The BBC Archives 1962~1970
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Hardcover / e-Book
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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 marks 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both—namely, never-before-seen BBC transcripts, historical
documents, and rare photos—will be the main thrust of the
book The Beatles: The BBC Archives. Not since The
Beatles’ Anthology of 2000 has a work of this magnitude
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unpublished transcripts of interviews, as well as personal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
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.
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