Beatles Books
James Campion - ’Take A Sad Song…’

James Campion - ’Take A Sad Song…’

June 24, 2022

My guest for this episode is James Campion, who joins me to discuss his book 'Take A Sad Song...The Emotional Currency of Hey Jude'.

James' book dives deeply into the song’s origins, recording, visual presentation, impact, and eventual influence on the remaining pat of The Beatles career

Paul Du Noyer - ’Conversations With McCartney’

Paul Du Noyer - ’Conversations With McCartney’

June 17, 2022

Paul Du Noyer returns to the pod to discuss his 2015 book 'Conversations With McCartney'. 

In June 1989, Paul Du Noyer was contacted by Paul McCartney's office in London and asked to interview the star as they had met once before and enjoyed a good rapport.

In the years that followed, Paul Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work for Paul McCartney on a regular basis, producing magazine articles, tour programmes, album liner notes, press materials and website editorial. It's likely that Du Noyer has spent more hours in formal, recorded conversation with McCartney than any other writer.

Jay Bergen - ’Lennon, The Mobster and The Lawyer’

Jay Bergen - ’Lennon, The Mobster and The Lawyer’

May 20, 2022

My guest for this episode is Jay Bergen, the attorney who represented John in his 1976 trial against Morris Levy, the mob connected owner of Roulette Records who had released 'Roots' - an unauthorised version of John's 'Rock n Roll' album.

Jay shares his memories of the time he spent with John - what it was like interviewing him on the stand, and what he observed about John and Yoko, just as they were retiring from the public eye.

 

More information about the book can be found at https://www.lennonthemobsterandthelawyer.com/

Richard Mills - ’The Beatles and Fandom’

Richard Mills - ’The Beatles and Fandom’

April 29, 2022

My guest for this episode is Richard Mills, who joins me to discuss his book 'The Beatles and Fandom'.

Richard's book is the first to discuss fan subcultures. It combines academic theory on fandom with compelling original research material to tell an alternative history of the Beatles phenomenon: a fans' history of the Beatles that runs concurrently with the popular story we all know.

Ted Widmer - ’The Beatle Who Got Away’

Ted Widmer - ’The Beatle Who Got Away’

April 16, 2022

I'm joined for this bonus episode by historian and writer Ted Widmer, who joins me to discuss his fabulous New Yorker piece on Stuart Sutcliffe.

Ted tells about the time he spent with Stuart's sister, Pauline, how Stuart fitted in with the other Beatles, and how his early death cast a huge shadow over The Beatles for years to come.

 

You can read ted's piece here - https://www.newyorker.com/culture/essay/the-beatle-who-got-away

Donald Brackett - ’Yoko Ono - An Artful Life’

Donald Brackett - ’Yoko Ono - An Artful Life’

March 25, 2022

My guest for this episode is Donald Brackett, who brings us his biography of Yoko Ono, 'A Artful Life'.

Yoko is one of the most complicated and misunderstood characters in the whole Beatles story, she arrives fully formed into the story in her mid 30s - Donald's book provides some insightful and revealing detail on her life before she met John, looks at the impact he had on her art career, and how she put her life back together after his death.

More information about this book, including pre sale links can be found at https://sutherlandhousebooks.com/product/yoko-ono-preorder/?fbclid=IwAR1VKN

 

Jenny Boyd - ’Jennifer Juniper’

Jenny Boyd - ’Jennifer Juniper’

February 25, 2022

My guest for this episode is Jenny Boyd, younger sister of George's first wife Patti, who joins me to discuss her autobiography, 'Jennifer Juniper'. 

Jenny shares with us tales of having George as her brother in law, modelling in Swinging London, living in San Francisco in 1967, and joining The Beatles on their meditation retreat to India in 1968.

 

Signed copies of Jenny's book can be ordered at www.thejennyboyd.com/

 

Ryan Walsh - ’On Claudio’

Ryan Walsh - ’On Claudio’

February 4, 2022

I'm joined for this special bonus episode by Ryan Walsh, who discusses his fascinating article on Curt Claudio, the man that went to Tittenhurst in 1971 to talk to John, as captured by a film crew and originally shown in the 1988 'Imagine' film. Ryan shares detail on who this man was, why he felt the need to go to meet John and what happened to him,

You can read the article here - https://medium.com/@JahHills/on-claudio-the-man-who-sought-out-john-lennon-to-ask-if-his-songs-were-about-him-c0b34c5d57ac

 

Jon Stewart - ’Dylan, Lennon, Marx And God’

Jon Stewart - ’Dylan, Lennon, Marx And God’

January 21, 2022

I'm joined for this episode by Jon Stewart, guitarist in Britpop band Sleeper and Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Music Business at BIMM Institute, Brighton.

Jon's book is a dual biography of John Lennon and Bob Dylan, and discusses their relationship; their politics; their understanding of history; and their deeply held spiritual beliefs. In revealing how each artist challenged the restrictive social norms of their day, the author shows how his subjects asked profound moral questions about what it means to be human and how we should live. 

Steve Matteo - ’Let It Be’

Steve Matteo - ’Let It Be’

December 27, 2021

I'm joined for this episode by Steve Matteo -who wrote his book on 'Let It Be' as part of the 33 1/3 series in 2003. We discuss how the book came together and how his view of the album and film changed as the project progressed. 

We also share our thoughts on Peter Jackson's 'Get Back' series.

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