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The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective
The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective is just that — a book about Sgt. Pepper, written by fans for fans.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the most famous album by the most famous band in the history of rock ’n’ roll. It became the soundtrack for the Summer of Love (1967), with its music constantly flowing out of Hi-Fi systems, portable record players and radios throughout the world. That summer, people weren’t just listening and dancing to Sgt. Pepper, they were discussing its music, its sounds, its lyrics and its remarkable cover. The attention to detail taken by The Beatles for every aspect of the album, from its recording down to the red and white psychedelic inner sleeve that held the vinyl disc, made Sgt. Pepper an all-encompassing and mind-blowing experience collectively shared by millions.
In addition to essays written by Spizer, Al Sussman, Frank Daniels, Piers Hemmingsen and Bill King, the book contains over 80 fan recollections ranging from “everyday people” to Beatles authors (Mark Lewisohn) and musicians (Peter Tork of The Monkees, Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens, former Wings drummer Denny Seiwell and Billy Joel). The book has over a hundred full color and original black and white images, including intimate photographs from 1967 of fans holding the album cover. These images and heart-felt memories add a personal touch demonstrating the true impact of the act we’ve known for all these years, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
As with Bruce’s other books, and in keeping with the spirit of the Sgt. Pepper album, The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective is a treat both visually and from an information and story-telling experience.
9″ x 9″
The Beatles White Album and the Launch of Apple
Collector’s Edition $100
This November marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles White Album. In recognition of this important event in music history, acclaimed Beatles author/historian Bruce Spizer is publishing his tenth book on the Beatles. The book covers the early days of the Beatles own company, Apple Corps, through company’s first four singles, including the Beatles two-sided smash “Hey Jude” b/w “Revolution” and Mary Hopkin’s nostalgic classic “Those Were The Days,” through the triumphant release of the group’s massive double-disc LP simply titled “The BEATLES,” which would soon be known as “The White Album” due to its pure white cover.
Bruce’s book, complete with 150 color and original black and white photos, covers how it all began and unfolded. From the opening New York media blitz to the classic Apple press kit containing its first four singles. From the rehearsals at George’s Esher bungalow to the recording sessions at Abbey Road and Trident Studios. From reviews to chart action to sales in America, the U.K. and Canada. From Beatles authors to fan recollections. From the Vietnam War to Apollo 8 circling the moon on Christmas Eve. It was 1968 and the Beatles debut releases provided the perfect soundtrack. “Hey Jude, don’t make it bad/Take a sad song and make it better.” “You say you want a revolution/Well, you know, we all want to change the world.”
9″ x 9″
Beatles on Apple Records
In August 1968, Apple Records released its first single, Hey Jude b/w Revolution. This was followed three months later by The White Album. Apple went on to issue an impressive collection of Beatles singles and albums in 1969 and 1970.
This book covers the records issued on the Apple label in America from 1968 through 1970, as well as the Red and Blue hits collections from 1973, the triumphant return of Apple in the nineties and incredible success of Beatles 1.
Check back for availability of Archive Editions or future revised and expanded Digital Edition.
310 pages. 9″ x 12″.
Beatles Solo on Apple Records
The fifth installment of Bruce Spizer’s critically acclaimed series on the Beatles American records.
This followup to The Beatles on Apple Records chronicles the solo releases by John, Paul, George and Ringo issued from 1968-1975.
At 310 pages with over 800 images, this book covers the Beatles solo releases on Apple, including Imagine, Band On The Run, All Things Must Pass and Ringo. The brilliance of John, Paul, George and Ringo didn’t die in early 1970 when the Beatles officially broke up, and this book highlights their later, often forgotten work.
Limited Editions SOLD OUT
“Bruce Spizer is the ultimate presenter of the historical phenomenon known as the Beatles.”
–Ken Mansfield, first U.S. manager of Apple Records
Beatles Swan Song
The first book to accurately tell the stories behind the Beatles discs released by Swan, United Artists, Decca, MGM, Atco and Polydor.
The Beatles Swan Song covers all of the group’s U.S. releases on labels that had the rights to only a limited number of Beatles recordings.
It is the first book to accurately tell the stories behind the Beatles discs released by Swan, United Artists, Decca, MGM, Atco and Polydor. It also has an extensive section on Capitol Records in the 70s & 80s, which details the Capitol theme albums such as Rock ’N’ Roll Music, Love Songs and Reel Music, as well as The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl, Rarities and the unreleased Sessions LP.
Additional sections cover dubious releases such as The Savage Young Beatles and the Star-Club album, the high-end Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab LPs and the record club albums.
The Beatles Are Coming!
The Birth of Beatlemania in America
The most thorough and accurate book ever published on how Beatlemania evolved in America, this book covers the Beatles first visit to the United States and the events leading up to their arrival on February 7, 1964.
It details why Capitol Records turned the group down four times and tells the stories of two small record labels, Vee-Jay and Swan, who issued the group’s records without success in 1963.
“Lavishly illustrated, carefully researched” -The New York Times
“FOUR STARS” -Rolling Stone
“The Beatles Are Coming! is a thoroughly researched and entertaining account of the group’s first U.S. visit, full of interesting and little known stories about how the Beatles caught on in America.” —From the foreword by Walter Cronkite
Beatles for Sale on Parlophone Records
Covers all of the Beatles singles, albums and extended play discs issued in the U.K. from 1962 through 1970 plus the Apple singles and albums manufactured and distributed by EMI, as well as the Fan Club Christmas discs and the Polydor releases of the group’s Hamburg recordings.
444 PAGES IN GLORIOUS COLOR!
plus a special booklet containing a detailed checklist
Written by Bruce Spizer, with a healthy assist from Frank Daniels, Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records covers the all of the Beatles singles, albums and extended play discs issued in the U.K. from 1962 through 1970.
The book details how all of the recordings released by the group during that time were written, recorded and marketed in the U.K. — presented in the same style as Spizer’s previous critically-acclaimed books on the Beatles American record releases. In addition to discs with Parlophone labels, the book covers the Apple singles and albums manufactured and distributed by EMI, as well as the Fan Club Christmas discs and the Polydor releases of the group’s Hamburg recordings.
This book has it all.
Available in Mono and Stereo covers (identical contents)
Price Guide for the Beatles American Records
We still have a few units with slight imperfections, either slight scuff lines on the covers or dented corners that do not affect any of the interior pages.
Collector’s edition SOLD OUT.
by Perry Cox and Frank Daniels.
Edited by Bruce Spizer
An exciting new publication with thousands of new listings. Unlike prior guides, all formats for a particular title will be listed together. Thus, the listings under Abbey Road will include vinyl records, 4-track tapes, 8-track tapes, cassettes and compact discs, all in one place. The book will also have color images throughout. Each page of listings will have color images of some of the items described on the page. Most pages have four images, with some having more.
Another innovation is the adoption of the numbering system used in Bruce Spizer’s books. This will enable collectors to coordinate prices in the guide with images in Bruce Spizer’s books. The identification numbers assigned to items in this book are permanent and will not change in future editions. Each listing will have a checkbox so that collectors can mark the items in their collections. Many people will want to own two copies of the book: one for marking up and one to keep on the shelf with their other Beatles books.