New BBC book from Howlett

The Beatles:The BBC Archives is an upcoming book from Kevin Howlett. No novice to the game, Howlett is a producer for BBC radio and has written what is the standard book on the subject of the Beatles at the Beeb, “The Beatles At The Beeb” and also wrote the text in the official book that accompanied the Beatles vinyl remasters last year.

1st edition, 1982
2nd Revised edition edition, 1996

Published by BBC Books, here’s the desciption of this new release:

The Beatles exploded into British popular culture in the 1960s and changed the face of music for ever. Central to this success were the BBC radio and television programmes that brought them from the clubs of Hamburg and Liverpool into the living rooms of an adoring public. The Beatles performed on countless BBC programmes, performing both their hit songs and rare cover versions of the music that inspired them.

In this landmark book, BBC producer and Beatles expert Kevin Howlett delves deep into the BBC archives to reveal hundreds of rare photographs and long-forgotten interviews that document the early rise, steady evolution and eventual split of the group. Uncovering additional archive documents such as early audition reports, audience feedback forms and internal memos from startled BBC executives, the files give a fascinating insight into the biggest band of all time.

Beautifully packaged and extensively researched, The Beatles: The BBC Archives is a definitive guide to a unique relationship between two cultural icons.

Reportedly, the main body of the book contains the surviving transcripts of the Beatles’ appearances on BBC Radio and Television from 1962 to 1970. Each interview transcript will be set in its historical context, with accompanying commentary by Kevin Howlett. Howlett’s commentary will be supplemented by rare photos of the Fab Four at the BBC’s studios, both onstage and off. The book will also feature memorabilia-album art; concert posters, flyers, and tickets, all from the BBC.

The book is due out in October, and will happily coexist with the planned repackaging of the 1994 Beatles album, “The Beatles Live At The BBC”, also due out in the autumn. Talking of which, I hope they plan on upgrading the album with better recordings of the same material that has been uncovered since the initial release of the album back in the pre-anthology era (just).


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