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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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10 August 2011 - 3.47am

Hello everyone. Look forward to pitching in.

I've written Into the Sky with Diamonds - a behind the scenes history book that examines the Beatles and the Race to the Moon.

They WERE the two greatest adventures of the 1960s (arguably two of the greatest adventures ever).

They were continuously intertwined like two threads of DNA from 1960 to 1970.

Ever hear why Capitol records had NO interest in the Beatles for an entire year?

What was so special about the Kansas City concert in 1964?

Do you know about the "voice analysis" that proved that Paul died in 1966?

What went so wrong in the Philippines?

What did the Beatles and James Bond's Sean Connery have in common during their respective trips to Japan in the summer of 1966?

On the astronaut front, how did Neil Armstrong nearly die during his first mission?

Why are all the "first man on the moon" pictures actually pictures of Buzz Aldrin - the second man on the moon?

The Apollo 8 astronauts went off into space to discover the Moon. What did they discover instead?

Roll up for the tour. Check out http://bit.ly/m04BC5 or http://on.fb.me/jJiC0J or http://bit.ly/i8ShZV

Look forward to your feedback!

Ron Grelsamer, MD

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11 August 2011 - 1.02pm

Hmm, feels a bit spammy. If you just want to promote your stuff, this isn't really the place for it. You can buy ads via Google Adwords.

Thanks for joining in the other threads, though. Please remember this is a discussion forum and not an advertising opportunity.

Edit: moved this thread into the books section.

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3 September 2011 - 6.00pm

[Joe, noted]

(on this particular thread, there's only one degree of separation between the Beatles and the Apollo program, so here we go).

Thoughts on the movie Apollo 18 that just came out:

The original Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions were more exciting!

The movie starts off with an amusing premise: Apollo 18 wasn't cancelled for budgetary reasons, it was instead turned into a secret mission. Alas it never really gets Off The Ground.

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15 September 2011 - 2.00pm

2nd edition just out.

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24 September 2011 - 1.14pm

mal-evans Anybody know who this is?mal-evans

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24 September 2011 - 2.26pm

The smiley? Mal Evans, of course. You? An surgeon by day, apparently. And the author of a book about replacement surgery. By the by, you have 14/14 5-Star reviews on Amazon's page for ITSWD.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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25 September 2011 - 1.31am

Right on! (and thanks for the Amazon info).

Wonder how many people would pick up on that.

ITSWD is the story of the Beatles (and the Race to the Moon) as seen through the eyes of Mal Evans.

I don't think anyone spent more time with the Beatles than Mal: the studio, the concerts, the movies (he has a cameo in Help! - he's the swimmer). He's the perfect person to tell us all the behind-the-scenes stuff.

Can anyone think of anyone who might have spent more time with the Beatles?

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1 October 2011 - 4.48am

Lectured at MIT yesterday - not your average Beatle crowd! - but very interested students nonetheless. Fun!

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1 October 2011 - 9.59am

Neil Aspinal would be up there regarding time spent, he was stuck in an Apple office whilst Mal was stuck in the Get Back sessions. I wonder who got the short straw there.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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1 October 2011 - 1.40pm

Neil vs Mal. Great topic on many levels.

Personally, I'd have rather been in Mal's shoes during the Get Back sessions since he was there day in day out.

But Mal got the short end of the stick big time... I feel bad for him.

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1 October 2011 - 8.35pm

And Mal did appear in Help!, Let It Be and Magical Mystery Tour.

The lovely people at Youtube have been deleting clips so had to go elsewhere but here you can see Mal hitting the anvil during rehearsals for Maxwell's Silver Hammer as shown in the Let It Be movie.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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2 October 2011 - 12.04am

Meanmistermustard,

Great find!!!!!!

I'm impressed.

There are lots of little Mal-isms; that was the inspiration for making him the main character of Into the Sky.

He was one of the 4 pairs of hands at the end of "Day in the Life," etc...

If you find a clip of THAT let me know!!!

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2 October 2011 - 1.49am

They're actually pretty easy to find, if not on youtube a google video search will usually find them if they are online.

 

You did good to take Mal's name ITSWD as he deserves a bit more recognition. The 4 Beatles adored him.heartmal-evans

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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14 October 2011 - 1.05pm

I interviewed Lennon's New York optometrist last week.

Very nice, unassuming fellow. He made a large number of glasses for Lennon including the famous blood stained glasses Lennon was wearing the day he was shot. He has good stories to tell.

See 

http://bit.ly/i8ShZV

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14 October 2011 - 10.07pm

meanmistermustard said:

And Mal did appear in Help!, Let It Be and Magical Mystery Tour.

Don't forget his brief cameo in A Hard Day's Night. In the scene with John talking to the woman in the basement hallway, Mal walks by carrying a bass.

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

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14 October 2011 - 10.12pm

oooouuuuu - forgot that one. Thanks for reminding me. Will have to revisit that.

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14 October 2011 - 10.54pm

Zig said:

meanmistermustard said:

And Mal did appear in Help!, Let It Be and Magical Mystery Tour.

Don't forget his brief cameo in A Hard Day's Night. In the scene with John talking to the woman in the basement hallway, Mal walks by carrying a bass.

Never knew that. Thanks Zig.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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14 October 2011 - 11.26pm

meanmistermustard said:

Zig said:

meanmistermustard said:

And Mal did appear in Help!, Let It Be and Magical Mystery Tour.

Don't forget his brief cameo in A Hard Day's Night. In the scene with John talking to the woman in the basement hallway, Mal walks by carrying a bass.

Never knew that. Thanks Zig.

Oh my god, I was just watching that scene this weekend. That was Mal? Oops. Didn't notice.

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that."

"What happens to them?" insisted Milo.

"Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars."

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15 October 2011 - 3.17am

BTW Zig, when I was watching Living in the Material World (well, kind of watching, TV on, eyes on computer working) I saw Mal and I was like "Oh I have to tell Zig!" mal-evans

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6 January 2012 - 2.03am

2nd edition really out this time. A few glitches out there in the publishing world...

No major alterations; corrected a few typos; better correlation with website. Changed the back cover to better reflect the depth of the book. Footnotes/annotations still on the website.

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