|Full-time Beatles scholar to launch North American tour|
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 02/05/16 10:18 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Beatles scholar and author Aaron Krerowicz is embarking on a national tour beginning this month, giving presentations on many subjects related to the band, including The Beatles: Band of the Sixties, The Influence of American Rock 'n' Roll on The Beatles, and The Beatles & The Rolling Stones.
Despite being born 15 years after the band broke up, Krerowicz is one of the United States of America's only full-time professional Beatles scholars. He won a research grant through the University of Hartford in 2011 to study The Beatles, and has since presented his findings through more than 150 presentations at libraries, universities, continuing education programs, and community centers throughout the USA and England.
He graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor's of Music in Theory & Composition in 2008, from Boston University in 2010 with a Master's of Music in Composition, and from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford with a Graduate Artist Diploma in the same discipline in 2012. Krerowicz decided in the past year to dedicate his career to researching and lecturing about The Beatles on a full-time basis.
His first Beatles book, The Beatles & The Avant-Garde, was published in late 2014, his second, The Beatles: Band of the Sixties, was released as a Kindle ebook in April 2015, and third, From The Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America, was released in early June 2015. All of these are available on Amazon.
A complete list of Krerowicz's presentation topics and upcoming appearances is available at AaronKrerowicz.com. Aaron also hosts a series of 60-second videos called The Beatles Minute, which can be found on his website.
You can connect with Aaron on social media on Facebook at Aaron Krerowicz, Beatles Scholar & Author, and on Twitter and Instagram @AaronKrerowicz.
Website giving away last year's Top 3 Beatles releases
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 01/12/16 2:48 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Beatles DJ Ken Michaels, host of the radio programs "Every Little Thing" and 'Things We Said Today," has expanded the trivia page on his web site www.kenmichaelsradio.com to include a list of one of 9 amazing prizes that fans can win just by playing along.
Right now, fans can win one of the Top 3 music releases for Beatles fans for 2015, Ringo Starr's 18th studio album "Postcards From Paradise," Paul McCartney's latest remasters from his archive series for "Tug Of War" and "Pipes Of Peace," and the recent must-buy for Beatles fans, the "Beatles 1 (CD + DVD.)"
|Beatles DJ Ken Michaels|
Ken says, "I'm very proud to be giving away these exciting releases of the past year. 'Postcards From Paradise' was another fine album from Ringo showing his blossoming more and more as a songwriter, collaborating with people like Dave Stewart, Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh, Steve Lukather, Glen Ballard and others. I especially love his songwriting with Van Dyke Parks, and the new songs he's written with Richard Marx, of which 'Not Looking Back' is one of his finest ballads."
Ken also praises the new McCartney remasters. "'Tug Of War' was one of Paul's masterpieces and is given proper treatment here with a remixed version that sounds outstanding. The bonus audio tracks offered on the Special Edition being given away on the trivia page are nice surprises, including demos for 'Ebony And Ivory' and 'Take It Away.' 'Pipes Of Peace' also has some gems on the bonus audio disc, including a new 2015 remix of their colossal hit "Say Say Say" with Michael Jackson which has both singers switching the order of their vocal parts."
To Ken, the big surprise of the year was the release of the "Beatles 1+." Ken said, "It's so long overdue that the Beatles videos were released and they are visually stunning. I love the fact that they made a companion disc for the group's #1 songs, and a separate disc of alternate takes, and songs that didn't make #1, including the great videos for "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love." They also filled in the gaps and made new videos for songs that never had one, for songs like "Eight Days A Week," and "From Me To You."
New trivia questions and games are posted every Monday, and fans have a full week through the following Sunday to enter. Check out his website at www.kenmichaelsradio.com, or you can write to Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beatles insider tells fans how to really know the Beatles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 12/03/15 4:33 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Last night, Beatles insider and close friend Freda Kelly appeared for a Q&A at a screening of the documentary about her, Good Ol' Freda, at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills. Freda's appearance was in conjunction with the Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach auction happening this week at Julien's. Also accompanying Freda at the Q&A were documentary's producer Kathy McCabe and its director Ryan White.
The screening of the documentary was well received by everyone in attendance. At the Q&A after the screening, surrounded by uncountable, stunning items of Ringo's memorabilia, Freda let everyone in a personal little story that she didn't share in the documentary.
|Producer Kathy McCabe, director Ryan White and Freda Kelly|
While answering a question about her personal relationship with the Beatles in the sixties, Freda shared that she feels sort of bad for Americans, because we never knew them the way the Liverpool fans did, as we only saw them in concert and on TV, not close-up in person the way fans saw them in the early days at The Cavern.
Then she added, as she addressed the fans, if you want to know what the Beatles were really like, watch the film A Hard Day's Night. Besides being a great, fun to watch film, even though it was scripted, Freda said that it truly shows their personalities and what they were really like in their off time, just hanging out with their friends. Coming from someone like Freda who was truly their friend as well as treated like family by the Beatles' families, fans can now watch that film with an important and significant new insight.
For more information about Good Ol' Freda, visit the documentary's official website. For more info about the Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach auction, checkout Julien's Auctions.
Liverpool Beatles history meets Hollywood Beatles history
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 12/01/15 1:18 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Last Sunday, Gillian Lomax's Beatles Magical History Tours of Los Angeles had a very special guest, Freda Kelly, the Beatles' trusted secretary and friend throughout their rise to fame.
Gillian, who was originally raised in Merseyside across from Liverpool, Freda and two of her friends toured some of Los Angeles' hidden Beatles treasures, both things of the past, related to John and George, and places in L.A. where Beatles Paul and Ringo can still be found today.
|Gillian Lomax and Freda Kelly|
Gillian's tours are very one-on-one experiences, and she's happy to customize the tour to your likes, concentrating more on locations related to your favorite Beatle, or even adding some non-Beatles locations if this is your first trip to Los Angeles, like Grauman's Chinese Theatre or the Hollywood sign, as Gillian did for Freda on Sunday's tour.
Freda is the subject of a documentary called Good Ol' Freda, which will have a screening in Beverly Hills tomorrow, Wednesday, at 4:00 pm. Click here for more info about the screening and Freda's documentary.
You never know what's going to happen on one of Gillian's Beatles tours. No place in the U.S. has as much combined Beatles history as Los Angeles, and Gillian has spent a lot of time researching her tour. She says, "Most people don't associate Los Angeles with The Beatles, but in fact they've had a personal connection with our city since 1964."
The cost for the four hour tour is only $75 per person. To take a Magical History Tour, or for more information, visit amagicalhistorytour.com.
John Lennon to be remembered in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 11/30/15 1:13 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
John Lennon, the late legendary singer, songwriter, Beatles member and peace activist, who was murdered on December 8,1980 by a lone assassin gunman, will be remembered and honored 35 years after his tragic death at a "John Lennon 35th Annual Public Tribute and Memorial Remembrance" to be held at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on December 8.
The featured speaker at the event will be Suzanne Verge, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Los Angeles Chapter.
Fans of Lennon are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around Lennon's star. Lennon and Beatles songs will be played during the event. An "open mic" will be set up for fans to perform songs and poetry, as well as to share their personal reflections.
|John Lennon star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame|
Event organizers say the 35th anniversary public remembrance is not meant as a time for mourning, but more as a time to celebrate Lennon's life, music and 'give peace a chance' message.
The event is being sponsored by the Alliance for Survival peace group, which has been organizing annual public Lennon birthday and memorial events for the past 35 years. The public gathering will take place from 6:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday, December 8. Lennon's star is located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 Vine Street in Los Angeles.
For further event information visit the Beatles Memorial Celebrations Hollywood CA facebook page.
George Harrison remembered in online interviews
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 11/28/15 10:05 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Fourteen years ago this week the world lost George Harrison. Countless rock writers have tried to define the late George Harrison for a long time now as the 19 year old guitarist from Liverpool in an exciting new band in 1963; the Beatle who persuaded the other band members to visit India and study meditation and religion; the first Beatle to release a solo album and the first to have it top the charts.
George Harrison the Humanitarian as the architect of the Concert for Bangladesh; George the indie film producer; Harrison the comeback kid with his 1987 smash solo album Cloud Nine; as Nelson Wilbury and his superstar band of five rhythm guitar players; Harrison the devoted husband and a father. George was all these things and so much more.
InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands, has consolidated several interviews with George Harrison in a special two-part "Best of" program. Speaking to InTheStudio host Redbeard, Harrison relates his own struggles for relevancy to others trying to live normal lives.
In those interviews, now streaming on the internet, Geoerge said, "People tend to write you off, it's a bit silly because after all the time we've been around, you'd think I must know something by now. So I always felt confident that if I wanted to do something and do it right, I could eventually. I like to put some words in songs that if anyone is out there listening, that it can give them a bit hope to. You know, it's like also saying 'don't worry its only a bit of time and if you keep on truckin' we'll be ok.'"
You can hear the full George Harrison Best of/InTheStudio interviews which are available now to stream here (Part 1) and here (Part 2)
Alternate Abbey Road photos now on exhibition
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For the first time in many years, Snap Galleries is showing the ultra-rare complete series of seven Abbey Road photographs by Iain MacMillan in an exhibition called "Abbey Road: The Complete Sessions."
In the one of the alternate photographs, the second in the sequence, seen below, The Beatles walk in the opposite direction to the famous album cover image, and Paul is wearing sandals.
The fascinating collection of variants from the famous photo shoot that day outside Abbey Road Studios in London is on show at the gallery now. Beatles artworks by Keith Haynes and Morgan Howell will also be on display.
The Snap Galleries is located in London at 12 Piccadilly Arcade. For more info visit their website at www.snapgalleries.com.
Multimedia Beatles museum now open in Hungary
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 11/20/15 10:05 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The world's fifth permanent exhibition on the life and times of The Beatles is now open for visitors in the town of Eger in northern Hungary.
The museum is named "Egri Road," after the famous Beatles album Abbey Road. The exhibits include special items from the private collection of two dedicated Hungarian Beatles fans who have been collecting recordings and memorabilia related to the Beatles for four decades.
Multimedia walls in the museum present the day-to-day history of the band, and contemporary news programs and audio recordings are enjoyable at the touch of a button and through headphones. Showcases display contemporary publications, garments, dolls, games limited edition instruments and other curiosities, and various games and photo-taking activities take the visitors back to the sixties.
The exhibition is located in the halls and cellar of the Hotel Korona Eger. Similar museums are currently located in Liverpool, Halle, Germany, Alkmaar, Netherlands and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Egri Road hopes to be a partner of these institutions.
For more information, visit the Egri Road museum Google+ page.
John Lennon spotted at Capitol Records tower in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 11/17/15 2:04 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
About a week ago, on of one Gillian Lomax's Beatles Magical History Tours of Los Angeles, Gillian and her tour guests were surprised with something special outside of the Capitol Records tower on Vine Street in Hollywood.
What they unexpectedly found was the above chalk-drawing of John Lennon holding up a peace sign on a psychedelic background on the sidewalk to the right of the main entrance of the Capitol Records building, drawn by an anonymous fan. It had obviously only been created recently, as there had been some rain in the area the week before.
Gillian said, "It was a Sunday and not too many people out and about around Capitol Records. I noticed it first and went over and took several pics because whoever is the artist did a good job. Everyone on the tour agreed it was very well done and pleasantly surprised to see such a great job in chalk outside Capitol Records."
Coincidentally, the heart-felt fan art takes on new poignancy in light of Friday's tragic events in Paris.
You never know what's going to happen on one of Gillian's Beatles tours. No place in the U.S. has as much combined Beatles history as Los Angeles, and Gillian has spent a lot of time researching her tour.
"Most people don't associate Los Angeles with The Beatles, but in fact they've had a personal connection with our city since 1964," says Gillian, who was originally raised in Merseyside across from Liverpool.
The cost for the four hour tour is $75. To take a Magical History Tour, or for more information, visit www.amagicalhistorytour.com.
Two Ringo Starr radio specials now streaming online
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 07/29/15 3:35 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Two of Beatles talk show host Ken Michaels' recent live broadcasts of his weekly show "Every Little Thing" celebrating Ringo Starr's 75th birthday are now available for streaming at the Global Texan Chronicles website.
The first Ringo radio special was a 2-hour birthday show, highlighted by a 30-minute thematic set of Ringo's vocal collaborations/duets, featuring artists he shared the microphone with, like Buck Owens, Leon Redbone, Chrissie Hynde and Paul McCartney. The second Ringo special was a "Ringo Starr Album Sampler" in which he featured one song each from all 18 Ringo studio albums in chronological order, from "Sentimental Journey" from 1970 to his new album "Postcards From Paradise" released earlier this year.
|Ken Michaels and Ringo Starr|
Ken said, "That was one of the most fun shows I've done. Most people don't realize how much great music Ringo has released in his solo-career. How many people are aware he's now released 18 albums? That's a lot of music! And what I particularly enjoy is making the public aware of how much music Ringo has written. While he wrote a lot of songs in the 70's with Vini Poncia, he's actually co-written almost every song he's released from his 'Vertical Man' album to his latest 'Postcards From Paradise.' He's made great strides as a songwriter."
The syndicated version of "Every Little Thing" is currently heard on 20 radio stations, Ken also does a live, completely different version of the show, heard Wednesdays 8-10pm (EST) on WNHU, West Haven, CT, which you can stream on the station's website and on the Tune In App. The Global Texan Chronicles website normally airs the syndicated version of his show every week, but occasionally rebroadcasts some of the live shows. All of Ken's shows can be heard on their website.
Ken's work can also be heard in a weekly Beatles talk-show "Things We Said Today," heard on affiliate stations Fab4Radio and Pure Pop Radio. Also, Ken's website features weekly Beatles trivia and games, with a chance to win one of 9 prizes (CDs. DVDs, books) and interviews with many people associated with the Beatles.