Bruce on the Brunch

Spizer Is Back With His Swan Song Book

Beatles historian and author Bruce Spizer, who has been a frequent guest on Beatle Brunch, has just released the 6th and final installment on his critically acclaimed series of books on The Beatles American records. “The Beatles Swan Song: ‘She Loves You’ & Other Records” covers the group’s releases on labels such as Swan, United Artists, Decca, MGM and Atco, that had only limited rights to the Beatles recordings. The book contains fascinating stories of how these companies scrambled to get a piece of Beatlemania action, often employing questionable tactics and misleading fans hungry for more Beatles product.

The book also covers the Capitol theme albums of the 70s and 80s such as “Rock ’N’ Roll Music,” “Love Songs” and “Reel Music,” as well as “Rarities,” “The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl” and the unreleased “Sessions” LP, plus some deejay tribute and interview discs.

Bruce’s first book, “The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay,” is sold out and is now goes for a few hundred dollars on the secondary market. One Amazon market seller is asking over $1,000 for a copy! Bruce’s Capitol books are getting close to selling out as are the limited collector’s editions of all of his titles. Those interested in purchasing his books should do so before they are gone.

The new Swan book as well as Bruce’s other writings are available from Bruce’s website, They may also be purchased from finer book stores and on-line sites. If you order from Bruce’s website, you can request that he sign or personalize the book, which he’s happy to do.

Bruce will also be publishing the highly-anticipated sixth edition of “The Price Guide for the Beatles American Records” Co-authored by Perry Cox and Frank Daniels, and edited by Spizer, this 330-page hardcover edition contains thousands of listings of all formats of records, tapes and CDs and over a thousand color images! This book is a must for the serious collector as well as anyone wishing to build a collection or wanting to know what his or her Beatles vinyl discs, 8-tracks and cassettes are worth. It will be issued this July. Reserve your copies before it sells out! Advance orders will be taken through his website beginning April 16, 2007.

Listen for Bruce to appear on an upcoming edition of Beatle Brunch to talk about his new Swan Songs book and to play some of the old Swan songs.