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Oxford University offers Beatles summer course
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 01/19/10 1:32 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Oxford University has announced a one-week summer course on "The Beatles, Popular Music and Sixties Britain." The course is part of the Oxford Experience programme and takes place at Christ Church, one of Oxford's largest and most beautiful colleges from July 4 through 10, 2010.

Revered and reviled in equal measures, the Sixties continue to fascinate. This course is a journey through it from the British perspective, noting key events in politics, society and the arts. We will trace the development of the music of the Beatles and place their songs in context by discussing examples by other notable British groups of the period. However familiar you think this music is, prepare to hear more in it than before.

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The course will be conducted by Dr. Rikky Rooksby, a tutor for the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education, and author of many articles, reviews and books on English literature and popular music.

Course content includes 1960-63; the early Beatles, 1963-65; first Liverpool then the world, 1966-67; Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love, The Beatles in the studio, The sixties goes colour: the country-culture, psychedelia, encounters or delusions? The nature of consciousness and reality, 1968; the White Album ? doll's house or glass union? Politics, barricades, and street-fighting men, and 1969-70; Let it Be and Abbey Road. Eight track recording, litigation and ?funny paper'. The end of the dream or the beginning of the voyage?

Enrolments will be accepted up to June 1, 2010. Early enrollment is advised as many courses fill before February. For more information about the course and the "Oxford Experience" 2010 programme, please visit www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/details.php?id=O09I102JDR.

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Little Steven defends listing Beatles on Coolest Garage Rock list
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 01/18/10 2:34 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Steven Van Zandt recently counted down what he believes to be the coolest garage rock songs and albums of the decade on his Undergound Garage radio show. His coolest album of the last ten year's is 2009's stereo-free re-release of the Beatles back catalog. Is he being old-school-for-old-school's sake? "No!" says the guitarist, according to Entertainment Weekly.

"My last five conversations with Neil Aspinall, who we all love and miss, had to do with, ?Please, Neil, I know you''re busy, but re-release the Beatles in the original configurations, in mono, the way God intended.' He was finally getting that done when he died and Jeff Jones, the new guy over there at Apple, thankfully got it done."


"People don't realize they'd spend all day on the mono mixes, and then usually George Martin would leave, and occasionally the first engineer would leave, and then the second engineer would throw up a quick stereo mix. They considered stereo a gimmick. Nobody took it seriously up until the last two albums or so. The mono mixes sound better, without question. They're quite different. there's overdubs missing, there's instruments missing. And that's all that was available all these years. This was the way George Martin and the Beatles intended them to be heard!"

You can read Little Steven's defense of his other list picks here on EW Music Mix.

Paul McCartney presents at the Golden Globes
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 01/17/10 5:34 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Paul McCartney presented the award for the Best Animated Feature at tonight's Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on NBC TV tonight.

Paul was very funny. He opened his presentation by saying, "Hello, I'm Paul McCartney. Or as I'm now known, that guy from Rock Band."

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Photo courtesy of NBC TV

He also he said he loves animation and mentioned Yellow Submarine, and he said, "But animation is not only for children. It is also for adults who are on drugs."

The award went to the animated feature Up. The show is still going on at this moment, and Paul is nominated for an award, for his song "(I Want To) Come Home" for the Robert DeNiro film "Everybody's Fine."

[Update: 5:46 pm]

Paul McCartney didn't win the Golden Globe for Best Song from a Motion Picture. It went to "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)."

Vote for Paul McCartney at the Critics Choice Awards
[Posted Friday, 01/15/10 7:57 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

[from Paul McCartney.com.]

The Critics' Choice Awards are broadcast live on VH-1 in the USA this coming Friday night at 9pm EST ? you can vote for Paul in the poll running on the VH-1 website and get full details of the broadcast.

Click here to watch video

Click here to vote in the poll for (I Want To) Come Home taken from the new Robert De Niro film Everybody's Fine.

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Florida artist warns fans about sale of Lennon art
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 01/11/10 7:15 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The artwork of John Lennon is in the Beatles News again, as it is appearing this week in Miami. But one man, Gary Arseneau, is not happy about that.

According to Arseneau, the "Artwork of John Lennon" traveling road show is fraud by his widow Yoko Ono, along with her business associates, Legacy Fine Art Production, Pacific Edge Gallery and others, to cash in at the expense of the unsuspecting consumer and legitimate artists, not to mention John Lennon's true legacy.

Arseneau, an artist and creator of original lithographs based in Fernandina Beach, Florida, said, "Since 1986, Yoko Ono and her business associates have misrepresented more than 35,000 posthumous black-and-white and/or colorized altered forgeries for sale to the public at $500 to $8,000 or more each, grossing for well over $100 million, as 'lithographs,' 'serigraphs,' 'woodcuts' and 'etchings' ie., original works of visual art, not to mention its' deceptive promotion as the 'Artwork of John Lennon.'"

"John Lennon died in 1980. The dead don't create artwork," Arseneau says.

For more info about the issues of authenticity of these John Lennon works, visit Gary Arseneau's web site.

To Be or Not to Be...Number One
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 01/07/10 11:12 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Ever wonder about the groups that The Beatles displaced from the number chart position AND the artists who knocked THEM out of that same slot?

Ray Whitaker's most recent "Just Four Guys" program, which airs on Beatles-A-Rama, is entitled "To Be or Not to Be...Number One", deals with that very phenomenon.


In addition to hearing the instant classics The Beatles cranked out back in the day, prepare yourself for some very atypical "Pop Tunes" throughout the show.

Tune into "Just Four Guys" this Sunday at 9:00a/Pacific, Noon/Eastern, only on Beatles-A-Rama

Comments and suggestions for future shows are always welcome. You can email Ray Whitaker at justfourguysradio@yahoo.com.

The Beatles inspire young crossword prodigy
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 12/28/09 12:39 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

At 14, Ben Pall of Bergen County, New Jersey, is the youngest person to ever have a crossword puzzle published in the New York Times. After submitting several puzzles, the one that that was finally accepted by the New York Times had a Beatles theme with clues related to the 1960s and the legendary band.

"That was the puzzle I worked on with my heart the most, because I love the Beatles," Ben says. His favorite Beatles albums are Revolver, Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and he got to see Paul McCartney perform at FedEx Field in Maryland last August.


His close friends, who'd seen Ben obsess over the Beatles Rock Band video game, thought it was appropriate the puzzle that finally ended up in the Times had John, Paul, George and Ringo clues.

"Ben is a die-hard Beatles fan," says Elliot Rubin, 15, one of Ben's oldest friends. "So, it was no surprise to me that this was the theme."

Ben used his paycheck from the publication of the puzzle, the standard $200 the Times pays for crosswords, to buy an iPhone.

His biggest surprise in being published in the New York Times? Ben says the editor changed one of the clues in his crossword puzzle from "Dakota resident" to the simpler "Yoko ---" (Answer: Ono). Sometimes you have to give solvers an easy clue, he was told.

Info thanks to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. To read the entire article about crossword prodigy Ben Pall, click here.

The Fonz says thumbs up on the Beatles
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 12/26/09 11:37 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to an article in the Liverpool Daily Post, 50 years after he first visited Liverpool, American actor Henry Winkler says he was loving being back in the home of The Beatles.

"I came here when I was 14 but I don't remember the city, so now I've got to experience Liverpool properly. Everyone is so unbelievably warm."


He also said, "I love The Beatles, my favorite song is ?You've got to hide your love away.' I met them all except George and I was a jabbering idiot each time."

The Fonz is in Liverpool to star as Captain Hook in an all-singing, all-dancing, all-flying version of the JM Barrie children's classic Peter Pan, which is at The Empire Theatre in Liverpool, and runs until January 3. Click here for more info.

Liverpool World Cup events to include Magical Mystery Park
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 12/16/09 3:19 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

It was announced today at Wembley Stadium that the home of the Beatles, Liverpool, has been chosen as one of the host cities for England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

According to an article in Click Liverpool, World Cup plans for Liverpool include a first ever Beatles-themed Fan Fest site on Mystery Park, which will be rebranded "Magical Mystery Park" for the occasion.


Based in the Wavertree area of Liverpool, Wavertree Playground, also known locally as The Mystery, was one of the first purpose-built public playgrounds in the United Kingdom. It's called The Mystery because the park was created on land provided by an anonymous donor.

Local offcials say that, as host city for the World Cup, Liverpool, the former European Capital of Culture, could generate ?200 million within the local economy.

Click here to read the entire article.

Special walking tours to coincide with Paul's London concert
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 12/15/09 6:02 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Coming to London to see Paul McCartney at the O2? Richard Porter invites all fans to join him on his special Beatles/Paul McCartney tour in the morning of December 22.


Some of the Paul places visited on the special tour will include MPL, the studio where the Beatles recorded Hey Jude, where the Beatles played on the roof for Let it Be, the house where Paul dreamed the tune of Yesterday, and of course Abbey Road studios and the famous crossing.

The special tour starts at 11.20 am from Marylebone Station. There will be another tour on Wednesday 23rd at 2 pm from outside the Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road. For full details, visit London Beatles Walks.


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