Time for another Wednesday reviews on MTBRF. I am always looking for rare Beatles books to review. If you have a suggestion please let me know! I see the Beatles are helping me look for books to review. Thanks fellows!
Tonight I am reviewing a book called The Beatles in the News 1964 (Volume one)by C. Barratt. I love the idea behind this book and the others in the series. It takes newspapers (from England) and reproduces them in a book. We have seen this before with Tony Sak's 20 Days that rocked the World. After going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame archives, I realized just how important it is to preserve newspaper and magazine articles. Many documents in those archives have turned yellow and are very brittle. Some newspapers and magazine printed rare Beatles interviews and information that should be preserved and so I applaud c. Barratt for taking that step.
Many (if not all) of the articles in this book came from the New Music Express and have stories written by Chris Hutchins, which was interesting because I had read his book not too long ago. It is very interesting to see what was going on in Beatlemania in America from the British point of view. I also enjoyed the advertisements for Beatles things that were included. That really added to the articles and allowed the reader to see the prices for the merchandise and albums.
However, overall I found this book to be difficult. Many of the articles were reproduced in small print and were almost impossible to read. Others were fuzzy at the bottom of the article as if it was not scanned properly. But my biggest issue with the book is that it was not in chronological order. I personally feel that all books should be in order, but I can overlook it in most cases. But a book like this almost has to be in order and yet I see May 1964 on page 2 and October 1964 on page 3. It jumps all over the place and made it hard for me to concentrate on the articles.
This was a great idea but this particular book feels rushed. Currently there is a book about 1963 and one about Paul McCartney with more in the series planned. I hope more time and consideration is taken for future volumes, as it is truly important to preserve Beatles history.