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“Every time I see your face it reminds me of the places we used to go…” sings Ringo Starr in his song Photograph, co-written with George Harrison on a yacht in the south of France in 1971. Much of the world may not be aware that Ringo is also a photographer who chronicled the frequent travels of The Beatles during their heyday in the 1960s.

His new book, also named Photograph, features images ranging from childhood and his pre-Beatle days, through behind the scenes glances of private moments with John, Paul and George with family and friends.

Ringo hadn’t thought much about the photos until approached by Genesis Publications, which suggested putting together a limited edition book. Only 2500 signed copies were printed and sold out within two weeks.

Last month, a more affordable open edition was released as well as a downloadable e-book. “I thought those pictures had been lost forever, as I never had an archive and I live in three countries,” Ringo recalls. “I was so happy to find them.”

He was uniquely able to take shots from the point of view of an insider and friend, capturing serious as well as playful moments. Speaking at the ArcLight Cinemas i details

Four new statues of the Beatles went on display on Liverpool’s waterfront for just a few hours today.

The resin copies of the £200,000 8ft tall bronzes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were in place for final preparations ahead of their official unveiling later this year.

Their brief appearance was designed to finalise positioning and look at the works needed to fix them to paving in front of the Cunard building.

Chris Butler of Castle Fine Arts foundry, which is making the bronze statues from a design by sculptor Andrew Edwards, said: “It was like a sneak preview of what the statues will look like there. “There was quite a crowd gathered to see them at one point!

“I was a little bit distracted with the people from the council but the reaction seemed to be pretty much positive.

“Today was really for the groundwork and to see how the position of the statues will be secured. “It’s the first time they’ve really been in place and it was amazing to see.”

Another dry run is planned over the next few weeks before the final unveiling of the statues, which have been paid for by the Cavern Club and ar details

More Beatles? That’s the question a skeptic might reasonably ask at the recent announcement of a new version of the group's 2000 “1” hits compilation that became the biggest-selling album of the decade, the new edition being packaged with performance footage and films for each of the Fab Four’s 27 No. 1 hits on the album.

In fact, one of the prime movers behind the new “The Beatles 1/1+” project, which will be released Nov. 6, initially had the same reaction.

“My first question about it was whether this might be just a ‘ka-ching!’ prospect,” Jonathan Clyde, Apple Corps Ltd.’s director of production and producer of the “1/1+” told The Times on Thursday. He conducted a playback session in West Hollywood of several of the videos for about 50 music writers and a few VIPs including Doors drummer John Densmore and filmmaker Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who directed the Beatles' cinematic swan song, “Let It Be.”

“But the more we dug into the archives, the more I realized how much great material hasn’t been made available before,” he said. “And more than just visuals to accompany the songs, a story begins t details

Ringo Starr still loving life on the road - Monday, October 12, 2015

Close but no Beatles reunion.

Yes, both remaining Fab Four members – Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney – are touring North America this fall and in one case – Toronto – arrive in town mere days apart. (Macca’s at the Air Canada Centre Oct. 17 and Ringo and his All-Starr Band are at Massey Hall Oct. 20)

But don’t expect them to appear on each other’s stages, says the 75-year-old Starr, whose trek includes seven Canadian cities in October promoting his 2015 album, Postcards from Paradise, which includes him recording with his All-Starr bandmates (the same lineup that has been touring with him since 2012) on a disc for the first time.

“I wouldn’t think so,” said Ringo with a chuckle.

“I was with (Paul recently) in England actually and he’s going on tour and I said, ‘Well, where are you going? I’m doing this,’” recalled the drummer, down the line from his L.A. home recently.

“And he’s like ahead of me. He put his tour together unbeknownst to me. I put mine together for the autumn unbeknownst to him and here we are. I mean, that’s CLOSE to being psychic.”

By: Jane Steven details

Go beyond "Imagine."

Like many artistic geniuses who died young, John Lennon’s catalog has been painstakingly examined since his death. But some of his best moments remain unappreciated when compared to the classics he penned both with the Beatles and as a solo artist. In honor of what would’ve been Lennon’s 75th birthday, we’ve rounded up some of his deeper cuts to slot between “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Imagine.”

The Dirty Mac, “Yer Blues” (1968)

With the Beatles disintegrating around him in December 1968, Lennon appeared on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, a goofy event staged by the Rolling Stones that also featured the Who, Marianne Faithfull, Jethro Tull, and Taj Mahal. While Lennon appeared alongside Yoko Ono for a strange performance and Mick Jagger for a bizarre comedy sketch, his standout — and, perhaps, the entire event’s standout — was a one-off supergroup formed with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. Dubbed The Dirty Mac, the ensemble performed Lennon’s Beatles tune “Yer Blues” with a raucous gusto that makes the original version sound details

It became the track that many listeners skipped on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Indeed, the Beatles’ “Within You Without You” challenged fans with its Indian instrumentation, at that point quite foreign to Western ears. Yet the track has transformed into one of the album’s more intriguing songs, its philosophical lyrics and intricate lead vocal showcasing George Harrison’s astonishingly rapid development as an accomplished singer and songwriter.

Composed on a harmonium after a dinner party hosted by Klaus Voormann, “Within You Without You” represents Harrison’s second full venture into Indian music, the first being “Love You To” from Revolver. In his autobiography I Me Mine, Harrison explained that the tune came first, then the line “we were talking…”

Recording took place on March 15, 1967, with no other Beatles present other than George Harrison. Under the direction of George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick, Harrison and Indian musicians playing such instruments as the sitar, dilruba, tambura, tabla and svarmandal recorded the basic backing track. According to Mark Lewisohn’s The Complete Beatles Recording Ses details

JOHN LENNON fans celebrate his 75th birthday today – a new limited edition print has inspired an interactive art installation where fans can climb on the famous bed and recreate that famous picture with Yoko Ono.

London-based artist Russell Marshall has joined forces with gallery Beautiful Crime to produce a limited edition screen print in honour of John Lennon’s 75th birthday. The new release has been personally endorsed by Yoko Ono Lennon as the world celebrate the life and work of her deeply-missed husband.

The stunning limited edition screen print will launch at a special ‘bed-in’ on Lennon’s birthday (October 9) and will remain on display as part of a week-long event celebrating the much-loved British star. Beatles fans and Lennon lovers will be able to view the art and join in the creative process as they remember the iconic singer-songwriter. Visitors will be encouraged to take part by climbing into the installation and taking pictures and selfies in the bed.

The print itself is based on a classic image of Lennon taken on a New York roof in 1974 by his friend and legendary rock n roll photographer Bob Gruen. Hand screen-printed in retro blue on pearl at Jealous Studio details

While Ohio might seem like a less noteworthy tour stop for a rock star like Paul McCartney, the state’s prominent role in the history of rock ‘n’ roll contributes to its appeal.

On Aug. 24 University President Michael Drake announced at convocation that McCartney would be returning to Columbus for the first time in ten years.

The Oct. 13 concert at Nationwide Arena is one of just five upcoming dates on the former The Beatles member’s Out There tour.

When rock music first gained popularity, Ohio was at the forefront of that movement, said Todd Mesek, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s vice president of marketing and communications. The term rock ‘n’ roll actually originated from Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, Mesek said.

“Ohio has always been a state where significant music history has been made — including the first rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball,” he said. “Even way beyond that, Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati have all been cities where the radio stations, the music clubs and the fans really broke some significant acts.”

Mesek said that Cleveland figures such as Freed and Leo Mintz, founder of the infl details

As we mark what would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday, there’s another big day in the family too - son Sean turns 40 on October 9.

Sean was born in New York on his father’s 35th birthday.

After Sean’s birth, John took time off to care for his young son, spending time with himand inspiring his love of music. His debut into the music world came at age five, when he recited a story on his mother’s 1981 album, Season of Glass.

From childhood into his teen years, Sean continued to collaborate with his mother, contributing vocals and receiving production credit on her solo albums It’s Alright, Starpeace and Onobox.

At 16 he co-wrote the song All I Ever Wanted with Lenny Kravitz for his 1991 album Mama Said. By 1995 he had formed the band IMA (with Sam Koppelman and Timo Ellis) to play alongside his mother on her album Rising.

His current band is The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger, with whom he’s played recent gigs at The Kazimier and Liverpool Sound City.

The band was formed in 2008 by Sean and Charlotte, after they met at the Coachella Music Festival.

By: Jade Wright

Source: Liverpool Echo


When John Lennon Was Starting Over - Friday, October 09, 2015

John Lennon would have turned 75 on Friday.

He was two months past his 40th birthday when he was murdered as he entered his apartment building, the Dakota, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, on Dec. 8, 1980.

Absent from the music business for five years — most of it spent living the quiet life of a house husband and father in New York — he had just returned to recording. The “Double Fantasy” album he made with his wife, Yoko Ono, had been in stores less than a month. A single from the album, “Just Like Starting Over,” pretty much said it all.

This “starting over” was chronicled in a profile by Robert Palmer in The Times on Nov. 9, a month before the murder. The article, based on a series of interviews with the couple during the making of “Double Fantasy” and after its completion, featured a reflective Lennon and began like this:

“ ‘Is it possible to have a life centered around a family and a child and still be an artist?’ asked John Lennon.”

He answered his own question as Mr. Palmer interviewed the couple in their apartment. “In a way,” he said, “we’re involved in a kind of exper details

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