a is for apple, Volume 2, the continuation of an unofficial four-book series on the history and inner workings of The Beatles' Apple Records label, will be released in April, it was announced Jan. 11 by the publisher Abcor Books. The second volume will cover activities in 1969, but in more detail as originally planned, the authors said. “Rather than offering a condensed and perhaps watered-down version of all the material we found, we have decided to publish it all, no holds barred, no prisoners taken.”
The new book will include the making of the Beatles Get Back album that later morphed into Let It Be with recording session details of all the songs recorded, the audio that exists and the film footage made. It will also include comprehensive worldwide discographies for many Apple Records album releases, including the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, Jackie Lomax's Is This What You Want?, Mary Hopkin's Post Card and others.
a is for apple, Volume 2 will also include a look at the output of Apple Films and stories behind some of its rare movies, such as the 1968-1969 film Rape made by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and the unreleased Timothy Travel puppet series. The book will feature recollections by people who worked on or were involved in the projects.
The second volume, which is limited to 1,000 copies, will also include a vinyl record like the first one did. Pre-orders through April 10 will also get a second vinyl record. More details on the contents of the records and the books themselves will be announced before publication. The authors said a limited reprint of a Is For Apple Volume 1 will also be available but with a different record than was available when Volume 1 was originally printed. This record will be made available separately for those who previously purchased the book. Both books can be ordered from their website.