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Fest guests more than just great music
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 06/08/07 12:10 am] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In addition to great musical guests, every year some the best parts of the Fest are the excellent guest speakers.

Joining the Fest again this year will be Larry Kane, a journalist who toured with the Beatles in both 1964 and 1965. He is the author of "Ticket To Ride," which chronicles his Beatles tour experiences, and "Lennon Revealed." His stories are full of enlightening insights about the Beatles, and his appearances are not to be missed, he's truly a part of Beatles history.

John Lennon and Larry Kane in 1964

In addition to jamming with Liverpool, Mark Hudson will again entertain fans with his stories about his time with the Hudson Brothers and his work as Ringo's producer. His "talks" are full of the same high energy as his on-stage antics. He's very colorful, be prepared to laugh!

The Las Vegas Fest also features a veteran of the New York and Chicago Fests, and fan favorite, Victor Spinetti. Victor co-starred with The Beatles in "A Hard Day's Night," "Help!" and "Magical Mystery Tour." He is a very entertaining speaker with tons of funny stories, some of which he tells in his recently published his autobiography "Victor Spinetti Up Front." Meeting Victor was a very special experience for me, and I'm sure you'll cherish seeing him in person too.

I won an award... It's on the wall in my office...

I first met my friend Bruce Spizer at the Los Angeles Fest many years ago. Bruce is the author of seven critically acclaimed books on the Beatles, which are indispensable for any fan's Beatles reference library. In addition to his series on the Beatles American records, Bruce has written the definitive account of how Beatlemania developed in America, "The Beatles Are Coming!"

Bruce's presentation on the birth of Beatlemania in America is an informative and entertaining audio/visual show telling the convoluted story of how the Beatles finally caught on in America. It is full of Beatles music, interviews, images and humor. Bruce's presentations are always worth catching. If you're missing any of his books, I'm sure you'll be able to catch him with some copies in the marketplace room, and he'll probably sign them for you too!

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