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Beatles author Spizer to discuss 50th anniversary of Beatlemania at free event

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The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles announced Jan. 17 that Bruce Spizer, who has written a series of books on the Beatles' history and is considered one of the world's leading experts on the group, will discuss the evolution of Beatlemania in the U.S. 50 years ago and some of the amazing stories of how the Beatles' fame exploded in America in a free audio-visual presentation at the museum at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

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Spizer will recall how the Beatles were originally turned down by Capitol Records and how the group ended up on a Chicago-based label specializing in gospel and R&B recordings. He'll also discuss who the first disc jockey to play a Beatles record in America was, what prompted Ed Sullivan to book the Beatles for three shows at a time the group was virtually unknown in the U.S. and the role Walter Cronkite played in the Beatles' story. After the presentation, Spizer will sign copies of his book.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required and members receive priority seating. To reserve a seat, e-mail programs@grammymuseum.org. The museum is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles.

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