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Exclusive Update: Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records
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by Dave Haber, Beatles News Editor
Bruce Spizer has provided BeatlesNews.com with an update of his forthcoming book Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records. As previously reported, the book is 444 pages and covers all of the singles, albums and extended play discs issued by the Beatles in the U.K. from 1962 through 1970. The book was compiled by Bruce Spizer and Frank Daniels, with Mr. Spizer writing the text. It has over 700 images, all in either full color or original black & white.
The book is now undergoing final pre-press in Hong Kong by Bright Arts and will be ready for printing next month. The book's official publication date is October 5, 2011, which is the 49th anniversary of the Beatles first single, "Love Me Do," on Parlophone 45-R 4949.
According to Mr. Spizer, "I thought it would be cool to have the Beatles Parlophone book officially released on the 49th anniversary of Parlophone 4949. I've always been into numbers!"
For those who don't want to wait until October, Mr. Spizer hopes to have the book available in limited quantities prior to its official release date through public appearances and the 498 Production's website, www.beatle.net. Pre-publication orders are being accepted at this time.
If all goes as planned, the book will make its American debut at the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans on August 5, 2011, and its European debut in Liverpool a few weeks thereafter during Beatles week in late August. The book will also be available at the Washington, D.C. Abbey Road on the River held over the Labor Day weekend. Those who pre-order copies of the book through the website should receive their copies in August.
Mr. Spizer indicated that he was very pleased with the way the book turned out. "I've seen color proofs of all the pages, and they look fabulous." He said that he learned a lot about the U.K. Beatles records during his research, including a few outright surprises. According to Mr. Spizer, "Everyone will learn at least something from the book."
Mr. Spizer admitted he was somewhat concerned that the record label minutia might scare the casual Beatles fan, but is confident that the book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the wonderful music recorded by the Beatles. "Although there are several paragraphs in each chapter detailing record label variations, this information is at the end of the chapters. Readers should feel free to skip the minutia and only read through it when looking for information about a particular record of interest. The bulk of the text is full of stories about how the songs were written, recorded and marketed in the U.K."
Bruce Spizer will be a featured guest at the New Jersey Fest For Beatles Fans this weekend (March 25 - 27, 2011). He will give two audio/visual presentations on the book. The Saturday performance at 12:15 p.m. EDT will cover 1962 - 1965, while the Sunday presentation at 1:00 p.m. EDT will cover 1966 - 1970.
For more information, visit www.beatle.net.
Published March 25, 2011
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