In My Life: Encounters with the Beatles

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In My Life brings together fiction, recollections, and poetry in which the Beatles and their songs play a pivotal role, showing how the Beatles have affected us all through their incredible music, astonishing inventiveness, and infectious sense of humor.
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In My Life brings together fiction, recollections, and poetry in which the Beatles and their songs play a pivotal role, showing how the Beatles have affected us all through their incredible music, astonishing inventiveness, and infectious sense of humor.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Playwright and diarist Wesker has an ideal angle from which to examine the slings and arrows of theatrical fortune. A rising star of the happening British theater scene in the late '50 and early '60s, he had early successes with antiestablishment plays such as Chips with Everything and The Kitchen. Those for whom his name or the titles of his plays are now unfamiliar are hardly alone, however. Since the late '70s, Wesker has fallen out of favor, eclipsed by greater talents, among them David Hare, Howard Brenton and Edward Bond. Even at his height, Wesker felt himself to be, in his own words, "an established playwright but still somehow a peripheral one." One element in his fall was his mid-1970s dream that a radical revision of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice--countering the anti-Semitic effect of the original--would be his masterpiece. What he came up with was Shylock, a legendary flop, eternally damned by the death of its star, Zero Mostel, after only one preview performance. Wesker writes with painful humor, and palpable frustration, of the myriad problems that beset the production, such as his fights with director, producer and actors, and the endless compromises that diluted his original vision beyond recognition. The book is full of sharp observations on the impossible plight of the playwright, and it provides a refreshingly unsentimental view of the politics of the commercial theater. The history of the theater, unsurprisingly, gets written by the victors; Wesker's book allows us a rare and discomfiting view from the other side. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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This diary, which reads like a novel, begins in October 1974 and records the process of writing and rehearsing Shylock and opening the play in New York in 1977, with final entries in 1985. Wesker is a major British playwright whose play attracted international talent: director John Dexter, Zero Mostel, John Clements, Marian Seldes, and others. Getting a play to performance is a form of warfare, in which the combatants are committed artists in a collaborative art form. This is the record of a long, sustained struggle, usually cordial, often loving, occasionally rancorous--and one that survived the disaster of a star's death. Wesker is insightful about the process, capturing the exhilaration and risk of creativity and making the participants vivid characters. The Broadway system gives the director, designer, and producer final decision authority, and with great eloquence, Wesker cries out for the primacy of the writer. His passion is persuasive. Required reading.--Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Brings together fiction, recollections, and poetry in which the Beatles and their songs play a pivotal role, showing how the Beatles have affected us all through their music and humor. Contributors include Timothy Leary, Tom Wolfe, Allen Ginsberg, and many less-known authors. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880642484
  • Publisher: Fromm International Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.69 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Fab Four Tour Deutschland: Hamburg, 1961 3
From a letter to Ken Horton 4
Introduction from The Beatles with Lacan 5
Hello, Goodbye 7
Another Version of the Chair 12
Portland Coliseum 17
Waiting on the Beatles 19
Dunraven School, South London, 1964 24
You Say You Want a Revolution 26
Not a Second Time 33
Barbershop 41
Beatle Wig 42
A Hard Night's Day 43
Annus Mirabilis 46
Sod Manila! 47
Playland 65
489 East 11th, Apt. 3C 66
Thank God for the Beatles 69
First Party at Ken Kesey's with Hell's Angels 82
"Cloud," from The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test 83
The Yellow Sub 98
The Beatles in Tonypandy 100
Expatriates 115
The Moment of Truth 117
Roots 129
A Different Bag 131
He Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) 142
Dizzy Girls in the Sixties 149
America the Beatle-full 151
The Endless Days of Sixties Sunshine 157
The Girl Who Sang with the Beatles 158
The Ballad of Aunt Helen 177
Mr. Champinoux Meets the Beatles 178
The Frisco Gigs 186
1973 188
Drive My Car 190
Timeline 206
The Assassination of John Lennon as Depicted by the Madame Toussaud Wax Museum 209
Working at Rolling Stone: December 8, 1980 210
Liverpool Echo 211
Prologue from Shout! 212
Why I Didn't Like the Beatles 217
Shake a Tail Feather 219
The Last Beatlemaniac 229
Following the Genius with Four Heads; or, Why I Became a Composer 237
Introduction to The Beatles 247
I Wanna Be Your Man 249
Imagine 251
1996 255
from The Old Life 257
Family Reunion 258
My Mother Met John Lennon 259
from The Duplex Planet 268
Beatles 4ever 274
Splice 283
When the Last Beatle Dies 284
Biographies of the Contributors 285
Acknowledgments 292
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