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23 May 2014
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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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23 May 2014
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Ron Nasty said

@Zig I'd read the Happy Nat bit because there's a nice chunk of the beginning of the book via the "Look Inside" on Amazon, which I found very easy reading.

It does look like a great book though, an important book, and I'm looking forward to my copy arriving.

I'm enjoying it so far Ron Nasty. Even though the mentioning of chords and keys is over my head as a non-musician, he makes it easy to understand. When he mentions certain chord progressions in a particular song, he gives examples of other songs that feature the same chord sequence. This allows me to hum the example songs he mentioned until I get to that "ah-ha!" part that features that chord sequence. It makes it fun and easy to understand. I do enjoy his style of writing. All of the above allows me to forgive the spelling and/or "historical fact" errors (not many so far).

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29 May 2014
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Examiner review of The Fab One Hundred and Four by David Bedford. [x-posted to the news thread]

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30 May 2014
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Examiner review of The Fab One Hundred and Four by David Bedford. [x-posted to the news thread]

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Well that went into GoodReads and Amazon!  Thanks!

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3 June 2014
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Examiner interview with Kathy Burns, the author of "The Guitar’s All Right as a Hobby, John."

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3 June 2014
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Forbes excerpt from the new book, Michael Jackson, Inc., by Zack O'Malley Greenburg about Jackson's acquisition of the Beatles catalog. [x-posted to the news thread]

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8 June 2014
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According to The Examiner's Steve Marinucci, excerpts from Man on the Run have been printed in the new Billboard and at New York Daily News.

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9 June 2014
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According to The Examiner's Steve Marinucci, excerpts from Man on the Run have been printed in the new Billboard and at New York Daily News.

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Ah, gearing up for the US release? This would explain why randomly, my review of it on my blog has gotten a ridiculous number of hits the past week after being relatively quiet the past several months!  It is a great book…I highly recommend to any Paul/Wings fan.

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9 June 2014
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I thought it was out in the US. One of the best books i've read in a very long time, very highly recommended.

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10 June 2014
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The Billboard excerpt is now online (thanks to Steve from the Examiner for the heads up).

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24 June 2014
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At Something New, an expanded version of a review of Laurence Juber's Guitar with Wings that appeared in Beatlefan.

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7 July 2014
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I received an email from Genesis of a book available for order:

GOLDEN DREAMS is a photographic journey, accompanying The Beatles during the filming of A Hard Day's Night in 1964. Pictures of the band are set against the backdrop of Liverpool during the explosion of the Merseybeat phenomenon.

Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler's previously unpublished pictures are presented in a hand-bound, limited edition book, signed by both authors.

Yours for the nominal price of £185.

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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 YouTube and Vimeo.

7 July 2014
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parlance said
I received an email from Genesis of a book available for order:

GOLDEN DREAMS is a photographic journey, accompanying The Beatles during the filming of A Hard Day's Night in 1964. Pictures of the band are set against the backdrop of Liverpool during the explosion of the Merseybeat phenomenon.

Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler's previously unpublished pictures are presented in a hand-bound, limited edition book, signed by both authors.

Yours for the nominal price of £185.

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Nominal price of £185!!

NOMINAL!!

I'd hate to think of the price if it wasn't.

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"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
7 July 2014
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meanmistermustard said

Nominal price of £185!!

NOMINAL!!

I'd hate to think of the price if it wasn't.

I should have added that "nominal" was my own sarcastic commentary.

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7 July 2014
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Ah. I'm used to all these sellers peddling things at ridiculously high prices and then claiming its a bargain.

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12 July 2014
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Beatles Blog review of Beatles 101.

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