Story Behind Their Greatest Concert By Dave Schwensen
Author of The Beatles In
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
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
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
280 pages / North Shore Publishing / Available in soft cover trade
paperback (retail - $24.95) and eBook ($9.99)
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.
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.
is also the author of How To Be A Working Comic, Comedy FAQs And
Answers, Comedy Workshop and Father's Days... And Nights.