I’ve recently had the pleasure of speaking with one of my favorite Beatles-artist, if not most favorite – Eric Cash of Dallas, TX. Eric, a life-long Beatles fan who grew up in the sixties has been making quite a splash over the last few years with his beautiful oil paintings depicting various key moments in Beatles history. Having recently teamed up with author Judith Kristen to illustrate her just published children’s Beatle-book Once Upon A Time In Liverpool, I thought it would be an excellent time to speak with Eric about the book, his artwork and his passion for The Beatles.
Eric has been painting most of his life and works as a commercial artist. He attends Beatles conventions regularly and is also a collector of Beatles vinyl and memorabilia. A print of his painting, The Introduction (shown below), is now on display in the very Church Hall at St. Peter’s where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met. His artwork can be seen in many Beatles related books to include Bruce Spizer’s latest Beatles For Sale On Parlophone Records and websites such as The Beatles Social Network. For more on Eric Cash, including a Beatlology magazine article about The Introduction and sample images of much of his artwork to view or purchase, visit his personal website at ericcashillustration.com.
My interesting telephone conversation with Eric follows…Eric Cash - Happy Nat
If you are looking for a unique and inexpensive gift for a Beatles fan this year, young or old, look no further. Once Upon A Time In Liverpool tells a story of success following hardships as a result of perseverance and the power of friendship. It’s account of how the Beatles got together is at a children’s-level yet it has much of Eric’s most enlightening artwork of the the caliber you see in his painting The Introduction. Those of us old enough to recall the style of the “Dick & Jane” readers from early school days in the fifties and sixties (see Spot run!) and the nostalgia offered by the Norman Rockwell style artwork they contained, may appreciate this on more levels than just a Beatles keepsake. At around 40 pages it is slightly longer than a children’s book and the vintage artwork alone makes it well worth the modest price (around $16 in the U.S). A few images from the book can be seen at onceuponatimeinliverpool.com. You can also purchase the book there or by using the Amazon link below.
Beatles-related music and books make great gifts for the holidays. Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:
1) Once Upon a Time in Liverpool – new book by Beatle-author Judith Kristen with illustrations by Eric Cash