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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: North Shore Publishing (November 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979103029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979103025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The concert and excitement surrounding the performance is described in amazing detail based on unedited live recordings and eyewitness accounts which appear throughout the book, including hundreds of little-known facts about the TV special produced by Ed Sullivan which aired on ABC, as well as the secret recording session to overdub the live audio for network broadcast." - Queens Gazette

"In this new book, author Dave Schwensen focuses solely on this Beatles concert and the history surrounding it. What follows is a fascinating book that chronicles the entire life cycle of this legendary show, from its inception to its execution and aftermath." - The Rock and Roll Chemist

"The book reveals everything one would want to know about the historic concert, from the weather to the songs to the sound system and marketing. The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert makes a welcome addition to any Beatle fan's library, as it fills in a significant knowledge gap."- Something Else! Reviews

"'The Beatles At Shea Stadium' offers multiple and valuable perspectives. Recollections from audience members, the concert photographer, a reporter and DJs put the reader at the scene, effectively presenting a complete picture of the sights and sounds of the humid New York night. Schwensen wisely stands aside and lets his subjects tell their stories... These figures reveal small moments such as Ringo Starr sitting alone on a bench signing autographs, and George Harrison anxiously peeking out onto the stage to witness the ecstatic crowd." - Beatlefan Magazine

From the Inside Flap

The date was August 15, 1965...
During a decade historic for change and innovation, it was an event that shook the innocence of pop music concerts into the sophistication of stadium rock. It was ground breaking and electrifying. It was a happening before the term happening was groovy. It survives in the memory of anyone who was there to experience the excitement, thrill, mania and love surrounding four young men who defined an image and created a soundtrack for a generation that came of age in the 1960s. For fans, associates and the innovators themselves, the echoes from a hot summer night in New York still resonate through the years.

More About the Author

Dave Schwensen is an entertainment journalist, award-winning humor columnist, pop culture historian and nationally recognized comedy coach. His insider's knowledge of the comedy industry was earned as talent coordinator for the television show "A&E's An Evening at the Improv," The Improv Comedy Clubs in Los Angeles and New York City, and consultant for many television programs, networks and film studios. As a talent agent he has worked with comedians and humorous speakers in the corporate, college, special event and theater markets.

And now for something completely different...

Dave witnessed the excitement of Beatlemania when his parents took him to see The Fab Four during their final tour. The memories inspired his best-selling book "The Beatles In Cleveland" and latest, "The Beatles At Shea Stadium." Dave is a featured author at numerous Beatles festivals and shares insights about the group and the concert experience at schools and special events.

Dave is the author of two blogs that cover both topics.

For insider information about the comedy industry visit www.TheComedyBook.wordpress.com

For a combination of humor and classic rock, check out Dave's "Dream Songs" countdown at www.TheClassicRocker.com

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A must read for all Beatles fans!
June M. Scharf
I won't put out any spoilers here, but there was a lot of behind the scene information as well as plenty of out in the stands info.
gwendolyn a. bell
On Sunday, August 15, 1965 the Beatles made history when they made the scene at Queens N.Y. Shea Stadium!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 17, 2013
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On the 15th August, 1965, the Beatles played to a record crowd of 55,600 at Shea Stadium. It was, at that time, the largest rock concert ever staged and, later, John Lennon was to reflect that it was where he, “saw the top of the mountain....”

This book gives all the background to the concert, including information on promoter Sid Bernstein and New York DJ’s Cousin Brucie Morrow and Murray the K. Many people who attended the concert, either as a fan or because they were involved in the show in some way, are interviewed and share their stories of that momentous day. In 1965, the attendance and revenue were record breaking – it was the height of Beatlemania and the birth of stadium rock. In many ways, it was a concert that changed the music scene forever, with bands afterwards demanding a larger share of the profits and better security, sound and organisation. Yet, despite the obvious need for crowd control, it seems to have been a good natured and happy event. Fans recall the constant screaming, like “white noise”, but the police were there simply to protect them and scoop them up if they broke towards the stage. Nobody was hurt, nobody fought, there was no trouble – just an overwhelming excitement and enjoyment.

Every song performed is looked at in depth, including the finale of “I’m Down” – where, famously, John played the keyboard with his elbow, as the band gave up battling the roar of the crowd and just performed with enjoyment. Having arrived nearby by helicopter, even the fans wondered how they would “get away”. They were finally whisked away in a station wagon and, as fan Doug Fernandez recalled, “It was electric, it was fun and then it was over.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By June M. Scharf on December 7, 2013
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A must read for all Beatles fans! Schwensen takes an "eyewitness" approach to reporting this story, using key insiders to shed great detail on all events related to this seminal concert. It's not the first time he's written about the Beatles either. He's steeped in knowledge, being a consummate fan himself, so he qualifies as a very reliable source. The book is exceptionally well written and features plenty of revealing photos. It also makes a great gift for the Beatles fan who thinks he/she knows everything about the band... and with a cover to cover read, truly can.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Girl on May 12, 2014
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I was looking forward to this book simply because I love the Beatles, but the 1965 Shea Stadium concert was something I was interested in learning as much as I can about. It was such a wonderful time in their career and such an exciting, pivotal concert. Unfortunately, after reading it I'm confused about all the five star reviews. With the exception of the fascinating section on the re-recording of the soundtrack, the book is filled with self serving and extremely boring, stories from people who had something to do with the concert in a working capacity: I.e. journalist, technician, d.j. etc. They talked about how their day at Shea went....how heavy the cameras and tape recorders were, their journey to the stadium, the weather, generic descriptions of the crowd, sitting in the dugout, walking to the dressing room, seeing and meeting the Beatles, and then....more crowd descriptions, but this time it was all the people in the dressing room. Not one of these people had much to say about the Beatles themselves, which was very disappointing. I was excited to read an anecdote from a Radio City Music Hall Rockette who actually had dinner with the Beatles the night before the concert. I thought, 'Oh this will be interesting...she actually had dinner with them'...but the anecdote went something like this: her journey from Radio City Music Hall to the restaurant which was next door or whatever, and she needed to take some elevator that all the Rockettes used. ( how fascinating) She made it very clear that she was above the Beatles and seemed to be prepared to dislike them...and guess what! She didn't like them. If you are wondering why however, you can continue wondering because she doesn't give a reason.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pattie on January 5, 2014
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This book transports you! I was one of the lucky ones. Sometimes, I tear up when I think of it or see video of the concert. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to witness as a young child. Nothing. Thank you to Dave Schwensen for finally writing this book. I've always wondered why no book had ever been written about this moment in history...what became the most important concert event ever. It. Changed. EVERYTHING!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edd R. on December 21, 2013
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Once I started reading this book...I kept on reading! Finished it in one day. It certainly captures the excitement of August 15, 1965 at Shea. I especially like the section on the making of the TV Special that aired on ABC and the story behind all of the (secret) editing of the music soundtrack. A fun read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Boyd on December 21, 2013
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I loved it ! Wished I had been there to share in this forever remembered event-but, it didn't happen, but being able to read about it was very entertaining and informative.
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Dave Schwensen gives excellent accounts from the actual fans, of The Beatles concert at Shea Stadium. My memories as a 10 year old were quite similar to those much older than I. It was a great reminder, filled with memories long forgotten. The author brought me back to that day and through other people's eyes. Thanks, Dave, for your accuracy and for finding other fans who were actually in the stands.
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