January 30, 2014 Last Updated 1:13 pm

PEOPLE magazine to celebrate 50 years of Beatlemania with special collector’s book

Time Inc. today announced that PEOPLE magazine would be producing a special collector’s edition celebrating Beatlemania. No mention was made of the special issue being available inside their iPad edition – and securing copyright permission to use material of an interactive magazine would probably have been cost prohibitive – but one can not help but think that this is the kind of project that would be perfect for tablets.

Having said that, similar projects, with less famous subjects, could be perfect for a special tablet edition. Such issues could be produced in cooperation with the rights holders in order to boost sales of audio and video projects, as well as to produce a memorable tablet edition.

TBeatles_CVR-noUPCPress Release:

NEW YORK, NY – January 30, 2014 — PEOPLE magazine, the world’s most popular celebrity weekly, announces the release of Celebrating Beatlemania!, a special collector’s book that looks back at the 50 years since four lads from Liverpool, England, landed in New York City in 1964, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to a record-breaking TV audience of 73 million, and officially jump-started the British Invasion. The Fab Four were the biggest thing to hit the entertainment industry since Elvis Presley. A cultural force, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr – the lovable mop-tops who wore collarless suits—sparked a global frenzy, captured the hearts of a generation, and forever reshaped pop music. The 128-page commemorative soft cover book is bursting with fab facts and great photos, recreating the “yeah, yeah, yeah” spirit of a once-in-a-lifetime event. Celebrating Beatlemania! is available on newsstands Friday, Jan. 31 ($11.99/US; $15.99 CAN).

What’s Inside Celebrating Beatlemania!

Come Together: Swept up in the beat music scene in Liverpool, five teenagers – John, Paul, George, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe – form a band.

Beatles Blitz Hamburg: In the sin capital of Europe, the Beatles forge a new sound – and leave with a new look.

P.S. We Love You: Once Ringo joins the band and makes it the Fab Four, Beatlemania is born in Britain, and even the Queen Mum is swept up in the craziness.

And I Love Her: Cynthia Powell, Jane Asher, Pattie Boyd, and Maureen Cox – the Fab Four’s birds – stood by their Beatles but irked jealous fans.

Ticket to Ride: The boys ruled Europe, but worried about America. When it, too, fell in a joyous swoon, they knew they had reached the goal of their dreams – “the toppermost of the poppermost.”

The Movies: After the triumph of A Hard Day’s Night, the Beatles did not need Help! to secure a place in film history.

British Invasion: Britannia ruled – and reinvigorated – American pop as the Rolling Stones and The Who rode ashore in the Beatles wake.

Hello, Goodbye: In April 1970, the Beatles called it quits. They went out with a bang, not a whimper, but the Beatles final bow closed rock’s giddiest era.

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