Second edition of best Lennon bio available for Christmas [Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 10/23/08 7:36 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Beatles author and my good pal Jude Kessler wants you to know that the second edition of her great John Lennon biography, Shoulda Been There, will be out on Monday, November 17. This new edition of the book will include a never-before released hour-long interview with Allan Williams, The Beatles first manager.
Beatles author Jude Kessler
These are already quite popular as pre-orders for Christmas presents. If you want to reserve your copy, just visit Jude's web site and let her know that you'd like to be added to the Shoulda Been There second edition pre-order list. Jude says these copies of her book will be autographed and inscribed, and will include a collector's bookmark as well. She'll even wrap them in Christmas tissue and ribbon!
By the way, would you like to see how Paul McCartney's house looked in the years before the National Trust purchased it and put it on tour? While you're checking out Jude's site, take a look at their latest "Meet the Beatle Fans Feature" about Beatles fan Bob Felten, who artfully talked his way into Paul's home in 21 Forthlin Road years before the public was allowed to see it, and read Bob and his wife Tami's great interview they had with Laurence Juber!
Help is on the way! DVD includes 30 min making of documentary and cast interviews
Help! actor passes away at 93 [Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 10/21/08 9:36 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
A British actor who worked with everyone from Sir Laurence Olivier to The Beatles in a career that spanned eight decades passed away a few weeks ago on October 7, leaving behind a wealth of performances in his 70 years on stage and screen.
Peter Copley as the jeweller in Help!
Peter Copley starred in more than 100 films and some of England's favorite TV programs, including Doctor Who, The Saint and The Avengers.
Peter had a short but very memorable role as the jeweller in the Beatles film Help! He came to the attention of Help! director Richard Lestor, when he appeared in the film Lester made before Help!, The Knack... And How To Get It.
Peter with the Beatles in Help!
British writer and broadcaster Richard Hope-Hawkins said, "Peter Copley was simply the last surviving actor from that remarkable period when he began his training as a student in the 1930's, having worked alongside right from the beginning of his career a veritable who's who of truly great actors.
"To me and I'm sure others he will rank as a great character actor, relied upon mainly in supporting roles but establishing his acting abilities equally in all of his roles he portrayed, admired by his fellow actors."
(Images from Help! courtesy of Apple Corps.)
18,400 ways to rock 'n' roll heaven [Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 10/20/08 6:46 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Looking for a present for that hard-to-buy-for Beatles collector in your family?
The Thirty-Five Year Collection of Top 100 45 RPM Records, available from Neiman Marcus, contains each and every 45 RPM vinyl record that was listed on the Billboard Top 100 Rock and Pop charts from Jan. 1, 1955, through Dec. 31, 1990. Absolutely every disc for 35 years, every No. 100 up to every No. 1. There are some 18,400 records total. Some are even autographed.
The set includes the Beatles 1964 hit "Ain't She Sweet" complete with its rare picture sleeve, itself worth $500, and the Beach Boys' 1961 hit "Surfin' Luau," worth $200. There are literally hundreds of extremely collectible 45s, Elvis, Joplin, Hendrix, the collection in its entirety is priceless.
RINGO STARR STATEMENT REGARDING RECENT VIDEO UPDATE ON HIS WEBSITE:
Ringo Starr recently put a video update on his official website asking people not to continue to send fan mail to be signed after October 20. This was in direct response to an inordinate amount of items which have recently appeared for sale on e-bay, and to those that repeatedly send cards and items to be signed.
This message was not aimed at "real fans" and after over 45 yrs of signing we know they will understand. Ringo has always signed items and is in fact the only Beatle to have been doing so.
Ringo also feels strongly that it is a waste of paper and we all should be mindful of our carbon footprint. At the end of the day Ringo wanted to make a message that was clear and to the point and is confident his real fans understand that. That said, the recent response from the media has prompted him to clarify that video.
"How amazed am I to the reaction to my video update. I hope this statement gets as much. Please read this in a mellow way. Peace and love, Ringo."
Lucy In The Sky With Pumpkins [Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 10/15/08 7:10 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
"Pumpkin People" start to appear around this time every year in the town of Jackson, New Hampshire. This year, a new group of four pumpkin people have shown up for the first time in front of The Inn at Jackson.
These Abbey Road Beatles Pumpkin People were created by the very talented Artist/Innkeeper of the Inn at Jackson, Kathy Kraynak.
Other Pumpkin People around town in the past have included pumpkins riding motor cycles, flying, mowing lawns, painting, doing magic tricks and even getting married, and last year, the Return of the Pumpkin Jedi. Prizes are awarded by the town to best Pumpkin People. The only rule is participants must use a real pumpkins for the head of their Pumpkin People.
If you're visiting Jackson, please don't go up to the Ringo pumpkin and ask for its autograph.
Most of you have already seen the video that Ringo sent out yesterday regarding a cut-off date of 20 October for autographed articles, photos, etc. After 20 October, Ringo will not be signing items mailed to him.
The video of Ringo explaining this to his fans comes across a little... abrupt. But after a great deal of investigation into why he released this video, I found that Ringo had been graciously offering to sign anything that people sent to him. And the overwhelming TON of things that he had received was mind-boggling.
On one fan site, there was a list of things that people had sent in and then a list of complaints. Here is a typical complaint, "I sent in two photos, one set of drumsticks, one t-shirt and one sweatshirt. The drumsticks were returned unsigned, and one photo was unsigned."
The complaints went on and on. No one said a word of thanks for the things that were signed. And my mind is spinning with the image of Ringo signing endless t-shirts, sweatshirts, drumsticks, and who knows what else.
It was extremely generous for Ringo to offer to sign so many items for his fans, but I imagine that when he offered to do this, he never dreamed that people would take advantage of him by sending so many things and expecting so much.
And it appears that he has reached his limit.
Bottom line... since August of 1962, Ringo has lived in a fishbowl. We've watched every little thing he's done... we've commented, critiqued, observed, and either cheered or booed. And now it's 2008... almost 2009. Enough already. Let the man have some well-deserved time to enjoy life. He had given us almost 50 years of smiles, songs, and shenanigans. Now let's be gracious and give him the rest of his life.
Before 20 October... instead of a "gimme, gimme, gimme" attitude (or as George would have phrased it, "I, me, me, mine!"), let's do something for Ringo. Let's all write to him at the address below ONLY TO SAY THANK YOU... thank you for the joy of your music, your positive attitude through the years, your love toward the fans, your Ringoisms, your headshakes and smiles, your humor, yourself. Let's send him a note to say we love you, and we support you.
If Ringo is feeling overwhelmed, taken advantage of, besieged... then let's give back to him some of the joy he has given us.
Please send a word of thanks or support (and NOTHING TO SIGN) to:
Ringo Starr 1st Floor 90 Jermyn Street London SW1Y6JD UK
And please pass the word on to everyone you know. I'd love to see his mailbox full of thanks and love, not requests and complaints.
We all love Ringo Starr, and I stood up for him last time he came out with one of his outrageous statements, that time his not wanting to only be remembered for being a Beatle.
But today, in a video on his official website, Ringo released a VERY angry message to his fans:
Here is the complete text of the message:
"This is a serious message to everybody watching my update right now. Peace and love. Peace and Love! I want to tell you, please! After the twentieth of October, do not send fan mail to any address that you have. Nothing will be signed after the twentieth of October. If that has the date on the envelope, it's gonna be tossed. I'm warning you with peace and love, but I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing! Ah, anyway, peace and love, peace and love."
I'm sorry, I just don't get it. Why is Ringo, all of a sudden, without warning, making angry demands of his fans?
I know, Ringo was the "reluctant" Beatle. When he was asked to join the Beatles by Brian Epstein in 1962, they were on the precipice of incredible world-wide fame, but that day when Ringo said, "Yes, I'd like to join," nobody could have known that, and Ringo had no idea what he was getting himself into.
Yes, living through Beatlemania from the inside wasn't easy, and Ringo's "done his bit" with the Beatles. He definitely deserves to have some peace in his life. No one begrudges him that, especially me. We appreciate all that Ringo has contributed to our lives and to the world.
But, doesn't he have people around him? Is there nobody advising him? His message today to fans felt to me like a slap in the face. He said "peace and love" five times, but his tone said he couldn't have meant it. Are those only words?
He says he has too much to do. What could Ringo be doing? Working on new music or the next All Starr Tour? What fan would go see him now, or ever pay for another Ringo CD?
Ringo, we owe you a lot. We love you and want what's best for you. We'll glady let you drift off into quiet retirement if that's what you want. But I think you owe us all an apology for today's crude message.
Hear the Quarrymen live in Boston this Sunday [Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 10/10/08 11:18 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
This sunday afternoon, WZLX's Breakfast with the Beatles presents The Original Quarrymen, at the Cavern Club room in Boston's Hard Rock Cafe. These are the same Quarrymen that were performing with John Lennon, on the day he met Paul McCartney!
The Quarrymen will perform and tell stories of their days with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. This is the week of what would have been John Lennon's Birthday, so you're invited to come and celebrate the life of John Lennon with the Quarrymen at this special event.
You can get tcikets for the Quarrymen today at ticketweb.com, or at the door of the Hard Rock Cafe on the night of the show, this Sunday night, 5pm, doors open at 4 pm.
This special event is hosted by Cha-Chi, host of Breakfast with the Beatles, Sunday mornings at 8am on WZLX-Boston and by live stream and podcast at wzlx.com.
Beatles performer pays tribute to John Lennon on his birthday [Posted by Katie Hickox on Friday, 10/10/08 9:20 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The Beatles tribute band Sun Kings' Drew Harrison performed a heartfelt tribute "Spirit of John Lennon" on acoustic guitar last weekend at the Cafe DuNord nightclub in San Francisco. He played two more solo acoustic guitar tributes to John this week, the week of John's birthday.
He opened up the set with "Help" followed by "Norwegian Wood". He played some difficult songs to play on acoustic such as "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and "Revolution".
Before playing "Dear Prudence", Drew told a story about how a summer camp class making lanyard belts changed his life forever at the age of 7 when the camp instructor played his new copy of White Album for the first time and the new songs "kicked him on his butt" and he's been singing Beatles and John Lennon songs ever since.
In the first half Drew sang Beatles' "John songs" and the 2nd half was John's solo works. He ended the second half with "Real Love" that pulled together John's Beatles, unrealized dreams and what was real and finished the song with a reprise of "all you need is love.". As an encore, Drew played "Day in the Life" especially difficult for a solo acoustic guitar.