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The Beatles in America [Hardcover]

Spencer Leigh
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11 Nov 2013
Early in 1964, with Beatlemania raging in the UK, the Beatles topped the US charts with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," and became a sensation on American TV with The Ed Sullivan Show - on which they appeared no fewer than three occasions, on consecutive Sundays in February, 1964. In April 1964, they held all Top Five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 and were playing such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Shea Stadium. With exclusive interviews with fellow musicians, promoters, and audience members, together with rare photographs and memorabilia, The Beatles In America is the definitive, fully illustrated account of their concerts, the controversies, and of how the country dominated their lives in so many ways - written by one of the acknowledged experts on the Fab Four, Liverpool's own Spencer Leigh. Covers all the group's North American appearances/tours in detail: their first two live American appearances in 1964, the first full North American tour of August and September, 1964; the second, short tour of 1965; and the third, 13-date tour of August and September, 1966 - with maps showing the cities they played on each tour. Describes how Beatlemania "broke" in Canada before it did in the US - and why. Includes exclusive and previously unpublished interviews with key figures of the era, such as Del Shannon, Roy Orbison, Sid Bernstein, Cynthia Lennon, Bill Wyman, Roger McGuinn, Pete Best, Davy Jones and Peter Tork (of the Monkees), Larry Kane (journalist), Suzy Quatro, Tony Barrow, Alf Bicknell, Ronnie Spector, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, May Pang.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (11 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780388802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780388809
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 21.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spencer Leigh was born and still lives in Liverpool, England, and is an acknowledged authority on the Beatles. He has been broadcasting his weekly show, On The Beat, on BBC Radio Merseyside for more than 25 years and, over that time, has conducted more interviews about the band - all captured on tape - than anyone in the world. He has also written over 25 books including biographies of Lonnie Donegan, Billy Fury, Buddy Holly, the Merseybeats and the Merseysippi Jazz Band. He is an Honoured Friend at Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)and he has a Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

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Spencer Leigh is an acknowledged expert on Mersey Beat and his 'On The Beat' programme has been broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside for over 25 years and has contributed to many BBC documentaries. He writes for The Independent, and Record Collector. Mojo describe him as 'rock music's most enthusiastic amateur historian.' He is also the author of The Beatles in Hamburg and The Beatles in Liverpool, both published by Omnibus Press.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift 28 Jan 2014
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It was a gift for a young American girl who loves the Beatles. She assured me she was delighted with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beatles in usa 1 Jan 2014
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a great must for all beatles fan what ever age,great pics and notes from a great expert from that time .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 24 April 2014
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I have all three of Spencer Leigh's books on the beatles (the others cover Hamburg and Liverpool periods) and all are excellent. These are books are interesting for anyone that wants to be introduced to the beatles but also fans like myself that have already read many other books on the subject. They are richly illustrated and contain many references to people associated with the fab four. What I particularly liked in this book are quotes from people you wouldn't normally associate with them and what the 'beatles invasion of America' meant to them and what it meant to them. Worth buying and I'd recommend the other titles also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good 16 Mar 2014
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It’s a very comprehensive book covering as aspect of their time in the US as the Beatles and as individuals later on.
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