Monday, 8 July 2019

Calling Beatle Love Birds - BBC Radio 4 wants to talk to you!

BBC Radio 4 is working on a four-part documentary series on the history of British song. 

For the edition on love songs they are keen to record a couple talking about a Beatles love song that is special to them - ideally with a bit of a story behind it.

The show will be broadcast in August, but the recording is scheduled for this week. They will probably record a few different couples and may not broadcast all of the interviews.

Interested?  It would take half an hour and both partners need to be recorded together and ideally late morning or early to mid pm one day this week.  Email Julia if you want to be interviewed:

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Beatle Fest in Italy - June 22 - 12-13 July 2019

For our Italian members and friends or anyone planning to be in Italy this summer! 
Tell Paolo, the BBFC sent you!

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Win a Prize! BBFC Summer Selfie Competition

Summer Selfie Competition

It is turning out to be a Beatles summer with the film 'Yesterday' in cinemas, tribute band gigs in nearly every town, International Beatleweek in August, and fans everywhere listening to the Fab Four’s music at picnics and parties. And most important of all, British Beatles Fan Club members reading their latest copy of the BBFC magazine!

The BBFC wants to see the fun you are having, so we have launched a Summer Selfie Competition! Send us a photo showing yourself or a friend reading an issue of our BBFC magazine while enjoying summer fun. Whether you're reading it on the beach in Spain or in the hammock in your back garden, we want to see your selfie!
How to Enter
Email your selfie to us here along with your name and membership number (open to members only).

Entries must be received by midnight UK time on 6 September 2019.

How to Win

Two winners will be selected by random draw on 7 September.  We will contact the winners who will have 48 hours to respond.  In the case of no response, we will draw a replacement winner.

The Prize
 A copy of volume 1 of the magazine series 'The Beatles Years'

Other Information
The BBFC reserves the right to use your photos in our social media posts when we announce the winners.

Issue 70 is in the post!

Just in time for your summer reading pleasure, the June 2019 issue is in the post to all our members!  Non members can order a copy from our website here.

                                                                      Issue 70 (June 2019) includes:
  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Coming Up-Forthcoming Events
  • Media Watch
  • John and Yoko Bed-In
  • The Beatles NOT For Sale
  • Dylan and The Beatles
  • Double Fantasy Museum
  • The Quarrymen in Hungary
  • Politics of John Lennon - Part 6
  • Paperback Writers
  • Buddy Holly and The Beatles
  • Making a Beatles Movie
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • Box Sets for the future?
  • Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photos of the Month

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Review: Volume One - The Beatles Years magazine

Anthem Publishing ISBN 9 772632 696005
This is the first of four magazines to be issued every 3 months.

When I first saw this, I wondered what new information I could find out. As I read the first page, I started to doubt the content as the date of John and Paul’s first meeting was stated as 6 July 1956, when any Beatle fan worth his or her salt knows it was 1957.

However, as I started to read the book, I found the early part of their career particularly interesting. There is a terrific photograph of The Quarrymen performing in 1997 performing at the 40th anniversary of the garden fete where John met Paul (so they did know the date!). It features Eric Griffiths and is one of the few colour pictures I have seen of The Quarrymen with Eric.
There are features on Tony Sheridan, who performed ‘My Bonnie’ with the band, which was released as a single in Germany and was the record that alerted Brian Epstein to the existence of the band.

Their stints in Hamburg feature quite heavily in the early part of the book.

There is a large feature on Brian Epstein. The Pete Best sacking is written about drawing information from The Anthology and as we progress through the book it covers their fashion and hairstyles. The first two albums Please Please Me and With The Beatles have the songs with a brief piece about them. Some are analysed from what The Beatles thought about them drawing information from many sources such as the book Many Years From Now by Barry Miles, and John Lennon’s interviews with David Sheff in 1980.

We end this volume just as Beatlemania had broken in the UK. A good read for fans old and new. Those of us who know the story won’t learn anything new, but for fans who only know part or none of the story, this will be a good read.

Ernie Sutton.