Beatles Chronicler, Who’s Made a Fortune Writing About Group, Says He Has “Scant Time” to Answer Media Inquiries

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Mark Lewinsohn is a very busy man.

Lewinsohn is the unofficial chronicler of the Beatles. He’s written dozens of books about the Fab Four, noting every recording session, each minute from 1962 to 1970, and all the movements of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

He’s even written books and given lectures about ancillary Beatles projects and themes, like the influence of Black Music on the group, and why the bowl haircut mattered.

So now, with the approaching Peter Jackson documentary series “Get Back” approaching, and the “Let It Be” anniversary box sets coming, you’d think Lewinsohn would be geared up for a media onslaught.

But Lewinsohn declared this morning on Twitter that he had “scant time” for that sort of thing. He’s busy eight days a week!

He writes on Twitter: “With @thebeatles Get Back/Let It Be coming up, I’m being bombarded with media requests I’ve scant time to do. But here are quotes galore to be lifted, used and informed by.” He directs us to his website, of course. Listen he has scant time to talk to the people who made him rich and famous. I don’t blame him.

Don’t worry, Mr. L. There are so many great Beatles resources, and of course, we grew up with them. We’ll muddle on without you.


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.


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