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.
"Fab4 Mania, a beguiling diary of seeing the Beatles at Comiskey Park in 1965, is not only among this year’s best books, but a rare treasure: Beatlemania from a female perspective, from one of the crying, screaming foot soldiers." — Chicago Tribune
"If you own any pre-Rubber Soul Beatles records, you’ll probably want to put them on shortly after picking up this charming, evocative volume." — Forbes
"A fascinating and intimate portrait of one girl’s perspective at a time when music and culture were changing radically." — CityBeat
"Tyler communicates the frenzy of navigating adolescence with grace and lyrical heft." — Hyperallergic
"Tyler's innocence and honesty make the book effortlessly endearing. ... the excitement and seemingly never-ending thrill practically leaps from the page." — PopMatters
"Simply put, if you love the mop tops, you'll love Fab4 Mania." — Catholic Sentinel