The Beatles are coming!: the birth of Beatlemania in America

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498 Productions, Jun 15, 2003 - Music - 246 pages
"The Beatles Are Coming!" covers the Beatles first visit to the United States and the events leading up to the group's arrival on February 7, 1964. It is the most thorough and accurate book ever published on how Beatlemania evolved in America. The book details why Capitol Records turned down the Beatles four times before finally agreeing to release their records. It tells the stories of two small companies, Vee-Jay and Swan, who issued the group's records without success in 1963. It details the American media coverage of the Beatles in late 1963, when Beatlemania was viewed as a curious fad happening in England that could never catch on in the United States. It explains how the Beatles were booked for "The Jack Paar Program" and "The Ed Sullivan Show," as well as two concerts at Carnegie Hall. The book concludes with stories and pictures of the Beatles historic first U.S. visit in February, 1964. The book contains over 450 images, including many previously unpublished photos of the Beatles. Foreword by Walter Cronkite.

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Bruce Spizer has written seven critically acclaimed Beatles books, including The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay, The Beatles' Story on Capitol Records, The Beatles on Apple Records and The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America. He has appeared on several national television and radio programs as a Beatles expert and is a consultant for EMI on Beatles projects.

Regarded by the public as "the most trusted man in America" before he retired as anchor of the CBS Evening News in 1981, Walter Cronkite started out as a newspaperman, moved over to radio, and then shifted into television in the early days, becoming one of the pioneers who helped create television journalism. Cronkite was born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 4, 1916. He decided to become a reporter while still in high school, and in college worked part-time for the Houston Post, a paper he joined full-time after leaving the University of Texas. From 1940 to 1949, he reported for the United Press wire service. One of the first journalists accredited to cover World War II, Cronkite accompanied Allied forces on the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. At the end of the war, he became UP's bureau chief in Moscow and then its chief correspondent at the Nuremburg war crimes trials. After returning to the United States in 1948, he covered Washington, D.C., for a group of radio stations before joining CBS, where he remained for the rest of his career, first working on various news programs and then, in 1962, becoming anchor of the CBS Evening News. Over the years, Cronkite's assured professionalism in covering such important stories as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the moon landing of Apollo II (staying on the air 24 hours to do so), the Vietnam War, and the Watergate scandal won him numerous awards, including several Emmies, the Peabody Award (1962), the William A. White Journalism Award (1969), and the George Polk Award (1971), and gained him great credibility with the public. He twice visited Vietnam during the war, and, after the Tet offensive in 1968, candidly questioned the rationale for American involvement and the U.S. military's prospects for victory. After his retirement, Cronkite continued to work on special projects for CBS and wrote his autobiography A Reporter's Life in 1996. He died on July 17, 2009 at the age of 92.

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