Hi to everyone on the Rickenbacker Forum,
I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Andy Babiuk. I’m the author of the books Beatles Gear, The Story of Paul Bigsby and a new book Stones Gear, a history of the Rolling Stones equipment, which I co-wrote with Greg Prevost the singer in my band. Stones Gear will be released in the fall of 2012 by the Hal Leonard Publishing Group.
Friends of mine who post on this and other sites have told me of the cool community of gear enthusiasts out there that dig all the fab Beatle equipment. I’ve been meaning to hop on and check it out but I’ve been so busy with all the wacky projects I’ve got going on that I’ve just never had enough time. Well, I have a new project that I’m working on and I feel that it’s really important to reach out to the Beatle community.
I will be doing a new version of Beatles Gear to be released in February of 2014 for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I’ll be handing in the updated manuscript and photos at the end of 2012. The original version of the Beatles Gear book was 256 pages but the new version will be 550 pages. I want it to be a somewhat ‘ultimate’ or definitive volume and add all the stuff to the book that I wanted in the original but due to limitations couldn’t put it in. Also there is a bunch of new information that has come to light since the original publication.
The reason for contacting everyone in the Beatle community is to see if there is any other information that was omitted from the original edition or if there is any new information or photos that could be added that would better tell the story of the Beatles’ Gear. My idea is to make it a very open project so that when it is complete everyone involved will be proud of this definitive volume and of its historic importance.
My goal is to put together the most accurate volume so future generations can look back and see how the Beatles made their wonderful music that we all know and love. If anyone has any information, photos or credible stories that they feel pertain, please contact me at my office at firstname.lastname@example.org
. I will try to check back to this forum as often as I can, but please feel free to contact me directly with any information you would like to share.
Thanks for your time!
PS; There is a very cool exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles that we worked on, with a display of a bunch of George Harrison’s guitars. A must see and worth the trip to LA. Also working on another cool project with the Harrison family that you will all be very interested in, I’ll keep you posted when it’s ready for release…