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Beatles scholar and media journalist Andru J Reeve has capped off years of research into the strangest saga ever to infiltrate the world of Rock 'N' Roll-the Paul McCartney death hoax. Bringing the story to life through a "Non-Fiction Novel" approach, Reeve tells a tale of The Beatles few have heard. Regarded throughout the world as one of the leading experts on the "Paul-Is-Dead" hoax, Reeve is currently at work on a film version of his book.
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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418482943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418482947
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
On October 12, 1969, WKNR-FM's Russ Gibb opened the phone lines for his usual Sunday afternoon "rap" with listeners. When Eastern Michigan University Student Tom Zarski called with questions about the supposed death Paul McCartney, so began a tale that would immortalize both Uncle Russ and WKNR-FM in the annals of Beatle history.

Several authors have attempted to cover the mountain of material connected with the story, but Andu Reeve's newly updated and expanded book "Turn Me On Dead Man The Beatles and the Paul-Is-Dead hoax" rises above the others. It's 331 pages are packed with the kind of research you would expect from Ann Sperber, Stephen Ambrose or Aljean Harmetz.

The genesis of this most famous Beatle urban legend began well before the October night when WKNR-FM launched it into the nation's consciousness and Andru weaves the web so effectively that you won't be able to put the book down. In addition to dissecting every lead, the author spent thousands of dollars to secure rare photographs and memorabilia connected with the event, all of which are on display in the pages of his book. He lists 140 clues discovered over 35 years, including every Beatle lyric that conspiracy fans say prove that the Paul McCartney we know today is an imposter.

The Michigan connection is fully covered, including Larry Monroe's on-air revelations in Ann Arbor that preceded the WKNR-FM broadcast, MSU professor Oscar Tosi, who analyzed before-and-after audio tapes of the singer's voice, and the late Terry Knight's cryptic Capitol Records single, Saint Paul.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By HaroldGarySpencer on December 5, 2005
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Whatever it was, the "Paul Is Dead" affair is examined extensively in Reeves' book. I've followed this...WHATEVER IT IS...since it occurred in 1969, and I am impressed with how well it's covered in this book. What really gives the book alot of snazz and pizazz is how well it is footnoted and documented. I've known the d.j. Russ Gibb for years and he is well-represented through interviews. Russ Gibb is very selective when it comes to talking about his days during the hoax, and he doesn't just sign on with anybody! So his presence in these pages, along with lots of other exclusive interviews, assures me (and should assure you) that Reeve did his homework and has bought us an informative book about this hoax and the story behind it. I thought I heard it all back in Michigan in 1969; but I didn't know the half of it! (And I still think Paul's got some explaining to do! Unless he's really dead...)

The book is thick with information, and is also well-illustrated with lots of rare photographs and paraphernalia. The bibliography is insanely-complete, running for 20-plus pages. There are also several end pieces, the being Appendix One, with a chronological listing and annotation of 140 "clues." There's also another appendix dealing with other rumors about the Beatles (remember Klaatu?). I felt full and satisfied after reading this book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alma R. Castano Rodriguez on April 26, 2005
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This book is a must read, if like me you stumbled on to the paul is dead rumor on the internet and got stuck to it, you must read this book. I used to surf every web page on this topic but on this book everythings included, even new ×clues×

or recent ones. As a young beatles fan, Im only 24, I love reading books about them, in fact I collect them as well as videos, so I can see how it was all on those great times I missed by far. This is an excellent book to have as a beatles collector, and any true fan should have it in his/her collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Wright on February 18, 2006
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Looking for a great all-in-all treatsie of the hoax? Look no further! This book has every clue imaginable - including clues that have sprung from the internet age. This is an exhaustive look at the hoax from many different angles. One of the most pleasurable aspects of the book (beyond the guilty pleasure of the subject matter) is the short and easily digested chapters, making this a perfect nightstand read.

The author, to his credit, doesn't have an axe to grind here. He doesn't try to convince you to accept any theory (Is Paul dead? Was it all coincidence? Was it a hoax by the Beatles to sell more records?), but just presents the historical facts and on-the-record comments as best they are known. A first-rate read that you'll love!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A reader on October 24, 2004
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I've been a fan of this book ever since it first appeared about 10 years ago in hardcover. It's easily the best thing written about one of the oddest chapters in not only Beatle history but the annals of pop culture. Reeve interviews nearly all of the principal figures in the hoax, provides abundant illustrations, and corrals all the "clues" and "theories" and any number of fascinating sidebar stories into a flowing narrative. The death rumor makes a great story and Reeve gives it the treatment it deserves.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Margot L. Oates on December 2, 2005
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I picked this up here at Amazon on a caprice, and was thoroughly engrossed. I read it in two sittings -- couldn't put it down (until I had to...for surgery!). I remember the story about Paul when I was back at Northwestern University, and I was always intrigued. However, I never knew there was so much to it. The author answered all my curiousities, and even more that I didn't even know I had until I read them! I'd love to see this book made into a movie. Maybe if I win the lottery?
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