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Critically acclaimed cartoonist Carol Tyler (Soldier’s Heart) recreates the exhilaration and excitement of Beatlemania at its height in 1965, her personal obsession with the Beatles, and the odyssey that leads her to the famous Beatles Chicago concert later that year.
Told in the voice of its 13-year-old author, Fab4 Mania is a facsimile of the diary that Carol Tyler kept throughout 1965. It includes hundreds of new images drawn by the author depicting her life from that period and retains the precociousness, rebelliousness, and frustrations surrounding her Beatles obsession, culminating in her trip to Chicago on August 20th to see the Beatles in concert.
Fab4 Mania is more than a memoir recounting her own private Beatlemania. It’s a look into the life of a teenager from a working class family whose love of music awakens her senses and opens her up to the world beyond that of smalltown Fox Lake, Illinois. The book brims with rich period details, humor, insight, and beautiful drawings capturing the spirit of the time. It is also about the Beatles, of course, as seen through the eyes of a young, giddy teenager and a reflective, adult artist, and the joy the band gave and continues to give.