I was born in 1960, and have been a Beatles fan all my life. One of my earliest memories is of being encouraged to sing a precocious ‘She Loves You’ into my Dad’s reel-to-reel tape recorder.
I'm now a freelance designer/writer/translator based in London and The Hague. As such, I've written extensively on a range of subjects for clients from airlines and law firms to the United Nations in New York. But my passion is music, in particular the music of the greatest band of all time.
However, I'm interested in most forms of music, and am also fascinated by musical theory and what makes music “work”. Analysing the work of (according to Tony Palmer) “the greatest song writers since Schubert”, who wrote instinctively with no formal musical training – or indeed ability to actually read music, was irresistible, and I hope my fascination shines through in my writing.
'And the Band Begins To Play' has involved around twenty years of painstaking research – the publication of Mark Lewisohn’s 'The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions' first got me thinking it would be interesting to pull together information about individual Beatles songs in the form of a definitive reference book.
'And the Band Begins to Play' has been a true labour of love and my passion for it has never diminished.
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The Beatles' Recordings. A Compendium
by Steve Lambley
The Beatles’ Recordings gives the facts behind all the Beatles' studio, television, radio and film recordings – dates; locations; take and mix numbers; overdubbing, editing and release details; and UK and US chart data. From ‘Across The Universe’ to ‘Your Feet’s Too Big’, it details the 314 songs that the Beatles recorded and released between 1958 and 2013.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Five: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Help!
by Steve Lambley
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Five examines the Help! LP. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
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- Anne Billson on Film 2009
on Jan. 17, 2012
Perfect to be able to carry Anne's words around with me - she's sharp and irreverent ... challenging my own preconceptions has never be so much fun! Roll on collections from 2010 and 2011 ... and on and on in pastures new. Buy, buy, buy!
- Anne Billson on Film 2010
on March 18, 2012
Another volume of thought and snorts-of-laughter (not one of my most attractive qulaities) provoking writing from Ms Billson. A 5-minute dip invariably lasts half an hour. More more more (how do I like it, how do I like it ...)