Monthly Archives: May 2019

Lost Beatles footage to be shown for first time in more than 50 years

Clip features Fab Four performing Paperback Writer on Top of the Pops in 1966

Long-lost footage of a Beatles performance is to be shown for the first time in more than 50 years.

The Fab Four’s appearance on Top of the Pops in the summer of 1966 was thought to have been lost to history before the collector David Chandler handed over a series of 8mm film reels.

Chandler gave the haul to Kaleidoscope, a group that specialises in recovering video and TV shows. Experts remastered the footage and enhanced the sound of the clip, featuring 92 seconds of the Beatles performing Paperback Writer.

Only 11 seconds of the June 1966 performance were previously thought to exist. Kaleidoscope’s chief executive, Chris Perry, said: “Kaleidoscope thought finding 11 seconds of Paperback Writer was incredible, but to then be donated 92 seconds – and nine minutes of other 1966 Top of the Pops footage – was phenomenal.”

The newly found footage also includes Dusty Springfield singing Goin’ Back, The Hollies performing Bus Stop and Tom Jones singing Green, Green Grass of Home. Ike and Tina Turner, the Shadows and the Troggs also feature.

The footage will be shown at Birmingham City University on Saturday, and the screening will feature talks from experts such as Ayshea Brough, the host of Lift Off on Granada Television in the 1960s and 70s.

Kaleidoscope launched its hunt for the UK’s top 100 “lost” TV shows in April 2018 and says dozens of people have come forward with clips from shows ranging from Lift Off to Do Not Adjust Your Set.

Top of the Pops was ranked No 2 on the list of the most valuable finds behind Doctor Who. Organisers said the new collection of clips had filled in major gaps in archive history.

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A Message of Peace From Yoko

Dear Friends,
In 1969, John and I were so naïve to think that doing the Bed-In would help change the world. Well, it might have. But at the time, we didn’t know.

It was good that we filmed it, though. The film is powerful now. What we said then could have been said now. In fact, there are things that we said then in the film, which may give some encouragement and inspiration to the activists of today. Good luck to us all.

Let’s remember WAR IS OVER If We Want It.
It’s up to us, and nobody else.
John would have wanted to say that.

Love, yoko

Yoko Ono Lennon
NYC, May 2019

Unseen Beatles: Hundreds of images are revealed charting the band’s rise to fame after worldwide hunt for footage of the Fab Four that has gathered dust in home drawers for decades

Hundreds of incredible never-before-seen images snapped by fans offer a tantalising glimpse of The Beatles’ life away from concerts during their heyday.

Pictures dusted off from lofts and home drawers following a worldwide search show John Lennon standing with an admirer outside his Surrey home after she decided to knock on his door in 1968, and Paul McCartney putting his tie before a 1963 concert.

The Fab Four were also captured cycling on bicycles during filming for their single ‘Help!’ in 1965, which soared to number one in the US and UK charts, and crowning a carnival queen in Northwich near Liverpool.

They have been published in a book, along with further unseen images, titled The People’s Beatles, following a call for pictures of band members by European photo company Photobox.

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[Blogger’s note – I helped compile this book]

As dad Paul performs tonight, Mary McCartney shows photos in Crescent City: ‘I edited with New Orleans … in mind’

Black and white images of a louche model, pensive ballet dancers and a bed with rumpled sheets are at home on the walls of A Gallery for Fine Photography in New Orleans.

In “From the Print Drawer,” photos by Mary McCartney evoke timelessness and an intimacy enhanced by the 19th-century venue, and vice versa. And that’s the point.

“This show came about specifically for this gallery,” said McCartney. “I edited for New Orleans and the gallery in mind.”

McCartney started shooting with a Leica R, given to her by her mother, photographer Linda McCartney, whose iconic work includes a photo of baby Mary nestled in the fur-lined jacket of her father, Paul McCartney, that was used on the back cover of his solo album, “McCartney.”

Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle, performs at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Thursday night. Daughter Mary will lend a hand with social media.


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Liverpool’s Cavern Club named the UK’s favourite small music venue

There are thousands of music venues across the country, from hidden intimate gig spots to major stadiums that hold world tours.

And while the biggest concert venues are in London, or Glasgow, Liverpool has one of the most popular venues of all time.

The Cavern Club, on Mathew Street, has been awarded the top small venue in the country, beating Ronnie Scott’s and Jazz Cafe in London.

The accolade has been given to the famous Liverpool venue by new research from ICMP, that looked into hundreds of venues across the UK.

Out of all the smaller gig venues in the country, The Cavern Club was the most Instagrammed and the most highly rated venue on TripAdvisor.

Liverpool’s M&S Arena also came fifth in the Top 5 Indoor Arenas category, behind Alexandra Palace, The SSE Hydro, Manchester Arena and The O2 Arena.

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Imagine all the people: Beatles Story report record breaking attendance

The Beatles Story is celebrating its best-ever year of attendance, breaking previous records for the fifth year running. Results show that the award-winning attraction welcomed a total of 310,894 visitors during the 2018/19 season. In the previous year, The Beatles Story welcomed 305,335, making this season’s results around a 2% improvement.

The majority of visitors came from overseas, with the attraction experiencing further growth from international markets, which now represents over 60% of total visitors. To cater for international audiences, The Beatles Story has recently introduced two new languages to its multimedia guides; Korean and Cantonese. The complimentary guides are now available in twelve different languages, making The Beatles Story one of the most international-friendly attractions in the UK.

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Forget Liverpool. Hamburg, Germany, made the Beatles into the band they became

At the tender age of 8, I knew the Beatles were extraordinary. In their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” they sang and played effortlessly, their timing perfect despite rarely looking at one another.

Like thousands of others, I basked in that black-and-white glow on that Sunday night in February 1964, but when it was over, I had a burning question: How did they do that?

I recently had the chance to find out. On a business trip to Germany, I spent three days in St. Pauli, the Hamburg district where the Beatles became really good before they became really, really famous.

My expert guide: Peter Paetzold, a bearded 68-year-old with the street cred of a chain-smoking rock drummer, well versed about St. Pauli’s music scene of the 1960s. He grew up around the corner from the Indra club, one of four venues the group played.

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Rare and controversial Beatles record owned by John Lennon sells for £180,000

A rare and controversial Beatles record once belonging to John Lennon has sold at auction for £180,000.

The so-called “butcher” cover of Yesterday And Today sparked outrage upon its unveiling in the US in 1966 as it showed the Fab Four smiling while posing in white coats and covered in pieces of raw meat and decapitated baby dolls.

The controversy led to it being withdrawn and replaced by a more public-friendly cover showing the band standing around an old fashioned steamer trunk.

Despite the last-minute change, the damage was done to The Beatles’ record label, Capitol, and it was reportedly the only Beatles’ album to lose money for the company.

Lennon’s personal copy of the album went under the hammer at an auction in The Beatles’ home city of Liverpool on Thursday, and smashed its expected selling price.

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Tributes to Monty Lister, the man who interviewed The Beatles

Listeners and volunteers at Radio Clatterbridge have been saddened to learn of the death of one of the station’s founding members, the broadcaster Monty Lister.

He was 92.

Monty managed the station until 1967 before he moved to BBC Radio Merseyside to present the long-running Sunday morning request programme Tune Tonic.

Roger Hazlewood, our Honorary President who Monty enlisted the previous year, described him as a “force behind the scenes” who was always available to discuss strategy for the station in the early years.

“I have met many gentlemen in my life but Monty is one of a very small number that can also be called a gentle man. Rest in peace.” – Roger Hazlewood

Monty interviewed a number of well-known celebrities of the era including Bill Haley, Cliff Richard and Gene Vincent and he recorded possibly the last interview with Eddie Cochran who died in a car crash days later.

However, he is perhaps best remembered for recording the first broadcast interview with The Beatles for us in 1962 for the programme Sunday Spin, which he also broadcast to Cleaver Hospital in Heswall.

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Yesterday review – Richard Curtis’ magical mystery tour of a world without the Beatles

Imagine no Beatles, it’s not easy even if you try. No Yesterday, no Blackbird, no Sgt Pepper … and then … no Imagine, no all-time best Bond theme (Live and Let Die), no all-time best comedy band name (Ringo Deathstarr), no Concert for Bangladesh to inspire Live Aid, no Withnail & I, no Life of Brian – but then again, no Charles Manson. In a Beatle-less universe, Mike McGear could be Bono’s producer and best mate and Jeff Lynne is president of the world. Screenwriter Richard Curtis’s goofy, wacky, exasperatingly enjoyable fantasy-comedy riffs on ideas like these with a story co-written with Jack Barth – although it turns out TV’s Goodnight Sweetheart got to the idea first. It is directed with dash and gusto by Danny Boyle.

Maybe it shouldn’t be any sort of evaluative factor, but the simple fact of hearing Beatles songs, the simple thought experiment of pretending to hear them for the first time, does carry a charge. And, although this film can be a bit hokey and uncertain on narrative development, the puppyish zest and fun summoned up by Curtis and Boyle carry it along. It’s ridiculous and indulgent at all times, like Russell Crowe shouting his “Are you not entertained” line from Gladiator wearing a Beatles wig. Yet there is a weird and heavy backwash of sadness at the end, a kind of melancholy comedown, and I can’t quite decide if that was intentional or not.


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