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Announcing: The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine Book

THE MYSTERY IS OVER! ROLL UP FOR THE NEXT MAGICAL INSTALLMENT OF THE BEATLES ALBUM SERIES BY BRUCE SPIZER New Orleans, Louisiana (April 23, 2021). 498 Productions is pleased to announce that the next installment in the Beatles Album Series by Bruce Spizer shall be THE BEATLES MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR AND YELLOW SUBMARINE. AWAY IN…

Looking for Magical Mystery Tour Recollections

One of the key components of the Beatles Album Series books is the fan recollections section. Although Bruce has not reached a final decision on his next book project, he wants to begin accumulating fan recollections on other Beatles albums at this time, while memories are still intact. We thank those of you have contributed…

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Thank you “It’s Psychedelic Baby” Magazine for a great review! February 21, 2021 Everybody had a hard year in 2020, but over the past 12-plus months, fans of the Beatles were treated to many great books on the group. Along with Mark Lewisohn, Bruce Spizer must be considered one of the world’s foremost experts on…

Looking for Yellow Sub Submissions

One of the key components of the Beatles Album Series books is the fan recollections section. Although Bruce has not reached a final decision on his next book project, he wants to begin accumulating fan recollections on other Beatles albums at this time, while memories are still intact. Next up is a request for Fan Recollections…

[Podcast] Bruce talks with the Fab 4 Free 4 All crew

The Fab 4 Free 4 All crew catch up with author Bruce Spizer. Bruce’s latest book covers the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, the unreleased Get Back albums, the Let It Be album and film, the noteworthy Get Back bootlegs, the Anthology tracks from the sessions and Let It Be…Naked. The group also discusses the upcoming…

Beatles Debut on the Ed Sullivan Show

Today is the anniversary of the Beatles historic first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The group’s performance on the program was seen by over 73,000,000 people, setting a record at the time for the largest television audience in America. The group performed three songs at the beginning of the show, opening with an energetic…

Rooftop Concert Zoom with Bruce Spizer and Eric Cash

On January 30, 1969, the Beatles played their last concert up on the roof of their Apple headquarters in the heart of London’s business district. Traffic came to standstill in Savile Row and Burlington Gardens as crowds gathered in the streets. Office girls hung out of office windows to listen to the band. Bankers complained…

Review of Let It Be book by Paul Rigby

A nice review by Paul Rigby in Hi-Fi World Download PDF of Hi-Fi World Review by Paul Rigby “…there’s closely packed text and a gamut of images and photographs in there, plus a heap of choice information that you’ll be pushed to find anywhere else. There’s an excellent track-by-track examination with plenty of rare information…

Looking for Help! Recollections

BRUCE SPIZER IS LOOKING FOR YOUR One of the key components of the Beatles Album Series books is the fan recollections section. This has been the case from the very start. After all, the first book in the series is titled “The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper, a Fans’ Perspective.” Although Bruce has not reached a…

How America Learned of the Death of John Lennon

Monday, December 8, 1980 Like many Americans I was watching the Monday Night Football game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. In those days, Monday Night Football was a really big deal. It was a close game. The score was tied at 13-13, with the Patriots about to attempt a field goal…

Ranking the Beatles [Podcast] with Bruce

Hi Bruce, I wanted to say thank you again for appearing on the show! Our episode with you went live early this morning, I think it came out great. It’s available on Apple Podcasts here Ranking the Beatles Podcast It’s also available on other platforms as well, all of which can be found here. Hopefully we…

Plastic EP Interviews Bruce Spizer

Check out this August 31, 2020 Facebook Live Interview with Plastic EP. Click on his profile to visit his Facebook page. Click on the video image to watch the interview on Facebook.      

Publishing in the Time of Pandemic [Interview]

by Jude Southerland Kessler Nothing is “normal” anymore, even the publishing of Bruce Spizer’s long-anticipated work on The Beatles’ final LP, Let It Be. Spizer, who was coordinating his efforts with the 2020 release of the Peter Jackson Get Back film, discovered this month that Disney had been postponed the project until 2021. So, thinking…

The Beatles Legacy on Vinyl PODCAST interview

We are excited about a new podcast interview with Bruce just completed by Lou Longobardi. The podcast covers lots of topics such as: What were the Beatles record labels when they began? Which songs were published on what labels and why? This site has lots of other interesting articles.

How a couple turned $500 into a major Chicago record label

by: Tonya Francisco Posted: WGN9, Feb 27, 2020  CHICAGO — It was the sound heard around the world — a little mom and pop record label out of Chicago called Vee Jay Records. It got its start in Gary, Indiana, by a woman with a vision named Vivian Bracken. She had a radio show called, “Livin’…

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles

Published in Parade Magazine, Feb. 9, 2014 by Bruce Spizer with reporting by Bill Hewitt Everyone knows what happened to the four lads from Liverpool after they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9,  1964, in front of a live TV audience of 74 million. But the three days leading up to the…

The Beatles Take America

Published in American History Magazine, April 2004 by Bruce Spizer FEBRUARY 2004 MARKS the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America. Nearly two centuries after the British “invasion” of 1776, the battle cry was changed from “The British are coming!” to “The Beatles are coming!” And while television had not even been dreamed of…

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