Monthly Archives: February 2018

Rare photos of Beatle’s first world tour visit to Seattle

In August 1964, The Beatles had been playing together for four years and were embarking on their first official world tour. Seattle’s KeyArena, then called the Seattle Coliseum, was the third stop on their tour.

Timothy Eagan, a 19-year-old photographer from Queen Anne, was able to score a press pass from a family friend.

His photographs are now managed by MOHAI, who describes the scene: “The fearless teen elbowed his way up to the front of the stage to shoot three rolls of film.”

For more – and to see the photos, click here

4th February 1968 – Recording Across the Universe – With a Little Help…

February 4th 1968. The Beatles are recording Across the Universe at EMI, Abbey Road.

Half way through the session, Paul McCartney comes out of the Studio, and asks the fans that are gathered in the car park whether they could ‘hold a high note’.

Lizzie Bravo and Gayleen Pease said yes, and were led into the studio by Paul to sing backing vocals on Across the Universe!

The Beatles File Multi-Million Lawsuit to Crack Down on Counterfeit Goods

The Beatles‘ companies Apple Corps Ltd. and Subafilms Ltd. filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a list of 48 internet dealers and aliases for promoting, distributing and selling items that bear counterfeit logos or imitations of their respective trademarks. The defendants in the suit include shirtsforyou.net, B.F. Store, Good luck to you, GreenMango Store and HOOK ON YOU.

The lawsuit alleges trademark counterfeiting and infringement, “false designation of origins” to confuse potential buyers, common law unfair competition and common law trademark infringement. According to the lawsuit, the defendants are either located in or distribute their products from territories with lax trademark enforcement. Besides their own websites, the suit says the goods were also available from the sellers on commercial sites such as Amazon, eBay, Bonanza.com and Etsy.

According to the suit, the companies have sold items that include bed linens and pillowcases, apparel for men, women and toddlers, such as tank tops, T-shirts, jackets, hats, shoes, onesies, cases for mobile telephones, pendants, backpacks and doormats, and that the items are of “a quality substantially and materially different than that of Plaintiffs’ respective, genuine goods.” For more click here

More on the Beatles in India Film

Filmmaker Paul Saltzman (Prom Night in Mississippi) is working on a feature documentary about his own experience of being in India with The Beatles in the 1960s.

The Beatles travelled to Rishikesh, India in 1968 to study transcendental meditation on the banks of the Ganges. There, they ran into Canadian filmmaker Saltzman, who was seeking his own path to enlightenment. During their stay, Saltzman took intimate photographs of the group in an atypically informal setting (see above).

In the feature film, Saltzman revisits his experience by returning to India. Integral to the film is the background of how The Beatles began writing and rehearsing their famed White Album during their time in the country.

The project will feature rarely-seen footage, including in-depth interviews with the band.

Saltzman is also producing with Reynold D’Silva for Sunrise Films, Ren/oir Pictures and Silva Screen. They are aiming to wrap in time for a release in Autumn this year.

Silva Screen Group is financing together with private investors.

Saltzman’s credits include Prom Night In Mississippi, which premiered at Sundance in 2009, and The Last White Knight—Is Reconciliation Possible?, which premiered at Toronto in 2012.

Producer Reynold D’Silva commented: “The idea of a Beatles in India documentary has been with me since the mid-nineties. By pure coincidence, or perhaps it was fate, three separate people put me in touch with Paul early last year.

“It turned out he had been harbouring the idea for even longer than I had. After our first phone call, we were set on a path to produce the film together. Paul has a stellar track record in his field of producing and directing films. He has a clear vision with a profound knowledge of the subject matter borne out by the fact he was at the ashram in Rishikesh with The Beatles in February, 1968.”

D’Silva also produced last year’s ‘It Was 50 Years Ago Today’ film and owns 34 Montagu Square, where Ringo, Jimi Hendrix, and John and Yoko all lived.

New Chelsea Rock and Roll Walk for the Spring and Summer!

A new tour for the Spring and Summer!

Chelsea Rock Walk
On May 5, May 19, June 9, June 23, July 7 & July 21. at 2:30 pm from Sloane Square Station

There is no need to book for this tour – just turn up at the meeting point

The tour lasts just over two hours and costs 10pounds per person (8 pounds for full-time students and people aged 65+). Children under 15 go free if accompanied by an adult.

Visiting Chelsea area of London for rock’n’roll connections.

The town houses of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton

The squalid apartment shared by the Rolling Stones

The King’s Road

Where the cover was taken for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album

The former Chelsea Drug Store immortalised by the Rolling Stones

The site of Mary Quant’s first boutique

The infamous shop where the Sex Pistols were formed.

The recording studio where Pink Floyd made their first singles – and the power station featured on their famous album cover

plus many others!

For more details, and our other tours, see http://www.londonrockwalks.com

The Writing’s on the Abbey Road Wall

The perimeter wall of Abbey Road Studios has been written on by Beatles fans since the passing of John Lennon. So many people write on it that, every 2 months or so, the wall is repainted. It must be several inches thicker with paint than when it was first built.

It was last painted a week ago, but already it is filling up. Here are some of the highlights from the wall today:

We go to Abbey Road on my London Beatles Walks http://www.beatlesinlondon.com