A podcast that chats to a wide variety of Beatle authors and writers. What inspired them to add their entry into a library of over 1000 books?
Dafydd Rees - ’1963 - A Year in the Life’
My guest today is Dafydd Rees who joins me to discuss his book 'The Beatles 1963 A Year in the Life'.
At the start of 1963, The Beatles were a successful local Liverpool band with one hit single; twelve months, two albums and the arrival of Beatlemania later, they were on the cusp of world domination.
Thoroughly researched and featuring interviews with 300 people - Dafydd shines a light onto that most thrilling of Beatle years.
Thomas Macfarlane - ’Painting With Sound’
My guest today is Thomas Macfarlane who joins me to discuss his book 'Lennon and McCartney - Painting With Sound'
This book explores the work of two of the most influential composers of the twentieth century. Five decades after the breakup of the Beatles, the music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney continues to fascinate and inspire. Evidence suggests that their uniquely eclectic approach can be traced back to the Liverpool College of Art. Following on that idea, this book explores the creative dialogue between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, both with the Beatles and on their own, that grew out of that early influence.
David Hepworth - ’Abbey Road’
My returning guest for this episode is David Hepworth - who joins me to discuss his new book 'Abbey Road - The Inside Story of the World's Most Famous Recording Studio'.
Many people will recognise the famous zebra crossing. Some visitors may have graffitied their name on its hallowed outer walls. Others might even have managed to penetrate the iron gates. But what draws in these thousands of fans here, year after year? What is it that really happens behind the doors of the most celebrated recording studio in the world?
John Higgs - ’Love and Let Die’
My guest for this episode is John Higgs, who joins me to discuss his book 'Love and Let Die - Bond, The Beatles and The British Psyche'.
Dr No, the first Bond film, and ‘Love Me Do’, the first Beatles record, were both released on the same day – Friday, 5 October 1962 - John's book looks at how and why these two cultural phenomena endure - what that says about Britain and what the future holds for Mr. Bond and the Fab Four.
Bernadette & Mike Byrne - ’The Birth of The Beatles Story’
I'm joined for this episode by Bernadette and Mike Byrne, who tell us two stories via their book 'The Birth of The Beatles Story'.
Firstly, Bernadette was a Beatles fan from the Cavern, and tells us stories of their adventures in Liverpool, and how she ended up as George Harrison's girlfriend. Secondly, after noticing an influx of Beatle tourists in Liverpool through the 80's, Mike and Bernie hatch the idea for the The Beatles Story museum, an attraction on the Albert Dock which has gone on to have over 5 million visitors.
’’In His Own Write’ with Jonathan Glew
I'm joined for this episode by actor and director Jonathan Glew to discuss John Lennon's 'In His Own Write'.
In 2015 Jonathan was granted the rights from Yoko Ono and the Lennon Estate to adapt John Lennon’s first book of poetry and prose into a theatrical production. The show went on to be a huge hit at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival and was remounted at the V&A in 2016 where it ran alongside the ‘You Say You Want A Revolution?’ exhibition.
A beautiful pod
Its quite hard to navigate the numerous Beatles books out there so Joe is a wonderful guide. His interviewing style is perfect - asks the right questions, lets his guests answer.
A fine entry in the Beatles podcasting world
A relative newcomer to the Beatles podcasting family, Joe has come up with a fantastic podcast with some great guests. He has a friendly delivery and style and gets good answers and stories from his guests and he also chooses interesting books to feature as well. Well worth a regular listen!
I really enjoy Joe’s podcast - of course he’s passionate about the subject, but he doesn’t let that passion and knowledge trample on the passion and knowledge of his guests. Really very good.