Mark Lewisohn was in the U.S. in April researching Volumes 2 and 3 of “The Beatles: All These Years,” his projected three-volume Beatles biography, Stephen K. Peeples interviewed Lewisohn during his trip for an update on the upcoming two books and posted his interview in four parts Thursday on his YouTube channel. The first part is on this page, followed by part 2, part 3 and part 4.
Lewisohn told Peeples that among the places he has visited in the U.S. since the first volume has come out are Cincinnati and Cleveland. He said Cincinnati has a great research library with bound volumes of old publications, while Cleveland, of course, has the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame which has a library and annex he has used in his research. He’s researching both volumes at the same time, but will write Volume 2 first, he tells Peeples.
“Mark says every day he researches he finds new documents and information that are revelatory,” Peeples told Steve Marinucci Saturday. “He truly relishes the thrill of discovery, providing new information, and correcting or clarifying what’s already out there. Despite my best attempts, he keeps his specific discoveries mum. He’s utterly focused, dedicated to telling the Beatles story as completely and accurately as possible.”
But Peeples said Lewisohn isn’t just a Beatles guy. “He’s a ton of fun to hang out with after the work is done. His knowledge extends far beyond Beatles, deep into British comedy and pop culture, so we have great fun swapping UK-US stuff. He loved staying in the Fairfax district. We took him to dinner at Canter’s and spent a nice couple hours. I reminded him I’m not getting any younger, and I want to read Volumes 2 and 3 before I check out. I’m far from the only one who reminds him of this. So he’s on it.”