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White Album performed live this Tuesday in Boston
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 01/23/14 3:49 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On Tuesday, January 28, the Tom Appleman Band with guests will perform The Beatles' legendary album, The White Album, in it's entirety, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, home of the first ever college course in the music of John Lennon.

The performance will be lead by Berklee faculty member Tom Appleman and also features Corin Ashley, who recorded in Studio 2 at Abbey Roadand performed or wrote with Al Kooper, T Bone Burnett, Ken Stringfellow (Posies/Big Star), Cardinal and Martin Carr (of Liverpool band the Boo Radleys).


Also taking part are drummer Matt Burwell (Bleu/The Pills), Brian E. King of popular Boston band Parks and Berklee guitar instructor Joe Musella. The band will be augmented by students from the Berklee College of Music, a 4 piece horn section, 2 winds, and a string quartet.

The show starts at 8:15 on January 28 at The Berklee Performance Center, which is located at 136 Mass Ave. in Boston. For tickets and more information, check out their Facebook event page.

Beatles host to give away copy of the new Capitol albums collection
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 01/21/14 4:18 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today, January 21, in celebration of the Beatles' 50th Anniversary of their arrival in America, the new collection "The U.S. Albums," a 13-CD collection that spans their 1964 release, "Meet The Beatles" to 1970's "Hey Jude" is being released by Apple Corps Ltd/Capitol. Ken Michaels, host of the Beatles shows "Every Little Thing" and "Things We Said Today" with Steve Marinucci, is running a special contest to win all 13 CDs on his website, www.kenmichaelsradio.com.

Ken's website, a fun source for Beatles trivia and interviews with many people connected to the Beatles, recently started running "Special Contests" in which Beatles fans could win unique prizes. This time, fans can win the entire CD library of the American albums.

Of the unique prizes offered through his "Special Contests" in the past two months, Ken has given away a signed lithograph from Julian Lennon for his recent album "Everything Changes," and a signed DVD from Freda Kelly for the new documentary "Good Ol' Freda."

Ken Michaels on the air with Ringo Starr

Ken's Beatles programs for "Every Little Thing" and "Things We Said Today" will be featuring specials commemorating the 50th Anniversary. His live broadcast of "Every Little Thing' is heard on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) and can be streamed at www.wnhu.net. "Things We Said Today" is a weekly news-centered podcast on the Beatles co-hosted by Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner) heard on www.podbean.com and iTunes.

Ken will also be emceeing one of the "Across The Universe" concerts of Beatles tribute bands at the Hudson Theatre, NYC on Feb. 10 (2-7pm,) and will be at the Fest for Beatles Fans, Grand Hyatt Hotel, NYC on Feb. 11. For more information on Ken's work on the Beatles, visit www.kenmichaelsradio.com.

Liverpool legend to write foreword for 3rd book in John Lennon Series
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 12/17/13 5:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

She Loves You, the third book in the nine book John Lennon Series by Jude Southerland Kessler, will include some very familiar names from the Beatles world, including Beatles authority and the creator of MerseyBeat magazine, Bill Harry. Bill has agreed to again write the foreword for this third book, along with making himself available for consulting and contributing rare photos.

Bill Harry

As a soon-to-be new author in 2007, Jude Southerland Kessler originally thought Bill Harry was out of the realm of possibilities. "Rather star struck, I wrote to Bill, thinking, 'Oh he's a vastly important Beatles' authority, author, and one of John's best friends. I'm sure he'll never answer a fledgling author like me,'" said Kessler. "Not only did he answer my question immediately, but he agreed to write the Foreword." And so began a friendship that has lasted two decades and three installments of Jude Kessler's John Lennon Series.

Bill Harry is the author of The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia, The John Lennon Encyclopedia and Love Me Do: Behind the Scenes at the Recording of the Beatles' First Single.

She Loves You is due to be released on February 7 and will debut at It Was 50 Years Ago Today! An International Beatles Celebration in Altoona, PA and at The Fest for Beatles Fans in Manhattan that same weekend.

For more information on Jude Southerland Kessler and the John Lennon Series, go to www.JohnLennonSeries.com.

Beatles Christmas celebrated in London on Sunday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 12/13/13 1:57 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Christmas London Beatles Day takes place this Sunday at The Sherlock Holmes Hotel in London.

There will be the usual top selection of Beatles dealers from all over the UK and beyond, offering an amazing selection of everything Beatles from badges to books to signed albums and rare original memorabilia, CDs and t-shirts, plus a great selection of Beatles vinyl records from around the UK and the world, which will be offered from 1 to more than 1000.

Sherlock Holmes Hotel in London

Also featured will be Liverpool authors David Bedford with his brand new book, Kevin Roach and all the way from Paris, Eric Krasker. Music will be supplied by the very talented Fab Twins.

Admission to the Beatles Day is only 3, doors open at 10am to 4.00 pm on Sunday December 15. The Sherlock Holmes Hotel is located at 108 Baker Street, London, W1U 6LJ, which is yards from the former Apple Boutique, and just a 2 minute walk from Baker Street station (and just 1 Underground stop from Abbey Road) and Madame Tussauds.

For more information, phone 07785 923695.

John Lennon remembered in Hollywood this Sunday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 12/05/13 2:29 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

John Lennon will be remembered and his life celebrated at a free-to-the-public annual "John Lennon Memorial Gathering" at John's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star this Sunday.

Chris Carter, radio host of Breakfast With the Beatles will join with longtime peace activist Jerry Rubin and Lennon star polisher Dennis Garling to lead a "Give Peace a Chance" group candle lighting ceremony at the star of the late, legendary singer, songwriter, peace activist and Beatles member. Speakers will also include "Instant Karma" journalist Harry Bluebond and longtime Lennon fans Pat Tyson and Nancy Hutchins.


Event organizers say the public gathering is meant to be more a time of music, celebration and peace than a time for mourning. Fans of Lennon and the Beatles are invited to perform songs and poetry at the event.

The annual "John Lennon Memorial Gathering" will take place this Sunday, December 8, starting 2:00pm, at John Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building, 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood. For further information visit BreakfastWithTheBeatles.com or call Jerry Rubin at 310-399-1000.

Beatles DJ Ken Michaels interviews Mark Lewisohn again
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 12/02/13 2:06 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Back in June 2013, syndicated Beatles radio host Ken Michaels interviewed Beatles author and historian Mark Lewisohn as a teaser for his upcoming first volume of three of his Beatles biography "All These Years," and it generated a fantastic response on his website. "It was one of my busiest months ever, and many fans wrote in saying how much they enjoyed our conversation."

In November, Ken interviewed Mark again upon the release of the book, and spent an hour talking Beatles. Ken says "First of all, the book is nothing short of wonderful. There are so many revelations, and stories told fully and truthfully for the first time, it is like learning Beatles history all over again with a fresh start."

Ken Michaels and Mark Lewisohn

The new interview has Mark telling the story of how the Beatles got their record contract with EMI, what Ken describes as "the biggest bombshell" in the book. Also, Mark says how a young John Lennon having to choose between living with his mother or father was a myth that has grown in legend over the years. There's more on what were the earliest songs that John and Paul wrote together and separately, and how the Beatles were on the verge of breaking up towards the end of 1961.

Ken adds. "Mark is just a fantastic person to interview. He is a wealth of knowledge, and always sheds insight on so many parts of the Beatles story." The interview can now be found on Ken's website on his "More Interviews" page.

Ken's weekly Beatles program "Every Little Thing" is heard on 20 radio stations as a prerecorded syndicated show, and live Wednesdays 8-10pm (EST) on WNHU, West Haven, CT at www.wnhu.net. His other show "Things We Said Today," a Beatles news-themed show with Beatles Examiner's Steve Marinucci, is heard on www.podbean.com, iTunes, and on www.fab4radio.com, which also carries the syndicated "Every Little Thing."

Ken's website is also running a special contest to win a signed Julian Lennon lithograph for his new album "Everything Changes" with a contest running through Dec. 6. Just go to www.kenmichaelsradio.com.

Stunning Lennon Letters book now available in paperback
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 11/30/13 11:05 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A little more than a year after its original release in 2012, the stunning book The John Lennon Letters compiled by famed Beatles biographer Hunter Davies is now available in a paperback edition.

The John Lennon Letters features almost three hundred letters, notes and doodles that were recovered by Davies with the help of major auction houses in the UK and the US. The documents include letters to his relatives, including his mother, father and sons, letters to fans, letters to the other Beatles, especially Paul McCartney during their intense rough patch in the early '70s, and unusual items such as handwritten Beatles set lists and lyrics to never recorded songs.


Among the documents pictured in the book are a page from the "Daily Howl," a homemade newspaper Lennon created when he was twelve or thirteen, and letters to his first wife Cynthia, including his first-ever written correspondence to her, a handmade card celebrating their first Christmas together.

About this collection, Hunter Davies said, "John Lennon lived and died in an era before computers, emails, twits, tweets, and twitters, hence he handwrote or typed letters and postcards to his family, his friends, fans, strangers, newspapers, organizations, lawyers, and the laundry. Most of his letters were funny, informative, campaigning, wise, mad, anguished, poetic. Sometimes they were heartbreaking. We know from his lyrics and his two books of poems that he had a way with words, but his letters have up to now never been collected and published, and in many cases their existence has remained unknown."

For more info, check out The John Lennon Letters at Amazon.

George Harrison to be remembered in Hollywood next Friday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 11/22/13 9:26 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

George Harrison, 12 years after his passing, will be remembered and honored by his fans and admirers at a public gathering being held next Friday at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood.


Fans of George Harrison and the Beatles are invited to bring flowers and candles to place around his star. Fans will also be invited to perform music and poetry at the public remembrance during an "open mic" segment led by Chris Carter, the popular radio host of "Breakfast With the Beatles".

Harrison was born February 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England.

The event takes place on Friday, November 29, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at George Harrison's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, which is located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood.

For further information call 310-399-1000, email JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net, or visit BreakfastWithTheBeatles.com.

Beatles, Bournemouth and burgers
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 11/21/13 9:55 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Beatles played more shows at the Gaumont in Bournemouth than in any other British theatre outside of London, notching up 16 shows in 14 months from August 1963. The Beatles also played the Winter Gardens in Bournemouth on their autumn 1963 tour just as Beatlemania gripped the nation. Fifty years ago to the day The Beatles played the Winter Gardens, the town's newest dining experience opened its doors.

The Bournemouth Rock Cafe is home to a unique collection of rock and pop memorabilia associated with nearly 60 years of music history in the town. The Beatles Room is dedicated to the many connections that link the Fab Four to the resort, including the Winter Gardens shows on November 16, 1963 that were filmed by American TV news crews and resulted in the first footage of The Beatles to be shown on US television, three months before the famous Ed Sullivan Show on February 1964.


Cutting the ribbon, the Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Dr Rodney Cooper said, "I can't wait to come back here time and time again, there's so much history on show and so many fascinating stories that relate to it." Nick Churchill, author of Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles & Bournemouth, added, "At last Bournemouth has a permanent reminder of the unique place the town occupies in Beatles history."

The Beatles' connection to the area runs through the exhibitions at the Bournemouth Rock Cafe, even as far as its music-themed menu which showcases a specialist range of gourmet burgers.

For more information, check out www.bournemouthrockcafe.com.

New eBook shows how I Want to Hold Your Hand changed everything
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 11/18/13 3:39 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' release of I Want to Hold Your Hand and the arrival of Beatlemania on American shores, Allan Kozinn, New York Times music critic and noted authority on the Fab Four, has published a new eBook, Got That Something!

Click here for more information

Got That Something! chronicles the birth of the iconic Lennon-McCartney song and explains how "I Want to Hold Your Hand" became the hit single that sparked the British Invasion.

In this definitive, sharply detailed portrait of a song and its legacy, Kozinn, who has taught at the Juilliard School and New York University, geeks out over chord progressions, double-tracked vocals, and the two simple words "You" and "I," which together would carry the group to the top of the charts over and over. His fascination is contagious, bringing to life a seminal moment in rock history, when this "two-and-a-half-minute miracle" forged new possibilities for pop music throughout the sixties and beyond.

In Got That Something! Mr. Kozinn paints a vivid picture of the legendary songwriting duo at work, and the emergence of this distinctively British-sounding tune that-contrary to the assumptions of American record labels-became beloved in the United States, paving the way for the invasion to come and the lasting impact on American music that continues even today.

Allan Kozinn (@kozinn on Twitter) began writing about music for The New York Times in 1977, and joined its culture staff in 1991. A classical music critic for much of his career, he is currently a cultural reporter for The Times. His books about the Beatles also include The Beatles: From the Cavern to the Rooft and The Beatles (20th Century Composers).

Got That Something! is available for $2.99 as a Kindle Single at Amazon and most other places eBooks are available.

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