|Stunning Lennon Letters book now available in paperback|
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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!
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).
The Beatle Who Vanished now available as E-Book
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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
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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.
|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
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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
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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.
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
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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."
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.