- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: North Shore Publishing (November 28, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780979103025
- ISBN-13: 978-0979103025
- ASIN: 0979103029
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,452 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
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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.
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We all know the fans tried to get to the stage by breaking through the barriers and making a run for it. We all know the screams were so loud the music couldn't be heard. We can all surmise after the concert there were plenty of fans who were unable to talk because of the strain to their voice caused by the screaming. A true Beatle fan should know more than that. It is my belief this book will offer insights and info for everyone, the casual fan, the hardcore fan and even the people who were in the audience that evening.
I really tried to like this book but the entire first half was so boring I kept putting it down. The second half though, which is about the re-recording in January 1966, of the concert soundtrack in preparation for television broadcast, is really fascinating. Included in this part are the actual documents connected to this project and even a very interesting letter about the Beatles from the producer's son who was living in England, to his father. Finally this section contains wonderful impressions of the Beatles....how they worked together, and with other people connected to the re-recording project, and what they were like individually. Perhaps this section is the reason for all the five star reviews. It's certainly a reason to recommend this book. However because I found the first 50 percent of the book so boring, I had to knock off two stars and only give it three. It's not the author's fault that people are often self centered and dull, and therefore their stories are dull. I give Mr Schwensen a lot of credit for a book that is very well put together, and well written. If only he had been able to find more interesting people connected with the actual concert, this would have been a five star book. I'm sure the task of finding people who actually had something worthwhile to say, would be daunting to any author.