Monthly Archives: June 2019

Mark Lewisohn – in Hornsey Road

A message from Mark …


I seldom send blanket emails, but I want everyone to know my news and hopefully I can receive your support.

I’m about to tour for the first time. No, I’ve not yet taken up singing, but I am becoming the first speaker to tour an album. My show, an entertaining illustrated history called HORNSEY ROAD, will mark the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, telling the fascinating stories behind the songs and why the album became Beatles’ best-selling but final work. The tour is presently scheduled for 22 theatre shows in England between September 18 and November 8 and then closing on December 4. More dates are still being added, and I very much hope it will extend into Scotland, Wales, Ireland and then into America and other countries.

The first announcement was made last week, with thrilling effect: the date at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London is almost sold out, so a second performance – a same-day matinee – has been added.

Details here:

with some additional info here:


And for those wanting a crash reminder of Abbey Road, here’s the Wikipedia page. (I’m not endorsing everything it says, but it’s a fair start.)

People are asking me …
Q:  Why is the show called Hornsey Road?
A:  I’m saving the answer for the stage. All I’ll say for the moment is … it’s what Abbey Road could have been.
Q:  Shouldn’t you be behind your desk, writing Volume 2 of the All These Years trilogy?
A:  Yes I should – but if I don’t do the tour I’ll starve and there won’t be a Volume 2.

So if you enjoy the Beatles, or any music, and if you like stories about music or musicians, please come along – support the books by supporting me. And, as people used to say, tell all your friends.

Best wishes,
Mark Lewisohn



Tour management – Edward Smith at Phil McIntyre Entertainments /

Press – Hannah Tollman at Neil Reading PR /

Retrospective Exhibition of Linda McCartney’s Photography to be shown at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

A major retrospective of photography by Linda McCartney will be shown in the UK for the first time at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow from 5 July 2019 to 12 January 2020.

The Linda McCartney Retrospective, which is curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, features iconic names and moments in music from the 1960s along with more intimate and emotional later work by this acclaimed and prolific photographer.

The retrospective also includes one of Linda McCartney’s diaries from the 1960s displayed in public for the first time and bringing new insight into the contemporary music scene of the era and the beginnings of her photographic career.

Cameras used by Linda McCartney and held in her archive will be displayed in public for the first time, along with Polaroids and Contact Sheets to explore her creativity and use of the different techniques.

The range of material to be displayed reflects the McCartney family’s passion for Linda’s work and their desire for the extensive contents of her archives to be accessible to a wider audience.

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The People’s Beatles: a new photographic exhibition

The Beatles Story is excited to introduce a new photographic exhibition, featuring never-before-seen images of the Beatles as seen exclusively through the eyes and camera lens of the fans who were there.

Entitled ‘The People’s Beatles’, the new display forms part of a larger project created by Photobox, a gifting and photo personalisation company, aimed to crowdsource, edit and publish a unique photographic biography and picture archive of The Beatles.

The project was launched with the help of Paul McCartney’s official biographer, Barry Miles, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last ever live performance, which took place on the Apple rooftop, Savile Row in London on 30th January 1969.

‘The People’s Beatles’ is a visual representation of the Fab Four’s astonishing journey from unknown Liverpudlians to the most popular band in the history of music, as it was seen through the eyes of their adoring fans.

Over 500 of the best photographs from the project and their accompanying anecdotes have now been turned into a must-have coffee table book. The accompanying exhibition now open at the award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ on the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool, highlights 29 of the best images from the book and the fascinating stories behind them.

All profits from the sale of the book, which is available to purchase from the Fab4 Store, will be donated to Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s leading independent music therapy charity. The exhibit also features an area dedicated to the charity, highlighting some of the work they do and offers visitors the chance to donate and support.

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“Become The Beatles” Experience Launches For Isle Of Wight Festival

With only a week to go until this year’s Isle of Wight Festival – organisers have today (Wednesday) announced a new immersive virtual reality experience dedicated to The Beatles.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro are among the acts who will headline the event.

This year’s theme will be ‘Summer of ‘69 – Peace and Love’, with fans encouraged to wear their ’60s best’.

And, today the festival has announced it is teaming up with The Beatles Story in Liverpool to premiere their VR experience dedicated to the band.

“Become The Beatles” will allow fans the opportunity to learn more about the Fab Four and witness Beatlemania through the eyes of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Diane Glover, Marketing Manager at The Beatles Story, said:

“We are very excited to be launching our new virtual reality experience at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival on the anniversary of The Beatles’ visit there in the summer of ’69.

“What better way to celebrate this occasion by giving festival-goers the chance to virtually become one of The Beatles, playing to an audience of adoring fans on our award-winning attraction’s replica Cavern Stage.”

The experience will be available across the weekend and will be located in Strawberry Fields.

The Isle of Wight Festival returns on 13 June until 16.

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Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross Unite for Beatles ‘White Album’ Tour

Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross and Todd Rundgren are teaming up with former Chicago singer Jason Scheff and Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland for the It Was 50 Years Ago Today tour celebrating the Beatles White Album. (Let’s just ignore the fact that the album came out 51 years ago.) The show will mix in their own hits along with songs from the White Album.

The fine print on the tour poster reads “not affiliated or endorsed by the Beatles individually or collectively,” but many of the artists on the bill do have Beatle connections. Badfinger was the first band the Beatles signed to their label Apple in 1968 and members of the group played on the sessions for John Lennon’s Imagine and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. The group also performed at the Concert For Bangladesh alongside Harrison and Ringo Starr. Todd Rundgren, meanwhile, has been a mainstay in Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band going all the way back to 1989 and as recently as 2017. Micky Dolenz befriended the Beatles during his days in the Monkees and was in Abbey Road studios when they recorded Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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Sir Paul McCartney, 76, and wife Nancy Shevell, 59, dress to impress as they attend charity event in New York City

They’ve been more loved-up than ever since tying the knot in October 2011.

And Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell joined forces as they attended the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services 2019 Spring Benefit at The Plaza hotel in New York City on Tuesday.

The Beatles legend, 76, and his other half, 59, were in good spirits at the charity event, and they certainly dressed to impress.

Nancy looked demure as she wore a black sweetheart-neck gown and kept her accessories to a minimum by wearing a few silver rings.

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