From Mersey Beat to Beatleness

I’ve been interviewed by many journalists, writers, DJs, and talk show hosts since Beatleness was published. But this interview with Bill Harry—founder of Liverpool’s Mersey Beat newspaper, Lennon’s art school mate, and a key figure in the Beatles rise to global fame—is one of my favorites. BH: Did the name ‘Beatleness’ already exist or did… Read more

Remembering John Lennon In the Age of Trump

Like millions of people around the world, I will never forget where I was or how I felt when I heard John Lennon was shot by a deranged fan outside his New York City apartment building on December 8, 1980. It didn’t seem real. Could this really have happened? The world suddenly seemed like a… Read more

They’re Gonna Crucify Me

A little over a month after the Beatles shocked fans with the controversial “butcher cover” of Yesterday and Today, the Beatles found themselves at the center of another controversy when John’s casual observation about the declining popularity of the church—made during an interview with the Maureen Cleave of London Evening Standard the previous March—was taken… Read more

The Beatles Spread the Word in Global TV Hookup

On June 25, three weeks after the release of Sgt. Pepper, the Beatles represented the UK in Our World, the first live, international satellite TV hook-up. An estimated four hundred million people watched them perform “All You Need Is Love,” dressed in designer hippie chic, surrounded by a studio orchestra and a crowd of friends,… Read more

The Loss of a Comforting Presence

BEATLENESS EXCERPT: With the best of intentions, Paul had been trying to keep the band together and busy since Brian Epstein died, but the Beatle box could no longer contain these four individuals who had grown up and apart. Creative differences morphed into interpersonal conflicts, and despite all the underlying affection it was getting increasingly… Read more

Beatles April ’64 Chart Toppers Mesmerized Boomers

In the spring of 1964, young America’s love for the Beatles and the steady flow of Beatle music converged, such that by the week of April 4, the top five songs in the country were Beatle songs. This feat, never accomplished by any band before or since, is often cited as evidence of the Beatles’… Read more