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The Beatles At Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert
 
 

The Beatles At Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert [Kindle Edition]

Dave Schwensen
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The Beatles' performance at New York's Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965 is one of the most exciting and important concert events in the history of popular music. Produced by Sid Bernstein and introduced on stage by television legend Ed Sullivan, John, Paul, George and Ringo played, sang, sweated and laughed for a record crowd of 55,600 fans. It was the height of Beatlemania and launched the modern era of outdoor stadium shows.



"The Beatles At Shea Stadium" tells the story of this concert through researched commentary and exclusive interviews with Beatles insiders, friends and fans. The story begins in 1963 with Bernstein scheduling the then-unknown group for two concerts at Carnegie Hall and the first wave of U.S. Beatlemania. Follow events leading up to the concert as the Beatles arrive in New York, tape "The Ed Sullivan Show" and attend a never-before revealed dinner at Rockefeller Center. Then go backstage as they nervously prepare to face their largest live audience.



The concert and excitement surrounding their performance are described in detail based on unedited live recordings and eyewitness accounts, and gives new insights into making the television special, secret recording session to overdub the live audio for network broadcast, and subsequent restoration of the classic film. Book includes rare photos, memorabilia, and never-before published correspondence, documents and production notes.


"The concert and excitement surrounding the performance is
described in amazing detail based on unedited live recordings and eyewitness
accounts which appear throughout the book, including hundreds of little-known
facts about the TV special produced by Ed Sullivan which aired on ABC, as well
as the secret recording session to overdub the live audio for network
broadcast." - Queens Gazette

"The book reveals everything one would want to know about the historic
concert, from the weather to the songs to the sound system and
marketing. The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert makes a welcome addition to any Beatle fan's library, as it fills in a significant knowledge gap."- Something Else! Reviews

About the Author

Dave Schwensen is an entertainment journalist, award-winning humor columnist, pop culture historian and author of six books including "The Beatles In Cleveland."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3438 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: North Shore Publishing (26 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GYHWLP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dave Schwensen is a former television talent coordinator, entertainment journalist, award-winning humor columnist, pop culture historian and author of six books including "The Beatles At Shea Stadium," "The Beatles In Cleveland" and "How To Be A Working Comic."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles at Shea Stadium 17 Dec 2013
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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On the 15th August, 1965, the Beatles played to a record crowd of 55,600 at Shea Stadium. It was, at that time, the largest rock concert ever staged and, later, John Lennon was to reflect that it was where he, "saw the top of the mountain...."

This book gives all the background to the concert, including information on promoter Sid Bernstein and New York DJ's Cousin Brucie Morrow and Murray the K. Many people who attended the concert, either as a fan or because they were involved in the show in some way, are interviewed and share their stories of that momentous day. In 1965, the attendance and revenue were record breaking - it was the height of Beatlemania and the birth of stadium rock. In many ways, it was a concert that changed the music scene forever, with bands afterwards demanding a larger share of the profits and better security, sound and organisation. Yet, despite the obvious need for crowd control, it seems to have been a good natured and happy event. Fans recall the constant screaming, like "white noise", but the police were there simply to protect them and scoop them up if they broke towards the stage. Nobody was hurt, nobody fought, there was no trouble - just an overwhelming excitement and enjoyment.

Every song performed is looked at in depth, including the finale of "I'm Down" - where, famously, John played the keyboard with his elbow, as the band gave up battling the roar of the crowd and just performed with enjoyment. Having arrived nearby by helicopter, even the fans wondered how they would "get away". They were finally whisked away in a station wagon and, as fan Doug Fernandez recalled, "It was electric, it was fun and then it was over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles Make the Scene at Shea Stadium! 8 Feb 2014
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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On Sunday, August 15, 1965 the Beatles made history when they made the scene at Queens N.Y.' Shea Stadium! After audiences sat through some pre-concert performances by other artists, Ed Sullivan announced the Beatles' arrival by helicopter with these immortal words:

"Honored in their country, decorated by their Queen and loved here in America, here they are, the Beatles!"

History was made as this concert was the first of many to come that was held in a sports arena. For years, the 1965 concert held the distinction of being the largest concert venue with the largest attendance on record.

This book is a must-have for all fans. Readers are treated to the events leading up to the famous 1965 concert and input from other insiders such as Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, a famous N.Y. disc jockey like Murray "the K" Kaufman, jokingly called the Fifth Beatle due to his incessant trailing and recording the Beatles when they arrived in America in 1964 and concert promoter Sid Bernstein. Interviews with those involved in making the concert take place and some of the lucky attendees are included all to make readers feel as if they were there! You can see that parking lot full of Better Idea Ford Falcons, some serious 1965 Dodge Coronets and other cool cars and trappings of the time to transport you to when the Beatles made history at Shea Stadium!

Shea Stadium was the jumping off point for future concerts by other artists. Because of the set up there, performers began demanding that security be beefed up and that their sound systems checked and ready to go so that attendees would be able to enjoy the show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More information about a main event of the 60's 27 May 2014
By J. Chow
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Good background info about how the show was organised, the concert itself and comments from the people who were there in the audience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay 30 Aug 2014
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not bad
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles at Shea Stadium 17 Dec 2013
By S Riaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
On the 15th August, 1965, the Beatles played to a record crowd of 55,600 at Shea Stadium. It was, at that time, the largest rock concert ever staged and, later, John Lennon was to reflect that it was where he, “saw the top of the mountain....”

This book gives all the background to the concert, including information on promoter Sid Bernstein and New York DJ’s Cousin Brucie Morrow and Murray the K. Many people who attended the concert, either as a fan or because they were involved in the show in some way, are interviewed and share their stories of that momentous day. In 1965, the attendance and revenue were record breaking – it was the height of Beatlemania and the birth of stadium rock. In many ways, it was a concert that changed the music scene forever, with bands afterwards demanding a larger share of the profits and better security, sound and organisation. Yet, despite the obvious need for crowd control, it seems to have been a good natured and happy event. Fans recall the constant screaming, like “white noise”, but the police were there simply to protect them and scoop them up if they broke towards the stage. Nobody was hurt, nobody fought, there was no trouble – just an overwhelming excitement and enjoyment.

Every song performed is looked at in depth, including the finale of “I’m Down” – where, famously, John played the keyboard with his elbow, as the band gave up battling the roar of the crowd and just performed with enjoyment. Having arrived nearby by helicopter, even the fans wondered how they would “get away”. They were finally whisked away in a station wagon and, as fan Doug Fernandez recalled, “It was electric, it was fun and then it was over.” Years later, when Paul played with Billy Joel at the last show held at Shea, the same man drove him to the stage who had driven the band on that first show.

This is a fascinating account of that day. It has detailed information on everything about that ground breaking concert and also about the making of the television special. Many documents are hard to read, but the author assumed (correctly) that completists will want to see them and, where possible, letters are transcribed. There is a very interesting letter from M. Clay Adams to his son, Michael, after he travelled to London to record the Beatles overdubs for the tv special, including his impressions of both George Martin and the Beatles.

It is also interesting to note that, amongst the crowd at Shea that day were many famous faces – including the Rolling Stones and also Meryl Steep – who was keen to tell Paul that she had made a banner for him saying, “I’ll love you forever, Paul”, when she presented him with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (he said he remembered it!). Also there were both Linda Eastman and Barbara Bach, yet to meet their future husbands in person. This is a wonderful collection of memories and stories and, although it is obviously about one specific event, it is a must read for Beatles fans.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles fans should come together right now and read this outstanding book 8 Dec 2013
By June M. Scharf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A must read for all Beatles fans! Schwensen takes an "eyewitness" approach to reporting this story, using key insiders to shed great detail on all events related to this seminal concert. It's not the first time he's written about the Beatles either. He's steeped in knowledge, being a consummate fan himself, so he qualifies as a very reliable source. The book is exceptionally well written and features plenty of revealing photos. It also makes a great gift for the Beatles fan who thinks he/she knows everything about the band... and with a cover to cover read, truly can.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whether you were there or not.... 5 Jan 2014
By Pattie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book transports you! I was one of the lucky ones. Sometimes, I tear up when I think of it or see video of the concert. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to witness as a young child. Nothing. Thank you to Dave Schwensen for finally writing this book. I've always wondered why no book had ever been written about this moment in history...what became the most important concert event ever. It. Changed. EVERYTHING!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captured the excitement! 21 Dec 2013
By Edd R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Once I started reading this book...I kept on reading! Finished it in one day. It certainly captures the excitement of August 15, 1965 at Shea. I especially like the section on the making of the TV Special that aired on ABC and the story behind all of the (secret) editing of the music soundtrack. A fun read.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shea stadium concert in '65 21 Dec 2013
By Deborah Boyd - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved it ! Wished I had been there to share in this forever remembered event-but, it didn't happen, but being able to read about it was very entertaining and informative.
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