Beatlefan, which announced a new issue by email on Feb. 23, is the latest of several more magazines to cover the Beatles' 50th anniversary. The new issue, according to editor Bill King, includes essays by historians Bruce Spizer and Allan Kozinn on the significance of “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” reports on the Beatles CBS-TV special, and comparisons of the two editions of Mark Lewisohn's books by Harry Castleman and Walter Podrazik, authors of the pioneering Beatles discography “All Together Now,” and much more. For more information on subscribing or getting a sample issue, see the magazine's Facebook page.
But two other magazines out since our review of a group of 50th anniversary magazines are LIFE's “Paul: 50 Years After the British Invasion” and “Beatlemania! Life Story!” “Paul” (available in hardcover in early March) is a tribute to McCartney's life as a Beatle and later. As is usual with LIFE book, the photos are wonderful and include a special portfolio by photographer Harry Benson. This one is a keeper. “Life Story” goes deep into Beatle history with contributions from Bruce Spizer, Mitch Axelrod of Fab 4 Free 4 All, Anne Raso, Kevin Zimmerman and Jeff Augsburger. The text is the thing here and the contributions are very good.
Beatles go samba: “Block of Sgt. Pepper” brought a Beatles fair to the streets of Costa Rica Saturday, according to the newspaper El Globo, which said the group played Beatles songs in Samba rhythm. They opened with “A Hard Day's Night.”
He flew the Beatles: Latest of the unknown Beatles stories to surface for the 50th anniversary was this one in the Ridgefield Press about the man who piloted the Beatles' plane from London to New York in 1964. According to Dick Mayhew, he said the Beatles “seemed to be learning how to meet the public and were having fun.”
Lewisohn's extended edition update: For anyone who didn't get a copy of the extended "Author's cut" of "All These Years," there is what appears to be a little hopeful news. It's listed back on Amazon.co.uk as "temporarily out of stock." There is no indication of when it'll come back, however.
More 50th: What did it look like to see the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show”? A charming YouTube video you can see on this page shows a six-month old and a 10-year-old reacting to the Beatles. Priceless.
Interview with David Bedford: The latest edition of “Things We Said Today,” the weekly Beatles news show co-hosted by Ken Michaels (“Every Little Thing”) and myself, is an interview with David Bedford, author of “The Fab One Hundred and Four” and the incredible “Liddypool: Birthplace of the Beatles.” If you missed it over the weekend on Fab4Radio.com, you can listen to it or download now at our Podbean.com site. You can also catch up on our other past shows there.
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