John Kruth, author of This Bird Has Flown, was on WFDU Radio! He spoke with Ghosty host of The Vintage Rock & Pop Shop. They spoke about the book, what influenced the Beatles, and more! The podcast is available below, click play to hear what they had to say!

Onstage and Backstage 

About the Book
The Beatles' sixth studio album, Rubber Soul, was a game changer. By December 1965, when the album was released, the Beatles had played the first arena rock show at Shea Stadium for 55,000 delirious fans, been awarded MBE (Member of British Empire) medals, and were indisputably the greatest musical phenomenon since Elvis Presley. With their first film, A Hard Day's Night, John, Paul, George, and Ringo laid down the blueprint for everyone who ever wanted to form a group. The movie, entertaining as it was, became an instruction manual for aspiring pop stars of the day on how to play, dress, and act. Richard Lester's 1964 comedy turned out to be the touchstone for every music video that followed.   Amazon      BarnesandNoble    IndieBound

John Kruth (New York City) has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wire, and Wax Poetics. His books include Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison (Backbeat Books), To Live's to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt (Da Capo Press, 2007, winner of the 2008 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award), and Bright Moments: The Life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk. A musician and music professor, Kruth teaches at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and lives in New York City.

The Vintage Rock & Pop Shop is open for business every Sunday morning at 11am. Ghosty spins top hits and lost gems from the mid-1950's to the mid-1960's. You'll hear Elvis Presley, Ronnie Dawson, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, Connie Francis, The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and plenty more, along with nostalgic TV show themes, interview clips and trivia. Visit their site here.

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A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

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