"If you're under 40, there's a good chance you've never heard the Beatles' music the way it sounded in the 1960s. All of their music, every note of it, was recorded on analog tape -- but all of the Beatles' CDs and LPs mastered after 1986 were sourced from digital masters. Even the 2012 remastered stereo LPs were cut from digital masters. So the big news here is the 2014 remastered mono Beatles LPs are the first to be 100 percent all-analog albums since the 1980s. If you've never heard the band's older LPs, the new mono, 180-gram LPs will knock you for a loop. I have the limited-edition "The Beatles in Mono" box set, but the mono LPs are also available individually.
To put some perspective on why I'm making a big deal about this, almost all new LPs by today's bands are mastered from digital sources, even when they were originally analog recordings! Digital is cheaper and faster technology. Analog tapes are delicate, locating an analog tape machine in tip top condition isn't easy, and mastering all-analog LPs can be a big hassle. Generations of engineers have grown up with digital -- they don't always have the skill set required to get the best out of analog tapes.
"I love you and I'm so glad that I'm here today," Yoko Ono told an auditorium full of elementary schoolers, teachers, and special guests at New York City's Patrick Henry Prep this morning. The 81-year-old visited the East Harlem school along with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile studio that's gone around the world since 1998, letting kids learn about songwriting, recording, and music videos, with many getting the opportunity to lay down their own tracks.
PS 171 was the perfect stop for Ono and the bus. The pre-K to 8th grade school is focused on social justice, arts education, and previously hosted a Beatles festival featuring Sid Bernstein, the promoter who organized the Fab Four's first visit to America. Ono took to the small stage following brief speeches by the PS 171 staff, executives from the Berklee College of Music and SESAC, and New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm, as well as a performance of Lennon's "Instant Karma" by a multi-cultural group of students that had everyone singing along, from teachers down to the pre-K kids.
During the week of September 22nd, Conan will feature daily performances by artists including Beck, Norah Jones and Dhani Harrison to celebrate the music of George Harrison by singing one of his songs. "George Harrison Week" coincides with the release of the box set, The Apple Years: 1968-75 – also due out September 22nd – which compiles the Beatle's first six solo albums. More artists to perform on Conan have yet to be announced.
Centenary College’s Meadows Museum of Art will open a Beatles exhibition Saturday featuring illustrations by Enoch Doyle Jeter.
Jeter is artist-in-residence at the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s School of Visual and Performing Arts.
The 14 prints interpret every song on the “With the Beatles” album. They’re featured in the new John Lennon biography “She Loves You.” Jeter says he was given a lot of latitude by the author, Jude Southerland Kessler.
“My job was to illustrate visually the songs by the Beatles on that album ‘With the Beatles.’ For instance, you’ll see illustrations for ‘She’s Got the Devil in Her Heart’ and ‘Roll over Beethoven.’ I had to use my imagination and come up with some quirky little fun ideas,” Jeter said.
Jeter, 61, says he’s been listening to the Beatles forever. He tried not to listen to the “With the Beatles” album but a couple times so he could bring a fresh perspective to the artwork. For more than a year, the printmaking instructor collected images to inspire his drawings.
From the biggest entertainment release of the year ‘Destiny’ - Paul McCartney’s original track, ‘Hope’, is confirmed for release
He has written countless hit singles, orchestral scores, released electronica albums, film theme songs and changed the world with his music. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Most Successful Composer and Recording Artist of All Time, Paul McCartney has now added another first to his impressive list. No stranger to being involved with hotly anticipated releases, Paul has now entered a new genre all together.
This week saw the release of the most highly anticipated video game of the year – Destiny. Years in the making Destiny is one of the biggest entertainment launches of 2014. Earlier this week fans were queuing through the night to get their first glimpse. Stores across the world opened early in order to meet the demand. Made by Bungie, the studio behind Halo, and published by Activision, the company that brought you Call of Duty, Destiny is expected to change the gaming industry. The hype surrounding this release demonstrates how the interactive entertainment industry is overtaking Hollywood.
The 1968 feature Yellow Submarine was a landmark in the popular perception of animation as a legitimate art form, but even as the Beatles were lending their likenesses to that groundbreaking work, they were also appearing in a considerably less advanced example of the form. A cheaply made cartoon series called The Beatles ran on ABC from 1965 to 1969, and while its shabby production quality has resulted in it being largely forgotten outside of hardcore Beatles fandom, as Flavorwire notes, a YouTube account called Beatles Planet has made all 39 episodes available for curious viewers.
News of a forthcoming multi-disc box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 led to renewed praise for charttopping early-period solo moments like “My Sweet Lord” and “Give Me Love.” It’s perhaps understandable, since those are two of Harrison’s best-known songs apart from the Beatles. It doesn’t mean they’re his best songs, though. In fact, there’s far more complexity to be found, even inside well-trod No. 1 albums like 1970’s All Things Must Pass and 1973’s Living in the Material World — to say nothing oflesser-celebrated moments like 1974’s Dark Horse. Harrison’s catalog, even more than a decade after his early passing, is widely underappeciated outside of the radio hits, a grievous thing. Witness these five often-forgotten gems, each of them featured on George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75, due September 23, 2014 … “I’D HAVE YOU ANYTIME,” (ALL THINGS MUST PASS, 1970): Every bit as moving as Abbey Road triumphs like “Something,” with a Beatle-ish guitar signature and a lyrical assist by Bob Dylan.
Publisher Activision spent $500 million making and promoting Destiny, and you can now hear the Paul McCartney song that some of that money paid for. The former member of The Beatles worked with developer Bungie on a theme song for the massively multiplayer sci-fi shooter, and you can hear it over the end credits when you beat the game. The tune features the phrase “hope for the future” several times as well as references to “our destiny.” So, yeah, it’s not exactly “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” An original song from McCartney is a testament to both how much Activision spent on Destiny as well as how games are taking cues from Hollywood. Movies have long had celebrity musicians write and record original tracks, but games have rarely had money to do the same.
Now, 45 years later, the famous zebra crossing is not only an English Heritage site, but the studio where the LP was recorded has set up a live feed of the crossing . It has become a shrine for Beatles fans worldwide to visit - and annoy traffic. You don't have to wait long to witness faithful pilgrims tramping along Abbey Road to use the the same zebra crossing that John, Paul, George and Ringo used for the cover of the Abbey Road album, released in September, 1969. Groups of friends or tour parties gather either side of the road and start snapping. Then the fun begins. Some try to use the crossing in fours - like the Beatles - stopping mid-way for pals to take a precious snap. Others abuse the crossing mercilessly, crossing time after time and posing ridiculously, much to the frustration of the motorists they are delaying. Meanwhile in the foreground, fans can be seen snapping the studio building where the album was recorded. Many feel obliged to leave their names behind, which is why the studio's outside wall is famously repainted every three months.
Screaming fans, packed stadiums and songs we all know by heart were part of the craze known as Beatlemania. To celebrate everything Beatles, native New Orleanian and internationally recognized Beatles authority Bruce Spizer will discuss the Fab Four on Oct. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Spizer has written eight books about the Beatles and has served as a consultant for EMI and Apple Records for their CD re-releases of the American configurations of the Beatles catalogue. He has also written questions for a special Beatles "Trivial Pursuit" board game, and has appeared on national television news shows and radio shows. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Banned books What do "To Kill A Mockingbird," "Slaugterhouse Five" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" have in common? Each of these books along with many others has been on a "banned book" list at one time or another.
The two bedrooms and en-suite master offer 'versatile accommodation' in an apartment building which comes with its own porter, according to the agents, but the property 'will require some updating'. Harrison and Starr moved to the London flat at the recommendation of their manager Brian Epstein, who lived upstairs on the fifth floor from December 1963 until 1965. Epstein hosted a number of parties in his top-floor flat including a legendary gathering in August 1964, which all four Beatles, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Judy Garland, among others, are believed to have attended. The celebrations spread to the roof of the building where a temporary ballroom - complete with red carpet was set up in a marquee. Harrison and Starr's flat was burgled on 19 April 1964 while the pair were at a recording session and a party - but little was stolen apart from cufflinks, cash and souvenirs from a trip to the U.S.
The former Beatles drummer reveals he is offloading his 200-acre estate in Surrey so he and his wife Barbara Bach can make full use of their Beverly Hills mansion and embrace the clean-living Los Angeles lifestyle. He tells the Mail on Sunday newspaper, "We're selling our house in Surrey and moving to L.A. We've had it for 15 years but we don't spend enough time there, and L.A is the right place for us to be now. "It's not that sad, because it's time for a change... and the weather is better over there.
The music of “the quiet Beatle” George Harrison will be celebrated in a star-studded, one-night only event at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre on Sept. 28th, according to Rolling Stone. George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison will pay tribute to Harrison’s acclaimed solo works with a lineup of performers that is nothing short of amazing. Artists to pay tribute to George include Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Norah Jones, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer, Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, Spoon’s Britt Daniel and the highly in-demand, Weird Al Yankovic, among others. The night will also feature a performance from Harrison’s son Dhani, and even more surprise guests throughout the night, event organizers promise.
IT WAS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME opportunity to hear The Beatles as they were intended in the hallowed space where they created their extraordinary music. To mark the launch of The Beatles In Mono vinyl remasters, Apple Records and MOJO hosted a special evening gathering at Abbey Road’s legendary Studio 2 to listen to tracks from the new versions and hear a panel of distinguished guests discuss how the group recorded and mixed their songs. The doors of Studio 2, where The Beatles recorded the majority of their material, swung open at 5.30pm to welcome a specially invited audience of 100 or so Fabs fans, including several dozen MOJO readers selected from our recent online competition. The event started with the master of ceremonies – storied music writer and broadcaster Mark Ellen – introducing the panel, comprising Beatles engineer Ken Scott; BBC radio producer and Beatle boffin Kevin Howlett; Sean Magee, the remastering and cutting engineer who worked on the new vinyls; and Toerag Studios producer and mono enthusiast Liam Watson.
Dorinish Island, which has a price tag of €300,000 is set in a stunning location directly below Croagh Patrick with views out across Clare Island to the Atlantic and back into Westport. There has been huge interest in the island since it went on sale in 2012 and while local estate agent Andrew Crowley from Sherry Fitgerald in Westport is remaining tight lipped, we reckon there have been some celebrities eyeing it up as an idyllic holiday spot. Andrew reckons the island will suit someone with a vision, a reasonable budget and a very influential/creative architect. Speaking to RTÉ Ten Andrew also explained a little bit of the history of the island: "John Lennon saw a newspaper ad for an island for sale off Ireland, this was Dorinish Island which was being sold by Westport Harbour Board. The island was used by the Board in the 1800s to house marine pilots who guided sailing ships in to Westport harbour.
Fans can watch below an exclusive 29 minute behind-the-scenes jamming session filmed at the 'Early Days' video shoot. The official video was launched earlier this summer and the end of it sees Paul playing with a group of blues guitarists, including Johnny Depp. This exclusive footage captures an impromptu jamming session that broke out between Paul and the musicians on the day of the shoot. An official 'Making of Early Days' film will be made available later this year as part of a special collector's edition of NEW.
Ringo Starr has won an award for his humanitarian work. The former Beatle attended the GQ Men of the Year Awards where he was given the award for his work with the David Lynch Foundation. The foundation helps abused children and veterans with post-traumatic stress, through transcendental meditation - a practice Ringo first studied when he was inThe Beatles, with the Maharishi in 1968. Ringo is the face of designer John Varvatos’s Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign, with his profits feeding back into the David Lynch Foundation. Ringo arrived at the ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House with wife Barbara Bach and the couple posed for photographs on the red carpet before joining guests inside. Pippa Middleton, Johnny Depp and celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were also in attendance at the star-studded bash.
Gene Simmons credits The Beatles for the biggest impact on fashion in the past century. The Kiss bass guitarist — while promoting the Sept. 9 Fashion Rocks at the Barclays Center (and live on CBS) — said: “Not since the Renaissance have men felt comfortable in public wearing long hair — which opened the door to the counter culture. The Beatles had a societal impact on par with the advent of the birth control pill.”
Sir Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to suffer a stream of online abuse from pro-independence Scots, after he signed a letter calling for a no vote inthis month's independence referendum. Along with 200 figures from cinema, sport, television and literature that included Sir Mick Jagger, Dame Judi Dench and Stephen Hawking, he signed the letter which said: “What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let’s stay together.” In comments that probably make Macca glad his 1977 song Mull of Kintyre was released before Twitter was invented, he was called a "prick" - and much worse - on social media repeatedly. He was also described as "having more money than sense" and needing spoon feeding. The comments follow debate last week about the problem of online abuse that has dogged the independence debate. So-called "cybernats" - trolls who attack opponents of independence on social media - have previously targetted public figures including JK Rowling, who publicly backed the no campaign earlier this year.