Includes never-before published photos of The Beatles!
Beatlemania swept across North America when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February 1964. The decade of the 1960s seemed to change overnight from black and white to color as a generation fell under the influence of the group's music, style and ...
Includes never-before published photos of The Beatles!
Beatlemania swept across North America when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February 1964. The decade of the 1960s seemed to change overnight from black and white to color as a generation fell under the influence of the group's music, style and personalities.
Hot on the success of their film "A Hard Day's Night," The Beatles 1964 summer tour filled auditoriums with screams of delight and excitement - and in some cases, full-blown fan hysteria. This was the case on September 15th in Cleveland, Ohio when police stopped the show in mid-performance and ordered The Beatles off the stage. The next year they were banned from appearing in the city that is now home to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In August 1966, the group launched their final tour, but the innocence portrayed in "A Hard Day's Night" only two years earlier was missing. Controversy raging over Lennon's remarks about Christianity made their safety more of a concern than ever before. A scheduling change lifted the ban and brought The Beatles back to Cleveland for the final tour's first outdoor stadium show. The results were the same - but on a much larger scale. The uncontrollable hysteria of Beatlemania reached a fever pitch as thousands of fans poured from their seats and crashed over police lines to be near their British Idols. It was obvious they could no longer be protected in front of audiences and The Beatles were overheard for the first time saying it would be their last tour.
"The Beatles In Cleveland" brings to life both these special moments in time: two of the wildest, out of control concerts in Beatles - and rock - history.
Go behind the scenes to bring John, Paul, George and Ringo to the city, then grab a front row seat for back stage and on stage excitement with eyewitness accounts from promoters, concert MC's, deejays, journalists, opening acts and fans. The story is also told through rare, never-before published photos, video stills and memorabilia. A concert by The Beatles was not just about the music, but also the emotions stirred by the most influential group in the history of popular music.
Foreword by Bill Harry, Founder and Editor of the legendary "Mersey Beat" newspaper.
"If you'd like to experience what it was like to participate in a Beatles concert, we can't recommend 'The Beatles In Cleveland' strongly enough - Bob Malik, host of the nationally syndicated radio show "The Beatle Years."
"This book is a must read for the fan who's never been witness to The Beatles concert mania first-hand, and even more important to anyone who's actually seen The Beatles live." - Joe Johnson, host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Beatle Brunch."
"A compelling and satisfying read, not only for a generation that remembers the edgy, youthful excitement that followed the band's every move back then, but for the countless young musicians looking to be inspired anew by music's greatest phenomenon." - Dennis Mitchell, host of "Breakfast with the Beatles," Las Vegas, NV
"What a ride! Reading 'The Beatles In Cleveland' was the next best thing to being at a Beatles show! With all the books ever written about the Beatles, Dave Schwensen's literary contribution to the Beatles legendary folklore rises to the top!" - Cha-Chi Loprete, host of "Breakfast with the Beatles," Boston, MA
"'The Beatles In Cleveland' captures the excitement, hysteria and even the terror of being in the middle of an amped-up mob whose only goal was to get a piece of The Fab Four. A must read for old and new fans alike." - Fred Lindgren, Writer / Producer for "The Beatle Years" from Westwood One Radio, Los Angeles, CA
"The book is a masterpiece at capturing a moment that affected not only tens of thousands of people, but the BEATLES themselves. I was swept back to that night and relived the elation, awe, panic, tension and immediate instinctive reaction that made up the moment for me. I think you've done every Beatle fan in the world a service. With the printed page you have 'framed' a VERY precious memory in a time-proof display that will be cherished for generations to come." - 'Big' Jack Armstong, on stage MC for the 1966 Beatles concert at Cleveland Stadium.
"Dave Schwensen did the impossible. Through his writing he took my mind from the California coastline to Cleveland and made me enjoy it. I was mainly skeptical that he could write a whole book about two Beatle concerts in said city and hold my interest. Not only did he accomplish both impossibilities, he totally drew me into the whole experience and gave me new insight into something I thought I knew something about. Good show, mate!" - Ken Mansfield, Former U.S. Manager of The Beatles' Apple Records.
Fan recollections and personal interactions with the Beatles. Gives a good sense of the excitement and unbridled hysteria the band of longhaired liverpudians fueled in teens, and the confusion and apprehension toward the establishment that would soon turn to fear and hippie dread. The backstage moments offer insights on the band being in the eye of a huge storm they didn't fully understand, and how their marketed personalities, (the Quiet One, the Cute One, etc.), were not too far off the mark.
Dave Schwensen has put together not only a memory-filled tale of the two Cleveland Beatles concerts in 1964 & 1966, he has created the most microscopically detailed account of any period in Beatles history.
The meat of the book comes from Schwensen's research. He spent three years interviewing those who interacted with the group during its trips to Cleveland, and his sleuthing helped him dig up vivid details. This book likely will impress even die-hard Beatles fans, who are sure to learn a few more details about what the author calls "the most influential group in the history of popular music." But it's a fun read for Beatle novices too.
An accessible, fast paced read. We hear the first hand memories of the people who were there and their voices are evocative of the time and will pull a reader directly into the full force of Beatlemania. Goes behind the scenes and lets us into the trailer at Cleveland Stadium where the group prepared for the show and then fled to when overzealous fans trampled the flimsy snow fence barrier and stormed the stage. The immediacy brings the era fully to life and recaptures musical history being made
Dave Schwensen is an award-winning humor columnist and author of "Father's Days... And Nights: Humorous Tales from the Frontlines of Fatherhood," "How To Be A Working Comic: An Insider's Guide To A Career In Stand-Up Comedy" and "Comedy FAQs And Answers: How The Stand-Up Biz Really Works." A nationally recognized comedy and humor coach, his insider's knowledge of the comedy industry was earned as a television talent coordinator in Hollywood and New York City.
Dave has designed and instructs courses in communications and presentation skills for various colleges, universities and businesses. As a pop culture historian and (high energy) presenter, his program "The Beatles: Their Influence on American Teenagers and the Concert Experience" is a magical history tour for schools and special events.
Coming in Spring 2012 - "The Beatles At Shea Stadium."