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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radio Days, 18 Oct 2013
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Quiverbow (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970 (Hardcover)
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. Listed at the back with brief text are the 96 songs and six, of seven, oddities (though it's mentioned in the main body of text, 'Whit Monday To You' is missing) performed on both mediums. What will be surprising to many is how few times the group appeared on BBC television (and very little of those few remain). The most unexpected of these all too infrequent appearances is their return from America in February 1964. Deemed so important by the national broadcaster, the event took over 15 minutes of Grandstand on a Saturday afternoon and has one of those laugh out loud moments. When the reporter spotted a lone male amongst the thousands, he was asked why he was there; "I'm just trying to get on television". Also remarkable is how many documents and letters still survive - now we can all read them.

The only aberration was with one of the names mentioned. The BBC's boxing commentator was Harry Carpenter, not Humphrey Carpenter.

If you are at all interested in the subject, buy this. It is well packaged and presented.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book for fans, even to those who thought they had and knew everything about The Beatles..., 29 Nov 2013
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Denis Vukosav - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970 (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.

Overall, this is an interesting book for The Beatles fans, even to those who thought they had and knew everything about their favorite band because author managed to give a comprehensive overview of one part of their career that proved crucial considering all what followed thereafter.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding in-depth on the Beatles BBC performances!, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting informative read, 31 Jan 2014
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An excellent in depth account of The Beatles' BBC appearances. Full of factual information but still an enjoyable read without getting bogged down with dates and facts. Interesting to get an insight into the BBC's relationship with the Beatles' / Epstein's organisation and to read some of the viewers / listeners good and bad reviews. Also ties in nicely with the Live At The BBC CDs.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beatles bbc book, 19 Oct 2013
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beautiful. i cant recomend this enough. iv got lots of beatles books and this is one of the best. you need this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 July 2014
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Was bought as a gift and he loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Auntie - a must have?, 7 Jun 2014
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The dimensions and retro design of the box is an attention grabber, and these factors along with the weight of the book can't fail to make an impact on anybody coming to this set for the first time. Other family members were drawn to it as it sat on the lounge table, and people are impresed by the quality of the photos, as well as the novelty extra items: BBC memos and reports, etc.

Should you buy it? Obviously Beatles addicts will gobble it up, but ordinary people might well feel that they'll be content with the related CD sets, especially because they contain excellent notes from Kevin Howlett. For many, that will be sufficient, and they will decide that they do not need the fascinating, but blow by blow detail that Howlett provides in this book.

Am I happy I acquired it? Yes, and especially at Amazon's lower price, coupled with my Amazon gift voucher! Would I pay the £45 list price? No, I wouldn't. As always you pays your money and you takes your choice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 18 Dec 2013
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I was waiting for a CD and received such a book with wonderful information for people who love the Beatles .
This is a present for my grandson in South America and I am sure he is going to appreciate it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles....Boxed, 19 Dec 2013
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What can you say about this writer?
How did he put it all together, where did he or how did he get all the info, because he would have to check the sources, cross check and check again as not all the information is in circulation. Great photos, great info, enough to get the Beatles at the BBC out to listen again.
Kevin did a great job the first time, he has excelled himself with this publication, he is up there with Mark Lewishon!

Brilliant!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant purchase, 16 Nov 2013
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This splendid book on The Beatles at the Beeb was everything I expected and more. A fascinating read and a must have for all Beatles fans, particularly in those early innocent years of the BBC radio. Highly recommended.
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