The Beatles – Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

Beatles 1967 Christmas

Christmas Time (Is Here Again) was written and recorded by The Beatles for their 1967 fan club Christmas record. Ringo also recorded it for his Christmas album, I Wanna Be Santa Claus. Be sure to listen to the end…there’s more than just the song! Here’s the Beatles!

Ringo Starr – Come on Christmas, Christmas Come On!

Ringo Starr Christmas Album

Ringo gets the holidays rockin’ with “Come on Christmas,” a song from his very fun Christmas album, I Wanna Be Santa Claus which includes both original and traditional songs.

20+ book gifts for hip kids – and adults, too!

Books for cool kids

Got a kid on your holiday shopping list? Wanna introduce them to the Beats, modern design, the ’60s, jazz, folk, or rock & roll? Or, just give ‘em something fun? Check these way cool tomes for tots (and grown-ups, too). Most of these are picture books; a few are available for Kindle, too. Click on […]

Enter to Win a Beatles Yellow Submarine DVD!

Beatles Yellow Submarine - Giveaway

Yellow Submarine, has been digitally restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time. Bonus features for the Yellow Submarine DVD and Blu-ray include: – a short making-of documentary titled “Mod Odyssey (TRT: 7:30) – the film’s original theatrical trailer – audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann – several brief […]

Review – Reaching Out with No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono by Lisa Carver

Reaching Out with No Hands - Reconsidering Yoko Ono

Reaching Out with No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono / Lisa Carver / Backbeat Books / 2012 / 978-1617130946 The popular perceptions of Yoko Ono are often unflattering: hanger-on, untalented, unattractive, shrill, remote. Lisa Carver, herself an artist and musician, strips away perception to find the real Yoko. Carver considers the merits of Ono’s visual, written, […]

Review – Jimi Hendrix FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Voodoo Child

Jimi Hendrix FAQ

Jimi Hendrix FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Voodoo Child / Gary J. Jucha Backbeat Books / 978-1617130953 / 363 pages I’ve been a listener of Jimi Hendrix’s music for several decades. However, anything beyond the bare basics of his life and career – just facts picked up here and there – remained […]

Review – Love Me Do: Behind the Scenes at the Recording of the Beatles’ First Single

Love Me Do Behind the Scenes at the Recording of the Beatles' First Recording

Bill Harry’s chronicle of the Beatles road to their first single release may not get any awards for journalistic style, but it is still a fascinating rundown of the lucky breaks, perseverence, and machinations it can take to get even a talented band signed. Harry’s e-book is great for the little insider details of how […]

Review – The John Lennon Letters

The John Lennon Letters

It’s the small artifacts of everyday life which reveal so much about us – the notes, letters, photos, lists, all capture our daily moods and thoughts. Some are intimate; others are mundane, but all have the capacity to shed light on who we are. Collected here are John Lennon’s letters, postcards and other ephemera; each […]

Review – Ringo 2012

Ringo 2012 review

Ringo Starr has been on a roll the past several years with the well-reviewed 2010 release “Y Not,” a successful tour, and now a lively new album called “RINGO 2012″. This marks Ringo’s 17th solo outing as well as his first self-produced effort, and is an infectious pop-rock project with a good feel and damnably […]

Bob Dylan and the Beatles, by Al Aronowitz

Bob Dylan and the Beatles - Al Aronowitz

Al Aronowitz is often referred to as “the godfather of rock journalism.” But his roots are in the tradition of the writers who trailed behind the Old West’s outlaws and revolutionaries, embellishing the truth to delight an eager readership. However, Al was always more a participant than a mere observer, positioned early at the crossroads […]