Monday, March 5, 2012

Another Poll


As many of you guessed, I reached the end of the road for Beatles interviews, at least the group years (through April 1, 1970). I do have a decent amount of solo interviews, but haven't collected them nearly as thoroughly as the group material, so there are undoubtedly some gaps. The good news is that I've transferred most of my collection to an external hard drive, so it's simple for me to grab files and upload them.

If I do carry on with solo interviews, there will be little in the way of illustrations and descriptions to go with the posts, merely because I don't have time to research everything. I will at least identify the dates and locations of the recordings as accurately as possible.

I still have over a hundred vinyl Beatlegs left to upload, so I could start posting those again. Or I could alternate the two, or move on to something else entirely. Please vote in the poll at the top left of this page and let me know what you'd like to see, and leave suggestions in the comments for this post.

And if you haven't already, please check out www.multiplusbooks.com and pick up copies of Beatlegmania Volumes 3 and 4!

14 comments:

  1. Since I've put a lot of work into the early solo years, feel free to tap me for color commentary on anything that you've got!

    --Scott Raile

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    1. I'd like some toast.

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  2. I suspect I'll be in the minority here, but my vote is to keep going with the interviews only--at least through the 1970s when a "Beatle reunion" was still a very real possibility. I have a pretty solid collection of interviews from this period (especially Lennon), but I certainly have gaps I'd like to fill--and I may be able to fill some gaps that you might have if you need.

    I find a lot of these interviews are more enlightening than the ones during the Beatles years, as they are often more honest about what happened. But more importantly (for me), the ex-Beatles tended to talk more frankly and in depth about songwriting--the inspiration and background on individual songs, etc.

    Vinyl discs are nice, too, and I know some people love 'em, but since most of us have the vast majority of that material in superior quality, those are more of keepsakes for me, anyway, as opposed to new revelations.

    Just my two cents :)

    --TFM

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  3. I just want to thank you for such an entertaining blog. The interviews you uploaded filled some gaps too!
    Any word on a reprint of Lifting Latches?

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  4. Thanks for all the great Beatles uploads! You've filled in some serious holes. Would love to see you carry on with stuff from the solo years.

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  5. I don't DL everything you post, but I always like the perspective you put on things. (Which is why I own all your books.) I would guess that any solo interviews you post would be relevant, at least for the first handful of years of the '70s, unless you really felt it necessary for us to experience Ringo on Mike Douglas telling the "I thought it was you three!" story.

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  6. I also voted for continuing with the interviews; at least up until 1980 when we still had all four of the Fabs

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  7. Yep...I agree with the above. Keep the interviews going. The vinyl bootlegs are interesting to a degree but most of it's contents is now available in far superior upgraded quality.
    I just wanted to add, this is a fantastic blog and your knowledge and generosity is very much appreciated.

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    1. I find the interviews fascinating, I'd love to hear the solo interviews, I've been starting to collect those! And any news reports stuff, especially about the breakup and the lawsuits (if you've got such material!) I'm particualry interested in the Tom Donohue KSAN interview with John in 75 if you've got it. And any interviews from 70-71 especially!

      As a starter, any stuff you have on the immediate breakup aftermath....I know on You Tube there's that great interview with Derek Taylor and apple scruffs (by a young Steve Croft of 60 Minutes!)....any other stuff like that, news reports, love hearing all that. The late April/early May, 1970 George interview with Howard Smith is also great, I already have it, but maybe some of the others haven't heard it.

      Or whatever, you know what you're doing, John Winn. It's YOU who's the Walrus! Who are we to tell you?! We're in good hands!

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    2. First, to anonymous above: That Derek Taylor interview is a pretty great interview, although, alas, it's more optimistic than what would turn out to be. One correction: It's not Steve Kroft. It's Bob Simon, who is also on 60 Minutes.

      More importantly, thanks a lot, dinsdale, for doing this. This certainly has been great and I've heard a lot that I'd never thought I'd get a chance to--or at least would have spent years trying to track down! Thanks for all your hard work and if there's anything we can do to help out, I'm sure we'd all be willing to lend a hand.

      --TFM

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  8. Well said that man!!

    I have many solo interviews but mainly post '85, so I would certainly love to hear some of their 70's ones. Particularly those on "The Beeb" such as Paul on "Kenny & Cash" which I think is 1972 or '73. I also remember George doing a Beeb interview in '79 to promote his GH solo album. Would love to hear that as well...providing Mr Winn has these of course.

    Anyway..whatever you decide to do John, this is still the finest Beatle blog on the net.

    Thanks for all you've shared so far!!

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  9. Ah, and (still yet) one more request! The solo interviews: yes! (a big yes!). But also, if you ever find that Brian Epstein/Murray the K interview, wow, that would be fantastic. And any other choice "Beatlepeople" interviews that you might have laying around! Those are often just as fascinating!

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  10. Literally any material you have that is referenced in your books that you haven't added yet would be most welcome... Thank you again for a wonderful blog!

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  11. This is an incredible resource, thank you very much, sir. And yes, mix it up if you'd like, or do more. This is all invaluable history.

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