Beatles Reference Library
These are informational, historical and entertaining articles archived
from the pages of the rec.music.beatles
newsgroup. Most of these articles are not available at other Beatles sites.
The articles in this archive are divided into four sections:
Also see the Beatles Recordings Reference Library for
Alf Lennon - An article about the
comings and goings of Alfred "Freddy" Lennon, John's estranged
Badfinger History - The up and
down story of Joey Molland and Badfinger, Paul's Apple discovery.
Badfinger's Mike Gibbins - A recent
interview with Mike Gibbins, one of the original members of Badfinger.
Beatles on Ed Sullivan - A rundown of the
entire Ed Sullivan show on February 7, 1964, on which the Beatles
appeared, and some relevant comments, by Saki, and a posting of all the
songs the Beatles played on all four Ed Sullivan appearances.
Also see The Ed Sullivan Show.
The Breakup - An article about the
facts and chronology relating the period of time that the Beatles
Brian Epstein - Two articles about
Brian Epstein's life, and what Brian meant to the Beatles and the
Carnegie Hall - Some information
about the Beatle's least documented live performance at Carnegie Hall in
New York City.
Catharsis 101 - A very personal
rememberance of John Lennon on the date of his birthday.
The Day John Died - I personally hate
thinking about this, but this question is asked frequently on the r.m.b.
newsgroup. Here are three newspaper articles that were written on the morning
after the night that John was assasinated.
Dr. Winston O' Who? - The various
pseudonyms that the individual Beatles have used over their careers.
Drummer or Dweeb? - Articles from
r.m.b which discuss and disprove claims by Bernard Purdie that he
overdubbed the drums on all early Beatles recordings.
From John to Paul and Linda - A letter
which was recently sold at auction, that John Lennon wrote to Paul and
Linda McCartney in 1969.
George Harrison's Birthdate - Was
George born on February 24 or 25? Some new evidence is provided by
saki in this article.
Handmade Films - Articles telling
the end of the sad story of George's Handmade Films and his law suit
against former partner Dennis O'Brien.
Hours And Times - A review of the
1992 film Hours and Times which was a fictional story about John and
Jane and Paul - A brief article by
saki answering the question, "Who is Jane Asher, and what did she have to
do with Paul?"
John And Brian - After a discussion of
long standing rumors from dubious literary sources about a possible
relationship between John and Brian Epstein, May Pang tells what she
knows regarding John and Brian, and John's sexual preference.
John and J. Edgar Hoover - Two
newspaper articles describing the recent release by the FBI of some
of the "John Lennon Papers".
John and Ringo Interview - The text of
an interview of John and Ringo on August 23, 1964, while the Beatles were
in Los Angeles for their famous first visit to the Hollywood Bowl.
Linda's Legacy - An article which
describes Linda's last wishes.
The Passing of Derek Taylor - The official
Apple press release, and remembrences of Derek Taylor by saki.
Paul and the Bass - Several articles
dealing with Paul and the bass guitar, and how he came to be the bass
player for the Beatles.
Paul Is Dead: An Historical Perspective
- Two New York newspaper articles from 1969 reporting the original roots
of the Paul Is Dead controversy.
Paul Is Still Alive - On Wednesday, February
14, 1996, a story was presented by several news sources of a thwarted
paid contract on Paul's life. These are the real facts on this story from
the Associated Press.
Pete Forever, Ringo Never! - The famous article
from Mersey Beat on August 23, 1962, announcing the
Beatles' change of drummers, thanks to Bill Harry of Mersey Beat.
Pete: Best or Worst? - Alan Kozinn talks
about the relative merits of Pete Best as drummer with the Beatles.
Pete: No Longer Forgotten - A recent
article describing Anthology's financial and personal impact
on Pete Best.
Pete Best in the 90's - Pete talks
today about how he feels about his treatment by the Beatles now, and
back in the sixties.
Raymond Jones - The young man who
first brought the Beatles to Brian Epstein's attention by requesting
My Bonnie at Brian's store NEMS. Did Raymond Jones ever
exist? This article tries to solve the mystery.
Ringo Interview - 1989 Magazine interview
with Ringo Starr shortly after his first All Star Band tour.
Ringo on Prodigy - Ringo answers questions
on the Prodigy on-line service.
Ringo 1998 - A 1998 newspaper article
about Ringo from the Daily Telegraph.
Sean's Birthdate - May Pang sheds some
light on the lingering mystery of Sean Lennon's birthday coinciding with
What Killed Stu? - A recent thread
discussing the possible causes of death of Stuart Sutcliffe in 1962.
Who Killed John? - A recent article
about Sean Lennon's recent allegations that the CIA could have possibly been
behind the murder of his father.
Winston - An excerpt from Pete
Townshend's book "Horse's Neck" about the death of John
Anthology on American TV - A detailed
index to everything in the American ABC TV airing of Anthology.
Anthology Home Video - A detailed index
including timing of everything in the home video release of
Anthology made from the laser discs.
The Beatles by Alan Kozinn - A review
by saki of the book The Beatles by Alan Kozinn, writer for the
New York Times and frequent participant on the rec.music.beatles
Beatles Bibliography - A very
comprehensive list of most of the books about the Beatles that are
currently in print in the US and the UK, updated April 1996.
Beatles Cartoons - An article about
the Saturday morning Beatles cartoon TV show made in the 60's, including
a list of all the shows. Also see How
To Draw The Beatles.
EMI Primer - Everything you ever wanted
to know about the history of EMI, Capitol, Apple and ATV.
Fab Gear - An interesting detailed
article describing where the equipment the Beatles used came from and
Finding Abbey Road - Visting London? You
might want to check out this article first to make sure you can the
famous crossing. Also see London
Trip Guide and Why Does A Beatles
Fan Cross The Road?
Goldman and Beatles Fans - Articles
by saki and Allan Kozinn about author Albert Goldman and why he is not
liked by Beatles fans because of the innaccuracies in what he writes.
The Gospel According to the Beatles - An
article about the new Beatles Bible, the Anthology book to be published
in late 1997.
Help Cover Picture - Most believe that
the boys are spelling 'HELP' on the cover of the album, atleast the UK
version, since Capitol switched the order of the boys on the American
cover. However, according to this article, that's not even close!
How To Draw The Beatles - An
article from Mojo Magazine with inside information about the making
of the Beatles cartoons. Also see Beatles
I Am The Walrus - An excerpt from Pete
Shotton's book "John Lennon In My Life", describing how the words to
I Am The Walrus came about, the text of the small bit of King Lear
that appears at the end of I Am The Walrus, and an attempt
at an interpretation of the lyrics of the song.
It Was Thirty Years Ago Today - An
article by saki reflecting on the "Sgt. Pepper Experience" on the
occasion of its thirtieth birthday.
It's All You Need - An article by saki
answering a question regarding who the Beatles wrote about in their
Joe Orton and the Lost Beatles Movie -
An article about the third live action Beatles movie that a script
was written for but was never produced.
Klaatu is the Beatles? - An article
about a group who's first album in 1976 sounded so much like the Beatles
that people started believing it was true.
Lewisohn and his Bible - A brief
article by saki answering the question, who is Mark Lewisohn, and
how, while researching his books, he get to see what practically no
one else ever has.
London Trip Guide - Two articles
about what to see, if you're a Beatles fan, when you go to London and
Liverpool. Also see Finding Abbey
Number Nine Dream - The number 9 eerily
appears over and over in the life of John Lennon. This article
compiles a list of them.
Magical Mystery Tour: B&W Or Color? -
Was the Magical Mystery Tour TV movie shown on the BBC in Black and
White or Colour? This article pins it down.
Oh, Yoko - An article reviewing the
recent appearance of Yoko Ono on the TV show "Mad About You",
and the Lifetime cable TV show "A Lifetime Intimate Portrait: Yoko
Paul and The Fireman - Is or isn't Paul
The Fireman? An article from Club Sandwich with interviews with Paul
McCartney and Youth regarding the album Strawberries Oceans Ships
Forrest tells all.
Sessions - A newspaper article
from the Chicago Sun-Times regarding the Sessions album, the
album of Beatles alternate LP cuts and outtakes that was due to be
released but never came to be, and an article by Alan Kozzin describing
why Sessions was never released.
Songs They Gave Away - A list of the
songs written by Lennon and McCartney which the boys gave to other
artists to record.
Tokyo Beatlemania - Newly released papers
from the British government tell the story of the insanity of the Beatles'
tour to Japan in 1966.
Will the real Paul McCartney raise your hand? -
Is Paul McCartney right-handed or left-handed? A long-standing confusion
among Beatles fans is cleared up by this article.
You Can't Do That - Ed Chen's review of the
new Beatles documentary, "You Can't Do That - The Making of A Hard Day's
Beatles Related Articles
The Beatles and Bootlegs - Two
articles by Allan Kozinn about why Bootlegs aren't necessarily evil,
and how the Beatles feel about Bootlegs. Also see
The History of Beatles Bootlegs.
Beatlefest Bust - An article about
the bust of a bootlegger at the 1998 Los Angeles Beatlefest.
The Ed Sullivan Show - An important
chapter in Beatles history, saki talks about what the Ed Sullivan Show
meant to America. Also see The
Beatles on Ed Sullivan.
How The Album Got Played Out - Why
the LP and 45 have become extinct over the years and how listening to
music has changed.
The History of rmb - Two articles by
saki about the history and early days of the rec.music.beatles
newsgroup, one of our favorite places in cyberspace.
The Vinyl Frontier - Which is better,
vinyl records or digital compact discs? In this article, saki writes
that the answer might depend on how old you (or your records) are.
Anthology Pre-history - An article by an
imaginative fan which tells the story of why the upcoming Beatles
releases are to be called "Anthology".
Covert Art Awards - A partially
serious, mostly humorous article about something each Beatles cover
is most famous for.
Eleanor the Computer Nerd - Some Beatles
songs for computer programmers.
How To Talk To Your Teens About The Beatles -
Feel alone in your family regarding your Beatles fandom? This article
Saturday Night Live - The text of two Lorne
Michael speeches inviting The Beatles to appear on Saturday Night Live.
Sgt. Pilcher's Lonely Hearts Club
Band - The mostly historical story of a man and his dog, and
rock 'n' roll.
This CD Stinks! - Why does the
Beatles Anthology CD smell like celery? Another Beatles conspiracy?
Find out in this article.
Top Ten List - Some of Dave Letterman's
Top Ten Lists that concerned the Beatles, including February 7, 1994,
which was the 30th anniversary of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Why Does A Beatles Fan Cross The Road?
- The answer to this age old question is provided in a very informative
article by saki about shooting the album cover photo on the famous
pedestrian crossing oustide the front door of the London EMI studios.
Also see Finding Abbey Road.
This page last updated April 6, 1999.