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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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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