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ISBN Number 0-969-57369-3
Printing Year 1995 - First Edition
Original U.K. Cost 9:95

Black Market Beatles
     by Jim Berkenstadt and Belmo

Nationally-recognized Beatles recording experts Jim Berkenstadt and Belmo (a.k.a. Scott Belmer) have joined forces to conceive Black Market Beatles, the most comprehensive guide ever written about the bootleg recordings of the Fab Four. Besides containing the world's largest Beatles underground discography, which stands at a staggering 1,600 entries, the book also features interviews with several Beatle bootleggers, a photo survey of bootleg trademarks and logos, a bootlegger's family tree, and much more, all highlighted by over 225 photos and illustrations.

Black Market Beatles also fully documents the history of bootlegging, from the first illicit recording made over 90 years ago, through the current state of the prohibited vocation. And to start it all off, the book begins with a nostalgic foreword written by King Crimson/The Bears guitarist, solo artist, and studio musician extraordinaire Adrian Belew. All in all, this is truly one of the most significant and unique books about the Beatles ever published.

Review :

A very handy book that lists a lot of Beatle boots, usefully identifying labels and catalogue numbers too, although there are no reviews, no track listings at all, and nothing to select the bad from the good, from the very good !
Also within, there is some very illuminating discussion of Bootlegs and interviews with bootleggers.
I'd say, not essential, but a very nice to have !

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