Jones John Blake Hardcover Pages 400
Late on 8 December 1980, the world abruptly stopped turning for millions, as news broke that the world's most beloved bard had been gunned down in cold blood in New York city. The most iconic Beatle left behind an unrivalled catalogue of music and legions of faithful disciples - yet his profound legacy has brought with it as many questions and contradictions as his music has provided truths and certainties.
In this compelling exploration, acclaimed music biographer Lesley-Ann Jones unravels the enigma that was John Lennon to present a complete portrait of the man, his life, his loves, his music, his untimely death and, ultimately, his legacy.
Pulling back the many layers, Jones closely tracks the life events and personality traits that led to Lennon living in self-imposed exile in New York, where he was shot dead outside his apartment on that fateful autumn day.
Who, or what, really killed John Lennon? And when did the 'real' John Lennon die?
Using fresh first-hand research, unseen material and exclusive interviews with the people who knew Lennon best, Jones' search for answers offers a spellbinding, 360-degree view of one of the world's most iconic music legends. Who Killed John Lennon? delves deep into psyche of the world's most storied musician - the good, the bad and the genius - forty years on from his tragic death.
29.09.20 GEORGE HARRISON: BE HERE NOW Barry Feinstein, Chris Murray, Donovan Rizzoli International Publications Hardcover Pages 208
Never-before-seen candids and ephemera of "the quiet Beatle" during his meteoric solo career, as captured by his friend and famed photographer Barry Feinstein. On hand from 1970 to 1972 for Harrison's blockbuster "Triple Crown"--the release of All Things Must Pass; The Concert for Bangladesh; and Living in the Material World, which helped make Harrison the best-selling post-breakup Beatle, Barry became good friends with George during the three-plus years they worked together. Feinstein captured George Harrison at home, in his garden, onstage, and in the studio. Nearly all the images are previously unpublished.
The book contains never-before-seen ephemera related to these seminal releases during George's most richly creative time post-Beatles, including handwritten letters talking about album ideas, album-cover thoughts, and putting together the Concert for Bangladesh. This collection also features beloved performers that George convened for that Concert for Bangladesh--where Barry was the only sanctioned photographer onstage--including George's friends Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, and Billy Preston.
The book coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of All Things Must Pass. George Harrison: Be Here Now is a deeper visual dive that the significantly large and passionate Beatles/George Harrison fandom will want to add to their collection.
08.10.20 JOHN LENNON: THE FINAL DAYS Kenneth Womack Omnibus Press Paperback Pages 288
John Lennon, 1980: The Final Days in the Life of Beatle John tells the story of the legendary musician's incredible last year. For Lennon, 1980 had begun as a ceaseless shopping spree in which he and wife Yoko Ono fell into the doldrums of purchasing blue-chip real estate and indulging their every whim. But for John, that pivotal year would climax in several moments of creative triumph as he rediscovered his artistic self in dramatic fashion, only to be cut down by an assassin's bullets on Monday, December 8th, 1980, in the prime of a new life that was only just beginning to blossom.
13.10.20 150 GLIMPSES OF THE BEATLES Craig Brown Farrar, Straus and Giroux Hardcover Pages 608
A distinctive portrait of the Fab Four by one of the sharpest and wittiest writers of our time
Though fifty years have passed since the breakup of the Beatles, the fab four continue to occupy an utterly unique place in popular culture. Their influence extends far beyond music and into realms as diverse as fashion and fine art, sexual politics and religion. When they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, fresh off the plane from England, they provoked an epidemic of hoarse-throated fandom that continues to this day.
Who better, then, to capture the Beatles phenomenon than Craig Brown--the inimitable author of Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret and master chronicler of the foibles and foppishness of British high society? This wide-ranging portrait of the four lads from Liverpool rivals the unique spectacle of the band itself by delving into a vast catalog of heretofore unexamined lore.
When actress Eleanor Bron touched down at Heathrow with the Beatles, she thought that a flock of starlings had alighted on the roof of the terminal--only to discover that the birds were in fact young women screaming at the top of their lungs. One journalist, mistaken for Paul McCartney as he trailed the band in his car, found himself nearly crushed to death as fans climbed atop the vehicle and pressed their bodies against the windshield. Or what about the Baptist preacher who claimed that the Beatles synchronized their songs with the rhythm of an infant's heartbeat so as to induce a hypnotic state in listeners? And just how many people have employed the services of a Canadian dentist who bought John Lennon's tooth at auction, extracted its DNA, and now offers paternity tests to those hoping to sue his estate?
150 Glimpses of the Beatles is, above all, a distinctively kaleidoscopic examination of the Beatles' effect on the world around them and the world they helped bring into being. Part anthropology and part memoir, and enriched by the recollections of everyone from Tom Hanks to Bruce Springsteen, this book is a humorous, elegiac, and at times madcap take on the Beatles' role in the making of the sixties and of music as we know it.
13.10.20 THE BEATLES FROM A TO ZED: AN ALPHABETIC MYSTERY TOUR Craig Brown Farrar, Straus and Giroux Hardcover Pages 608
A legendary record producer and performer takes readers on an alphabetical journey of insights into the music of the Beatles and individual reminiscences of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
Peter Asher met the Beatles in the spring of 1963, the start of a lifelong association with the band and its members. He had a front-row seat as they elevated pop music into an art form, and he was present at the creation of some of the most iconic music of our times.
Asher is also a talented musician in his own right, with a great ear for what was new and fresh. Once, when Paul McCartney wrote a song that John Lennon didn't think was right for the Beatles, Asher asked if he could record it. "A World Without Love" became a global No. 1 hit for his duo, Peter & Gordon. A few years later Asher was asked by Paul McCartney to help start Apple Records; the first artist Asher discovered and signed up was a young American singer-songwriter named James Taylor. Before long he would be not only managing and producing Taylor but also (having left Apple and moved to Los Angeles) working with Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond, Robin Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Cher, among others.
The Beatles from A to Zed grows out of his popular radio program "From Me to You" on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel, where he shares memories and insights about the Fab Four and their music. Here he weaves his reflections into a whimsical alphabetical journey that focuses not only on songs whose titles start with each letter, but also on recurrent themes in the Beatles' music, the instruments they played, the innovations they pioneered, the artists who influenced them, the key people in their lives, and the cultural events of the time.
Few can match Peter Asher for his fresh and personal perspective on the Beatles. And no one is a more congenial and entertaining guide to their music.
15.10.20 GET BACK The Beatles
The book to accompany the release of the new Beatles film 'Get Back'
03.11.20 THE BEATLES 101: A GUIDE TO THE BEATLES IN 101 MOMENTS, RECORDS AND STORIES Vikki Reilly Polaris Paperback Pages -
The Beatles are not only a rock n' roll group, but a social and cultural phenomenon that have captivated music fans for decades. For many, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr changed everything. This guide distils their amazing story into 101 informative and entertaining chapters, taking you from their rough and ready early Liverpool days through their world-shattering success in sound, stage and screen, to an afterlife that could never have been predicted when they first started out. Here, you'll find facts and figures about their chartbusting songs, albums and films, meet the people that helped them along the way, and visit milestones and controversies such as their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, meeting Elvis Presley, John Lennon's 'Bigger than Jesus' comments, experimenting with drugs and the avant-garde, and starting up Apple. The Beatles 101 is a perfect introduction for new fans, a refresher for superfans, and ideal reading for quizmasters everywhere.