Why I Wrote ‘The Death and Life of Mal Evans’

For years, the story of the Beatles’ breakup has bothered me. It seemed so…unnecessary, so incomplete. They had just finished what was arguably their best album, Abbey Road, and judging from their first solo works after the Beatles, they were still at or near their creative peak. So why did it have to happen? And more importantly, what would have happened if they had put aside their arguing and continued to record albums? That was where I started with my book. Some 10 years ago, before Facebook, Twitter and Reddit created a forum for people with similar interests to talk and chat, there were newsgroups – discussion boards on hundreds of topics. (Anyone remember them?) And I found in the newsgroup rec.music.beatles that there were many people who asked the same question I did: What if? What if they had stayed together? What would the next Beatles album have sounded like? Members debated incessantly...

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It’s Out There. Officially.

So, The Death and Life of Mal Evans is officially out there. I've spent most of the week sending out announcements, joining groups, speaking at book festivals, asking for reviews and relentlessly watching the Amazon charts to see if my book was climbing or falling the charts. It's been a nerve-wracking week. Part of my anxiety is that this has been, for the most part, my project and my project only for 10 years. No one else has seen it. And now, boom. It's on Amazon. It's on iBooks. Smashwords. Scribd. bn.com. People - mostly friends and family - are buying it and reading it. It feels a bit odd - like I'm suddenly exposed, my neck on the chopping block for anyone to come by and take a shot. (Friends have already found a few errors that eluded dozens of edits, and I'm kicking myself.) Of course, an author...

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Dedication to: Mal Evans

On the eve of publication, I dedicate this book to Mal Evans, the protagonist of our story. Evans was a real person, having worked with the Beatles from their days in Liverpool all the way through the end of the group in April 1970, and to a lesser extent, with the solo Beatles and with Apple Corps Ltd. for the next six years. He died in 1976 at the hands of two Los Angeles police officers, who mistook his air rifle for a real gun. He apparently was high on Valium and police considered him dangerous. Mal adored the Beatles. From the minute he heard them playing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in the early 1960s, he was hooked. And he did everything for them. If the band needed a glass of milk or a pair of socks, Mal ran to the store to get them. He drove the...

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