On New Year's Day, 1962, the Beatles drove ten hours to London in a fierce snowstorm to audition for Decca Records and were rejected in what has gone down in history as one of the greatest mistakes in the history of the music industry.
This is the story of an aborted Beatles album named Sessions. It was to be the first officially released collection of unreleased Beatles' outtakes, but after years of planning was scrapped in the 11th hour. Though never released, it paved the way for the (significantly more expansive) Anthology project.
From March, 1962 to May, 1965, The Beatles appeared on at least 52 radio programs for the BBC. Presented here is a listing of these shows, along with the setlist they played (including songs which were recorded but not broadcast), recording dates, and broadcast dates.
Several Beatles releases both during and after their recording career have been planned but cancelled at the last minute. Here are a look at those releases.
A new book by LA photographer Robert Landau titled Rock 'N' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip (Angel City Press) features photos of many music industry hand-painted billboards which appeared on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. It also tells an amusing story about a billboard for the Beatles album Abbey Road and the case of Paul's missing head.
Hundreds of people played a part in The Beatles story - some big, some small; some positive, some negative. Here's a look at some of those people and the roles they played.
The Beatles made their last-ever live appearence on January 30th, 1969, on the rooftop of the Apple offices on Saville Row in London with guest keyboardist Billy Preston, who had played on several other songs in a session just two days earlier. The police were called 42 minutes into the set, forcing an early ending to the show. Nobody was arrested, even though there may have been plans to keep playing until they were arrested and end the film that way.
In 1971, about a year after the breakup of the Beatles, George Martin did an interview with the British music magazine Melody Maker in which he talked about many of the Beatles songs, their recording processes and influences, album makings, and what it was like to work with the band. The interview was presented in three parts, all of which are presented here.
In 1971, shortly after the Beatles breakup, John wrote a scathing letter to Paul and Linda McCartney in response to criticisms Linda levied against John regarding his comments about the Beatles. The letter was stolen by Yoko Ono's assistant Fred Seaman and went to auction in 2013. Reproduced here is that letter.
About The Beatles aims to off unique Beatles perspective and information while, at the same time, centralizing a lot of information about the Beatles especially in regards to their discography. But there are several sites and pages on the web which offer up some truly unique and specialized information - here are a few of them.
Presented here is a series of rarely-seen photos from the same photo session with photographer Robert Whitaker that spawned the "Butcher Cover" shot.