Window Fishing: The night we caught Beatlemania – Third Edition
John B. Lee
Author: John B. Lee
Title: Window Fishing: The night we caught Beatlemania – Third Edition
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Window Fishing: The Night we caught Beatlemania is so populare it is now in the third edition with new stories, poems and essays. It will be cherished by anyone that lived in the Beatles eara or wants to understand the significance of the pop fanomenon called Beatlemania.
If you are a Beatles lover, a music eficianato, or just a rock and role fan you should have Window Fishing: The Night we caught Beatlemania in your collection. This fine book of poetry and prose, edited by John B. Lee, the worlds greatest Beatles fan, will fill you in on what was going on in the hearts of Beatles fans around the world. So populare it is now in the second edition with brand new content. It will be cherished by anyone that lived in the Beatles eara or wants to understand the significance of Beatlemania.
The release of Window Fishing: the night we caught Beatlemania, just in time to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, Sunday, February 9th, 1964,is an important cultural event. The book encapsulates a significant historical period with its impact upon the sensibilities of a number of writers from around the world for whom the Beatles were a major inspiration. The British band, banned in China and the Soviet Union, managed to sing its way into the hearts of millions. This book celebrates how important Beatlemania was for the entire world. Understand the significance of this pop fanomenon from the eyes and ears of writers from around the world, here, between these covers.
Blogs and Online Reviews:
BOB’S BLOG: The Beatles Invade Port Dover
By Bob Wood
with a video reading by Editor, John B. Lee.
This article appeared in the Winter 2015 edition of Alumni Gazette
Window Fishing captures the total early 60s excitement of those adventurous and novel times … the nonplussedness of the parents’ generation and the dedicated headlong drive into Beatledom of the younger teenagers … No-one knew where this was leading … and maybe we still don’t know … but youngsters were electrified into exhilarating life at the sound of a few bars of music. Or the oh-so-simple count of, ‘one, two, three, four’ … We all knew what was coming next! All round the world, we suddenly became members of the same club … a club which included the older generation as had never been before … and the belonging badge of honour had on it four distinctive haircuts on four distinctive faces. Welcome to Beatlemania.
sister of Beatle,
I’ve read at least a dozen of the poems in Window Fishing, and there’s not one that hasn’t moved me. They are all a tribute to that era. All redolent of memory and memoir. They make me want to be young again, dance again. Really liked Beatlemania, Ed Sullivan, Me and History by Honey Novick. Also really liked The Beatles and Us by Manuel – is that the Manuel I met in Cuba? And your seven-minute affair during Hey Jude. Quite the collection. History woven with music and nostalgia. Powerful.
is a memoir writer, editor and teacher.
“Window Fishing” Review – For full article and pic see url –
PORT DOVER – For baby boomers, The Beatles are everything.
To Canadian poet and Port Dover resident John B. Lee, nothing was ever the same following the historic performance of The Fab Four on the Ed Sullivan Show in Feb. 1964.
Not for Lee, not for anyone else of his generation.
Lee, who watched that famous TV broadcast as a 12-year-old boy, says the Beatles inspired him to become a poet (he is a retired high school English teacher, poet laureate for both Norfolk County and Brantford, and has published countless books of his works).
Music, he insists, was changed forever by the Beatles. “Everything that came before them just ended,” says Lee, who compares their impact to that of Mozart.
Hairstyles changed, fashion changed, teenagers rebelled. “It was a cultural earthquake, a tsunami,” says Lee.
The upcoming 50th anniversary of that watershed date has inspired Lee to put together a book. Called “Window Fishing, The night we caught Beatlemania,” Lee has culled a wide range of musings on the Beatles from writers he knows.
The 151-page book includes prose but mainly poems from Canadian and U.S. writers, including from Lee.
What they wrote was left to them, and what came out is surprising. First of all, the writing is strong throughout, largely memories of first encounters with the Beatles.
But rather than talking of the Ed Sullivan appearance, many of the writers, both male and female, write of a Beatles concert at Maple Leaf Gardens in August of 1966. Unbeknownst to Lee, many of his colleagues were at that concert, all in the same arena at the same time, and nobody knew it until this book.
The poems range in tone from light-hearted reminisces of school girl crushes on famous musicians to images that evoke the era to the more serious.
Amber Homeniuk, an expressionist art therapist, talks of tense relations with parents, of a repressed time about to come unhinged.
She writes that “we were juice-heavy, grade nine girls / tight against the branch of home” who “started looking to England for everything / though our back-combed behives . . . stayed hard / while the world / crumbled.”
Windsor’s Marty Gervais, an author of several best-selling books, talks of the Beatles two concerts in Detroit and the remnants of their visits that he still keeps in his basement: a wooden seat from the old Olympia arena and – better yet, he writes – a postage-stamp sized piece of a bed sheet John Lennon allegedly slept in that was won in a radio station contest.
“I swear I can hear someone sleeping,” Gervais ends his poem.
Lee said his first attempts at poetry were about the Beatles and were brutal. He had hoped to get his works published and gain the attention of the band he so adored.
“They were really bad. Just awful,” he says of his poems.
Today, Lee is an accomplished poet with international standing. His poem Encountering Fame is one of the highlights of the book. It recounts his 2011 visit to Toronto to see a Paul McCartney concert and catching a glimpse of the star thanks to an open window in an SUV as the former Beatle drove by.
A teenage girl faints and Lee writes: ” . . . she eased her body / to the pavement / like an energetic deflation / and she lay there smiling / and her father and sister knelt / gave comforting / supplication to unconscious beauty / and my heart pounded / like a child trapped in a travel trunk / marked 1964.”
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Table of Contents
We are born in an age of assassins – John B. Lee – p. 3
1950s/1960s – Robert Sward – p. 5
Where Were You Then – Colin Morton – p. 10
Discovering Desire – Ronnie R. Brown – p. 11
As of early evening – John B. Lee – p. 13
Third Trimester – Andreas Gripp – p. 14
1964 – Robert Cording – p. 15
You should be Glad – Roger Bell – p. 17
Let It Be Imperfect – Michael Schatte – p. 21
One Two Three Fourrraah – Robert Hilles – p. 25
4 Haiku – Mike Wilson – p. 27
I’ve loved the Beatles – John B. Lee – p. 29
Now We Lived – Ron Smith – p. 30
Squash Heels – Julie Berry – p. 33
The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens – I.B. Iskov – p. 34
John, Paul, George, Gary and Ringo – Gary Schatte – p. 35
Scream – Betsy Struthers – p. 40
I can only recall – John B. Lee – p. 43
No, No, No – Amber Homeniuk – p. 45
Lennon – Robert Priest – p. 47
He Loves Me Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – Susan Whelehan – p. 48
I Never Saw Them – Birgit Elston – p. 50
basement band – Laurie Smith – p. 52
It’s You She’s Thinkng Of – Sandra Lloyd – p. 53
Peachy – Amber Homeniuk – p. 54
The first time I heard – John B. Lee – p. 59
Hey Jude – Richard M. Grove (Tai) – p. 60
I remember listening to Hey Jude – John B. Lee – p. 63
Beatlemania, Ed Sullivan, Me & History – Honey Novick – p. 64
White Tangerine – Ron Smith – p. 72
Summer 1965 – Keith Inman – p. 75
Cool (1) – Roger Bell – p. 76
Run For Your Life – Ronnie R. Brown – p. 78
Twiggy – Laurie Smith – p. 80
My Coming of Age – I.B. Iskov – p. 82
Something is Happening Here – Betsy Struthers – p. 84
Elly’s Birthday – Maureen Korp – p. 87
Playing the Beatles Backwards – Robert Priest – p. 88
Three Brother Melody – Deborah Cox – p. 89
Ornithologist – David McGimpsey – p. 90
All My Loving – Bruce Meyer – p. 91
Up in Smoke – Elizabet Stevens – p. 93
Something Other Than Jesus – Andreas Gripp – p. 94
Song – Don Gutteridge – p. 95
Lennon Backwards by Bed – Robert Priest – p. 96
Time-slide to Joy – Katherine L. Gordon – p. 99
The Devil Walked Past Us – Amber Homeniuk – p. 100
The night I heard the news – John B. Lee – p. 103
Dec. 8, 1980 – Robert Priest – p. 104
Decade – Bill Howell – p. 106
Imagine – Mary Ann Mulhern – p. 107
I of Death – Keith Inman – p. 108
Dwayne – Keith Inman – p. 109
5 July, 2013 – Maureen Korp – p. 110
Can’t buy me love, 1964 – Maureen Korp – p. 111
Carnival of Lights – John B. Lee – p. 112
Another One Gone – Denis Robillard – p. 114
Goethe at the Airport – John B. Lee – p. 116
Beatle Love – Terry Ann Carter – p. 118
A Glass Onion – Anna Yin – p. 119
A Hard Day’s Night on the Day of an Eclipse – Dylan Lee – p. 120
Summer in Detroit – Marty Gervais – p. 121
Fond of the Beatles – Ron Charach – p. 123
It’s Raining – Paul Jeong – p. 128
Lab Tech – Ron Charach – p. 129
Hey Jude the Obscure – Laurie Smith – p. 131
First Dance – Ronnie R. Brown – p. 132
Boys are You Buzzing – John Tyndall – p. 134
So Many of Us – John Wing – p. 135
Revs – John Tyndall – p. 136
The Cloud Album – Bruce Meyer – p. 138
Encountering Fame – John B. Lee – p. 144
Dirás que soy un soñador pero no soy el unico … – John B. Lee – p. 146
An Old Record – Misha Feigin – p. 151
Beatle Dreams – Hugh MacDonald – p. 153
The Beatles at the Edgewater – Susan Evans Shaw – p. 154
Encore … 2nd Edition
The book Window Fishing… – Julia Baird – p. 161
Leaving Liverpool 1961 – Frances Roberts-Reilly – p. 162
Not from farms and freshwater lakes – Kathleen Abley – p. 164
The Cavern Club – Kimmy Beach – p. 165
The Beatles – Laurence Hutchman – p. 167
Give me back – Roger Bell – p. 168
When you’re 64 – Betsy Struthers – p. 169
Night, She Says – Roy Bentley – p. 170
A Day in the Life – Roy Bentley – p. 171
I thought I knew you, what did I know – Mark Tovey – p. 172
Someone get me outta here – Mark Tovey – p. 173
The Handshake – Mark Tovey – p. 174
I’ve seen Sir Paul McCartney – John B. Lee – p. 177
Ringo Starr Answers Questions – Roy Bentley – p. 179
November 30th, 2001 – John B. Lee – p. 181
The Day We (Sort Of) Met George Harrison – Chris Faiers – p. 182
The Beatles in Us – Manuel de Jesús Velázquez León – p.185
Imagine Camp – Vanessa Shields – p. 186
My grandson Talli – John B. Lee – p. 189
Peace & Love Extended Play … 3rd Edition
Peace & Love Extended Play – John B. Lee – p. 195
Quotes from the Beatles – p. 197
Every Day is Trying to Teach Us Something – John B. Lee – p. 199
El Hombre con La Guitarra Azul – John B. Lee – p. 200
The Beatles and World Peace – Roger Nash – p. 202
Ringo at Butlins, Pwllheli – Chris Nash – p. 205
Einstein’s Beach – Linda Rogers – p. 209
Peace Peace Everywhere – Helen Bar-Lev – p. 211
The Enemy – Helen Bar-Lev – p. 212
Never Never Land – Helen Bar-Lev – p. 214
Finally, Peace – Johnmichael Simon – p. 215
The Voice of Peace – Johnmichael Simon – p. 216
Pushkin Drafts Eugene Onegin – George Elliot Clarke – p. 218
Killer-Butterflies – Diana Manole – p. 219
Winterkill: “Iraqi Freedom” Thirteen Years Later – Sydney Lea – p. 222
The Last Wish – James Clarke – p. 224
Thank God for Peace – Manuel Velázquez Leon – p. 225
I Invite – Wency Rosales – p. 226
Author Bios – p. 230
Editor Bio – p. 233