A film crew from a Russian TV channel said to be the largest in the country visited Liverpool Tuesday to interview contributors to “The Beatles And Me,” a new book of Beatles stories and pictures book that is scheduled to be published Friday in the UK, author Dean Johnson told Beatles Examiner today.
One of the contributors the crew met with was Al Peters, who shared his story of how then-Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe borrowed some Gene Vincent albums from him in the early 60s prior to the Beatles going to Hamburg. The interview took place outside the building that was formerly the Liverpool School Of Art where John Lennon befriended Sutcliffe.
According to “The Beatles and Me,” Peters said Sutcliffe came to his mother's house one day to see his collection of Gene Vincent records.
“He called at my mother's house in Huyton to see if he could borrow some albums. I remember my mother saying that there was a strange young man at the door with swept back hair wearing shades and a long coat (typical art student attire of the time) inquiring about my collection. I agreed to lend him my Gene Vincent LPs on condition that he returned them in as good a condition. Anyway he borrowed a couple of albums prior to leaving for Hamburg.”
Peters said Sutcliffe returned the albums about a month later. The albums included Vincent's cover of “Ain't She Sweet,” which the Beatles later recorded. Peters believes the loan of the albums to Sutcliffe influenced the Beatles in the decision to cover it.
“The Beatles And Me,” which features previously unknown pictures and stories of Beatles fans' encounters with the Fab Four, was assembled under a tight deadline this week. The book will feature previously unseen photos of Paul and Linda McCartney and a story about a 1962 Beatles gig shortly after Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best on drums where a discarded invoice that mentioned the Beatles was rescued from a trash bin,
The book is scheduled to be published Friday, on the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles “Please Please Me” album. The news report will be screened on Friday across Russia and on the internet
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