Wednesday, February 27, 2013

You Can Call Me Al .....

Tomorrow on the radio show, you can call Al Sussman, of Rochelle Park, New Jersey, and ask him pretty much any burning question you have about The Beatles. Really. No question too tough or too easy.
Al, a major Beatle fan, started writing for Beatlefan Magazine 33 years ago & celebrates the 200th issue of the magazine this month. He has spent years studying, reporting and writing about the Fab 4 and enjoyed every moment.
Beatlefan mag is one of those actual paper things that you hold in your hands instead of scrolling down a bright screen with a mouse. I totally remember purchasing copies of Teen Beat and pulling out the full page photos of Peter Frampton  & hanging on the wall... and what a delight it was to read the issue over and over and over. I think that's something we miss in today's society o' internet. I respect the electronic era, however, I'm partial to holding reading materials and flipping the pages; perusing over the photos.....

Al serves as the Executive Editor for Beatlefan Magazine. You can go to their website and get a glimpse of what the mag has to offer.  A year's subscription consists of an issue every other month for the cost of around $30/yr. In blonde math, that's $5 per issue -- less than a fancy schmancy Starbuck concoction....

As with most writers...Al has a book up his sleeve and I'm excited to talk to him about the book's topic: the 101 days between the assassination of JFK and the emergence of The Beatles in the U.S. He'll also be filling us in on his upcoming program at The Fest for Beatles Fans in the New York Metro area, April 5-7.

I'm setting aside some questions for Al & I hope you will too. Call in to the show this Thursday, Feb. 28 - 2:00 pm CST   the number is:   347-857-3983

The show link is:

Remember..if you can't listen live...go to this same link anytime to listen to the archived episode.

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George Harrison would have been 70 years old this past Monday and I asked Author Jude Kessler to share a thought about the relationship between George & John Lennon.

John's Blurb by Jude Southerland Kessler:

“John would always be friendly to me,” George said in The Anthology, “but at the same time you could tell he was a bit on edge because I looked so young. I must have been only fifteen then.”

Imagine being an 18-year-old "rocker."

And imagine taking a boy into your band who's only (gulp) fifteen! Imagine that boy following you around town - to the movies, to see your girl, to the local coffee bar, to art college. Ach! It's awful, isn't it? A real embarrassment!
But that was the way it was with George and John Lennon.
John had never had a brother, until George. He'd never had a kid tagging along or had someone looking up to him and emulating him. He'd never known what it was like to see yourself in someone's adoring eyes. Until George.

Somedays it annoyed him. Somedays he was edgy and cut. Somedays he was a typical big brother...a jerk.

But day in and day out for ten years, "all those years ago," he took George into his heart. Regardless of age. Regardless of what people thought. Regardless.
Maybe we can learn something from that. Something about acceptance. Something about breaking rules. Something about love.
I can. Can you?

*if you are an iTunes user - listen up! Jude Kessler has several podcasts that you can download FOR FREE ! They are OUTSTANDING shows & you'll enjoy them. She has a particular show dedicated to George & John. Check out episode labeled: "John Lennon Hour Show 9" dated 2/1/13 & titled (there are 3 segments) 
Go to itunes.... in the search box enter:  podcast pat matthews beatles a rama. You'll get a list of his shows. Click on "See all"  & scroll down to the shows Download these & enjoy ....

Peace, Love & The Beatles

Lanea Stagg


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