HOW JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO’S MONTREAL BED-IN LED TO ‘GIVE PEACE A CHANCE’

Two months after their Amsterdam “Bed-In for Peace” drew worldwide attention, John Lennon and Yoko Ono chose Montreal as the site for a second event. The Montreal bed-in, which began May 26, 1969, and lasted a week, ended with the recording of one of the most enduring protest songs: “Give Peace a Chance.”

New York was the the couple’s first choice for the bed-in but Lennon’s 1968 pot conviction kept them barred from the U.S. Plan B was the Bahamas, which proved too hot, expensive and remote for press coverage. Lennon and Ono then headed north to Toronto. On their arrival, they told the Toronto press why they decided to stage a second bed-in.

“The whole effect of our bed-ins has made people talk about peace,” Lennon said. “We’re trying to interest young people in doing something about peace. But it must be done by non-violent means — otherwise there can only be chaos. We’re saying to the young people — and they have always been the hippest ones — we’re telling them to get the message across to the squares.”

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A LITTLE HEALTH FROM MY FRIENDS

Paul McCartney has given permission for The Beatles song With A Little Help From My Friends to be used for an National Health Service charity single, to celebrate its’ 70th anniversary.

This story was from ‘The Sun’ newspaper, so I’m not going to link to it. Just to say though that the single will feature the NHS Choir and loads of celebs in a ‘Band Aid’ style record.

May 25th 1967 – It’s All Too Much!

Or too long!

On May 25th 1967, the Beatles came to De Lane Lea Studios in Kingsway, London,  to record George Harrison’s song It’s All Too Much for their forthcoming film, Yellow Submarine. As the studio wasn’t owned by EMI, none of the usual personnel like George Martin or Geoff Emerick from EMI Studios could accompany them, and it seems the Beatles produced the session themselves – which probably explains the rather chaotic recording! The final version of the song lasted for over 8 minutes. If it had been released in that form, it would have been the longest Beatles song ever. However, it was edited down for the film and for the album.

To hear the full 8 minute version click here.

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Demand for ‘holy grail’ Beatles footage refused in high court

Footage of The Beatles filmed in 1966 during their only Japanese tour will remain in the Tokyo metropolitan government vaults after a high court upheld a ruling dismissing a Nagoya-based citizens’ group’s demand for its release.

“Joho Kokai Shimin Center” (Information disclosure citizen center) headed by lawyer Satoshi Shinkai, a longtime Beatles fan, had appealed the earlier district court ruling.

At the Tokyo High Court on May 23, presiding Judge Hiroshi Noyama supported the lower court’s verdict that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s decision to not disclose some of the footage was “reasonable.”

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Beatles Related TV Studios to Become A Theatre

It has just been announced that the TV Studios where the Beatles filmed their appearances on ‘Ready Steady Go’, and their own TV special ‘Around the Beatles’ is to be turned into a theatre. They also made one of their first TV appearance there on the children’s show ‘Tuesday Rendevous’.

The studios were owned by Associated- Rediffusion TV and were called Wembley TV Studios. ‘Ready Steady Go’ was perhaps the best ever music show on television in the UK. The highlight was probably an amazing show starring Otis Redding. To see this show click here

Later, the studios became known as Fountain Studios, and hosted the X Factor – how the mighty fall!

The new theatre complex will open this autumn. For more on the new theatre click here

THE CAVERN CLUB NAMED IN TOP 10 UK LANDMARKS

THE CAVERN CLUB HAS TODAY BEEN NAMED AS THE EIGHTH BEST-RATED LANDMARK IN THE UK IN THE TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE TM AWARDS FOR LANDMARKS, ANNOUNCED BY THE TRAVEL PLANNING AND BOOKING SITE, TRIPADVISOR.

The iconic live music venue, which famously launched The Beatles’ career along with that of many other famous British musicians, has steadily climbed in the rankings, rising one spot from its ninth place ranking in last year’s UK list.

Travellers’ Choice Landmarks awards honour top landmarks worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

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THE BEATLES’ YELLOW SUBMARINE GRAPHIC NOVEL IS COMING THIS AUGUST

Yellow Submarine is a colourful and surreal trip into the land of the Blue Meanies. Once you’ve seen the film, set to some of the Fab Four’s most familiar and haunting songs, you’ll never forget the stunning visuals… but you might have a little bit of trouble understanding what it’s actually about. Thanks to Titan Comics, you’ll have the chance to pore through the story time and time again with an upcoming graphic novel adaptation.

Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison and colored by Nathan Kane, the Yellow Submarine graphic novel is scheduled for release on August 28, 2018 to coincide with the film’s 50th anniversary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA6qOMUPmmA

The Beatles’ Esher Demos: The Lost Basement Tapes That Became the White Album

Rob Sheffield’s book Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World is a celebration of the band, from the longtime Rolling Stonecolumnist. It tells the weird saga of how four lads from Liverpool became the world’s biggest pop group, then broke up – yet somehow just kept getting bigger. Dreaming the Beatles, out in paperback on June 19th, follows the ballad of John, Paul, George and Ringo, from their Sixties peaks to their afterlife as a cultural obsession. In this section, Sheffield explores one of the Beatles’ unheard treasures – the May 1968 Esher demos they recorded at George Harrison’s pad, preparing for the White Album, not suspecting their friendship was about to turn upside down.

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