All posts by Richard Porter

Inside SiriusXM’s 24/7 Beatles Channel

How programmers are finding countless ways to reexamine the Fab Four’s legacy

“Beatlemania is a temporary state of mind that can only be accurately described by the state of one under its influence.”

This snippet from an old news report was re-broadcast earlier this summer on SiriusXM’s “The Beatles Channel.” Once the phrase “temporary” is removed, it serves as a mission statement of sorts for this 24/7 bastion of Fab Four–focused programming. The maniacs have the wheel, and their madness is contagious.

The Beatles Channel, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, has an expansive mission. First and foremost, it hopes to broaden the Beatles’ narrative to encompass nearly everyone whose orbit they touched in any way. History is written by the winners, so how did the singers who were swept off the charts by the Beatles’ British Invasion fare? You knew that John Lennon was murdered, but did you know that James Taylor lived just a block away and heard those fatal shots from his window?

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New biography claims George Martin was “frozen out” when The Beatles recorded ‘The White Album’

Author Kenneth Womack claims relations between the “fifth Beatle” and the band were fraught during ‘The White Album’ sessions

A new biography claims that the Beatles producer, George Martin was “frozen out” when the band recorded  ‘The White Album’ in 1968.

According to The Guardian, it’s author, Kenneth Womack, claims a “cold war” broke out between Martin and the band with Martin speaking “only if he was called on by The Beatles.”

Gathering accounts from sound engineers and tape operators who worked on the sessions, the biography also claims that Martin would turn up to the sessions with “a large stack of newspapers and a giant bar of chocolate”, sitting at the back of the studio.

Womack said: “I asked them [the sound engineers] what George was doing when John was playing a particularly guitar part or when Ringo was working on some drum part…they would say ‘nothing, he was in the back of the booth, reading newspapers, sharing his chocolate with us.’ He was on a kind of chocolate-and-newspaper strike.”

Martin, who passed away in 2016, was known as the “fifth Beatle” due to his significant influence in producing all of the Beatles albums.

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John and Yoko ‘Imagine’ Film Coming to Cinemas

Imagine, the ground-breaking music film directed by John & Yoko, is coming to cinemas this September.

Get cinema tickets at http://imaginefilmtickets.com.
Remastered frame-by-frame from the original film negative and completely remixed from the ground up from the original audio multi-tracks in stunning Dolby Atmos and 7.1 Surround Sound, this collage of colour, sound, dream and reality stars John Lennon and Yoko Ono with George HarrisonFredAstaireJack Nicholson – Official,The Andy Warhol MuseumDick Cavett and many more.
The film will be accompanied by exclusive cinema-only bonus footage featuring John Lennon performing tracks in the studio with The Plastic Ono Band: George Harrison from The BeatlesNicky Hopkins (Nicholas Christian “Nicky” Hopkins) from The Rolling Stones, Alan White from YES (official), and dear friend Klaus Voormann.

Screenings taking place globally from September 17.

Find out more at http://imaginejohnyoko.com/the-films/
Get tickets at http://imaginefilmtickets.com

Paul McCartney’s 1965 Mini Cooper S DeVille up for sale!

Money can’t buy you love, but it could buy you Paul McCartney’s classic 1965 Mini Cooper S DeVille during the 11th annual Auburn Auction on September 1

 

Two things symbolise the era of free love that was the 1960s – The Beatles and Alec Issigonis’ revolutionary Mini. Discovering a combination of the two is a seldom-found opportunity, but the very 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S DeVille used by Paul McCartney is going under the hammer with Worldwide Auctioneers during the 11th annual Auburn Auction held at the National Auto & Truck Museum, Illinois, on September 1.

Offering peppy performance from a 1275cc four-cylinder engine, mated with a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic brakes, the heavily modified DeVille Cooper S isn’t quite the same machine as was immortalised by Paddy Hopkirk during the Monte Carlo Rally. Rather, the upmarket Mini was fitted with a host of custom interior and exterior touches, often to individual order.

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Beatles’ Indian hideaway comes together, 50 years on

Fifty years after the Beatles came to India, the bungalows where the Fab Four lived, the post office where John Lennon sent Yoko Ono postcards and the giggling guru’s house are all ruins.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram, where the world’s most famous group sought refuge and spirituality in 1968 and wrote much of their seminal “White Album”, fell into disuse in the early 2000s.

But thanks to the efforts of a group of locals, the site has been reclaimed from the jungle and tourists now roam where tigers and snakes were until recently the most common day trippers.

“Before, people used to sneak in, which could be dangerous,” said local journalist Raju Gusain, instrumental in rescuing the area overlooking Rishikesh in northern India.

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The Second Summer London Beatles Day 2018

Make your Travel plans today.

Record & CD Fair & LONDON BEATLES DAY
Saturday 18th August 2018
The August Summer London Beatles Day & Record & CD fair in Ealing (West London W5 2XA) is only a week away now, a ‘Liverpool preview’ for any early Beatles fans arriving in London ahead of the yearly pilgrimage to Liverpool (don’t forget to come and see us at the Marriott Hotel, postcode : L1 1RH right in Liverpool City Centre, Opposite Lime Street Railway Station from Thursday 23rd August onwards for our Free admission LIVERPOOL BEATLES RECORD & CD FAIR as well as other artists vinyl & CDs…from 60’s to the current day vinyl & CDs … )

We will be pleased to welcome you to the 2nd Summer London Beatles Day (including all artists Record & CD fair) which will take place on SATURDAY 18th AUGUST 2018 – it all takes place 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,

The event is FREE ADMISSION to all – Doors open from 10am to 4 pm.

The day will feature the usual great selection of EVERYTHING Beatles, new & second hand Records, LPs & 7”, books, CDs, DVDs & books, posters and much more! – There will be CRATE LOADS OF BEATLES VINYL! – at great prices in great condition…  forget the overpriced London shops get down to the LONDON BEATLES DAY you will not be disappointed… Plenty of boxes of vinyl in great condition for Beatles crate digging… Plenty of new items since the last event….

There will also be a very good selection of Non Beatles items for sale, New CDs @ discounted prices as well as a great selection of new & second hand vinyl including The Stones, Kinks, The Who, and a great selection from Punk to Soul…again many new items!

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 4pm.  The Beatles Day & Record fair will be in the Church Hall which is situated behind the main church look out for our signs …

Cheap car parking is close by, remember admission is FREE!

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

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

For more details please see :  www.beatlesdays.com

Or Tel : 07801 564622  or 07785 923695

 

Paul McCartney On Stones, Knighthood And A Wild Night With Fela Kuti

What dubious honour does Sir Paul’s title allow him? This and many other subjects were covered in his podcast conversation with Marc Maron.

Paul McCartney was the guest of honour at yesterday’s (8 August) fifth annual Capitol Congress, hosted by Capitol Music Group chief Steve Barnett at the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood. McCartney took part in a conversation of more than 70 minutes for a live podcast with Marc Maron, ahead of the 7 September release by Capitol of his new album Egypt Station.

During a frank and amusing discussion, the former Beatle spoke about the supposed advantages of being a knight of the realm; the only privilege, he said, is “being able to drive a flock of sheep through London.” He also talked about such recording adventures as his time with Linda McCartney and Denny Laine in Lagos, Nigeria making the classic Wings album Band On The Run.

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Paul McCartney Attends Capitol Records Event in Hollywood

Capitol Music Group hosted its fifth annual Capitol Congress today at Hollywood’s Arclight Theater. The day-long confab brings together employees from across Universal Music Group as well as some of the company’s top executives, chief among them: UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, who delivered introductory remarks this morning. The event has traditionally featured several top stars from the CMG roster, and this year was no different, only the bar was set even higher with an appearance by Paul McCartney.

The Beatles co-founder was presented with a special Capitol Icon Award by CMG chief Steve Barnett, who programmed the day’s sessions, performances and Q&As. McCartney was later interviewed by podcast host and “Glow” star Marc Maron, a talk that will make up an episode of his “WTF” show.

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