The Walker Art Gallery will display photographs taken by Linda McCartney (1941-1998) in an exhibition curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney.
The Linda McCartney Retrospective will showcase more than 200 photographs, including images of the McCartney family taken in Liverpool which have never been displayed before.
The exhibition features images of some of the most iconic artists and moments from the 1960s music scene, alongside intimate and arresting family portraits. The photographs capture the world as Linda experienced it, representing the people, places and landscape around her in her inimitable spontaneous and experimental style.
A wealth of ephemera and archive materials will also be displayed, including some of Linda’s journals from the 1960s and a number of her cameras. Contact sheets, Polaroids and sun prints all feature, demonstrating Linda’s creativity and interest in early and experimental photographic processes.
The Beatles are getting on board the pop-up shop express.
The Thread Shop, Sony Music Entertainment’s merchandising division, announced the opening of a Beatles holiday pop-up in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. The store, open from Dec. 11 through Dec. 22, will feature exclusive Beatles-themed gifts, including licensed clothing, accessories, toys and other branded products such as turntables. A Beatles pinball machine is also in the lineup.
The Beatles shop is about 1,200 sq. ft. and is filled with Instagrammable moments, with a façade wrapped in Beatles imagery, reported Women’s Wear Daily. The interior decor includes an Abbey Road floor decal leading shoppers from the entrance into the space. Three vignettes are themed from Beatles albums’ “Yellow Submarine,” “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “The White Album.” The shop also features a Sixties lounge, a gift wrap station (called Help! with Beatles gift wrap), a drum set reflecting The Beatles’ first TV appearance, and an authentic U.K. phone booth, the report said.
The pop-up will offer the first assortment of products available under a partnership between Sony’s Thread Shop and Apple Corps. Ltd. Thread Shop said it will work closely with Apple Corps to expand The Beatles’ brand presence in the U.S. by creating unique apparel, products and collaborations that celebrate the band.
Paul McCartney’s Children’s Novel Is Being Adapted Into An Animated Film
By Katrina Nattress
December 10, 2019
In 2005, Paul McCartney wrote a children’s adventure novel called High in the Clouds. Now, that story is getting adapted into an animated feature film by Netflix and produced by Gaumont. As Billboard describes it, “the story follows an imaginative teenage squirrel named Wirral who falls in with a group of teen rebels who live in the sky and are led by the tyrannical Gretsch the owl, a terrific singer who steals the voice of anyone who upstages her.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix. They complement what is already an amazing team with Gaumont and we can think of no-one better to be working with to bring our film to a global audience,” McCartney said in a statement. “I’ve always loved animated films and this is a hugely important passion project for me. I can’t wait for the world to see it.”
The movie will be directed by Timothy Reckart (Head Over Heels), with a screenplay written by Jon Croker (Paddington). The Beatles star is set to contribute original songs and music.
McCartney wrote the book with Philip Ardagh, with illustrations by Geoff Dunbar. There are no details yet on when we can expect High in the Clouds to premiere, but we hope it’s sooner rather than later.
The history books will tell you that John Lennon was murdered on December 8th 1980 – but in the the UK it was early in the morning on the 9th.
I woke up late that morning, and didn’t put the radio on before going to school. I cycled to school as usual, not knowing anything had happened, only to be met by my best friend, and fellow Beatles fan, Dalton, who looked really angry, and was muttering about what some bastard had done to John Lennon. The then told me that John had been murdered. My first reaction was that it was another ‘Paul is dead’ type rumour, and that really he was OK.
However, that morning, the school assembly was taken by students, and they played ‘In My Life’ as a tribute to John. It’s there that the horrible fact really sank in. I also noticed that a lot of fellow students, and also staff, were moved by the announcement too.
After school, I went home and bought the evening newspapers, which had John on the front cover, and played Beatles/John songs for the rest of the day – only to stop to watch the many tributes to John on TV.
At the time, I had never been that affected by anyone’s death before.
Fast forward to 2007. My daughter Lilia, was born at approx 6am on December 9th. John Lennon was shot around 4am London time on December 9th 1980, and died about 2 hours later.
Take a sad song and make it better :>)
PS It certainly, wasn’t planned that Lilia was born at that time!
VICTORIA — John Lennon’s historic Rolls Royce limousine has hit the road in Victoria.
The psychedelic 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Touring limo, typically housed at the Royal BC Museum, is undergoing maintenance and diagnostic testing Thursday at Camosun College in Saanich.
Students in the school’s automotive shop will help technicians from Coachwerks Restoration tune up and “exercise” the 55-year-old vehicle.
“Those in attendance will be able to hear the roar of the engine and watch its rear wheels spin on a rolling road dynamometer with a large screen feeding speed and other data in real-time,” the college said in a news release Thursday.
Students will also get a bit of a history lesson on the vehicle’s cultural significance from Camosun instructor Patrick Jones and Royal BC Museum collections manager Paul Ferguson.
“I’ll be operating the equipment while the technicians from Coachwerks operate the car,” said Jones. “To be up close and personal with a vehicle of this stature is a wonderful opportunity for our students.”
The late Beatles star originally bought the car in June 1965 and covered its black exterior with a vibrant yellow custom paint job.
The car was eventually bought by billionaire Jim Pattison and donated to the museum.
In connection to the deal, The Thread Shop is bringing on Joe Marziotto as vice president, licensing & marketing.
It’s a “Happy Xmas” for The Beatles fans. Just in time for gifting season, Sony Music Entertainment’s merchandise agency, The Thread Shop, has signed a new deal to produce merch for the iconic rock band in North America.
The Thread Shop’s partnership with the band’s Apple Corps, Ltd. — created in 1968 to oversee their business and creative interests — includes new merchandise, licensing, retail and ecommerce opportunities in North America. The first wave of merch, which includes clothing, toys, turntables and a pinball machine, will be available at a Beatles holiday pop-up store in New York City from Dec. 11 through 22.
“More than a half-century after Beatlemania first broke out in the U.S., The Beatles remain an unmatched cultural force in our society,” said Sony Music Entertainment president, commercial music group, Richard Story. “Their revolutionary achievements continue to inspire artists and thinkers across borders, cultures, and generations. We are tremendously honored that they have entrusted The Thread Shop with their iconic brand, and we look forward to sharing their extraordinary vision with fans.”
Apple has chosen the band’s birthplace for the unique immersive sound experience, which is a worldwide first.
Beatles fans are being invited to listen to Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as it has never been heard before in a series of free events taking place in Liverpool.
In a worldwide first, the immersive experience will present a remixed version of the band’s pioneering 1967 album that feels as if the band is performing live in the space.
It will be played in Dolby Atmos, which places speakers all around the listeners – even above their heads – to transport them to Abbey Road Studios, where Sgt Pepper was recorded.
Tickets for the event at the Albert Dock’s Dr Martin Luther King Jr Buildingare expected to be snapped up by Beatles fans across the globe – so fans here in Liverpool should book online HERE from 10am today to ensure a free place.
The mix was created from the original tapes by Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles producer George Martin and a Grammy Award-winning producer in his own right.
He told the ECHO: “Without Liverpool there would be no Sgt Pepper. Liverpool is where it should be.