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“Saturday Night Live” celebrated its 40th anniversary with a star-studded and surprisingly inclusive televised gala on Sunday evening. The show’s legacy in comedy, late-night television, edgy and often surrealist content, and influence on the development of “comedy news” shows like those presided over by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, has been well-documented and is impossible to question.

But what about “SNL’s” effect on popular music? Well, beyond a doubt, that influence has been equally vast. And it all comes down to the “Live” in “SNL.” Yes, for 40 years, the show has offered us warts-and-all performances captured in real time and beamed directly into our living rooms in all their unvarnished glory.

During Sunday’s “SNL 40” broadcast, the significance of this fact was underscored several times by several artists, but most prominent was Paul McCartney in a performance with his regular touring band. McCartney sat at the grand piano flanked by his long-serving details

Beatles for sale: Hamburg strip club tapes capture band on brink of fame

Package of original recordings and unedited versions of group’s 1962 shows set to fetch six-figure sum at London auction

It was where the biggest band of all time cut its teeth. The Star Club in Hamburg, one of the key venues where a little-known four-piece from Liverpool transformed themselves into the Fab Four, is afforded a special status among Beatles fans. Before an audience often more interested in the fleshy delights of Hamburg’s Reeperbahn red light district, the Beatles performed not only their own songs but those of other groups and singers whom they admired.

Now, for a six-figure sum, a collector will be able to own the historically important recordings made at the venue in December 1962. Ted Owen and Co auctioneers are s details

"That was great — and I don't even like that song!" So proclaimed a thirtyish dude last night as Paul McCartney — Sir Paul, Macca, the Cute One, the One Who Once Was the Dead One But Now Blessedly Is One of the Two Still Alive — treated a crowd of 1,000 or so to a stellar, stirring "And I Love Her."
McCartney invested this minor standard with wistful vigor and urgency. "Bright are the stars that shine/ dark is the sky" has accumulated significance over fifty years. Young Paul's stately wisp of a song about romantic timelessness has snuck into the firmament, now as fixed in our lives as stars and sky, but Old Paul's treatment of it sounds far from settled: Savor those new "oooh"s he eases into on a coda.

When he wrote "And I Love Her," he was a boy thrilled that he and his mates could so steadily knock out such sturdy hits. The man he is now seems to find fresh truth in what those kids created, which is a testament to their invention and the man's willingness to let himself reel with the biggest feelings of all. "I know this love of ours will never die" me details

A little over 30 years ago, the Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama walked through Central Park with one of the most famous couples in the world. It was sunset, autumn; they sat on a bench just in front of the pond, bordered by trees, a sliver of New York skyline visible in the distance, including the building where they lived. He asked them to kiss, and he clicked the shutter. Three months later, on Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was fatally shot at the entrance to the Dakota, home to him and his wife, Yoko Ono. Just three weeks prior to Lennon’s death, Shinoyama’s photograph of John and Yoko’s kiss at Central Park Pond had appeared on the cover of what would be their final studio album, “Double Fantasy.” Shinoyama made other photographs that day, of course — 800 in all, in fact — but many of them have never been shown until now, on the occasion of Taschen’s forthcoming publication of “Kishin Shinoyama. John Lennon & Yoko Ono. Double Fantasy” ($700), out this month. A video trailer for the book premieres h details

He never wanted to be the star of anything. But, that's the place fate left him. He thought he was best as a team player. But we all know there was just too much great music in him to be contained by modesty.

When the Beatles ended all he had held inside came flowing out, manifesting itself in the 1970 album All Things Must Pass —  a landmark LP that is still stunning by the quality of the songs and its complete originality. Like it or not, he was now the frontman of the band and more and more great music would flow from him the rest of his life.

It would take volumes to even list his musical achievements and I'm not going to try. His love of Indian music also produced volumes of lovely music, as well as creating a lasting influence on popular music. George truly was the peace and love guy. It wasn't a fad for him. He walked the walk. He dropped some beautiful wisdom on us without preaching, and always keeping a sense of humor, he was forever mindful that we are all so, so human.

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After a series of jaw-dropping multi-generational match-ups during Grammy night 2015, it took an acoustic performance from Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West to bring the audience to their feet.

The trio debuted for the first time, a live and surprisingly pared-down performance of their surprise smash hit "FourFiveSeconds." The three, clad in various black outfits, took the stage with little accompaniment and sang a passionate performance of the popular tune, which recently debuted on the Billboard charts at No. 54.

While McCartney strummed a guitar confidently in the background and provided supporting vocals, the song was clearly a vehicle for Rihanna, who delivered an inspiring and moving performance.

West also performed well, changing the lyrics to the song ever so slightly in deference to the music legend.

The Grammy-winning rapper tweaked the words of the line after "if he ever goes to jail" that "Paul! Promise you'll pay my bail!" The Beatles superstar nodded happily in agreement.

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If we are told to remember the Beatles’ arrival in the United States fifty years ago last month as an “invasion,” it is as one that was unopposed. But at least one person wasn’t smiling: In an essay published in the March 3, 1964 issue of The Nation, “No Soul in Beatlesville,” a young Simon & Schuster editor named Alan Rinzler objected to the furor over the Liverpool lads’ music and—correctly, if somewhat myopically—attributed Beatlemania to a massive, premeditated PR campaign. The quivering throngs of teen-aged girls, he believed, said much more about the susceptibility of Americans to fashionable trends than it did about the talent or novelty of the group itself. In 2014, Rinzler wrote in an e-mail about his 1964 review, “There’s nothing in it about the Beatles that I agree with now, except my appreciation of their humor.”

The Beatles remain derivative, a deliberate imitation of an American genre. They are surely not singing in a musical tradition which evolved spontaneously from the details

“You get to see things you’ve never seen before about the Beatles,” said Chris Morrison, a curator for the Grammy Museum and one of the exhibit’s curators. “The hardcore Beatles fans will probably come first thing in the morning and stay all day.”
“Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Beatles!” opens Wednesday at the Woody Guthrie Center, 102 E. M.B. Brady St. It will be on display through June.
The exhibit, made up of artifacts collected by Fab Four Exhibits LLC, is the second Grammy exhibit to visit Tulsa after it was announced that the Woody Guthrie Center would be the first Grammy Museum affiliate last year.

It’s the fourth stop for the exhibit, which debuted last year in New York City to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964. It was a turning point in American culture, changing how people looked at music, pop culture and celebrity, Morrison said.

Source: Tulsa World


In “George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door,” author Graeme Thomson quotes singer Peter Frampton in 1971: “I said, ‘Can I put on some Beatles tracks and ask you about them?’ And [Harrison] said, ‘Sure.’ I’d put on ‘Paperback Writer’ and say, ‘I love the guitar part on that,’ and he’d say, ‘Oh, that’s Paul.’ I was embarrassed. I said, ‘I’m sorry,’ and he said, ‘It’s OK, it’s OK.’ He was very sweet about it, but it wasn’t until that particular moment that I realized he was stifled.”

In re-examining the Quiet One’s remarkable life, Thomson argues that George Harrison’s flashes of supreme musicianship were uneven and in line with his “comically contradictory” ways, such as the time he visited producer George Martin on his sickbed and presented him with a statuette of Ganesh to signify pleasure in the smallest of things — before roaring off in a McLaren F1 sport details

Are you the world's biggest Beatles fan? - Wednesday, February 04, 2015

They will also be invited to tea with Lord Mayor Cllr Erica Kemp, and will receive a goodie bag worth more than £100.

The Beatles Story’s Martin King said today: “This is a fantastic opportunity for fans of The Beatles from across the globe to come forward and be a part of the Beatles Story’s history.

“The 25 Ambassadors will be key to spreading the word of the Beatles Story and the Liverpool hometown of the Fab Four throughout the world.”

And Freda Kelly, one time secretary to Brian Epstein and The Beatles fan club, added: “It might be that you travelled far and wide to see them, or maybe you met them once and have a photograph with them, or you may have an attic full of memorabilia?

“Whatever your story we are waiting to hear why you should become one of these exclusive ambassadors.”

The Beatles Story has seen four million visitors come through its doors and has boosted Liverpool’s economy by £300m since it opened in May 1990.


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