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When We Was Fab

Inside the Beatles Australasian Tour 1964

June 2024 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Beatles historic – and hysterical – visit to Australasia. The importance of the tour remains deeply significant, not only in the memories of baby boomers who lived through it, but also to today’s millennials who wish they had. The Beatles Australasian tour is continually celebrated as a major social landmark for both countries, a huge and lasting step in the advancing development of youth culture, and a major highlight of the Beatles’ remarkable career. When We Was Fab: Inside The Beatles Australasian Tour 1964 is the definitive and highly illustrated (with many previously unseen photographs) account of this extraordinary tour by the world’s most creative and influential musical force; the key moment in the coming of age of Australian and New Zealand youth as they embraced the cultural explosion of the 1960s.

Greg Armstrong is a Melbourne-born and based radio presenter, researcher and Beatles historian. He is a co-presenter on Australia’s Let It Be , the world’s longest-running radio show dedicated to the Beatles, on Melbourne’s WynFM. The show is now in its 31st continuous year, having broadcast over 1,400 episodes. Andy Neill is a UK-based music writer, researcher and historian, born in New Zealand. Alongside several other music biography books, he compiled and annotated Across The Universe: The Beatles on Tour and on Stage (2009) and Looking Through You: Rare and Unseen Photographs from the Beatles Book Monthly Archive (2015). 

* Captures the memories of Australian and New Zealand tour principals from over 100 interviews.
* Contains several hundred photos, documents, memorabilia, press clippings and artifacts.
* Lavishly designed by the Grammy nominated UK-based graphic artist, Philip Lloyd-Smee.
* Extensive publicity campaign featuring author Greg Armstrong.
* Releasing in May for the 60th Anniversary of the Beatles Tour.

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