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Beatles author lowers her book prices during tough times
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 04/17/12 6:46 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Times are tough all over. And no one knows that better than world-acclaimed Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler and her husband, who have endured two lengthy job layoffs in the past 3 years. Now, with her husband settling into a new job, Jude is recognizing that so many others are still struggling. So, she has lowered the price of the first two books in her John Lennon Series.

Kessler's expanded biographies on the life of John Lennon, Shoulda Been There and Shivering Inside, were originally priced at $29.95. They are both now $19.95 if bought through her website, which has also been recently updated with a new name to be the official website for her nine book series on the life of John Lennon,

Jude has spent over 20 years and made seven trips to Liverpool to research her comprehensive and thorough biographies on the life of John Lennon. Her first book Shoulda Been There, covers Lennon's life from 1940 to December 1961 when the Beatles hired Brian Epstein as their manager. Jude's second novel in the series, Shivering Inside continues Lennon story from December 1961 to April 1963 when John's son Julian was born. She is currently working on her third book, She Loves You, which is due for publication in October 2013.

Jude said, "Not many people can afford an expensive book in this economy. I thought this might help."

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Award-winning Pete Best film to hit YouTube later this month
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 04/06/12 10:58 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The summer of 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles replacing original drummer Pete Best with Ringo Starr before the recording of Love Me Do, the Fab Four's first hit record.

To commemorate this, the critically acclaimed short film The Beatles at their Best, best documentary winner at the 2011 New England Underground Film Festival, will be offered free to the public via YouTube for 100 days beginning June 24th. The release date was chosen to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closing of the legendary Casbah Coffee Club, launch pad of The Beatles and the Merseybeat sound, forever changing the face of popular music.

Pete Best takes the mike at the Cavern Club

Paul McCartney said, "I think it's a good idea to let people know about The Casbah. They know about The Cavern, they know about some of those things, but The Casbah was the place where all that started."

The film, The Beatles at their Best, is made primarily from photos, video clips and interviews all found on the Internet, many only recently available. It gives fans a chance to Meet The Beatles at the time they were at their best, a time when it's possible that the groups most popular member wasn't John, Paul, George or Ringo.

John Lennon said, "We were at our best when we were playing in the dance halls of Liverpool and Hamburg. The world never saw that."

James McCartney confirms North American tour dates
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 04/05/12 1:51 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

James McCartney has confirmed a new slate of North American tour dates for 2012 including his largest headlining shows to date, with additional performances at the Bamboozle and Sasquatch Festivals. Kicking off May 11, this month-long, full-band tour will hit major cities in the US and Canada in support of McCartney's critically acclaimed The Complete EP Collection, now available on Engine Company Records.

On his last trip to the States, McCartney performed on the Late Show With David Letterman and earned rave reviews for his LA and NYC shows from NY Daily News, Newark Star Ledger and more.

James McCartney North American Tour Dates:

May 11 - Ollie's - Amityville, NY
May 13 - Petit Campus - Montreal, QC
May 15 - Great Hall - Toronto, ON
May 19 - Bamboozle Festival - Asbury Park, NJ
May 22 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
May 25 - Sasquatch Festival - Quincy, WA
May 29 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
May 30 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
May 31 - Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
June 4 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
June 7 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
June 8 - Mohegan Sun - Montville, CT
June 10 - World Caf'e - Philadelphia, PA
June 11 - Fillmore - Washington, DC

Lennon author makes Beatles educational videos
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 04/04/12 7:59 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Jude Southerland Kessler, author of the Lennon biographies Shoulda Been There and Shivering Inside, has released a new video series on YouTube about The Beatles. Jude and her husband recorded the videos in an interview format for high school and college students who are doing research papers on Fab Four.

"I get at least one request a week for an interview like this," says Jude, "but most of them want the answers on paper. Since I'm currently busy working on my third book, I don't have time to do that. I thought this would be a way to help the students without taking away from my writing."

Click here to watch video

The three part, 32 minute "class" on the history of The Beatles tells how they impacted music and fashion, how they changed the world today, why they broke up and what made The Beatles exceptional. The videos can be viewed online for free at

Ms. Kessler has spent over 20 years and made seven trips to Liverpool to research her comprehensive and thorough biographies on the life of John Lennon. Shoulda Been There is the first installment of her nine book series and covers Lennon's life from 1940 to December 1961. Jude's second novel in the series, Shivering Inside continues Lennon story from December 1961 to April 1963. Her third book, She Loves You, is due for publication in October 2013.

For more information on Jude Kessler and her books, go to

Discovered: Ringo Starr's drum case used with the Beatles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 03/14/12 6:08 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Dig Gallery, a retail photography and memorabilia gallery, has announced the discovery of a unique and important piece of Beatles Memorabilia, the drum case used by Ringo Starr to carry one of his drums on tour with the Beatles.

The case is stenciled in two places "RINGO STARR, THE BEATLES", and has various freight labels attached, one of which is autographed by Ringo Starr.

The case was used to carry a tom tom drum from Ringo Starr's 1967 Ludwig Hollywood kit which he first used during sessions for the White Album in the Summer of 1968 and later during theLet It Be sessions in 1969. Additionally, one of the labels is stamped with the date 8-5-71, suggesting that the drum case was used to ship Ringo's drum kit to New York for The Concert For Bangladesh on August 1, 1971.

Helen Hall of Dig Gallery says of the discovery, "This is the first of Ringo Starr's drum cases to ever appear on the open market and is a must-have for Beatles and Ringo Starr collectors. Not only is the case in itself a rarity but the fact that it is signed on one of the labels by Ringo makes it completely unique. This packing case accompanied the Beatles on their travels as they toured the globe - If only it could talk..."

For more information, visit the Dig Gallery website.

Beatles radio show features songs that inspired the Beatles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 02/28/12 5:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In celebration of Paul McCartney's new album of standards "Kisses On The Bottom," this Wednesday night's live broadcast of Ken Michaels' Beatles show "Every Little Thing" will include a thematic hour of music primarily from the pre-rock era, including music from Ringo Starr's first album "Sentimental Journey" and other songs from the Beatles group and solo-catalogue that harken back to this golden era of music.

Legendary songwriters like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and others have been covered by the Beatles, especially in their solo-careers, and their arrangements of their songs will be heard during the hour.

In particular, Ken is especially proud to be playing songs from Ringo's first solo-album, "Sentimental Journey." "Ever since I've been doing Beatles radio programs in 1982, I've always said that Ringo doesn't get the credit he deserves for recording an album of standards before other rockers did so. With the later successes of Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, and now Paul, people should give credit for Ringo for doing this first."

In the broadcast, Ken will also be giving away copies of the latest CDs from Paul, Ringo and Roberta Flack's new album of Beatles covers.

The live broadcast of "Every Little Thing" airs on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) and can be streamed at In addition, a syndicated one-hour version of the show runs on 14 other stations in the U.S. To see a list of station affiliates, and to learn more about Ken and his 30-year history of work on the Beatles, please go to

John Lennon goes to the Shreveport Library
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 02/24/12 7:31 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler will be giving a one hour presentation on the life of John Winston Lennon and the Beatles on Saturday, March 10, from 2-4 pm at the Broadmoor branch of the Shreveport Memorial Library.

To celebrate her upcoming presentation about John Lennon at Shreveport Memorial Library, Jude donated a copy of her book Shoulda Been There and a 1st edition copy of her second book Shivering Inside to the library on January 23. She presented the books to the library manager Maria Colon.

Maria Colon with Jude Southerland Kessler

Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period. Both books will be available for purchase. The Broadmoor branch of the Shreveport Memorial Library is located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive in Shreveport. Admission is free. For more information, call (318) 869-0120.

Jude Kessler has spent over 20 years researching her books, including 7 trips to Liverpool. She is available for interviews, lectures and presentations. For more information on Jude Southerland Kessler and her books, go to

Friends to meet in Los Angeles to wish George happy birthday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 02/23/12 7:36 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Saturday, George Harrison would have been 69 years old. A few friends, including Beatles news personality Gillian Lomax and myself, Adam Forrest, are going to meet up at "The George Harrison Tree" up at Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon to remember George and wish him "Happy Birthday".

On February 22, 2004, the City of Los Angeles declared it George Harrison day and unveiled this plaque at a ceremony attended by George's friend Jackie Lomax, who played a song he wrote as a tribute to George, "Friend Of Mine."

For those of us in Los Angeles, George's tree is sort of like our Strawberry Fields in New York City where fans meet to remember John. Many fans meet to remember George at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but George's tree is a quieter place fans can come together and reflect in a natural atmosphere that George would have really liked.

George's tree is at the very tip of the north end of the Griffith Obersvatory parking lot. Here is a satellite view of the location of George's tree up at Griffith Observatory. Here is a Google Map to the location.

We will meet at George's tree this Saturday, February 25, at 2:00 pm. If you're in the area, I hope we'll see you there.

George Harrison birthday celebration this Saturday in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 02/20/12 5:07 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A George Harrison musical birthday celebration will take place on this Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM at George Harrison Hollywood Walk of Fame Star which is in front of Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 Vine Street in Los Angeles.

There will be a "Cake-Cutting Ceremony" led by Chris Carter, KLOS FM radio host of "Breakfast With the Beatles." George Harrison and Beatles fans are invited to bring their musical instruments to perform and jam at this special musical tribute honoring the late, legendary singer, songwriter and "quiet Beatle". The event is free to the public.

George Harrison was born February, 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England.

For further information on this event, call Jerry Rubin at (310) 399-1000 or email

9th Annual Tribute to George Harrison in Westport this Saturday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 02/14/12 10:08 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The 9th Annual Tribute to George Harrison will take place this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Whites of Westport, in Westport, Massachusetts beginning at 6:00 (Doors open at 5:30). This annual event is a night filled with music from the 60's, focusing around George Harrison and the Beatles, and includes Beatles memorabilia and artwork available for purchase and raffles.

This year's line up include The British Yankees, Sherman & the Waybacks, Psychedelic Relics, Wayne Cabral (former member of Octopus's Garden, a John Lennon Songwriting Contest semi-finalist and performer at the 2011 New England Pop Festival), the Oh Nos, a plastic sporko band! (featuring members of the band GIRL, the first all female Beatle Tribute band to play the Cavern Club in Liverpool).

Beatletracks at previous tribute

Also appearing will be Beatletracks, the Mockers (Fred Grady and members of CBNE and Stacy Pedrick of THE FOOLS) and from New Jersey, The Cryers (backing band for Denny Laine of Wings and Terry Sylvester of the Hollies) with special acoustic welcome starting at 5:40 by 10 year old guitarist Thatcher Harrison.

Advanced tickets ($10.00) are available for purchase at Whites of Westport box office (Route 6, Westport, MA). Tickets ($15.00) will be available at the door the night of the show. Please send any questions by email to

For more information check out Harrison Tribute page on Faceboo, Whites of Westport website and Pictures & video of previous Tributes on MySpace.

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