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Posted March 21, 2007
I reviewed The Beatles Are Coming! by Bruce Spizer (accountant, attorney, Beatles commentator on radio and television, and frequent guest speaker at Beatles conventions) for The World Beatles Forum fanzine (Jan/Feb 2004). Walter Cronkite, once voted the most trusted person in America, says it best in the book's foreword, 'The Beatles Are Coming! is a thoroughly researched and entertaining account of the group's first U.S. visit, full of interesting and little known stories about how the Beatles caught on in America. The text is effectively matched with hundreds of pictures and documents. The devotion and effort Bruce Spizer put into this book is rare these days.' (Mr. Spizer was asked by EMI to write the text for its 60-page booklet included with The Beatles' The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 CD set.) The Beatles Are Coming! is a fun and exciting read. Mr. Spizer allows the reader to relive the building of Beatlemania in America - the adventure, the screams, and the dreams on stage and behind the scenes. The Beatles Are Coming! is the best book about The Beatles' 1964 invasion of America!
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Posted February 3, 2007
All of Bruce Spizer's books are for diehard Beatle collectors only. They are lavishly illustrated and beautifully put together. The trouble is there is no substance to his writing. His books are poorly written and are no more than a collection of facts which lack imagination or interesting prose. Bruce Spizer is a full time accountant who writes like one. The most ridiculous details are gone over pertaining to uninteresting variations in album label colours and promotional items. There are plenty of other Beatles' books that have covered the exact same ground as any one of Mr. Spizer's books in a far more entertaining way. 'The Beatles '64: A Hard Day's Night In America.' By A.J.S. Rayl (1989) covers most of what is in this book in its very first chapter!
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