As part of our exclusive coverage of Mark Lewisohn's new Beatles biography, the author shares an extract exposing the uncomfortable truth about John Lennon's relationship with the irreverent, uninhibited woman he called Mummy.
There are no photos of John Lennon’s parents together, none from their wedding day or any of the occasional encounters during their fragile seven-year wartime marriage, when Alf was on shore leave – a merchant seaman making hazardous Atlantic crossings – and Julia was home from usherette shifts at the Trocadero cinema in Liverpool. They’d wed for a lark and their union was eccentric. “The only good thing that came out of it was John,” Julia’s older sister Mimi would declare. This was said with feeling, because Mimi stepped into the breach when both parents were found wanting. From summer 1946, when John was five, she became his guardian and main parental figure, with permanent custody. She raised him details
He is famous for his singing and song-writing skills. But Sir Paul McCartney appears to have caught the acting bug. The 71-year-old took part in the Simply Shakespeare event in Los Angeles on Wednesday alongside Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and William Shatner.
The former Beatle voiced the play The Two Gentlemen Of Verona during the event, which was held at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Paul looked in fine form, showing off his trim body in a fitted black suit paired with dark boots as he took to the stage. The legendary artist posed for a picture with Tom and Rita, who opted for a more dressed-down look for the occasion. Ticket prices to the event cost $1,500, with proceeds benefiting the center's veteran and inner-city youth employment programs. Paul made headlines on Monday when he brought thousands of fans to Hollywood Boulevard where he serenaded them with a free concert as part of the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. Describing it as a 'balmy' evening, Sir Paul was on fine form as played hits including Magical Mystery T details
A reel-to-reel radio relic that preserves a long-lost Canadian interview with John Lennon, discovered recently in a former New York broadcaster's attic and set to be auctioned Thursday in the U.S., vividly recalls the musician's December 1969 peace mission in Canada that culminated with a private meeting between the pop superstar and then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
The 90-minute recording with Village Voice music columnist and radio host Howard Smith captures the Beatles legend candidly describing the production of the group's last album together, Let it Be, as "hell" and "torture," presaging the biggest band breakup in rock 'n' roll history. And echoing other public comments made at the time, Lennon explains how Canada - initially a second-choice destination for the singer's 1969 antiwar campaign after a previous marijuana conviction prevented his entry into the U.S. - turned out to have ideal "vibrations" for his peace initiatives,
Paul McCartney has discussed the meaning behind some of his most famous songs including 'Yesterday' in a candid interview. The music legend told Mojo that the inspiration behind the melancholy 'Yesterday' came from the legend's mum - even if he didn't realise it at the time.
“With 'Yesterday', singing it now, I think without realising it I was singing about my mum,” McCartney admits to the magazine. “Because I think now, ‘Why she had to go, I don’t know, she wouldn’t say, I said something wrong…’ I think the psychiatrist would have a field day with that one…”
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THE GREATEST RIVALRY IN THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL takes a scholarly and engaging turn in John McMillian’s parallel biography: Beatles vs. Stones. Most readers will already know that the Beatles were cuddly pop stars, while the Stones played their foils as edgy, dangerous rockers.
Many will have heard that the Beatles were in fact from far grittier, blue-collar backgrounds in the North, while the Stones enjoyed comfortable upbringings in London suburbs. But Beatles vs. Stones tells a more nuanced story; it exposes the rivalry between the two bands as part myth, part publicity stunt, part invention of the press, and mostly an extension of their managers’ personalities. In the case of the Beatles, the diligent but insecure Brian Epstein truly did crave approval from all demographics (and from the Fab Four above all). His counterpart in the Stones, the brash (and ridiculously inexperienced) Andrew Oldham, concocted a rebel image through antics that were less cunning than they were quixotic.
MONACO (AFP) - Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has joined one of the art world's most exclusive clubs after being appointed a Commander of France's Order of Arts and Letters.
In Monaco where an exhibition featuring two of his paintings is taking place, the man who is considered one of the world's best drummers was handed the award Tuesday by France's ambassador Hugues Moret. He joins a club that already features Chinese film director Wong Kar Wai, Scottish actor Sean Connery, singer David Bowie and the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
A new app focusing on the creatively fruitful trip John Lennon took to Bermuda in 1980 will be released later this fall. John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapeswill go on sale November 5 exclusively via the iTunes App Store, and will be playable on iPad and iPhone devices.
The program celebrates the time the late Beatles legend spent on the island, where he collaborated long distance with wife Yoko Ono in New York City on many songs that appeared on his final two albums, Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey. The app will include intimate demos of such Lennon songs as “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “Woman,” “I’m Losing You” and “Nobody Told Me.” It also will offer interactive features allowing the user to relive the stormy sailing trip John made from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda and to revisit a disco that served as a source of inspiration for Double Fantasy.
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Friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney pose on the streets of Liverpool before fame and moptop hairstyles take hold, in a previously unpublished photograph. The songwriting duo are seen in the summer of 1961, the year before they landed their record deal and scored their first chart hit with Love Me Do.
Author and Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn is to publish the shot in a special edition of his new book The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In later this year. Lewisohn, who has written six previous books about the Fab Four, bought the picture from a fan in the band's home city of Liverpool two decades ago, but it has not previously been in print.
LONDON — Jackie Lomax, a singer-songwriter who worked with The Beatles and enjoyed a long solo career, has died at age 69. Lomax died Sunday in the Wirral, near Liverpool in northwest England, following a brief illness, according to his official website.
Website manager Alistair Hepburn said Wednesday that Lomax's family told him of the death. The family also released a statement to The Beatles Shop in Liverpool, manager Stephen Bailey said. Lomax was signed to the Beatles' Apple label in the 1960s. He had known the band members since their early days at Liverpool's Cavern Club, when he was a member of The Undertakers, one of the most popular bands on the thriving Liverpool music scene. "He was a great rocker, a solid out-and-out rock and roller," said Tony Bramwell, the former publicist for the Beatles' Apple Records. "They were one of the great groups in Liverpool in the early '60s. They did a great version of 'Mashed Potatoes.'"
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Much has been written about the Fab Four, but a new book reveals that the friendship between Lennon and McCartney was more complex than we knew, writes Pete Martin. In Paul McCartney’s house in Liverpool, the wallpaper in the living room doesn’t go all the way round. The room is half-decorated in an exotic Japanesey bamboo print which gives way to a couple of different, cheaper papers.
If done up as intended, the effect might have been fairly chi-chi for a small council house in the Fifties. Or a bit over the top. Accurately restored by the National Trust from period photographs, 20 Forthlin Road, where Paul grew up, sends us a more subtle message today. The McCartneys were aspirational. But, after their mum Mary died when Paul was just 14, the family had to rely on dad’s meagre income. Former bandleader Jim earned only £6 a week. So perhaps the McCartneys had neither the cash nor the heart to pursue their interior design ambitions.