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ROCK N ROLL FANTASY CAMP Oct. 9 – 13, 2013

ROCK N ROLL FANTASY CAMP

Fab Four Fantasy Camp

October 9 – 13, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Bruce Spizer will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp celebrating the music of the Beatles. The Fab Four Fantasy Camp will be held from October 9 – 13, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Also appearing will be drummer Denny Seiwell, guitarists Denny Laine and Laurence Juber, keyboardist Gary Wright and May Pang, as well as a weekend appearance by the Fab Faux.

In addition to giving talks on the Beatles, Bruce will be signing copies of his books and participating as a camper. “I used to play Beatles songs in various bands I was in during my high school and college days,” Spizer said. “I am looking forward to the experience of playing with and learning from the great musicians who will be there. I’ve already taken my Gretsch Duo Jet out of my closet and started practicing! I hope to see some of my friends and book customers at camp.”

Chicago Fest for Beatle Fans – August 9-11, 2013

Bruce’s schedule for the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, 2013

 

FRIDAY, August 9

7:00 PM Author’s Panel (Rosemont Ballroom)

11:00 PM Beatlefan Magazine Panel (O’Hare Ballroom

 

SATURDAY, August 10

12:15 PM The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay (A/V presentation in the Rosemont Ballroom)

 

SUNDAY, August 11

12:15 PM The Rise of Beatlemania in the U.K.  1963 (A/V presentation in the Rosemont Ballroom)

5:30 PM Beatles Country (Influences of C&W music on the Beatles) (O’Hare Room)

Bruce’s appearances at New Jersey Fest for Beatles Fans, April 5-7, 2013

Bruce will be a featured guest at the Fest For Beatles Fans in New Jersey.

On Friday, April 5, at 7:00 pm, Bruce will take part in the “Meet the Guest Authors” panel in the Imperial Ballroom. Later that evening, at 11:00 pm in the Crystal Ballroom, Bruce will participate in a panel discussion with Al Sussman and Tom Frangione titled “1963: A Year in the Life.”

On Saturday at 12:10 pm in the Imperial Ballroom, Bruce will give an audio/visual presentation on “The Rise of the Beatles in the U.K. in 1963.”

On Sunday, also at 12:10 pm in the Imperial Ballroom, Bruce will give an audio/visual presentation covering what went on in the USA in 1963 titled “The Beatles Are Coming Soon!” Later that day, at 4:15 pm, Bruce will head a panel discussion titled “Beatles Country,” which shall focus on how country music influenced the Beatles.

When Bruce is not taking part in panel discussions and presentations, he will be at his table in the Market Place signing copies of his books.

He will also be selling advance orders for the revised digital edition of the Vee-Jay book.
Drop by his table and see a preview on Bruce’s iPad.

Bruce Spizer appearing at Tulane AlumniNights, Oct. 30, 2012

Tulane AlumniNights and Lifelong Learning Program presents

Tulane graduate and Author

Bruce Spizer

The Beatles are Coming….the Beatles are Coming Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana
The “English Pub” Bea Field Alumni House 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
$25 per person, includes “English Pub” fare and refreshments

Please join us for a presentation and book signing with New Orleans-based Beatles expert and Tulane graduate, Bruce Spizer, featuring his new book, Beatles for Sale on Parlophone Records. Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records covers all of the singles, albums and extended play discs issued by the Beatles in the U.K. from 1962 through 1970. Each record is given a separate chapter, which tells the stories behind how the songs appearing on the disc were written and recorded. The chapters also detail how the records were marketed and contain sales and chart information. The book has chapters on the history of EMI and Parlophone Records, how records are mastered and manufactured, how EMI contracted with other record companies to press Beatles singles and albums to help meet demand, British radio and record charts in the sixties and other record-related topics. The book has over 700 illustrations, all in either color or original black and white.

Bruce Spizer has appeared on television programs such as CBS’s The Early Show,  Fox News, and Good Morning America,  and on the National Public Radio news program All Things Considered.  He has been cited as a Beatles authority in print publications such as Rolling Stone, The Guardian, the New York Times,  and Time.

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Abbey Road on the River – Washington, DC – Aug. 31-Sep. 2, 2012

Bruce will be appearing at the Washington, D.C. Abbey Road on the River, which runs from August 31 through September 2, 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland.

Bruce will be selling and signing copies of his books. He will also be giving two audio/visual presentations in the hotel’s Potomac Ballroom. On Saturday, September 1, at 11:00 AM, Bruce will cover the 50th anniversary of the Beatles focusing on the music recorded and released by the group in the U.K. during 1962 – 1963. On Sunday, September 2, at 3:00 PM, Bruce will give his popular presentation “The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America,” which tells the convoluted story of how Beatlemania happened in America, culminating with the group’s first U.S. visit, which included the Beatles first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum.

Liverpool – International Beatles Week – Aug. 22-28, 2012

Bruce Spizer to be Featured Speaker at Liverpool’s International Beatles Week

Bruce Spizer will be making two audio/visual presentations at the upcoming International Beatles Week Festival taking place in Liverpool from August 22 – 28, 2012.

Bruce’s presentation will be at the Adelphi Hotel on Sunday, August 26. His first presentation shall be at noon and will cover the 50th anniversary of the Beatles focusing on the music recorded and released by the group in the U.K. during 1962 – 1963. Highlights include the group’s failed Decca audition, EMI commercial test and initial sessions during which the Beatles first single, “Love Me Do,” was recorded. According to Spizer, “Although the Beatles were disappointed at the time, it’s a good thing they failed the Decca audition. Had they passed, they would have been produced by Mike Smith. While Smith was a competent producer, he was no George Martin. There may have been no British Invasion had the Beatles been on Decca.” Bruce’s second presentation is scheduled for 7:00 PM and is titled “The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America.” Bruce will inform Beatle fans from across the pond the convoluted story of how Beatlemania happened in America.

Bruce will be selling and signing his books at the Adelphi Hotel all day Sunday. Look for him this year in the hotel’s main room set up next to “Liddypool” author David Bedford.

Bruce will also be at the Beatle Days show at the Marriott Hotel on Friday and Saturday. This will give people the opportunity to chat with Bruce in a less crowded environment. He will also have books for sale at the Marriott.

Check out today’s trivia questions about the Beatles failed Decca audition.

 

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FEST FOR BEATLES FANS COLLIDES WITH CHICAGO COMIC CON

This weekend’s Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago was a true blast from the past. As usual,  it was a great time to relive the glorious music and culture generated by the Beatles. And with the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con next door at the Rosemont Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency O’Hare was ground zero for spotting celebrities and costumed fans. I spotted Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee (co-creator of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, the Avengers, Daredevil, etc.), Lou Ferrigno (who played the Hulk on the TV series) and artist Neal Adams (known for his great work on Batman, X-Men and other comic classics). And of course, there were women dressed up as Wonder Woman and Super-Girl and men in authentic looking Spider-Man and Batman costumes.

I got into the spirit and spent a few hours at Comic Con before the Fest got going. I purchased a Flash T-shirt and wore it for my A/V presentation on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles, which covered the years 1962 – 63 in the U.K. Just for a laugh, I began my talk saying it was great to be at Comic Com 2012 and followed that with some historical background about how DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz brought back the super heroes to comics in 1956 with his reboot of the Flash at a time when the only super heroes still having their own books were Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. I wonder how many people in the audience thought I was truly at the wrong place before I said, “Wait a minute, this isn’t Comic Con. Well I guess I should talk about the Beatles.” For my Sunday presentation on Beatlemania in America, I had a guy in a incredible-looking Adam West mid-sixties style Batman TV series costume join me on stage at the end. (After all, the mid-sixties TV series Batman is the Batman of the Beatles era.) Batman commented on the great detective work done for my Beatles presentation. High praise, indeed, from the world’s greatest detective! Afterwards, Batman dropped by my table to inspect my books.

Upon my return to New Orleans, I was thrilled to see that I had a package from Amazon that contained the DC Archives of The Flash, Volume 6. The book contains several classic stories of the Flash that were originally published in 1964. To get in the proper spirit, I listened to “Meet The Beatles!” and “The Beatles’ Second Album” while reading the first few stories in the book. I felt like I was nine years old again! See my review of the book on Amazon, as well as my review of other Flash archive.

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Seeing Stan Lee at the hotel reminded me of a classic story credited to “Swingin’ Stan Lee” in a March 1965 comic book.

And that leads to this week’s trivia questions.

What pair of Marvel super heroes attended a Beatles concert in a Marvel Comic written by Stan Lee for a comic book cover-dated March 1965?

Bonus question: What was the title of the story in which they appear and in what magazine did the story run?

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The Human Torch and the Thing attended a Beatles concert in a Marvel comic written by Stan Lee and cover-dated March 1965 (meaning the comic probably went on sale in late 1964). The story was titled “Meet The Beatles!” and appeared in Strange Tales. I guess any story featuring half of the Fantastic Four and the Fab Four is a strange tale, indeed! The cover shows the Human Torch and the Thing each wearing a Beatles wig. Seeing the Thing with a Beatles wig on his head is priceless. Never mind the fact that the Human Torch’s flame would burn the wig off in seconds.

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Fest for Beatles Fans, Chicago, Aug. 10-12, 2012

Summer has ‘arrived’ and thoughts turn to the 36th Annual Chicago Beatles Fans Celebration – THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS 2012 – CHICAGO! One of the unique features of our FESTS since 1974, is we have been able to present so many of the people involved in the entire Beatles story, and the upcoming Chicago Guest Lineup is no exception! Instead of just being names in a book or musicians on records, they have come to life and told their parts of the story in front of live audiences of Beatles Fans at THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS 2012.

Bruce will be a participant on the “Meet the Guest Authors” panel on Friday night at 6:45 in the Rosemont Ballroom. Later that evening he will be on a panel with Al Sussman and Tom Frangione discussing songs that Paul McCartney should do in concert. The session is titled “Why Don’t He Do These On The Road?”

On Saturday, Bruce will give an audio/visual presentation on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles, which will cover what was going on in the U.K. during 1962 and 1963. The presentation will be in the Rosemont Ballroom at 1:00 PM.

On Sunday, Bruce will give his highly acclaimed “The Beatles Are Coming!” presentation, which covers the birth of Beatlemania in America during the years 1963 and 1964. The presentation will be in the Rosemont Ballroom at 12:10 PM.

His final presentation will be on Sunday at 5:30 PM in the O’Hare Ballroom, where Bruce will lead a panel discussion on the rock ’n’ roll influences on the Beatles, complete with comparative recordings of songs by the original artists and the Beatles.

Check out the Fest’s fab lineup at   www.thefest.com/fest/Current/Chicago/ch.php

 

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New Jersey Fest for Beatles Fans, Mar. 23–25, 2012

Bruce will be appearing at the New Jersey Fest for Beatles Fans on March 23 – 25, 2012. He will be selling and signing copies of his latest book, “Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records,” and other titles that are still available. Bruce will be giving two major audio/visual presentations and participate in a few panel discussions. His Saturday presentation shall cover the Beatles rise to fame in the  U.K. during 1962 – 1963, while his Sunday presentation shall focus the explosion of Beatlemania in the U.S. during 1963 – 1964. In addition, he will participate in a few panel discussions.

On Friday evening, March 23, Bruce will participate in the 7:00 pm Author’s Panel in the Imperial Ballroom. He will also be on a panel discussion titled “Why Don’t He Do These On The Road?” which shall explore songs that Paul should add to his concerts. This lively discussion will take place in the Crystal Ballroom at 11:00 pm.

On Saturday, March 24, at 12:10 pm in the Imperial Ballroom, Bruce will give an audio/visual presentation on the Beatles rise to fame in the U.K. during 1962 and 1963.

On Sunday, March 25, at 12:10 pm in the Imperial Ballroom, Bruce will give an audio/visual presentation on how Beatlemania developed in the U.S. during 1963 and 1964. He will lead a panel discussion on Sunday at 4:00 pm in the Crystal Ballroom on Rock ’n’ Roll Influences on the Beatles.

Check out the Fest’s fabulous lineup at www.thefestforbeatlesfans.com.

WASHINGTON, D.C. Abbey Road on the River ~ Sept. 1–5, 2011

Bruce will be selling and signing his books (including the new Parlophone book) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. His table will be located outside the Potomac Ballroom. He will be giving three A/V presentations in the Chesapeake Room. His first presentation will be on Saturday at 2:30 pm and will cover the Beatles U.K. records released on Parlophone during 1962 – 1965. At 5:30 pm on Saturday he will give his presentation on how Beatlemania evolved in America, which cover the Beatles first U.S. visit and the convoluted events leading up to it. A portion of this presentation details the Beatles in Washington, D.C. Bruce’s final presentation will be on Sunday at 2:30 pm and will cover the Beatles U.K. records released on Parlophone and Apple from 1966 – 1970. All presentations include music and images, with the Beatlemania in America presentation also containing a rarely heard 1964 interview with Paul and Walter Cronkite’s February 7, 1964 broadcast of the Beatles arrival at Kennedy Airport. And that’s the way it is!

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LIVERPOOL International Beatle Week ~ Aug. 24–30, 2011

Prior to taking the Virgin train to Liverpool, Bruce will be at the Beatles Store in London on Wednesday, August 24, at 4:00 pm signing copies of his books, including “Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records” and “The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America.” The Beatles Store will also have limited numbers of some of his other books. The Beatles Store is located at 231/233 Baker Street near the Baker Street tube station.

On Friday, August 26, Bruce will be at the fan-friendly Beatles Record and CD Fair held at the Liverpool Marriot Hotel City Centre, located at One Queen Square within walking distance from the Lime Street train station. He will have a limited number of his books for sale. This will be a good opportunity to meet Bruce and discuss all things Beatles.

On Saturday, August 27, Bruce will be at Hard Day’s Night Shop signing copies of his books. The store is located at No. 1 Mathew Street next door to the Hard Day’s Night Hotel and just around the corner from the Cavern Club.

On Sunday, August 28, Bruce will be selling & signing copies of his books at the first-ever Beatles Literary Festival at the Adelphi Hotel. He will be giving an A/V presentation on how Beatlemania evolved in America at 3:30 pm and will be interviewed by “Lidddypool” author David Bedford at 7:20 pm. Check the official International Beatle Week schedule for more details.

On Monday, August 29, Bruce will be interviewed by Spencer Leigh on BBC radio during the noon to 2:00 pm show. After the interview, he plans to hang out in Liverpool to enjoy the music.

On Tuesday, August 30, Bruce will join Liverpool Tours for its fabulous Beatles tour of Liverpool. See www.liverpooltours.com for details.

 

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Abbey Road on the River – Louisville – May 26 – 29, 2011

Bruce will be giving two audio/visual presentations on his upcoming book, Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records (see schedule below). In addition, he will be introducing and talking about classic Beatles albums performed by the world’s finest Beatles tribute bands. Although his new Parlophone book will not be ready for the event, he will be taking pre-orders and have a color print-out of the book available for “sneak preview” inspection! Drop by his table in the Gault House ballroom to say hello and talk Beatles!

Bruce’s schedule:

Saturday, May 28, 11:00 a.m. Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records, 1962 – 1965 (Daisy Room, Gault House Hotel)

Sunday, May 29, 11:00 a.m. Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records, 1966 – 1970 (Daisy Room, Gault House Hotel)

Click here for information about Abbey Road on the River.