Tuesday, 3 October 2017

You are invited - Saturday Oct 21

Members of The Beatles Fan Club are invited to our author event:

Leslie Cavendish 
The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined an Era

The Beatles’ hair changed the world. As their increasingly wild, untamed manes grew, to the horror of parents everywhere, they set off a cultural revolution as the most tangible symbol of the Sixties’ psychedelic dream of peace, love and playful rebellion. In the midst of this epochal change was Leslie Cavendish, hairdresser to the Beatles and some of the greatest stars of the music and entertainment industry.
But just how did a fifteen-year-old Jewish school dropout from an undistinguished North London suburb, with no particular artistic talent or show­business connections, end up literally at the cutting edge of Sixties’ fashion in just four years? His story – honest, always entertaining and inspiring – parallels the meteoric rise of the Beatles themselves, and is no less astounding.
Saturday 21 October, 2:00-4:00pm at Idea Store Whitechapel
Book your free tickets here: cuttingedgeisw.eventbrite.co.uk

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Help make it possible to visit Strawberry Fields

We have been asked to help spread the word about this contest that is being run by a group in Spain to help the project by the Salvation Army in the UK. See the two images below. One is about the contest and how to enter. The second explains the cause that it is in aid of.

Note: This contest is not affiliated with the BBFC.  We are just helping to get the word out. 

Finding the Fourth Beatle by Dave Bedford - Get your copy!

We are excited to share this news of a new book out now by our "man in Liddypool", Dave Bedford.  If you have read his previous books, you will know why we are thrilled about this new release.

Read the press release by David himself which explains the book and contains instructions on how to get a copy.  Happy reading.

Since the summer of 1962, Beatles fans have debated the topic of why The Beatles sacked Pete Best, and replaced him with Ringo. Since I first started writing about The Beatles, initially for the London Beatles Fan Club, and became part of the new British Beatles Fan Club as “Our Man in Liddypool”, this topic has fascinated me. In both of my books, “Liddypool” and “The Fab one hundred and Four”, I have examined this from every angle I could.

Following on from looking at all of the musicians who contributed to the evolution of The Beatles, my latest book is “Finding the Fourth Beatle”, with my friend Garry Popper, looking at every drummer who played with the group, from The Quarrymen in 1956, right up until 1970, and I have found 18 drummers! 

But more than that, I have succeeded in my quest to find out what really happened in August 1962. The most important revelation is: Pete Best was not sacked/dismissed by Brian or The Beatles!
I know that sounds incredible, and goes against what he have always understood, but it is true, and can be supported by evidence from an eyewitness who was closely involved in the saga. The whole book is written in a new and exciting style, where we have tested eyewitnesses and every account, with each claim supported by evidence. It will rewrite Beatles history as we know it on several topics.

Finding The Fourth Beatle - Book/ Album
The is the story of The Beatles from 1956-1970 told through the 18 drummers, including Colin Hanton, Pete Best and Jimmie Nicol, and some you will not have heard of before: The Beatles’ crises; changes of musical direction, getting a record deal, and finding the drummer who would put the beat into The Beatles: Ringo Starr, the Fourth Beatle. It is:
  • The story of all the 18 drummers
  • Those who could have joined The Beatles, but didn’t
  • Expert analysis of the Beatles drummers by drummers
  • Why Brian Epstein didn't sign the Beatles first contract
  • Why The Beatles failed the Decca audition
  • Proof of whether The Beatles were under contract or not at Parlophone in June 62?
  • Who was asked to replace Pete Best before Ringo, and how and when Ringo was asked
  • Why Ringo became the Fourth Beatle and inspired a generation of drummers
  • Double CD of over 40 tracks by the drummers, plus the Decca audition, Parlophone audition and much more
The book is being issued as a limited, numbered and signed edition of only 1000 and are already going fast, even before we launched the pledgefund site! See the latest issue of the BBFC mag for more info on the story. 

Dave Bedford
“Our Man in Liddypool”

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Magazine is out. Happy Reading!

Issue 63 of our quarterly magazine is out now for your Autumn reading. If you are a member, it is in the post. Non members can order a copy from our website here.

Issue 63 (September 2017) includes:
  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Media Watch
  • Plaque Ceremony
  • Coming Up-Forthcoming Events
  • The Beatles NOT For Sale
  • George Harrison 1974 American Tour
  • Our World 50th Anniversary
  • Paperback Writers
  • Beatles Boots
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • Finding the 4th Beatle
  • BBFC Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photo of the Month

Friday, 22 September 2017

All I Need Is Love…and The Beatles

Our latest magazine issue will be posted this weekend.  It is chock full of good stuff. In fact, it was so full that not everything made the cut include the clever piece below by Jeanne Moran.  We are posting it here as a little bonus to entertain you while you wait for your magazine.

All I Need Is Love…and The Beatles
By Jeanne Moran
When I was a Little Child, The Beatles were Here, There, and Everywhere. Something in their Rock and Roll Music touched me, and decades later, There’s A Place for them In My Life still. Any Time At All, All I’ve Got to Do is open an app, pull out a CD, or spin my well-worn vinyl. I Want To Tell You, When I’m Sixty-Four, (and It Won’t Be Long,) I Will still be listening.

Back in the 60’s, The Beatles guided a generation through the Revolution that spread Across the Universe. Convinced things were Getting Better and that in The End, the human race could Come Together, they assured the world that We Can Work It Out. If just Two Of Us could speak Words Of Love, we could start Fixing A Hole, bringing people All Together Now as Mother Nature’s Sons and daughters.

Do You Want to Know a Secret? I’ve Got A Feeling they were right.

The Beatles created The Inner Light I’ve used to Help! me Eight Days a Week for years now. If I Fell for someone too fast, they urged me to Slow Down. When This Boy broke my heart over Another Girl, they reminded me I Should Have Known Better. Then, With A Little Help from My Friends, I was able to Wait until I met some new Boys who would Please Please Me.

The Beatles broke up Long Long Long ago and our Helter Skelter world still turns. But What Goes On hasn’t changed. Past Birthdays, through countless Hello, Goodbyes, their lyrics still hold truth:
-              There will be Rain before the Sun King comes;
-              I’ve got to pay the Taxman but that’s all right. Money Can’t Buy Me Love anyway;
-              When I’m Down and I think I’m A Loser, I’ll always find someone to help Carry That Weight;
-              Even during a Hard Day’s Night when It’s All Too Much and I can’t get a Good Night’s sleep, I can Step Inside Love;
-              Reassuring Words are always there. I know I’ll Be Back on my feet again soon.

When I Drive My Car or want to Get Back to Yesterday, The Beatles Don’t Let Me Down. If the soundtrack playing down the Long and Winding Road of your life includes The Beatles, Baby, You’re a Rich Man too. From Me To You, I suggest we Let It Be.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Get your tickets for Beatles Day in Dublin!

BEATLES DAY in Dublin is taking place this year on Saturday, November 4th.

It will be at the Workman’s Club in Dublin city centre. The events on the day will include a two set show from THE ROCKITS. They perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool every weekend and they really know how to throw a party. The first set in the show will be a selection of songs from The Beatles and the second set will be the ‘Hits of the 60s’ - songs from The Rolling Stones, Elvis, The Kinks, The Small Faces, The Monkees - and more!

There will also be a performance of Stephen Kennedy's play JOHN LENNON’S LAST DAY (as recently heard on BBC Radio 2) – and a competition to find the person in Ireland who knows the most about The Beatles – THE BEATLE BRAIN OF IRELAND.