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A Day in the Life of the Fest for Beatles Fans 2014

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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February 11, 2014 - 11:19 am
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Beatles-themed sensory overload: That is how to describe The Fest for Beatles Fans in New York City, held from February 7-9 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. What’s it like roaming a Fest that fills four floors of a New York hotel with musicians, historians, artists, authors, yogis, meditators, the famous and well over 8,000 fans from 40-odd states and five continents? Take a look at a day in the life of The Fest.

Awesome Beatles historian Bruce Spizer and the moron at Capitol who kept turning down The Fab Four's early hits. "Harmonica-Americans don't listen to harmonica." #NYCFEST14

Beatles author and historian Bruce Spizer opened Saturday with a presentation on how the Beatles conquered America, no thanks to Dave Dexter, Jr., the Capitol Records guy who rejected hits like ”Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me” because they had “too much harmonica.”

Dear Prudence Farrow talks India, the Maharishi and TM #NYCFEST14

Dear Prudence Farrow spoke about her spiritual journey in India with the Maharishi and the Beatles before leading an introductory transcendental meditation session. The room, dubbed the Ashram for the occasion, was so packed that more chairs had to be brought in for the standing room only crowd.

The line to see Good Ol'Freda #nycfest14

Good Ol’Freda Kelly, secretary to Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, and president of the original Beatles fan club, is signing autographs! Quick, get in line!

Good Ol'Freda! #NYCFEST14

Still down to earth after all these years, Freda hates being the center of attention but enjoys being with the fans. Her grandson, a toddler, was happily drawing next to her. “Would you like Nile’s autograph?” she casually asked, to which I happily agreed. Good Ol’Freda is the Queen of Beatles Fans: regal, royal, lovely. Her documentary Good Ol’ Freda is a must-watch.

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After fifty years of hype it is sad that the only thing the modern Americans have is a nostalgia for the Beattles. They were a fairly good singing group who made some good songs and made a bundle of money doing it. They never proclaimed that they were God and that they came with a new religion. Frankly it is tiresome that the only thing that the modern civilization has created in fifty years is a hyped up group of guitar strumming narcissists who mirror the modernists themselves. Time to move on.
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Lighten up, buddy. Many of us were saved from a life of crime when we picked up a guitar or a drum set trying to imitate them somehow. They gave the world many good things and perhaps a few bad things but hey they were only human, And see how much they accomplished. We're still talking about them after 50 years...
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