Beatlemania Lives On

Superfans in the 21st Century


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About the Book

Written by a fan, about the fans, and for the fans, this book is about Beatles fandom and excitement for the band as it continues, undiminished, in the 21st century. The author conducted nearly 100 interviews with superfans across the globe, gathering stories that explain their enthusiasm. Readers will meet fans who met and married at Beatlesweek in Liverpool; those who had the chance to go onstage with Paul McCartney, got his autograph on some unusual places on their bodies, and had the signature permanently tattooed; and first-generation fans who saw the Beatles live and remember every detail as if it was yesterday.
Noteworthy interviewees include Wings guitarist Laurence Juber; Mark Featherstone-Witty, cofounder of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts; Bill Heckle, director of the Cavern Club and Magical Mystery Tour Bus in Liverpool; and music publisher David Stark, who now stands by Paul’s side at LIPA graduations but started as a good-natured teenage fan who had the guts to ring Ringo’s doorbell and meet him at his house. (The book also takes a deep dive into Beatles–related TV shows, Broadway musicals, movies, businesses, Sirius XM DJs, tribute bands and more.)

About the Author(s)

Journalist and essayist Dana Klosner has been published in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She lives in Columbia, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Dana Klosner
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 218
Bibliographic Info: 64 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9028-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5082-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface: It All Started with a Trip to the Promised Land—Liverpool 1
One. Catch Them with Another Fan 3
Two. I’ve Just Seen a Tattoo 39
Three. And Now for Something Completely Different 60
Four. Love Is All You Need 88
Five. The DJs Who Keep the Records Spinning 109
Six. Paperback Writers and Collectors 141
Seven. Inspired by the Magic 154
Eight. Sgt. Pepper Taught the Band to Play 165
Nine. Obsessions Became Careers 186
Ten. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles 191
Eleven. This and That 201
Epilogue: I Don’t Really Want to Stop the Show 205
Index 207