- Detailed UK and US discographies, including release dates and chart positions
- A thoroughly researched collection of facts and trivia guaranteed to delight and enthral any fan of the group, young and old
- Considerable media focus on The Beatles expected in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the release of the ground-breaking Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
This fact-filled volume includes UK and US discographies with full track listings and chart positions; a complete list of live performances from 1960 to 1969; a look at the origins of the group’s name; quotes about them from such names as Mick Jagger, Steven Spielberg, Tony Blair, and Francis Rossi; other musicians who temporarily or nearly joined them, from early stand-in drummers to heavyweights such as Eric Clapton and Billy Preston; their producers, management and ‘inner circle’; their connections with Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Badfinger and others; their British radio and television appearances; the ‘Paul is dead’ story that gripped some of the media in the late 1960s; the album titles and films that nearly were but ultimately were not; and much, much more.
Although the focus is on the group up to their split in 1970, there are also brief surveys of their solo careers and solo album listings. As they might have said, ‘…and you know that can’t be bad’.
John Van der Kiste has published over sixty books, including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria’s Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II, The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family, Alfred – Queen Victoria’s Second Son, Prussian Princesses, Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra, Before and After, and We Can Swing Together: The Story of Lindisfarne. He lives in Devon.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 160 pages
Illustrations: 32 black-and-white and colour photographs