Monthly Archives: August 2018

Paul McCartney: “Sometimes In Your Life, You’re Not A God On Olympus”

PAUL MCCARTNEY OPENS UP about the doubts and fears that fed into songs on his latest album, Egypt Station.

“Sometimes in your life, you’re not a god on Olympus,” he tells Keith Cameron in the new MOJO magazine, in UK shops from Monday, August 21. “You’re a real person walking round the streets. I’m a grandfather, a father, a husband, and in that package there’s no guarantee that every minute’s gonna go right. In fact, quite the opposite.”

Not known as a confessional songsmith, the Beatle talks about his writing as “a therapy session”, citing the Let It Be album’s The Long And Winding Road as a song underestimated for its emotional heft.

In an in-depth interview he delves into the making of his new album and tackles many other topics besides – including reflections on his cannabis-wreathed past. He even reveals a recurring dream where he’s on stage with the Beatles and everything’s going wrong…

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Paul McCartney’s New Single, “Fuh You,” Inspired by Apple Records Banned 1968 Cult Release

We all know about the Beatles’ Apple Records. It was started in 1968 by the Fab Four. And those early releases must be on Paul McCartney’s mind these days.

McCartney’s new single from his forthcoming “Egypt Station” album is called, cheekily, “Fuh You.” There are gigantic billboards up in certain locations, sponsored by Spotify, promoting the title.

But the whole “Fuh You” promotion harkens back to 1969, when you couldn’t say such things on the radio. (I’m not sure you can now, except on Spotify.)

The first singles on Apple were the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (number 1 for seven weeks 50 years ago) and Mary Hopkins’ “Those Were the Days.” Badfinger would follow with “Come and Get It,” as asll as James Taylor with his first album.

But it turns out the record numbered 8 in the Apple Records box set (also available as a track on the Apple greatest hits CD, on was called “The King of Fuh.” The record was credited to an artist named Brute Force. In actuality this was just a nice Jewish kid from Jersey City called Stephen Friedland, who in the 1960s was a member of The Tokens, the group that sang “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” In 1968 he confected a novelty pop song called “King of Fuh” (lyrics includes: “There was a beautiful land called Fuh. And in this land there was a king. And everybody called him the Fuh King”!!!)

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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.

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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.

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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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