July 22, 2008
Sir George Martin's latest project: "On Record: The Soundtrack
of Our Lives"
by Jordan Riefe
"At last week's TCA press tour in Los Angeles, Sir
George Martin sat down at the PBS panel to talk with the press about his latest
project, On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a story about ... how the most
universal mass medium of the 20th century marked the emergence of pop culture
worldwide; how the competition between the urban middle class and the rural
working class came to define popular music and in so doing, made possible the
breakthrough of minority cultures into mainstream consciousness. Hosted by
Martin and narrated by Kevin Spacey, On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Live
traces several of music's most influential moments featuring interviews with a
variety of notable names in music. Although The Soundtrack of Our Lives doesn't
debut on PBS until 2010, Sir George Martin was more than happy to talk about the
upcoming series, his legacy with The Beatles, and the bands that impress him in
today's music world."
To read the interview with Sir George Martin,
please click on the following link: TCA 2008:
George Martin's On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
July 21, 2008
New Release on DVD
Title: The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour Memories
Release Date: 25 August 2008
Running Time: 60 minutes plus 30 minutes bonus features
The Magical Mystery Tour was the first Beatles film project following the death
of Manager Brian Epstein in August 1967. The film was unscripted as various
‘ordinary’ people travelled on a charabanc bus, having ‘magical’ adventures en
route. The movie soundtrack was released in the UK in December 1967 and in 1968
received a Grammy Award for the best album reaching the coveted #1 slot in the
US for eight weeks.
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Memories is an upbeat rockumentary film
featuring the vivid memories of those who witnessed the making of the cult
Beatle movie, The Magical Mystery Tour, in 1967 and features a celebrity cast
along with anecdotal stories and unseen 8mm home movie footage, as well as
eye-witness accounts from fans, on-lookers and the cast of the movie.
Featuring Tony Barrow (Beatles press officer), Mike McCartney (Paul McCartney’s
brother), Miranda Ward (journalist and friend of the Fab Four), Spencer Davis
(Spencer Davis Group), Tony Bramwell (Beatles road manager and close friend of
Sir Paul McCartney), Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Do Da Band), Freda Kelly (principal
secretary to the Beatles Fan Club), Dame Peggy Spencer (choreographer), and
Victor Spinetti (actor and close friend of John Lennon), sharing their memories
with Victor supplying a fascinating commentary to the film.
“This is a happy, upbeat film” comments David Lambert, producer and director of
Arthouse Pictures, who produced the movie. “Probably the last time the Fab Four
were all still getting along.” Keith Badman (author and Beatles expert) said “I
have seen the rough cut screener and can’t wait to see the finished programme.
It is fantastic.”
This film is a must have for all Beatles fans worldwide and an opportunity to
look back fondly at the heady days of the swinging 60s.
Bonus Features: Beatles related stories from Mike McCartney, Freda Kelly,
Spencer Davis, Victor Spinetti, Tony Bramwell and Miranda Ward.
Dealer Price £8.84 • Retail Price £12.99 • Duration 90 minutes
Catalogue No. WNRD2449 • Barcode 5018755244919
For further information please contact:
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July 20, 2008
Paul McCartney's Quebec show draws thousands
by Kevin Dougherty, The Gazette
QUEBEC - McCartney fans sang along to the 1960s Beatles hit Baby you can drive
my car during the sound check as thousands converged on the site of Paul
McCartney's free concert to celebrate Quebec City's 400th anniversary.
Serge Bélisle, of the Quebec City police, said about 200,000 or more spectators
"It's a North American happening," Bélisle said. "Everything is going well."
McCartney sang Hey Jude, The long and winding road, Honey don't, as well as
Wings hits and singalong songs.
As helicopters flew overhead, spectators could hear McCartney say the bass
sounded a bit off in the sound-check session.
Traffic was diverted away from the site and extra buses were added.
Many walked to the site while others used bicycles.
Bélisle said only between 80,000 and 100,000 would be able to actually see
McCartney. The remainder of the crowd would have to see him on giant TV screens
erected on and off site.
Montrealer Jean-Pierre Lapalme camped out in his van from Thursday night.
"He is the biggest star in the world," Lapalme said. "The best! The best! The
And he added, referring to Quebec artists and others opposed to McCartney's
presence in Quebec City at the time of its 400th birthday: "F__k you Normand
Anne Lepape, from France, credited The Beatles with giving her the incentive to
Fiona George of Ottawa, originally from England, said her father used to tell
the story that he met The Beatles in a Liverpool pub before they were famous.
George said she was here "because of Quebec's 400th anniversary and it's the
© Montreal Gazette, July 20, 2008
The Latest Ottawa Beatle Site Reviews
Our researcher, John Whelan, critiques the new CD
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Opera Che Lennon" (The Oz hails from Russia) and he also reviews the DVD release of "John,
Paul, Tom and Ringo" from the Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder.
July 19, 2008
Welcome home, Paul McCartney
If everybody's quite finished laughing at the Quebec sovereigntists who are
denouncing their visitor Paul McCartney as an "Anglo-Saxon idol" bent on
replaying the battle of the Plains of Abraham in concert form, we have a modest
point to make about the subject.
Let it be said, if it needs to be, that there is obviously no question about
McCartney's status as a cultural figure who transcends boundaries of nationhood
and ethnicity. To state things as conservatively as possible, he and his late
writing partner John Lennon have been to the popular music of our era what Sousa
was to the march and Strauss was to the waltz. One can travel literally
anywhere, from the Siberian oil patch to the smallest African village, and find
that a few bars of Yesterday or Hey Jude will be met with instant recognition.
For that matter, it might even work with Band on the Run.
By any reasonable standard, one offers no insult to the people of Quebec in
saying that McCartney's presence at the 400th-anniversary celebrations for
Quebec City does as much honour to the place as to the performer. And in their
more lucid moments, even rabid Quebec nationalists would have to admit that the
search for a pop or rock performer from France who could inspire as much
legitimate excitement as the offensively English McCartney would be doomed to
come up empty. Of course, the French heritage has a special status in Quebec
City, but would, say, Johnny Hallyday or Air really suit the importance that the
critics themselves wish to ascribe to the occasion?
It is worth adding, as an aside, that Paul McCartney is still surprisingly
capable, at 66, of rocking the hell out of an audience. It helps to come armed
with the greatest song catalogue any singer-songwriter has ever amassed, but
attendees at Sunday's show may find that McCartney's gentlemanly energy, feeling
for the beat and joy in playing shame many younger dinosaurs who are more
renowned for live performance.
Still, for all that the nationalist rhetoric and petitions against McCartney are
clearly exaggerated and ridiculous, some people may have a nagging sense that
the ex-Beatle really is sort of a strange choice to help celebrate the
anniversary of Quebec, a city he has never before visited. A trifle such as the
Beatles' Michelle does not seem to make for much of a spiritual connection with
French Canada, and in defending the McCartney concert, Action democratique du
Quebec spokesman Sylvain Legare could do no better than to say that Quebeckers
wanted "international stars" and that "The English are part of our past, deal
What no one's pointed out in defence of the
booking, at least in English Canada, is that McCartney is as powerfully
associated with a particular home city as any great artist in history --and that
city, Liverpool, is historically bound to Quebec City with bonds as strong as
iron. (Which explains why, when the 400th was still in the planning stages,
Quebec actually sent representatives to Liverpool to seek opportunities for
In the ages of steam and sail, the Liverpool-Quebec sea link was one of the
world's most important, and throughout the 19th century one of Liverpool's chief
economic preoccupations was turning timber into commercial ships that would ply
the Atlantic. Such ships would eventually leave the St. Lawrence groaning with
raw materials bound for Europe's busiest port, and (after the demise of the
"triangle trade") return still more swollen with suffering immigrants to the New
World, riding at a discount as human ballast.
And many of those immigrants, let us not forget, had Irish surnames -- as does
the "English" McCartney. An estimated 30%-40% of Quebeckers have some Irish in
their family tree -- whether they're descended from a Johnson sticking out like
a sore thumb in a sea of French names, or a Bourque whose
great-great-grandfather might just have lived in Tipperary and gone by Burke.
McCartney is not just a big star who
happened to be available at the right time: He is, in fact, arguably the perfect
performer for the occasion, a literal cousin to thousands of Quebeckers who
hails from one of Quebec's great cultural wellsprings. He should be, and almost
certainly will be, greeted as an honorary son of the Celtic-tinged
Copyright © by the National Post, all rights reserved.
"Sir Paul to 'Quebeckians': 'smoke the pipes of peace'" from the Globe and
July 19, 2008
All we are saying is give Paul a
It can be safely predicted even now
that a British knight will take Quebec City by storm on Sunday. That's when Sir
Paul McCartney will unleash what promises to be the rockingest show the storied
Plains of Abraham have seen since the one staged at the same venue by generals
named Wolfe and Montcalm.
That's a joke, OK? But it seems some people take the McCartney-Wolfe connection
very seriously indeed.
By some people we mean the few dozen separatists, including two Parti Québécois
front- benchers, Pierre Curzi and Daniel Turp, who have worked themselves into a
froth of indignation over the former Beatle's big show.
These zealots even cranked up a petition alleging that Quebec's
400th-anniversary celebration, of which the McCartney show is a towering
highlight, is being blighted by the prominence being accorded to what they call
an "Anglo-Saxon idol."
"We can never erase that we were conquered by the British," said sculptor Luc
Archambault, the petition instigator. So much, we guess, for Paul's old
bandmate's sentiment, "Give peace a chance."
The protest certainly hasn't put McCartney and his band on the run, nor do we
suspect it's likely to discourage many of the expected crowd of up to 200,000.
Paul's mission, he said in a Radio-Canada interview, is strictly friendly. "I
want to give those people the best night of their lives."
As for General Wolfe, McCartney claimed to have remembered him from history-exam
questions, but said still hasn't quite figured out exactly who he was. And Sir
Paul assured the interviewer that of course he would speak some French. (He
would not, however, promise to sing Michelle (ma belle). Still, it wouldn't
surprise us if he did.
Even more reassuring was the overwhelming ridicule heaped on this stillborn
protest in francophone quarters. "Would they ban Shakespeare because he's
English?" wondered leading Quebec songwriter (and avowed sovereignist) Stéphane
Venne. He went on to lecture the petition people, noting that McCartney is an
artist whose appeal and influence transcend borders and ethnic lines. Venne
added that he and many prominent Quebec musicians have drawn inspiration from
Philippe Navarro, a former PQ political staffer and now a full-time musician,
pointed out that what really decided the fate of Quebec was not the Battle of
the Plains in 1759, but France's decision four years later to give up Quebec in
a trade for Guadeloupe - an outcome that would probably have been the same had
Montcalm won the battle.
The only thing being tarnished here is the image of the PQ and the sovereignist
movement when prominent figures in its ranks indulge in such ludicrous displays
of nationalist pique. Curzi and Turp really should know better than to stoop to
this. They're making it bad, mostly for themselves.
Copyright © by the Montreal Gazette, all rights reserved.
July 12, 2008
Bigger than Jesus? - the Beatles were "a Christian band." - long lost interview from the "Bed-in."
Story: Daily Telegraph
July 7, 2008
"They'll be worth something one day." - Lennon, in bed, 1969
Montrealer auctions "Give Peace a Chance" lyrics
Story: Ottawa Citizen.
At the same auction, The bass drum used on the cover of The Beatles' landmark album 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was for £54,1250 - way more than $1 million, and the "Give Peace a Chance"
lyrics fetched $800,000!
June 19, 2008
Ringo Starr rocks Fallsview Casino Resort,
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Concert Review: Ringo Starr
By JANE STEVENSON - Sun Media
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - Ringo Starr is more than getting by with a little help
from his friends judging by the fun and lively launch of his latest All-Starr
Band tour on Thursday night with the first of two back-to-back shows at
Fallsview Casino Resort's Avalon Ballroom.
Like every other All-Starr trek - he's been doing this since 1989 and launched
at Casino Rama in Orillia, Ont., three times previously before making the switch
to Fallsview this time out - the former Beatles drummer entertained a sold-out
crowd of 1,500 with both his solo material and Fab Four hits.
Meanwhile, returning bandmates Colin Hay (Men at Work), Edgar Winter, Hamish
Stuart (Average White Band), and Billy Squier, along with newcomer Gary Wright,
performed their individual chart-toppers.
But punching up the energy this time out - other than Starr himself who was a
bouncing, boyish bubble of enthusiasm - was Stuart, whose funky AWB's hits like
Pick Up The Pieces and Work To Do really sounded remarkable in a live setting,
and the multi-talented Winters on sax, synthsizers and drums, sometimes just
during on one song like Frankenstein.
Wright's Dream Weaver (whose title was inspired by the writings of an Indian
mystic recommended by George Harrison, whose first solo album, All Things Must
Pass, he worked on) and My Love Is Alive also proved to be crowd favourites
along with Hay's Land Down Under and Who Can It Be Now, Winter's Free Ride and
Squier's The Stroke.
But it was the 67-year-old Starr who was the main attraction given his musical
legacy that was touched upon several times during the two-hour-and-15-minute
show with such Beatles classics as Boys, Yellow Submarine, I Wanna Be Your Man,
and With A Little Help From My Friends, his own Harrison tribute Never Without
You and the show ending cover of John Lennon's Give Peace A Chance.
After a snippet of With A Little Help From My Friends, Starr began the evening
in earnest with his solo hit, It Don't Come Easy, before beginning what would
prove to be a long night of amusing stage banter.
"I'm a Canadian and I'm okay," said Starr, riffing on Monty Python's I'm A
Lumberjack And I'm Okay.
Squier was the hardest rocking of the bunch with the plugged-in Lonely Is The
Night faring better than an acoustic solo version of In The Dark, which didn't
Hay was the most naturally engaging performer as he provoked an enthusiastic
male audience member in the front row to do some mighty dance moves during Land
Down Under - "I want what you're on!" he said - and got the audience to chime in
with a spirited singalong during his solo acoustic version of his new song, Are
You Looking At Me?
"You know what is happening now - you're a failure if the guy doesn't dance
during your song," lamented Starr after the first mad display of dancing.
"I don't care how drunk you are, you aren't coming up here," he added later.
Still, Starr himself got caught up in the excitement of his own tour launch and
made the band restart the beginning of Liverpool 8, the title track from his
latest album, when he missed the cue.
"I'm too excited," he admitted.
And after a particularly joyous version of Yellow Submarine, Starr left the
stage for three songs saying:
"I have to go have a lie down now. I don't know, (the energy) comes from some
It was also fun to watch newcomer and second drummer Gregg Bissonette get such a
kick out of playing alongside Starr, who finally drew the audience to the front
of the stage by the end of the night.
Concert set list:
1. With A Little Help
From My Friends Introduction (Ringo vocal)
2. It Don't Come Easy (Ringo vocal)
3. What Goes On (Ringo vocal)
4. Memphis in My Mind (Ringo vocal)
5. Lonely is the Night (Billy Squier vocal)
6. Free Ride (Edgar Winter vocal)
7. Down Under (Colin Hay vocal)
8. Dream Weaver (Gary Wright vocal)
9. Boys (Ringo vocal/drums)
10. Pick Up the Pieces (Hamish Stuart vocal/guitar)
11. Liverpool 8 (Ringo vocal)
12. Act Naturally (Ringo vocal)
13. Yellow Submarine (Ringo vocal)
14. Are You Lookin' At Me? (Colin vocal/solo acoustic)
15. In the Dark (Billy vocal/solo acoustic)
16. Frankenstein (Edgar keyboards/alto sax/drums)
17. Never Without You (Ringo vocal)
18. Choose Love (Ringo vocal/drums)
19. The Stroke (Billy vocal)
20. Work to Do (Hamish vocal/acoustic guitar)
21. I Wanna Be Your Man (Ringo vocal/drums)
22. Love is Alive (Gary vocal)
23. Who Can it Be Now (Colin vocal)
24. Photograph (Ringo vocal)
25. Oh, My My (Ringo vocal) (Performance Debut)
26. With A Little Help From My Friends (Ringo vocal)
27. Give Peace a Chance (Everyone vocal)
Starr-struck - The Guy Who Put the Beat in the Beatles by John Law, Niagara
his friends offer All-Starr performance by Lou Michel of the Buffalo News
June 16, 2008
I am particularly glad to send the latest
production from the French reissue label Magic Records (www.magic-records.com)
presenting French covers of Beatles songs.
This new CD offers Gérard Saint Paul's album
recorded at the end of 1970 and published in February 1971. Entitled: "10 hits
de Lennon & McCartney et chantés en français
par Gérard Saint Paul."
It's a vinyl
replica type CD with original cover art and label, as well as all initial 10
titles from this mythical album which is now a very sought after collector.
Eight titles were already issued on the famous 5 CD series called La France
et les Beatles produced in 2006 and 2007 by Magic Records.
The last two titles, Instant Karma and
Teddy Boy, make here their very first appearance on CD. But that's not all:
a bonus title is also completing this new product. It's a live version of Obladi
Oblada recorded in English by The Dauphins (Gérard Saint Paul's former group)
and published on a single in 1969.
Click on the above "Magic Records" logo for
"10 hits de Lennon & McCartney -- chantés en français
par Gérard Saint Paul"
McCartney Back In The (Former) USSR
June 16, 2008 10:06 AM
By Suzanne Kayian
Paul McCartney [ tickets ]'s June 14 free concert
in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, was the biggest ever in the post-Soviet republic,
British newspaper The Guardian reported.
The historic gig at Kiev's Independence Square was shown on giant screens in
five cities across the country--reportedly in an attempt to promote unity in the
bitterly divided region; the deep political divisions between the orthodox
pro-Russian east and the Catholic pro-European West were further inflamed due to
Ukraine's recent application to join NATO.
McCartney took the stage in the midst of torrential rain, lighting and thunder,
beginning his set with The Beatles' "Drive My Car," followed by a series of
Beatles' songs, inevitably including "Back in the USSR." According to The
Guardian, McCartney told the crowd, "I've been waiting a long time to say that."
Copyright © by LiveDaily, all rights reserved.
June 7, 2008
From Penny Lane to Strawberry Fields
Ottawa Citizen Travel Section with a nice Beatle story by Michele Sponagle.
May 25, 2008 Yale University, New Haven, Ct. USA
Now it's Dr. Sir Paul McCartney
The band played "Hey Jude" as ex-Beatle Paul McCartney stepped on stage Monday to accept an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University.
May 23, 2008 Liverpool
Lennon complete artworks on display
Liverpool will celebrate being awarded European Capital of Culture this year with an exhibition featuring
the Complete Collection of John Lennon’s artwork for the first time in their entirety in Liverpool.
The exhibition runs at the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo building from 23 May until 2 June,
before embarking on a museum tour of Germany.
Imagine Peace news release
May 10, 2008
"Classic Albums Live" in Ottawa with Abbey Road
Tonight the incredible musicians on the Classic Albums Live circuit played a note-for-note track-by-track rendition of The Beatles' Abbey Road
at Ottawa's Centrepoint Theatre. After Abbey Road, as a bonus, they gave us quite a slice of the White Album, and ended with Hey Jude, and
Twist and Shout as an encore, which had many of the the "mature" sell-out audience on their feet and twisting.
May 1, 2008
Security guard from Lennon's
Montreal 'bed-in' shares memories
TORONTO — George Urquhart remembers it "like it was
The retired security guard says he was the one on duty when John Lennon and Yoko
Ono staged their "bed-in for peace" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel from May
26 to June 1, 1969.
Urquhart says he was asked to sit outside suite 1742, where the "bed-in" and the
recording of Lennon's hit "Give Peace a Chance" took place, because he was the
only fluently bilingual security guard at the hotel.
"I figured, 'My God, 12 hours, what a boring day that's going to be, for a full
week,' but it was anything but, anything but," he recalled in a telephone
interview from Calgary, where he now lives.
Urquhart grew nostalgic for the occasion after hearing earlier this week that a
Montreal-raised TV writer is putting up Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "Give
Peace a Chance" on the auction block in July.
Gail Renard obtained the piece of cardboard with the lyrics when she and a
friend, CJAD Montreal radio talk show host Tommy Schnurmacher, crashed the
"bed-in" as teens.
The two had to sneak into the hotel through back entrances and a fire escape.
Once on the floor of the suite, they waited until Urquhart went to the bathroom
before knocking on the door of the suite - but the security guard came back.
"I remember it clearly," recalled Urquhart, 73.
"(Schnurmacher) walked by and I grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and asked
him where he thought he was going. It was a funny deal, I'll tell ya."
Ono told Urquhart to allow the teens into the suite and they were able to stay
for the full week-long festivities that were meant to draw attention to the war
An eclectic blend of people visited the suite that week, including comedian
Tommy Smothers, drug guru Timothy Leary, American cartoonist Al Capp and a group
of Hare Krishnas, all of whom can be heard chanting on "Give Peace a Chance."
"Al Capp ... he just about started his own war in that room," said Urquhart.
"He had told John, 'If you really want to do something to end the Vietnam War,
pick up a gun and go fight over there,' and boy, I'll tell ya, that rocked a few
Urquhart took some photos of the "bed-in," provided clapping for the song
recording and had Lennon autograph his Beatles record, which he still has to
"It says 'To George, Thank You, Peace - John Lennon, Yoko Ono,"' said Urquhart.
Christie's in London says Renard could get up to $600,000 when she auctions off
the Lennon lyrics on July 10, but Urquhart says he has no plans to put his
autographed record under the hammer.
"A lot people say, 'Why don't you sell it?' but I don't know what it is about
the attachment of that thing, it's hard to explain," he said.
Urquhart worked at the hotel for 32 years, becoming the director of security and
meeting numerous stars and dignitaries.
The "bed-in" is among his fondest memories, he said.
"I've walked with kings, queens, heads of state," he said.
"But this was the week that remains the epic of the whole 32 years that I was
there and he was a good man. ... He was terrific. Yoko was more an introvert.
John was, my God, he was dancing around that room like you wouldn't believe."
© the Canadian Press
The teenager who gatecrashed the singer's Bed-In will auction his lyrics,
writes Mark Brown.
Almost twenty-eight years after his death John Lennon is to make good a promise
he made to a star-struck Canadian teenager: that he would always look after her.
In one of the most keenly anticipated sales of rock memorabilia for years, Gail
Renard, a TV comedy writer, is to auction Lennon's handwritten lyrics for Give
Peace A Chance, which have hung in her study for years.
The lyrics - "Everybodies [sic] talking bout /Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism,
Ragism, Tagism, This-ism, That-ism" etc - will be auctioned by Christie's in
London on July 10. They are expected to sell for $US400,000 ($430,000) to
The auction has brought to light the story of how Renard was given the lyrics
nearly 40 years ago.
In 1969 Lennon and Yoko Ono were in Montreal for their Bed-In, a week of staying
in bed as a way to campaign for peace, capped off by a recording of Give Peace A
Chance sung by Lennon and 50 or so others, including Petula Clark and the beat
poet Allen Ginsberg, in the hotel suite.
With them for most of the week was Renard who, with a friend, got into the hotel
via a fire escape with a present for Yoko's five-year-old daughter, Kyoko,
waited for security on Lennon's floor to change and then knocked on the door.
"It's incredible the things you'd do when you're young that you wouldn't do
now," she says.
Renard and Lennon bonded. The self-described "hyperventilating teenager" was
allowed to stay until the media circus ended. Then Lennon refused to be
interviewed by the DJ Roger Scott for the city's radio station and asked Renard
to do it: "Can you imagine? A 16-year-old."
Renard says she had an amazing week and remembers in particular watching A Hard
Day's Night on television with Lennon. "My mother spoke to him and made it quite
clear what the rules were - 'You keep my daughter away from sex and drugs or you
answer to me' - and he did. He got me home for bedtime each night, although
that's probably when the drugs came out."
Lennon gave Renard several mementoes, saying they would be worth something one
day. He also kick-started her writing career by telling the editor of Beatles
Monthly to publish her review of the Bed-In. He promised he would always take
care of her and gave her a "magic" phone number to call any time.
Renard subsequently carved out a successful career as a comedy writer in Britain
and won a BAFTA in 2001 for the drama Custer's Last Stand Up.
The lyrics have hung in her study for years. When her roof leaked she thought it
was time to let them go.
Helen Hall, the head of popular culture at Christie's, expects the lyrics to
beat the $US450,000 paid at Christie's in 2003 for the handwritten lyrics of the
Beatles' Nowhere Man. Photographs from the Bed-In will also be sold.
Months after the Bed-In, half a million anti-Vietnam War protesters sang Give
Peace A Chance outside the White House. Lennon called it "one of the biggest
moments of my life".
Guardian News & Media
April 27, 2008
Quick Beatle news picks:
Paul McCartney is writing coffee table book about late wife Linda -- from
Yoko Ono sues film-maker -- from the Liverpool Echo;
First Ever Beatles Day to be
held in Liverpool (on July 10th) -- from NME;
Beatles: Inside exclusive on the city's Fab Four (a new 90-minute DVD
release contains unseen video footage of the Beatles!) -- article from the
In My Life - a Beatles appreciation by the Ottawa Citizen's Robert Sibley...including some interesting data on the "most famous chord in rock'n'roll."
April 16, 2008
Feature-Length Documentary Chronicles The Making Of The Beatles' 'LOVE' by
Cirque du Soleil
LONDON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 24, 2008 Apple Corps Ltd./Cirque du
Soleil will release the feature-length documentary 'All Together Now' on DVD,
which will be marketed and distributed worldwide by EMI Music. The film details
the story behind the unique partnership between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil
that resulted in the creation and launch of "LOVE," the stage production still
wowing audiences at The Mirage in Las Vegas, and the double Grammy-winning album
of the same name. The film is dedicated to the memory of Neil Aspinall, an
Executive Producer of the DVD.
The DVD's total running time is 122 minutes,
including the 84-minute documentary film and bonus features. The film and extras
are presented in DTS & Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and Dolby Digital Stereo.
'All Together Now' faithfully recounts how the "LOVE" project came into being,
borne from the personal friendship between George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil
founder Guy Laliberte. George saw how the twin talents of Cirque's artistry and
The Beatles' music could be fused into something new and totally original.
director, Adrian Wills, records early meetings between the Cirque & Apple Corps
Ltd. creative teams, as well as contributions from Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo
Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison discussing how The Beatles' music can
be used in a different way. We hear about the decision to utilize the combined
talents of Sir George Martin and his son Giles Martin to produce what became a
90-minute soundscape created from The Beatles' multi-track recordings and how
this new audio adventure was being quietly worked on in the famous Abbey Road
Studios in London, England whilst the first creative ideas for the show were
being formulated in Montreal, Canada.
These early stages of the project were
all filmed, as were the first rehearsals at the Mirage Hotel theatre in Las
Vegas, which was completely rebuilt with a one-of-a-kind sound system and
complex round staging to house the "LOVE" show. George and Giles Martin, the
show's Musical Directors, were involved every step of the way with the
remarkable Cirque du Soleil creative team, performers and backroom staff.
wasn't all "plain-sailing" and there has been no attempt to disguise some of the
disagreements that took place along the way regarding how some of the songs
would be portrayed visually. These creative differences, a necessary part of the
overall process of bringing "LOVE" to its most vibrant life, illustrate the
participants' love and respect for the music and vision of The Beatles.
addition to their roles within the main feature, George and Giles Martin, along
with engineer Paul Hicks, also pop up in another piece titled "Changing The
Music" which reveals in fascinating depth how the music was created and the
challenges they faced. They explain how they sourced some of the individual
instruments and effects and how they were encouraged to experiment.
Together Now' documentary and bonus features provide a fascinating insight into
the creative skills and passion that went into making this project a
groundbreaking critical and commercial success.
'All Together Now' documentary (84:00)
-- "Changing The
Music" (22:00): A behind-the scenes look at the
decision-making process for the "LOVE" concept and music production.
In The Theatre" (07:00): A look at the process of creating the
"LOVE" show's unique audio design.
-- "Making 'LOVE'" (09:00): A backstage
pass to explore the design of
"LOVE," including the art direction, costumes, props, screen imagery
and the use of The Beatles' voices in the "LOVE" stage production and
DVD technical details
1 x DVD-9
PAL and NTSC
April 10, 2008
Cdn documentary shows Beatles input into Cirque du Soleil
TORONTO — Montreal producer Martin Bolduc was in Las Vegas in June 2006 when got
a phone call from Paul McCartney's publicist, telling him the former Beatle was
available for an interview.
It was an opportunity that Bolduc and Montreal director Adrian Wills had been
praying for during the shooting of "All Together Now," a documentary on the
making of Cirque du Soleil's celebrated Beatles-inspired Las Vegas show "Love."
The filmmakers were in different cities, they weren't expecting the interview
and they had little time to prepare. But as Bolduc puts it - if an ex-Beatle
says go, "you've got to be ready."
"The PR agent ... for Paul McCartney called me up to say, 'Hey, you want an
interview with Paul McCartney? It's tomorrow morning, 10 o'clock,' or something
like that, and I'm in Vegas ... Adrian is in Montreal, so I called him up, I
said, 'You're on a red-eye flight tonight, you're coming to Vegas,"' Bolduc said
Wednesday in an interview ahead of the Hot Docs documentary festival, where the
film is having its world premiere.
"It was literally, (Wills) got off the plane, got in a taxi, went to the Mirage
Hotel, in the room, set up the interview and guess what? We forgot to put the
tape in the machine! So we were running all over the place to get the tape but
that was that kind of adventure that happened with McCartney."
Things worked out and Wills was able to sit down for an intimate chat with
McCartney for an hour. He also scored interviews with Ringo Starr, Beatles
producer Sir George Martin (sometimes referred to as "the fifth Beatle") and his
son, Giles, as well as Beatles widows Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono.
In addition to those interviews, the film - a co-production of the Beatles
company Apple Corps Ltd. and Cirque du Soleil Images - also includes a
behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Love," as well as a glimpse at the
process of remastering Beatles songs for the show.
"I still have shivers every time I see it," said Bolduc, who works for Cirque du
Soleil Images. "It brings back this kind of memory, like, having the privilege
to be there."
The film shows the input McCartney, Starr, Ono and Harrison had in the Cirque
production, and the reactions they and their family had at the opening night of
"Love" at the Mirage Hotel in July 2006.
Also highlighted is the struggle the "Love" creators - including director
Dominic Champagne and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte - faced in trying
to transform the Beatles' career into an acrobatic show while satisfying the
interests of all parties. Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison weren't shy in expressing
their opinions during rehearsals - at one point Ono calls the "Come Together"
sequence "sleazy" - and McCartney needed assurances that the show was going to
Wills says they didn't feel such pressure while making the film, though.
"With a project like this, you'd think that the doors would've been open to us
and we would've gone in and been sort of heralded - that didn't happen. And then
you would think that they'd be constantly checking our material to see what we'd
been getting - that didn't happen either because the doors weren't open to us,"
"We presented (the film) to Apple and said, 'This is what we think it is, these
are the themes, this is the film' ... and they were happy ... for a company that
big and that known for control, they were really quite accepting of us and
didn't censor us."
Wills got the green light to direct the piece in December 2005. He was initially
asked to do a one-hour TV show on the making of "Love," but after capturing so
much raw emotion between the Fab Four's family members and their interactions
with the cast, it was clear it needed to be made into a feature-length
"The father and son theme and the theme of family, I really think that plays
through a lot because you've got that with George Harrison's son, Dhani coming,
and you can see that feeling that he has towards his father," said Wills, who
has directed a variety of film and TV pieces.
"We knew it was going to be an interesting story. I don't know if we knew it was
going to be as raw and emotional as it became."
© by the Canadian Press, April 10, 2008
23 March 2008
Neil Aspinall, schoolfriend of Paul and George, dead at 66
One of the more deserving claimants to the title "5th Beatle" played a major role in the inner circle for 40 years.
Yoko wrote: "Neil was an important member of the Beatles' family. John loved him.
I continued to treasure his wisdom and support in the years after John's passing. My love and deepest sympathy go to Neil's wife Suzy, and to his children.
With love, Yoko Ono Lennon"
News link: Washington Observer-Reporter
21 March 2008
'THE TOMORROW SHOW WITH TOM SNYDER:
PAUL, TOM & RINGO'
JOHN LENNON'S LAST
FINALLY AVAILABLE ON DVD FROM SHOUT! FACTORY,
WELL AS INTERVIEWS WITH RINGO STARR, AND PAUL AND LINDA McCARTNEY
for details along with a video trailer.