Is it just me or does Tampa have better used book and record stores than anywhere else? During the four days I spent there, I visited several. Between those stores and the Tampa area libraries' book sales, I found quite a few books, CDs, and DVDs at wallet-friendly prices, many of which will enhance my Beatles research and analysis.
In addition to the Capitol Records Volume 1, which I blogged about the other day, I also picked up CDs of Paul McCartney's Back in the USA, The Beatles Conquer America, The Beatles: Rare Photos and Interviews Volumes 1 and 2 (I already have Volume 3), The Beatles in Their Own Words: A Rockumentary, The Beatles Press Conferences 1964-66, and the DVDs The Beatles: Unauthorized, The Beatles: Love Me Do, and The Beatles: The Complete Ed Sullivan Broadcasts.
I also found Len Garry's book John, Paul & Me Before the Beatles, Kevin Howlett's The Beatles at the Beeb: The Story of their Radio Career 1962-65, and Paul Trynka's The Beatles: Ten Years That Shook The World. The last of those I purchased with my grant money back in 2011 and I've been seeking a copy for my personal collection ever since. Unlike the CDs and DVDs, the books weren't cheap, but they're valuable and somewhat rare research materials.
While my knowledge of the Beatles and their music extensive, it's somewhat embarrassing how little I know about other recording artists. Occasionally someone will ask me about some other band (CSN&Y, Kiss, The Byrds, U2, and many others) and I have to admit I just don't know their music much at all. Thus, I'm constantly on the lookout for inexpensive albums which can provide at least a basic understanding and knowledge of their songs. So when I found The Crash Test Dummies' A Worm's Life, Kiss' Hot Inside, The Goo Goo Dolls' Dizzy Up The Girl, The American Graffiti Soundtrack, and greatest hits collections of Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton, and Neil Diamond for a dollar-ish each, I took my opportunity.
And lastly, while none of these DVDs have any relation to my professional endeavors, I also picked up Kill Bill, 8 Mile, Nine Months, Pride of the Yankees, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Scarface, Date Night, Breaking Bad season 1 (which will keep me company on my next tour as I drive through New Mexico), and Robot Chicken Star Wars, most for $1-2 apiece.
All in all, I probably spent a couple hundred dollars for materials that might have cost four to six times that amount new. If/when I return to Tampa, I'll be sure to make the rounds once again!
The tour continues tomorrow with another rendition of "Band of the Sixties" in Orlando:
Saturday, 27 February 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd, Orlando, FL
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.