|New Beatlefan Magazine celebrates life of Sir George Martin|
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The latest issue of Beatlefan Magazine celebrates the life of Sir George Martin with a special section led off by Allan Kozinn's assessment of the career of the man Paul McCartney said deserved, more than anyone, to be called the fifth Beatle. Also, Al Sussman offers a baker's dozen of Martin's best productions, and Tom Frangione recalls meeting Sir George.
Also in the new issue, Beatlefan marks the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour with a perceptive examination of Macca in 1976 by Robert Rodriguez, plus photos and memories from Jorie Gracen and other fans. And Wally Podrazik looks at how McCartney chose to make his recent musical emoji project for Skype yet another artistic exploration, while "Beatleness" author Candy Leonard argues that "Nowhere Man" was The Beatles' first "political" song.
The new Beatlefan also has fan reaction to the forthcoming "Pure McCartney" compilation, tour details and much more.
A sample issue costs $8 in the U.S. or $12 abroad. U.S. funds only. If you want the latest issue, be sure to specify #219. A year's subscription in the U.S. costs $34 for six issues. For credit card orders, call 404-713-6432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, check out www.beatlefan.com, you can also follow Beatlefan on Twitter and become a fan of Beatlefan on Facebook.
Denny Laine to perform this Saturday at San Diego Beatles Fair
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This Saturday, original member of the Moody Blues and member of Paul McCartney and Wings from 1971 to 1981, Denny Laine, will appear at the 2016 San Diego Beatles Fair at Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center in San Diego.
Denny Laine will perform the Moody Blues' first hit "Go Now" from 1964, and also participate in a Q&A, hosted by Bart Mendoza. Also appearing will be the Baja Bugs, True Stories, Cody Lovaas, the Dave Humphries Band, and more. And, Pat Matthews and Gillian Lomax from Beatles-a-Rama internet radio will be at the event with special prizes to give away!
|Tribute band performing at previous San Diego Beatles Fair|
In addition, a whole block of Ohio Street nearby will feature everything Beatles, an awesome selection of goods including memorabilia, collectibles, as well as a large variety of hand made one-of-a-kind Beatles merchandise.
Food trucks will be on-site providing some of San Diego's finest cuisines. There will also be the 21+ patio area for adult beverages, as well as the acoustic open mic stage located on the back patio this year.
This will be the fourth year that the San Diego Beatles Fair has been hosted on Queen Bee's stage.
The 2016 San Diego Beatles Fair takes place at Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center which is located at 3925 Ohio Street in San Diego, Ca (map), on Saturday, March 26, from Noon - 11 PM on Queen Bee's Main Stage.
For more info, visit their website at sandiegobeatlesfair.com or click here for tickets.
Actress to crowdfund film about segregation and The Beatles in 1964
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After years of waiting for her big break in Hollywood, Shannon Joy Rodgers has set out to create her own big break. Shannon has written, and will edit and star in Blackbird, a short film that she is currently trying to crowdfund on Kickstarter. She hopes to raise $18,000 by March 10, 2016 to cover production costs, equipment, casting, extras, crew, location rental, set design, costumes, food, editing, sound editing and color. A portion of the money raised will also be used to submit her film to Film Festivals.
Blackbird is the story of a young black girl living in the south in 1964 that is trying to attend a racially segregated Beatles concert. The short film will be set during the height of Beatlemania and the civil rights movement in the U.S. and will lead up to an actual Beatles concert that took place on September 11, 1964 in Jacksonville, FL that was surrounded by racial controversies, when the Beatles refused to perform until they received assurance from the promoter that the audience would not be segregated.
|Shannon Joy Rodgers|
Shannon was heavily influenced by the live music scene, having grown up in Austin, TX, live music capital of the world. In her youth, she spent many weekends at Emo's, Stubbs and other venues in downtown Austin. 50 years prior, Shannon's mother lived during the Civil Rights era, went to a segregated school and was banned from entering certain establishments. The contrast of how times were for each growing up is why this story is so important to her.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Shannon Joy Rodgers moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue an acting career, and has appeared in over a dozen different TV series, The Conan O'Brien Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Once funded, the film Blackbird, directed by Paul Briganti, will go into production in the summer of 2016.
"With proper funding, this project can make you feel as if you've fallen into a 1960's time warp!" says Rodgers about her film.
For more information, visit the Blackbird Kickstarter webpage.
George Harrison 73rd birthday celebration this Thursday in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 02/19/16 1:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
It was reported that the last words George uttered before passing on were "Love one another." Those words, "Love One Another," will be the theme of a special George Harrison 73rd Birthday Public Celebration this Thursday at George's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in Hollywood.
Highlighting the event will be the placement of 73 birthday cupcakes to form the shape of a large heart encircling George's star. The cupcakes are being provided courtesy of popular Los Angeles vegan bakery, The Ridiculous Baking Co.
Invited special guest Beatles radio hosts include Chris Carter and Les Perry and SiriusXM Radio host Jim Ladd. An "open mic" will be set up next to George's star, where fans are invited to perform songs and poems as well as share loving remembrances of George.
George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle" was born February 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England and passed away on November 29, 2001 in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer.
The George Harrison 73rd Birthday Public Celebration will take place starting 6:00pm on Thursday, February 25 at George's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star located at 1750 Vine Street in front of the Capitol Records Tower. The event is free to the public and fans of all ages are cordially invited.
For further information visit facebook.com/BeatlesMemorialCelebrations or call Jerry Rubin at 310-399-1000.
Full-time Beatles scholar to launch North American tour
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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
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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 email@example.com.
Beatles insider tells fans how to really know the Beatles
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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
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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
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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)