Monthly Archives: March 2018

George Harrison: Henley-on-Thames memorial garden planned

Plans are under way to create a memorial garden for George Harrison in the town he made his home.

Kellie Hinton, mayor of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, said talks had progressed with his widow Olivia and charity the Material World Foundation.

The Beatles legend moved to the Grade II-listed Friar Park in Henley, where Mrs Harrison still lives, in the 1970s.

A previous campaign to erect a statue to the former Beatle was halted following a request from Mrs Harrison.

But Ms Hinton said the charity had confirmed Mrs Harrison was in favour of a garden inspired by the singer and guitarist instead.

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Paul McCartney Attends London Premiere of ‘My Generation’

The Fab Three! Sir Paul McCartney, 75, is joined by his lookalike grandson Arthur, 18, and daughter Mary, 48, as he attends screening of My Generation

While he’s secured his place in history as one of Britain’s most prolific rock stars, he’s also been known to be quite the devoted family man.

And Sir Paul McCartney stayed true to form on Wednesday night, when he stepped out with his daughter Mary McCartney, 48, and his 18-year-old lookalike grandson Arthur, 18, as he attended a screening of the new film My Generation in London.

Photographer Mary was flanked by her handsome son and father as they posed on the red carpet outside the English capital’s BFI Southbank ahead of viewing the Michael Caine-narrated documentary about London in the 1960s.

 

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Paul McCartney with daughter Mary and Grandson Alistair

Beatles London Concert Venue to Become a Comedy Club

The historic former Granada cinema in Walthamstow is to set to be turned into a 1,000 comedy venue and theatre, Waltham Forest Council has announced.

The council is to purchase the venue, which was once graced by the likes of The Beatles and The Who, for £2.6m from current owners EMD Walthamstow LLP and is in discussions with Soho Theatre to operate the venue.

Renovation of the site is estimated to take around three years to complete but when it is finished it is expected to add between £34m and £52m to the local economy over a ten year period, according to the council.

The Beatles first appeared at the Granada on May 24th 1963, on the Roy Orbisson tour, and also on 24th October 1964

 Walthamstow Granada

Ken Dodd RIP

We woke up to the news this morning that Sir Ken Dodd has passed away, aged 90. Ken was an absolute comedy legend, from Knotty Ash, Liverpool. As my friend Andrew Lancel put it, “The Beatles are the heart beat of the city of Liverpool. Ken Dodd is the funny bone.”

The Beatles appeared on stage and on TV with Ken on many occasions. Here is a great interview from 1963

I feel like pushing a cucumber through a neighbour’s letterbox and shouting, ‘The Martians are coming!’ (Doddy Joke)

Here is a nice Obituary from the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43367267

 

 

 

‘Fifth Beatle’ Series on Brian Epstein Coming to TV

Bravo Media continues its commitment to scripted programming with the development announcement of limited event series “The Fifth Beatle.”  From Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Sonar Entertainment, the project is based on Tony Award-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary’s critically acclaimed bestselling graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story,” exploring the complicated personal life of the band’s visionary manager who helped catapult the Fab Four to international stardom.  Tiwary will pen the series adaptation and serve as executive producer along with Leopoldo Gout.  The project includes Tiwary’s access to the John Lennon-Paul McCartney song catalog, the first Beatles-related biopic to secure such rights.

“The Fifth Beatle” recounts the true story of the legendary Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, a brilliant yet often tormented dreamer who discovered the band in the Cavern Club in Liverpool, then nurtured, protected and guided them to unprecedented worldwide success. As a gay Jewish man living in 1960s England where homosexuality was a felony, Epstein was a double outsider who struggled to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.  He was instrumental in the Fab Four’s rise to fame and saw their potential when no one else did.  Yet behind the music, Epstein suffered from loneliness and his crushing desires to be one of the boys and belong.   Epstein grew to become not only the engineer of Beatlemania, but also a key architect of the cultural revolution of the sixties with his ambition to change the world and spread the Beatles’ messages of love and peace.

Published by Dark Horse Comics, “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story” was written by Vivek J. Tiwary with art by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker.

THE FIFTH BEATLE is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling graphic novel and forthcoming feature film recounting the untold true story of Brian Epstein– the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool, nurtured, protected, and guided them to international stardom, but died painfully lonely at the age of 32. Read more at thefifthbeatle.com/story.

‘Guide to the Beatles’ London’ Book Now Available

The sixties were a fun time when everything came together, and London was fab – it really was then, … it was really jumping. And there were The Beatles and the pirate radio stations and all that, and a general loosening up. Of course the war had gone by then and rationing had finished so people started throwing their legs in the air and having a good time. It was a good place to be, around London, in the sixties.Kenny Everett, DJ and producer of the Beatles Christmas records

About the Book

 

  • walking tour of Beatles sites in Central London and also details of sites further out from the centre
  • maps and directions how to get there
  • an essential souvenir of the London Beatles walking tours, plus an independent guide to many more Beatles places in London not visited on the tours
  • scores of previously unpublished and rare photos, including The Beatles at their homes and in Abbey Road Studios
  • stories from people who worked with the Beatles, including Alistair Taylor, Brian Epstein’s personal assistant, top record producer Alan Parsons and top DJ Kenny Everett
  • written by Richard Porter – professional Beatles tour guide, former editor ‘Off the Beatle Track’ magazine and renowned Beatles expert
  • unique content and professional design make it an ideal momento of your trip to London, or a special present for your Beatle fan friend!

 

Contents: The book is divided into the followings sections

 

  • The Story of The Beatles in London. A chronological history from their first visit to London to their break-up.
  • A walking tour of The Beatles London. A three hour walking tour around major Beatles locations in Central London.
  • Drive My Car. Other Beatles locations in and around London.
  • Further Information for Beatles Fans. More information of use to Beatles fans coming to London.

 

Places included in the book include Abbey Road Studios, the former Apple building at 3 Savile Row, the Beatles homes, offices, recording studios and many others. However, the book is more about the people that frequented the buildings, rather than the buildings themselves.

 

  • find out what John Lennon was doing outside some public toilets in 1966
  • discover which famous Beatles song was recorded in a studio next to a strip club
  • learn how some ladies tights saved an important Beatles event
  • uncover who were the Apple Scruffs featured in the George Harrison song

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Geoffrey Ellis Dies

I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of Geoffrey Ellis  – a long time associate of Brian Epstein, and friend of the Beatles. I met Geoffrey at the unveiling of a blue plaque to Brian Epstein at Sutherland House, where NEMS Enterprises had their London Offices. RIP Geoffrey.

Here is his obituary from The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/geoffrey-ellis-obituary-gtnc22d83

Geoffrey Ellis at the lunch after the plaque unveiling

Tourists could be advised to stay away from Mathew Street at the weekends – by tour guides

Tour guides are on the brink of telling visitors to AVOID Mathew Street – the most famous street in Liverpool city centre – at the weekends.

Charlotte Martin, a Liverpool City Green Badge and Beatle Tour Guide and vice chair of the Association of Liverpool Tour Guides, said: “It’s becoming more like Benidorm than Liverpool and it’s wrong.

“Some guides are currently reluctant to take tourists along Mathew Street and if things don’t change I think they will not only stop taking groups there but also actively discourage people from visiting it themselves.

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Beatles-signed Peterborough hotel register at auction

A hotel visitors’ book signed by all four members of the Beatles is expected to fetch about £10,000 at auction.

The Fab Four checked in to The Bull Hotel in Peterborough on 2 December 1962, ahead of a gig in the city.

Their handwritten entries might have left the owner a little concerned, however, as Paul McCartney wrote that he expected to have 58 people in his room, and John Lennon would have 33.

Omega Auctions, from Merseyside will put it under the hammer on 24 March.

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