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Interesting book for fans, even to those who thought they had and knew everything about The Beatles...
on 29 November 2013
"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.