Category: Beatles books

On John Lennon’s 76th birthday, meet the woman writing 9 books on John’s life….

By Donovan Day For those Beatles fans who think Marc Lewisohn is a being a bit presumptuous with three giant tomes on the Beatles lives and career, I'd like to introduce you to Jude Southerland Kessler who is planning to write 9 books on John's life. Scoff if you will but Ms. Kessler is now … Continue reading On John Lennon’s 76th birthday, meet the woman writing 9 books on John’s life….

New book full of insight about John Lennon…

By Donovan Day A soon-to-be released book by John Lennon's immigration lawyer back in the mid-70s contains a small pleasure chest of John anecdotes by a first-hand observer. Lawyer Leon Wildes was John and Yoko's lawyer as they fought deportation charges. Wildes' new book "John Lennon vs. the USA" details the legal battles Wildes fought … Continue reading New book full of insight about John Lennon…

The earliest of fans remembers The Beatles…

By Donovan Day "Yesterday, Memories of a Beatles Fan" is one of those books suggested by Amazon's genius bots, no doubt because I buy and read a lot of Beatles books. I had never heard of it but it sounded intriguing--the recollections of an early fan's memories of the boys. I downloaded a sample and … Continue reading The earliest of fans remembers The Beatles…

Best product placement ever? Ringo’s drum kit on Ed Sullivan…

I always knew that Ringo's famous drum head that he played on the Ed Sullivan show had that famous Beatles drop-T logo and, above it, the name of the company that manufactured the entire black oyster kit that Ringo loved so much. How did the logo come about? Turns out that, when Ringo joined the band, Brian Epstein took him shopping to a place called "Drum City"....

My idea for this novel about the Beatles came to me in a dream…

By Donovan Day Really! That's what happened. I was doing research on the Beatles for an article and began dreaming about them all the time. In this one dream, I was in the studio with them and they let me sit in and jam. Hey, it's my dream, right?! Later, we got to talking and … Continue reading My idea for this novel about the Beatles came to me in a dream…

Remembering Cynthia Lennon, the cruelty of John and the kindness of others….

Remembering Cynthia Lennon, the cruelty of John and the kindness of others….

By Paul LaRosa Cynthia Lennon actually wrote two memoirs during her lifetime, the one when John was alive and the real memoir, written after John's death and published in 2005. That's the one to read -- titled just "John."¬†She wrote the first one in fear of legal action from John & Yoko; the second memoir … Continue reading Remembering Cynthia Lennon, the cruelty of John and the kindness of others….

Francie Schwartz, Paul McCartney’s summertime fling….

By Donovan Day It must be very weird indeed to have a lot of your life defined by a summertime fling from 1968 but that's the fate of Francie Schwartz, an American woman who met and bedded down with Paul McCartney for a few weeks in London back in that pre-Summer of Love. Depending on … Continue reading Francie Schwartz, Paul McCartney’s summertime fling….

Who has the best collection of Beatles memorabilia?

By L.A. Rose I was thinking of this question on Christmas Day when one of my gifts happened to be the new book "The Beatles Lyrics" by Hunter Davies who was the band's "official" biographer back in the day, 1966 to 1968. The book contains facimiles of 100 original Beatles' manuscripts and Davies himself owned … Continue reading Who has the best collection of Beatles memorabilia?