• Will John Lennon’s "Paperback Writer" Guitar Be a Million-Dollar Seller? There are very few objects relating to the lives and careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr that are not coveted by Beatles fans. Some collect one-inch squares of the bed sheets the lads allegedly slept between during their 1964 North American tour. Others prefer brightly colored lunch boxes, from the metal containers manufactured in 1965 by Aladdin, featuring por…
  • Being The Beatles: Untold Stories from the Fab Four's Legendary North American Tours Like a lot of people of a certain age, I’ll never forget the night I watched The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show." It was February 9, 1964, I was 7 years old, and John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr had just invaded America. Coming scant months after the assassination of President Kennedy, the whole country (or at least 73 million television viewers) was ready for an eve…
  • John Lennon's Oddly Patronizing Letter to Eric Clapton Up For Auction On December 18, 2012, almost 300 historic documents will be auctioned by Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, just outside of Los Angeles. Almost buried amid the piles of letters penned by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Vincent Van Gogh, and Albert Einstein is an eight-page note written in 1971 by John Lennon to Eric Clapton, in which the former Beatle invites the former Cream guitarist t…
  • Lost and Found: John Lennon Granny Glasses You have no idea how many pairs of John Lennon "Granny" glasses I researched when I was the Head of Entertainment Memorabilia at Christie's in London. Most of them could be dismissed fairly quickly—the prescription was wrong or the provenance was not strong enough. But every so often, a pair came along that made me stop and think. Round Granny glasses were so closely associated with Lennon’…
  • A Mad Day Out with the Beatles, 1968 On July, 28, 1968, during the recording of “The White Album,” the Beatles spent the day tearing around London to shoot some publicity photographs, in particular for the cover of “Life” magazine. That day became known as the “Mad Day Out.” The Beatles attracted hoards of fans wherever they went, so the entourage had to keep moving on to new locations, leading to a frenetic shooting schedule. Pau…
  • Beatles 45s To Make You Twist and Shout About 12 years ago a coworker told me that they saw a picture sleeve on eBay from The Beatles selling for 500 dollars. My sister had given me a Beatles 45 picture sleeve when I was quite young. I went to make sure I still had it, and it was similar and still in excellent condition. So that started up my interest again. I had a couple of more Beatles 45s and albums, and I did a little research on t…
  • A Beatle Slept With This: Pieces of the Mania When The Beatles first set foot in the United States on Friday, February 7, 1964, they had no idea of the changes that they would bring to hairstyles, dress, attitudes, and most of all, the world of music. In the adult world, it was thought that the band would be a flash-in-the-pan—forgotten by the end of the year. Now, it’s been 41 years since the band split up in April 1970, and its influence is…
  • Stephen M. H. Braitman on the British Invasion, from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols I was a Hollywood kid. My father was a TV and radio editor in the San Fernando Valley, and he allowed me to do my first writing to review concerts and shows for the newspaper. But as a younger kid, I really hated rock ’n’ roll music and pop music, and I disliked the Beatles and all that. I have a younger sister who was a total Beatlemaniac. She started getting into the ’60s scene, but I was more…