The Nine After 9-09 Edition of
The Memoirs of Billy Shears
At last, nine years since the 09-09-09 release of the Memoirs, we are delighted to announce this new revised and footnoted hardcover edition. Bringing many details to light that the earlier version only hinted at, this revised edition adds surprising clarity to many points that had been obscured. This hardcover book contains all 66 chapters of the already amazing book that just became astonishingly better!
All the Songs is the must-have book for the any true Beatles
The Memoirs of Billy Shears brings astonishing facts to light that have been hidden for decades. It is the source for Billy’s Back!, Beatles Enlightenment, and The Talent Contest, and also includes nine chapters that were not selected for those compilations.
Billy’s Back! has the best of the Memoirs’ “Paul is Dead” material (excluding those chapters with enough philosophical significance to be included in Beatles Enlightenment) and also excluding those that were considered too dark to be included in either compilation.
Some of the Memoirs’ chapters that were excluded from compilations contain material that many readers would find disturbing–such as some Biblical humor (about the 666 beat with four heads), the Beatles involvement in Satanism, and, of course, their Paulism. We highly recommend that no one read this book until after reading Billy’s Back!, which, by the end of that book, puts all such things in context. The Memoirs set world and regional records for its writing and encoding sophistication as explained below. Just as the Beatles heavily encoded many of their songs with clues about Paul’s death, so too is this book, which explains those songs, also encoded throughout. Although this book reads like an extraordinary autobiography, the encoding methods used technically make it a poem, the longest one ever written in the Americas.
Until The Memoirs of Billy Shears, the longest poem ever written in the Americas was Herman Melville’s, Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (published in two volumes in 1876). Clarel, although reaching almost 18,000 lines (longer than the European classics, The Iliad, Aeneid, and Paradise Lost), is surpassed by about a thousand lines by The Memoirs of Billy Shears.
The Memoirs of Billy Shears, with over 156,000 words, also sets the record (based on word-count) for the longest poem currently in print that was written in English worldwide. The out-of-print world record for the longest English poem is held by John Fitchett (1766-1838) and his editor for their 129,807 lines on the life of King Alfred. The death and replacement of Paul McCartney is surely more fascinating.
The Memoirs of Billy Shears refers to over 200 songs, setting the record for the most songs referenced in any narrative in any language. These songs establish narrative context, and show the hidden meanings about Paul McCartney’s death in Beatle songs, and in several songs by their friends in bands including The Rolling Stones, Donovan, The Bonzo Dog Band, The Who, and Elton John.
The Memoirs of Billy Shears, as another first for a novel, invites the reader to enter a real talent competition. Readers submit their versions of the songs (selected from the text) for an upcoming CD. We intend this CD to be the first time that the lyrics of an album of new material has been read by thousands before the CD’s release, furthering its success. The Talent Contest chapter of this book is also sold separately.
The Memoirs of Billy Shears is also encoded with the world’s longest published acrostic that just got a little bit longer. The acrostic runs for over 600 pages, with about 8,500 acrostical lines. The previous record for the longest acrostic was set in France, in 2006, by Patrick Huet, with his 7,547 line poem, Pieces of Hope. You can read the secret acrostical text of The Memoirs in the booklet, Billy Shears Acrostical Decoding.
The Memoirs of Billy Shears, the first fully encoded full-length book (encoded by acrostics and by more subtle means), is also the first book to create messages by word-stacking. On every page of the narrative, with over a thousand instances in all, bolded words are arranged on separate lines to add extra meaning to that chapter.
The Memoirs of Billy Shears, with its many historically significant disclosure about the Beatles that had been hidden since the Sixties, and with its record-breaking elements of writing sophistication (such as including the world’s longest acrostic, word-stacking, etc.), is truly a uniquely amazing work.