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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…

53rd anniversary of the release of PLEASE PLEASE ME

Today is the 53rd anniversary of the release of the Beatles first album, PLEASE PLEASE ME. When the LP went on sale on March 22, 2963, youth-oriented albums typically contained a hit single or two packed with filler. Although British records buyers got 14 songs, they were lucky if four of them were worth the…

50 Years Ago: A Rubber Soul Christmas to Remember

The 1965 Christmas season was a very special time for Beatles fans. On December 3, 1965, Parlophone simultaneously released the double A-side single “We Can Work It Out” c/w “Day Tripper” and the album “Rubber Soul.” In America, Capitol issued the same single and its version of the “Rubber Soul” album three days later on…

First Magic From Apple Records

I will never forget the magic I felt when I removed my copy of Hey Jude from its black “The Beatles on Apple” sleeve for the first time.

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Capitol of the World Trivia

Today’s trivia questions come from the “Capitol of the World” chapter in the revised and expanded digital edition of “The Beatles’ Story on Capitol Records, Part One: Beatlemania and the Singles.” What British recording artist had four singles on Capitol before the group signed the Beatles and whose management turned down a Lennon-McCartney original? Hint:…

Beatlefan Gold Record Award Interview with Bruce Spizer

On July 24, 2014, the Recording Industry Association of America (the “RIAA”) added four singles and one album to its list of Beatles records that have been certified gold. Beatlefan contacted Beatles author/historian Bruce Spizer in hopes of learning the story behind these new certifications.