Friday, 18 December 2015

BBFC Magazine Issue 57 - Out Now!

Issue 57 has been mailed to all members and is now available for sale in the website shop. The issue is packed with great news and reviews:
  • The Beatles - A Day In The Life
  • Media Watch
  • Coming Up - Forthcoming Events
  • Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Tour Review
  • Ringo & Barbara Property Auction Round-Up
  • Meet The Beatles
  • Paperback Writers
  • Try Some, Buy Some - New Releases
  • BBFC Offers & Merchandise
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photo of the Month
To get the magazine, join the BBFC today or visit our shop to buy just this issue.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015


Blockbuster stage show and spectacular access-all-areas musical documentary ‘The Sessions: A Live Re-Staging Of The Beatles At Abbey Road’ is set in a state-of-the-art reproduction of the iconic Abbey Road Studio 2. The show will stage breath-taking live renditions of the timeless albums recorded there by The Beatles, to take you on a thrilling and historically authentic voyage through the events that shaped popular music history.

Executive Producer Stig Edgren said: “This video is a small window into what we’re trying to achieve, and the passion and expertise in which we'll do it. With the world class team we’ve assembled, the clarity of our vision and the amazing venues we’ll be touring, we have an incredibly exciting opportunity to create the biggest, most spectacular, most musically authentic Beatles show ever. We wanted to give people a taste of the process by which we will bring THE SESSIONS to life, and hope they see our commitment to delivering the finest Beatle production ever."

Saturday, 12 December 2015

BackBEAT - 50's/60's New Years Eve Party

What: BackBEAT 50's/60's New Years Eve Party

When: Saturday December 31 from 8pm

Where: The Hare & Hounds, 278 Lea Bridge Rd, London E10 7LD Phone:020 8558 8282

What: Be transported to the hot, sweaty, smokey, and ELECTRIC early days of British rock & roll with the The BackBEAT Band! Playing all the rock & roll and rhythm & blues belters that were in the The Beatles and Rolling Stones very first sets - when circle skirts, bobby socks and pony tails, DA's, drainpipes and winkle pickers, and jiving like your life depended on it, were the order of the day!

Playing fantastic numbers by the likes of Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson and The Isley Brothers, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly plus plenty of toe-tappers from the Fab Four to take you into the new year, get yourselves a shot of rhythm and blues with The BackBEAT Band and get ready for BackBEATmania!!!

Monday, 7 December 2015

Special Members only deal on this fab new book

Special Offer for BBFC Members only: Get the pre-sale prices below AND free UK shipping using the special BBFC members only code.  To get the code, email and ask for the Norman Parkinson Book code.  If you a current member, we will respond with the code for you to use.

About the book:
Norman Parkinson with the Beatles features more than 500 largely unpublished photographs showing the Beatles recording their second album inside Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios, September 12th 1963 as well as images taken earlier in the day at the President Hotel in Russell Square. The photographs featured in the book have been reproduced and carefully restored from the original negatives kept safely in the Parkinson Archive. While a small selection of these images were originally published in 1964 in a magazine aimed at the American market, the vast majority of these photographs will be seen for the first time in over half a century. The images have been carefully arranged to match and identify the songs being recorded, including “I Wanna be Your Man, Little Child and Don’t Bother Me” and a narrative has been written by Mojo Magazines Pat Gilbert. As well as working on the album the band have been captured relaxing between takes.

Working with Norman that day was his son Simon, seen in the unique picture above. Simon has written the introduction to the book and will be signing every copy of the limited edition leather version. This is a part of his recollection: "Fifty years on and one’s teenage memories dim… so that night at Abbey Road, witnessing the Beatles recording with George Martin, now seems a blur, for want of a better word. My father earlier in the day had let it slip that he was ‘snapping’ the Beatles but I had no idea that I might actually be invited to the recording studio. The shock that I got from his phone call later that evening -- “You want to come and meet the Beatles?” – still reverberates. The ‘Sixties’, that is the rejuvenation (literally) of England, had started and guess who was largely responsible for this metamorphosis? Do I want to meet the Beatles? Whaaat! So up to Abbey road, into the studio and “Ullo, Simon”." 

This exquisitely produced book, printed and bound in the United Kingdom, promises to appeal to both Beatles collectors as well as Parkinson aficionados and is certain to become a genuine collectors’ keepsake.

Norman Parkinson Deluxe Edition. Pre-Sale Price £100 (reverts to £130 after release date). £10 UK Delivery.  (See special members only offer at top of page)
288 page, 300mm square hardback book, numbered and bound with dark blue wibalin buckram. 170gsm art paper. 1000 copies worldwide.

Norman Parkinson Leather Slipcase Edition. Pre-Sale Price £250 (reverts to £275 after release date). £10 UK Delivery.  (See special members only offer at top of page)
288 page, 300mm square hardback book, numbered and bound with recycled blue leather. 170gsm art paper. Presented in a clamshell box with a limited edition Norman parkinson silver gelatin print.
Each copy is signed by Simon Parkinson who took some of the shots with his father on the day. 350 copies worldwide.