Bruce Spizer GETS BACK to Writing Next Beatles Book!

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New Orleans, LA (February, 2019)

498 Productions is excited to announce that Bruce Spizer is working on his next book in his popular Beatles album series. This latest edition, THE BEATLES GET BACK TO ABBEY ROAD, will be published in late September of this year in coordination with the 50th anniversary of the release of ABBEY ROAD. In addition to the “Abbey Road” LP, the book will cover the stand-alone Beatles singles released in 1969: “Get Back”/”Don’t Let Me Down” and “The Ballad Of John And Yoko”/”Old Brown Shoe.”

ABBEY RD front cover only

Like the previous titles in the album series, THE BEATLES AND SGT. PEPPER: A FANS’ PERSPECTIVE and THE BEATLES WHITE ALBUM AND THE LAUNCH OF APPLE, it is full color throughout, 9″ x 9″ and will run approximately 184 pages. THE BEATLES GET BACK TO ABBEY ROAD will have chapters on how the album was received in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, as well as an overview of the year of the album’s release, 1969. There will also be a detailed section on the recording of the songs on the album, as well as a few surprise topics, and contributions from Beatlefan publisher Bill King, Beatlefan editor Al Sussman, Beatles collector/writer Frank Daniels and Beatles Canadian expert/author Piers Hemmingsen.

 

Seeking your memories and photos

THE BEATLES GET BACK TO ABBEY ROAD will again include Fan Recollections. Bruce would love to have your stories about your Abbey Road LP experiences. Or maybe you have memories of the controversy surrounding “The Ballad Of John And Yoko.”

If you were living in a foreign country when the album was released: please contact Bruce to discuss the possibility of writing a few paragraphs of how the album was received in your country (reviews, radio air play, chart positions and sales).

Bruce would also love to see your 1969 Abbey Road pictures, such as you and/or your friends posing with the album cover or imitating the famous cross walk. You can send in post-1969 pictures of crossing Abbey Road, but because so many have been taken over the years, we probably will not publish them in the book.

Obviously we will not have room in the book for all of the comments we receive, but we will do our best to provide a wide sampling of fan memories. We will also place comments on our website.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MARCH 24, 2019

50-200 words

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIES IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW – BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, along with where and when you first encountered the album. By submitting, you give your permission for Bruce Spizer and 498 Productions LLC to use your submission in part or full in any print, digital, marketing or any other use. You are not granting an exclusive right and you may still use your submission for any purpose you deem appropriate.

CLICK ON THE BIG BLUE BUTTON BELOW TO UPLOAD A HIGH RES PHOTO – By doing so, you attest that you own the full rights to the photo, and that you give your permission for Bruce Spizer and 498 Productions LLC to reproduce the photo in part or in full in print, digital, marketing, or any other use. You are not granting an exclusive right and you may still use your submission for any purpose you deem appropriate.

We will keep you posted on the publication and ordering.

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16 Responses

  1. John Bonato
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    .. I remember that by the time Abbey Road was released, the “establishment” was finally coming around; even shoe stores here in Buffalo, NY had a couple dozen copies by the cash register ! ..

  2. john giglio
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    I remember the anticipation of the Abbey Road album release. One of the local record stores was flying someone in from the UK and bringing 50 copies (the US version was to be released at a later date). It was first come first served and I was number one in line having waited 6 hours for the store to open. So, it’s possible that I might have been one of the first in the country to own a store copy. My vinyl copy is the UK glossy cover version (PCS-7088) with a plain black inner sleeve. Pretty cool…at least for me!

  3. John Reeder
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    I first heard of Abbey Road from WIBG radio station in Philadelphia, Pa. They announced a release date of October 1, 1969. I had to wait until the following Monday to buy it. That was when I would get paid from my paper route. So, with money in hand I rode my bike the 5 miles to the High Street Record store in Burlington, NJ. The owner of the store, Danny, always put a copy of the latest Beatle release away for me. He KNEW I would be on my way! Anyway, I get to the store, lock my bike to a tree out front and enter. Danny saw me locking my bike. When I entered the store Danny was standing there with a copy of ABBEY ROAD in hand. He said “I pulled this out of the box for you as soon as I opened it. I knew you would be coming!” Well, He was RIGHT! Danny was GREAT!! I rode my bike home as quick as I could & parked myself in front of my record player. I must have played it over 50 times in a row! What a GREAT recording. I still have it and every once in a while I play it. It still sounds as great as the first listen! (and I can still see Danny standing there ……smiling!

  4. Jeff Morris
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    Over spring break my senior year of high school, I found a used LP of Abbey Road, and it became the first Beatles album I bought. I wasn’t very familiar with them, but was seeing a girl who liked them. I played it once and didn’t really care for it, except maybe “Here Comes The Sun” a bit. Probably a couple weeks later, I decided to play it again, and suddenly it became my favorite album. I listened to it every day for a month or two! By graduation I had dozens of Beatles LPs & 45s. And although in general I was initially less of a fan of George’s songs, “Here Comes The Sun” remains my favorite Beatles song.

  5. John Bezzini
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    Abbey Road, what a swansong!!! We couldn’t have known it at the time but this was to be the last set of recordings of that band from Liverpool, who thrilled us with each new release since 63/64. What better way for the Beatles to go out as band —On Top. They would never face the fate of many other bands who decline as they age. The Beatles left us longing for more. This explains the hundreds of millions of dollars they were offered for a reunion. Luckily they never succumbed to that temptation. Instead, they went on to create many excellent solo compositions. The release of Abbey Road coincided with the rumor that Paul McCartney had died in a auto accident in 1966 and the barefoot out of step Paul, with the VW (Beatle) 28IF, on the cover, was evidence of that rumor. As far as the music was concerned, it was fantastic. George had fully come into his own with possibly the best two tracks on the album, “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun”. Paul worked his magic with the fantastic medley on side two. John had his bits as well, the Chuck Berry inspired “Come Together”, the abrupt ending of “I Want You” and the beautiful three part harmonies of the gorgeous song “Because.” Look at the cover someday, when you are listening to the album. The Beatles were saying goodbye to us as they were symbolically walking away from the studio. The sixties had finished and a new segment of their lives was about to begin.

  6. Shelly Trent
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    For my 14th birthday, my mother bought me a record player. The only records she had were Tom Jones albums, “A Hard Days’ Night” (with a broken spot on the edge), and “Meet the Beatles.” I didn’t have records of my own, so we went to a store to pick out two. I chose the new Steve Martin album, “A Wild and Crazy Guy,” but didn’t really know what other album to choose. My mom suggested The Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” which I agreed to, not really knowing much about it. I played it until the grooves were gone. I loved that album! Mom made jokes that I was possessed by it, but she was glad I liked the Beatles as much as she did. From that point forward, I was hooked. When anyone asked me what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas, it was always a Beatles album that I didn’t have. When I became old enough to work, I bought Beatles albums on payday. From my introduction to the Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” I now have quite a collection of their music and memorabilia, including a Hofner bass guitar signed by Sir Paul! Oh, and every book written by Bruce Spizer!

  7. Robert Woods
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    1969 was a great year for rock albums. Between September and December alone there was Led Zeppelin II, In The Court of the Crimson King, Volunteers, Monster, To Our Children’s Children’s Children, Willie and The Poor Boys, and Let it Bleed. The thing to do then (at age 14) was to get together with friends and LISTEN to these albums from start to finish, half of the time in some hushed state of near-reverence. Abbey Road came as a bit of a surprise on its release, at least to me, in that I don’t recall much in the way of advance hype for the album. What I do remember most was just how magnificent it sounded at the time, particularly after the so-so singles that preceded it. The music, the harmonies, the overall sound, the imaginative production…and what a mind-blower that second side ‘suite’ was. Purely from an audio perspective, this was taste of what was to come in the ’70s with advances in analog recording and mastering, and it STILL sounds great on my vintage Japanese pressing.

  8. Edward fagan
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    september 1969, a fall friday night. i was walking the streets of coventry in cleveland hts. all i could hear is the sound of abbey rd blaring from all the open windows.

  9. Yaakov Edisherashvili
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    Hello
    My name is Yaakov Edisherashvili, I am 36 years old. I was born in USSR in Georgia (you remember them being mentioned in a song, right?), as we all know the western groups were not so welcome in that country until the break up in 1991. While growing up in USSR for a 7 year old kid it was very difficult to get anything new in terms of western music, the only Beatles albums that I could put my hands on were ”A Hards Days Night” and the USSR only compilation ”A Taste of Honey”. One day I was given a flimsy 3-song blue vinyl (picture 2), I had no idea those were released in Soviet Union, but the single was released in 1975 and it had three songs: Come together, Something and Octopus’ garden on it. This was my first introduction to the album, later that year I got another 3-song vinyl, but this time solid black vinyl (picture 3) with additional songs from the album: Here comes the sun, Because and Golden slumbers-Carry that weight-The end. I was blown away by Paul’s voice on Golden Slumbers, it was a magical song for me. Of course at that time i did not know those songs were from one album. Later in 1992, after the soviet break up, In Russia a private company released the entire Beatles catalogue and one of the albums was Abbey Road (picture 4), It was the very first time I got the full album and listened to it entirely. I was already 10 years old. I was blown away immediately. I have never listened to anything like it before. Since then I became a big Beatles collector and I do possess Abbey Road albums from United Kingdom, Germany, Japan.. etc. but that very first russian album that my family bought me was the first ever time I listened to that Masterpiece and I still keep it my collection (on the wall) as a great memory from my childhood. My dream came true when on 19th June 2004 I went to London for the very first time and walked across the crossing. Unforgettable feeling. I also had privilege to take a picture with the original sign on the Abbey Road, full with graffiti (Picture 1), unfortunately the sign is no longer there, and that is why this picture brings me even more warm memories to my heart.
    Thank you

  10. Gene Flanagan
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    Finally!!! The wait was over! When the student newspaper, “The Daily Tar Heel,” announced that the local record shop in downtown Chapel Hill had copies of Abbey Road, I think I left skid marks down Franklin Street going to claim my copy! It was Fall of ’69. The album became the sound track of my four years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Spring is beautiful on campus and I remember walking to class, passing open dorm windows, and hearing “Here Comes the Sun” or “Come Together.” Because spring ushers in a new beginning, I had hopes that the incredible music offered on Abbey Road would not be The Beatles last album. How could it be?? Their vocals on songs such as “Because” were so beautiful and they were so “together” as a band. Certainly this couldn’t be the “The End.” Abbey Road IS my favorite album. I play it when I wish to remember those Halcyon days in Chapel Hill. Consistently, whenever I close my eyes and listen to this album, I can almost smell the azaleas and roses, and feel the gentle breeze blowing through my dorm windows as I played it over and over.

  11. Mark Arnold
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    My story about how I became a Beatles fan starts with Abbey Road. Actually, how it started was that I was already a Monty Python fan. Eric Idle hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1976, and this was a repeat presentation in February 1977. I was 10 years old. On the episode, there was a running gag where Eric repeatedly came out with a guitar and made an attempt at singing “Here Comes the Sun” with a yelling voice. After the show, I asked my parents, “What does the real song sound like?” They said, “You can listen to it right now. We have the album in the rack over there. It’s called Abbey Road with The Beatles crossing the road.” I went to the record rack and found Abbey Road and played “Here Comes the Sun”. As soon as I played it, I said to myself, “I know this song!” Afterwards, I decided to flip the record over to hear what else was on the album. The first track was “Come Together”. As soon as I heard that song, I said, “I’ve heard this, too!” The next song was “Something”, and I said to myself, “I’ve heard this, too!” I wasn’t familiar with “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” or “Oh! Darling”, but I did recognize “Octopus’s Garden”. I then said to myself, “That’s not right!” I couldn’t believe so many songs I had heard before could appear on just a regular album and not a Greatest Hits album. Of course, I wanted to hear more and very soon became a hardcore Beatles fan thanks to Abbey Road.

  12. Janet Redick
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    Hi Bruce,

    Of course I have no recollection of the release of Abbey Road, the first time I saw the actual album and cover, nor the first time I heard a song from it. I was at Iowa State University and overwhelmed with my first principles of accounting class. You know the pleasure of that experience.

  13. Tim Goodacre
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    I was living in rural Australia and was 15 years old when Abbey Road was released. I was an avid John Lennon fan and was torn between wanting the Beatles to go on forever but also seeing John’s more avant garde solo activities with the Plastic Ono Band as signs that the dream was starting to fracture. Like many fans at the time I looked for every reassurance that the band would continue from what I saw as credible Beatles sources. I watched Australia’s tv rock program Countdown and read every edition with of Beatles Monthly and Go Set (Australia’s version of Rolling Stone). I also tuned into the Beatles hour every Thursday night on Brisbane radio 4BC.

    I remember that the release of Abbey Road was somewhat of a surprise after the seemingly many false starts of the then titled Get Back album.
    I ordered a copy on its Australian release date in October 1969 from my local record and electrical retailer and waited with great anticipation. While I loved the album it did not ‘’grab me’’ like Peppers or the White Album. I think that after the largesse of the double disc White Album a single disc album of Beatles music was always going to fall short somewhat. It was also not the breakthrough in terms of style that its predecessors certainly were but all the same it was by far the best new music in what was a period of high quality popular music making.
    In hindsight it is probably in my top three or four Beatles albums especially in terms of sound and production and has worn well over the past 50 years. Come Together, Something, The End, Oh Darling, Here Comes the Sun amongst others are proven chart toppers in favourite Beatles song polls so I probably underestimated Abbey Road’s importance at the time.
    Most importantly, perhaps I just knew that the end was near.

  14. John Schiraj
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    The weekend that Abbey Road was released I went to a Bingo Night at my high school in West Haven Connecticut. One of the prizes was Abbey Road which made me determined to win as I did not have money to buy it being 13 years old. I scored enough points to guarantee a prize but the person before me with one extra point selected Abbey Road which devastated me! I tried to persuade him to take my Blood, Sweat and Tears LP that I took as my prize but he would not budge. I went home disheartened. I finally got my copy of Abbey Road on Christmas Day and played it over and over again for the next month! After almost 50 years I still have my original copy of Abbey Road that I received on Christmas in perfect condition!

  15. Danny Harnett
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    My friend worked at the base exchange on Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas when they received their shipment of Abbey Road LP’s. He called me and said you need to come down here, I am going to hold the new Beatles album for you because they’ll all be gone before the end of the day. I went down and he handed it to me and I was in awe! No print of any kind on the front cover, just a great picture of a group that had changed in appearance so much in the past 6 years. Went home and did not hesitate to put it on the turntable. Played it for a few weeks straight and liked it more and more with each play. What great memories!!!

  16. John Fox
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    I was already a huge Beatles fan, starting with the Ed Sullivan show and first hearing “I want to hold your hand” over my parents car radio. I heard that Abbey Road was coming out but I was surprised to hear it played in its entirety on a local non-commercial college radio station WFMU in East Orange New Jersey. I was immediately knocked out by the diversity in music played over the album. I remember the side two medley in particular and “Come Together” of course. The radio DJ gave a mention to “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’. In retrospect, John Lennon would not have been pleased!

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