There are a couple of major things going on for fans of the Beatles and/or the Rolling Stones, or for music historians curious about the world’s once-greatest rock ’n’ roll bands.
“The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962-1970” by Kevin Howlett shows the Fab Four unplugged via archival photos and documents, memorabilia, correspondence, unedited and previously unpublished broadcast transcripts and much more from their years of association with BBC radio and TV (Harper Design, $60, 336 pages).
Part of the book’s backbone is showing the artistic and business-savvy progression of the band over those years. As Paul McCartney said to a BBC interviewer in 1969, “It’s (called) growing up. You’ve got to do it one time in your life.”
The only thing missing is the music – a couple of CDs with the band’s hits from the 1960s would have made for the perfect package.
Meanwhile, “Beatles vs. Stones” by John McMillan examines the rivalry (real or manufactured?) and grudging mutual respect between the “cute” Beatles and the “dangerous” Rolling Stones, which split rock-music fans into two camps (Simon & Schuster, $26, 320 pages). The divisive effect prompted author-journalist-cultural observer Tom Wolfe to remark, “The Beatles want to hold your hand, but the Stones want to burn down your town.”
But consider what Keith Richards said when the Beatles broke up: “We could never have gone to America without them. They made it wide open for us.”
Janet Evanovich sold out
Tickets for Janet Evanovich’s free appearance Nov. 21 for the Bee Book Club have all been claimed. They were available last Tuesday but were taken within hours of posting.
As a reminder to ticket holders, the best-selling romantic-adventure novelist will appear for the Bee Book Club at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
Evanovich is on tour for her new Stephanie Plum book, “Takedown Twenty” (Bantam, $28, 320 pages; on sale Nov. 19). It’s the 20th title in her series starring the plucky New Jersey-based bounty hunter.
Barnes & Noble will be at the event to sell pre-autographed copies of “Takedown Twenty” for 30 percent off the list price.
The books are stacking up here at Reading Central, so let’s move some of them along:
In his memoir, “A Fly On the Wall,” he recalls highlights with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Dan Marino, Jesse Owens, Willie Mays, Wilt Chamberlain and others (Authorhouse, $16.95, 204 pages).
The Sacramento Public Library will close its 12-part “How Outlandish” series on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling “Outlander” novels at 3 p.m. today with an introduction to the finer points of Scotch whisky. “Touring Scotland One Glass At a Time” will be led by Stephen Beal, one of the world’s 15 “masters of whisky.” The library is at 828 I St., Sacramento. Attendees must be 21 or older. Information: (916) 264-2920, www.saclibrary.org.
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SPCA book sale
The annual Sacramento SPCA Fall Book Sale returns to offer hundreds of new and gently used titles in most genres at bargain prices.
It’s a fundraiser for the organization, which cares for 11,000 homeless animals yearly.
The sale will be from 10a.m. to 6p.m. Nov. 14-16 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Country Club Plaza, 2310 Watt Ave., Sacramento; (916) 383-7387, www.sspca.org.
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