Visualising The Beatles Now Available!
A couple of years ago, my fellow director Rob Thomas and I launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a single chapter of a book concept, entitled Visualising The Beatles. The limited edition chapter focused on a single album – Please Please Me – and acted as a proof of concept for our vision of an infographics book that charted the career of The Beatles using data visualisation and bespoke illustrations. That campaign was a huge success, almost doubling the target and getting hundreds of orders from all over the world, as well as being featured by publications such as The Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Fast Company and being selected as a staff pick on Kickstarter.
Fast forward to 2016, and we’re extremely proud to say the full Visualising The Beatles book is now available, after being picked up by the amazing team at Orphans Publishing.
The book charts the career of the Fab Four through their 13 core UK albums, from Please Please Me to Let It Be. Utilising a unique combination of data visualisation, musicology, illustration and visual storytelling, the book allows you to see the evolution of the band in terms of their music, fashion, personalities, performance and songwriting. Truly, this is something that Beatles fans will have never seen before. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what the press and fellow musicians have had to say:
“A magical history tour.”
“Amazing… the detail in this book is staggering – beautifully illustrated and covering every album The Beatles ever made in a truly original way. This is a book that every true Beatles fan will want to own”
Bev Bevan (ELO, Black Sabbath)
“With Visualising the Beatles, John Pring and Rob Thomas trace the contours of the Beatles’ incredible career in all of its pictorial splendor. Through an arresting collection of Beatles-oriented illustrations and infographics, they challenge casual fans and die-hard aficionados alike to ‘see’ John, Paul, George, and Ringo in vastly new and revealing ways”
Kenneth Womack, globally recognised Beatles expect and author of The Beatles Encyclopedia
“The Beatles’ catalogue is so vast and influential, only a data-led approach like this can help us truly make sense of it. Love is all you need, but visualisations can help too.”
Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google and author of Facts Are Sacred
“Pring and Thomas trace the Beatles’ incredible career in all of its pictorial splendor. Along the way, they succeed in educating the casual fan about the band mates’ humble origins, evolving fashion choices, and chart-eclipsing hits. But perhaps even more impressively, Pring and Thomas take the Beatles’ story into the realm of musicology, demonstrating—or, to be more accurate, illustrating—the ways in which they transformed from a simple four-part rock combo into a bravura musical unit of staggering proportions”
The Huffington Post
“The evolution of the Fab Four has never before been documented in such a concise, exciting and beautiful way”
Damian Keyes, bass player (Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan) and founder of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music.
“Gorgeous infographics … a fun, well laid out look at the data behind some of the catchiest and most influential songs ever written”
“For Beatles superfans and data geeks, this book is a dream”
“Puts the Beatles back on the charts … for any Beatles fan there’s a lot to like”
“What happens when data nerds consume music albums”
Kickstarter (Staff Pick and featured on Kickstarter’s ‘Projects We Love’)
If you’d like to order your very own copy, you can buy it now from Amazon, Waterstones or get your hands on a signed copy (subject to limited numbers) from Orphans Publishing. If you’ve already got a copy that you’d like to get signed, or you’d just like to meet Rob and I in person, then head over to Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road, London, on Tuesday November 14th where we’ll be holding a launch event featuring live music from the amazing Danny McGurn. It’s completely free and open to the public so come in and say hello! We’ll be there from 6.00pm onwards.
Alternatively, if you’re up north, then come and meet us at the Beatles Story in Liverpool on December 14th, where we’ll be doing a book signing (timings TBC).