Monthly Archives: October 2017

Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin DB5 to be sold at Auction

Auction season is very upon us – this this is probably the most expensive item that will be sold – Paul McCartney’s old Aston Martin DB5 – which is like to sell for £1.5 million!!!

Paul ordered it shortly before going on a tour and it was delivered on September 22, just a few days after the premiere of Goldfinger, where Sean Connery’s James Bond also drove a DB5.

McCartney kept the Aston Martin for six years, racking up more than 40,000 miles during this period.

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Beatles Night Coming up on BBC4

On Friday November 11th, BBC 4 will be showing an evening of Beatles programmes for lovers of all things Fab Four.

And in the 100th anniversary year of the Russian Revolution and the 50th of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a good place to start is the 2009 Storyville documentary How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin.

Read more at http://www.whatsontv.co.uk/events/beatles-night/#4lqLhlQYTm7BotAd.99

John Lennon’s Original ‘Butcher’ Cover to be Sold

John Lennon’s personal copy of a Beatles album with hand-drawn sketches dubbed the world’s rarest album is set to fetch more than $200,000 as it goes up for auction.

The rare pre-production Yesterday and Today album with the infamous butcher cover will go up for auction on November 11 in Dallas, Texas.

It was John Lennon’s personal copy and sports one of his illustrations on the back of a man with his shovel and a dog in front of a setting sun.

The Yesterday and Today prototype was pulled two days after its release because of the controversial cover artwork and all were destroyed apart from a few – including this one owned by Lennon himself – before a tamer version was hurriedly re-released.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5031691/World-s-rarest-Beatles-album-goes-auction.html#ixzz4x1QK48YJ

John Lennon Postcard to be Auctioned

Months before John Lennon told The Beatles he wanted out, he was so focused on Yoko Ono … he hand wrote a Christmas card to her ex-husband, which is now available for wealthy collectors.

Lennon penned the card to music producer Tony Cox in December 1968. Cox and Ono were married from 1962-69 … so they weren’t officially divorced yet when Lennon wrote to him.

The card ain’t exactly full of holiday cheer, instead it’s all about Yoko moving out — “We took most of the stuff I think – we’re gradually going through it.” For more see http://www.tmz.com/2017/10/30/john-lennon-yoko-ono-christmas-card-to-ex/

23 October 2010 – Yoko Unveils a Plaque to John at 34 Montagu Square

October 23rd 2010. Pics I took of Yoko Ono unveiling the English Heritage blue plaque to John Lennon, at their former apartment, 34 Montagu Square. The apartment was actually owned by Ringo, and he lived there for a time with wife Maureen and son Zak. He later let Paul McCartney use it as a recording studio, and after that, Jimi Hendrix lived there. It was then John and Yoko’s first place together.

We go to Montagu Square on my London Beatles Walks. For full details see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

The full story of 34 Montagu Square is in my book ‘Guide to the Beatles London’ for full details see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com/#guideanddvd

My invite to the plaque unveiling
Yoko Ono unveiling the plaque to John Lennon at 34 Montagu Square

 

Was the word ‘Beatlemania’ coined in Gloucestershire?

It was more than 50 years ago but the gigs The Beatles played in Gloucestershire are committed to many memories of gig-goers at the time – but where did the term Beatlemania come from?

It’s been claimed that the word used to describe the hysteria which followed the Fab Four everywhere they went was invented in Gloucestershire, after a gig in Cheltenham.

For more see http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/word-beatlemania-coined-gloucestershire-660055

Paul McCartney and his band support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual global campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  Paul McCartney’s ‘One On One’ world tour has taken him to Brazil this month and in support of the campaign Paul and his band have been wearing pink wristbands on stage at his sold-out stadium shows.  By wearing pink wristbands Paul and his band are helping to convey an important public health message to his audiences.   The mission of the campaign is to help all effected by breast cancer through education, early detection, treatment and support services.

For more see https://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/paul-mccartney-and-his-band-support-breast-cancer-awareness-month

How Brian Epstein made the Sixties swing

There never was a time like it for these boys. Just look at the joy in their smiles. So young and fresh-faced in their inexpensive suits and ties, sensible, unshowy haircuts and polished black shoes.

At a glance you might think they are a works football squad, celebrating, along with their young coach from accounts, a lucky away win in an amateur cup first round with a ‘jump for joy’ photo-shoot.

But look more closely and those four young men on the left may seem rather familiar. As well they might, because they are John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney.

What they are celebrating — along with their friends Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas — isn’t goals, but No. 1 records in the pop charts.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5002222/How-Brian-Epstein-Sixties-swing.html#ixzz4w9SkWomF