Sgt. Pepper Spiced My Summer of Love 50 Years Ago

This is not a review of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” 50th-anniversary package, out May 25, a week shy of 50 years after its first release on June 1, 1967. You can check out the features and reviews by Mikal Gilmore, Chris Morris and Chris Willman for all the deets about the Read More

Klaatu Interview with Stephen K. Peeples – May 1980

Editor’s note: This transcript of a May 1980 Klaatu interview with music journalist and Capitol Records Editorial Manager Stephen K. Peeples was first posted online at http://klaatu.org/. What follows is the transcript of an interview I conducted in May 1980 with the then-mysterious rock band Klaatu, named after the human-like alien visitor to Earth played Read More

UPDATED: Lewisohn Beatles Bio ‘Tune In’ Paperback Out October 2016

By Stephen K. Peeples Beatles Historian Provides Inside Look at Best-Selling First Installment of 3-Volume Fab Four Biography Exclusive VIDEO Interview w/ Stephen K. Peeples The long-awaited 944-page paperback edition of renowned Beatles historian, expert and author Mark Lewisohn’s “The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1 – Tune In” was published October 11, 2016 by Read More

Ken Sharp ‘New Mourning’ – Bright Power Pop with a Dark Side

New Album by Musician-Author Who Wrote the Book(s) on the Genre; Troubadour Debut September 2 By Stephen K. Peeples With melodic, hook-filled power chords, layers of jangling guitars and stacked vocal harmonies, and dark lyrics borne of a good relationship gone bad, “New Mourning” by singer-writer-guitarist and author Ken Sharp is not your typical indie Read More

Lennonology Author Joins John Lennon 75th Birthday Party

Noted Beatles author Chip Madinger publishes Lennon-Ono chronology spanning 1966-1980 By Stephen K. Peeples Just in time to help celebrate what would have been rock music icon and peace activist John Lennon’s 75th birthday on Oct. 9, noted Beatles collector and author Chip Madinger and his historian-collector co-author Scott Raile will publish a new book Read More

Beatles Ed Sullivan Debut Rocked Sis and Me

An Appreciation by a Pair of First-Generation Fans who Saw the Fab Four’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Debut and Birth of U.S. Beatlemania on Feb. 9, 1964 My sister Ruth, or Ruthie, and I and our folks Bill and Joan were among the 73 million Americans who witnessed pop culture history when The Beatles performed live Read More

Beatles on Sullivan Changed My Life for 50 Years

An Appreciation by a First-Generation Fan who’s Touched the Dream We’ve heard lots of famous and not-so-famous first-generation American Baby Boomers talk about how seeing The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964 changed their lives. In the ensuing half-century, through a combination of desire, dumb luck and opportunism, this then-12 1/2-year-old Read More

Mark Lewisohn Beatles Bio Makes Others Obsolete

Review of ‘The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1 — Tune In,’ First Installment of Lewisohn’s 3-Part Biography The latest book by world-renowned Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn, “The Beatles:  All These Years, Vol. 1 – Tune In,” renders all other biographies of the world-famous British band’s early years incomplete and/or obsolete. Published in hardcover, audio and digital Read More

Beatles RockBand session, Sept. 19. 2009

My son Scot Peeples brought over his Wii, Beatles RockBand game and two guitars, and sister Ruth Peeples joined us. Scot’s played it a bunch already; this was first time for rest of us. We plugged it into the surround system, and swapped guitars and bass or guitar parts around on maybe a dozen songs. Read More

Lewisohn Beatles Bio Vol. 1 Done; Due Oct. 2013

In our extensive August 2011 Skype interview, as he was heading down the home stretch writing the first volumes of what’s expected to be a three-volume definitive biography of The Beatles, world-renowned Fab Four expert Mark Lewisohn (pictured) said he was shooting for publication about now, late summer/early fall 2012. We’ve known each other since Read More