‘The Beatles: It Was 50 Years Ago Today’ Book Review

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on March 10, 2013
Beatles Coffee Break
4th November 1963: The Beatles take a break from their rehearsals for the Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre, with a coffee after lunch at the Mapleton Hotel. From left to right they are; John Lennon (1940 - 1980), Paul McCartney, George Harrison (1943 - 2001) and Ringo Starr. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

The Beatles: It Was 50 Years Ago Today
By Terry Burrows
Hardcover scrapbook w DVD ($75)

This lavish box set, a treasure trove of 30 pull-out reproductions of Fab Four memorabilia (show tickets, posters, previously unpublished photos, event invitations) and a DVD of archival performance and interviews, is also a handsome scrapbook tracing Beatlemania back to its 1963 Liverpool roots and the release of the group’s first chart-topping hit, “Please, Please Me.” A perfect gift for any fan of John, George, Paul and Ringo, it’s also something most Beatles buffs will find it hard not to keep for themselves!