Reference Library: The Gospel According to the Beatles
Subject: "The bible of the Beatles" is coming out!
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 1996 03:41:56 +0200
Beatles are back with worldwide book launch
11:37 Oct 03, 1996
By Paul Majendie
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The Beatles are back, telling their story in
their own words in a book that is to be released simultaneously around the
world on the same day.
The three surviving Beatles and John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, have come
together to relive from birth to break-up the story of the biggest group in
"Beatlemania has hit the publishing industry -- no question of that," said
Pavilion Books publisher Colin Webb, who is launching the book around the
globe next September with an initial print run of 500,000.
"This is the bible on the Beatles," he said Thursday at the Frankfurt Book
Fair, the world's biggest, with more than 9,000 publishers from 110
"From the moment we opened here at the fair, all the heads of the
publishing houses have been to see us," he said in an interview. "The book
is complete. I will be auctioning the rights from November in London, New
York, Sydney, Tokyo, Munich and Paris. We will mop up the rest from
The Beatles' Apple Corporation opened its archives for the book. Paul
McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr provided background material.
Editor Brian Roylance spent months interviewing the three survivors and Ono,
whose husband John was murdered outside their New York apartment in 1980.
"We are going for a world simultaneous launch," said Webb. "The Beatles
did the first worldwide satellite broadcast with their recording of 'All You
Need Is Love' and we are aspiring for another first from London to
Clutching one of the two copies of the book that have been printed to give
international publishers a sneak preview, Webb said: "It is all first
person stuff. This is a unique book that they have created themselves."
Beatlemania was revived with the release of a 150-track Beatles anthology
that included two singles in which the Beatles ``reunited'' with Lennon on
songs recorded before his death. A 10-hour television documentary followed.
"The television series was seen by 420 million people in 94 countries. The
first album in the anthology series sold 8.9 million in the first seven
weeks," Webb said.
The Beatles remain the world's biggest selling group with one billion CD's,
tapes and records sold.
"Yesterday" is the most broadcast tune in history and the Beatles still
make more money than their old rivals The Rolling Stones even though one of
them is dead and they have not played together for 25 years.
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