Montclair, NJ (November 17, 2015)—Backbeat Books has announced the publication of Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition - All The Fab Four's Instruments From Stage to Studio by Andy Babiuk, musician, author, consultant and boutique music shop owner.
Babiuk was reportedly not only given exclusive access to band members and their most inner circles, but was also granted access to the Beatles’ musical equipment (as he was for his research for his book Rolling Stones Gear, 2014). As a result, Babiuk discovered and writes about some of the most intricate details about the Beatles' lives, their history, music and tools of the trade. The book will be released December 1, 2015.
The 500-plus page Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition includes many previously unseen photographs, a cache of rare memorabilia and a unique collection of specially photographed authentic Beatles instruments. Shown throughout the book are 43 of the group's original instruments, many still owned by ex-members of The Beatles or their heirs, from George's psychedelic Strat to John's "Bed In" Gibson, and Ringo's rooftop Ludwig kit to Paul's Hofner violin bass.
Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition also played a key role in the recently auctioned John Lennon Gibson guitar. Babiuk predicted that this guitar would be sold for the highest price an instrument has ever achieved, and was proved to be correct. The guitar was sold at Julien's Auctions for $2.41 million.
"I got to play the guitar; it was bone-chilling," Babiuk says. "It's just a really cool historical find. Kind of a crazy story."
Babiuk is a founding member and bassist of the supergroup The Empty Hearts, featuring Elliot Easton of The Cars, Clem Burke of Blondie and Wally Palmar of The Romantics, and was also a founding member and bassist for The Chesterfield Kings.
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