Monday 23 December 2013

New Book: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

New Book - The Beatles At Shea Stadium
The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert
By Dave Schwensen
Author of The Beatles In Cleveland

The Beatles' performance at New York's Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965 is one of the most exciting and important concert events in the history of popular music. Produced by Sid Bernstein and introduced on stage by television legend Ed Sullivan, John, Paul, George and Ringo played, sang, sweated and laughed for a record crowd of 55,600 fans. It was the height of Beatlemania and launched the modern era of outdoor stadium shows.

The Beatles At Shea Stadium tells the story of this concert through researched commentary and exclusive interviews with over 40 Beatles insiders, friends and fans. Contributors include:

* Cousin Bruce Morrow - legendary NYC deejay
* Peter Bennett - named World's Top Promotion Man by Billboard Magazine
* Nedra Tally-Ross - member of Rock Hall inductees The Ronettes
* Ken Mansfield - U.S. Manager of the Beatles' Apple Records

The story begins in 1963 with Bernstein scheduling the then-unknown group for two concerts at Carnegie Hall and the first wave of U.S. Beatlemania in 1964. Follow events leading up to Shea Stadium as the Beatles arrive in New York, tape their final in studio appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, attend a never-before revealed dinner at Rockefeller Center, and go backstage as they nervously prepare to face their largest live audience.

The concert and excitement surrounding their performance are described in detail based on unedited live recordings and eyewitness accounts, and gives new insights into making the television special, secret recording session to overdub the live audio for network broadcast, and subsequent restoration of the classic film. Book includes rare photos, memorabilia, and never-before published correspondence, documents and production notes.

280 pages / North Shore Publishing / Available in soft cover trade paperback (retail - $24.95) and eBook ($9.99)

About The Author:

Dave Schwensen is an entertainment journalist, award-winning humor columnist, pop culture historian and lecturer, and author of six books including The Beatles In Cleveland: Memories, Facts & Photos About The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts.

A nationally recognized comedy coach for The Improv Comedy Club, his insider's knowledge of the entertainment industry was earned as talent coordinator for the television show A&E's An Evening At The Improv, The Improv Comedy Clubs in Los Angeles and New York City, and as talent consultant for many television programs, networks and film studios.

Dave is also the author of How To Be A Working Comic, Comedy FAQs And Answers, Comedy Workshop and Father's Days... And Nights.
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North Shore Publishing 2013

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