A Hard Core Fan: Craig Smith

“A Hard Core Fan” asks 20 questions of a serious Beatles fan but the questions themselves aren’t too serious, yet we hope to give a flavour of their viewpoint on all things “fab”. To start the series, old friend and contributor to Revolver and now the publisher and designer of the marvellous British Beatles Fan Club Magazine [click here for more info]… Craig Smith.


  1. What is your first Beatles memory?……..hearing my brother constantly playing Magical Mystery Tour LP (in Canada)
  2. Who was the 5th Beatle?……obviously George Martin
  3. What is your most thumbed Beatles book?…….Mark Lewisohn’s “Beatles Live”
  4. What is the most under appreciated Beatles album?…..Beatles For Sale
  5. What is the best Beatles single?……..Paperback Writer/Rain
  6. What is your favourite Beatles site/landmark that you’ve visited?…….probably the Casbah
  7. What is the most under appreciated John solo album?…….Mind Games
  8. What is your favourite Beatles cover version?……..Dear Prudence – Siouxie and the Banshees
  9. When did the Beatles look coolest?…….Rain video
  10. What Beatles related item would you love to see released?…….Shea Stadium concert with Peter Jackson treatment
  11. What has been the most disappointing Beatles release?……most recent Hollywood Bowl reissue
  12. What is the most under appreciated Paul solo album?……Red Rose Speedway
  13. What is your favourite Podcast / YouTube channel?…….NA
  14. Are you going to a convention this year?….yes, BeatleFest Chicago
  15. Beatles tribute bands. Are they any good?……I like a lot of them that I have seen
  16. What is the most under appreciated George solo album?……Wonderwall Music
  17. If the Beatles are 1st, who comes 2nd and 3rd?…….The Kinks, then The Smithereens (or maybe XTC)
  18. The Beatles book yet to be written, you’d love to read?……Memoirs of Geoff Baker
  19. What is the most under appreciated Ringo solo album?…….Time Takes Time (great album)
  20. Anything else? Put the record straight … give us your opinion……...Please use Peter Jackson for any future video projects

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