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Beatles News article on the story behind this photo in David Bedford's book The Fab one hundred and Four.

 

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Not a new book, but a new format - Bob Gannon's book of photographs of Paul on tour, A Fan's Eye View, is now available via iTunes.

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Examiner review of a new book about Mimi, The Guitar's All Right As A Hobby, John by Kathy Burns. [x-posted to the news thread]

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Beatles Blog article on All the Songs, by Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon

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"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty

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Book review of It's Not Only Rock 'n Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity by Jenny Boyd, Patti's sister. According to the review, the book contains quotes from George.

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Ron Nasty said

Similar to the above but Anthony Robustelli - for sheer scale – may be attempting a Lewisohn on musical analysis:

If Volume 1 only handles 1962-3…!!!!! A review can be found here - and it looks good.

Ron Nasty - Thanks for the heads up - just ordered it.
AG - thanks for the link to Amazon.
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Every Little Thing you buy from Amazon or iTunes will help the Beatles Bible if you use these links: Amazon | iTunes

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Not a new book, but recently released on Kindle... a review of Rock Bottom, by Paul's former publicist, Geoff Baker. You can't help but wonder how much is true to life.

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Ron Nasty said
Similar to the above but Anthony Robustelli - for sheer scale – may be attempting a Lewisohn on musical analysis:

If Volume 1 only handles 1962-3…!!!!! A review can be found here - and it looks good.

@Ron Nasty , @vonbontee , @meanmistermustard , @Joe and anyone else who remembers @Happy Nat : I was pleasantly surprised to discover Happy Nat wrote the forward for this book. 

For those who may not know who he is, Happy Nat is a friend of the Beatles Bible Forum and lovingly maintains (not unlike our dear Joe) his own site, http://www.thebeatlesrarity.com/. 

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vonbontee, parlance, Ron Nasty

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From Beatlefan:

Here's a release about a new autobiography penned by Ron Weisner, a music industry veteran who helped manage Macca back in the early 1990s ...
For Immediate Release

Ron Weisner, Legendary Music Manager to Iconic Stars Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Paul McCartney, to Release Revealing and Candid Memoir 
LISTEN OUT LOUD: A Life in Music—Managing McCartney, Madonna, and Michael Jackson” due June 3
Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 2014 – LISTEN OUT LOUD: A Life in Music--Managing McCartney, Madonna, and Michael Jackson, by Ron Weisner, with Alan Goldsher, is an exciting, no-holds-barred, humorous, affectionate, and compelling first hand look at legendary music manager Ron Weisner’s career working alongside Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Gladys Knight, Quincy Jones, and countless other superstars. “Listen Out Loud” will be released on June 3 through Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press.

Ron Weisner began his career in the 1960s at Buddah Records and then worked as a music manager with some of the most influential artists of the era. He also spent decades producing television shows and special events (Ron Weisner Entertainment) for the likes of Beyoncé and Chaka Kahn, as well as the annual Apollo Theater’s Spring Gala and post-performance party; the BET 20th Anniversary Celebration (2000) and the BET Awards (2009 and 2006); "Michael Jackson: The Tribute" in Vienna, Austria, on September 26, 2009, and most recently the Apollo Theater's 80th Anniversary event in June 2014.

An excerpt from LISTEN OUT LOUD: “Michael on drugs was a shadow of his sober self, and even after the way he dumped me, I still cared about the guy, so I called LaToya and told her, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s get him fixed. I’ll put together a team, I’ll arrange for an airplane, I’ll find the right facility. I’ll put everything in place and pay for it myself’…On May 15, two days before the kidnapping – and yes, that’s exactly what this was, a kidnapping – I got a call from LaToya, who was, to put it mildly, freaking out. ‘You gotta stop it, you gotta stop it, you gotta stop it!’ So I stopped it all: the airplane, the rehab facility, the team, everything came to a halt. I don’t know if the snatching – or the kidnapping, or whatever you want to call it - would’ve lengthened Michael’s life….but at the very least, it would’ve given him a chance.” — Ron Weisner on Michael Jackson

Weisner was a high-powered manager for over four decades and having also represented Steve Winwood, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers,but most notably he saw Michael Jackson through his game-changingmulti-platinum albums Thriller and Off the Wall. He fought back as the industry tried to steer Jackson in a musical direction that would have derailed his career. And he saw Michael suffer through devastating press coverage that turned the troubled singer's world upside down.

LISTEN OUT LOUD covers all of this and more, such as intriguing tales about Bill Withers’s shyness, Madonna’s brazenness, and Paul McCartney’s perseverance. Featuring an introduction by Gladys Knight and commentary by Winwood, Withers, Quincy Jones, and some behind-the-scenes record label power brokers, Weisner’s illuminating memoir underscores the destructive changes to the industry during his 40-year career, including the shift in focus from artistic integrity to the pursuit of cold, hard numbers. It’s an intimate glimpse into the music world from a man with a keen eye, sharp ears, and a big heart.

Additional LISTEN OUT LOUD quotes:

Quincy Jones quotes: “Listen Out Loud reminded me why Ron Weisner is my brother from another mother. Like me, he’s not afraid to do something just because it hasn’t been done. This is a must-read for music industry professionals, musicians, listeners . . . Hell, this book is a must-read for anybody!”

“At our first meeting in New York, Madonna was abrasive, the farthest thing from warm and cuddly, but there was something about her that screamed success…still, it was uncomfortable being around her” — Ron Weisner
Pre-order LISTEN OUT LOUD now through Amazon.

 

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Via Walrusgumboot Beatle News, and interview with music journalist Mark Ellen about his new book, Rock Stars Stole My Life! A Big Bad Love Affair With Music, in which he talks about turning down an offer to become The Beatles' press officer:

In the dying days of The Word he was approached to become The Beatles’ press officer. “What a ridiculous collision,” he sighs. “I am editing probably the least successful monthly rock magazine, and I am offered a job with leading one of half a dozen groups who are guaranteed to be making money for the next God-knows-how-long – and I just couldn’t do it.”

He saw the ostentatious offices of Apple Corps as an outlier in the modern music business (“The silver discs on the wall – those shining beacons of success and cash”) but still couldn’t face crossing the floor and going from writer to PR.

“I don’t regret turning it down,” he asserts, even as his cherished music press crumbles around him. “Not even slightly.”

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

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