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Portrait of Paul

A revealing new light on the ‘cute’ Beatle

Man on the Run

Man on the Run

By Tom Doyle

Hardcover, 288 pages, $27 (Ballantine)

 

The author, a Scottish rock journalist who’s interviewed Paul McCartney numerous times over the years, paints a candid, fascinating portrait of the rock ’n’ roll icon from one of the most tumultuous, uncertain periods of his life—following the breakup of the world-famous band, forming a new group, trying to outpace his past and find his future. It’s a whole new side to the “cute, happy Beatle” that sheds revealing new light on one of the most famous living rock stars on the planet.

 

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Going Pop

A guide book to the history of pop music, and where it’s headed

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

By Bob Stanley

Hardcover, $29.95 / $14.16 Kindle edition (W.W. Norton & Company)

 

How and when did pop music start, and where is it headed? This engrossing, encyclopedic, information-packed rundown, spanning the past 50 years, hits all the high notes—from the first “singles” chart, through the rise of radio and other technological innovations, and tracing an arc from the Beach Boys and the Beatles through punk rock, boy bands, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Nirvana and Katy Perry. An authoritative, genre-spanning guide book to the artists and soundtrack of fully half of the 20th century, it’s an indispensable read for almost any music fan.

 

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Mop Top Mania

Remembering the Beatles’ invasion, 50 years ago this month

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The Beatles Are Here!

By Penelope Rowlands
Softcover, 256 pages ($15.95,
Algonquin Books)

The author (pictured on the cover, in the middle, just above the ‘A’ and the ‘T’ of the sign), corralled essays from more than 40 musicians, fellow writers and fans to commemorate Beatlemania’s arrival on American shores 50 years ago. Singer-songwriters Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper and Janis Ian; journalists Gay Talese, Griel Marcus, Roy Blount Jr.; and radio personality “Cousin Brucie” Morrow are among the contributors who recall and reflect on the emotional joy, musical shock waves and sheer hysteria that greeted John, Paul, George and Ringo on their first trip to the United States on Feb. 7, 1963. “How quickly the Beatles changed…everything,” writes Rowlands, noting that “She Loves You” was “two minutes and 18 seconds that seemed to render almost everything, musically, that came before it obsolete.”

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Inside Job

The riveting story of The Beatles’ loyal, longtime secretary

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Good Ol’ Freda

DVD ($29.98, Magnolia Home Entertainment)

Fans of the Fab Four will flip their Beatle wigs over this 2013 film-fest documentary hit about the shy Liverpool teenager who was hired to work for a local band with no idea that they’d go on to become legends—or that she’d remain their loyal, steadfast secretary until the end. For the first time in 50 years, Freda Kelly tells her story in director Ryan White’s riveting, revealing look at the unassuming young woman who rode out the hurricane of Beatlemania deep on the inside, the witness to a musical revolution whose job afforded her one of the most unique perspectives in all of rock and roll.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

New release reveals more early Beatles BBC treasures

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The Beatles

On Air—Live At The BBC Volume 2

CD $19.88 (Capitol/Universal Music Group)

An all-new companion to the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling 1994 Live At The BBC, this treasure trove features 63 live tracks recorded by the Fab Four for a variety of radio programs on the BBC in the early to mid 1960s. The eclectic mix includes 37 previously unreleased musical performances and more than 20 snippets of never released studio banter, revealing the band’s youthful high spirits and also the great breadth of their early musical influences, with covers of Chuck Berry’s “I’m Talking About You,” Little Richard’s “Lucille,” Ray Charles’ “I’ve Got a Woman,” and Chan Romero’s “The Hippy Hippy Shake.” And, of course, there are spunky run-throughs of 30 now-familiar Beatles classics, including “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Twist And Shout,” “Please Mister Postman” and “Money,” plus a 48-page booklet.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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