‘Mr Beatles’ is Pepper’s VIP guest at Berkhamsted celebration concert

The Beatles
The Beatles

There’s little doubt that Mark Lewisohn is a man on a mission.

Here’s what he says about the giant work which has come to dominate his life: “The story has been told very often but, in my view, rarely very well.

“I’m writing a wide-ranging history and my aim is true – to explore and comprehend what happened, and to write it even-handedly, without fear or favour, bias or agenda.

“The whole extraordinary story needs to be fully recorded and it needs to be done now, while first-hand witnesses are still with us.”

He’s not talking about a statesman who dominated a century or a conflict that engulfed the globe – he’s talking about a pop group.

But what a pop group, because Mark’s chosen specialist subject is the Beatles.

Way back in 2005, he announced that he was planning a three-volume Fab Four biography.

The first volume has just been published to great acclaim, but there’s still a long and winding road to be covered – even though this instalment runs to more than 800 pages and it only takes the story as far as 1962, with the band on the cusp of stardom and with Beatlemania still just around the corner.

Mark probably knows more about the Beatles than anyone else alive, and he’s getting the chance to share some of his knowledge with Fab Four fans in Berkhamsted next month.

Pepper Rewind is a unique event which will be held at the town’s Centenary Theatre on Saturday, December 14.

The Pepper Foundation charity, which raises funds every summer to support specialist children’s nurses working in the borough, is celebrating 25 years of support and this celebration event takes the team back to its early roots.

The Pepper concerts have always included Beatles music alongside other British classics, but this one-off performance is a chance to learn more about the iconic Beatles album that inspired founder member Robert Breakwell to name the charity in the first place.

Guests will be able to enjoy a performance of music taken from the 1967 master work, which marked the transformation of the Mersey moptops into leading lights of the counterculture.

Mark will talk about the creation of the album and show rare photographs, artefacts, audio and video.

And after he has set the scene, Pepper musicians, singers and guests will give a special performance of the album – which includes songs like Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, A Day In The Life and what could be termed the organisation’s unofficial anthem With A Little Help From My Friends, all directed by Pepper patron Robert.

Tickets are on sale now for a memorable night of music – they’re £25 each.

Doors will open at 7 pm for Beatles-themed cocktails and the performance starts at 8pm.

To reserve yours, call Donna Hughes on 01442 507 324 now or email dhughes@pepper.org.uk