Ken Mansfield talks about The Beatles and God.

 A while back we posted our review of the new book by one-time Apple head, Ken Mansfield.  I have still been enjoying holing myself up in the wintery weather with this book, and have sat down to do some repeated readings of it.  It truly is a pleasure to hear some of these insider stories of working with the Fab Four.

Ken Mansfield is one of those Beatle insiders that I would love to meet and sit down and have coffee with.  He seems like quite a genuine man with a fond rembrance of the past.  It’s awesome that he is willing to share his story of the Beatles with us.  Hopefully, there are more tales of the Fab Four that Ken can share in the future as well.

If you haven’t checked out his latest book, I highly recommend putting it on your Christmas lists this year.  Also, don’t forget to hit his media-rich website.  There are a ton of goodies there as well.  Go to:

Here’s what we’ve read.

When the Beatles released “Revolver” in 1966, Ken Mansfield helped promote it while working as West Coast promotions manager for Capitol Records. Two decades later, the title of album track “Got to Get You into My Life” would take on new meaning when he discovered God for the first time.
Mansfield, 70, appeared at Trinity Church on Saturday night to discuss his 2000 book “The Beatles, The Bible and Bodega Bay,” which chronicles his journey from the height of Beatlemania and the depths of despair to faith in God. It is the only outside Beatles publication approved by the group.

In addition to overseeing the Beatles projects and running Apple Records’ U.S. operations (whose roster included James Taylor and Badfinger), Mansfield worked with the Beach Boys, The Band, Glen Campbell, Steve Miller Band and Buck Owens.

Later, as head of Barnaby Records in the early 1970s, he had a hand in the careers of Paul Anka, the Everly Brothers and Jimmy Buffett.

After turning to production full-time, Mansfield did albums for the Outlaws, Waylon Jennings, the Flying Burrito Brothers and David Cassidy.

Local musicians Alex Fuqua and John Mace opened the Redlands event with a pleasant 30-minute acoustic guitar set featuring several Beatles tunes.

A 20-minute behind-the-scenes film found Mansfield briefly recounting his time with the Fab Four alongside archival clips from “Help!,” the band’s final performance on the roof of Apple Records

headquarters, rare photos contained in the book and more.
While growing up in a small Idaho town, he organized his albums by label and dreamed of Capitol Records. “Many years later, I’d have an executive office there,” he recalled. A San Diego State marketing grad, Mansfield happened upon the label job by accident. “I was stunned the first time I made money from music.”

“To the English bands, California was magic. I was the Beatles’ associate” and took them around places. Mansfield talked about meditation and getting a guru upon George Harrison’s advice and regretting it.

“I spent 10 years in the metaphysical world and in the end, it left me empty.” After he lost his job and money, Mansfield ended up in Nashville, where he met his wife, Connie, and became a Christian.

Mansfield’s half-hour talk focused mostly on religion. He opened and closed it with a prayer and gently prodded the crowd for some “amens” after making certain points. “The sweet smell of my success was not quite pleasing … the devil had me believe I was smart, but I had a big ego.”

“When success went away, I was alone and confused in a Godless world, and I bottomed out,” he continued.

While working as a stage crew member at Nashville’s Starwood Amphitheatre in the ’80s, Mansfield came face-to-face with Taylor and veteran label execs.

The humiliating experience showed him that God had a bigger purpose planned – traveling around today and spreading the word. “I lost everything, but I gained eternity.”

For die-hard Beatles fans in attendance, there were no real revelations in the short question-and-answer segment. Among the topics was John Lennon’s famous quote about the Beatles being bigger than Jesus (“that statement haunted him. He just had a problem with the world’s youth worshipping a rock band”), if the band’s gay manager Brian Epstein committed suicide (“it was a drug overdose”) and whether he was really in love with Lennon (Mansfield declined to comment).

The rest dealt with the “Abbey Road” period: whether the “Paul is Dead” uproar was staged (“I don’t know. They left me hanging. All the calls shut down our offices for a week. Nobody gave me a straight answer. The band let it have a life of its own”), the supposed hidden message of John saying “I buried Paul” on the album (it was studio chatter about not hearing one person’s instrument over another) and the VW pictured on the cover with the license plate LMW 281F (shot in the photo because the owner was on vacation).

Many of those in the audience of 150 people were impressed with the proceedings.

“I thought it was very inspiring, informative and a lot of fun,” said Ted Yeager, 70, of Redlands.

“I enjoyed it very much,” said Banning resident George Lawson. “It was a special thing to hear from him. He’s such a strong individual, and Christ lifted him out.”

Tracy Kuehnau of Colton said the presentation wasn’t “what I expected. It was wonderful to sit in my church and listen to someone talk about things from my youth and share their faith.”

“I think it was great insight behind the scenes. He spoke from the heart. I’m glad I came,” said Kent Denmark of Redlands, who came with his young son.

As Mansfield signed copies of his book and the evening drew to a close, he said people should know “it’s never too late to get a fresh start, no matter where you are in life.”

Source: The Sun


2 Responses

  1. I bought Ken’s book and it does have some pretty good anecdotes. But he is not much of a writer, and the book design is more fun than it is readable. There is no need for exploded text in a book, quote callouts are appropriate for a magazine. In this book they only pad out a lack of content.
    Ken is responsible for some really bad music as a producer. “I’m not Lisa” ! Dear god in heaven save me from bad 70s country rock.
    Luckily for us readers Ken doesn’t do much preaching in his Beatles book. That would’ve been a deal breaker for me.

  2. Santa came home earlier than usual, when his wife, Jeeto’s lover was still in the apartment. She hid her lover in a closet, and served dinner. As they ate, something rustled in the closet.
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    Santa yanked the closet’s door open. Inside, he saw a man who held a pistol. Santa quietly closed the door, and said, ‘Indeed, jackets, darling.’

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