Monthly Archives: January 2019

There is a worldwide search to find never-before-seen photos of The Beatles and you can help

A very epic worldwide search to crowdsource, edit and publish a unique photographic biography and picture archive of The Beatles is underway. And your help is needed! To mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last ever live performance, fans are being asked to submit photos of the iconic group that they may have lying around. Produced & published by Photobox, The People’s Beatles will provide a people’s portrait charting the astonishing journey from unknown Liverpudlians to the most popular band in the history of music. Paul McCartney’s official photographer will lead the global appeal asking for fans all over the world to get into their attics to hunt down pictures of the Fab Four that the public has never seen before.

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[Blogger’s note –  I am one of the partners in ‘People’s Beatles’



The Beatles’ Final Concert: An Eyewitness Looks Back

“It was another day at the office,” Ken Mansfield says, recalling the Beatles’ impromptu rooftop concert in January 1969. There’s not even a hint of sarcasm in his voice. The group staged the gig atop Apple Records’ London office at 3 Savile Row, 50 years ago today, with the intention of shooting the ending for what would become their Let It Be film. It was an item on a checklist. Mansfield, who was born in Idaho, was the label’s U.S. manager at the time. “Some of the people in the Apple office didn’t even try to come up, because it was just another day.”

Mansfield was invited to watch the historic performance, the Beatles’ last live gig, at the urging of the band’s roadie, Mal Evans. “I think Mal just liked to take care of me, so he made sure I was up there,” he says. When he found out about the afternoon gig, Mansfield ran out and bought a white raincoat, since it was in the low 40s outside, and huddled on a bench with Yoko Ono, Ringo’s then-wife Maureen Starkey and Apple staffer Chris O’Dell to watch the quartet perform nine songs, including multiple retakes of “Get Back.” “George had me light some cigarettes for him for a few minutes just so he could hold the tips of his fingers up against the coals so he could feel his strings,” Mansfield recalls. “And I know John was really complaining about it, about the cold and how he couldn’t feel his hands.”

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New ‘Let It Be’ Film – Press Release

London – January 30, 2019 – Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. are proud to announce an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and the acclaimed Academy Award winning director Sir Peter Jackson. The new film will be based around 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio, shot between January 2nd and January 31st, 1969. These studio sessions produced The Beatles’ Grammy Award winning album Let It Be, with its Academy Award winning title song. The album was eventually released 18 months later in May 1970, several months after the band had broken up.

The filming was originally intended for a planned TV special, but organically turned into something completely different, climaxing with The Beatles’ legendary performance on the roof of Apple’s Savile Row London office — which took place exactly 50 years ago today.

Peter Jackson said, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about – it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

Although The Beatles were filmed extensively during the 1960s – in concerts, interviews and movies – this is the only footage of any note that documents them at work in the studio.

The Let It Be album and movie, having been released in the months following The Beatles’ breakup, have often been viewed in the context of the struggle the band was going through at that time.

“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth,” continues Jackson, “After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating – it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate”.

“I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy.”

Jackson will be working with his They Shall Not Grow Old partners, Producer Clare Olssen and Editor Jabez Olssen. The footage will be restored by Park Road Post of Wellington, New Zealand, to a pristine standard, using techniques developed for the WW1 documentary film which has been nominated for a BAFTA for best documentary.

The untitled film is currently in production and the release date will be announced in due course. This film is being made with the full co-operation of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison.

The Executive Producers are Ken Kamins for WingNut Films and Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde for Apple Corps.

Following the release of this new film, a restored version of the original Let It Be movie directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg will also be made available

Join the Party to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles Rooftop Concert!

Today (January 30th) is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles last ever live performance, on the roof of their Apple offices at 3 Savile Row. Fans will be gathering in Savile Row from around 12 noon to celebrate. Many will bring guitars with them, so expect a mass Beatles singalong. It’s likely that many people that witnessed the Beatles on the roof will be there too! Come and join the fun!


An epic, new worldwide photography project to crowdsource, edit and publish a unique photographic biography and picture archive of The Beatles – as seen exclusively through the eyes and camera lens of fans who were there.

Produced & published by Photobox and launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last ever live performance, The People’s Beatles will provide a people’s portrait charting the astonishing journey from unknown Liverpudlians to the most popular band in the history of music.
Headline Details: ● Paul McCartney’s official biographer, Barry Miles, to lead global appeal calling on members of the public to raid albums & attics for unseen, lost or otherwise forgotten pictures of the Fab Four.
● Over 500 of the best photographs and accompanying anecdotes will be published in a must-have coffee table book in May, alongside an accompanying photographic exhibition at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.
● All profits donated to Nordoff Robbins, the largest independent Music Therapy charity in UK.
● The People’s Beatles first edition will be presented to Paul McCartney to mark the anniversary.
● Members of the public encouraged to submit images and memories at

Photobox, Europe’s largest gifting and photo personalisation company, have today launched a global search for unseen, lost or otherwise forgotten photographs of the world’s most influential rock n’ roll band, The Beatles.
Launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last ever live performance which took place on the roof of Apple Records in London on 30th January 1969, The People’s Beatles will provide a people’s portrait charting the astonishing journey from unknown Liverpudlians to the most popular band in the history of music. The project will cover everything from Hamburg to the Cavern Club, the birth of Beatlemania, to the American tours; from the Magical Mystery Tour, to their final album, Let it Be, and beyond.
Bestselling author Barry Miles, who has written the only authorised biography on Sir Paul McCartney, in addition to over fifty cultural histories on all aspects of sixties counterculture, will lead a global appeal calling on members of the public to raid albums and attics for unseen, lost or otherwise forgotten photographs of the Fab Four at any period in the band’s history.
Miles attended many of the seminal Beatles recording sessions including ‘All You Need is Love’ and ‘Sgt Pepper’ and he also holds a unique place in history as the person who introduced Paul McCartney to the wonderful world of hash-brownies.
“There has comfortably been over 2000 books published about the Beatles, none however are quite like this.” Comments Barry Miles. “Alongside the screaming, another defining memory of being in and around the band was the sheer number of photographs people were constantly taking.

“Not only will this be a wonderful personal trip down memory lane, I’m hoping we’ll unearth a treasure trove of unseen or long forgotten photos of the band who changed history.”
Rory Scott, Head of Communications at Photobox who are leading the search said: “Only eight years separate the release of the Beatles’ first single and Paul McCartney’s shock announcement that he was leaving the band. During that time, they became the most famous, most adored and most photographed people on the planet – with the vast majority of those pictures taken not by professionals, but by fans. Where are those photos now?

“50 years on we’re embarking on our own magical mystery tour to unearth hidden or lost gems that will hopefully shine a new, intimate perspective on the Fab Four seen through the eyes of the fans.”
Martin King, Manager of The Beatles Story, said: “As a leading authority on The Beatles we are always on the lookout for new and never-before seen images of the Fab Four. We believe even 50 years on since their final performance there are plenty more photographs to be found.

We’re excited to see what images are unearthed and look forward to exhibiting the best of at The Beatles Story in the spring.”
Images can be submitted at from Wednesday 30th January until Friday 15th March 2019.
The People’s Beatles coffee table book will be published in May 2019 featuring over 500 unseen photographs – and their accompanying anecdotes – with a written narrative from Barry Miles.
All profits will be donated to Nordoff Robbins, the largest independent Music Therapy charity in the UK, while an accompanying photographic exhibition will showcase a selection of the best images at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.

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Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band today revealed additional tour dates for this year. 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of Ringo and his All Starr Band, who played their first show on July 23, 1989 at the Park Central Ampitheatre in Dallas, Texas. The first leg of 2019 tour dates will begin with one US show at Harrah’s Resort Southern California on March 21st before the band head to Japan. The Japanese tour will launch in Fukuoka on March 27th and wrap up April 11th in Osaka.

Then on August 1, 2019 the band resume at Harrahs in Windsor and they will conclude September 1st at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California, nearly 30 years to the day when the inaugural All Starrs completed their first tour on September 3, 1989.
The 2019 All Starr Band feature Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and the return of All Starr alum Hamish Stuart.

“My dream has always been, and still is, to play great music with great musicians – and I’ve been blessed to have so many incredible ones in my All Starr Bands,” Ringo reflected. “We can’t wait to get out there and share the joy with you – every show is always such a wonderful Peace & Love fest between us and our audiences.”

The current itinerary for their 2019 30th Anniversary celebratory tour is listed below, with additional dates to be announced soon:

Ringo and His All Starr Band Tour — Japan 2019 Tour Dates:

March 27 Sun Palace Hall, Fukuoka, Japan
March 29 Uenogakuen, Hiroshima, Japan
April 1 Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi Sendai Japan
April 2 Shimin Center, Koriyama, Japan
April 3 Hitomi Kinen Kodo, Tokyo, Japan
April 5 Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
April 9 Zepp, Nagoya, Japan
April 10 Archaic Hall, Japan, Osaka
April 11 Orix Theatre, Osaka, Japan

North American 2019 Tour Dates:

August 1 The Colosseum at Caesars, Windsor, Ontario
August 3 & 4 Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
August 6 DPAC, Durham, NC
August 7 & 8 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
August 10 & 11 Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 13 Berglund Center Coliseum, Roanoke, VA
August 14 The Met Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
August 20 State Farm Center, Champaign, IL
August 22 Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MN
August 23 Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino, Council Bluffs, IA
August 25 Santa Fe Opera House, Santa Fe, NM
August 26 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
August 28 Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA
August 30 Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, CA
August 31 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles, CA
September 1 The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Beatles hit ‘Hey Jude’ nearly axed over porn concerns

The Beatles song Hey Jude was almost never a hit because the Apple label on the vinyl was considered too explicit. A newly discovered letter reveals that the band’s 1968 song, their first release on Apple Records, was almost scrapped as record executives thought the logo looked like a vagina.

The letter, dated August 28, 1968 and written by Capitol Records president Stan Gortikov, reveals distributors thought stores wouldn’t want to stock the single.

In the event, Hey Jude went on to sell 8m copies worldwide. And the logo remained.

The letter, addressed to Apple boss Ron Kass, reads: “Here’s a wild and unanticipated problem to brighten up your day. I just received a call from a very large and influential rack jobber in the western United States.

“He opened the conversation by saying, ‘Are you guys serious? Do you know what you’re doing? Do you really intend to sell products bearing the new Apple label?’

“He then stated that he felt the new Apple label was completely pornographic and actually depicted a vagina.”

“He stated that the graphic similarity was immediately noticed by all of his key employees.

“[He] doubted that many of his chain store customers would even be willing to stock and display products containing the label.”

The new document was released ahead of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ final public performance on the roof of Apple’s headquarters in London, which took place in January 1969.

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The Beatles in Twickenham – a new Exhibition


Photo courtesy of The Ronald Grant Archive

A new project is calling out for people’s personal memories of the Beatles’ association with Twickenham and the local area.

A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Day Tripper, Hey Jude, Let It Be…. Between 1964 and 1969 many of the Fab Four’s most well-known film and TV appearances were filmed in and around the celebrated Twickenham Studios. Fifty years later, the new community venue, The Exchange is appealing for people to contribute their personal memories of the time ahead of a new exhibition and education project.

The Beatles in Twickenham, is a project developed by The Exchange, St Mary’s University, supported by Richmond Borough Council’s Civic Pride Fund and Twickenham Studios. The project will focus on and celebrate a unique period in the 1960’s when ‘Swinging’ London was at the heart of the pop, film, art and fashion worlds, and the Twickenham area developed a long association with the most famous pop group in the world.

The project is timed to mark the 50th anniversaries of both the historic Hey Jude TV broadcast and the subsequent Let It Be sessions in January 1969, both filmed at Twickenham Studios. Before this The Beatles had already formed a strong connection with the area, making a number of their ground-breaking feature and promotional films in part at least, at the St Margaret’s-based studios. Famous filming locations included a key sequence in Help! filmed on Ailsa Avenue, and Ringo’s famous pub scene in A Hard Day’s Night (filmed in the Turks Head on Winchester Rd).

Nonetheless, the team behind the project, were surprised to find that until now, the connections between the area and the Beatles, have remained relatively undocumented.

Stuart Hobday, Creative Director of The Exchange, said “Surprisingly, when we began researching this project, we found that there is relatively little on record in the form of accessible materials that document the Beatles’ time filming in the area. Much of the heritage on which this project focuses therefore exists only in people’s memories – memories which will eventually be lost if they are not captured and preserved now.”

In particular, the team behind the project are appealing to the public for any relevant photographs, memorabilia or personal stories from the period. Perhaps you have fond memories of seeing the films for the first time, or maybe you were even lucky enough to be among the audience in the famous Hey Jude film TV broadcast! Memories and photos collected will be recorded and digitized and included in a public exhibition at The Exchange in early 2019. A date for the exhibition opening will be announced in due course.

To contribute or loan your memories or memorabilia, please contact Stuart Hobday at The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE or email


Twickenham Studios

One of the oldest surviving studios in the country, based in St Margarets, Twickenham Studios is perhaps best known for its association with The Beatles and a string of box-office hits including Alfie (1966), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) and Shirley Valentine (1989). With over 100 years of history, Twickenham Studios continues to be successful in attracting filmmakers to the newly refurbished studios in St Margarets.

The Studio celebrated their centenary in 2013. Following their reequipping and modernization, the studios are, once again, a successful professional film and television studio.

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BED PEACE: The Battle of Yohn and Joko

Opening March 29th at The Cockpit. London

A new play with music

2019 marks the 50 year anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous bed-in for peace; when the Lennons took over a hotel room, campaigned for peace and sparked a movement.

With John Lennon-esque wit, fire and honesty, Yoko Ono-esque spirituality, philosophy and mystery; ensemble storytelling, physical theatre and live music in the intimacy of the round, this new play brings to life the energy of 1969 and the Lennon’s plight to bring peace to the world.

Join us as we go back to bed, and give peace a chance. 

Written by Rocky Rodriguez Jr.

Musical compositions by John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney

The use of songs is by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music.

The Cockpit

Friday 29th March – Sunday 28th April 2019