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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Remembering the British Invasion

This week marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the United States. The group landed in New York City on February 7, and they performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Februrary 9. I’ve been a fan of The Beatles since I was a child. I’m also a giant book nerd, so I’ve read books upon books of Beatles trivia. Every year there are new books about the band along with revelations about recording sessions and nuanced meanings of songs. I’ve compiled list of a few Beatlescentric titles that I love and some that are recent releases that look great.

The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles 

Spanning the Beatles' years growing up in Liverpool and their ride to fame, all the way through to their breakup, "The Beatles Anthology" is warm, funny, poignant, and bold. This is the inside story of the group, in the members' own words and featuring previously unseen photos and memorabilia. This volume has been created with the full cooperation of Paul, George, Ringo, and Yoko Ono Lennon--through painstaking compilation of sources worldwide, John's words are equally represented.

 The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story by Vivek Tiwary, Andrew Robinson, and Kyle Baker

The Fifth Beatle is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles - from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom. Yet more than merely the story of "The Man Who Made the Beatles," The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

The first volume in a projected trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian.
 A Hard Day's Write by Steve Turner

A lavishly illustrated, rollicking account of the real people and events that inspired the Beatles' lyrics.
The Beatles are Here! by Penelope Rowlands

The arrival of the Beatles was one of those unforgettable cultural touchstones. Through the voices of those who witnessed it or were swept up in it indirectly, The Beatles Are Here! explores the emotional impact some might call it hysteria of the Fab Four s February 1964 dramatic landing on our shores.

A fitting tribute to possibly the greatest pop band ever - The Beatles. This outstanding hard-cover edition features over 1100 pages with full scores and lyrics to all 210 titles recorded by The Beatles. Guitar and bass parts are in both standard notation and tablature. Also includes a full discography.

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