The Beatle Who Vanished – All About the Book The Cover
Many people have asked Author Jim Berkenstadt about the design origin on the cover of his new Beatles book, The Beatle Who Vanished. Berkenstadt says he wanted to create a visual sense of the urgency of The Beatles having to replace their regular drummer Ringo Starr and find a replacement before leaving on their first world tour in less than 24 hours.
Then the author digitally “slapped” a licensed news photo of Jimmie Nicol’s first tryout with The Beatles at EMI Studios, on the front of the tour case. Berkenstadt says, “We used this photo to partially cover Ringo’s stenciled name on the front, and placed masking tape on it, to create the rushed feeling of having to find a replacement drummer - quickly getting him up to speed with The Beatles.” People with a sharp eye for detail will also notice that Berkenstadt digitally moved the TWA luggage sticker to the front of the case to add some color.
“It was a fun visual project”, says Berkenstadt. “I just wanted to create a sense of the pressure in the story and show how Nicol got his ‘15 minutes of fame’.”