A Beatles Miscellany

Everything you always wanted to know about the Beatles but were afraid to ask

John Van der Kiste

Date Published :
February 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
Color and B&W
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ISBN : 9781781555828
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
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This fact-filled volume includes UK and US discographies with full track listings and chart positions, a complete list of live performances from 1960 to 1969; a look at the origins of the group's name; quotes about them from such names as Mick Jagger, Steven Spielberg, Tony Blair, and Francis Rossi; other musicians who temporarily or nearly joined them, from early stand-in drummers to heavyweights such as Eric Clapton and Billy Preston; their producers, management and ‘inner circle'; their connections with Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Badfinger and others; their British radio and TV appearances; the ‘Paul is dead' story that gripped some of the media in the late 60s; the album titles and films that nearly were but ultimately weren't; and much more. Although the focus is on the group up to their split in 1970, there are also brief surveys of their solo careers and solo album listings. As they might have said, ‘and you know that can't be bad'.

About The Author

John Van der Kiste has written over sixty books, including titles on Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, historical and royal biographies covering the Stuart, Georgian and Hanoverian eras, works on local history, true crime, fiction and plays. He has reviewed books and records for national, local and independent publications and websites, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is currently writing a book on the group Lindisfarne. He lives in Devon.


"The sort of book which you always hope you'll find but somehow never do. A treasure trove of all things Beatle related."

- The Bookbag, November 2016

"If you love the Beatles, or know someone who loves the Beatles, grab a copy of A Beatles Miscellany by John Van der Kiste… From lists of every single album as a group (and some of the solo stuff), appearances on various TV shows, Beatles milestones over the years, arguments on controversial Beatles tunes, and items that sold the most at auctions, this book is just plain fun!. There's so much content to explore. You can read it from front to back in a matter of days, like I did, or you can pick a chapter and spout out facts to whoever will listen... to have all of the Beatles knowledge in this handy format is really something worth adding to your personal library.”

- Brenda Hillegas, THAT Mag and Rowhome Magazine, February 2017

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