A New Year’s Announcement and Request


I hope everyone has a  safe and happy New Year; for those of you who are going to ring in the New Year at  Midnight, good for you. As I am three months pregnant, I will be in bed, sleeping, long before the ball drops.

There should hopefully be a new post up within two weeks of the new year, but the timeline of the new post is ultimately out of my hands. The only hint I can offer: Did you know that certain sections of The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions would not technically qualify as primary sources?

Finally, I wanted to make an appeal. When I was at the Sgt. Pepper Conference this June, another presenter, David Thurmaier, was kind enough to show me his copy of Beatlefan, which had a review of The Beatles and the Historians in it. The review was good, if not  exactly glowing — something to the effect that history/historical methods just isn’t very sexy (a conclusion I obviously disagree with) — but I returned David’s Beatlefan to him, and have not been able to find a copy of the review since. I’ve looked online, I’ve asked my publisher (who is supposed to compile reviews for me, but sometimes they slip through McFarland’s fingers), and I’ve been unable to find it again. Does anyone have a copy of Beatlefan from presumably May or June of 2017 with the review of my book in it? And if you do, could you be kind enough to e-mail me the text? Beyond asking our inter-library loan specialist (who is already deluged with enough requests from me that I feel bad about asking for another) I seem to be running out of options.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year,


8 thoughts on “A New Year’s Announcement and Request

  1. linda a. says:

    Congratulations Erin and Happy New Year! Yes I agree with you, history/historical methods are VERY sexy. Nothing is more unsexy to me than shoddy, half assed biographies filled with non facts, and editorializing. Looking forward to new posts and great discussions in 2018!


    • Erin says:

      Thanks, Linda, for the Happy New Year’s greeting and congratulations.

      “Nothing is more unsexy to me than shoddy, half assed biographies filled with non facts, and editorializing.”

      Precisely. You can write very “sexy” (sex, drugs and r&r) biographies with no methodology and include every unsourced anecdote, every bit of hearsay, rampant and undistinguished editorializing and partisanship, and you’d wind up with a cross between Guiliano and Flippo, with some Coleman Goldman and Norman thrown in, but that’s not a book I’d be willing to invest my time in.

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    • Erin says:

      Thanks for the Happy New Year wishes, Gael; I hope the New Year is treating you well. And thanks also for the suggestion on sending Bill King a message; I will do that.


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