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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849906882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849906883
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 6.3 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Box set, containing 336-page, colour illustrated book, a photographic print and six removable facsimile documents, charting the inside never-before-told story of the Beatles at the BBC, on TV and on the radio.

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BBC producer and author Kevin Howlett has been closely associated with The Beatles throughout his career. He has previously written three books about them, and has made radio documentaries for Apple Corps. He wrote the booklet essays for all fourteen of The Beatles’ albums remastered in 2009, and he wrote the notes and produced the ‘Fly On The Wall’ bonus disc for the 2003 Beatles remixed album Let It Be ...Naked.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
"The Beatles: The BBC Archives" by Kevin Howlett is a collection of the transcripts of The Beatles' appearances on BBC Radio/Television from 1962 to 1970.

Kevin Howlett who is recognized expert on group appearances on the BBC spent three decades of his career writing about The Beatles, and also running a radio show where he was discussing their appearances on BBC.
Therefore, this book can be considered as collection of everything on which he worked his entire professional career.

He nicely presented his book dividing it into several chapters, each covering one year of their career, from 1962 up to the 1970; each chapter starts with an introduction on two pages where author is describing what were the major events that marked that year in States, UK and worldwide, not only in music, but also what was happening in movies, TV, even politics.

After this brief prelude, each chapter is providing chronologically listed appearances of The Beatles during particular year, how and why they were on the BBC radio or TV programs, intertwining it with the transcripts of interviews that were conducted during these appearances.

Due to the reason that they stop appearing in radio and TV from year 1965, it was very interesting to read about their interviews in remaining years that were given by group members in special circumstances.
In this part of book even readers which are very familiar with The Beatles will be able to learn some new information about group like for example who decided for group to stop appearing in media.

In last part of book, reader will find nice list of people and songs that impacted The Beatles, starting from Motown singers, Chuck Berry, Elvis and some more which are not so famous to general public.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2013
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These next few weeks are going to prove expensive for Beatles fans, what with a quartet of releases fighting for your money. Paul McCartney's `New' is out now, and both `On Air' and the remastered `Live at the BBC' are coming your way. A companion to those two releases is Kevin Howlett's history of the group at the BBC. (Moreover, it is not just of their radio performances, as it also covers their television appearances for Auntie.) Nevertheless, is there room for another book on the Fab Four? Other than his slim line look at the Fab Four on radio back in 1996 - and both Lewisohn's 'Complete Beatles' and Ritchie Unterberger's `Unreleased Beatles' looked into the subject - as Howlett had unreserved access to the BBC vaults, yes there is.

Though what is included here was in that previous paperback, not only is this double the number of pages, it is not simply a book per se; it also includes a photo of the group and six reproductions of various documents (one from John Lennon) within a replica paper file. It all comes in a box meant to look like a tape reel box.

Inside, there are plenty of photos of the boys, many of which you will never have seen (the one on page 10 is superb, the three on page 88 need a double take), along with yet more copies of BBC paperwork and photos of the records of the songs the group covered (mostly singles in their original paper sleeves). The BBC Audience Research Reports make interesting reading; the first edition of Pop Go The Beatles had an index of 52 whereas Magical Mystery Tour's was just 23, but their appearance on Juke Box Jury garnered 63.

There is plenty of text regarding the history of their appearances on both television and radio from March 1962 until April 1970, with plenty of interviews to digest.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Walter Five on 18 Oct. 2013
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Over the last three decades CD several series and/or CD box sets have boastfully purported to be the "complete" BBC Radio Sessions. No such collections can possibly be complete: This book, written by BBC Producer and Author, Keven Howlett documents all of the Beatles BBC Radio and TV appearances from 1962-1971, showing sadly how much of the original BBC material was erased, lost, stolen. Most of the BBC Sessions that are in existence are because they were home-recorded by dedicated fans using primitive remote microphone recordings of the radio broadcast. Thankfully much video material has been saved, this book goes into more detail than Jon Winn's "Lifting Latches." This book also works as a companion to the 1st and forthcoming 2nd BBC Radio sets.

I like these sort of reproduction books, with removable documents, ticket stubs, mini-flyers and posters. This was an aspect of Beatles history that well deserves a magnification, and the fan will get it here! Wonderful stuff for us Beatleholics these days!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ash on 19 Nov. 2014
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In most respects this is a good, interesting and well researched book however i believe that Kevin's failure to detail the surviving recordings from the BBC Radio sessions is a major and perhaps fatal flaw. OK not really fatal but pretty serious. The reason why anyone would want to read a book about The Beatles (or any band for that matter) is because they like the music and yet there is no detail anywhere about which of the unique recordings made at the BBC still exist. Maybe someone reading such information might have thought "oh i think i might have taped that show i've got it somewhere on a reel to reel in my loft" or something similar and another historic recording would have been found - yet another previously not thought to exist track did indeed emerge earlier this year in very good quality in a private collection so i'm not being far-fetched. While i commend Kevin for the work he put in i have to ask why on earth there is no reference to surviving recordings - it couldn't be more relevant. He wouldn't even have to use the dreaded B word . That's not Beatles all you Stones fans, i mean BOOTLEG.
For those interested, Doug Sulpy has obliged in his excellent 910 Master Guide to the Beatles Radio Performances. If you want to know about the music recorded by The Beatles for BBC Radio, that's the place to go. It's not pretty but it is about the music, what it's like and where it is. If you're gonna be trainspottery you might as well do it properly.
If you want to actually hear all the music then you'll need CrApple to pull their finger out and issue the Complete BBC Recordings Box Set these historic sessions deserve instead of the "Czechoslovakian Albums Re-Channeled Stereo Box" and Limited Edition White Album ballpoint pen they seem more interested in putting out.
Other than that i quite liked it.
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