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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.

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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
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 11/27/15 1:40 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

We all live in a Jello Submarine
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 07/14/15 4:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Photographer and food artist Henry Hargreaves has created images from The Beatles's Yellow Submarine out of gelatin.

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According to his website, he uses plasticine (sound familiar?) to construct moulds of each face. Each mould is then filled with Jello, and the plasticine is removed once the liquid is set.

More tasty images can be found at Henry Hargreaves' project page.

(Thanks to Boing Boing.)

Beatles DJ Ken Michaels ups the ante on his Beatles trivia contest
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 06/05/15 3:04 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Ken Michaels' Beatles website www.kenmichaelsradio.com has been growing in popularity for the past several years, and one of his most popular features, his Beatles trivia, has now been expanded to offer a choice of one of 9 prizes every single week. Beatles fans can pick from a wide variety of CDs, DVDs and books to win.

"It's a great way to be aware of some of the latest Beatles and solo-products on the market," Ken says. "I try to arrange giveaways with many of the latest items of interest to Beatles fans. And I try to mix easy with challenging trivia questions and games each week testing the fans knowledge of the Beatles complete history and catalogue including all their solo-releases."

Ken Michaels

Of the most recent products that have been available to win through Ken's website include Ringo Starr's new album "Postcards From Paradise," Paul McCartney's remastered CDs for two Wings classic albums "Venus And Mars" and "Wings At The Speed Of Sound," Paul's deluxe version of his last album "New," and DVDs for the Beatles films "A Hard Day's Night" and "Magical Mystery Tour."

Ken's website also features special contests to win unique prizes, often signed CDs and books, and Beatles collectibles. Most recently this included the new Beatles art print "The Record Store" by Dave Perillo, which has the group looking into the window of a record store in which they find photos of their record covers, their tour posters and more, from Dark Hall Mansion, a company that specializes in high quality art prints.

Ken hosts the weekly Beatles program "Every Little Thing" as both a one-hour syndicated radio show, and a live broadcast Wednesdays on WNHU, West Haven, 8-10pm (EST.) He also co-hosts the weekly Beatles talk show podcast "Things We Said Today" which can be heard on Fab 4 Radio, Pure Pop Radio and You tube. The show can be downloaded from PodBean and iTunes.

You can learn more about Ken's work on the Beatles at www.kenmichaelsradio.com, or write to Ken at everylittlething@att.net.

Ruth and Angie McCartney together on John Lennon Hour this week
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 02/24/15 2:41 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This week, Jude Southerland Kessler will interview Paul McCartney's step-mother, Angie McCartney, and his step-sister, Ruth McCartney on Jude's BlogTalkRadio show The John Lennon Hour. They will share with Jude their stories of the days with Jim McCartney, Paul, Mike, and The Fab Four.

Angie and Ruth McCartney

Angie McCartney married Paul's father Jim in 1964, the same year Beatlemania took off around the globe. She is the author of My Long and Winding Roads and the owner of McCartney's Teas - fair trade teas with a Beatles theme. Ruth McCartney, Angie's daughter from a previous marriage who was adopted by Paul's father, was 4 years old when her mother married Jim McCartney. She is the CEO of McCartneyMultimedia and President of ConnectCode.mobi.

Jude Kessler's interview with Ruth and Angie can be heard LIVE on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT on Blog Talk Radio: The John Lennon Hour. Listeners can call in with their questions for Angie and Ruth during the show at (646) 668-2641.

Jude Southerland Kessler is the author of the John Lennon Series and writes a bi-monthly blog for the Fest for Beatles Fans website. For more information about Ms. Kessler, go to www.JohnLennonSeries.com.


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