Beatlefan #249 begins a two-issue look at The Beatles and Black American music, with Kathy Urbanic writing about the musical debt the Fabs owed to Black artists and Jeff Cochran discussing what a great showcase Arthur Alexander’s “Anna” provided for John Lennon. Also in this issue, Brad Hundt previews the new “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” box set; we have a complete transcript of Ringo Starr’s comments at his recent Zoom press conference; Bruce Spizer looks back at three solo Beatle hits from 1971 and Al Sussman recaps what all was going on musically that year; Simon Rogers recalls attending the taping of Paul McCartney’s “Unplugged”; Jude Southerland Kessler takes a deeper look at John and Yoko’s “Some Time in New York City”; and Belmo solves the mystery of the boy photographed up front at a Beatles concert. Plus, of course, we have the latest news (including “McCartney III Imagined” and three new books coming from Macca), and reviews of new recordings and books.
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