Mark Lewisohn, the world’s leading Beatles historian and author, is giving a lecture on the Beatles in Walthamstow, London, on Thursday 11th May.
Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club invites YOU to bring along a Beatles or Beatles-related artefact which Mark Lewisohn will talk about for a timed five minutes, explaining the Beatles’ vast history through that specific prism. The item can be anything at all – a photo, a record, a document, a press cutting or magazine cover, a piece of memorabilia, a book – just grab any kind of souvenir that grabs you, and bring it along. Mark won’t know the items in advance and will illuminate them spontaneously, informatively and fascinatingly before moving on to the next.
A new photo from the photoshoot of Sgt Pepper has appeared on the Beatles official Facebook account. It’s a black and white shot showing how the layout was set up. It also shows the Beatles in different positions to the final photo. Notice the figure of Gandhi, above the Diana Dors. This was removed on the instance of Sir Joseph Lockwood of EMI, as he thought it would upset EMI’s big Indian market.
I’ve just heard from my friend, Gillian Bryant, that Paul McCartney attended a performance of Carousel today at the London Coliseum. It of course features the song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, a number one hit for Liverpool contemporaries, Gerry and the Pacemakers. The show stars long time friends of Paul’s, Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe. Paul signed autographs for fans, but asked that no pictures be taken.
On June 4th 2017. This 3 hour, immersive guided tour on a vintage London bus is ideal for groups and individuals with a common interest in one of the most defining decades of 20th Century Britain. You’ll hear about the birth of popular music and the counterculture that spawned Swinging 60s London as you pass by the homes of notable music legends, historic locations and iconic music venues on your journey from the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly, down the Kings Road in Chelsea to Richmond via West London’s ‘Cradle of Rock’.
This tour is guided by your blogger, Richard Porter :>)
THE HALF MOON Pub in Putney where live music has been played every night since 1963. OLYMPIC STUDIOS in Barnes which has featured more prominently in recording the world’s top bands and film scores than any other… Including Abbey Road!
We take in TWICKENHAM FILM STUDIOS where THE BEATLES filmed ‘HELP!’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. You’ll see where ROD STEWART got his first break after visiting the Eel Pie Island Hotel to watch Long John Baldry. You’ll also hear about the artists who performed at the RICHMOND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL and its ongoing legacy on your way to our drop off point at One Kew Road in Richmond, previously the fabled STATION HOTEL home to the original CRAWDADDY CLUB where THE ROLLING STONES kicked off their career on 24th February 1963 and where THE BEATLES came to watch the less than two months later.
The 60s hits we play on the original Routemaster London bus are by the seminal artists who performed at local venues… The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, Elton John, The Yardbirds, David Bowie, The Who, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The Animals, Genesis, Long John Baldry, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple Mott The Hoople and many more…
HOP ON IN RICHMOND OPTION
If you’d rather hop on at Richmond, simply choose that ticket option…
LIVE 60s MUSIC OPTION
For that total 60s experience why not include some live music by 60s tribute band BEATLES 4EVER playing LIVE at One Kew Road, Richmond from 8pm on SUN 04 JUN.
25% OFF YOUR FOOD AND DRINKS BILL
One Kew Road bar and restaurant have offered our online ticket holders and massive 25% off their food and drinks bill (when ordered together). Just show your tickets to the waiter when ordering. It is advisable to book your table beforehand 020 8940 5768
For more info, and tickets, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/londons-swinging-60s-bus-tour-live-music-option-tickets-33953554997
We will be doing many more tours and gigs throughout the year. For more info see http://www.60sbus.london
Yet another Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary party is to be held in London – this one at the Moth Club in Hackney on June 2nd.
Their website says “Expect A Live Band Playing Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band In Its Entirety As Well As The Finest DJs We Can Get Our Hands On To Do The Beatles And Acts From Their Era Justice.”
We are excited to announce, with SiriusXM, the first ever Beatles-backed radio channel, featuring exclusive programming, spanning the songs, stories, influences and legacy of the band.
Launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET exclusively on SiriusXM channel 18, The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band.
“We’ve worked with The Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band’s music was first recorded. The channel will be all-things-Beatles, 24/7. The soundtrack of our world, made by John, Paul, George and Ringo.” – Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM.
The channel will explore The Beatles’ entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, The Beatles.
Paul McCartney said, “I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.”
Ringo Starr added, “Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love.”