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The Beatles Are Coming!: The Birth of Beatlemania in America
     

The Beatles Are Coming!: The Birth of Beatlemania in America

by Bruce Spizer, Walter Cronkite (Foreword by)
 

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The Beatles Are Coming! covers the Beatles first visit to the United States and the events leading up to the group's arrival on February 7, 1964. It is the most thorough and accurate book ever published on how Beatlemania evolved in America. The book details why Capitol Records turned down the Beatles four times before finally agreeing to release their records. It

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The Beatles Are Coming! covers the Beatles first visit to the United States and the events leading up to the group's arrival on February 7, 1964. It is the most thorough and accurate book ever published on how Beatlemania evolved in America. The book details why Capitol Records turned down the Beatles four times before finally agreeing to release their records. It tells the stories of two small companies, Vee-Jay and Swan, who issued the group's records without success in 1963. It details the American media coverage of the Beatles in late 1963, when Beatlemania was viewed as a curious fad happening in England that could never catch on in the United States. It explains how the Beatles were booked for The Jack Paar Program and The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as two concerts at Carnegie Hall. The book concludes with stories and pictures of the Beatles historic first U.S. visit in February, 1964. The book contains over 450 images, including many previously unpublished photos of the Beatles. Foreword by Walter Cronkite.

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The Washington Post
The 246-page book includes 450 photos and images from period publications, album art work, merchandising and publicity materials, and documents from various legal tussles between record labels after the Beatles' worth became evident. Spizer also debunks numerous myths about the group, including a popular one that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy played a key role in their American success as they pulled the country, particularly its youth, out of its collective grief. As Spizer shows, convincingly, the Beatles lifted everyone's spirits regardless of borders; they simply had a hard time crossing ours. — Richard Harrington

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780966264982
Publisher:
498 Productions, LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
1,144,628
Product dimensions:
9.09(w) x 12.01(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Spizer has written seven critically acclaimed Beatles books, including The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay, The Beatles' Story on Capitol Records, The Beatles on Apple Records and The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America. He has appeared on several national television and radio programs as a Beatles expert and is a consultant for EMI on Beatles projects.

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