News Flash: 'Unauthorized' Beatles Book Coming Soon

Beatles freaks who didn't get enough with last year's Anthology series of double-albums or the dozens of other books already devoted to the Fab Four can pick up a curious new tome on the band on Sept. 15 entitled Get Back: The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles' Let it Be Disaster. The book, compiled by Beatles fanzine (The 901) publisher Doug Sulpy and Beatles newsletter (How Do You Do It?) publisher Ray Schweighardt, chronicles the so-called "Get Back" sessions of 1969, during which the band intended to re-connect with each other and capture a rawer, liver sound as a step away from their highly-produced recent work. In the bleak portrait painted by the authors, however, in which Paul McCartney is seen struggling to keep the band focused and interested while John Lennon, who was assassinated in 1980, seems distracted and uncommunicative, as do drummer Ringo Starr and an increasingly-frustrated George Harrison, the sessions take a turn for the worse and hasten the band's demise. Based on tapes from the sessions obtained by the authors (they never explain how), the book meticulously follows 20 days of the sessions from, literally, minute-to-minute, highlighting countless tossed-off jams, false starts, impromptu covers, asides, minor bickering and serious disagreements, all painting a picture of a messily splintering and uncommunicative band on its last legs. [Sat., Sept. 6, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]