Back in pre-Covid 2019, Mark Lewisohn toured his ‘Hornsey Road’ one-man show about the ‘Abbey Road’ album on its 50th anniversary. Now, on October 7 and 8, he’ll be commemorating the 60th anniversary of Love Me Do’s release with three performances of a brand new two-hour production at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre.
Evolver:62 will see him dip into his own archive to speed-deliver 62 short stories about The Beatles’ 1962: a concept he intends to continue with, next year, 63 history bites about 1963, followed by 64 about 1964 and so on, all the way to the end.
“‘Tune In’ came out in 2013, nine years ago, but – quite honestly – I still don’t know when book two will be finished,” he explains. “It’s really quite some challenge to dive into such a deep, wide and vast history and to assess, condense and relate it thrillingly on the page. It IS coming, and in every single second of every single day I’m aware that it’s for me to do. But what a task it is.
In the meantime, it’s become 2022 and I face an inescapable truth, which is that the book project is underfunded. It had great initial impetus, but that was a long old time ago and now I need to finance staying alive while I’m writing. Evolver:62 is that.
“I love putting my research archive to fresh use; I amassed it to underpin my writing but it’s way too strong to stay locked away in a filing cabinet. I want to share openly what I’ve been gathering in 40 years of perpetual discovery… From 1963 to 1969, the Beatles were visibly on top of everything, but they were ready and primed in 1962 and I’ll use fantastic archive items to let this live again. The Beatles is a tremendous story – really the very best there’s ever been – and I’ll be showing it in ingredient parts.”
The shows: Friday, 7th October at 7:30pm; Saturday 8th October at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, 29th July, at 10:00am (UK).