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Artist and rock critic discuss the breakup of the Beatles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 10/15/12 5:31 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Artist Michael Rakowitz and legendary rock critic Robert Christgau will discuss the breakup of The Beatles as history and as metaphor in a live talk this Wednesday, Oct. 17th at Lombard Freid Gallery in New York City.

This event was inspired by Rakowitz's "The Breakup," a set of works that includes radio broadcasts, film, a live concert in Jerusalem, memorabilia, and a deluxe limited edition LP produced in conjunction with Bidoun Projects.

Rock critic Robert Christgau

The evening will be hosted by Sukhdev Sandhu, director of the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture at New York University and author of the lead essay in the liner notes for Live In Jerusalem 2010, which will be on sale at the event and from Bidoun.

Michael Rakowitz's The Breakup was originally commissioned for The Jerusalem Show IV by Al Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem. The 45min video of The Breakup will screen at the event at 6pm.

Longtime Village Voice writer-editor Robert Christgau has covered popular music for many publications, including Esquire, Creem, Playboy and Rolling Stone. Michael Rakowitz is an artist based in Chicago and New York City who's work has appeared in venues worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, UNESCO in Paris, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.

For more information on the event, visit their Facebook page.

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Los Angeles Beatles tour celebrates John Lennon this Saturday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 10/08/12 4:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

John Lennon's birthday is tomorrow, and this Saturday, Gillian Lomax will celebrate John's birthday on her Magical History Tour of Los Angeles.

Among all the other fascinating destinations, the tour will be stopping at the beach house where John Lennon lived during his lost weekend along with Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, Hilary Gerard, Klaus Voorman, May Pang, and Keith Moon. This house was the place where Paul and John had their last photograph taken together when John used to host jam sessions for anybody wanting to stop by. It's also the place where Ringo met Nancy Andrews and went on to date for 6 years.

Gillian Lomax

Coincidentally, three people who will be on the tour on Saturday have birthdays this week, including a lifelong Beatles fan who resides in Venice and shares John's birthday on the 9th, and Gillian, who's birthday is on the 10th.

Gillian says, "John Lennon's birthday is always special to me and lots of other fans. We want to remember his life and not the tragic ending he had. There will never be another one like this quick witted, outspoken, opinionated, talented, entertaining man, and he will always be missed."

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. Gillian is currently the Beatles news reporter on Beatles-A-Rama.

The cost for the four hour tour is $65. To join this special tour, and for more information, visit www.amagicalhistorytour.com.

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Fans to gather in Hollywood for John Lennon's birthday on Tuesday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 10/06/12 9:17 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

John Lennon and Beatles fans are invited to a celebration of John Lennon's birthday on Tuesday, October 9 to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the late legendary singer, songwriter and former Beatle.

The event will take place starting 6:00 PM at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star located at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the Capitol Records building.


Breakfast With the Beatles radio host Chris Carter will lead a special birthday cake-cutting ceremony.

Fans of all ages are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around John's star, and are also invited to perform songs and poems, and share John Lennon remembrances.

John Lennon was born October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England.

For further information call Jerry Rubin at the Alliance for Survival at 310-399-1000, or e-mail JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net.

Bill Harry Love Me Do book now free for Kindle download
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 10/04/12 9:42 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Love Me Do, the Kindle ebook edition of Love Me Do: The Inside Story of the Recording of the Beatles' First Single by Bill Harry, is now free to download through until next Tuesday, October 9.

Click here for more information

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Love Me Do, the Beatles's first single, longtime Beatles friend and fan Bill Harry takes the reader behind the scenes in this 46 page book.

In the book, Bill Harry tells about how Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Starr after the first recording session, how John stole his harmonica, why the lead vocal for Love Me Do was switched from John to Paul, and how George got a black eye. He also tells the real story behind the legend that Brian Epstein bought thousands of records to get the song on the charts.

To download this Kindle ebook for free until 10/9/2012, visit Amazon's page for Love Me Do: Behind the Scenes at the Recording of the Beatles' First Single

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Exclusive interview with Todd Rundgren now online
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 10/01/12 2:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles DJ Ken Michaels' website now includes a new exclusive interview with veteran recording artist/producer Todd Rundgren. The entire hour-long interview focuses on the Beatles.

Todd discusses how he became aware of the Beatles, the first song he heard from the group, his growing love for them, whether they were an influence on his own music, and more. A interesting highlight of the interview is Todd talking about the tribute album to the Beatles that he recorded with Utopia in 1980 called "Deface The Music."

Todd Rundgren

Todd has been a member of Ringo's All-Starr Band three times, and he discusses what it's been like performing with these mega-star lineups, and playing with the world's most famous drummer.

Ken says, "It was a thrill for me to talk to one of our greatest talents, and Todd was generous to give me an hour with him. He opened up on a lot of subjects regarding the Beatles, and I'm very grateful to Todd, and happy to be sharing it with my listeners."

Ken's syndicated Beatles radio show "Every Little Thing" is currently heard on 18 stations, including as a live broadcast on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) which you can stream at www.wnhu.net. His website also features recent interviews with Beatles engineer Ken Scott and Beatles author Robert Rodriguez. Find out more at www.kenmichaelsradio.com.

Cape Cod Conservatory presents Backstage Pass with the Beatles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 09/29/12 2:55 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Through recordings, television footage, film clips, original Beatles memorabilia, personal recollections and academic support, instructor Tom Kelley will explore and unveil the phenomenon that is the Beatles in a lecture called Backstage Pass with the Beatles this week at the Cape Cod Conservatory.

 
Mr. Kelley is a Cape Cod-based musician with a Master of Arts degree in "The Beatles, Popular Music and Society" from Liverpool Hope University. With a rare depth of insight into the legendary group, he will discuss Paul McCartney and the Beatles' connection to nearly all facets of pop culture, especially the evolution of musical style. With his commitment to facts rather than common knowledge, Mr. Kelley will impart valuable historical insight during this informative and entertaining trip down Penny Lane.

The lectures are in anticipation of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra's concerts "Live & Let Die: Tribute to Paul McCartney" on October 6 & 7.

Backstage Pass with the Beatles will be held from 6:30 to 8:00pm on Monday, October 1 at the Conservatory's Falmouth campus and on Thursday, October 4 at the Conservatory's Barnstable campus. The tuition for a single lecture is just $10. To register, call 508-362-2772 or visit www.capecodconservatory.org.

For more information about the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and the "Live & Let Die: Tribute to Paul McCartney" concert, visit www.capesymphony.org or call 508-362-1111.

Beatles radio show now heard in more places around the world
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 09/26/12 6:19 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

BeatlesandBeyond, presented by Pete Dicks, Europe's number 1 Beatles Radio show, and the only radio program recommended by Liverpool's Beatles Story Exhibition, can now be heard on even more stations in the UK than before.

Radio Station Tamworth FM and internet station The Wall join almost 20 stations in the UK, USA, Spain and Dubai, in playing what is widely believed to be the Worlds most widely available Beatles Radio Show.

Pete Dicks in the studio

Besides presiding over the BeatlesandBeyond radio show, Pete Dicks also recently spent time with John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and interviewed "Legs" Larry Smith, about whom George Harrison wrote a song, Iris Caldwell, Rory Storm's sister, Liverpool Legend Beryl Marsden and many others during the Beatles Convention in Liverpool.

BeatlesandBeyond currently has 30 scheduled plays and is available on iTunes plus being available via station archives. You check them out at www.beatlesandbeyond.com.

Liverpool attempts Beatles Guinness World Record next month
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 09/04/12 5:03 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today, September 4th is a vital day for Beatles fans, it's the 50th anniversary of the first recording of The Beatles' debut single Love Me Do with Ringo Starr on drums, the official beginning of a historic musical journey taken by The Fab Four that changed the world forever.

It also means there's now just one month to go until Beatles fans from all over the world come together in Liverpool on October 5th in the hope of smashing a Guinness World Record to commemorate the release of The Beatles' debut single on an unsuspecting world.

 
Marco Frigatti, Head of record management Guinness World Records said, "The Beatles are record-breaking royalty, not only are they the best-selling music group in history, the band holds the honour of being the creators of the first song ever beamed into space! Guinness World Records is pleased to be adjudicating this record attempt and we hope their fans will be joining the event to help secure another place in the records books in the name of the Fab Four."

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Liverpool on October 5th to be part of Beatles history. the Guinness World Record attempt by the people of Liverpool to sing The Beatles' Love Me Do in the round. Choirs, school children, Beatles fans and tourists from all over the world. The record for the most people singing 'in a round' currently stands at 897, singing Danke Schoen in celebration of the 25th anniversary ofFerris Bueller's Day Off, in Chicago last October.

The record attempt is part of a year-long programme of events across Liverpool City Region to mark "Liverpool Celebrates 50 Years Of The Beatles". The record-breaking attempt has been created by the award-winning Beatles Story attraction and Albert Dock and is supported by Liverpool City Council.

For more info, visit www.lovemedoweekend.com.

Beatles radio show salutes Neil Armstrong this week
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 09/04/12 4:34 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Tomorrow evening, September 5, Ken Michaels' Beatles radio program "Every Little Thing" pays tribute to Neil Armstrong with a set of Beatles & solo "Moon" songs. One of Ken's unique features are interesting thematic sets spanning the Beatles' full music catalogue of over 50 years. While Ken has done complete Celestial Hours of music from the Beatles before, this time it will focus solely on "Moon" songs, songs where the word "Moon" appears in the title.


Ken says "There are plenty of songs that fit this theme, especially from Paul's solo-career. There'll be a few surprises thrown in as usual. Neil was looked upon as a hero to many, the first man on the moon. What better way to pay tribute on a Beatles show?"

"Every Little Thing" is heard as a live broadcast Wednesdays on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, 8-10pm (EST), and can be streamed at www.wnhu.net. Ken recently celebrated his 30th Anniversary since starting his weekly Beatles program, which includes the Beatles' group and solo-recordings, cover versions and more, mixed with trivia, games, the latest news, and Ken's signature thematic sets. "Every Little Thing" is also heard as a syndicated one-hour show on 16 other radio stations. Ken's website offers weekly Beatles trivia, interviews with people connected to the Beatles, and a listing of all the stations that carry "Every Little Thing."

The Cavern unveils Shannon MacDonald artwork collection
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 08/22/12 7:20 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today, The Cavern Club in Liverpool unveiled a collection of artwork by Shannon MacDonald, aka The World's Greatest Beatles Artist, as part of this year's Liverpool Beatle Week celebration. The collection is an assortment of Shannon's artwork that will be available exclusively through The Cavern Club.

Beatles artwork by Shannon MacDonald

Also for Liverpool Beatles Week, Shannon will take the stage with brothers Tony and Jimmy Coburn from Wings Over Liverpool at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on this Friday, August 24th at 7:30 p.m. in celebration of Paul McCartney's 70th birthday. Shannon will be playing bass.

A limited edition UK version of Shannon's mastered works CD will be for sale at this year's festivities. Titled 6PIECESof10, it will include 6 of the 10 songs from Shannon's RED PYRAMIDS and BLUE SKY album due to be released in October of this year. The UK release will be limited to 100 copies. The CD includes the single Fire Crimson Rose featuring Denny Laine, Steve Holley and Liverpool's Dovedale Children's Choir.

Finally, this Sunday, August 26th, Shannon will be painting live at the The Adelphi Hotel during the all-day Beatles convention that includes a memorabilia market, live music, guest speakers, video shows and exhibitions.


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