Category Archives: Beatles

At last! After all these years, the Mark Lewisohn Beatles biography (part one)

“The Beatles’ Boswell.” That’s how the late Ray Coleman, long time editor of the British music weekly Melody Maker, once described Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn. The comparison to 18th Century writer James Boswell, whose biographical work on Samuel Johnson defined … Continue reading

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A Gift for McCartney’s 70th Birthday

Sir Paul McCartney certainly does not need a physical birthday gift from each of his fans. Instead there are electronic best wishes posting opportunities everywhere, from Facebook to However, this is an ideal excuse to give yourself a gift. In … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom

McCartney does McCartney for McCartney. The idea of a Paul McCartney collection of favorite standards was almost irresistible even before hearing a note. At once nostalgic yet new, Kisses on the Bottom offers the opportunity to see McCartney the music … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney’s Personal Favorites

Paul McCartney demonstrated his continued mastery of rock concert staging in 2011, even winning over sniping critics with career-spanning performances, including two hot summer nights at Wrigley Field. His first release of 2012 (scheduled for February), Kisses on the Bottom, takes a … Continue reading

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Remembering writer Nicholas Schaffner, 20 years on

Nicholas Schaffner was the quintessential New Yorker. A respected writer, poet, and musician, he led an artist’s dream life in Greenwich Village. (Though on occasion he stopped by Chicago, usually for the annual Beatlefest fan convention.) Nick died two decades … Continue reading

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Ringo Starr’s Best Starring Role: Ringo Starr

Earlier this month, as a lead-in to the annual Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, this site posed eight survey questions about Fab Four fan favorites. There were no “correct” answers, just the quest for preferences. Two questions had overwhelming favorite … Continue reading

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Crafting the Personalized Beatles Fan Experience

Who attends a Beatles fan convention? The answer to that hasn’t really changed over the years. While conducting live trivia games and discussions at the annual Fest for Beatles Fans (previously known as “Beatlefest”), I’ve observed the teens and tweens … Continue reading

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