We are proud to present this special 2002 “Love Me Do” Collector’s Edition! Featuring many previously unseen photographs, this limited run of 1,500 hardcover books has been issued to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ first Parlophone single, “Love Me Do,” and autographed by author Andy Babiuk! Even though their songs are known by millions around the world, only now has a book been published that reveals how The Beatles sounded the way they did. This lavishly illustrated hardcover volume is the first to examine all the instruments and equipment The Beatles used to compose, rehearse, perform and record some of the best-loved popular music of all time. It features over 300 color and black and white photos of The Beatles – many never before published – as well as prime memorabilia, including instrument sales receipts, manufacturers’ ads, concert posters and more. The book’s year-by-year format analyzes in detail The Beatles’ entire touring and recording career. Beatles Gear was written by Andy Babiuk, a staff consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a 20+-year employee of House of Guitars, and an advisor to auction houses on music-related memorabilia. Includes a foreword by esteemed Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn.
___________________________________ From Library Journal
Babiuk takes a unique approach to the Beatles’ story by documenting the history of their music equipment. The Beatles are forever associated with particular instruments, and thoughts of them immediately conjure images of John’s Rickenbacker, George’s large, hollow-bodied Gretch, Paul’s signature custom Hofner violin bass (the first left-handed bass the company ever produced), and Ringo on a Ludwig drum kit. Babiuk begins with Lennon’s first guitar in 1956 and follows through to the band’s final 1969 sessions at the Abbey Road studios. As he shows, their choice of instruments were outlets for their personalities and creativity, and they selected a particular make and model for its individual sound, used that sound to its fullest, and then progressed to the next. Though dubbed “the quiet one,” Harrison proved the maverick, continually experimenting with guitars and instruments from other nationalities, leading to the important Eastern influence on the Beatles’ music. Babiuk provides marvelous technical detail on all of the Fab Four’s gear, with numerous photos of either their own instruments or identical models. A fresh perspective on the group’s well-documented history will appeal to hardcore fans and interested lay readers alike. Michael Rogers, “Library Journal” Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“A big, slick, exhaustively researched exploration of what made The Beatles sound like The Beatles.” — Rochester Democrat and Chonicle
“A fresh, highly readable perspective on the group’s well-documented history…will appeal to hardcore fans and interested laymen. Recommended.” — Library Journal
“A lavish celebration of every known piece of musical equipment [The Beatles] used…large and colorful…well-researched…” — Tower Records’ Pulse! magazine
“A sure bet to be a ‘must-have’ under the Christmas tree for any rabid Beatles fan.” — Mondo Gordo
“An authoritative guide to The Beatles’ equipment…Babiuk shows himself to be a persistent researcher and a writer of clarity.” — Mark Lewisohn, renowned Beatles expert, author of The Beatles Recording Sessions and of the Beatles Gear foreword
“May be the ultimate specialized study of The Beatles…the sheer mass of information is impressive…the pictures…are fab.” — Chicago Tribune
“The ‘gift book’…a luxury item…to be held and admired…. Beatles Gear provides a history of their sound.” — Boston Globe
“The folks at Backbeat Books have a well-earned reputation…this year, they’ve got more ‘must-have’ additions, [including] Beatles Gear.” — The Ithaca Journal
“The ultimate Beatles fanatic book.” — San Jose Mercury News
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