"KANSAS CITY MEETS THE BEATLES" book by Gary Murtha- A 2013, 123 page (87 color pages), 6x9, paperback book with laminated cover. 1964 was the beginning of Beatlemania in America. In February, 1964 the Beatles signed on for 3 EdSullivan Shows as "I Want To Hold Your Hand" took over the #1 chart position in America. By March 1964 the Beatles held the top 5 positions and 12 of the top 40 songs on the Top 40 surveys. More records fell in 1964 when the The Beatles came back in August for an extensive concert tour. The big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York were on the schedule. The Beatles schedule was set and Kansas City was not on it, until a man named Charles Finley took action. Charles Finley, owner of the Kansas City Athletic's baseball team, offered $50,000 to the Beatles to play Kansas City on an off date September, 17, 1964. The answer was no so he doubled the offer to $100,000, but again the Beatles said no. But when Finley's pen hit the paper and wrote down $150,000 (equal to a million dollars in today money) the Beatles said Yeah Yeah Yeah and the Kansas City concert was on. The author was seventeen in 1964 and reports on Beatlemania in America as well as his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. The Beatles concert and press conference is covered in detail as well as a large selection of Beatles memorabilia examples. The book is loaded with relevant newspaper clippings and personal comments from many Kansas City fans. This is the most complete accounting of the KC concert to date. In addition, it takes a historical look at Charles Finley, the Muehlebach Hotel (where The Beatles stayed) and Municipal Stadium (where the Beatles concert was held). A must read for Beatles and Kansas City fans. EACH BOOK WILL BE AUTOGRAPHED.We will throw in free shipping to any USA address. $24.00
"STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER-It Wasn't Twist & Shout" book by Gary Murtha-A 2012, 108 pages, perfect bound, laminated soft cover book with over 70 color and b/w photos of the Salvation Army Strawberry Field home, Strawberry Field walls and gate, Penny Lane, St. Peters Church and Hall (where John Lennon met Paul McCartney), Aunt Mimi’s Mendips home, Liverpool pubs and clubs, John Lennon and his mother Julia, Yoko and Sean Lennon, John’s Kenwood home, Abbey Road recording studio and so much more. See where each Beatle was born, where he lived and where he went to school at. Strawberry Fields Forever-It Wasn’t Twist and Shout , covers John’s early years at Mendips, his relationship to the Strawberry Field Salvation Army home, the history and photos of the children's home, and a detailed study of John’s song “Strawberry Fields Forever” with specifics about the recording of it. Hear what employees of the home have to say and see pictures of the children. Learn about Yoko’s and Sean’s 1984 visit to the home and gates. This is the most complete book ever written about the Strawberry Field home and the song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Everything you ever wanted to know about this magical place and song is now available in this book. A special bonus is a 16 song Strawberry Walrus cd of great songs about John Lennon’s life. It contains songs about the Beaconsfield Fair Aunt Mimi took John to, Private Gripweed, Strawberry Fields Salvation Army home and gates, the day John met Paul, THIS IS NOT HERE, Bed-in for peace event, Abbey Road, and so much more. An informative read from cover to cover. Come take the journey today! EACH BOOK WILL BE AUTOGRAPHED.We will throw in free shipping to any USA address. $24.00
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER is now available as an eBook at these eBook retailers: Apple iBookstore (for iPad), Amazon (for Kindle), Barnes & Noble (for NOOK), Reader Store (for Sony Reader), Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, and eBookPie. (without the cd).
"SEARCHING FOR STRAWBERRY FIELD" book by Gary Murtha-"SEARCHING FOR STRAWBERRY FIELD" is a 6x9, perfect bound, laminated soft cover, 78 page book. “Searching for Strawberry Field” is loaded with 48 pages of great color photos of Strawberry Field, Abbey Road, the Grapes pub, the Cavern Club, Eleanor Ribgy’s grave site, Brian Epstein’s house, Paul McCartney’s house, John Lennon’s Mendips home, and the St. Peters Church where Lennon met McCartney in 1957. You will see the Registra’s office where John and Cynthia were married, the hospital where John was born, Penny Lane, and so much more. It tells the story of a combat Marine (Gary Murtha) who in 1967 first heard The Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever” and set out on a lifelong journey to discover the meaning of John Lennon’s masterpiece song, with the dream of someday visiting those old red gates at the Strawberry Field Salvation Army home in Liverpool. Learn about John’s life, the Salvation Army home, and about the actual studio production of the song. So hop on the Magical Mystery tour bus and take a journey with me. Together we will trek to Liverpool and touch the gates of Strawberry Fields. EACH BOOK WILL BE AUTOGRAPHED. A 16 song cd (by Strawberry Walrus) is attached to the inside of the book. The songs were specially written about Abbey Road and Strawberry Field. We will throw in free shipping to any USA address. $20.00
SEARCHING FOR STRAWBERRY FIELD is now available as an eBook at these eBook retailers: Apple iBookstore (for iPad), Amazon (for Kindle), Barnes & Noble (for NOOK), Reader Store (for Sony Reader), Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, and eBookPie for just $2.99 (without the cd).
STRAWBERRY WALRUS COFFEE CUP-Almond colored mug with black Strawberry Walrus image to each side with "You Say You Want A Revolution" and a Peace symbol with "Love" to the front. Have a cup of Walrus in the morning. This is heavy, but we will throw in free shipping to any USA address. $14.00
STRAWBERRY WALRUS MINIATURE GUITAR-A custom made, 9", wood, hand crafted, miniature guitar patterned after John Lennon's first electric guitar (Hofner Club 40). Hand lacquered finish with colorful graphics. Quality workmanship with exacting detail. This comes with a nice display stand. $18
PICTURE- Multi View , Closeup Body
STRAWBERRY WALRUS GUITAR PICKS-White heavy guage guitar picks with colorful graphics. You will receive 5 guitar picks. $8
STRAWBERRY WALRUS "THIS IS NOT HERE" CD ALBUM-Written and produced by Gary Murtha and performed by David Fox, "This Is Not Here" contains 13 songs about the life, times, and dreams of Beatles legend John Lennon. John Lennon gave us many great songs and dreams, so these songs are for you Johnny. Songs about John's band the Beatles, his Bagism show, Peace dreams, Hair Peace, his women, and other aspects of his life. A tribute to the man and legend with a Strawberry Walrus twist. Price includes USA First Class shipping in a padded envelope. $12