The British Invasion

How the Beatles & Other UK Bands Conquered America  

“Bill Harry knows more about the Beatles than the Beatles know themselves.”

—Mike Read, disc jockey

The British Invasion - How the Beatles and Other UK Bands Conquered America This year marks the 40th anniversary of the musical explosion that was the British Invasion. Beginning with the Beatles’ February 9, 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, bands from the UK dominated America’s radios and Billboard charts and ushered in a new era of youth culture. The British Invasion: How the Beatles and Other UK Bands Conquered America (Chrome Dreams, available now) by Bill Harry captures the excitement of this legendary cultural phenomenon. Harry, who was a classmate of John Lennon and a friend of the band, presents a detailed history of the pre-Beatles music that first gave Americans a taste of the British style, Beatlemania and the UK acts that followed including the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Kinks.

As The British Invasion traces the story of the Beatles’ first trip to America, it also profiles the Beatles’ swinging pop culture contemporaries, both American and British, including bands, solo performers, actors and models. Featured artists include the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Tom Jones, Michael Cain and Twiggy. In addition to a thorough historical portrait of the era, Harry draws on his experiences as founding editor of the Beatles fan newspaper, Mersey Beat, to infuse The British Invasion with in-depth interviews with key figures, previously unseen photographs and original Mersey Beat covers.  

The British Invasion also pays special tribute to Ed Sullivan and his role in sparking not just the Beatles success, but also that of numerous other young performers from the UK. Sidebar features throughout the book focus on fun facts from the era, highlighting unique personalities like Wendy Hanson, Brian Epstein’s secretary, and phenomenon like American rock movies.

Bill Harry attended Liverpool College of Art with John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe and arranged for Brian Epstein to visit the Cavern, where he saw the Beatles for the first time. He is the founding editor of Mersey Beat, the music paper that helped launch the Beatles music career. He is the author of The Beatles Who’s Who, The Best Years of the Beatles, and The Paul McCartney Encyclopedia. He has done personal publicity for artists including the Hollies, the Kinks, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Free, David Bowie, Supertramp, Hot Chocolate, Mott the Hoople and many more. He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America and received the Gold award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Bill Harry lives in London, England.

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Book Details:
Title: The British Invasion: How the Beatles and Other UK Bands Conquered America
Author: Bill Harry
Publisher: Chrome Dreams, Distributed by Independent Publishers Group
Publication: Available now, $24.95 (CAN $37.95), Paper, ISBN: 1842402471
Music, 250 pages, 9¼ x 9¼, 200 B&W illustrations

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