PENELOPE ROWLANDS

AUTHOR, JOURNALIST, CRITIC...


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MY LATEST BOOK:

The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years After The Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians, and Other Fans Remember

I attained a somewhat hysterical form of immortality at the age of 13 when I was photographed --screaming, of course -- at the center of a pack of girls who were loudly greeting a new band called the Beatles in New York City in September, 1964.

In a sense, The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians, andOther Fans Remember arose from that photograph, which ran the next day in The New York Times(accompanying an article by a callow young reporter named Gay Talese) and has been reprinted, in that newspaper and other publications, many times in the years since.

The Beatles! documents the impact of the band's arrival in the U.S., how those of us who were there when they burst onto the scene were changed -- radically and overnight, in some cases -- by the experience.

In this collection, writers, Beatlemaniacs, musicians, and others -- in both texts and interviews -- chart the dramatic course of what was, in effect, a cultural revolution. The book's diverse contributors include Joe Queenan, Cyndi Lauper, Renée Fleming, Roy Blount, Jr., Pico Iyer, "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, Gay Talese, and numerous others.

And it also tells the story of us girls in the photo, who found each other serendipitously almost half a century later -- and whose stories, individually and together, illustrate the uncanny, profound impact of this one band on thousands, perhaps even millions, of young lives.