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The Beatles on the Cover of Latest ‘Uncut’ Magazine

What do you do when you’ve just released the most significant album in rock history? For The Beatles in late 1967, the answer was simple: go back to work, but in the most playful way possible. In our new issue of Uncut, out on Thursday in the UK (though hopefully subscribers should have their copies sooner), we mark the 50th anniversary of recording sessions which turned into parties, psychedelic and spiritual adventures (“George swore to me he could levitate”), destabilising tragedies and, eventually, a redemptive and surreal trip into the unknown – the Magical Mystery Tour. “The songs had changed, our attitudes had changed,” says Ringo Starr. “Our well-being had changed.”

Uncut Magazine

Ringo Starr’s New Album is Out Now

Ringo Starr’s new album ‘ Give More Love’ is now available worldwide

Recorded at Ringo’s home studio in Los Angeles, Give More Love has 10 new tracks featuring collaborations with friends including: We’re on the Road Again featuring Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather; Laughable co-written and performed with Peter Frampton as well as Benmont Tench, Timothy B. Schmit, Richard Page and Amy Keys; Show Me the Way co-written and performed with Steve Lukather and with Paul McCartney; Speed of Sound co-written with Richard Marx and featuring Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton and Nathan East; Standing Still co-written with Gary Burr; King of the Kingdom including performances by Dave Stewart and Edgar Winter; Electricity co-written with Glen Ballard and featuring Joe Walsh and Don Was; So Wrong For So Long co-written and performed with Dave Stewart; Shake It Up co-written and performed with Gary Nicholson and including Don Was and Edgar Winter; and Give More Love co-written with Gary Nicholson including Timothy B. Schmit and All Starrs Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.

Give More Love also has four bonus tracks: Back Off Boogaloo, You Can’t Fight Lightning, Photograph and Don’t Pass Me By.  This version of Back Off Booglaloo is based on the original recording Ringo made when he wrote the song. He recently discovered the tape when he moved houses. The other three bonus tracks are collaborations based on performances from Starr’s 2016 Peace & Love Birthday event. Alberta Cross performed You Can’t Fight Lightning and Vandaveer performed Photograph and Don’t Pass Me By. Starr loved their renditions and asked them to each record them for his new album, also adding his own vocals.

Order Give More Love here:

In October, Starr will hit the road in the U.S. with his All Starrs, the same beloved lineup he has performed with since 2012: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Hamm and Gregg Bissonette.

Ringo & His All Starr Band 2017 Tour Dates:
Oct. 13-14, 17, 20-21, 24, 27-28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Oct. 30 – El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
Oct. 31 – Austin TX @ Moody Theater
Nov. 2 – Sugarland, TX @ Smart Sugarland Civic Center
Nov. 4 – Thackerville, OK @ Global Events Center at Winstar
Nov. 7-8 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
Nov. 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater
Nov. 12 – Norfolk, VA @ ODU Pavilion
Nov. 14 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Nov. 15 – New York City, NY @ Beacon Theater
Nov. 16 – Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center


Ringo Starr – Give More Love


Sir Bruce Forsyth

We are all very sad to hear about the passing of Sir Bruce Forsyth – truly a giant of British TV.

For us Beatles fans, he introduced the ‘Fabs’ onto mainstream family TV when they appeared on the show ‘Sunday Night at the London Palladium’ – where lots of people have said ‘Beatlemania’ began.

But Bruce was much more than that – we was really the star of Saturday night TV, with his shows ‘The Generation Game’ and more recently ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. The world will be a less entertaining place without ‘Brucie’ in it.

‘Didn’t he do well’  RIP Sir Bruce.

Bruce Forsyth with the Beatles on Sunday Night at the London Palladium

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney!

Happy 75th Birthday to Paul McCartney! Here are some pics I’ve taken of Paul over the years.

Richard Porter with Paul McCartney, Abbey Road, 1997
Paul McCartney outside AIR Studios 1982
Paul outside AIR Studios 1983
Paul at his ‘pop up’ concert in Covent Garden, London 2013

An afternoon with George’s Photos and Lyrics, Olivia Harrison- and Woody Harrelson!

Yes, that was some day. I had my usual Beatles walk in the morning, and afterwards went to the ‘I Me Mine’ Exhibition at the Elms Lesters Painting Room, just off Charing Cross Road. On the outside wall was a huge poster of George, so we knew we were in the right place :>) The exhibition is loads of photos of George, framed and displayed beautifully, but the highlight is a huge display of George’s hand written lyrics!
The nicest was George’s song to Ringo.
We were there about an hour, and was looking through some amazing Genesis Publications books, when Olivia Harrison walked in. She came right up to us, and remarked on how good the books were. We were looking at the new version of ‘Songs By George Harrison’ and she remarked she hadn’t seen it yet herself :>)
Olivia gave some interviews to some media people and chatted to some of the guests. Then,about 20 minutes later, Woody Harrelson and his family came in – that was a real surprise! Woody and Olivia greeted each other as old friends.
I bought a copy of I Me Mine, and one of the organisers asked if I wanted it signed, and took it over to Olivia to sign it :>)
The exhibition is on at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, 1-3-5 Flitcroft Street, London, WC2H 8DH from Friday to Sunday. The exhibition is free, and you can buy a copy of I Me Mine, which if you buy it at the exhibition, comes with a very nice cotton bag and poster. You can order many others of Genesis Publications amazing books.

‘Kenwood’, John Lennon’s ‘stockbroker belt’ Residence

John Lennon bought ‘Kenwood’, a large house on the exclusive St. George’s Hill Estate, for £20,000 on 15 July 1964, on the advice of The Beatles’ accountants, Dr Walter Strach and James Isherwood. Lennon was resident with wife Cynthia, and son Julian, from the summer of 1964, until the late spring of 1968.  Although John only paid £20,000 to buy it, he spent another £40,000 renovating it. The renovations went on for the first nine months the Lennons lived here, and in the end they were forced to occupy the staff flat at the top of the house. During this time it seemed like hundreds of workmen were forever in and out of the house, and John and Cyn were presented with designs for the house which were very beautiful but a long way from reality.

John admitted to biographer, Ray Coleman, that he never liked living at Kenwood – he felt hemmed in by its ‘bourgeois’ atmosphere. Also he probably felt envious that Paul McCartney was living in Central London as a bachelor, while John was stuck in the ‘stockbroker belt’ with a wife and young son.

Marilyn Demmen with John Lennon, outside ‘Kenwood’ in 1968

At first the fans didn’t know where the Lennon’s had moved to, but it didn’t take long for the fans to find out and descend on this normally quiet private estate. However, the atmosphere at Kenwood was very laid back. Kenny Everett remembers visiting Kenwood – by accident. “We were leaving a club in London, the Speakeasy. John was there, and we went outside after we’d finished clubbing and he said ‘Do you want a lift?’ and I said ‘Yeah, I live in Lower Sloane Street’ and he said ‘Oh great, we’ll drop you off’.

“So I jumped into the back of this gigantic car. It was John’s friend Terry Doran driving, with one arm out of the window and one finger on the wheel – he was a maniac! When we got to Lower Sloane Street he went straight past my house and I thought ‘I’d rather be in this car than in my house. So I kept quiet in the back and before we knew it, we were in Weybridge at his house and I stayed a couple of days. It was rather fun. It was a gigantic, stockbrokery sort of place, mock Tudor monster and yards of lawn.”

“There was an occasion in the house, when there was a girl spotted at the door. She’d somehow climbed over the wall. And someone said ‘Oh John, there’s a fan at the door.’ John walked all the way down the path and chatted to her for a while and then just gently led her out and said goodbye. And I thought that was very pleasant, he could have had her shot or unleashed the odd dog. But he went out to speak to her, that was rather sweet.”

There were a steady stream of fans visiting Kenwood, and John would often go out to see them, to post for pictures or give autographs. On some occasions, he would invite fans into the house and give them food and drink. One such fan was Marilyn Demmen, who visited Kenwood on many occasions. One day she was invited in, and saw that John had a bookshelf full of his own books ‘In His Own Write’ and ‘A Spaniard in the Works’. Marilyn laughed about it, and in response, John got a book from the shelf, signed it, and gave it to Marilyn.

While living at Kenwood, John’s father Freddie re-entered his life. John had not seen his father since he was five, when his mother and father split up, and Freddie had gone to sea. By 1965 Freddie was working in Hampton Court washing dishes when he met someone that had driven the Beatles for a hire car firm and remarked to Freddie that he knew where his son was living. Freddie decided to turn up unannounced and perplexed poor Cynthia, who was home alone. Cynthia told Ray Coleman, “There was no way I could have shut the door on him. He looked like a tramp, but he was John’s dad. I had no alternative but to ask him to wait for John to return.” When John did return, he was not overjoyed to see his father, as it became obvious he was looking for a handout – but, through persuasion by Cynthia, Freddie stayed for a few nights. The reconciliation was not a success; John later told journalist Maureen Cleeve, “It was only the second time in my life I’d seen him – I showed him the door. I wasn’t having him in the house.” Despite this obviously uneasy meeting John did buy Freddie a house and had a distant relationship with his father until Freddie died in the 1970’s.When Beatles biographer Hunter Davies visited Kenwood in 1967, John would often be sitting with his face just inches from a TV screen (he was so short-sighted, it was the only way he could see it!) or would be sitting alone by the swimming pool, lost in a world of his own.

John Lennon outside ‘Kenwood’

In May 1968 John invited Yoko Ono to visit him here. They made some tapes together that they eventually released as the Unfinished Music Volume One LP (better known as Two Virgins). Then they made love. A few hours later, Cynthia came home unexpectedly early from holiday, and found John and Yoko together. John and Yoko then moved to Ringo’s flat in London. Kenwood was sold when John and Cynthia divorced.

This article is adapted from ‘Guide to the Beatles London’ by Richard Porter. For more on the book, and to order a copy, see




A very rare opportunity to see George Harrison’s handwritten lyrics on display

Friday 16th June – Sunday 18th June 2017

Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, 1-3-5 Flitcroft Street, London, WC2H 8DH

Genesis Publications hosts a free exhibition celebrating the U.K. launch of the book, I ME MINE – The Extended Edition by George Harrison.

Visitors to the pop-up exhibition will have a rare chance to see reproductions of Harrison’s handwritten lyrics as well as personal photographs and commentary taken from the new book. The closest to an autobiography of George Harrison that has been published, I ME MINE – The Extended Edition covers -for the first time- the full span of his life and work, with his handwritten lyrics to 141 songs, observations by Harrison himself and photographs from the family albums.

Originally published in 1980, The Extended Edition includes lyrics and photographs discovered recently by his wife Olivia, including a collection of lyrics found in a piano bench at Harrison’s home studio. One such song was ‘Hey Ringo’, thought to be from 1970/1971, and previously unseen – including by Ringo Starr himself who first saw the lyrics at the recent Los Angeles exhibition of the book.

Rare limited edition books also on display will include: I Me Mine (original 1980 edition), Songs by George Harrison 1 and 2, Concert for George, Fifty Years Adrift and Live in Japan. Visitors will also enjoy a preview of the recently announced Revolver 50 Collage series by Klaus Voormann, Love That Burns – A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac by Mick Fleetwood, Transformer by Lou Reed & Mick Rock, and the Genesis 100 special box set celebrating 100 editions since 1974.

Also on show will be the full range of Genesis Publications’ limited edition, signed books and prints.   Publications and prints by artists such as Jimmy Page, Ronnie Wood, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Paul Weller and Jeff Beck will be displayed alongside those featuring the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, The Who as well as the recent Vogue – Voice Of A Century anthology.

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June 3rd 1964 – Ringo Collapses Before World Tour

3rd June 1964. Just before flying off on a world tour, the Beatles pose for photos at Prospect Studios in Barnes, for the Saturday Evening Post. They are dress as city gents, wearing suits and bowler hats. During the session, Ringo complained of feeling ill, and collapsed. He was rushed to University College Hospital where he was diagnosed with tonsillitis. Ringo was in no fit state to go on the tour, and it was too late to cancel, so replacement drummer Jimmy Nicol was bought in.
Ringo recovered in time to join the tour in Australia.

Ringo about to collapse during a photo session

Sgt Pepper – I’d Love to Turn You On.

In an article originally written for the London Beatles Fanclub Magazine, Esther Shafer writes about the Beatles Classic album, which was released 50 years ago….

Sgt Pepper – An Appreciation of a Classic Album

Believe it or not, I got into a conversation with three Beatle fans who told me they don’t think Sgt. Pepper is a very good album. Now, this is as incomprehensible to me as someone saying they don’t like ice cream, chocolate, or blue skies. Totally blown away by this revelation, I was unable to come up with much more than ‘Why not’. got two basic reasons:

1) The songs on Sgt.Pepper aren’t as good as those on Revolver.

2) Being second generation fans, they were born too late to appreciate the mood of the times, and Sgt. Pepper is to them very much tied to the 60′ s.

I went away to collect my thoughts. Okay, so maybe there is such a thing as a generation gap. My mind drifted back to my youth, the summer of 67 when I was sixteen and Sgt. Pepper became permanently imprinted on my consciousness. If they don’t get the meaning of Sgt. Pepper, then I will try to help them.

So, for all of you poor lost souls, I am prescribing three exercises.

Exercise one Make believe it’s your first time.

Make absolutely sure you will be totally uninterrupted for 39 minutes and 52 seconds. Unplug the telephone, lock yourself in a room if you have to. Arrange your body in your best listening to albums position. It might be lying on your bed, on your couch, on the floor. Just make sure you have no limits to how loud you can play the music. If you have nervous parents, roommates, or neighbors, headphones are recommended. A CD would prevent you from having to turn the record over, but purists will want to listen to the album (a slightly scratched model from the 60’s is best with pops and clicks from well listened to tracks). Anyway, you will need an actual album for exercise three.

Choose a time of day when you are at your best. If it’s a nice day, open the windows, lie in a patch of sunlight, burn some incense, or surround yourself with flowers. Clear your mind of all thoughts, close your eyes, and just listen. Pay special attention to the way the instruments, sound effects and background vocals blend together. Relax and breathe deeply.

When you are finished listening to the entire album, stand up, stretch, and go outside. You should be in a somewhat sobered mood, after listening to A Day in the Life. Experience your surroundings, whatever they may be. You’re taking the time for a number of things that weren’t important yesterday. Really look at a flower or a tree. Look at the clouds in the sky. Watch a bird, or a squirrel. Even if your front door leads out to a busy street, that’s okay too. Listen to the traffic sounds, other peoples’ voices. Watch the people walking here and there. Imagine all the human dramas that are being played out around you. Watch an old couple, two young people flirting. Stay out as long as the mood maintains. You are finished. Good work.

Exercise Two Awakening the Unconscious

For the next few days, play the album as background music. Pretend it’s 1967. Anywhere you went, you could hear the sounds wafting out of windows, on car radios. Your friends are playing it on their stereo. They turn the record over and over, all day long. Your mind will tune out the parts you don’t really care for. Then all of a sudden, while doing something totally irrelevant, you will find yourself humming a tune, or remembering a guitar riff. Then you know you have accomplished your goal. Bonus points for remembering how one song blends into another. You’ve really made it when you can imagine the order of the songs without thinking too long about it.

Exercise Three – Traveling Through Space and Time.

It’s 1967. For months you have heard about the revolutionary design of the Beatles’ new album cover. Start with the front. Your eyes glance from one figure to another. You won’t be able to identify them all. Notice the lower half of the cover. You keep noticing more and more detail. Some of it looks very strange to you. Now open the cover. The Beatles look very different to you now. Their eyes look rounder, and you can see far, far into them. With their moustaches, they don’t look quite the same.

Now your eyes rest on their costumes. The shiny material, the decorations. Look how much they have changed since 1963. Thrown off the old dark suits, the same uniform. Now they are all wearing different colors. Let your mind wander back to your childhood. What did you want to be when you grew up? A policeman with shiny brass buttons? A fireman in a big red hat? A meter maid? An Indian princess? Superman? How would you really like to present yourself to the world? Express the real you. Braid flowers in your hair. Grow your hair as long as you want. Embroider flowers and sew patches on your jeans. Wear slogans on your shirts. Throw away those uniforms of conformity and be yourself. The Beatles say it’s ok.

Now look at the back cover. Let your eyes wander over the lyrics. Think of the range of human emotion that is played out on this album. Things are getting better all the time – hard times are over. The heady excitement of flirtation Lovely Rita, Meter Maid. The kind of love our gradparents have – no passion, just contentment – When I’m 64. A bit lacking in self–confidence? – I Get by with Little Help From my Friends. The heartbreak of broken relationships – She’s Leaving Home. The mania that comes from living in a rat race – Good Morning, Good Morning – and then it all comes crashing down on your head with the realization that it’s all futile because it’ll all end anyway – A Day in the Life.

I could get really heavy now, and tell you how the album is a microcosm of life – or remind you that this was the first “theme” album, and therefore it can’t possibly be compared to Revolver. The songs on Revolver are precious and rare jewels – each stands alone and shines in it’s own perfection. But Sgt. Pepper is rather like a novel – you can’t just pick up the book, open it randomly, and read one chapter, expecting to grasp the story in it’s entirety. But by this time, you should be making profound statements and having mind-blowing revelations of your own. And if not – well, I’d love to turn you on . . .

Esther Shafer

A certain well know  album cover