Bruce is continuing work on his upcoming book The Beatles Please Please Me to With The Beatles, the next installment in his Beatles Album Series. The book covers the albums Please Please Me and With The Beatles, and their associated singles, and the American albums Introducing The Beatles and Meet The Beatles! In addition to the usual chapters on the British, American and Canadian perspectives, the book contains chapters on the Decca audition and the EMI artists test session. There are also chapters on the recording sessions and album covers, as well as on the news, music and films of the era to place these albums in their proper context. And, of course, fan recollections.
Bruce has completed writing and editing all but two of the major chapters in the book and will soon begin the selection and editing process for the Fan Recollections. We have already received numerous stories about seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and are interested in receiving some fan recollections regarding the records. If you have not submitted a Fan Recollection yet, please consider writing about your initial reaction to hearing one or more (but not all) of the following records:
- the “Love Me Do” single (1962 and 1963 only);
- the “Please Please Me” single;
- the “From Me To You” single;
- the “She Loves You” single;
- the “I Want To Hold Your Hand” single;
- the Please Please Me album;
- the With The Beatles album;
- the Introducing The Beatles album;
- the Meet The Beatles! album;
Bruce is not looking for an analysis about these great albums and singles, but rather your reactions to first experiencing them.
He is also looking for photos taken from 1962 through February 1964 of fans and these albums and singles of the era. I you have pictures of you (and your friends) with Beatles records and memorabilia taken back in 1963 and early 1964, we would love to see them. We do not have space to run contemporary pictures of fans with their Beatles items.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION of RECOLLECTIONS:
EXTENDED TO MARCH 23, 2023
200 word maximum.
Shorter comments are fine.
SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIES – LEAVE A REPLY IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW – BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME. By submitting, you give your permission for Bruce Spizer and 498 Productions LLC to use your submission in part or full in any print, digital, marketing or any other use. You are not granting an exclusive right and you may still use your submission for any purpose you deem appropriate. No photo required, but it would be great if you have one.
CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW TO UPLOAD A HIGH-RES PHOTOS – By doing so, you attest that you own the full rights to the photo, and that you give your permission for Bruce Spizer and 498 Productions LLC to reproduce the photo in part or in full in print, digital, marketing, or any other use. You are not granting an exclusive right and you may still use your submission for any purpose you deem appropriate.
498 Productions will begin taking advance orders for the new book on April 21, 2023. The anticipated publication date is October 17, 2023. Those pre-ordering the book directly from 498 Productions will receive their copies of The Beatles Rubber Soul to Revolver in advance of the publication date.
We will keep you posted on the publication and ordering dates for future books in the Beatles Album Series (make sure you are subscribed to our email list).