Beatles The BBC Archives 1962-1970
Author: Kevin Howlett
Publisher/Date: UK: BBC/Ebury Published Box edition (2013) First Printing
Format/Condition: New hardcover book in box in Fine condition. Note: the box has the appearance of being 'shopworn' but that is the way it was made to give the look that it was in the archives. It was received in shrinkwrap which was removed in order to take photos of the book. 336 pages, index plus folder with facsimiles of 6 key archive documents, 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 inch photographic print of The Beatles from the original BBC press files. Dimensions: 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographs.
Description: A carefully curated collection of the surviving transcripts of the Beatles’ appearances on BBC Radio and Television from 1962 to 1970, featuring commentary from author and Beatles expert Kevin Howlett and rare photographs and memorabilia from the BBC.
The year 2013 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ first album, Please, Please Me. To celebrate this event with material that has never been in print or has not repeatedly resurfaced is a challenge. But a great deal of both—namely, never-before-seen BBC transcripts, historical documents, and rare photos—is the main thrust of this book "The Beatles: The BBC Archives." Not since "The Beatles’ Anthology of 2000" has a work of this magnitude been offered.
Author Kevin Howlett delves into the BBC television and radio archives and draws on previously unpublished transcripts of interviews, as well as personal reminiscences from presenters, producers, and studio staff to reveal the creative and personal evolution of the band—from the witty, irreverent foursome of the early sixties, to the more reflective and confessional individuals before the split at the end of the decade. Each chapter details a full year in the life of the band and is introduced with an engaging text by Howlett that puts the following material into historical context. The book features rare photos of the Fab Four at the BBCs studios, both onstage and off, and eight removables documents of historical merit, direct from the BBC archive itself.
This is the story of two of Britain’s most important cultural forces in tandem . . . word for word, event by event, as it happened with verbatim, unabridged transcripts. This has never been offered to reader before; it is a significant publishing event.