Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
Out next June. Available for advance order now from Amazon.
In August 1965, during a sweltering heatwave, 56,000 people traveled by plane, car, bus, ferry, and subway train to pack New York's Shea Stadium on a Sunday evening—not for a baseball game, but for a rock and roll concert. This idea was the crazy dream of concert promoter Sid Bernstein. No rock band had ever played a baseball stadium, and no one believed he could pull it off. But on that glorious night, The Beatles sold out Shea Stadium, shattering all existing box office and attendance records in show business history. Oh, and they also changed the world.
Against the backdrop of a remarkably volatile year in our nation's history, Top of the Mountain: The Beatles at Shea Stadium, 1965 delivers all the detail and excitement of Shea and the spirited, curious new generation who would soon claim the decade for its own. Told through first-person interviews and quotes, a unique cast of characters tells the story: celebrities then and celebrities now, writers, agents, producers, photographers, opening act performers, fans, security guards, radio personalities, cameramen, and media—all of whom were part of the night. Caryn Johnson (Whoopi Goldberg) and Steven Lento (Little Steven Van Zandt); future Beatle wives Linda Eastman and Barbara Bach; established stars like Bobby Vinton and Ed Sullivan; and artists hoping one day to equal this success, such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Felix Cavaliere and The Rascals, Marvin Gaye, and more share their memories of this remarkable night in Top of the Mountain.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Out in paperback in September. Order now from Amazon.
The Beatles are widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history and their career has been the subject of many biographies. Yet the band's historical significance has not received sustained academic treatment to date. In The Beatles' Reception in the 1960s, Kenneth L. Campbell uses the Beatles as a lens through which to explore the sweeping, panoramic history of the social, cultural and political transformations that occurred in the 1960s. It draws on audience reception theory and untapped primary source material, including student newspapers, to understand how listeners would have interpreted the Beatles' songs and albums not only in Britain and the United States, but also globally.
Taking a year-by-year approach, each chapter analyses the external influences the Beatles absorbed, consciously or unconsciously, from the culture surrounding them. Some key topics include race relations, gender dynamics, political and cultural upheavals, the Vietnam War and the evolution of rock music and popular culture. The book will also address the resurgence of the Beatles' popularity in the 1980s, as well as the relevance of The Beatles' ideals of revolutionary change to our present day.
This is essential reading for anyone looking for an accessible yet rigorous study of the historical relevance of the Beatles in a crucial decade of social change.
Monday, July 19, 2021
Out in September.
This book provides fresh insight into the creative practice developed by Paul McCartney over his extended career as a songwriter, record producer and performing musician. It frames its examination of McCartney’s work through the lens of the systems model of creativity developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and combines this with the research work of Pierre Bourdieu. This systems approach is built around the basic structures of idiosyncratic agents, like McCartney himself, and the choices he has made as a creative individual. It also locates his work within social fields and cultural domains, all crucial aspects of the creative system that McCartney continues to be immersed in. Using this tripartite system, the book includes analysis of McCartney’s creative collaborations with musicians, producers, artists and filmmakers and provides a critical analysis of the Romantic myth which forms a central tenet of popular music. This engaging work will have interdisciplinary appeal to students and scholars of the psychology of creativity, popular music, sociology and cultural studies.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
"Paul," a collection of photos by Harry Benson, is a very limited, very expensive book coming out from Taschen in August. Available to order from the publisher here.
A personal portrait of Paul McCartney by Harry Benson
Harry Benson began photographing the young Paul McCartney in 1964, a pivotal year for the Beatles when they took America by storm, toured the world, and made their movie debut with A Hard Day’s Night—all documented by the affable Scotsman. And when the Fab Four called it quits, it was Benson who was afforded intimate access to Paul and wife Linda, as Paul forged a new path creatively and personally.
Through Benson’s lens, Paul traces the evolution of its namesake as an icon, performer, and a devoted family man. We follow the musician at the height of his fame with the Beatles; in the recording studio with Linda and their band, Wings; with the family; behind the scenes and on stage during the 1975–76 “Wings Over America” tour; dancing the night away at a star-studded party on the Queen Mary to celebrate the band’s newest album; and with Linda on the couple’s farm in the U.K. in the early 1990s—a fittingly soft landing after so many years of flying high.
Featuring more than 100 color and black-and-white images by the legendary photojournalist, many never seen before, this collection is a window onto a one-of-a-kind artist, one who has remained somewhat enigmatic despite nearly a lifetime of being in the limelight.
Collector’s Edition of 600 copies (No. 101–700), each numbered and signed by Harry Benson. $750.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Some forthcoming releases. Click the links to order from Amazon.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Out July 1 and listed on Amazon. Written by Judith Kristen and illustrated by Eric Cash with an introduction by Paul's step-sister Ruth McCartney.
Four lads from a small town called Liverpool changed the face of Rock and Roll--forever. But their story is far more than one of music. It's about having dreams and making them come true. It's about the power of genuine friendship; it's about believing in yourself--and others--and living a life filled with heart, tenacity, and passion. John, Paul, George, and Ringo gave the musical world its Happily Ever After, and for this, a billion fans are eternally grateful. But, maybe even more than that, The Beatles' story is a heartfelt reminder to every one of us that it's not where you start that counts--it's how you finish.
Friday, March 26, 2021
Meat-free menus from the McCartney family. Available for order from Amazon now.
Over thirty years ago, Linda McCartney first blazed the trail for meat-free cooking, and around the table of the family home in East Sussex, she shared the pleasure that eating compassionately could bring. Now Paul, Mary and Stella bring Linda's kitchen up to date, re-inventing her best-loved recipes for the plant-based cook, alongside their favorite family stories and the dishes that they now eat at home.
The original food pioneer, Linda McCartney believed in great tasting, wholesome, meat-free food, and embraced kindness and compassion in everything she did. Her legacy lives on in Linda McCartney's Family Kitchen, a collection of 100 simple, fresh and inventive plant-based recipes that fit perfectly with how we want to eat now.
In Linda McCartney's Family Kitchen, Paul, Mary and Stella have re-imagined Linda's classic recipes, bringing them up to date for the modern, plant-based cook. Because how we eat is changing, with more and more people choosing a meat- and dairy-free diet, even if only for one or two days a week.
Alongside family favorites such as Pancakes, Chilled Avocado and Chili Soup, Aubergine Caponata and Shepherd's Pie, Paul, Mary and Stella share the dishes they cook most at home: Pad Thai, Pulled Jackfruit Burgers, Italian Tomato and Bread Salad and Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies to name just a few of the simple, nourishing and sustainable recipes included in this stylish book.
Complete with personal stories and intimate family photos spanning three decades, is not only good for you, but for the planet too.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Out Oct. 5, 2021, by Daniel Rachel. Available for pre-order from Amazon.
An award-winning music author takes a serious look at a playful question of pop history: what if the Beatles had created one more album?
What if the Beatles hadn't split up?
In Like Some Forgotten Dream, Penderyn award-winning music writer Daniel Rachel looks at what could have been. Rachel examines the missed opportunities and misunderstandings that led to the Fab Four's demise - and from the ashes compiles a track list for an imagined final album.
Based on years of research and strict criteria, Rachel suggests a thrilling alternative ending to the Beatles' legacy.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
“Sir Paul and I met regularly over a period of five years for two or three hour sessions in which we talked in a very intensive way about the background to a half dozen songs,” said Muldoon.
“In a strange way, our process mimicked the afternoon sessions he had with John Lennon when they wrote for the Beatles. We were determined never to leave the room without something interesting."
Muldoon described McCartney as 'a major literary figure' and a poet.
“He’s one of the most buoyant, upbeat people I know, but his general demeanour shouldn’t suggest that he’s anything but a deep thinker,” said Muldoon.
“He looks long and hard into every aspect of life and I believe readers, old and new, will be struck by a book that will show that side of him. He’s going to come out of this book as a major literary figure.
“His insights into his artistic process confirm a notion at which we had but guessed: that Paul McCartney is a major literary figure who draws upon, and extends, the long tradition of poetry in English.”
"The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present" is published as a two-volume book set Nov. 2. It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Paul has announced the Nov. 2 release a two-book collection titled "Lyrics 1956 to Present." The set is available for pre-order now from Amazon for $100.
‘More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life’ Paul McCartney, The Lyrics
In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career – from his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present. Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, it establishes definitive texts of the songs’ lyrics for the first time and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now. Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive – drafts, letters, photographs – never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
We learn intimately about the man, the creative process, the working out of melodies, the moments of inspiration. The voice and personality of Paul McCartney sings off every page. There has never been a book about a great musician like it.
‘I hope that what I’ve written will show people something about my songs and my life which they haven’t seen before. I’ve tried to say something about how the music happens and what it means to me and I hope what it may mean to others too’ - Paul McCartney
‘Based on conversations I had with Paul McCartney over a five year period, these commentaries are as close to an autobiography as we may ever come. His insights into his own artistic process confirm a notion at which we had but guessed — that Paul McCartney is a major literary figure who draws upon, and extends, the long tradition of poetry in English’ - Paul Muldoon
Each volume is 480 pages; not available separately.
The book's listing at Amazon UK features different box art:
Monday, December 21, 2020
Not out until May in the U.S., apparently, but you can order it via Amazon now.
Details from the publisher, Cherry Red Records:
We proudly present a new and updated edition of the author’s critically acclaimed 2002 title ‘Those Were The Days’ – the definitive chronicle of The Beatles’ Apple organisation.
Much has changed within the music industry since the original publication of ‘Those Were The Days’, and the music and business of The Beatles and Apple has not been exempt from those changes. Since 2002, the organisation has learned to function in a digital world, The Beatles have become a Las Vegas attraction and accompanying brand, and have taken tentative steps into a marketplace that now demands a steady supply of archival reissues and creative repackaging. Perhaps most notably, and ironically, Apple also undertook a lengthy legal battle with one of the most powerful organisations on the planet, the omnipresent Apple Inc., whose technology largely enabled those wholesale changes to an industry whose model was cemented by The Beatles’ unprecedented multi-media popularity during the 1960s and beyond.
Nevertheless, Apple and its extended stable of artists (Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, Badfinger, Billy Preston, Hot Chocolate and many more), has endured into the 21st Century. In fact, Apple never really went away. Having long been regarded as the Beatles’ great folly, the reality of the company tells a different tale – through its careful cultivation of the Beatles’ brand and the interests of many other artists, it continues to turn over millions of pounds a year and, in many ways, has evolved into the business The Beatles envisioned all those years ago.
This new and expanded edition of ‘Those Were the Days’ brings the still-evolving Apple saga up to date, adding a significant amount of new information and images to the original work. Having conducted countless interviews with key players within the organisation over a twenty five year period, the author here brings an unrivalled wealth of knowledge and insight to one of the most revolutionary organisations the entertainment industry has ever known. DIY before there was DIY, and proudly anti-establishment in ethos, Apple remains both a fascinating subject for Beatle fans, musicologists and students of the 20th Century, and a treasure trove of do’s and don’ts for the aspiring musical impresario.
Stefan Granados also contributes to Shindig and other publications, and is a producer for the U.K. reissue label RPM Records, for whom he has curated the celebrated Apple Music Publishing compilation series as well as working with Apple Corps on the reissues of albums by Lon and Derrek Van Eaton, Grapefruit, and Mortimer.
Monday, October 5, 2020
Coming up: "Vinylology: The Beatles Solo - The Ultimate Guide to U.K. LP pressing variations 1968-2000
Via Apcor Books:
The Beatles’ U.K. album discography basically covers just seven sweet years (1963-1970, not counting the numerous compilations and archive editions released since), and has been analyzed in many publications.A lot of people tend to forget that since the split, the four members have kept making music and releasing records, which are being collected all over the world. Strangely enough, the U.K. album output by John, George, Paul and Ringo has never been documented properly in book form.Denis Shabes has compiled the ultimate guide to the solo Beatles U.K. LP pressing variations released since 1968. From John and Yoko’s experimental Two Virgins to George’s excellent Wonderwall Music and from Paul’s The Family Way film soundtrack to Ringo’s Sentimental Journey, each and every LP is discussed in great detail, & spiced up with hundreds of colour photographs.Every insert, inner sleeve and even hype sticker is included, as is information on matrix numbers, how to date the original inner sleeves, minor (and major!) label and sleeve variations: It’s all in here! Every LP by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison ever released in the U.K. on vinyl is included, including Paul’s more or less experimental outings such as Thrillington and/or The Fireman and his orchestral works, plus the reissues on MFP and assorted labels. Not just the EMI/Apple years, but also their releases on labels such as Polydor, Dark Horse etc.
Apcor is proud to announce the release of this hardcover book which measures 21.5 x 30 cms, 332 glossy pages with more than 1,360 photos (!) and is stacked with detailed info on how to date a first pressing and recognize a reissue. Never before has the solo album discography been discussed in so much detail – the final word on JPGR’s U.K. solo albums.
The book retails at 40 Euros (excluding postage) and is now available from Apcor Books.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Out in April 2021 by Peter Doggett, author of "You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Break-up" and "The Art and Music of John Lennon."
John Lennon’s five-year retirement from the world of music, his brief comeback in 1980, and his brutal murder outside his New York home have become the stuff of legend. But the reality of his daily life during that period has been obscured by the mythology Lennon sold to the press in his final interviews, and which his widow Yoko Ono has maintained to this day.
Acknowledged Beatles expert Peter Doggett is a lifelong fan of Lennon, and the author of The Art And Music Of John Lennon, a detailed commentary on his entire artistic output. Several years ago, a mysterious set of circumstances led him to a room where he was able to read several of the ex-Beatle’s private diaries – never revealed to the public or represented accurately in other books about Lennon. What he learned forced him to confront everything he believed he knew about his hero, and also the profound influence that the musician had wielded over his own life – especially in the wake of Lennon’s death on December 8, 1980.
Prisoner Of Love is both a revelatory account of Lennon’s final years, based on the author’s access to the musician’s personal writings; and also a poignant memoir of a diehard fan who depended on Lennon for his sense of sanity during the darkest years of his life. The book brings together the tortured artist and the bereaved fan, in an account that will touch the heart of everyone who has ever fallen under the spell of this most charismatic of rock icons.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
An official anniversary book about the Beatles' "Get Back/Let it Be" project will arrive a year late, just like director Peter Jackson's documentary film, "The Beatles' Get Back," and, we presume, an anniversary "Let it Be" box set.
The book, also titled "The Beatles Get Back," was originally set for Sept. 1 release this year but will now appear on Aug. 31, 2021, to tie in with the release of Jackson's film.
Publisher Nicholas Callaway told Bookseller that he's been a Beatles fan since seeing them live as an audience member for one of the band's "Ed Sullivan Show" appearances.
Callaway Arts and Entertainment put in a bid 20 years ago to publish "The Beatles Anthology" book, but missed out.“Ever since then I’ve been knocking on their [Apple Corps] door, and we are very honored to be their publisher [for Let It Be]. They chose us over every other major publisher,” Callaway said.
He said the book provides a “fly on the wall view” of the band working on their penultimate album and the "Let it Be" film and features an introduction by Peter Jackson.
According to Bookseller:
The 240-page book’s principal text is from transcripts edited by journalist, writer and critic John Harris, columnist for the Guardian. Included are 200 photos by Linda Eastman, who married Paul McCartney shortly thereafter, and a young photographer, Ethan Russell, who “lucked out", as Callaway says, by being in the right place at the right time. Also between these pages – printed on what Callaway calls “the most beautiful uncoated paper ever made", Mohawk Superfine, are stills of the restored film footage that, he says, exemplifies the press’ commitment to combining advanced technology and book craftsmanship.
...While the complete promotional campaign is still in the works, Callaway has confirmed that in the US the book will be made available to all publishing channels via distributor Ingram, with a window display contest held for US independent bookstores over the Labor Day weekend. In addition, the book will be available in the five authorized Beatles stores worldwide that sell only Beatles’ products.
The most anticipated book in more than a decade by the legendary band, The Beatles: Get Back is the official account of the creation of their final album, Let It Be, told in The Beatles’ own words, illustrated with hundreds of previously unpublished images, including photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney. Half a century after the 1970 Let It Be album and film, this milestone book coincides with the global release of Peter Jackson’s documentary feature film, The Beatles: Get Back.
The book opens in January 1969, the beginning of The Beatles’ last year as a band. The BEATLES (The White Album) is at number one in the charts and the foursome gather in London for a new project. Over 21 days, first at Twickenham Film Studios and then at their own brand-new Apple Studios, with cameras and tape recorders documenting every day’s work and conversations, the band rehearse a huge number of songs, culminating in their final concert, which famously takes place on the rooftop of their own office building, bringing central London to a halt.
The Beatles: Get Back tells the story of those sessions through transcripts of the band’s candid conversations. Drawing on over 120 hours of sound recordings, leading music writer John Harris edits the richly captivating text to give us a fly-on-the-wall experience of being there in the studios. These sessions come vividly to life through hundreds of unpublished, extraordinary images by two photographers who had special access to their sessions―Ethan A. Russell and Linda Eastman (who married Paul McCartney two months later). Also included are many unseen high-resolution film-frames, selected from the 55 hours of restored footage from which Peter Jackson’s documentary is also drawn.
Legend has it that these sessions were a grim time for a band falling apart. However, as acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi writes in his introduction, “In fact this was a productive time for them, when they created some of their best work. And it is here that we have the privilege of witnessing their early drafts, the mistakes, the drift and digressions, the boredom, the excitement, joyous jamming and sudden breakthroughs that led to the work we now know and admire." Half a century after their final performance, this book completes the story of the creative genius, timeless music, and inspiring legacy of The Beatles.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
A new book about the Beatles' manager featuring the recollections of a man who reportedly carried out a four-year relationship with him.
Out Dec. 2. Order from Amazon now.
While Brian Epstein was basking in the attainment of fame with the Beatles and traveling worldwide, he also was struggling with a concealed darker side of life. The artists he managed had no knowledge of the demons Brian hid within, but due to a chance meeting, Larry Stanton became a mutual confidant. Hide Your Love Away takes place during the sixties music revolution with Brian in the forefront of historical changes and both in the midst of Hollywood and British luminaries. Notorious London gangsters and music moguls who played in the demise of the internationally recognized manager are disclosed. "Hide Your Love Away" narrates the details of Brian and Larry's four-year close and personal relationship and the introduction of a young manipulative man who became the toxic lover may be responsible for Brian's early death. "Hide Your Love Away" shares Brian and Larry's quest for true love and supportive companionship when the laws in England and the U.S. kept gay men and women locked in the closet.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
London, England, 1967. An explosion of recreational drugs has resulted in the emergence of an anti-establiment hippy culture, worsening crime rates and an increasingly paranoid tabloid press. A young and ambitious police officer joins the Metropolitan Police Drug Squad determined to right these emerging cultural wrongs.
His method? To tackle head on the most high-profile examples of wanton drug abuse. His targets? The celebrities, musicians and dilettantes all exploiting Britain’s burgeoning drugs trade, glamourising illegal activity and promoting their untouchable wealth and fame to an impressionable generation.
Bent Coppers is the electrifying true story of Norman Pilcher, the most infamous police officer in British law enforcement history. Truth and justice were the tenets of Pilcher’s war against crime in the capital, but they soon collapsed in a landslide of scandal, perjury and blazing newspaper headlines.
The man who arrested The Beatles and The Rolling Stones would pay the ultimate price for his service. Finally he sets the record straight.