Paul Goresh

I’ve just heard of the passing of John Lennon superfan Paul Goresh. Paul was a regular outside the Dakota in 1979/80. Notoriously, he took the infamous picture of John with ‘The Jerk of all Jerks’ on December 8th 1980.

Paul was forever linked with that photo, but also took many other great pictures of John and Yoko, one of which was used on the cover of ‘Watching the Wheels’.

RIP Paul – enjoy meeting John again…

New Ringo Starr photography exhibit featuring previously unseen pics opening next month in the UK

A new exhibition featuring the photography of the recently knighted Ringo Starr, including archival images appearing in the ex-Beatles drummer’s 2013 book Photographwill open next month at Genesis House, headquarters of Genesis Publications, in Surrey, U.K.

The display also will mark the unveiling of a portfolio of previously unseen photo prints by Starr, as well as additional series of pics first made available in 2013 and 2015.

The Photograph Portfolio 2018 includes candid pics of Starr’s Beatles bandmates — John LennonPaul McCartney and George Harrison — as well as a famous shot Ringo took of some excited Fab Four fans in a car during the group’s first visit to New York City.

Visitors to Genesis House will have the chance to buy museum-quality prints of various images snapped by Ringo over the years. The exhibit will be open for viewing by appointment on weekdays, starting Monday, February 5.

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Picturehouse strikes deal with Apple for ‘Yellow Submarine’ screenings

UK outfit Picturehouse Entertainment has struck a deal with Apple to release a digitally remastered version of the Beatles’ animated movie Yellow Submarine in cinemas for the first time since 1999.

The 4K version is due to play in Picturehouse and other UK and Ireland cinemas on July 8, 2018 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its original release.

The iconic musical feature, designed by art director Heinz Edelmann, tells the story of how The Beatles battle the music-hating Blue Meanies armed only with the power of love. The film features performances of Beatles classics including Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Nowhere Man, Eleanor Rigby and All You Need Is Love.

Clare Binns, deputy managing director of Cineworld-owned Picturehouse, said: ”I loved Yellow Submarine 50 years ago and it still rocks the universe. This summer, Picturehouse Entertainment is thrilled to bring The Beatles back to the big screen again with a film that makes your heart beat fast. Bringing the film back for its 50th anniversary is great, both for those who loved it the first time around and for those new singing and dancing audiences who will be introduced to this classic music and animation. I look forward to the huge smiles on faces all across the UK and Ireland on 8 July – as the fab four said, All You Need is Love!” For more click here

Rebuilding on the Beatles, an Ashram in India Hopes for Revival

RISHIKESH, India — In 1968, The Beatles and a crew of hangers-on traded hip London threads for kurtas and wreaths of marigold, trudging through dense forest to an ashram in Rishikesh, India, where they spent weeks writing songs.

There was George Harrison, a devoted follower of Transcendental Meditation; John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who had started to feud over the band’s direction; and Ringo Starr, the band’s drummer, who was so perturbed by India’s famously spicy food that he packed a reserve of beans for his stay at the ashram. He lasted 10 days.

“Scan all the photographs of Ringo in Rishikesh, and you’ll find few in which he’s smiling,” said Raju Gusain, a local journalist who has become something of an expert on the band’s trip to India.

These days, the forest has swallowed up the ashram’s crumbling buildings, obscuring traces of celebrity from their halls. But the complex is set for a revival, with renovations planned for many of the structures, long unused and only recently reopened to the public. For more click here

‘Sgt. Pepper’ Gives Beatles New Place In Guinness Book Of Records

The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album is to go into the Guinness Book of Records for the longest gap between stints at No. 1 in the UK.

The LP first topped the bestsellers in the group’s home country on the chart dated 10 June 1967, when it began an unbroken run of 23 weeks at the summit. It had four further, non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 from November 1967 to February 1968. Its last appearance in the top ten in its first iteration came in March that year, some nine months after its release; a 20th anniversary reissue in 1987 took the album back to No. 3 in the UK.

Reissued to mark its 50th anniversary last year in deluxe CD and vinyl editions, Sgt. Pepper returned to No. 1 on the Official Charts Company’s survey dated the week of 8 June 2017, a total of 49 years and 363 days since it first hit the top. By another method of measuring the longevity, the time between its last week at No. 1 in its original run, 3 February 1968, and the recent reissue is 49 years and 125 days.

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White Album Reissue Update – Esher Demos to be Included?

As reported on this blog a while ago, Giles Martin is working on a special 50th Anniversary Box set of the ‘White Album’.

I’ve been told by numerous sources that at least of some the ‘Esher Demos’ will be included. These were done by the Beatles at George’s place, Kinfauns, in late May 1968, before recordings of the album were started at Abbey Road Studios. The demos have been widely bootlegged over the years, but only a very few ended up on ‘Beatles Anthology 3’. It now seems that many more will emerge on the box set, which will be released in November.

Stay tuned to the blog for further exciting news on this project :>)

Jim Hughes, the Founder of Cavern Mecca Passes Away

I’ve just heard of the passing of Jim Hughes. Jim and his wife Liz started Cavern Mecca, who pioneered Beatles fandom in Liverpool, at a time when Liverpool council didn’t want to know. Cavern Mecca was a Beatles information centre, as well as coffee bar and merchandise seller. They also produced a great Beatles fanzine. Sound familiar? The London Beatles Fanclub magazine and Beatles Coffee Shop were both very much based on Cavern Mecca. They also put on the first Beatles conventions at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. Their work was not unnoticed by people in high places, and Paul McCartney invited Jim and Liz to London to meet him to receive special recognition of their efforts.
You will be much missed Jim.

Liz and Jim Hughes with Paul McCartney

New exhibition launched to celebrate 50 years since The Beatles visited India

TO celebrate 50 years since The Beatles visited the Ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, India a special exhibition will be launched.

Opening on February 16 at The Beatles Story – the new ‘Beatles in India’ exhibition will discover the secretive part of the story with never seen before memorabilia, imagery and personal accounts from people who were there in 1968.

It will mark 50 years to the day that John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives Cynthia Lennon and Pattie Boyd arrived in India. For more, click here

Beatles icon Sir Paul McCartney: The future of music is in danger

Sir Paul McCartney and a host of rock and pop legends are backing a move in Parliament to protect music venues from closure.

Senior Labour MP John Spellar, a Government minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, is introducing a bill in the Commons to change planning laws.

The proposed new law is backed by stars including Sir Paul, Chrissie Hynde, Craig David, Sandie Shaw, Ray Davies, Billy Bragg, Feargal Sharkey and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

UK Music, a campaign group representing both the recorded and live music industries, said that over the past decade 35% of music venues across the country have closed. For more click here