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Beatles news: New book on Dakota history; CNN 'The Sixties' returns; Mark Rivera

A new book, “The Dakota Scrapbook, Volume 1, The Exterior,” looks at the history of the famed building where John Lennon lived and Yoko Ono still does). Author Cardinal told Beatles Examiner he finds the building fascinating.

Pages from the new book “The Dakota Scrapbook, Volume 1, The Exterior” that looks at the famous building's history.
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“I am a third-generation New Yorker. I am also a third-generation Beatles fan. So I have been familiar with the Upper West Side and John Lennon my entire life. I grew up watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade from across the street of the Dakota,” he said.

“When others were watching the balloons I was always looking past them and into the Dakota's window and daydreaming about what was going on inside. Yes, I daydreamed about John Lennon and Yoko and their amazing apartment(s), but also about some of the other amazing residents and guests such as Lillian Gish, Boris Karloff, Lauren Bacall, Zero Mostel and more.

“What happened to John Lennon in 1980 was beyond horrible for his friends, family, Beatles fans, and humanity. It is also the worst thing to ever happen to the Dakota. It upsets me that people walk to West 72nd Street, stand in front of the south entry, and smile, and have their photo taken so they can show their friends that they were there. Most people never even look 12 inches to the left, right, or look up too see how extraordinary the Dakota is.”

Cardinal says his private memorabilia collection was the foundation for the book. It was also used for an associated forthcoming documentary on the Dakota.

Back to "The Sixties": CNN's “The Sixties” series, which previewed its “The British Invasion” segment in February, begins a full run May 29 with “Television Comes of Age.” “The British Invasion” program will be repeated July 10, and the entire series will be seen in a marathon showing July 3.

“The British Invasion” features the Beatles, of course, but a lot of other music, too. Those interviewed for the show include Michelle Phillips, Micky Dolenz, Dave Clark, Smokey Robinson and Graham Nash. One of the nice things of the show is that the vintage footage is not all the usual stuff. And “The British Invasion” isn't the only part in the 10-hour series that discusses music. “Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll,” which premieres Aug. 7, looks at the cultural changes brought about by '60s music.

The series takes on all sorts of cultural topics of the decade: television, politics, world events, the assassination of President Kennedy, the war in Vietnam, civil rights, the space race, gay rights and the feminist movement. One hour is devoted to the events of the year 1968.

In connection with the series, a special “A Look Into the Sixties” exhibit opened today at Vanderbilt Hall in New York's Grand Central Terminal. The exhibit includes a Beatles butcher cover album and other '60s artifacts.

Cutting Room show: Ringo All-Starr Band music director Mark Rivera will return to the Cutting Room for a solo show June 13, it was announced May 27. His “Common Bond” album is nothing short of fantastic.

More Beatles books: A few more Beatles books to look into. “The Beatles Through Headphones: The Quirks, Peccadilloes, Nuances and Sonic Delights of the Greatest Popular Music Ever Recorded” by Ted Armstrong, due in November, gives a specialized view of their catalog. “The Guitar's All Right As a Hobby, John” by Kathy Burns is a profile of John's Aunt Mimi.

And musicians and musicologists will be interested in “The Beatles Session Parts,” a music book coming in September that features 20 Beatles songs with transcriptions for the various instruments featured in each song. "A Day in the Life,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Got to Get You Into My Life,” “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “I Am the Walrus” are among those featured.