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  • The Beatles and the Fat Man: the story behind the photo

    09/22/2016 3:53:13 PM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/22/16 | Mike Scott, | The Times-Picayune
    When the Beatles visited New Orleans for their now-legendary City Park concert in September 1964, they had two primary requests. Following the show, they wanted a day off from their grueling 25-concert, 30-day tour, in order to bask in the music of one of America's most soulful cities; and they wanted to meet local musician Fats Domino, one of their major influences. As far as that day off goes, it was scheduled – and then un-scheduled when the band was offered a reported $150,000, which is said to be about six times their normal fee, to add a last-minute concert...
  • Paul McCartney: 'I was depressed after the Beatles broke up'

    05/24/2016 1:32:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 99 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 24, 2016 | Mark Savage
    Sir Paul McCartney has talked candidly about the depression he suffered after The Beatles broke up, confessing he considered giving up music altogether. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes, he said he had been at a loss when the band fell apart in acrimony in 1970. "It was difficult to know what to do after The Beatles. How do you follow that?" ... The Beatles officially split in 1970 with the release of Let It Be, but the seeds of their demise were sown a year earlier, when the band appointed Allen Klein as their manager, against Sir Paul's wishes...
  • Famous Today, Forgotten Tomorrow (We've forgotten Hope & Crosby. Will we forget the Beatles?)

    12/18/2014 2:10:08 PM PST · by presidio9 · 127 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Jim Fusilli
    Tributes to two of the most famous American entertainers of the 20th century serve as a reminder of how fame flees. The entertainers are Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; the reminders are the documentary “American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered,” which had its premiere last week (and will run again on Dec. 26 ) on PBS, and “Hope: Entertainer of the Century,” a new biography by Richard Zoglin. Neither Crosby nor Hope have much cachet with contemporary consumers of art and culture, but the accounts of their careers make convincing cases that their contributions still influence their respective fields, even if...
  • McCartney 'in Hospital' Report

    05/22/2014 5:28:41 AM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    Reuters TV via ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014
    SNIP The Sankei Sports newspaper said McCartney was admitted to this hospital in Tokyo when the infection worsened, although there's no confirmation he is in hospital. (Video report at source link.)
  • Did the composer of (perhaps) the most secular song ever written, later disavow that song?

    03/23/2012 10:31:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 23, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Growing up I listened to a lot of music. And, like a lot of teenagers, I didn’t pay much attention to the words, they were just another instrument in the whole melody of the song. As I got older, I started paying attention to the words and was often shocked at what I had been humming.Like many people my age, one of my favorite songs was John Lennon’s “Imagine.” A beautiful melody, in a thoughtful and meditative tone. But oh the words! When I finally got around to paying attention to them, I stopped listening to the song. For in...
  • WTF of the Week: Paul McCartney Wants a Free T-Shirt

    12/17/2013 2:03:33 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 35 replies
    Utlimate Classic ^ | December 17, 2013 1:48 PM | by Michael Gallucci
    WTF of the Week: Paul McCartney Wants a Free T-Shirt by Michael Gallucci December 17, 2013 1:48 PM Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Apparently being a member of one of the greatest groups of all time and one of the richest and most popular people on the planet isn’t enough for Paul McCartney. Now the dude wants a free T-shirt to go with his knighthood and power to shut down Times Square. As you can see in the above video, the Beatle known as the Cute One back in the day made an impassioned play for a free T-shirt...
  • 'I felt I was on trial for murdering the Beatles': Yoko says.....

    12/02/2013 8:22:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 91 replies
    mail online ^ | Daniel Bates
    FULL TITLE: 'I felt I was on trial for murdering the Beatles': Yoko says fans wrongly convicted her for 40 years Yoko Ono has told how being blamed for The Beatles’ split made her feel like she was on trial for murder. She said: ‘It feels like I was accused of something that I didn’t do, which was breaking up The Beatles. It’s like you’re accused of murder and you’re in prison and you can’t get out.’ Since the Fab Four broke up in 1970, Miss Ono has been blamed by many fans for their demise because she was in...
  • You Say You Want a Revolution

    10/28/2013 4:32:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | October 28, 2013 | John Ransom
    Liberty is about a lot of things; it’s a deep topic. But at its core liberty can be summed up in one simple and reciprocal concept. That concept is respect. You know the 2010 last election was about many things, but it was mostly about respect. It was about starting to restore the respect that people have in government, by getting the government to restore the respect that they show to you…by taking liberty seriously. If you are like me, you think that many of our elected officials from both the right and the left truly believe that what...
  • "Bad Science" ... A Dentist Wants to Clone John Lennon from His (sic, Lennon's) Rotten Tooth

    08/21/2013 6:44:18 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    IO9 ^ | August 21, 2013 | Charlie Jane Anders
    A dentist wants to clone John Lennon from his rotten tooth All you need is DNA. A Canadian dentist says he's working with "American scientists" to clone John Lennon from a rotten molar the Beatles singer had extracted in the 1960s. According to the press release (warning: it autoplays a weird parody song, "Love Me Tooth") dentist Michael Zuk bought the tooth at auction for $31,000 and now is working with an unspecified lab to see if they can clone him. Says Zuk: I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John...
  • Rockin' in the Free World

    02/16/2013 3:39:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 16, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    While watching the Grammy awards last Sunday, it occurred to me that American culture has been defined by music ever since the end of World War II. After the Germans and Japanese surrendered in 1945, millions of GI's returned home to marry and begin families. The big-band era of good-time music accompanied that, and romantic singers like Frank Sinatra ruled the day. In the '50s, many young people, tired of conformity, began to rebel. The rise of Elvis Presley illuminated that rebellion. Then the angst kind of died out as Chubby Checker ushered in "The Twist" in 1960, and...
  • Decoding the Brain’s Cacophony

    11/04/2011 2:52:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 31, 2011 | BENEDICT CAREY
    ST. HELENA, Calif. — The scientists exchanged one last look and held their breath. Everything was ready. The electrode was in place, threaded between the two hemispheres of a living cat’s brain; the instruments were tuned to pick up the chatter passing from one half to the other. The only thing left was to listen for that electronic whisper, the brain’s own internal code. The amplifier hissed — the three scientists expectantly leaning closer — and out it came, loud and clear. “We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine ....” “The Beatles’ song! We somehow picked...
  • Paul McCartney engaged to girlfriend Nancy Shevell

    05/08/2011 10:43:28 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 55 replies
    AP via The [Myrtle Beach] Sun News ^ | Friday, May. 06, 2011
    LONDON --Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Nancy Shevell are engaged, his publicist said Friday, nearly four years after they were first spotted together.
  • Beatles fans unite to save Ringo Starr's home

    08/25/2010 11:51:51 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | Aug 25, 2010 | no byline
    The house of the former Beatle Ringo Starr has been under threat for a number of years. Beatles lovers in Liverpool have united in a bid to save Ringo Starr's home which is under threat of demolition. The Save Madryn Street (SMS) campaign will be launched at the city's Hard Day's Night Hotel. It will be headed by local Ringo lookalike Max Frudd. Born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940, the drummer lived at the house for the early years of his life. The Victorian terrace in Madryn Street, Toxteth, is one of hundreds in the "Welsh Streets" area to...
  • John Lennon's toilet to be auctioned with Beatles memorabilia

    08/24/2010 12:40:20 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 23 Aug 2010 | no byline
    ...A mono-sound copy Two Virgins, which he recorded with Yoko Ono, is expected to fetch at least Ł2,500. When the avant-garde LP was released in November 1968 it was notable for being sold in brown paper bags because the sleeve controversially featured a naked picture of the famous couple on the cover. Although a limited release of 5,000 stereo versions of the album were available in shops, fans had to write to the record label to purchase a mono copy of the record. The exact number of mono copies sold is not known, but auction organisers say it is likely...
  • Paul McCartney Joins Ringo Starr Onstage in New York (Meet The Twotles at Ringo's 70th birthday)

    07/09/2010 12:16:05 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies · 2+ views
    Billboard ^ | July 08, 2010 1:40 EDT | Courtney Baldasare
    Ringo Starr kept his 70th birthday celebration going on Tuesday night (July 7) with a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall that was positively star-studded, thanks in part to "a little help from his friend," Paul McCartney. The former Beatles bandmates topped off the show by surprising audience members with a performance of "Birthday" from "The Beatles [White Album]," and appropriately so. With McCartney on lead vocals and Starr behind the drum kit, the duo performed with classic rock 'n' roll flair. "Birthday" was preceded by another all-star collaboration, when Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band played "With...
  • Paul McCartney: "I like Obama... and he’s right to have a go at us for polluting his Country"

    06/24/2010 9:48:24 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 94 replies · 1+ views
    The Sun UK ^ | June 24, 2010 | JACQUI SWIFT
    THE shocking images of oil-covered wildlife and ruined beaches across the Gulf of Mexico have horrified millions. But passionate green campaigner Sir Paul McCartney believes the environmental disaster may have a silver lining, with the search for clean, renewable energy now being pushed forward. The Beatles legend said: "Sadly we need disasters like this to show people. Some people don't believe in climate warming - like those who don't believe there was a Holocaust. "But the facts indicate that there's something going on and we've got to be aware of it if we want our kids to inherit a decent...
  • Sunday Music – Let It Be

    02/21/2010 7:39:45 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 6 replies · 327+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 21 February 2010 | TonyfromOz
    Each Sunday I post a music clip at our site and detail some of the history behind the song and the artist. I haven't posted them here before, because I'm still not sure of the protocol with regard to linking back to the site I post at. Today's song is 'Let It Be' from The Beatles, and even though it's probably a song we have all heard hundreds of times, if not more, most of us are unaware of the history of the song, in its many different versions.
  • Review "We Are Plastic Ono Band" - Amid All That Experience, Innocence (Yoko Ono jams w/ Clapton)

    02/18/2010 4:49:42 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 41 replies · 769+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2010 | By JON PARELES
    In some ways Yoko Ono is still an amateur. At “We Are Plastic Ono Band,” mixing concert and tribute at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday night, her voice could be shaky and her stage patter giggly and unplanned. She looked genuinely surprised when the audience interrupted her and sang “Happy Birthday.” (She turns 77 on Feb. 18.) She’s also untamed. She can still let loose the bleats, wails, yips, howls and shrieks that alienated Beatles fans in the 1960s and inspired avant-rockers soon afterward. Ms. Ono’s well-preserved air of naďveté — and the license it gives her to...
  • McCartney Hopes Abbey Road Plan Will Come Together (EMI selling Abbey Road but maybe not the name)

    02/17/2010 12:30:10 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies · 413+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2010, 10:51 am | BEN SISARIO
    One of Abbey Road Studios’ most famous clients hopes that the facility, which has reportedly been put up for sale, can be saved. Paul McCartney, speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight television show on Tuesday, said there have been efforts to save Abbey Road by “a few people who have been associated with the studio for a long time,” although he did not name those people or include himself among them. “I have so many memories there with the Beatles,” he added. “It still is a great studio. So it would be lovely for someone to get a thing together to...
  • Why I've Turned To God At Nearly 70, by Ringo Starr

    02/06/2010 6:39:28 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 67 replies · 3,474+ views ^ | 02/06/2010 | Dan Wooding
    ..former Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr has found God at nearly 70 years of age. This was revealed in a story written by Ben Todd who said, “John Lennon caused a worldwide storm by claiming that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. “Now, more than four decades on, it seems his former bandmate Ringo Starr has acknowledged a humbler place in the grand scheme of things.
  • Dhani Harrison's groupthink (story about 'Beatles Jr.', Thenewno2)

    11/24/2009 10:40:52 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 23 replies · 973+ views
    LA Times ^ | November 24, 2009 | Randy Lewis
    It's easy to understand musician Dhani Harrison's antipathy toward the general concept of being in a rock band. After all, he got loads of priceless firsthand information from his father about the ups and downsides of making it to the absolute peak of pop music success during his tenure with the Beatles. It was George Harrison who famously said, "The biggest break in my career was getting into the Beatles in 1962. The second biggest break since then is getting out of them." He also once observed that "I wanted to be successful, not famous..." It's a group that includes...
  • Ringo Starr recruits Paul McCartney on new album (Beatles "reunion")

    11/20/2009 12:16:40 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 30 replies · 1,001+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Friday 20 November 2009 | Sean Michaels
    The two remaining Beatles have teamed up for a duet on Starr's forthcoming solo album, Y Not. It's a band renuion! Sort of ... Paul McCartney appears on two tracks... "Paul was doing the Grammys, so he came over to the house and was playing bass on [new song] Peace Dream," Starr explained. "I played him this other track and Paul said, 'Give me the headphones. Give me a pair of cans'. And he went to the mic and he just invented that part where he follows on my vocal. That was all Paul McCartney, and there could be nothing...
  • Lucy of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' fame dies

    09/28/2009 9:44:56 AM PDT · by Borges · 102 replies · 3,797+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 09/28/09 | GREGORY KATZ
    LONDON – Lucy Vodden, who provided the inspiration for the Beatles' classic song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," has died after a long battle with lupus. She was 46. Her death was announced Monday by St. Thomas' Hospital in London, where she had been treated for the chronic disease for more than five years, and by her husband, Ross Vodden. Britain's Press Association said she died last Tuesday. Hospital officials said they could not confirm the day of her death. Vodden's connection to the Beatles dates back to her early days, when she made friends with schoolmate Julian Lennon,...
  • Biggest Beatles shocker: Never won top Grammy for best record

    09/08/2009 9:10:09 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 41 replies · 1,361+ views
    latimes ^ | September 8, 2009 | Tom O'Neil
    Introduction this week of the new video game "The Beatles: Rock Band" reminds us of an odd fact about these music artists who were once widely considered to be the definition of avant garde: the Beatles have often been, really, one beat behind. Believe it or not, up until now music by the Beatles has not been available for sale on the Internet. With "The Beatles: Rock Band," players will be able to download up to 45 songs that they can perform with the Fab Four in such reproduced settings as "The Ed Sullivan Show," Shea Stadium and the Abbey...
  • Revisiting Abbey Road 40 years on

    08/07/2009 12:08:15 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 27 replies · 1,230+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 7 August 2009 09:54 UK | Lawrence Pollard
    Forty years ago on Saturday, one of the pop world's most infamous and imitated album covers was shot in a little side street in north London... On the 8 August 1969 that the Fab Four walked out of No 3 Abbey Road, having finished basic work on what would be - and they subsequently said they knew would be - their last album. A policeman held up the traffic, the band walked back and forth a few times and that was that ...A lesser noted curiosity is that the album cover has no writing on it and is just the...
  • McCartney and Yoko push 'meat-free Mondays'

    06/16/2009 5:21:39 PM PDT · by traumer · 93 replies · 1,436+ views
    LONDON (AFP) — Beatles legend and famous vegetarian Paul McCartney was joined by John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono Monday to launch an appeal for "meat-free Mondays." McCartney said going vegetarian, even for just one day a week, was good for the environment because of research suggesting it cuts greenhouse gas emissions from the world's livestock population. "I thought this was a great idea. To just reduce your meat intake maybe by one day a week and this would seriously benefit the planet," he told reporters, alongside Ono and a bevy of other stars including Kelly Osbourne and Moby. Lennon's widow...
  • 'How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'N' Roll' by Elijah Wald (book review)

    06/12/2009 12:28:41 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 55 replies · 1,562+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 11, 2009 | Erik Himmelsbach
    "This history of American popular music culminates with the splintering of music culture by the Fab Four." ...Critiquing critics "It is often said that history is written by the victors, but in the case of pop music, that is rarely true," Wald writes. "The victors tend to be out dancing, while the historians sit at their desks, assiduously chronicling music they cannot hear on mainstream radio." It's a valid conceit, yet it's hardly revolutionary. In fact, it was much more clearly articulated 30 years ago, when the sage philosopher David Lee Roth noted: "Rock critics like Elvis Costello because rock...
  • The Beatles’ Remastered Albums Due September 9, 2009

    04/07/2009 11:04:43 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 64 replies · 2,426+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | 4/7/09, 9:22 am EST | no byline
    On September 9, 2009, after a nearly 22-year wait, digitally remastered versions of all of the Beatles studio albums will be released, a press release has confirmed. Each album will feature the track listings and artwork as it was originally released in the U.K. and come with expanded booklets including original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited time, each of the Fab Four’s 12 proper albums will be “embedded” with a brief documentary about its making. The rereleases will include the Beatles’ 12 studio albums and Magical Mystery Tour as well as Past Masters Vol....
  • Beatles Rock Band Debut Set for September (09-09-09)

    03/05/2009 4:47:07 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies · 526+ views
    PC World ^ | Mar 5, 2009 4:35 pm | JR Raphael
    It's official: The Beatles will come together digitally this September for their much anticipated Rock Band debut. MTV Games has announced a September 9 launch date for the worldwide release of the Fab Four's interactive adventure, to be titled The Beatles: Rock Band... With a little help from their friends at Harmonix--the company that created the Rock Band concept--the Liverpool quartet will let you sing and play your way through all eras of its career. You'll be able to take on the role of John, Paul, George or Ringo, using either your Rock Band instruments or special Beatles-like instruments that...
  • Unreleased Beatles material surfaces online - Fans are calling the find 'the holy grail'

    02/24/2009 10:17:08 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 80 replies · 1,703+ views
    NME ^ | Feb 23, 2009 | no byline
    A previously unreleased version of The Beatles' 'Revolution 1' has found its way online. The recording, which is supposedly 'Take 20' of the song, is available to listen to via a YouTube link below. 'Take 20' of the song is notable, as it appears to bridge the gap between The Beatles' 'Revolution 1' and 'Revolution 9'. The main difference in the 'new' version of 'Revolution 1' and the version of the same song that appeared on 'The Beatles' (commonly known as 'The White Album') is the track's length. The unreleased version is a full seven minutes longer than its released...
  • Sir Paul McCartney: I politicised the Beatles

    12/16/2008 10:37:20 AM PST · by weegee · 98 replies · 1,620+ views
    The Guardian UK ^ | Monday 15 December 2008 10.36 GMT | Sean Michaels
    He's already painted himself as the most avant garde Beatle, now in what seems like another attempt to rewrite history, Sir Paul McCartney claims he was responsible for radicalising their their political views In a statement that forces us to read Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da as a commentary on American neo-colonialism, Sir Paul has said that it is he who turned the Beatles on to politics, introducing John, Paul and Ringo to the evils of the Vietnam war. Whereas John Lennon is widely considered the "political one", penning songs like Revolution and Give Peace a Chance, sweet Sir Paul is now presenting...
  • Nurse in The Beatles' Penny Lane identified after 40 years

    10/28/2008 5:30:38 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 58 replies · 1,981+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/28/2008 | Graham Tibbetts
    Since the song was released in 1967 the identity of the "pretty nurse selling poppies from a tray" has remained a mystery. But a schoolfriend of John Lennon's, who has written a book about growing up in Liverpool, claims to have the answer. Lennon will have known Beth Davidson (left) from childhood According to Stan Williams, she is Beth Davidson, who Lennon would have known from childhood. The moment which provided the inspiration came when Miss Davidson was selling poppies on Penny Lane, dressed in a cadet nurse's uniform. Some boys, including Lennon, saw her near Bioletti's barber's shop -...
  • Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney's Wax Head Found In A Bin By A Homeless Man

    10/23/2008 7:57:11 AM PDT · by Goonch · 65 replies · 964+ views
    allheadlinenews ^ | October 23, 2008 10:30 a.m. EST
    London, England (CNS) - Sir Paul McCartney's head has been found in a bin by a homeless man. Anthony Silva has found the waxwork of the Beatle legend's head and earned himself a reward of 2,000 pounds [around $3,200]...The head, made in the 1960s and displayed at the Louis Tussauds museum in Great Yarmouth, is expected to sell from 5,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds, or around $8,000 to $16,000, at Carters Entertainment auctioneers.
  • Yoko Ono, EMI drop suits over Lennon song ('Imagine' vs. "Expelled" fair use lawsuit)

    10/09/2008 10:38:15 AM PDT · by weegee · 22 replies · 580+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 8, 1:15 AM ET | (Reporting by Ajay Kamalakaran in Bangalore; Editing by Louise Heavens)
    John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and EMI Records, the world's fourth largest music company, dropped copyright infringement lawsuits against the makers of a documentary that used the portion of the song "Imagine" without permission. The news was made public on Tuesday by a Stanford Law School's Fair Use Projects release. The dismissal follows unsuccessful attempts by Yoko Ono in federal court and EMI Records in state court to enjoin Premise Media Corp's documentary, "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," because it uses a 15-second clip of the song. "We think it was clear from the beginning that our clients had every right...
  • Israelis flock to (Paul) McCartney show (in spite of Palestinian protests)

    09/30/2008 11:16:55 AM PDT · by weegee · 1 replies · 275+ views
    BBC News ^ | Page last updated at 12:27 GMT, Friday, 26 September 2008 13:27 UK | no byline
    Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has played his first gig in Israel in front of an estimated 40,000 cheering fans. The 66-year-old singer kicked off the historic concert with the familiar Beatles' song Hello, Goodbye at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park. Some fans turned up wearing "I love Paul" and Beatles T-shirts. Earlier the star said he was "not nervous, but excited" ahead of the gig, which comes 43 years after The Beatles were banned from performing in Israel. Back in 1965 The Beatles were scheduled to perform, but were prevented taking the stage because of fears they could "corrupt the...
  • Muslims threaten to kill McCartney in Israel

    09/15/2008 5:40:41 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 48 replies · 307+ views
    Israel Today ^ | September 14, 2008
    A Muslim terrorist leader based in Lebanon has threatened to send suicide bombers to kill former Beatle and international music icon Paul McCartney when he performs in Israel later this month. McCartney will perform in Tel Aviv as part of ongoing celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Israel's modern rebirth. In remarks carried by British tabloid Sunday Express, Sheikh Omar Bakri said that makes McCartney the enemy of all Muslims. Bakri, a Syrian national who once resided in London, warned McCartney that if he will be targeted if he comes to Israel. "Paul McCartney is the enemy of every Muslim....
  • Beatles for sale: rappers, brands turn to Fab Four (It’s getting easier to license Beatles music)

    01/03/2008 11:52:06 AM PST · by weegee · 6 replies · 454+ views
    Billboard via Reuters ^ | | By Susan Butler and Paul Sexton
    NEW YORK/LONDON (Billboard) - It's perfectly legal, but it will still seem to some listeners like the sound of someone making off with England's crown jewels. On rap collective Wu-Tang Clan's new single "The Heart Gently Weeps," a Santana-style rock guitar opening gives way to an almost celestial chorus of something very familiar. There, and throughout the track, is the unmistakable melody of George Harrison's timeless contribution to the Beatles' "White Album" from 1968: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Now, the track is accompanied by Wu-Tang's trademark, uncompromising language, rapping out a gritty street story, even as Harrison's son Dhani...
  • Heather Mills' latest bizarre rant:'Why don't we drink milk from rats and dogs?'

    11/24/2007 12:40:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies · 401+ views
    The Evening Standard ^ | November 19, 2007
    During another typically bizarre day for Heather Mills, the former model yesterday urged people to try drinking milk from rats and dogs to help save the planet. Media-shy Heather started off by storming out of a radio interview with London's LBC station. She then drove a gas-guzzling Mercedes 4x4 to Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park to speak about ecological matters - and kept the engine running for part of the morning. Once there she proceeded to launch into an extraordinary ecological rant and exhorted the assembled crowds to try drinking rat's milk instead of cow's milk in a bid to...
  • McCartney's estranged wife berates rich

    11/22/2007 8:42:12 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 34 replies · 191+ views
    yahoo ^ | 11/22/2007
    DUBLIN, Ireland - Heather Mills McCartney, who is reportedly seeking millions of dollars in her breakup with Paul McCartney, denounced the world's rich as misers and snobs Wednesday. Mills McCartney delivered the critical comments during her 90-minute speech to the debating society of Trinity College Dublin. Former model Mills McCartney, 39, married the 65-year-old music legend in 2002 and gave birth to the couple's only child, Beatrice, a year later. But the couple separated last year, and McCartney filed for divorce alleging "unreasonable behavior" by his wife. Mills McCartney said she was reluctantly obliged to befriend the world's wealthy because...
  • Sgt Pepper must die! (overrated albums critiqued by different artists)

    06/20/2007 11:37:29 AM PDT · by weegee · 31 replies · 477+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Friday June 15, 2007 | Interviews by Paul Lester
    The Beatles, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Nominated by Billy Childish, prime mover of British garage rock I had a Beatles wig Beatles guitar when I was four - so I know what I'm talking about, but Sgt Pepper signalled the death of rock'n'roll. Rock'n'roll is meant to be full of vitality and energy, and this album isn't. It sounds like it took six months to **** out. The Beatles were the victims of their success. This is middle-of-the-road rock music for plumbers. Or people who drive round in Citroens - the sort of corporate hippies who ruined rock...
  • Letters to the Editor (PC run amok)

    06/13/2007 12:49:45 PM PDT · by Borges · 10 replies · 241+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 6/10/07 | Martin J. Jacobs
    I found your repeated reference to Paul McCartney as "Macca" unsettling and distracting to the solid information in your story. Recent usage of that term in political circles (albeit, spelled a bit differently) evoked highly negative racial connotations as well as career-ending backlash for the ill-advised politician who used the term in reference to a political campaign opponent. I'm wondering if you thought the McCartney abbreviation was generationally cute, or perhaps otherwise. You're a grown up journalist. Write like one. Martin J. Jacobs, President/CEO, Lanmar Inc.
  • Her new cd ... an interesting title

    02/15/2007 6:03:53 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 59 replies · 909+ views
  • Apple Inc. and The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. enter into new agreement

    02/05/2007 10:21:46 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies · 779+ views
    Mac Daily News ^ | 02/05/2007
    Apple Press Release verbatim: CUPERTINO, California and LONDON—Apple Inc. and The Beatles’ company Apple Corps Ltd. are pleased to announce the parties have entered into a new agreement concerning the use of the name “Apple” and apple logos which replaces their 1991 Agreement. Under this new agreement, Apple Inc. will own all of the trademarks related to “Apple” and will license certain of those trademarks back to Apple Corps for their continued use. In addition, the ongoing trademark lawsuit between the companies will end, with each party bearing its own legal costs, and Apple Inc. will continue using its name...
  • All You Need Is Love: New Beatles Album Woos Fans

    11/22/2006 4:57:28 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 86 replies · 2,527+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 22, 2006 | Staff
    LONDON (AFP) - Fans have rushed to buy the first "new" Beatles album for a generation -- a radical remixing of some of the group's most famous songs -- more than 35 years after the break-up of the iconic band. "Love", which has the backing of surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, comprises 26 of the Fab Four's hit songs, but many of them mixed together using previously unheard material from the studio. "I hope this will help people to hear Beatles music again," said Giles Martin, son of the group's original producer Sir George Martin who is often...
  • Ain't Got No Cigarettes: Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller

    09/16/2006 5:58:25 PM PDT · by Nita Nupress · 260 replies · 10,651+ views
    My head | Nita Nupress
    BOOK REVIEW & DISCUSSION: Ain't Got No Cigarettes: Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller By Lyle E Style "It's an endless story about Roger. He was one of the cleverest people I've ever met in my life." (Waylon Jennings) This is my own review of Ain't Got No Cigarettes, the first Roger Miller book ever published. My review is based on reading the book (twice) and having several discussions with Lyle E Style, the author. He may stop by later to answer questions (as his schedule allows). This one is a must-read, folks. And for you radio personalities who...
  • McCartney is GQ's Man of the Year

    09/06/2006 12:27:15 PM PDT · by mcg2000 · 77 replies · 1,323+ views
    BBC ^ | September 6, 2006 | Staff
    Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney won the Man of the Year title at the GQ magazine awards held in London. Sir Paul was honoured for his latest album and his successful US tour. "Paul McCartney is not only one of our greatest living legends, he's also probably the most dignified," said GQ editor Dylan Jones. Other winners included Extras creator Ricky Gervais, presenter Jonathan Ross and singer Rod Stewart - who was given the outstanding achievement award. Embraced By PublicTop Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson won TV personality of the year, and received his award from Stewart's fiancee Penny Lancaster. GQ...
  • The U.S. Vs. John Lennon

    We live, as the pundits say, in the United States of Amnesia. Even so, did the makers of "The U.S. vs. John Lennon," an inquiry into our government's bizarre attempt to neutralize the perceived political juice of that famed English singer-songwriter, really need to spend half the movie explaining the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement to viewers? If things are really that bad, then perhaps the filmmakers should explain who John Lennon is. After all, the Beatles date back over 40 years. For those who do remember or are aware of the zeitgeist of the counterculture, this lengthy regurgitation...
  • The long and winding road . . . to God?

    08/18/2006 12:18:47 PM PDT · by Borges · 35 replies · 1,625+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | August 18, 2006 | CATHLEEN FALSANI
    Forty years ago, a young English pop singer said something that sparked such a cultural hullabaloo among many religious Americans that it makes the recent reaction to Madonna's strapping herself to a disco-ball-glittery crucifix seem like a collective shrug. In August 1966, an American magazine published a portion of a newspaper interview John Lennon of the Beatles had given a British journalist months earlier wherein the topic of religion -- Christianity in particular -- arose. "Christianity will go," Lennon said. "It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more...
  • Sacked Beatles drummer Pete Best still on the beat

    08/16/2006 10:34:06 AM PDT · by weegee · 38 replies · 1,102+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 16, 2006 | no byline
    COLONIE, N.Y. -- As the live beat of Beatles classics begins bouncing off the walls of the Elks Lodge, a man with a gray mustache stands before his drum set and speaks up in a Liverpool lilt. "Let's take you back," he tells the crowd, "to the days when I used to play with a bunch of guys by the names of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison." Ringo Starr's playing the Elks club? No. Meet Pete Best, the drummer booted from the band just before Beatlemania exploded. John, Paul, George and new guy Ringo went on to become voices...
  • Paul McCartney turns 64 Sunday

    06/16/2006 11:20:33 AM PDT · by weegee · 14 replies · 766+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Fri Jun 16, 10:29 AM ET | By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer
    LONDON - "When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now," sang Paul McCartney on "When I'm Sixty-Four," a jaunty tune from The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album. A spokesman would not say how McCartney planned to spend the day, but he could be excused for skipping a party. It has been a traumatic year, in which the former Beatle split from his wife of four years, Heather Mills McCartney, amid lurid headlines about their relationship and her past. "People seem to be interested in him as a celebrity, but not as a musician," said Beatles historian Peter Doggett...