The Other Side of Liverpool

Zombies seem to be all the rage these days, and with 2012 fast approaching, it’s fairly obvious why. We want to know how to deal with the zombie apocalypse, if in fact, as many conspiracy theorists think, that is how we’re going to go out. I, for one, plan to go out fighting. Anything that can help me send zombie brains splattering to the walls, I’m all for it. Just keep those undead paws off of me and away from my precious gray matter.

At any rate, Paul is Undead, by Alan Goldsher, isn’t too great as a survival guide, but it is a hilarious alternate history of the Beatles. That’s right, according to this book, presented as an oral history, the greatest band on Earth was comprised of three zombies and one Seventh-Level Ninja Lord (yes, yes, the drummer, check it, the DRUMMER, was the ninja). It’s a great read, and one of the funniest books I’ve read recently.

Paul Is Undead Cover
Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher

Ok, so it’s not exactly non-fiction. We all know the Beatles aren’t really zombies and ninjas. But on the other hand, Goldsher does know his Beatles history. Even though it’s all told in the most ridiculous and humorous way possible, there is a lot of truth, from the forming of the band, to their first gigs and line-ups, all the way to the end of their career. If you like the Beatles, or zombies, or both, do yourself a favor and get this book. It’s a hilarious story with lots of fact, and it’s worth the short time it will take to read it.

Unfortunately, since they aren’t zombies, there can be no hope of a reunion, since two of them actually ARE deceased. For real. But hey, maybe next year when the hordes of zombies rise up to conquer the world, they’ll do it with a kick-ass soundtrack performed by all of the late great musicians. How cool would it be to have “Get Back” being played live in the background while blasting zombies in the face?

A guy can dream, right?

For the record, Goldsher knows his stuff so well that he even references the infamous original cover art of “Yesterday and Today,” and includes a zombie version in the book. Both are shown below for comparison.

Yesterday and Today Cover Art
The infamous “butcher shot” cover
of “Yesterday and Today”
Zombie Version of Yesterday and Today
The zombie version of the
“Yesterday and Today” butcher cover.
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