Wednesday, September 20, 2006

New Book: The Unreleased Beatles

Music fans might think they've heard it all from the Beatles, the most popular band ever. But even hardcore Beatles fanatics will learn about a treasure trove of undiscovered material in Backbeat Books' newly published The Unreleased Beatles: Music & Film.

The staggering wealth of unreleased material encompasses the Beatles' entire career, from a recording of the Quarrymen on July 6, 1957 (also known as "the day John met Paul"), right up to outtakes from the final sessions of Let It Be in 1970.

It's all here: unreleased studio outtakes, BBC radio recordings from 1962-1965, live concert performances, home demo recordings, fan club Christmas recordings, other informal recordings done outside of EMI studios, and even a wrap-up of Beatles compositions that were never recorded.

The visual treasures uncovered by author Richie Unterberger are just as tantalizing: Super-8 film of an early, unknown performance; 1962 footage from the Cavern Club; four songs from a 1963 Swedish TV show; never-broadcast rehearsal footage from The Ed Sullivan Show; UK, French, German, Japanese, and Australian television specials; unseen film from the 1965 Shea Stadium concert; promo films; footage of the band's trip to India; and more.

The book includes chronological entries for all of the Beatles' unreleased recordings of note, as well as all of the unreleased video footage from 1961-1970 and outtakes from 1990s interviews filmed for Anthology. There's also a general overview of Beatles bootlegs, Beatles songs recorded by other artists in the '60s, and more than 100 photos of documenting the full range of unreleased material.

Richie Unterberger is the author of Backbeat's Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll; Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution; and Eight Miles High. He has written numerous CD reissue liner notes, and he co-edited the All Music Guide to Rock.


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