This weekend I was scrolling through new videos on YouTube when a very cool video by one of my favorite Beatles sites (https://www.parlogramauctions.com/) came on that featured a ton of old Beatles scrapbooks.
Obviously the scrapbooks featured in the Parlogram Auction video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyplKZWtSv4) were kept by an uber Beatles fan in the UK. I said to myself I can relate to being an uber Beatles fan and the video reminded me that for a time when I was in grade school and high school (from around 1975 to 1984) I too kept a few Beatles scrapbooks.
(Note: my scrapbooks also contains things as early as 1971 to as late as 1988. The earlier W-MEE Top 100 of 1971 flyer – see below – came from my older brother.)
Now I live in the Midwest so my scrapbooks don’t have quite the broad reach or appeal as that huge collection of UK newspaper clippings from the YouTube video but it does bring back a lot of warm memories.
It’s hard to believe most of the clippings that I saved are now over forty years old but the passage of time hasn’t really hit them too much as they all seem to look practically as new as the day I cut them out.
Honestly I can’t for the life of me remember why I decided to clip any Beatles related news stories but for a time I did just that. Not only did I save newspaper clippings but in that same period I was an avid reader of Billboard magazine and managed to buy a few copies here and there and grabbed a few bits and pieces to put in the scrapbook as well.
(Note 2: I saved many full-page advertisements for Beatles and solo Beatles releases. Three of them are shown down below in the photos)
The early ’80s was also a time when I bought my records from places like Kmart so I also managed to save quite a few of their in-store Top Ten record flyers. A few of those are featured too plus a few radio flyers promoting the Top Ten from a local radio station called WMEE.
It’s so funny the things that pop into my head as I searched through these scrapbooks.
Several things initially jumped out to me like frozen Cokes (I used to get a frozen Coke as the machine for it was right near the record section of Kmart), old movie theaters now long gone (the Holiday theater in an ad below was an enormous old theater that was built in 1969 and closed in 2000) and hanging out at the local mall’s small book store called Reader’s World waiting for the latest issue of Billboard Magazine to show up in the stands.
I also remember the local Musicland record store (part of the national chain) which is featured below in a newspaper ad for exclusive Beatles flexi discs that they were giving away in 1982. I believe these flexi discs were tied into Musicland’s promotion for The Beatles then recent “Reel Music” album release.
I bought several Beatles/solo Beatles albums from Musicland (“George Harrison”, “Back to the Egg”, “Let it Be” and “Tug of War” to name a few) and I also bought my first three CDs ever from them as well in 1986 – Paul McCartney’s “Venus and Mars”, “Tug of War” and “Wings Over America” (all on the Columbia label btw).
I also happened to find a flyer advertising “The Lost Lennon Tapes” show from 1988 which was broadcast Sunday mornings on a local radio station called Rock 104. I remember tuning in and religiously taping all the Lost Lennon shows from 1988 to around 1990 or so.
I’m not sure where I got that flyer from but I must have stuck it in these old scrapbooks for safe keeping – and I’m glad I did too, LOVE the look of that flyer.
As you can see the 1980 to 1984 time period is my heaviest time for saving any and every Beatles/solo Beatles clipping. Those high school years for me have imprinted themselves indelibly in my mind and have remained my favorite solo Beatles era to this day. Even now just thinking of that time period makes me nostalgic.
Anyway, have a look at some of the things I saved in my scrapbooks from long ago. I’m so glad that all the articles still look pretty good. It’s another mirror into the past that even if you weren’t there you may find interesting if your a Beatles fan.
As usual there are plenty of photos above and below.
Well that’s all for now!
Take and care be safe and well. And they’ll be more blog posts coming soon to a theater near you …