This fact-filled volume includes UK and US discographies with full track listings and chart positions, a complete list of live performances from 1960 to 1969; a look at the origins of the group s name; quotes about them from such names as Mick Jagger, Steven Spielberg, Tony Blair, and Francis Rossi; other musicians who temporarily or nearly joined them, from early stand-in drummers to heavyweights such as Eric Clapton and Billy Preston; their producers, management and inner circle; their connections with Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Badfinger and others; their British radio and TV appearances; the Paul is dead story that gripped some of the media in the late 60s; the album titles and films that nearly were but ultimately weren t; and much more. Although the focus is on the group up to their split in 1970, there are also brief surveys of their solo careers and solo album listings. As they might have said, and you know that can t be bad ."
John Van der Kiste has written over sixty books, including titles on Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, historical and royal biographies covering the Stuart, Georgian and Hanoverian eras, works on local history, true crime, fiction and plays. He has reviewed books and records for national, local and independent publications and websites, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is currently writing a book on the group Lindisfarne. He lives in Devon.