Monthly Archives: October 2019

Two drummers turned frontmen go deep on their craft, losing John Lennon and Kurt Cobain, and finding life after their legendary bands

Ringo Starr is about to get into a bathtub with Dave Grohl, and he seems a little skeptical. “Is this some sort of bullshit?” the former Beatle says. But he steps in anyway. Soon the pair are chatting comfortably; as Grohl discusses the Foo Fighters’ recent tour, Starr hands him a rubber ducky, and instructs him to make a heart symbol with his hands to complement his own omnipresent peace sign.

Grohl and Starr have known each other since 2013, when Grohl spoke at a release party for Starr’s first photography book. Grohl later enlisted Starr to shoot band photos of the Foo Fighters for their 2014 album, Sonic Highways. Today, they’re close enough that Starr gives Grohl shit about his time moonlighting as the Foos’ photographer. “I didn’t feel you ever liked ’em,” Starr teases Grohl of the pictures he took. “What are you talking about?” Grohl replies. “We used ’em on the record!” “I wanted more praise and love,” Starr says.

Grohl learned to play guitar, his first instrument, by working through a Beatles chord book. Since then, his career arc has mirrored Starr’s in many ways. Both artists rose to fame as drummers in generation-defining bands, and went on to reinvent themselves as songwriter-bandleaders — Starr just released his 20th solo album, What’s My Name, and wrapped a tour with his All Starr Band, now in its 30th year. They’ve both stepped into other artistic areas outside music — Grohl as a director, Starr as an actor and photographer (his latest book, Another Day in the Life, just came out). Along the way, both artists weathered the loss of a friend and bandmate to tragedy.

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With a little help from her friends: Sgt Pepper artist’s all-female version

Jann Haworth, who had a key role in the Beatles’ album cover, explains why she’s righting a wrong in a mural that is coming to the UK

It can take a generation to put right a wrong. For the American artist Jann Haworth it has taken half a century to correct a particularly high-profile piece of historical bias.

In 1967, Haworth and her then husband Peter Blake made one of the most famous commercial artworks of the modern age: the cover of the Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Among the 65 different people it featured, from Albert Einstein, Fred Astaire and HG Wells to the occultist Aleister Crowley, there were only 12 women and, as Haworth admits, three of those were different images of child star Shirley Temple.

What is more, Haworth, a young female artist at the time, found her own key role in creating the cover was ignored for years.

Now Haworth and her daughter, Liberty Blake, are bringing to Britain a work they started together in 2016 to set straight the record of women’s achievements. Their Work in Progress mural – seven panels, 28ft long and 8ft wide – displays the faces of more than 100 influential women who have either been written out of history or marginalised.

“Really the point of this project is that you will recognise some of the faces, but not others. The feeling of knowing and yet not knowing these women’s full stories is part of the meaning. It makes it distinct and it almost makes you shiver.”

The artist, who collaborated in workshops with volunteers from Salt Lake City, near her home in Utah, to make the artwork, believes it is important this project remains unfinished, a work in progress, because it would impossible to correct centuries of conventional history that have left women out.

“It is also significant that other people contribute, because I know very little about, say, astrophysics and women in other fields. And women’s real value in the world is not just about their place in history books. So the workshop process is almost more important than the outcome,” she said.

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The future of Cavern Walks: former WAG haven that fell out of favour

It was once the place to go, but it fell into disarray – however its luck might be turning around

In its heyday the Cavern Walks was a former haven for WAGs such as Coleen Rooney and Alex Gerrard – looking to buy the latest trends to stand out from the Scouse crowd.

Located on Mathew Street and Lord Street, the centre was filled with high end brands such as Cricket and Vivienne Westwood, with the latter still remaining there.

A majority of the 80,000 square foot site is made up of office space, with the exception of retail units and has been empty for over a decade.

However, Liverpool hotel firm Signature Living agreed to buy the famous Cavern Walks shopping centre and to transform into a luxury hotel.

The hotelier confirmed to the ECHO that they hope the development will be in part open by May 2020 with final completion by August/September 2020.

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Guilderland family’s Halloween Beatles tribute goes viral

GUILDERLAND — There’s always that one house in the neighborhood that really wins at decorating for Halloween.  This year, Jeff and Ellen Pitkin decided to take it to the next level at their Guilderland home and use their creative talent to help a good cause.

The theme this year was a tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album, and it has struck a chord on the web. The couple wrote on Facebook that they were shocked that photos from the display went viral, and wanted to use it as an opportunity to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. If you’re interested in learning more and donating, visit https://www.facebook.com/donate/703886330103143/.

Beatles autographs hidden for 56 years sold for £4,200

A set of Beatles autographs discovered in a Wrexham cupboard have sold at auction for £4,200.

The signatures had lain hidden from the world for 56 years because the owner did not want to expose them to light.

The 72-year-old retired secretary, who did not want to be named, met the band after seeing an early gig at the Town Hall Ballroom, in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

“I’m chuffed to bits by the result,” she said after the sale.

Auctioneers Hansons had expected them fetch between £2,000 and £3,000.

“Someone offered to buy the autographs off me for £100 about 20 years ago,” she said.

“I’m so glad I said no.”

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When the Beatles Walked Offstage: Fifty Years of “Abbey Road”

In the spring of 1969, Paul McCartney telephoned George Martin to ask if he would be willing to work with the Beatles on a new album they planned to record in the months ahead. Martin, who was widely regarded as the most accomplished pop-record producer in the world, had overseen the making of all nine albums and nineteen singles that the Beatles had released in Britain since their début on E.M.I.’s Parlophone label, in 1962. His reputation was synonymous with that of the group, and the fact that McCartney felt a need to ask him about his availability dramatized how much the Beatles’ professional circumstances had changed since the release of the two-record set known as the White Album, in the fall of 1968. In Martin’s view, the five months of tension and drama it took to make that album, followed by the fiasco of “Get Back,” an ill-fated film, concert, and recording project that ended inconclusively in January, 1969, had turned his recent work with the Beatles into a “miserable experience.”

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Ringo Starr Is Still Burning Bright

One of the most famous drummers in history tells GQ about his new album, What’s My Name.

From changing the course of popular music with a little help from his fellow Beatles to a well-received, decades-long solo career, Ringo Starr is inarguably one of the most famous drummers in history—not that he’s resting on his laurels. For one, he’s on an essentially non-stop tour with his famous friends (aptly dubbed his All Starr Band) which recently wrapped up a globe-trotting string of dates. This month, the lad from Liverpool is also releasing a book of photographyAnother Day in the Life, which features an eclectic array of shots mostly taken on his iPhone. And, he’s also set to add another chapter to his indelible musical legacy with the new album What’s My Name. His 20th, it features originals like its autobiographical call-and-response title track, inspired covers, and even a collaboration with Paul McCartney.

Starr spoke to GQ about reuniting with Macca, recording a long-lost song written in mind for him by John Lennon, and an incessant attitude that preaches peace and love.

THE BEATLES: THE SINGLES COLLECTION

LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION OF NEWLY REMASTERED SEVEN-INCH VINYL SINGLES

We are proud to announce the release of this collectible box set presenting 46 tracks on 23 7-inch vinyl singles, in faithfully reproduced international picture sleeves, accompanied by a 40-page booklet with photos, ephemera, and detailed essays by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett.

These singles, plus an exclusive new double A-side single for the mid-1990s-issued tracks “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love,” are newly remastered from their original multi-track master tapes and cut for vinyl at Abbey Road Studios for a new limited edition boxed set.

CCTV catches police posing for The Beatles’ Abbey Road picture at 2.30am

Traffic on Abbey Road has been a nightmare for 50 years and we all know who is to blame. Not a day goes past without legions of Beatles fans trying their utmost to recreate the famous album cover at the world’s best-known pedestrian crossing. But it appears the Metropolitan Police have discovered the perfect time to beat the crowds. Four officers were caught walking like John, Paul, Ringo and George at the ungodly hour of 2.30am on Saturday. Another copper was seen in the middle of the road orchestrating the quartet with their camera in hand. What they presumably hadn’t realised is that there is a 24-hour motion camera fixed on the crossing.

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