I’m currently reading Craig Brown’s entertaining ‘biography’ ‘One,Two, Three, Four: The Beatles In Time’. I haven’t checked to see whether the pre 1963 stories in Brown’s book are in Mark Lewisohn’s ‘Tune In’ but I suspect they are. And, of course, we’ll have to wait and see whether the stories from 1963 onwards are included in Volume 2. (Craig Brown’s research is not on a par with Lewisohn’s as he re-tells the story about Dave Dee being the trainee cadet who was at the scene of Eddie Cochran’s fatal car crash in 1960 and states that Gene Vincent was killed in the same crash. He wasn’t of course, dying in 1971.) Anyway, I digress. One story that fascinated me was about Paul McCartney judging a competition to mime Brenda Lee’s ‘Let’s Jump The Broomstick’ on Ready Steady Go in late 1963. He picked out 14 year old Melanie Coe as the winner and presented her with the ‘Please Please Me’ LP. Four years later Melanie became pregnant and left home to live with the father, a croupier, in Bayswater. Shortly afterwards, an article appeared in The Daily Mail – ‘A-Level Girl Dumps Car and Vanishes’ – about her distraught father » Continue Reading.
It doesn’t sound like Vol 2 will be out before 2023 at the earliest. Better find something else to read in the meantime!
Just listened to the Nothing Is Real Beatles podcast featuring a two-part interview with Mark Lewisohn. Really worth a listener Beatles nerds. One fascinating snippet for me was that Mark was asked whether he was planning to create an archive of his research material. He said he was but hadn’t got round to it yet (right answer as he should be concentrating on finishing Vol 2 of All My Years before I pop my clogs!). He had, however, moved his office and the archive weighed over 13.2 tons! That’s an incredible amount of material, and he said he doesn’t really collect artefacts or obvious memorabilia, just loads and loads of information. Difficult to imagine what other band could come even close to such a mountain of material.