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The Beatle Who Vanished now available as E-Book
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 11/12/13 2:40 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Jimmie Nicol played with the most famous rock group in the world for 13 days, and then he walked out of his London flat and disappeared without a trace. The book, The Beatle Who Vanished by Jim Berkenstadt, which uncovers the twisting trail of intrigue that has followed Nicol since his disappearance in the late sixties, is now available as a downloadable Kindle E-Book.


"Jimmie's story grabbed me from the start, and during my six years of research and interviews with artists who knew him, the details of his life in the world of Rock 'n Roll became more surreal," says Berkenstadt. "This long and winding road has all the elements of a good mystery, with Nicol attempting to compete with The Beatles while battling Epstein's perceived blacklisting; traveling the world in search of a hit record; and ultimately, vanishing."

Berkenstadt's non-fiction "paperback writer," which has already hit the Amazon Hot New Releases List and the Best Sellers List, is a narrative on The Beatles few have ever heard. The chronicle of Nicol's 1964 Beatles tour coincides with the upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2014 of the group conquering America.

The new E-Book version of The Beatle Who Vanished is now available worldwide online at Amazon, can be downloaded and used on any Smartphone, Tablet or PC, and contains color photographs, easy search, text-to-speech enabled, and bookmarking. The E-Book and signed copies of the paperback are also available at the author's official website.

Rock pioneer and human rights supporter Lou Reed passes away
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Sunday, 10/27/13 2:05 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and punk-poet Lou Reed died on Sunday at 71.

Reed is most recently featured on a new 6-disc DVD box-set for Amnesty International that features him prominently performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen. Martin Lewis, producer of the new DVDs, issued the following statement.

Lou Reed in 1986

"Lou Reed was an exceptional pioneering musician who inspired both his contemporaries and those who followed after him. He generously supported Amnesty International from the very start of the "Human Rights Concerts" series, performing at all 6 concerts on Amnesty's "A Conspiracy Of Hope" US tour in June 1986. He recently very graciously gave his blessing for the release of those historic performances as part of Amnesty's DVD box-set of the concerts. He was a remarkable musician and humanitarian. He will be greatly missed by everyone, including the human rights movement that he was passionate in supporting."

Reed is pictured above at the Amnesty International concert, "A Conspiracy Of Hope", at Giants Stadium in New Jersey on June 15, 1986. At that concert, he said, "I've been on this whole tour for Amnesty International. I'm a member of Amnesty International. Let me tell you, if you haven't joined, I sure hope you do."

Reed died in Southampton, New York, of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant, according to his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who added that Reed had been in frail health for months.

(Image thanks to Amnesty International.)

Video: Ringo Starr launches book in Hollywood
[Posted by Gillian Lomax on Thursday, 10/24/13 5:04 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Genesis publications unveiling of Ringo Starr's "Photograph," a book of Ringo's personal photo collection from the years when he was with the Beatles, was held at the Arclight theatre in Hollywood yesterday, 23rd October, with Ringo Starr in attendance and a number of interesting guest speakers, including famous Rock n' Roll photographer Henry Diltz, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Steve Gorman, drummer with the Counting Crows.

Out on display at the event were a number of Ringo's photos and in the background more photos appeared on a large screen. Each guest speaker spoke about how they were influenced by Ringo and his drumming and the Beatles as a band. Ringo was interviewed and spoke about his love of taking photos and how his mother had a large collection of his photos, which they sorted through and decided to put together this wonderful collection as a book.

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Ringo at book launch in Hollywood (Click to watch video)

Ringo spoke about how when the Beatles were photographed they always had a number of things in their hands, a cigarette, a drink and a camera, and while touring they shared one car and hotel rooms, and that is how they got to know each other. Ringo's favourite drummer is Jim Keltner, and in the video Ringo is talking about hearing Jim Keltner in an interview talking about Charlie Watts being his favourite drummer, so Ringo called him up and asked him about it. It was an interesting event filled with laughs due to Ringo's fantastic, sharp, quick wit which don't come easy for many, but thank goodness he never lost over the years.

Gillian Lomax is the Beatles news broadcaster on Breakfast with the Beatles on 95.5 FM KLOS in Los Angeles and on Beatles-A-Rama internet radio. For more about Gillian, check out her Los Angeles Magical History Tour.

Gerry Marsden appears at hotel that honors Brian Epstein
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 10/24/13 3:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last Tuesday, Channel 5's The Hotel Inspector TV series in the UK featured Epstein House, a charming 8 room hotel in Anfield, right behind Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Gerry Marsden, of Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Sam Leach were in attendance.

Also attending the event was the Liverpool Lord Mayor Gary Millar who took a strong interest because he co-owns a recording studio and has produced several albums.

Gerry Marsden and Patrick Duggan at Epstein House

Epstein House, originally the home of Brian Epstein's grandparents, features one of the largest private collections of Brian Epstein memorabilia outside of the Epstein family. Acquired over many years by Epstein House owner Patrick Duggan, the memorabilia exhibition also includes a model of a proposed Brian Epstein memorial statue.

Brian's grandparents, Isaac and Dinah Epstein, lived at the house for over 20 years. Brian's father, Harry, grew up here and Brian was a frequent guest as a young child when his parents Harry and Queenie visited Brian's grandparents many times.

Epstein House in Anfield

The theme of the hotel is "Brian Epstein, the man who made the Beatles". No doubt, Brian's grandparents would be extremely proud of Brian's success, and that their former home has been transformed into a celebration of all things Brian and Beatles. Epstein House is a great value for the money, and it is a new "must-visit" for any Beatles fan coming to Liverpool.

Epstein House is located at 27 Anfield Rd, Liverpool. For more info visit their official website or ring them up at 07810-100-900.

Mark Lewisohn to appear Sunday at London Beatles Day
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 10/18/13 2:01 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Sunday, Mark Lewisohn, author of the eagerly awaited book Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, will be interviewed by Dave Ravenscroft as part of a questions and answers session at the London Beatles Day which takes place this Sunday, 20 October at The Doubletree by Hilton London West End Hotel in Southampton Row. After the Q&A session, fans will have a chance to purchase a copy of Mark's new book and have him personally sign it.

Mark Lewisohn

Also, author Kevin Roach will be in attendance with his brand new book about George Harrison's family history. Kevin will discuss his new book plus and his previous book on Paul McCartney. And, special guest Rod Davis, Quarryman legend, will also be attending with a fine display of guitars.

The Fab Twins will be playing a few numbers around the show, and The Trembling Wilburys will also be playing a set during the afternoon. In addition, there will be the usual top selection of Beatles dealers from all over the UK offering an amazing selection of everything Beatles from badges to books to signed albums and rare original memorabilia, CDs, T shirts, and the greatest selection of Beatles vinyl records from around the UK & the world.

Admission to the Beatles Day is 5, doors open at 10am 4.00 pm. It all takes place this Sunday, 20 October at The Doubletree by Hilton London West End Hotel in Southampton Row, WC1 (formerly The Bonnington Hotel). For more information, visit www.beatlesdays.com.

Julian Lennon reveals he might tour again in new interview
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 10/15/13 4:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Ken Michaels' recent interview with Julian Lennon discussing his latest album "Everything Changes" can now be found on Ken's website www.kenmichaelsradio.com. Ken is the host of the weekly syndicated Beatles radio show "Every Little Thing," and his website features interviews with many people connected to the Fab Four-musicians, authors, and family members.

"Julian was a joy to talk to," Ken says. "He is very honest and candid about his life and career. I enjoyed talking to him about a variety of subjects, the songwriting process, a few of his collaborators, his songwriting influences, the beginning of his career, and what is was like to work with legendary producer Phil Ramone."

Julian Lennon

What are Ken's favorite moments of the interview? "For one thing, Julian voluntarily brought up the possibility of touring again, and how he would do it, which might surprise you. Also, discussing the introspective lyrics of some of his songs, in particular "Guess It Was Me." He also tells an incredible story of how the opening lyrics from "Baby You're A Rich Man" came to be used in the new song "Someday" with Steven Tyler."

Ken feels that "Everything Changes" is probably the finest album of Julian's career. "His incredible gift for melody, very personal and insightful lyrics, and impeccable production all make for a thoroughly enjoyable album. Every song was very crafted and thought out. It's as close to perfect an album as they come. The album was first released in 2011, now reissued with 2 new tracks."

Ken's website now features a treasure trove of interviews-including recent ones with Steve Holley (former Wings drummer), renowned Beatles author Mark Lewisohn, Billy J. Kramer, Rex Fowler (Nutopians, Aztec Two Step), Jeff Slate (Birds of Paradox-band featuring members of Wings and Elephants Memory), and archival interviews with Sid Bernstein and Tony Sheridan. Plus there's even Beatles trivia and prizes given out every week. Check them out at www.kenmichaelsradio.com.

Los Lobos members surprise guests at Fab Faux Concert
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Tuesday, 10/08/13 2:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

East LA Chicano rockers Los Lobos members David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas surprised a packed audience at San Francisco Yoshi's last Saturday evening, Oct 5th, when they got up on stage to join visiting Beatles tribute band Fab Faux for a rousing rendition of "Twist and Shout" which morphed into "La Bamba", some great ad hoc instrumentals and then back into "Twist and Shout".

Los Lobos was in town for the recent annual San Francisco "Strictly Bluegrass Festival" performances in celebration of their 40th anniversary of Los Lobos as a band.

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The Fab Faux at Yoshi's in San Francisco

Fab Faux is different than other Beatles tribute bands because of what they describe as "their extreme attention to details." They excel at creating a high performance precise live Beatles sound from their later albums which is not easy to do because of the wide variety of instruments and sounds used.

This night, Fab Faux mainly focused on songs from RubberSoul and Revolver, though highlights included "I Am the Walrus", and playing sitar for "Norwegian Wood". They opened with "Drive My Car". This was their third time in San Francisco, back by popular demand!

Fab Faux is currently touring across the country and you can catch them next weekend in Los Angeles, check their website www.thefabfaux.com for more tour dates.

John Lennon birthday celebration at Hollywood Walk of Fame star
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 10/04/13 12:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

John Lennon and Beatles fans of all ages will gather at a free-to-the-public John Lennon Birthday Celebration taking place at John Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, October 9 to celebrate the life and music of the late legendary singer, songwriter and Beatles member on what would have been his 73rd birthday.


The cake cutting ceremony will be led by Chris Carter, KLOS FM radio host of Breakfast With the Beatles. Fans are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around John's star. Fans are also invited to perform music and poetry at the public celebration.

The event will begin with the popular Beatles song Birthday, which will be dedicated to both John and Sean Lennon, the son of John and Yoko Ono, who was born the same date as his dad and will be celebrating his 38th birthday.

The event will conclude with Imagine and Give Peace a Chance as fans join hands in a Circle of Peace around John's star.

John's star is located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 N. Vine Street. For further information call 310-399-1000 or visit BreakfastWithTheBeatles.com.

Limited space still available for Beatles camp in Vegas
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 09/20/13 9:06 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Space is now limited but still available for Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp's tribute to the timeless music of The Beatles featuring The Fab Faux starting on October 9th at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

At this three or five day camp Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, created for all level musicians of any instrument including drums, keyboard, guitar, bass, horns and vocals, campers will learn to play classic Beatles songs, rehearse as members of The Fab Faux, record music and perform live, and learn the intricate songs of The Beatles with the most accurate Beatles cover band of all time, The Fab Faux.


Members of The Fab Faux include Jimmy Vivino (Conan O'Brien), Will Lee (David Lettermen), Frank Agnello, Jack Petruzelli (Patti Smith) and Rich Pagano. Other special appearances include Gary Wright (Dream Weaver, Ringo Starr), and Denny Laine (WINGS). May Pang and Bruce Spizer will host a lecture on the legacy of John Lennon and The Beatles. Campers will be placed in bands led by rock star counselors, including Laurence Juber (lead guitarist in WINGS), Denny Seiwell (co-founder of WINGS), Glen Burtnik (STYX, Beatlemania), and Elliot Easton (The Cars).

For this once in a lifetime experience, spots are limited so fans are encouraged call now. Mention "Beatles News" within the next two days and receive a special offer of $250 off the 3 Day Camp or $500 off the 5 Day Camp. Room packages are available at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Call (888) 762-2263 or visit www.rockcamp.com to make a reservation or for more information.

Beatles radio show gives away Tickets to Ride
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 07/31/13 5:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beginning the month of August, KenMichaelsRadio.com will be giving Beatlefans the chance to win a very special item, a Beatles 1964 U.S. Tour Framed Presentation, which includes an iconic photo of the Beatles posed in front of an American flag, a replica 1964 tour poster, and replica tickets for the 23 concerts on their first American tour.

The contest will run throughout the entire month of August, and to win, fans will keep track of titles of Beatles songs released in 1964 that are posted on the KenMichaelsRadio.com website.

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This special item comes courtesy of Fanatics Mounted Memories, is 23 x 27 inches, and sells for $198. It is now available as a collectible among the large assortment of merchandise, includinng shirts, music, posters, accessories, toys and games, ornaments, books and more, now selling at The Beatles Official Store.

In addition, this month Ken will be giving away some fantastic new prizes, like the Beatles Yellow Submarine Monopoly Game or Yellow Submarine Picture Puzzle, courtesy USAopoly, the new remastered CD for "Wings Over America," courtesy Concord Music Group, and the new John Lennon biography "Lennon" by Tim Riley, courtesy Hachette Book Group.

Ken hosts his weekly syndicated Beatles show "Every Little Thing," also heard as a live broadcast Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, which can be streamed at www.wnhu.net. He also co-hosts the Beatles news-based show "Things We Said Today" heard weekly on www.podbean.com and iTunes.

Ken says, "I'm very grateful that I have so many incredible prizes to give away, and that I'm promoting all these releases too."

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