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Jude Southerland Kessler
Renowned Beatles writer and John Lennon expert Jude Southerland Kessler is author of the nine-volume historical narrative The John Lennon Series. She tours the United States speaking to civic groups, book clubs and social organizations. She was the host of the weekly John Lennon Hour radio show on BlogTalkRadio, currently hosts the "She Said, She Said" podcast with author Lanea Stagg, and is a regular guest speaker at the Fest for Beatle Fans across America. She also writes on Lennon for Rebeat magazine, TheFest.com, and CultureSonar. In 2014, Kessler was a featured presenter at the “International Beatles Symposium” at Penn State, Altoona, as well as the University of Pennsylvania Beatles Symposium. She has also been a part of the invitation-only "Authors and Artists" symposium at The Beatles at the Ridge festival for the past several years, and most recently serves as Chairperson of the symposium. In April 2016, Kessler also served as co-chair of the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi's Beatles Symposium.

Kessler currently resides in Monroe, Louisiana with her husband Rande. You can connect with her on:
Blog: TheFest.com/blog

Kenneth Womack
Kenneth Womack, PhD, is a world renowned authority on the Beatles and their cultural influence. An award-winning American fiction writer and literary critic, he serves as Professor of English and Popular Music at Monmouth University in New Jersey.

He is the author of three novels and editor of numerous volumes of literary and cultural criticism, as well as the author of several books on the Beatles, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles and The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, and a two-volume study on the life and work of Beatles producer Sir George Martin. His book, Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles, was published in September 2019 and his most recent book, John Lennon, 1980: The Last Days in the Life was published in September 2020. Womack is the Music Culture writer for Salon and a regular guest contributor to CultureSonar, among others.

Kenneth Womack's books are available on Amazon. You can connect with him on:
Twitter: @KennethAWomack
Facebook: Kenneth Womack
Website: KennethWomack.com
Newsletter: Everything Fab Four

Jim Berkenstadt

Dubbed the “Rock And Roll Detective” by his clients, Jim Berkenstadt has spent a lifetime researching, writing and consulting in pop music history. His books on the unreleased recordings of The Beatles (Black Market Beatles) and the making of Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind (Nirvana: Nevermind – Classic Rock Books) are critically acclaimed. Berkenstadt has released a Best Seller entitled The Beatle Who Vanished, which along with his other books, have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Permanent Library and Archives. The Beatles book is the true story of Beatles deputy drummer Jimmie Nicol, who briefly took over for Ringo Starr before vanishing. Berkenstadt's latest book, Mysteries in the Music: Case Closed is out now.
Berkenstadt has served as a consultant to The Beatles, George Harrison, The Traveling Wilburys, the band Garbage, Producer Butch Vig, Maria Elena Holly (Mrs. Buddy Holly), and many international record labels. He is currently the co-star of two pop culture TV series on the Reelz Channel: Celebrity Legacies and Celebrity Damage Control.
Jim Berkenstadt's books are available on Amazon. You can connect with him on:
Facebook: Rock And Roll Detective (R)
Website: rockandrolldetective.com

Lanea Stagg
Lanea Stagg is author of the Recipe Records cookbook series, as well as the “kid-dult” book about dealing with loss, Little Dog in the Sun. The original Recipe Records book was written by Stagg with her best friend and co-author, Maggie McHugh. After the unexpected death of McHugh, Stagg continued with their dream of a rock ‘n’ roll cookbook series. The author gives programs to civic and other groups for each of her books, as well as conducting cooking classes for children and hosting a radio show on BlogTalkRadio. She was a featured cast member in Evansville, Indiana's inaugural production of the nationally-acclaimed "Listen To Your Mother Show,” and has been a part of the invitation-only "Authors and Artists" symposium at The Beatles at the Ridge festival for the past several years. 

Stagg currently resides in Southern Indiana where she and her husband raise their eight children. You can connect with her on:
Twitter: LaneaStagg
Instagram: Lanea Stagg

Kit O'Toole
Renowned Chicago-based writer and music journalist, Dr. Kit O’Toole, is the author of Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles’ Lesser-Known Tracks and Michael Jackson FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of Pop. In addition to her two books, O’Toole is also associate editor and a longtime contributor for Beatlefan magazine, reviewer and “Deep Beatles” columnist for Something Else Reviews, the “DeepSoul” columnist for Blinded by Sound, a frequent contributor to Cinema Sentries, and a regular speaker at The Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago and New York and the Beatles at the Ridge festival in Walnut Ridge, AR. O’Toole has also presented at the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, and written chapters for several academic collections. Her next authored book, Soul Searching: Buried Treasures of R&B, Soul, Dance, and Hip-Hop, is forthcoming. She holds a doctorate in Instructional Technology.

Kit O'Toole's books are available on Amazon. You can connect with her on:
Twitter: @kitotoole
Facebook:  Kit O’Toole
Website: kitotoole.com

David Bedford
David Bedford grew up in The Dingle, Liverpool, by the bottom of Madryn Street, where Ringo was born, and attended the same school as Ringo, though many years later. When illness forced retirement upon David at the age of 35, he began a quest to discover as much about The Beatles and Liverpool that he could. He started to write for the British Beatles Fan Club magazine in 2000. His first book, first published in 2009 is now on its Third Edition: Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles

His second book, The Fab one hundred and Four:The Evolution of The Beatleswas published in 2013 to critical acclaimIt featured every family member, friend and musician who contributed to the story of The Beatles, including the previously unknown school friend of John who started it all.

In 2016, he was a co-author with Hunter Davies, the only authorized Beatles biographer, on The Beatles Book, with fellow authors Keith Badman and Spencer Leigh.

Published in 2018, his third book, with co-author Garry Popper, is Finding the Fourth Beatle, which tells the story of the 23 drummers who put the beat behind the Fab Three.

 He was also the Associate Producer and historical consultant for “Looking For Lennon” (2018), a documentary film about the life of the enigmatic BeatleDavid is working on other book and film projects too, as well as conducting Virtual Beatles Tours from home in Liverpool. 

Coming in 2020 is The Country of Liverpool: Nashville of the North, covering the country music scene in Liverpool and the country roots of The Beatles.

In 2021, ACC is publishing The Beatles Fab Four Cities, co-written with Beatles guides Richard Porter and Susan Ryan, a book looking at the four cities that defined The Beatles career: Liverpool, Hamburg, London and New York.

David runs the online Beatles Bookstore. You can also connect with him on:
Podcast: Liddypod 

Donovan Day
Up-and-coming writer Donovan Day is author of the novel Get Back, a fast-paced fantasy that intertwines the Beatles’ heyday with today's world. The book is geared for Young Adults, though the story has elements that would appeal to readers from millennials to baby boomers. Furnished with plenty of Beatles references, the time-traveling tale sets out on the theme of its subtitle: “Imagine…Saving John Lennon.”

Day attended Columbia University, where he studied creative writing. His short stories have appeared in several literary journals. A native of Oxford, Mississippi, he splits his time between his hometown and New York City. He is a longtime fan of The Beatles, having inherited his grandfather's taste in rock ‘n’ roll.        

Get Back is available on Amazon. You can connect with Donovan Day on:
Twitter: @donovanday18
Facebook:  Donovan Day

Aaron Krerowicz
Despite being born 15 years after the band broke up, Krerowicz is the United States of America's only full-time professional Beatles music scholar. He won a research grant through the University of Hartford in 2011 to study The Beatles, and has since presented his findings through more than 150 presentations at libraries, universities, continuing education programs, and community centers throughout the USA and England.

His first Beatles book, The Beatles & The Avant-Garde, was published in late 2014; his second, The Beatles: Band of the Sixties, was released as a Kindle ebook in April 2015; his third, From The Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America, was released in early June 2015; his fourth, Days in the Life, was released August 1, 2016; and his fifth, Flip Side Beatles, was released in August of 2017.

Aaron Krerowicz's books are available on Amazon. You can connect with him on:
Website: AaronKrerowicz.com
Instagram: AaronKrerowicz

Jerry Hammack
Jerry Hammack is an American audio engineer, producer and author. A graduate in Fine Art with a BFA from Pacific Lutheran University, he has spent his professional career making a lasting mark in areas ranging from graphic design and manufacturing to high tech, though his true love has always remained music. He has spent the last near decade researching and writing his four-volume exploration of The Beatles recorded catalogue, The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals. Jerry lives happily with his wife on the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto, Canada.

Jerry's books are available on Amazon and through his website. You can connect with him on:
Facebook: The Beatles Recording Reference Manual
Website: BeatlesRecordingReferenceManuals.com

Susan Shumsky
Susan Shumsky is a respected spiritual teacher and the founder of Divine Revelation. For 22 years, her mentor was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—guru of the Beatles, and she served on Maharishi's personal staff for six of those years. An award-winning, best-selling author of over 20 books, Shumsky has taught meditation, affirmation, and intuition to thousands worldwide for 50 years.

Her book, Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles’ Guru, reveals tales about Maharishi and his disciples from a rare insider point of view. Only a handful of the six million people who learned TM had firsthand experience with Maharishi, and Susan was one of them. Of the book, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger says: "Maharishi & Me captures a moment in my generation, where we turned to this great spiritual master who introduced meditation to the entire planet. We should heed his teachings and honor his spirit today, now more than ever."

Susan's books are available on Amazon, and you can connect with her on:
Twitter: @AwakenToGod
Facebook: Susan Shumsky
Website: MaharishiAndMe.com

Sean Gaillard
Long-time school educator and self-proclaimed Beatles fanatic Sean Gaillard is the author of The Pepper Effect – a book that talks about how the band’s secrets to success and creative collaboration can be applied not only in the schoolhouse, but to life.
With over 20 years’ worth of experience in education, both as a teacher and school administrator, Gaillard has contributed various writings for Education Week, “PBS News Hour Extra,” and “Education Closet.” His contributions have also been featured in various books on school leadership and music, and on his blog and podcast, Principal Liner Notes.

The Pepper Effect
is published by Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. and available for purchase on Amazon. You can connect with Sean Gaillard on social media at:
Twitter: @smgaillard
Website: go.participate.com/thepeppereffect

Patricia Gallo-Stenman
While attempting to wrangle a press pass from a Philadelphia newspaper to meet the Beatles, Patricia Gallo-Stenman, then a teenager in blue-collar Southwest Philly of the 1960s, was invited to write a weekly column for teenagers. Teen to Teen launched her writing career, and Patricia went on to work as a staff writer for the Philadelphia Evening and Sunday Bulletin. A graduate of Temple University and the University of Stockholm (Sweden) International Graduate School, and an award-winning copywriter, she practiced journalism in northern Europe for nearly twenty-five years and is now author of Diary of a Beatlemaniac: A Fab Insider's Look at the Beatles Era, available on Amazon. Patricia lives near Dallas, TX with her identical twin daughters.

You can connect with Patricia on:
Facebook: Diary of a Beatlemaniac
Website: diaryofabeatlemaniac.com
Instagram: @beatlemaniacdiary

Alexander Cain & Terry McCusker
Liverpool drummers Alex Cain and Terry McCusker explore Ringo Starr’s iconic drumming with the Beatles, providing intuitive descriptions and detailed notation of the drumming and percussion in every original Beatles release, and how Ringo’s sympathetic and instinctive drumming interacted with the personalities of his bandmates and recording engineers to shape the Beatles incredible musical output. The book is available on Amazon.

You can connect with Alex and Terry on:
Twitter: @beatlesbeatbook
Facebook: Ringo Starr And The Beatles Beat
Website: RingoStarrAndTheBeatlesBeat.co.uk

Terry Crain
Terry Crain, a retired administrator from John Logan College in Southern Illinois, is the author of NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise in the U.S. 1964-1966. The book covers the approximately 150 licensed items sanctioned by the band's management company, North End Music Stores (NEMS), that dotted store shelves and helped fuel the band-crazed fan during the time right after the Beatles landed in America and performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. The book is available on Amazon.

You can connect with Terry on:
Twitter: @terrycrain
Facebook: NEMS Enterprises Ltd
Website: faBgear

Mark Brickley
Mark Brickley’s 2019 re-issued/expanded biography, Postcards From Liverpool: Beatles Moments & Memories, explores the band’s legacy through backstories, vignettes and rare interviews including “Love Me Do” drummer Andy White and Apple Records recording artist Jackie Lomax and Paul’s son James McCartney. It also features the author’s original/previously unseen, photos including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Patti Boyd, Ravi Shankar and Peter Asher. Mark Brickley’s music columns and articles have appeared in the British Beatles Fan Club Magazine, Ojai Quarterly Magazine, The Coastal View News and more. His book is available on Amazon

You can connect with Mark on:
Facebook: Postcards from Liverpool

DJ Toby Chicago
Born and raised in Chicago, Toby has been a Beatlemaniac since 1963, “is always 17 in her heart,” and is proud of it! It’s because of Ringo Starr that she became a drummer, and has been performing in garage and semi-professional bands since the mid-1960s, always specializing in music with an emphasis on Beatles and other British Invasion bands. 

In radio off and on since the late 1970s, Toby was best known as “The Monday Night Trivia Lady” on a major Pacific Northwest (USA) AM radio station with her specialty in – you guessed it – The Beatles! She transitioned to Internet radio in 2013 and is very happy to be with a major presence in that industry, Weird Sisters Radio. 

You can connect with Toby on:
Facebook: Toby Chicago
Website: tobychicago.com

Station Website: WeirdSistersRadio.com

Psst...along with Toby, we also took on "half-client" Amy Marie, whom we are sorry to say has crossed the rainbow bridge. DJ AM will live forever in our hearts here at 910PR.

DJ Amy Marie resides with Toby Chicago at The Pacific Northwest USA Studio of Weird Sisters Radio. Originally from Alabama, Amy Marie loves all kinds of music and has a special place in her heart for The Beatles and Rhythm & Blues.

Jay Kelly
Jay Kelly is a home-schooled and self-taught artist. He passed his college course in cartooning at London Art College with a Diploma of Distinction in under seven months at the age of only 15. He is a fan of the 1960s and particularly The Beatles, which is heavily reflected in his art.

Jay's art media include: Acrylics on canvas, hand-drawn illustrations, caricature, portraiture, graphic design and acrylic paintings on guitars.

Contact 910PR for a quote on Jay's artwork. You can connect with him on:

Marti Edwards
Marti Edwards, founder of the Chicagoland Beatle People Fan Club in the 1960s, and her friend, Joe Carroccio, are co-authors of the book, 16 in ’64: The Beatles & The Baby Boomers.

Edwards, a lifelong music fan, had the thrilling experience of meeting The Beatles in 1964 and presenting them with an honorary plaque from her fan club. Wanting to share her story and photos from the event with other people, it was suggested she write a book. With the help of Carroccio, she did just that.

Their book is available on
Amazon Kindle, or in paperback from their website: www.16in64.com

You can connect with Marti on Facebook: 16 in '64, The Beatles and The Baby Boomers

Terri Whitney
From a young age, Terri Whitney had two strong passions: music (The Beatles in particular) and writing poetry. With encouragement from family and friends, she combined the two and started writing poems about how The Beatles’ music has affected her life. She now shares her memories in her books “Any Rhyme At All" and, most recently, "Music Legends in the Heavens."

Terri resides in a small town outside of Grand Rapids, MI, where she also works as an accounting specialist. She continues to write and enjoy The Beatles every day. You can connect with her on:
FacebookThe Rockin' Rhymer

Youngerman Art
British art house Youngerman consists of brothers Ivan and Ed Chapman. Youngerman's ties to Beatles culture run deep, as Ivan and Ed’s mother, a distinguished artist in her time, attended Liverpool Art College with John Lennon. From Manchester in the north west of England, both Chapman brothers are pop culture enthusiasts whose artwork reflects an edgy, contemporary twist on retro images and ideas.

Youngerman's media include originals on canvas, and the latest technology for printing on glass as low-edition wall art and tables in all styles. Their work is for sale online, and they also accept commissions. You can connect with Youngerman on:
Twitter: @youngermanart