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The Beatles Apple Corps Still Bring in the profits

The Beatles still rake in £67,000 a day from a company they formed before they split, nearly 50 years ago.
Apple Corps, set up in 1968 to manage their affairs, declared a turnover of £24.4 million for the year ending January 31.  It is owned by surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as George Harrison and John Lennon’s widows Olivia and Yoko Ono. Accounts show each was paid £2.97 million in “aggregate fees for promotional services, name and likeness”.

For more on this story see http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/beatles-still-make-day-67000-11348048

Another 5 Star Review on Trip Advisor for my London Beatles Walk

Another 5 star review on Trip Advisor :>)
“Best Beatles Walk
If you are a Beatles fan then you will love touring London with Richard P! My family had the pleasure of joining Richard on the Beatles “In My Life” walk and enjoyed every moment. The tour is very informative and hits many great spots such as John and Yoko’s home, film locations for Beatles movies, and ends at Abbey Road. Richard is knowledgeable, projects well so you can hear every word he says, and takes great care to make sure the tour stays safe and together when walking down the streets of London. I want to go back to London just to experience more tours with this company!”
For more on my tours see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

AIR Studios Saved in Planning Victory

Aworld-famous recording studio where leading symphony orchestras, Sir Paul McCartney, U2 and Liam Gallagher have performed has won a legal battle to stop a neighbour digging a vast “iceberg” basement.

Air Studios in north London feared that it would be forced to close because the noise and vibrations from months of construction work would shatter the silence essential for recording.

Air was founded by Sir George Martin

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/12/famous-london-studio-wins-two-years-battle-sound-silence/

New Book on the Making of John Lennon’s album ‘Imagine’ to be Released

Yoko Ono will share the story of the making of John Lennon’s album “Imagine” in a “landmark publication” with Thames & Hudson.

The book is due for release in October 2018 and will contain “unseen photographs, artefacts and new interviews” with the people who were there when the album was conceived and recorded.

This year Ono belatedly received an official co-credit on the album’s title track, in accordance with Lennon’s wishes.

Ono said: “A lot has been written about the creation of the song, the album and the film of ‘Imagine’, mainly by people who weren’t there, so I’m very pleased and grateful that now, for the first time, so many of the participants have kindly given their time to ‘gimme some truth’ in their own words and pictures.”

 

New Play About John Lennon to Open in Liverpool

Today (Monday, 9 October) marks what would have been the 77th birthday of the legendary singer, songwriter, musician, peace campaigner and BeatleJohn Winston Lennon.

And in just over six months time, new comedy play Lennon’s Banjo will premiere at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre – telling the fascinating and touching story behind the beginning of the singer’s musical journey, influenced by his mother Julia.

Produced by Pulse Records Ltd in association with Bill Elms, Lennon’s Banjo will open at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre on Tuesday 24 April 2018 for a two-week run, continuing through until Saturday 5 May.

On 9 October 1957, a young John Lennon would have been celebrating his 17th birthday. It was the last birthday he would spend with his mother, Julia, who was killed the following Spring in a road traffic accident.

It was well documented that Lennon was estranged from his parents and brought up by his Aunt Mimi. He said in many of his interviews: “I lost my mother twice. Once when I was five-years-old when she left me with my Aunt Mimi, and again at 17 when she was run over by a drunken off-duty police officer.”

It was Julia Lennon who introduced John to the world of pop music, teaching him to play rock and roll on a banjo, given to her by John’s grandfather. Lennon often recounted how he would sneak off to visit his mum who lived only a few miles away. There, he would learn to play songs like ‘That’ll Be The Day’. He has been quoted as saying: “Mum would sit there with endless patience until I managed to work out all the chords.”

Mysteriously, the banjo went missing shortly after Julia Lennon’s death and no-one has set eyes on it since. One thing is certain though, if it did resurface it is estimated to be worth in the region of five million pounds.

Stage play Lennon’s Banjo is written by Rob Fennah, who will also co-produce the show. No stranger to theatre, Fennah wrote the stage play adaptation of Helen Forrester’s ‘Twopence to Cross the Mersey’.

 The play is based on the 2012 novel ‘Julia’s Banjo’ by Rob Fennah and Helen A Jones.

 Lennon’s Banjo is directed by Mark Heller and a full all-star cast will be announced soon.

Rob Fennah commented:The show tells the story of a Beatles tour guide who uncovers a clue to the whereabouts of Lennon’s missing banjo. It’s like The Beatles meets the Da Vinci Code. As a big Beatles fan, I have matched the story to historical reality including dates, places and events.

 “Next year marks the 60th anniversary of Julia’s tragic death. John idolised his mother. Julia’s banjo played a vital part in hers and John’s lives; nurturing and developing John’s musical talent; and of course, the history of popular music. Without the banjo, The Beatles would never have happened – that’s quite monumental when you think of the banjo in that context.

 “I want fellow Beatles fans to enjoy the romp through Beatledom in search of the holy grail of pop music and come out of the theatre believing, as I do, that the banjo is still out there somewhere just waiting to be found.”

 The creative team behind the show are delighted to announce the Fab Four Production Partners on-board are The Cavern, The Beatles Story, Hard Days Night Hotel, and The Beatles Shop.

 So where do the facts end and the fiction begin? Everything will be revealed in this fast paced, comic caper, multi-media play.

 Missing for 60 years… The holy grail of pop is now worth millions to whoever finds it!

Watch the Promo Video here  https://youtu.be/ddpVnRStAmo   

 For more info visit www.lennonsbanjo.com

FULL TOUR LISTING

LENNON’S BANJO

Epstein Theatre
Tue 24 April – Sat 5 May 2018

HOW TO BOOK

 Tickets are on sale now. 

EPSTEIN THEATRE

ONLINE: www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk CALL: 0844 888 4411

IN PERSON: Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ |Mon-Thu 2pm-6pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-6pm

TICKETQUARTER
ONLINE:
www.ticketquarter.co.uk CALL: 0844 8000 410

IN PERSON: Echo Arena Box Office, Kings Dock, Liverpool

 

Robert Whitaker Website Include lots of Beatles Photos

The website for the late photographer, Robert Whitaker, has just been updated, with lots of Beatles photos, including many rarely seen. Robert notoriously took the photo used on the Yesterday and Today LP in America, which shows the Beatles in white coats, draped with dismembered dolls and raw meat – the ‘butcher cover’. However, he took photos of the Beatles on many other occasions too, and many of these are included here. Go to https://www.robertwhitakerphotography.com/