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

Fifty Years Ago: Abracadabra!

This brief excerpt (from Ch 4: The Embodiment of Cool) is followed by an extended, song-by-song discussion of fans’ reactions to Revolver:  Fans were wearing out the grooves on Yesterday and Today and Rubber Soul when Revolver entered their lives in August ’66. A new Beatle album was always eagerly anticipated, but now that fans… 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

EXCERPT: Let It Be…On The Roof

The most uplifting scene in Let It Be was of course the unannounced rooftop concert. Performing live, which all four loved, had become unpleasant and unwieldy on the road. The plan was for the Get Back project to culminate in a live show, but they couldn’t identify a venue all could agree to. The rooftop was… Read more

At The Movies With The Beatles & Mary Poppins: Summer ’64

As the recent restoration and re-release of A Hard Day’s Night breathes new life into the now-classic film that so delighted Beatle fans fifty years ago, we should also remember another classic from the summer of ’64 that stimulated the senses of the youngest boomer fans: Mary Poppins.  Watching this film as a young mom in the… Read more

VIDEO: Candy Talks About Documenting the “Joyful Trauma” of Growing Up With the Beatles

People often ask me why I wrote Beatleness. Some ask, “Does the world really need another book about the Beatles?” Yes! Because although there are thousands of books about the Beatles, the only other books about the fan experience are Garry Berman’s We’re Going To See The Beatles,” which are the stories of people who saw… Read more