book is the first to tell the full story of how the Beatles made
It details exactly which guitars, drums, amplifiers and keyboards
the Beatles used at the key points of their relatively brief but
entirely revolutionary career...from the formation of the Quarry
Men skiffle group in the 1950s to the dissolution of the Beatles
It provides a fascinating fresh insight into Beatle history from
an entirely new viewpoint, and along the way many myths are exploded
and dozens of stories told for the first time.
John, Paul, George and Ringo's moves from cheap early instruments
to the pick of 1960s technology is carefully and entertainingly
documented in an easy to read narrative, fully illustrated with
many unseen photographs, a cache of rare memorabilia, and a unique
collection of specially photographed actual Beatle instruments.
This landmark book is perfect for the fan absorbed by music rather
than hairstyles, for the tribute band member with an eye for detail,
and for any reader with an abiding interest in the 1960s.
At last, Beatles Gear gets right inside the music.
For more information contact Monica at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Total Giveaway Value: $5,122.95 It's been forty crazy years since
four mop-toped lads -- George, John, Paul, and Ringo -- set foot
in the Ed Sullivan theatre in 1964 and shook up the world of modern
music, so much, that it has never been the same since. In honor
of those forty years, Guitar Player, Epiphone, Vox, and Backbeat
Bookes are honoring the legacy that the Liverpudlian band has left
with 40 prizes. One luck first prize winner will win a rig of gear,
including the Epiphone Casino that John Lennon and Paul McCartney
played and Vox's Valvetronix amp head and cabinet that got the British
Invasion to sound the way it did. Thirty-nine second prizes will
be awarded with the complete set of this August issue, with five
collectible issues in a box set. Most musicians dream about getting
the melodies, tones, and songs out of their bands as the Beatle's
did. Now, here is one lucky winner's chance to attempt to do that...
but with some amazing pieces of gear that are the same models that
the Fab Four did.
Epiphone Casino The Epiphone Casino stands out as one of the most
significant electric guitars used by John Lennon and the Beatles.
What isn't widely known, is that Paul McCartney was actually the
first Beatle to acquire a Casino. He purchased it in December 1964,
which is strung left-handed, to play the lead on the classic "Ticket
to Ride." VALUE: $2,995.00
Vox Valvetronix AD60VT and AD412 4 x 12" For well over four decades,
VOX has played a major role in the history of rock. Today, VOX has
taken sound to a whole new level with their acclaimed Valvetronix
line of modeling amplifiers. Enter below to win a 60Watt, Valvetronix
AD60VT -- an ultra-cool, trapezoid-shaped head -- and a matching
4x12 cabinet. VALUE: $2,098.00
Backbeat Books' "Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments,
from Stage to Studio," by Andy Babiuk This acclaimed book is the
first to examine the guitars, basses, drums, keyboards, amplifiers
-- everything The Beatles used to become history's greatest rock
'n' roll band. This updated edition analyzes the gear and how the
trend-setting Beatles played it to sculpt an unforgettable range
of sounds. Year by year, it examines in fine detail specific instruments,
amplifiers, and other equipment used by each artist -- from the
pre-Beatle days in 1956-57 Liverpool, throughout the global Beatlemania
of the '60s, to the group's disbanding in 1970. VALUE: $29.95
Beatles' Box Set Thirty-nine lucky winners will receive a box
set of all five issues of this collector's edition. Each issue comes
with a different cover -- The Fab Four, John, George, Paul, and
even Ringo; and there are four different song transcriptions to
go with the assorted covers. The songs are "Ticket to Ride," "I
Feel Fine," "Yesterday," and "Here Comes The Sun." Be the first
on your block to have the entire collection of Guitar Player's Beatle's
edition. VALUE: $29.95
Enter to will at www.guitarplayer.com
by August 31, 2004. Winners will be drawn on September 30, 2004
Gear is now out in a softcover revised edition with
many never before seen Beatles photographs, plus additional
research and updated text, including photos of George
Harrison's recently found Gibson SG and Ringo's custom
made 'giant' Ludwig silver sparkle drum set used in
the "Hello Goodbye" video.The new revised edition of
Beatles Gear has also been printed in a limited edition
of 1500 hard cover copies available directly through
and the Beatlefest
Japanese and German language editions
Beatles Gear has recently been translated to Japanese
and published by Rittor
Music in Japan. PPV
Press in Germany has just published the German translation
of Beatles Gear under the name "der Beatles Sound".
Contact each publisher for more details.
The Rolling Stone George Harrison tribute
by the editors of Rolling Stone and published by Simon
& Schuster, 'Harrison' chronicles the guitarist's life
before, during and after the Beatles. Now, in a definitive
tribute that features a foreword by Olivia Harrison,
the editors have drawn on their archives and hundreds
of photographs, both the iconographic and the rarely
seen, to celebrate the life and career of one of the
most important musicians in rock & roll history - George
Harrison. Andy Babiuk contributes to 'Harrison' with
a piece about George Harrison's guitars entitled Strings
Of His Heart. Harrison is available at fine bookstores
picked Beatles Gear as one of their top picks in their
December 2001 issue. - "It would take 20 Santas to carry
all the gift books that appear this time of year. To
make sure the ones you give end up on the coffee table
and not behind doors, here's our guide to the best.-
In Beatles Gear (Backbeat), Andy Babiuk traces the evolution
of the musical instruments played by the Fab Four, from
the greasy kid stuff to their high-end equipment."
"Beatle books these days fall into three broad categories:
A) specialist examination of underdeveloped area; B)
lofty pontification; C) general reorganisation / regurgitation.
Top of the A - list here is the revised paperback version
of Andy Babiuk's tremendous Beatles Gear which brilliantly
plugs a gap in the Fabs minutiae. It's fetishist devotion
to the boys' Bigsby tremolo arms and Rogers' Swivo-matic
drum mounts, coupled with the porn-glamorous photography
and rare anecdotes is intoxicating"
"Babiuk takes a unique approach to the Beatles'
story by documenting the history of their music equipment.
The Beatles are forever associated with particular instruments,
and thoughts of them immediately conjure images of John's
Rickenbacker, George's large, hollow-bodied Gretsch,
Paul's signature custom Hofner violin bass (the first
left-handed bass the company ever produced), and Ringo
on a Ludwig drum kit. Babiuk begins with Lennon's first
guitar in 1956 and follows through to the band's final
1969 sessions at the Abbey Road studios. As he shows,
their choice of instruments were outlets for their personalities
and creativity, and they selected a particular make
and model for its individual sound, used that sound
to its fullest, and then progressed to the next. Though
dubbed "the quiet one," Harrison proved the maverick,
continually experimenting with guitars and instruments
from other nationalities, leading to the important Eastern
influence on the Beatles' music. Babiuk provides marvelous
technical detail on all of the Fab Four's gear, with
numerous photos of either their own instruments or identical
models. A fresh perspective on the group's well-documented
history will appeal to hardcore fans and interested
lay readers alike." - Michael Rogers, Library Journal
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"May be the ultimate specialized study of The Beatles...the
sheer mass of information is impressive...the pictures...are
"The 'gift book'...a luxury item...to be held and admired....
Beatles Gear provides a history of their sound."
Jose Mercury News - "The ultimate Beatles fanatic book."
Tower Records' Pulse!magazine - "A lavish celebration
of every known piece of musical equipment [The Beatles]
used...large and colorful...well-researched..."
"The folks at Backbeat Books have a well-earned reputation...this
year, they've got more 'must-have' additions, Beatles
"A big, slick, exhaustively researched exploration of
what made The Beatles sound like The Beatles."
"A sure bet to be a 'must-have' under the Christmas
tree for any rabid Beatles fan."
Andy was on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition
Sunday with Liane Hansen on January 6th, 2002 for an
in-depth interview talking about 'Beatles Gear'. You
can hear the show by down loading the program off the
Listen to Joe Johnson's Beatle Brunch radio show for
a chance to win a copy of Beatles Gear. Beatle Brunch
is the best and longest running all Beatle radio show
in the country and can be heard on radio stations across
the country. Check out the Beatle
Brunch web site for a station near you!