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  • Perfect Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: North Shore Publishing (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979103002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979103001
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you'd like to experience what it was like to participate in a Beatles concert, we can't recommend 'The Beatles In Cleveland' strongly enough. --Bob Malik, host of the nationally syndicated radio show, 'The Beatle Years.'

This book is a must read for the fan who's never been witness to The Beatles concert mania first-hand, and even more important to anyone who's actually seen The Beatles live. As a broadcaster, I was impressed with Dave's research into the competitive world of 60's Top 40 Radio. What a fun book! --Joe Johnson, host of the nationally syndicated radio show, 'Beatle Brunch.'

Dave Schwensen did the impossible. Through his writing he took my mind from the California coastline to Cleveland and made me enjoy it. I was mainly skeptical that he could write a whole book about a single happening - the two Beatle concerts in said city and hold my interest. Not only did he accomplish both impossibilities, he totally drew me into the whole experience and gave me new insight into something I thought I knew something about. Good show, mate! --Ken Mansfield, Former U.S. Head of The Beatles' Apple Records.

About the Author

Dave Schwensen is an entertainment journalist, award-winning humor columnist, pop culture historian and lecturer, and the author of 'The Beatles At Shea Stadium' and 'The Beatles In Cleveland.' A 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 as a talent consultant for many television programs, networks and film studios. * Dave is the author of 'How To Be A Working Comic: An Insider's Business Guide To A Career In Stand-Up Comedy, Revisited, Revised and Revamped (2013),' 'Comedy FAQs And Answers: How The Stand-Up Biz Really Works,' 'Comedy Workshop: Creating & Writing Comedy Material for Comedians and Humorous Speakers' and Father's Days... And Nights: Humorous Tales From The Frontlines Of Fatherhood.'

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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2007
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The Beatles were banned from Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964! In an ironic twist of fate, the Beatles were invited back to that same venue in 1966.

The escalation in Beatlemania prompted the Powers That Be never to invite the Beatles to Cleveland again because of the uncontrolled outbursts and manic attacks that are a part of Beatlemania! Fans rushed the stage, jumping police barricades to reach the Fab 4, the World's Best Band!

There is rich Beatle history here. Their 1966 concert in Cleveland was just a breath away from their Swan Song Concert in San Francisco on August 29, 1966.

Readers get to follow the Beatles behind the curtains and join Cleveland listeners to Top 40 and get a feel for the music and events of that era. Readers are also treated to personal accounts and previously unpublished photgraphs about the Beatles in Cleveland. The Beatles and their live performances are all the more effective by the response their fans had. The Beatles were and will continue to remain the most outstanding, nonpareil and world's best band!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Dodson on May 31, 2007
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It was so neat following the guys behind the curtain and seeing what they are really like.. This is a most enjoyable book and a must read to anyone in or fan of the music world. I find I have a hard time putting it down. Loved it David.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eager Reader on May 15, 2007
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I'm 32 years old (young) so the probability of me seeing or having seen a Beatle concert in my lifetime is slim to none. Not true any more. Each and every one of us can experience two Beatle concerts vicariously through The Beatles In Cleveland. The book reads like a screen play with you in the middle of the action. You get there via the fans, the photographers and the deejays. This book is a MUST for the Beatle fan library and a MUST READ for the rest of us who just like a good book on the night stand or at the beach. You'll love the light and easy reading and you'll get goose bumps as you rush the stage with thousands of adoring fans. Move over mystery, romance and biography...The Beatles In Cleveland needs some space.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 10, 2007
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This one is a keeper. So much detail went into this topic to produce this book and it is a gem. Written and researched by a true Beatlemaniac who was there. Dave has managed to track down and interview everyone who was connected to these two concerts. The DJS, reporters, opening acts and fans who attended. Through emails he was able to add another dimension to his book by letting fans share their stories of both historical shows, especially the one in 1966. He even interviewed the real estate agent who provided the group with a very groovy, fully furnished, (in their favorite colors!) mobile trailor to stay in while they were waiting to go on stage. The backstage recollections from the djs who got to spend time with them in that trailor, were interesting. Also recollections from opening acts like Barry Tashien of the Remains were a welcome addition. I would like to buy his book so I can read about the entire 1966 American tour. There is so much to say about this very intersting group of British singers from Liverpool, that I wish other insiders would share their memories of other tours and concerts. Enough of those phony, shallow, so called biographies that never get the story right because the author wasn't there and hardly knows the Beatles. There should be more books like this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Junebean on July 24, 2008
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While conducting an internet search to find information about the Beatles August 14, 1966 concert in Cleveland, I happened upon this book. What a find! Even though I was only 13 years old when I attended the concert, it has remained one of the most exciting events of my life. The author weaves the story of both the 1966 and 1964 concerts through his own recollection of the event and a host of people personally involved with the concert (disc jockeys, promoters, reporters, etc.), and places the story in the context of the events of the 60s. It magically transported me back to that special day and helped me understand the experience, thus enriching my memories of the event. Anyone who loves the Beatles will enjoy the book as it relays conversations with them and observations of them by the various people involved with the event.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Koenig on August 1, 2007
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This revealing book shows and every detail possible people's recollections about seeing the Beatles appear in their town in 1964, and again in 1966. They miss 65 due to the town banning them from returning! Then when all appears well in 1966, the stage is stormed with cheering fans, and the Beatles make a run for it!!
This book truly gives the dramatic turning point of the Beatles career, and possibly the mark of the end of early Beatlemania!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on August 4, 2008
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It was a pair of watershed events in the vast history of 1960s pop culture; The Fab Four performing in concert in Cleveland, Ohio. And they were gigs to remember.

Police ordered the September 1964 event in Public Hall temporarily stopped as a number of the 10,000 fans rushed the stage. The fallout from the raucous atmosphere had a major political consequence; city leaders banned pop music concerts.

But flip the concert disc over to 1966 and the band was back for an August show in the cavernous Municipal Stadium. The first outdoor concert of the tour was temporarily stopped when an estimated 2,500 of the more than 20,000 fans in attendance rushed the stage.

With recollections from top Cleveland DJ's - Jack Armstrong, Jerry G. Bishop, Johnny Canton, Harry Martin - media members like Jane Scott of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, musicians and fans, author Dave Schwensen provides an outstanding oral history of the radio stations vying to be part of the events, the publicity leading to the performances and the lasting impressions left on those involved with the shows, from the stage to the stands.

Reading as if the tours took place only a few years ago, it is a great reminder of the days when one band paved the path to major national tours and stadium shows, with some of the craziness that happened behind-the-scenes making the wild response from the fans seem tame.
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