The Longest Cocktail Party

An Insider Account of The Beatles & the Wild Rise and Fall of Their Multi-Million Dollar Apple Empire

The Longest Cocktail Party

Apple Records was a noble experiment created in the spirit of the 1960s by four musicians who came to represent everything that was best about those tumultuous, experimental, and liberating times. The Beatles started out with the greatest of intentions, but reality soon got in the way. Much has been written about this period in the history of The Beatles' evolution and dissolution---some of it true, some of it wildly exaggerated, but not much of it first-hand. The Longest Cocktail Party is a rare exception. Written by Richard DiLello, who served as Apple Record's "House Hippie" from 1968 to 1970, this unusual first-hand glimpse into The Beatles' empire humorously chronicles the stranger-than-life stories that were to become legendary, including visits by the Hell's Angels and endless tales of celebrity antics. Alfred Music is proud to offer this latest edition, which features a new and insightful foreword by the author. Originally published by Playboy Press in 1972, The Longest Cocktail Party has proven itself a timeless chronicle of this most colorful period in pop history.

From Here On

From Here On

From Here On is a collection of stories, essays and poems. It is the authors thirteenth published book.

Car Crash Culture

Car Crash Culture

A morbidly fascinating and articulate collection of essays, this book explores the grim underside of America's cult of the automobile and the disturbing, frequently conspiratorial, speculations that arise whenever the car becomes the cause or the site of human death. Through analysis of fatal celebrity car accidents and other examples of death by automobile, as well as through personal memoir and forensic reports, cultural critics ponder our very human fascination with the car crash. Topics include the roles and experiences of passengers and bystanders, car crash conspiracy theories, the automobile as a site of murder, studies of car crash cinema, and psychological interpretations of the notion of the 'accident.' The book features original essays by such underground icons as Kenneth Anger and Adam Parfrey.

Beatles Vs. Stones

Beatles Vs. Stones

A lively examination of the most legendary (and least understood) rivalry in the annals of rock ’n’ roll: “Beatles vs. Stones is one of the best rock biographies I have seen this year…If you thought you knew everything there was to know about these two groups, think again” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). In the 1960s an epic battle was waged between the two biggest bands in the world—the lovable Beatles and the bad-boy Rolling Stones. Both groups liked to maintain that they weren’t really “rivals”—that was just a media myth, they politely said—and yet they plainly competed for commercial success and aesthetic credibility. On both sides of the Atlantic, fans often aligned themselves with one group or the other. In Beatles vs. Stones, John McMillian gets to the truth behind the ultimate rock and roll debate. Painting an eye-opening portrait of a generation dragged into an ideological battle between Flower Power and New Left militance, McMillian reveals how the Beatles-Stones rivalry was created by music managers intent on engineering a moneymaking empire. He explores how the Beatles were marketed as cute and amiable, when in fact they came from hardscrabble backgrounds in Liverpool. By contrast, the Stones were cast as an edgy, dangerous group, even though they mostly hailed from the chic London suburbs. For many years, writers and historians have associated the Beatles with the gauzy idealism of the “good” sixties, placing the Stones as representatives of the dangerous and nihilistic “bad” sixties. Beatles vs. Stones is “balanced, informed, yet still passionate…Even the most gnarled and intransigent veterans of the debate will emerge enlightened by this book….McMillian negotiates these thickets with insight, care, and a willingness to unsettle clichés” (The New York Times Book Review).

Why Don't We Do It in the Road?

The Beatles Phenomenon

Why Don't We Do It in the Road?

In Why Don?t We Do It In The Road? the author looks back to the 1960s and the global phenomenon surrounding four young men from Liverpool . . .The names and the songs are well known, but the ?why?? is more difficult to assess - even with hindsight - against the glare of the music industry?s powerful myth-making apparatus. . .John Astley deploys his forensic skills as a sociologist todevelop an original take on the kaleidoscopic landscape that gave birth to The Beatles phenomenon . . .The reader is invited to take a peep back into the recent past - at the post-War years in England. . .the trembling class structure of an exhausted society. . .and the advent of global communicationsin the 1960s as the music industry and British culture is unmade and remade . . .Put another way, ?Why Don?t We DoIt In The Road?? is question that has gone answered for four decades - until now. John Astley is a writer and lecturer - and is a frequent contributor to journals, conferences, and radio talks. As a sociologist of culture, he is also the author of three volumes of collected essays: Liberation & Domestication, Culture & Creativity, and Professionalism & Practice. John Astley is currently working on Herbivores and Carnivores, a timely investigation into cultural values in contemporary society.

Penny Laine's Anthology

Penny Laine's Anthology

The Beatles reflected the times as they captivated the world over. This book has been put together in the hopes of stirring fond memories in a few of those Beatlemaniaces, who are as much a part of this story as the four young Beatles were. Always updated with new CDs, prices, and recent information! Throughout the years they've remained in the public eye as much as when they were together. This is a story of The Beatles together and their careers through the post-Beatle years. A comprehensive price guide of all their records together and their solo-careers from around the globe! Stories never told before, whic makes this the Ultimate Beatles Price Guide. Updated yearly. All You Need is Love!

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

This text presents a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on popular music, from the early 20th century to the present day.

Fab Four FAQ

Everything Left to Know About the Beatles ... and More!

Fab Four FAQ

(Book). 50 years after their appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," the Beatles continue to captivate music fans of all ages. There's something always more to discuss about the Fab Four. What were their greatest live performances? Their worst moments? Stories still unknown by most music fans, trends still unseen, history still uninterpreted are all revealed in Fab Four FAQ . Pop culture authors Stuart Shea and Rob Rodriguez provide must-know fan trivia and offer obscure Beatles facts and stories in an easy-to-read, provocative format that will start as many arguments as will end them. With more than sixty chapters of stories, history, observation, and opinion, Fab Four FAQ lays bare the whys and wherefores that made the Beatles so great, giving credit where credit is due and maybe bursting some bubbles along the way.

Miss O'Dell

My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved

Miss O'Dell

CHRIS O’DELL WASN’T FAMOUS. SHE WASN’T EVEN ALMOST FAMOUS. BUT SHE WAS THERE. * She was in the studio when the Beatles recorded The White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be, and she sang in the “Hey Jude” chorus. * She lived with George Harrison and Pattie Boyd and unwittingly got involved in Pattie’s famous love story with Eric Clapton. * She’s the subject of Leon Russell’s “Pisces Apple Lady.” * She worked for the Rolling Stones on their infamous 1972 tour and did a drug run for Keith Richards. * She’s “the woman down the hall” in Joni Mitchell’s song “Coyote,” the “mystery woman” pictured on the Stones album Exile on Main Street, and the “Miss O’Dell” of George Harrison’s song. The remarkable, intimate story of an ordinary woman who lived the dream of millions—to be part of rock royalty’s inner circle—Miss O’Dell is a backstage pass to some of the most momentous events in rock history.

The Beatles Solo on Apple Records

The Beatles Solo on Apple Records

The Beatles Solo on Apple Records" is the companion piece to Bruce Spizers critically acclaimed "The Beatles on Apple Records." This book details the solo records released by John, Paul, George and Ringo on theirown Apple label in America, starting with the December, 1968, release of Georges "Wonderwall Music" album and ending with the December, 1975, release of Georges single "This Guitar (Cant Keep From Crying)." All solo projects are covered, including all of the albums and singles released by John & Yoko and Paul McCartney & Wings, as well as classic albums such as "Imagine," "Band On The Run," "All Things Must Pass" and "Ringo." The book provides comple te session and chart information and shows all picture sleeves, album covers and label variations, along with many of the promotional posters, displays and trade magazine ads. The bookis hard cover and printed on heavy weight glossy paper. It has over 900 images (all in full color or original black & white) spread throughout the the books 358 pages.