Beatles Rooftop Concert: New Book Recalls Final Gig

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A new book, The Roof: The Beatles’ Final Concert, written by Apple Records former U.S. manager. Mansfield, according to publisher Post Hill Press’ announcement, “takes a touching and comprehensive look back on one of rock ’n’ roll’s most significant events, while bringing an insider’s perspective to the days leading up to those 42 fascinating minutes of the Beatles’ monumental rooftop concert.”

In The Roof, Mansfield—who was present before and during the performance—“shares his insights into what brought The Beatles up onto that cold windswept roof and why one of the greatest bands of all time left it all on the stage that day,” says the announcement. It continues: “The Roof offers a unique view of that day through crafted personal stories, a look at the fascinating cast of characters surrounding the Beatles at the time, and an account of the events…of January 30th, 1969, but also a gentle and deep understanding of the smallest nuances of that day.”

According to the press release, “There are those who were on the periphery of the event that day and heard what was going on; but as one of the few remaining insiders who accompanied the Beatles up onto the cold windswept roof of the Apple building, Ken Mansfield had a front row seat to the full sensory experience of the moment and witnessed what turned out to be beginning of the end. Ken shares in The Roof: The Beatles Final Concert, the sense that something special was taking place before his eyes that would live on forever in the hearts and souls of millions.”

The book is out now in the U.S.; it arrives Dec. 11 in the U.K.

As the U.S. manager of Apple, Mansfield was on the scene in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the event.

Watch the Beatles perform “Get Back” on the Apple roof

Related: We look back at the Beatles’ legendary rooftop concert

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