“The Fifth Beatle,” the graphic novel about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, hit #5 on the New York Times hardback graphic books bestseller list Nov. 30, co-author Vivek Tiwary announced today. “Proud and ecstatic that today I became a New York Times bestselling author (#5) for ‘The Fifth Beatle!!’,” Tiwary posted on Facebook.“Feeling very blessed this Thanksgiving weekend.”
KIHN PLANS SEQUEL: Greg Kihn, author of the Beatles-related novel “Rubber Soul,” told Beatles Examiner at a book signing Nov. 30 a sequel to the novel is in the works. “Rubber Soul” features the Beatles themselves in the book, a murder mystery and thriller. Kihn will sign copies of the book Dec. 5 at Book Passage in San Francisco, CA.
DRUMMER FRIEND OF BEATLES DIES: Lewis Collins, who in his career was both an actor and a drummer who played at the Cavern on bills with the Beatles, has died of cancer at 67, the BBC reported Nov. 28. According to a biography on a fan site, he was one of the first to hear the Beatles’ “She Loves You.” “I was the first punter to hear ‘She Loves You.’ Paul (McCartney) came back from Birmingham with a test pressing of the record, and one night, standing in his carpet slippers over a clapped-out record player, played it to Mike and me.” According to the biography, his career included brushes with the Mojos and the Iveys, who later became Badfinger. As an actor, his work included the TV series “The Professionals” and a guest role on “The New Avengers” that starred Patrick Macnee.
NEW JULIAN INTERVIEW: Dennis Elsas, who did a wonderful interview session on the air with John Lennon in 1974, recently interviewed Julian Lennon about his new “Everything Changes.” In it, Lennon sings a live version of “Someday” from his album on the air. You can hear a portion of the interview here.
JULIAN CONTEST: My “Things We Said Today” co-host Ken Michaels is giving away an autographed lithograph from Julian Lennon for the album cover of his new album “Everything Changes.” Only 100 of these lithographs have been made and signed by Julian. The contest runs through Dec. 6. Find out all the details at this link.
SANDY FAIRFAX RETURNS: Sally Carpenter tells us that Sandy Fairfax, the former teen idol and lead character in “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,” is back in a new mystery, “The Sinister Sitcom Capter.” She says the new book isn’t as Beatle-centric as the previous one, but does have Beatle song chapter titles and “Bunny still carries her Yellow Submarine tote bag.” The new mystery revolves around the death of a character on a cheesy sitcom.
THINGS WE SAID TODAY: This weekend on “Things We Said Today,” Ken Michaels and yours truly interview author Al Sussman about his book, “Changin’ Times: 101 Days That Shaped A Generation.” Our most recent show is a discussion of the new Beatles BBC album “On Air.” Our shows first debut on Fab4Radio.com on the weekends. You can find all our online shows here.
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