"Pocket Essentials: The Beatles" by Paul Charles
Published: February 2003 Extent: 96pp Price: £3.99
An essential guide to the world’s most famous boy-band
A couple of Christmases ago, EMI put together all of The Beatles number one singles into a compilation. They came up with the innovative title of 1. They expected it to sell well. What they didn’t expect was that it would become one of the fastest selling albums of all time, moving over 23.5 million records in a single month. Testament to the fact it that The Beatles are more popular today than they ever were.The Pocket Essential The Beatles takes a concentrated look at the short but brilliant career of this supergroup and attempts to shed light on exactly what made them such a phenomenal success. In fact, they were so successful, they broke every performance and sales record in the book, most notably in May 1964, when in the U.S., they achieved the success of filling the top five singles in the American Billboard chart. The Pocket Essential The Beatles takes you on a musical journey through their much-celebrated career, detailing the background of all the band members. It includes an examination of all their songs, albums and movies. Paul Charles is a self-confessed Beatle fanatic and divides his time between writing The Cristy Kennedy Mysteries and working in the music business as co-owner of the Asgard Agency. Recent books include the Beatles-themed novel "The First Of The True Believers" and the "Pocket Essential How to Succeed in the Music Business.