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Consumer Alert! Price Guide almost Sold Out

December 6, 2017 498 Productions is alerting its customers that the title “Price Guide for the Beatles American Records” (6th Edition), by Perry Cox and Frank Daniels, is close to selling out. 498 currently has less than 30 copies available for sale at this time. The company’s first four books have sold out and bring…

Ken Michaels Every Little Thing talks to Bruce

Pt. 1 – Idea for writing this book; special fan memories; articles from Al Sussman, Bill King and Frank Daniels; celebrities who shared their memories; who the real Sgt. Pepper was; importance of the packaging. Pt. 2 – Bruce’s assessment of the 2017 stereo remix, songs that represent the greatest sonic improvement; favorites outtakes from…

Fab 4 Free 4 All Podcast – Talking Pepper with Bruce

Show #174 – Talking Pepper With Bruce Spizer The New RINGO Single Is In This Show! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fab-4-free-4-all/id498965757?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 https://archive.org/details/100Fab4free4all and our site at www.fab4free4all.com or at http://tunein.com/radio/Fab-4-Free-4-All-p1000825/ Beatles fans all over the world have enjoyed the incredible, detailed work of Bruce Spizer, a lifelong fan who has published nine books about the Fab Four. And many of us have had…

Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, Aug. 11-13, 2017

Join Bruce at Fest for Beatles in Chicago! Fri. 7:00-8:00 PM-Authors’ Panel (Grand Ballroom) Fri. 10:45 PM-Panel on Sgt. Pepper (Paperback Writer Ballroom) Sat. 12:10-1:00 PM-Sgt. Pepper: A U.S. Perspective (A/V Presentation) (Grand Ballroom) Sun. 2:00-2:45 PM-Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective (Paperback Writer Ballroom)  

The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album celebrates its 50th anniversary today

Posted on ABCnews.com By MATT FRIEDLANDER Jun 1, 2017, 11:32 AM ET It was 50 years ago today that “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” got its official release in the U.K. The Beatles’ psychedelic masterpiece — which hit U.S. stores a day later — went where no album had gone before, combining such influences…

A SPLENDID JOB WAS DONE BY ALL

By Bruce Spizer In coordination with the 50th anniversary of the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” Apple, Capitol and Universal Music Group are giving fans multiple options to experience the Beatles landmark album. Prior to jumping into this review, I must disclose that I served as a consultant on the project, contributing…

Who’s the Real Sgt. Pepper? Variety article

Who’s the Real Sgt. Pepper? New Beatles Book Unveils Identity of Soldier Seen on Album Cover by Steve Marinucci Published in Variety, May 13, 2017 While the picture of the man depicting “Sgt. Pepper” in the Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album looks like a character out of a story book, he was…

Sgt. Pepper Stereo Remix Launch Party

New York City – April 28, 2017 Special report by Bruce Spizer & Tom Frangione   On May 19, 1967, a dozen or so journalists and disc jockeys were invited to hear the premiere of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at Brian Epstein’s four-story Georgian home in London. Nearly 50 years later, a hundred…

Abbey Road on the River – Jeffersonville, Indiana – May 26-28, 2017

Bruce will be a featured speaker at Abbey Road on the River, which has moved across the river from Louisville, Kentucky to Jeffersonville, Indiana. He will be there Friday, May 26 through Sunday, May 28, 2017, giving presentations and appearing on panels on Sgt. Pepper, as well as selling and signing copies of his new…

Beatles at the Ridge in Walnut Ridge, AK, Sept. 15, 2017

Bruce Spizer will hold a book signing Friday, September 15 at Beatles at the Ridge in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, where he is the Featured Speaker for the 2017 Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium. Headlining a panel of noted Beatles scholars such as Lanea Stagg, Dr. Kit O’Toole, Dr. Ken Womack, Sara Schmidt, Jude Southerland Kessler,…

[NEW BOOK] Announcing: The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective

COMING MAY 2017! Bruce Spizer’s latest book on the Beatles will cover the Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album from the fans’ perspective with contributions by Bruce, Bill King, Al Sussman, Frank Daniels, Piers Hemmingsen and others. UPDATE 3/21/17: The book is coming along nicely. He has received dozens of wonderful stories from fans…

Santa loves the Beatles

Santa is coming to town and he’s a Beatles Fan Bruce Spizer’s books tell the fascinating and sometimes convoluted stories behind the Beatles vinyl releases. Even casual fans will find the books’ stories behind the songs and records fascinating. No matter how much you know about the Beatles, you will learn something new.   Every…

[EVENT] The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years – Prytania Theater, New Orleans, Sept. 23-25, 2016

Prytania Theatre & Bruce Spizer present The Beatles:Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years Screenings Hosted by Beatles author/historian Bruce Spizer September 23, 2016 thru September 25, 2016   https://www.facebook.com/events/171759099921785 Tickets: http://prytaniatheatreneworleans.com/ _______________________________ Below are the special Screenings Hosted by Bruce Spizer- Friday, Sept 23, 7:30 PM – Screening of Eight Days A Week…

50 Years Ago: Beatles Butcher Cover Fiasco

The infamous Beatles Butcher cover (shown above) made its limited appearance in June 1966. After Capitol Records sent out copies of the album to distributors, disc jockeys and reviewers, the company was besieged with angry protests over the grisly photo. It marked the first time that the Beatles judgment was severely and universally criticized. Faced…

Memories of Ali and the Beatles

Saturday morning, June 4, 2016. I read the news today, oh boy, on the front face of my iPhone. There were push notifications from The New York Times and CBS News. Muhammad Ali was dead at 74. He had died the night before. It was not a surprise to me as the media had warned…