The “Beatles in America” magazine tribute to the Fabs' 50th anniversary in the States, which was released Dec. 3, is one of the better mass-market publications recalling the Beatles that we've seen. One reason is the well-known collection of authors who have contributed to it, among them Jonathan Gould, Mikal Gilmore, Gloria Steinem, Lester Bangs, Jon Wiener, Steve Turner, Ed Sanders (of the Fugs) and Peter Doggett. Not to mention the new interview with Ringo Starr (by Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli) and a 2004 talk with Paul McCartney (by Jon Wilde).
It's a very intelligently done magazine, a rarity in what you generally find at the supermarket racks, and well worth picking up.
PAUL McCARTNEY JOINS TRIBUTE BAND: Paul McCartney played onstage with a Beatles tribute band at a London restaurant when he was out with his family, the Daily Mail reported. McCartney joined the Japanese group the Parrots to sing "I Saw Her Standing There."
BBC McCARTNEY: Streaming for two more days on the BBC website is the recent Paul McCartney Maida Vale performance that includes songs from "NEW" and the Beatles. The full setlist is here. (Thanks to Fred Velez.)
THIS WEEK IN BEATLES HISTORY: What happened forty-nine years ago this week on the Billboard charts had to have been a rarity. It was a week when there were no Beatles songs in the Top 10. The highest ranking Beatle song that week was "I Feel Fine," which was debuting at #22. However, the Beatles were not without a mention. The #1 song that week was “Ringo” by Lorne Greene.
Beatles albums, however, were in the Top 100 LP list. The U.S. “A Hard Day's Night” soundtrack on United Artists was at #4, holding the same spot from the previous week, while “Something New” was at #7, down one spot. Also on the chart was “The Beatles Second Album” at #75, “The Beatles Song Book” by the Hollyridge Strings at #115 and the Supremes' “A Bit of Liverpool,” which we wrote about recently, at #116.
AUTHOR INTERVIEWS: This week's “Things We Said Today” radio show featuring myself and Ken Michaels has as our guest Al Sussman, author of “Changin' Times: 101 Days That Shaped a Generation,” We have a great discussion on what led to the rise of Beatlemania. Next week's show, which will premiere Saturday and Sunday on Fab4Radio.com, will be a chat with New York Times culture reporter and Beatles author Allan Kozinn, who has a new ebook, “Got That Something! How the Beatles' 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' Changed Everything.” With Allan, we talk about the song and more about Beatlemania, his experiences interviewing the Beatles and what might be coming to the Beatles racks in stores in the future. You won't want to miss either of these. You can find all our shows on our website.
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