Found within the book...
Billy Shears: The Secret History
of the Beatles!
On the book's front cover, the clouds just to the left of Billy look
like a head, but
the top is missing!
This could be a reference to Paul being decapitated, or a call back to
the song Don't Pass Me By:
"You were in a car crash and you lost your hair".
The fact that you call yourself "DOCTOR LEV" is self explanatory.
On the back cover of the book, there is a picture of Doctor Lev with a
bookcase behind him
which features books concerning death, loss, tragedy, faking, etc.
Some examples are: "The book of Eulogies"; "Staging the Impossible";
and "Bloody Murder"
One of the first pages of the book features a connect the dots version
of a left handed bass guitar with only three strings, not four.
This could be a reference to the Sgt. Pepper cover
wherein the yellow flowers form a bass guitar with only three strings.
The featured quote from Stephen Crane could be a reference to his image
appearing on the Sgt. Pepper cover behind the hand above Paul's head.
Stephen Crane wrote the short-story tragedy called The Open Boat,
wherein four men were in a life boat that capsized and one drowned.
On page 32, Billy and Robert are packing up some equipment.
They talk about packing up three microphones.
Another reference to three rather than four (Beatles).
On page 35, Desmond says:
"No, Mr. Campbell, really, your a dead ringer for Paul McCartney."
Death is obviously the word to be emphasized.
On page 39, a license plate reading "25 NOW" is mentioned.
This is a reference to the "28 IF" license plate on the Abbey Road
In this case, Billy was in his 25th year!
Also on page 39, Billy is quoted as saying
"Time to put on me bloody Beatle face!"
This is a reference to Paul's bloody face after the accident.
At one point in the book, Billy is watching four children pretending to
One of them pretends to die, and they replace him with their dog.
This is a reference to Paul dieing and the other Beatles replacing him.