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Cliff Richard, The Beatles, The Tornados, Joe Brown et al: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1963

MIKE BERRY burst into the second half to the throbbing beat of 'La Bamba'. Close on its heels came his current release 'My Little Baby' ...

A Hard Day's Surfin' Safari: When Brian Met Macca

Memoir by Derek Taylor, World Countdown News, 1967

When Beatles press officer Derek Taylor swapped Swinging Britain for LA's Sunset Strip in 1965, he played a pivotal part in bringing the worlds of ...

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, July 1987

AND ONCE THE tumult and the shouting have died, and life returns to something resembling normality... Sgt. Pepper remains a central pillar of the mythology ...

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Gypsy Dave with The Beatles in India (1981)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1981

Travel with Donovan-acolyte Gypsy Dave to the ashram at Rishikesh to witness The Beatles meeting the Maharishi. Gypsy Dave is the cynic in the camp, and makes his escape with Ringo and Maureen.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.8mb; Interview length: 21' 38"; sound quality: **

Paul McCartney (2003)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2003

A long, free-flowing conversation, during which Paul talks about Phil Spector and Let It Be, on his relationship with Yoko and the "whose name first" saga, and the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison, plus much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 75.8mb, total interview length: 1h 22' 44" sound quality: ****

Richard Lester (2004)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2004

Film director Lester looks back at A Hard Day's Night, Help!, working with Lennon on How I won The War, and his life as a film maker.

File format: mp3; file size: 51.2mb, interview length: 55' 53" sound quality: ***

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Newcomers To The Charts: Liverpool's Beatles Wrote Their Own Hit

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, October 1962

MAKING THEIR NME Chart debut with 'Love Me Do' this week are the Beatles, a vocal-instrumental group who hail from Liverpool, the birthplace of such ...

You've Pleased-Pleased Us Say The Beatles

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1963

THINGS ARE beginning to move for the Beatles, the r-and-b styled British group which crashed back into the NME Chart this week at No. 17. ...

Beatles Beatles

Report and Interview by Wesley Laine, Record Mirror, February 1963

WHETHER YOU like them or not, you've got to admit that the Beatles are just about the most talked-about group on the British beat scene. ...

The Beatles: New Album and Single

Report and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1963

THERE'S been a lot of stuff written on the Beatles lately. Rightly, too, for they happen to be in the class of the rarest performers ...

Beatles Almost Threw 'Please Please Me' Away

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1963

THE BEATLES opened a copy of the NME and gazed proudly at the Charts when 'Please Please Me' hit the top recently. It was a ...

The Hamburg Scene: An NRM Special Report

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1963

WHERE, WOULD you reckon, is the greatest training ground for British beat singers and groups? ...

Throat Sweets Keep Us Going Say Beatles!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1963

A NEVER-ENDING supply of throat sweets is one of the secrets behind the continued success of the Beatles, who come crashing into the NME Chart ...

Billy J. Kramer Adds To Liverpool Chart Invasion!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1963

FIRST THE BEATLES, then Gerry and the Pacemakers. Now a new Liverpool name, Billy J. Kramer, looks set to take the NME Chart by storm ...

Top Acts Explain The Beat-Boom

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

IAN DOVE quizzes SHADOWS, TORNADOS, BEATLES, JET & TONY, and GERRY & PACEMAKERS ...

The 'Twist And Shout' Battle Hots Up! (And How The NME Helped)

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1963

THERE'S A long and fascinating story behind the big come-back success of 'Twist And Shout' (now with three versions in the best-sellers) — and it's ...

Close-Up on Paul McCartney, a Beatle

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1963

I WENT roof-climbing with the Beatles – up a rickety wooden ladder, over drainpipes, and past the huge chimney-pots of London's plush Washington Hotel. The ...

The Beatles: With The Beatles (Parlophone)

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1963

WITH THE BEATLES IS THE TITLE OF THE FANTASTIC NEW BEATLES ALBUM. HERE'S A DETAILED REVIEW BY PETER JONES ...

The Beatles: Backstage at the London Palladium

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1963

The Man Who Guides The Stars Behind The Scenes ...

The Beatles: The One Who Got Away

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, February 1964

PETE BEST is the Beatle who got away. The drummer who was replaced by Ringo Starr just before the boys hit the big time. What ...

When the Beatles Arrived in America, 1964

Essay by Michael Lydon, Yale Daily News, February 1964

NOTE: When the Beatles hit America in the winter of 1964, the event created a tidal wave in pop music that swept all before it. ...

The Beatles: Music's Gold Bugs

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Saturday Evening Post, March 1964

BRIAN SOMMERVILLE is a balding 32-year-old Londoner whose jaw juts out like the southeast corner of England when he thinks he is about to say ...

Sshhh!!!!! Silence!!! Lights!!! Camera!!! Action!!! It's Those Beatles!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, May 1964

BEATLES HERE. Beatles there. Beatles tearing about everywhere, down at Twickenham film studios. I didn't expect any of them to have time for a chat, ...

The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (Dir: Richard Lester)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1964

It's a Great Day's Night! ...

The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (Parlophone)

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1964

AND THEIR NEW LP... ...

Brian Epstein: A Cellarful Of Noise (Souvenir Press)

Book Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, October 1964

The night George got a black eye… ...

John Lennon: Happy Birthday to the Head Beatle

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, October 1964

Although The Beatles have never officially had a leader, John Lennon has always been regarded as Beatle-boss because of his major role in their success. ...

Ringo Talks About El

Interview by Keith Matthews, Record Mirror, November 1964

ALTHOUGH the Beatles are continually quoted and misquoted, interpreted and misinterpreted, they don't really mind what is said about them. ...

The Beatles: Big Four on T.V.

Report by Vicki Wickham, Fabulous, November 1964

"Hello, whack. What a rush, but we're here. Is there possibly anything to eat — we're starving?" It could only be The Beatles. ...

Beatles Praise L.A.! Hull, Taylor Visiting Scene Of Beatle Movie

Report by Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, March 1965

KRLA's Dave Hull and Derek Taylor are on Nassau, guests of the Beatles during filming of their second movie. Their reports and interviews are being ...

Beatle Quotes: It's Not Quiet In Studio As Beatles Make New Disc

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, March 1965

WHILE THE Beatles filmed in the Bahamas, George Martin, (the Beatles recording manager), sat back in London listening to tapes of the last recording session. ...

The Fab Four Step On The Gas

Report by Nancy Lewis, Fabulous, March 1965

Talk with any boy, and chances are he has a real interest in cars. And our pop star friends are certainly no exception! Brand new ...

The Beatles: Hullabalooer and Ringo

Interview by Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, March 1965

THE REPORT that the Beatles planned to name their second movie "Eight Days a Week" proved to be about 25 per cent correct. The first ...

George Harrison: Beatle Plans Revealed

Interview by Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, April 1965

More of Hull-Taylor Interview Tells About Beatles' Life ...

George Harrison: Beatles Plans Revealed

Interview by Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, April 1965

THE RECENT Beatle interviews by Derek Taylor and Dave Hull – broadcast over KRLA – have attracted widespread interest and enthusiasm. ...

John Lennon: Beatle Rumors Ended!

Interview by Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, April 1965

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of Beatle interviews by Dave Hull and Derek Taylor, who talked to John, Paul, George and ...

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones et al: NME Poll Winners' Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1965

IT WAS THE GREATEST POP SHOW ON EARTH ...

The Beatles: Let's Talk With Paul

Interview by Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, April 1965

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of Beatle interviews by Dave Hull and Derek Taylor, who talked to John, Paul, George and ...

The Beatles: Making A Gold Record

Report by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, May 1965

ST. JOHN'S WOOD is very much London. Solid and a little old. But nice and comfortable, and not yet shabby. The buildings have dignity and ...

Here Come The Beatles!

Memoir by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, May 1965

Liverpool 4 Here In August ...

How The Beatles Spend An Evening

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1965

IT WAS A typical quiet evening at London's Savoy Hotel. Quiet that is until the Beatles turned up to see Bob Dylan. They all trooped ...

Derek Taylor's Life With The Beatles

Memoir by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, June 1965

Recalls First Meeting When He Marveled At Their Magnetism ...

Derek Taylor Recalls Early Beatle Appeal

Memoir by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, June 1965

(Editor's note: Last week Derek Taylor began the story of his association with the Beatles. He told of attending a concert in which he first ...

Derek Taylor: My Life With The Beatles — Beatlemania Grips England

Memoir by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, June 1965

(Editor's Note: This is the third and concluding installment of Derek Taylor's life with the Beatles, first as a newspaperman covering their exciting rise to ...

The Beatles: John Lennon Slams The Critics

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1965

JOHN LENNON shouted for food, then turned to me in the vast, near-deserted auditorium of Blackpool's ABC theatre. In two hours he and the rest ...

The Beatles: Is Beatlemania Dying?

Report by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, August 1965

BEATLE RUMORS are flying again, and it's the same old story. According to the latest rumblings from the grapevine, "the Beatles are slipping in popularity." ...

Cannibal & The Headhunters: Land of 1000 Laughs

Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, September 1965

(Editor's note: This is the first of two parts dealing with Cannibal and the Headhunters — their group, their thoughts, their experiences as one of ...

Cannibal & The Headhunters: Beatles Threw Marbles, Pillows

Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, September 1965

"THERE WERE so many things that happened, I can hardly think of them all" reflected Yo Yo of Cannibal & The Headhunters. As we talked ...

The Beatles: Rubber Soul

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, December 1965

It's Rubber Soul Time... ...

The Beatles, The Moody Blues: Odeon, Glasgow

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, December 1965

Beatles terrific... and rest of bill ...

The Beatles: Rubber Soul (Parlophone)

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, December 1965

(Pssst... here's someone who 
actually DISLIKES
 the new Beatles LP.
 It's RM's Richard 
Green...) ...

Lennon and McCartney: Songwriters — A Portrait from 1966

Interview by Michael Lydon, unpublished, March 1966

Just after the release of Rubber Soul, I had the chance to meet John Lennon and Paul McCartney in London, and I conducted in-depth interviews ...

How Does a Beatle Live? John Lennon

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, Evening Standard, The, March 1966

IT WAS THIS TIME three years ago that The Beatles first grew famous. Ever since then, observers have anxiously tried to gauge whether their fame ...

The Beatles: Ringo Played Cards As Others Sang 'Paperback'!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1966

...reveals GEORGE MARTIN, the Beatles' recording manager, in an interview with Alan Smith. ...

The Beatles: My Broken Tooth — by Paul McCartney

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1966

I HAVE interviewed Paul McCartney travelling in a car at speed. Battling up a crowded flight of stairs. In a smoky billiards room. On the ...

Beatle LP Cover Banned

Report by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1966

THE BEATLES have turned out the most nauseating album cover ever seen in the U.S. The jacket [of yesterday and Today — RBP Ed] is ...

John Lennon: 'A Subconscious Urge To Get Above People'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1966

Beatle Dreams by Alan Smith ...

Paul McCartney: 'I Get Caught Out In Street In Underwear!'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1966

Beatle Dreams by Alan Smith ...

The Beatles: Revolver (Parlophone)

Review by Richard Green, Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1966

WELL, THIS is it! The latest Beatle LP, aptly called Revolver. The production that blokes like RM's Tony Hall, having been granted advance whispers of some of ...

The Beatles: Four Smiling, Tired Guys Talk About Their Music

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1966

THEY'RE REAL. The Beatles, that is. I had never seen them in the flesh before, so I expected some kind of supermen to step out ...

Beatle Bravery Worth More Than Money

Interview by June Harris, New Musical Express, September 1966

A FEW days after the tornado, we're still recovering from the Beatles visit! The concert is over, and so is the tour. The amount the ...

Letters to the Editor: Lennon Vs. Christianity

Readers' Letters by Various Writers, KRLA Beat, September 1966

(Ed. NOTE: The BEAT has received hundreds of letters, both pro and con, concerning John Lennon's remarks about Christianity. Unfortunately, we do not have nearly ...

The Beatles, The Ronettes et al: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Ca.

Live Review by Rochelle Reed, KRLA Beat, September 1966

"THIS JUST stuns me!" said awed Byrd David Crosby, a Beatle mate. He was standing on the field of Dodger Stadium, gazing up at the ...

The Remains: Beatle Tour — 'Like Playing In A Closet'

Interview by Rochelle Reed, KRLA Beat, September 1966

"PLAYING THE Beatle tour was like performing in a closet with the lights off," confessed Briggs, one of the Remains who wandered up to The ...

A Conversation with Paul McCartney

Interview by Miles, International Times, November 1966

THIS WAS recorded at Paul's house in Cavendish Avenue, Saint John's Wood in November 1966 for  International Times, known as  IT, the London Underground newspaper. ...

Beatles Off Guard

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express Annual, December 1966

When two Los Angeles security men guarded the Beatles during their last U.S. tour there were no reporters... no photographers. The Beatles never thought this story would be ...

Platter Chatter: Albums from The Beatles, Donovan, Ravi Shankar et al

Review by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, February 1967

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, Donovan's first big "commercial" success, is a
beautiful, poetic, soothing, soaring, lyrical, rhythmic, groovy experience. ...

The Way Out is In: A George Harrison Interview

Interview by Miles, International Times, May 1967

GH: If you could just say a word and it would tell people something straight to the point, then you take all the words that ...

Down in Deepest Beatle-land, All John Gets is Love

Report by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, August 1967

DOWN IN the prosperous community of St. George's. Hill, Weybridge, in Surrey, something stirred. It wasn't a bird – it was a caravan, John Lennon's ...

The Beatles: Two Magical Mystery Tours

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1967

'Ringo stood on my foot,' said one girl helpfully. 'But I don't know where they've gone!' ...

The Times Of India and Sgt. Pepper

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, October 1967

IN THE POP column of a recent edition of the Times of India, critic Z. H. has his first listen to Sgt Pepper. Here's his ...

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Review by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, November 1967

EVER SINCE THE Beatles demonstrated an amazing originality and maturity with their Rubber Soul and Revolver albums, they've been burdened with the responsibility of discovering new and increasingly far-out ...

The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour

Review by Mike Jahn, Saturday Review, December 1967

WHOEVER IT WAS that wrote the Bhagavad-Gita (the Celestial Song of Hindu theology) intended to define the perfect disciple when he wrote: "Who sees Me ...

The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1967

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR is another example of a subject in which the Beatles have been able to exercise their vivid imaginations. ...

Records of the Year: The Beatles, The Beach Boys

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1968

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band THIS ONE has historical value as a milestone in pop music, and in the art of recording, so ...

Platter Chatter: Albums from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Cream and Kaleidoscope

Review by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, April 1968

BEACON FROM MARS/THE KALEIDOSCOPE — Here is the most versatile band we have ever heard. You want ragtime? Listen to 'Baldheaded End OfA Broom' which ...

"Beatles' Loose Habit Of Recording"

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1968

Paul McCartney in a no-punches pulled interview with NME's Alan Smith ...

The Case of The Cock-Sure Groupies

Report and Interview by Ellen Sander, Realist, The, November 1968

THE CHORDS come flooding out of the amplifiers like a tonal wave, swelling to an impossible amplitude, blaring, ringing, pounding. A broad beam of noise ...

The Beatles: The Beatles [The White Album] (Apple)

Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1968

TOMORROW THE BEATLES will release their first album in a year, titled simply The Beatles. ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album)

Review by Miles, International Times, November 1968

WELL, THE new Beatle album's here with 30 catchy little numbers for you to whistle on your way to work, glide around the Mecca to, ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) (Apple)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, November 1968

WITH OVER a million quid already in the coffers for this latest two-LP set handed down from the Liverpudlian heights, it is difficult to put ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (The White Album)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, November 1968

BEATLES CHART HISTORY BY GETTING DOUBLE LP IN. ...

The Beatles: Paul Recalls Inspirations Of LP

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, November 1968

PAUL McCARTNEY has been talking about The Beatles' new double-album and he is understandably and humanly chuffed at the cover versions of his songs. He ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) (Apple PCS 7067 & 8)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1969

LAST YEAR'S obvious standout LP was Sergeant Pepper and now we have its unbelievable, impossible, out-of-sight successor. It's no feat of critical perception to pick ...

The Beatles: Yellow Submarine

Film/DVD/TV Review by Miller Francis, Great Speckled Bird, The, January 1969

Yellow Submarine is rapidly on its way to canonization, so I felt that along with unrestrained praise for its animation designer Heinz Edelmann, should go ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1969

Natural Born Beatles   ...

One Pair Of Eyes: The Beatles

Essay by Steve Turner, Beatles Monthly, October 1969

The Parents who said "Ooh, you'll grow out of it" in 1963 are wondering about growing into it themselves in 1969. ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple)

Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, October 1969

Abbey Road by Beatles Marked by Moderation ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road

Review by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, October 1969

WHENEVER A NEW Beatles album is released it's generally a critical and social as well as a musical event. Rock fans spend an entire week ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple)

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, November 1969

SIMPLY, SIDE TWO does more for me than the whole of Sgt. Pepper, and I'll trade you The Beatles and Magical Mystery Tour and a ...

John & Yoko (part 1)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

"We had to do a lot of selling out. Taking the MBE was a sell-out for me". Part 1 of a new series by RICHARD ...

The Beatles '75

Guide by Loyd Grossman, Fusion, February 1970

The Beatles – do you still want to know what they're up to? Even if, sub specie aeternitatis, it's, like, nothing? Well, go ahead, indulge ...

Paul McCartney: Let It Be

Interview by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, April 1970

Your own dossier on The McCartney Affair: Paul replies ...

Paul McCartney: Your Friendly Press Agent Knew That The Day Would Not Be Easy

Report by Derek Taylor, Record Mirror, April 1970

DEREK TAYLOR, THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE McCARTNEY AFFAIR (AND WHAT BETTER PLACE TO BE?) TELLS THE INSIDE STORY ...

The Beatles: Let It Be (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1970

NEW LP SHOWS THEY COULDN'T CARE LESSHave Beatles sold out? asks NME's Alan Smith ...

George Harrison: Why Is George In New York?

Report and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, June 1970

Sunrise doesn't last all morning The cloudburst doesn't last all day Seems my love is up and has left with no warning But it's not ...

The Beatles: Let It Be (Apple)

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, June 1970

TO THOSE WHO found their work since the White Album as emotionally vapid as it was technically breathtaking, the news that the Beatles were about ...

The Beatles: It's Open Warfare

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1971

Why Beatles ended in a sordid mudbath.It isn't coincidence that these solo singles have just been released, says Alan Smith ...

The Beatles: Produced By George Martin

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1971

GEORGE MARTIN is probably the most shadowy character in rock and roll history. His influence has been immense, yet few people outside the immediate circle ...

Come Out, Paul... Beefheart's Here!

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1972

UNDERGROUND hero Captain Beefheart surfaced in London with a plea: "Where are you, Paul McCartney?" and being a helpful sort of diary page, we echo: ...

Hurricane Smith: The Sixth Beatle

Profile and Interview by Steven Rosen, Los Angeles Free Press, March 1973

HURRICANE SMITH is not your ordinary pop star. At 49, he hardly exudes the virility and youthfulness of a Rod Stewart. His music is neither ...

Peter McCabe and Robert D. Schonfeld: Apple To The Core (Martin, Brian and O'Keeffe)

Book Review by Phil Hardy, Let It Rock, May 1973

A short sighted look beyond the stars ...

The Beatles: 1962-1966, 1967-1970 (Apple)

Review by Richard Riegel, Phonograph Record, July 1973

Author's Note, 2009: This review of "the red and blue albums" generated the first-ever hate mail from a reader in my rock-critical career. He wasn't ...

The Act You've Known For All These Years: The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper

Retrospective by Mick Gold, unpublished, 1974

ALL ENTERTAINMENT HAS AN EXISTENTIAL dimension: all successful performances imply a life-style and a sense of values, a sub-structure of assumptions upon which the performer ...

The Beatles: Silly Charlie and the Not-So-Red-Hot Pepper

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, May 1974

Will Ringo get the mums? Can George hold the mystics? Who was the Walrus? Is Charles Shaar Murray a loony? Only the last question need ...

Wings: The Band On The Road

Report by Mitchell Cohen, Phonograph Record, May 1976

THE WINGS LIVE show has been evolving over the past three years, and McCartney deliberately kept a low profile during its earliest stages, a university ...

I Don't Believe in Zimmerman

Book Excerpt by Mark Shipper, Paperback Writer (New English Library), 1978

THE FIRST few months of 1966 were pleasant ones for the Beatles. Meat The Beatles remained at the top of the charts all over the ...

Mistakes And All: Recreating The Fab Four in Beatlemania

Report and Interview by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, April 1978

IF THE FOUR young musicians who portray the Beatles in Beatlemania deliver anything less than the "incredible simulation" a sign in the Shubert Theater ticket ...

Beatlemania’s Boys in the Band

Report and Interview by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, May 1978

JOE PECORINO, A small, affable young man who earns his living by pretending to be John Lennon in the successful stage production, Beatlemania, denies that ...

The Beatles: The Beatles: The Authorised Biography, Hunter Davies

Book Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, July 1978

FIRST PUBLISHED in 1968, Hunter Davies' official biography of The Beatles had just been reissued, for the most part in its entire, original form. ...

John Lennon: I Was Never Lovable – I Was Just Lennon

Obituary by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, December 1980

ONE OF THE more persistent myths surrounding John Lennon claims that he was brought up in poverty by working-class Liverpool parents. ...

John Lennon 1940-1980: Nothing To Do To Save His Life

Obituary by J. Kordosh, Creem, March 1981

"...Laurel and Hardy, that's John and Yoko. And we stand a better chance under that guise 'cause all the serious people like Martin Luther King ...

George Martin

Profile and Interview by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, The Record Producers (BBC Books), 1982

IN MUCH THE same way as Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were the first American record producers, that accolade in Britain belongs to the man ...

George Martin: From Comedy Records To Rock Classics

Profile by John Tobler, History of Rock, The, 1982

While the man himself might deny it with typical modesty, there's little doubt that George Martin is one of the most celebrated record producers of ...

The Times Profile: Paul McCartney

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Times, The, January 1982

In the year of his 40th birthday Paul McCartney, the world's most successful pop musician, adjusts the record ...

The Beatles: The Final Invasion

Retrospective by Dave Zimmer, BAM, September 1986

Twenty-four thousand screaming fans couldn't be wrong. But what they didn't realise on that late August evening was that the Beatles didn't want to be ...

The Beatles: Sgt Pepper, The Inside Story Part II

Retrospective and Interview by Steve Turner, Q, July 1987

'STRAWBERRY FIELDS Forever' and 'Penny Lane', released in February '67, were the first-fruits of the sessions and they didn't disappoint. As American rock critic Greil ...

Fab! Gear! The George Harrison Interview (part 1)

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, December 1987

IN A PLUSH Warner Bros, office, Bill Holdship and I listened to George Harrison's first album in over five years, Cloud Nine. "I wracked my brains ...

Fab! Gear! The George Harrison Interview (part 2)

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, January 1988

DID YOU ever see that show in London: John, Paul, George, Ringo & Bert? ...

Gareth L. Pawlowski: How They Became The Beatles and Denny Somach, Kathleen Somach and Kevin Gunn: Ticket To Ride

Book Review by Mat Snow, Q, April 1990

THERE'S A NEW story about The Beatles, and it was told by Pete Best, the drummer famous for getting sacked. ...

Ringo Starr

Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, January 1991

"LAST YEAR," says the man with more rings in his ears than on his fingers, "I was sittin' round wondering what I was gonna do ...

Who The Hell Does RINGO STARR Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, June 1992

He was The Lovable One who cracked his daft mop-top jokes for The Queen. The Fab With The Big Nose who you could take home ...

Astrid Kirchherr

Profile and Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, 1994

AT 55, ASTRID Kirchherr still loves rock music and listens to it every day: The Beatles, the Doors, Bowie... "and Prince, he's such a genius ...

Backbeat and The Beatles Industry

Report and Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, May 1994

HIS LETTERS back home don't tell the whole story. But such letters seldom do. He says there are plenty of girls "but none of us ...

Backbeat: A Bit Of Slap And A Wig

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, May 1994

Backbeat, the much-trumpeted, unauthorised Beatles biopic with the grunge-pedigree soundtrack, est arrivé. It revolves around the tragic story of original bassist Stu Sutcliffe, who died ...

Eyewitness: Dylan Turns The Beatles On To Dope

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Q, May 1994

History ahoy! In the second of our new series, journalist Al Aronowitz recalls introducing Bob Dylan to The Beatles and how His Bobness turned the ...

The Beatles in Hamburg

Retrospective and Interview by Gillian G. Gaar, Goldmine, November 1994

ON DECEMBER 27, 1960, the Beatles appeared at the Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool in a performance widely regarded as being a turning point ...

The Beatles: Live At The BBC

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, January 1995

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS on from their demise, The Beatles continue to exercise a hypnotic spell as the ur-myth of modernist pop culture. As befits the group ...

The Beatles: A Hard Day's Documentary: You Can't Do That! The Making of A Hard Day's Night

Retrospective by Kirk Silsbee, Los Angeles Reader, March 1995

FILM CRITIC Roger Ebert ranks it "among the five best musicals I've ever seen." Andrew Sarris dubbed it "the Citizen Kane of jukebox movies." ...

My Blue Period: John Lennon

Interview by Miles, MOJO, November 1995

WE DID THESE interviews on September 23 and 24, 1969, at Apple. When Allen Klein fired Ron Kass, the head of Apple Records, John and ...

The Beatles: The Outtakes

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, November 1995

Behind every great Beatles track is a version not quite so good. But not necessarily less interesting... Jon Savage listens to the outtakes. ...

Apple Corps

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Request, 1996

"It was a good scene even when it was shitty, wasn’t it?"– Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, 1970. ...

The Beatles: Anthology 1

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, January 1996

ANTHOLOGY IS RIGHT. HERE IS A SEQUENCE of snap shots that just so happen to have been taken in the six years from 1958's toddling ...

The Apple Scruffs: "We're waiting for The Beatles"

Retrospective by Cliff Jones, MOJO, October 1996

Spookily present wherever The Beatles went and finally immortalised in song by George, the Apple Scruffs bore a privileged witness to all the highs and ...

The Beatles: "We're a damn good little band"

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1996

On the eve of the release of Anthology 3, Paul McCartney casts his mind back to The Beatles' glorious sunset. ...

The Beatles: Anthology 3

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 1996

"WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THAT?" ENQUIRES PAUL McCartney after half a dozen silly-voice choruses of ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road’. ...

We Can Work It Out: The Ten Most Over- & Underrated Beatles Songs

Comment by Richard Riegel, Real Groove, December 1996

The Ten Most Underrated Beatles Cuts (Arranged Chronologically) ...

Taylor of Savile Row: Derek Taylor, 1932-1997

Obituary by Chris Bourke, New Zealand Herald, The, September 1997

DEREK TAYLOR, WHO will forever be known as "the Beatles' press officer", leant across and switched my tape recorder to "pause". I had just admitted ...

Derek Taylor 1932-1997

Obituary by Philip Norman, Rolling Stone, October 1997

THE SIMPLE term "music publicist" does not begin to describe Derek Taylor, who died from cancer of the esophagus at his home, in Suffolk, England, ...

Derek Taylor: Obituary

Obituary by Richard Williams, MOJO, November 1997

IN 1963, WHEN BRIAN EPSTEIN INVITED HIM TO HANDLE the Beatles' PR, Derek Taylor was a 31-year-old national newspaper reporter with a suit and tie. ...

George Martin: In My Life

Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, May 1998

The "fifth Beatle" signs off with a little help from his friends ...

Timeless Illustrious Past: Why The Beatles Are Still Big Business

Essay by Steve Turner, Wiener Zeitung, June 1999

Although the Beatles disbanded almost thirty years ago, public interest in the group has never waned. Beatles records still sell in their millions worldwide (six ...

Paul McCartney: Run Devil Run

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, October 1999

THE LURE had been the chance of a lengthy one-on-one with Paul McCartney discussing all his solo albums. "You could turn it into a book," ...

John Lennon: From the Quarrymen to the MBE

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, October 2000

"THAT WAS THE day," said John Lennon. "The day that I met Paul, that it started moving." ...

The Death Of The Beatles

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2000

JANUARY 2, 1969. They are probably the four most famous people in the world, but this morning at the raw beginning of the last year ...

The Beatles: 1

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, December 2000

Does The Fabs' 'Best Of' Add Up? Packed 27-track single-disc summary of pop's best-loved repertoire, but no Please Please Me? Strawberry Fields Forever? Hello-o-o-o-o? ...

The Man Who Killed Paul McCartney

Retrospective by Jim Yoakum, unpublished, 2001

The incredible, never-before-revealed true-life event that sparked the greatest rock ‘n’ roll rumor of all time. ...

Ian MacDonald: Revolution In the Head - The Beatles' Records And The Sixties (1994, revised 1995, Pimlico)

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 2001

IAN MACDONALD, now 52, was enraptured by The Beatles as a teenager, then generally disappointed by pop music from 1980 onwards. His attempt "to bring ...

George Harrison 1943-2001

Obituary by Chris Welch, Guardian, The, December 2001

George Harrison, singer, guitarist, composer and filmproducer: born Liverpool 25 February 1943; MBE 1965; married1966 Pattie Boyd (marriage dissolved 1977), 1978 OliviaArias (one son); died ...

George Harrison: Harrison in the Haight

Retrospective by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, December 2001

IT WOULD BE a stretch to say that George Harrison ever left his heart in San Francisco. ...

The Day the Angels Spent Christmas with the Beatles

Memoir by David Dalton, Gadfly, December 2001

WELL, NO, IT'S NOT that kind of story, exactly, although given the fairytale element in the legend of the Fab Four you might, circa 1964, ...

Arise, Sir George: The Man Behind the Beatles

Interview by Joe Matera, Mixdown, 2002

BEST KNOWN as the man who produced The Beatles, Sir George Martin was there at the beginning of the British pop revolution and went on ...

George Harrison

Obituary by Carol Clerk, Uncut, February 2002

'You know, life flows on within you and without you'– George Harrison ...

Miles: John, Paul, George and… Barry

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, October 2002

IN 1965, A YOUNG bookseller named Barry Miles decided to throw a birthday party in his London flat for his friend, the beat poet Allen ...

The Death of Brian Epstein

Retrospective by Jim Irvin, MOJO, November 2002

THERE'S A story, probably apocryphal, concerning John Lennon during his infamous 'lost weekend', the period in the mid-'70s when he split from Yoko and devoted ...

Get It Better: The Story of Let It Be… Naked

Report and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, 2003

Is it getting back to 'Get Back'? Is it Let It Be exorcised of Spector? Is it the record it always should have been? ...

Paul McCartney: Back In The World, Earls Court, London April 21st

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, April 2003

ALL MY LIFE I’d wanted to see the Beatles. My sister saw them at Hammersmith in the ‘60s and screamed. This was my ...

The Beatles: Don't Fear The Reeperbahn

Retrospective by Johnny Black, 'The Beatles: Ten Years that Shook the World', 2004

"LIVERPOOL AND HAMBURG had a lot in common in the early sixties," muses Gibson Kemp. "They're both seaports, they're both on the same line of ...

The Beatles: Gary Pig Gold Presents A Fab Forty

Guide by Gary Pig Gold, fufkin.com, February 2004

HAS IT REALLY been four decades already since television's greatest-ever talent scout took a chance on a brash young musical novelty act from far-off Britain? ...

More Than Words: Musings on Music Journalism — Life Goes On

Comment by Devon Powers, PopMatters, March 2004

FEBRUARY 24 WAS a banner day for the Copy Left, a loose network of computer activists, intellectuals, forward-thinking musicians and zealous fans who continue to ...

An Interview With The Blacklisted Journalist Al Aronowitz

Profile and Interview by Gary Pig Gold, inmusicwetrust.com, February 2005

Gary "Pig" Gold meets the Man Who Invented the Sixties. ...

Abbey Road: Where Magic Was Made

Profile by Paul Trynka, Guardian, The, March 2005

Paul Trynka looks back at the relationship between the biggest band of all time and the studio that helped them create their sound ...

The Top 10 Psychedelic Moments in Rock

Comment by Lenny Kaye, Harp, May 2005

Mind expansion. The walls are breathing. Herewith, a personal list of a trip into the whirlpool of creation. ...

The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider's Diary Of The Beatles

Book Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, July 2005

The madness and mayhem of the Apple empire ...

The Beatles: After Pepper

Essay by Jim Irvin, MOJO, Summer 2005

IT WAS APRIL 1967, the morning after The Beatles had completed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and The Zombies walked into Abbey Road Studios ...

Geoff Emerick

Profile and Interview by Richie Unterberger, Record Collector, June 2006

BESIDES GEORGE Martin, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, Geoff Emerick worked on more Beatles sessions than any other individual. ...

The Beatles: Love (Apple)*****

Review and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 2006

WE'RE NOT unsympathetic to readers who complain of Beatles fatigue, but we reserve the right to counsel: "Deal with it", because for a large section ...

George Martin

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, January 2007

THE PENTHOUSE mixing room at the top of Abbey Road Studios. We await Sir George Martin, who is 30 minutes late. "This is most unlike ...

The Sound Of Sgt. Pepper

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, January 2007

THE RECORD ALWAYS regarded as a harbinger of pop's future is full of old-fashioned sounds. These are, in order of appearance: a theatre orchestra tuning ...

Neil Aspinall: The Man Who Really Made The Beatles

Profile by Philip Norman, Daily Mail, April 2007

LOYALTY IS not a virtue associated with the pop music industry. Treachery, exploitation and kiss-and-tell are its far more familiar signature-tunes. ...

George Harrison Visits Haight-Ashbury In Summer 1967

Retrospective by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, Summer 2007

UNCOMMON sightings were downright common in the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love. But even in that colorful context, the visit of George Harrison to ...

When Acid Reigned

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, Summer 2007

Hippies tripped, tabloids raged and police cheered as Engelbert Humperdinck's Jan '67 hit, 'Release Me' became the real theme tune for the Summer of Love. ...

Two Encounters With Neil Aspinall

Memoir by Chris Charlesworth, Rock's Backpages, March 2008

RBP REGULARS will doubtless have read last week's obituaries for Neil Aspinall, who worked for the Beatles from 1961 until shortly before he died. He ...

Magical Mysteries... The 'Fifth Beatle' Who Kept Their Innermost Secrets To The Very End

Obituary by Philip Norman, Daily Mail, March 2008

NEIL ASPINALL, the deservedly-named 'Fifth Beatle' who has died in New York aged 66, was not an easy man for a journalist to befriend. ...

By George: Harrison's Post-Beatles Solo Career

Retrospective by Roy Trakin, Capitol Vaults blog, June 2009

MOST PEOPLE THINK of George Harrison as "the Quiet Beatle," the spiritual one, the first to turn the band on to transcendental meditation, but the ...

You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles by Peter Doggett

Book Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, October 2009

BY NOW all of us should have recovered from our latest dose of Beatlemania, occasioned by the release of the Beatles' remastered back catalogue on ...

The Birth of Beatlemania: The Fab Four on Tour, 1963

Book Excerpt by Martin Creasy, 'Beatlemania!' (Omnibus), March 2011

NOTE: Martin Creasy spent two years tracing the trajectory of the Beatles' UK tours, interviewing scores of people who in some way connected with John, ...

Writing To Reach You

Overview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, March 2012

Because sometimes the only way musicians can actually talk to each other is by writing songs ...

The Beatles: I Was A Beatlemaniac

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 2013

I DIDN'T GET Elvis because I didn't get sex. Well, that was 1956 and I was eight. But The Beatles… ...

see also George Harrison

see also John Lennon

see also George Martin

see also Paul McCartney

see also Ringo Starr

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