Co-Author of Controversial Beatles Book Wants Unheard Interview Tapes Released

In 1983, Peter Brown and Steven Gaines’ The Love You Make hit bookstores and caused a huge commotion among Beatles fans. In an interview with Billboard, Gaines said he and Brown conducted somewhere between 60 and 80 hours of interviews for the book they co-authored. Though all have been archived and digitized, none of the audio has been heard by the public, and Gaines says now he would like the tapes to be available publicly for whoever wants to hear them, either via sale (such as an auction) or donation (likely to a university). He also says Brown once told him he’d never sell the tapes.

Those interviewed for The Love You Make — mostly in 1980 — include Paul McCartneyRingo StarrGeorge HarrisonYoko Ono, Harrison’s first wife Pattie Boyd, Starr’s first wife Maureen Starkey, Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, Apple Corps head Neil AspinallJohn Lennon‘s first wife CynthiaLinda McCartney‘s brother and later McCartney legal representative John EastmanAllen Klein, who took on the Beatles’ business affairs after manager Brian Epstein’s death, and Beatles authorized biographer Hunter Davies, among many others. John Lennon was not interviewed for it.

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