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Beatles' legacy at BBC spotlighted in new book, CDs

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

When Paul McCartney put out a solo album titled “Memory Almost Full” in 2007, veteran British Broadcasting Corp.producer Kevin Howlett might well have smiled.

Memory can indeed play tricks on anyone -- even Beatles -- as the years roll by. That's one big reason Howlett has spent much of the last 30 years tracking down hard evidence of the group’s long and rich legacy with the BBC. He relied heavily on the storehouse of documentation related to the Fab Four that the network socked away more than half a century ago. For instance, there's the first global television broadcast of “All You Need Is Love,” a song introduced to the world in 1967. “In ‘The Beatles Anthology’ series in which they were telling their own story, they couldn’t agree on whether ‘All You Need Is Love’ was written for that broadcast,” Howlett said in an interview from England to talk about “The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962-1970” (Harper Design, $60), the exhaustively researched book about the band’s history with the U.K.'s premiere radio and television network.

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Source: Los Angeles Times

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