Author(s): Brian Southall
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, with their first number one, and their first album. From the time they were formed in 1962, through to their break-up eight years later, the Beatles were associated with a multitude of items, places and people. This illustrated collection focuses on 100 of the most important of those 'objects' - which heralded landmark moments, career changing achievements or curious episodes in the life of a Beatle. From tickets to records, instruments to memorabilia, clothes and the stories and histories behind them - including the drum kit Ringo purchased in 1960 and a copy of 'My Bonnie' (the band's first professional recording) and a ticket for Candlestick Park (the Fab Four's last concert); here are 100 amazing objects that tell the story of the Beatles as never before.
Brian Southall began writing about pop music in the 1960s on a local newspaper before graduating to the likes of Melody Maker and Disc. He then pursued a 30-year career in the record business working for A&M, Tamla Motown, EMI and Warner Music. His first book - the official history of Abbey Road Studios - was published in 1982 and since then he has written many music-related books, including the Sex Pistols 90 Days at EMI, Northern Songs - the story of the Beatles music publishing; Pop Goes To Court; and most recently The Rise & Fall of EMI.
From the drum kit Ringo purchased in 1960 and a copy of 'My Bonnie' (the band's first professional recording) to a ticket for Candlestick Park (the Fab Four's last concert) and a copy of 'Free As A Bird' (the single that was released after John and George were dead), this book contains 100 amazing objects that tell the story of the Beatles as never before. Tickets, records, instruments, memorabilia, clothes and all sorts of items will cause you to re-think what you thought you knew all about John, Paul, George and Ringo.