Monthly Archives: July 2017

‘The Beatles: Yellow Submarine’ Coming to Comics in 2018

The Blue Meanies are about to invade comic book stores.In time for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ beloved animated movie Yellow Submarine, Titan Comics will release an all-new comic book adaptation of the feature.

The movie, originally released in July 1968, saw animated versions of Paul, John, George and Ringo led to Pepperland by Captain Fred in an attempt to rescue it from the menace of the music-hating Blue Meanies. A mix of psychedelia and straight-forward animation that featured unreleased Beatles tracks and a cameo from the live-action band themselves, Yellow Submarine went on to become both critically acclaimed — it received a New York Film Critics Circle Special Award in 1968 — and warmly embraced by fans.

One of those fans is responsible for next year’s comics edition. Bill Morrison, the longtime Bongo Comics creator and newly announced incoming editor of MAD Magazine, will write and illustrate the special edition, fulfilling a decades-held dream in the process.

For more info, see: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/beatles-yellow-submarine-coming-comics-2018-1019507

A preview of the Yellow Submarine comic

#PeaceAndLove to Ringo Starr in Studio One at Abbey Road Studios Today!

Just back from wishing Ringo ‘Peace and Love’ on his birthday in Studio One at Abbey Road.

We were allowed in at around 11.45am – around the studio were many keyboard instruments used by the Beatles on their records in the studios. Behind the stage were placards with ‘All You Need is Love’ on – similar to those used on the ‘All You Need is Love’ ‘Our World’ TV broadcast -that was broadcast from this very room 50 years ago last month.

Giles Martin (an unexpected bonus!) introduced the event, and told how important Abbey Road was to him, not the least because his mother and father first met there! We were then given a nice speech by Mirek Styles of Abbey Road, of the history of Studio One.

Jonathan Clyde of Apple then introduced a recording of Ringo giving a countdown to 12 noon, when everyone said ‘Peace and Love’ and did the peace sign. Jonathan then played the video of the Beatles ‘All You Need is Love’ broadcast. It was very emotional seeing and hearing this in the very room it was filmed in.

Thanks to Irina PorterBarbara Simpson and Paul Endacott for sharing the event with me – and to Cathy Hawkes from Apple for inviting me along.

Here is Giles Martin’s welcoming speech https://www.facebook.com/richard.porter.5815/videos/10212031128066875/

Mirek Styles of Abbey Road Studios, telling the story of Studio One https://www.facebook.com/richard.porter.5815/videos/10212031456235079/

Jonathan Clyde of Apple, introducing Ringo’s ‘Peace and Love’ to the world at 12 Noon

Jonathan Clyde from Apple introducing Ringo's 'Peace and Love' to the world at 12 noon #PeaceAndLove

Posted by Richard Porter on Friday, 7 July 2017

 

 

Mirek Styles of Abbey Road Studios, telling the history of the Studio in Studio One at the Ringo Peace and Love event today. #PeaceAndLove

Posted by Richard Porter on Friday, 7 July 2017

Giles Martin Introducing the Peace and Love event to Ringo Starr in Studio One, Abbey Road Studios
Blogger Richard Porter and wife Irina, on the steps of Abbey Road Studios Today
The cakes to celebrate Ringo’s 77th birthday in Studio One at Abbey Road today
Inside Studio One for the Peace and Love for Ringo on his birthday event today

When John met Paul – It Was 60 Years Ago Today!

So, on July 6th 1957 Ivan Vaughan had the foresight to take his friend Paul McCartney along to St Peter’s Church Fete to see his friend, John Lennon, play with his band the Quarrymen. ‘Ivy’ introduced Paul to John in St Peter’s Church Hall, where Paul McCartney showed off his musical talent, and was later asked to join the band. They start writing songs together, and got pretty good at it.

Paul bought his friend, George Harrison into the band, and they changed their name to the Beatles. Then Ringo came into the band and the Beatles music spread worldwide.

Two people touched by the music, was Richard Porter (me :>) who was moved to start a Beatles Fan Club in London. Around the same time Irina Dyomkina was equally moved in Moscow, USSR, to start a Beatles Fan club there. Irina and Richard met in 1990 and married in 2004. Their daughter, Lilia, was born in 2007.

So today we raise a glass to Ivan Vaughan, without whom…..

The Quarrymen, July 6th 1957
Ivan Vaughan
Richard, Irina and Lilia Porter

Wish Peace and Love to Ringo on his Birthday INSIDE Abbey Road Studios! – an Update

Update – we think only 100 people will be given access to Studio One – so arrive early!

Come together for a moment of Peace & Love at Abbey Road Studios on Friday 7 July, as part of Ringo Starr’s annual Peace & Love Birthday Celebration. Abbey Road Studios are inviting a limited number of fans into Studio One to participate in a live Facebook broadcast of the ‘Peace & Love’ message.

To access this event, you will need one of Ringo’s ‘Peace & Love’ bracelets, available for free exclusively from the Abbey Road Shop. Bracelets will be available while stocks last on Friday 7 July starting from 9.30 am.

Ringo also invites everyone everywhere to think, say, or post #PeaceandLove at noon their local time, thus generating a wave of Peace & Love that moves over the planet on July 7 starting at noon in New Zealand and ending at noon in Hawaii.

It’s very apt the event is in Studio One, because it’s in there on June 25th 1967, the Beatles recorded ‘All You Need is Love’ in front of a worldwide audience of 400 Million people, for the worldwide TV broadcast ‘Our World’.

Wish Peace and Love to Ringo on his Birthday INSIDE Abbey Road Studios!

Come together for a moment of Peace & Love at Abbey Road Studios on Friday 7 July, as part of Ringo Starr’s annual Peace & Love Birthday Celebration. Abbey Road Studios are inviting a limited number of fans into Studio One to participate in a live Facebook broadcast of the ‘Peace & Love’ message.

To access this event, you will need one of Ringo’s ‘Peace & Love’ bracelets, available for free exclusively from the Abbey Road Shop. Bracelets will be available while stocks last on Friday 7 July starting from 9.30 am.

Ringo also invites everyone everywhere to think, say, or post #PeaceandLove at noon their local time, thus generating a wave of Peace & Love that moves over the planet on July 7 starting at noon in New Zealand and ending at noon in Hawaii.

It’s very apt the event is in Studio One, because it’s in there on June 25th 1967, the Beatles recorded ‘All You Need is Love’ in front of a worldwide audience of 400 Million people, for the worldwide TV broadcast ‘Our World’.

 

Summer ‘London Beatles Day’ Coming Soon!

Saturday 22nd July 2017.
It’s not long now until the summer London Beatles Day in Ealing (London W5 2XA)

We will be very pleased to welcome you to the Summer London Beatles Day which will take place on SATURDAY 22nd July 2017 at The Christ Saviour Church Hall In the heart of Ealing in West London on New Broadway (which runs into the Uxbridge Road) London, W5 2XA, from 10am…

The event is  FREE ADMISSION !

(PLEASE NOTE: due to a nightime function in the hall, we are closing at 3.30pm for this event only…)

The event will feature the usual great selection of EVERYTHING Beatles, Records, books, CDs, DVDs & books, posters and much more! – Lots of Beatles vinyl at great prices and in great condition, forget the London shops get down to the BEATLES DAY you will not be disappointed… Plenty of boxes of vinyl for Beatles crate digging!

There will also be a very good selection of Non Beatles items for sale, CDs, vinyl, books etc…
The venue is situated on the main road served by plenty of buses & only a 5-minute walk from Ealing Broadway Station (Central & District lines tube & main line station) plenty of food & drink options in the area. The event will be open from 10am to 3.30pm.  The Beatles Day will be in the Church Hall which is situated behind the main church look out for our signs! … cheap car parking is close by.

Please remember on a Saturday there is NO congestion charge in London

We look forward to seeing new & existing collectors & fans – don’t forget it’s FREE to come in…

For more details see: www.beatlesdays.com

Liverpool to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the day John Met Paul

THE DAY JOHN MET PAUL

THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT ST. PETER’S CHURCH CHURCH RD, LIVERPOOL L25 5JF

ADMISSION £2.50 ON THE DOOR

On 6 July 1957, 60 years ago this summer, John Lennon and his band The Quarrymen followed a marching band through the streets of Woolton to play at the annual St. Peter’s Garden Fete.  That afternoon he met Paul McCartney and together they went on to change the face of music forever.

This year, on 6 July 2017, 60 years to the day, we will be celebrating the anniversary of The Quarrymen’s performance at the Fete, and the day John met Paul.  We will step back in time to replicate the Fete and the Grand Dance at the Church Hall.  This will be a community collaboration with the Church and Bishop Martin School where the original Fete took place.

All the elements of a typically English garden fete will be celebrated, including the children’s fancy dress party and the Crowning of the Rose Queen.  Amongst the many attractions will be games, cake sales, refreshments, and much more and, of course, dancing to the music of The Quarrymen and other artists.

10 years into the future, the 1967 Summer of Love, another marching band was born.  2017 also celebrates the 50thanniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  It’s safe to say that The Beatles may not have happened if it had not been for the 6 July 1957 – the Day John Met Paul.

For more details see https://www.cavernclub.org/events/event/the-day-john-met-paul/?date=2017-07-06

Paul McCartney to Gain Control of the Lennon/McCartney songs?

Paul McCartney has come to an out of court agreement with Sony over the control of the songs he wrote with John Lennon.

McCartney sued Sony in January asking the court for a declaration that he could soon reclaim his copyright ownership share to the iconic group’s catalog of songs. Because the Copyright Act of 1976 lengthened the term of copyright protection by 19 years, it created for owners of works who signed over their rights on or before Jan. 1, 1978 the non-waivable right to reclaim them after a certain period of time. The provision McCartney relied on here states specifically: “Termination of the grant may be effected at any time during a period of five years beginning at the end of fifty-six years from the date copyright was originally secured, or beginning on January 1, 1978, whichever is later.”

For Paul McCartney, the important date is October 5th 2018, the 56th anniversary of the release of the Beatles first single ‘Love Me Do’.

Yoko One made an agreement with Sony many years ago.

It’s interesting that many of the reports on this are saying that McCartney will be ‘regaining’ control of the songs. Actually, he’s never had control before. To start with, a music publishing company was set up called ‘Northern Songs’ with publisher Dick James. James had about 50% of the shares, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney about 20% each. Dick James sold his shares to Lew Grade of ATV, and in a fierce battle to get control of he songs, Apple (the Beatles company that is) lost out and ATV got full control. The songs were then sold on and sold again in the early 80s when Michael Jackson bought them from pretty much under Paul’s nose, when they were working together. Jackson then got into financial problems, and sold a portion of his shares to Sony, to being the company Sony/ATV. Jackson’s family have since sold all their shares to Sony.

For more on this, see http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7850068/paul-mccartney-sony-atv-settlement-beatles-rights