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Beatles fans: New Beatles film needs your help!
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 11/24/08 4:26 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A new film, The Soundtrack of our Lives, is a feature length documentary about the Beatles fan, how they have been inspired, how their life has been changed, why kids love Beatles music, was there divine inspiration, why the music legacy is as big today as ever? All these questions are explored and answered through the journey around the world that our two English x-pat hosts take.

At Eleanor Rigby's Grave

This film has amazing interviews with huge Beatles fans like Gary Oldman, rare interviews with Sid Bernstein and John Lennon's sister, tons of interviews with musicians who are performing with Ringo and Paul today and tons of regular fans and historians from around the world, plus inside footage of every location you would dream of visiting as a fan. This is not footage that was assembled, but all shot by the producers in this documentary.

At Strawberry Field

This film has been over two years in the making and the producers have over 90 HOURS of high definition professionally produced and shot footage. They paid for this out of their pocket, and are now seeking 25K (or parts thereof) to edit the film so that it can be submitted to distributors and the film festivals.

This is your chance to be a part of history and be a film executive producer! You will get your money back first, plus a return and profit participation. If you think you can help, please contact the film's producer at butscher@earthlink.net.

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Historic NYC Beatles location to host Beatles authors
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 11/21/08 6:10 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Audio Engineering Society of New York will host a presentation about recording the Beatles, on the same stage where the band made its American television debut.


On Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew, authors of the book "Recording the Beatles," will talk about the techniques and technology used by the engineers, producers and artists responsible for the Beatles recordings. The event will be moderated by Malcolm Addey, a recording engineer who started at Abbey Road.

The AES says anyone may attend. The event is free but seating is limited. To attend, RSVP via e-mail to rsvp-ny@aes.org.

(Info thanks to Radio World Newspaper.)

Something in the way he lived
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 11/19/08 4:39 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A Hofstra University professor who studied yoga with George Harrison will lead a tribute concert to the late Beatles guitarist on Friday on the school's Hempstead, NY campus. Joshua M. Greene, a Hinduism instructor, is author of the Harrison biography "Here Comes the Sun," which lends its name to the live event.


"Here Comes the Sun" is timed to the seventh anniversary of Harrison's death and focuses on his spiritual interests. It is part PowerPoint presentation, part live concert, with photo and video clips of the guitarist punctuated by performances of his best-known work, played by members of the Alan Parsons Project band, among them classic rock mainstay Godfrey Townsend and three Long Island musicians, Tommy Williams, John Montagna and Mike Bellusci.

The presentation takes place on Friday, November 21, at 8 p.m., at the Monroe Lecture Center Theater at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Sign up at Hofstra's website. For information about this event, call 516-463-5840.

(Info thanks to NY Newsday.)

Fab collectables in big online Rock-n-Roll auction
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 11/18/08 8:07 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Serious Toyz has begun their Fall '08 Beatles/Rock-n-Roll Vinyl & Collectibles Auction, and it includes some rare Beatles Collectibles and rare Beatles vinyl.

Featured in the auction is an original Beatles Record Player in exceptional condition in its rare original box. It is estimated to sell between $8,500 and $12,500.


Other highlights of the sale include a store stock set of 4 Yellow Submarine banks in original boxes, a Ringo Starr Drum Set in box, the Beatles Remco Dolls in the rare Sears mailing box, Apple Records promotional items and a "3rd state" Butcher Cover.

The auction runs now through November 22. For more information on the auction, check out the Serious Toyz website.

For more information about Beatles Collectables, check out BeatlesCollecting.com.

Fab Fan Christmas wish-list: Beatles Monopoly game
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 11/17/08 7:56 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Earlier this month it was announced that the Beatles would be coming to the Rock Band video game. This was great news for younger Beatles fans, but for people who grew up listening to the Beatles, there's also a Beatles game that's a little more traditional.

The Beatles Collector's Edition of Monopoly is like the Monopoly board game you know, love and remember, except in this one, instead of building a financial and real estate empire, you build your own musical anthology by collecting all the Beatles albums from Please, Please Me through Let It Be.

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Players travel around the board with six collectable pewter tokens created especially for this version of the game. Pictured above, they are, from top to bottom and left to right, Here Comes The Sun, Octopus's Garden, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Rocky Raccoon, Strawberry Fields Forever and I Am The Walrus.

In the Beatles edition, the Community Chest and Chance cards are now called Beatlemania and The Fab Four. Concert tickets like Shea Stadium and Candlestick Park replace the traditional railroads. Whoever has collected all the albums after everyone has gone bankrupt wins!

The Beatles Collector's Edition of Monopoly, the first board game ever licensed by the Beatles, is available at Barnes & Noble, JC Penny, Borders and Amazon.com.

Paul McCartney:The Space Within Us on Blu-Ray next Tuesday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 11/14/08 7:39 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In 2005, Paul McCartney crossed America with his record-breaking, sold out U.S. tour. Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us, captured using more than 25 hi-definition cameras and 5.1 digital surround sound, will be available for the first time on Blu-ray next Tuesday, November 18.

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This best-selling concert film features live performances of over over 30 hits from Paul McCartney, Wings and The Beatles and special features including an innovative interactive jukebox where viewers can create their own concert playlists. Besides the Interactive Jukebox, bonus extras include sound checks for the songs "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Friends to Go," and "How Kind of You," and extensive interviews with Paul McCartney, the Band, and the US Tour Crew.

Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us is also available on DVD.

For more info, check out Paul McCartney's official web site.

Firefall Acoustic pays tribute to the Beatles
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 11/13/08 7:19 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Remember the song "You Are The Woman" by Firefall from 1976? That was one of my most favorite records of the late 70's.

Well, singer and lead guitarist Jock Bartley from the original Firefall has gotten together with Steven Weinmeister to form Firefall Acoustic, which was born during an appearance on a Colorado radio station in 2005, when they were asked to perform some Beatles songs. That appearance had such a positive response that Jock and Steven decided to record a whole album of Beatles songs, and it is now available.

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The CD, Colorado to Liverpool: A Tribute to the Beatles, doesn't contain the biggest hits you'd expect groups to cover. Instead, they picked "album cuts", songs they grew up on in the 1960s, songs they learned how to sing harmonies with, songs as Steven has said, "that are in our DNA." Songs like Girl, Norwegian Wood, I'll Be Back, You're Gonna Lose That Girl and No Reply.

Some of the songs are simple and sound like they're playing them in your living room, and some, like Eleanor Rigby, they took in new and interesting directions. If you liked the Firefall of the late seventies, and you're a Beatles fan, I think you'll like this new CD!

For more information, and to listen to the tracks, visit the official Firefall website.

(Info thanks to Simon Barrett on the Blogger News Network.)

Rare performance of Ecce Cor Meum this Saturday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 11/12/08 8:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Saturday night, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra concert will feature the Pennsylvania premiere of Paul McCartney's oratorio "Ecce Cor Meum" ("Behold My Heart"), a five-movement work written in Latin and English, and scored for orchestra, boys and adult choirs, and organ.

"Ecce Cor Meum" is not often performed, mostly because of its newness, but also because it's a major commitment to stage, requiring two choirs, orchestra and organ. Its American premiere was Nov. 14, 2006, at a sold-out Carnegie Hall.

"What struck me about the piece is its variety of musical styles, and fine choral writing," says Sinfonia conductor and music director Allan Birney. "It's upbeat, with hints of British Broadway in it. But it's no cakewalk -- it has its challenges. I look at it as a very substantial oratorio."

The concert takes place on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 7:30 PM at Symphony Hall, Allentown, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra's website.

Info thanks to The Morning Call.

Deadline extended to register for 2009 Weekend of Love
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 11/11/08 3:23 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in America, Liverpool Productions is holding their third "Weekend of Love" weekend getaway to Las Vegas for Beatles fans of all ages, next February 6-8.

Fans will enjoy 3 days/2 nights of fun Beatles fan activities in Las Vegas including group seats at The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage and V.I.P. tickets to a Friday concert by one of the world's most renowned Beatles tribute acts playing in Vegas, plus an exclusive backstage meet and greet reception, and a VIP party at the Sahara Hotel's Beatles suite (where The Beatles actually stayed).


The "Weekend of Love" is hosted by Charles F. Rosenay and sponsored by Liverpool Productions, who organize the annual "Magical History Tour," which has brought thousands of fans to Liverpool, England every summer since 1983.

The price for the "Weekend of Love" is $499 per person based on double occupancy, which includes all of the above, but transport and meals are the responsibility of the individual. The deadline for reservation has been extended to December 1st, and there are 11 spaces still available. For booking form or further info, call toll-free (866) L-I-V-E-R-P-O-O-L or e-mail LiverpoolTours@aol.com.

Beatles win WMA Diamond Award
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 11/10/08 10:02 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The World Music Awards were given out in Monaco last night. On behalf of his old band The Beatles, Ringo Starr was in Monaco to accept the WMA Diamond award.


The WMA Diamond award was created in 2001 to honor artists who have sold more than 100 million albums during their career.

According to the WMA, the Beatles have sold more records than any other act in history, with music sales estimated by their label at more than 1 billion records worldwide.


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