Alex Ross made his name with his painted, nearly photorealist artwork for superhero comic books, most famously Kingdom Come and Marvels. Now he's turning his hand to a different set of visual icons. Rolling Stone can exclusively reveal Ross's series of illustrations of the Beatles, created with the blessing of the band's organization Apple Corps. Ross is set to unveil the artwork in person at this week's Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The first fruit of the project was a six-foot-wide print of the band; a painterly, CinemaScope-style re-envisioning of the distinctly cartoony, two-dimensional imagery from the Beatles' 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine.
"I was very much raised on that film," Ross tells Rolling Stone, "so I know every detail of it, and I can import that into my work, as though it was a live-action film that they starred in. I was warned at the outset that they might not get approval from the [John Lennon and George Harrison] estates to release it formally — that it was a kind of test. I thought I might not get another chance at this, so I wanted to put everything plus the kitchen sink in one piece of art."
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Richard Starkey, aka Ringo Starr, turns 75 on July 7th. The lad from Liverpool who’s been the world’s most famous drummer for more than a half-century has provided the world with infinite musical reasons to celebrate his life and work. Less immediately known but certainly also worthy of celebrating is Ringo Starr’s one-of-a-kind cinematic career.
Inherently funny, sympathetic, and warm, Ringo looks like a born character actor and exudes a screen presence on par with his dynamism behind a drum kit. He so clearly and effortlessly steals the Beatles’ debut classic A Hard Day’s Night (1964) that the follow-up, Help! (1965), is built around him.
More work with the Beatles followed from there, but unlike most of his bandmates, Ringo kept it up until he was a bona fide go-to film actor (his only real competition of note was John Lennon, who co-starred in the 1967 satire, How I Won the War, before returning to focus on music).
So for Ringo’s reaching his seven-and-a-half-decade milestone as one of rock’s defining icons, let’s light up our screens with a salute to his secondary career as a movie Starr.
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Out of 308 songs penned by the Fab Four, 48 (16 per cent) make reference to the weather, researchers found
by Sarah Knapton July 7, 2015
Britain may have become obsessed with The Beatles because they bombarded the public with songs about the weather, a new study suggests.
Brits love nothing more than moaning about the weather and it seems a spell of bad weather is an inspiration for songwriters too.
Over 900 songwriters or singers have written or sung about weather - and The Beatles are among the most prolific, researchers from Oxford and Southampton Universities found.
Dr Sally Brown, of Southampton University, said: "We were all surprised how often weather is communicated in popular music whether as a simple analogy or a major theme of a song.
"These examples indicate discussing weather - often seen as a British obsession - is a popular pastime, and much can be learnt from how society portrays weather in music and the types of weather that inspire musicians.
"Thousands of popular songs have been written, many hundreds of which contain references to weather.”
Rain was a frequent theme employed by The Beatles
We all live in a Jell-O submarine!
A Brooklyn-based artist recreated some of The Beatles’ most iconic photo shoots and album artwork using gelatin.
Henry Hargreaves, a 36-year-old New Zealand native, started the unique artwork back in June, mixing up different colors of the snack to create edible portraits of the British band.
Each painting took about two hours to create — with Hargreaves using plasticine to make an outline and then filling it in with gelatin.
“I’ve always enjoyed toying with people’s expectations when it comes to food,” Hargreaves told Barcroft Media.
“Here, viewers might be fooled into thinking they’re looking at a 2-D illustration of the yellow submarine, but upon closer inspection, they’ll realize the reflective color blocks are in fact made entirely of jelly,” he added.
Hargreaves is a full-time photographer and food artist who made headlines last year for his photo series that cataloged death row inmates’ last meal choices.
It has been over 50 years since Beatlemania took over the world, going on to produce hits like Eleanor Rigby, Love Me Do and Yellow Submarine. Speaking in a new interview with Esquire Magazine, Paul McCartney has revealed he doesn't think any modern day band will be able to recreate the same success as The Beatles. The 73-year-old singer claims the British rock band - made up of Paul, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison - found worldwide fame thanks to writing their own material and their own individual skillset.
'Let's not forget, those four boys were f***ing good,’ he confessed. ‘You name me another group who had what The Beatles had.
'We all played, which is pretty hard. You don't get a lot of that these days. ‘We came at the right time. We wrote some pretty good stuff, our own material. We didn't have writers. Could that happen again? I don't know. I wish people well but I have a feeling it couldn't.'
When quizzed about his ‘goodboy’ image, Paul said: ‘It’s something I’ve not cultivated. 'But I think when you become a family man, when you’ve got grandkids and you openly admire them, that gets cuddly. ‘With the knighthood details
His is the voice on “Yellow Submarine,’ “Octopus’ Garden’ and “With a Little Help From My Friends.”
Now, a new biography chronicles Ringo Starr’s life. In “Ringo: With a Little Help,” author Michael Seth Starr – no relation to Ringo Starr – tells the story of the drummer from his earliest days on the streets of Liverpool to the height of mega-fame as one of the four band members in the Beatles.
In an interview with ABC News’ Juju Chang that aired on "Good Morning America" today, Starr said the American audience got its first glimpse of Ringo as “the funny Beatle” when the band appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. “They fell in love with him immediately and the public – it’s funny, if you watch their famous appearance” on the “The Ed Sullivan Snow,” Starr got the “most applause" when he was shown, the author said.
Ringo’s goofball personality was on display in the movies “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help.”
“Ringo has a natural affinity for clowning around and comedy … he did make several movies while the details
"You see so many people who retire and then immediately expire," says McCartney. Despite achieving more than any man (or any star) could ever dream of, the 73-year old has no intention of ever stopping. "Sit at home and watch telly? That’s what people do, man. Gardening, golf… no thanks," he declares. "My manager, who I don’t have any more, glad to say, suggested quite a long time ago that I retire at 50. He sort of said it’s not a good look. I went, 'Oh, God, he could be right.' "But then I still enjoy writing, I still enjoy singing. What am I gonna do?"
The living legend is about to play at Roskilde tomorrow, followed by dates in Norway and Sweden on the Out There tour, and then on to Lollapalooza at the end of July. He also hit the charts recently with two of the world's hottest younger stars, Rihanna and Kanye West, even if he ruffled some feathers by comparing Kanye to John Lennon. It seems unbelievable that a man who has is still touring, who has sold over 600 million records with The Beatles alone, plus his solo releases, could possibly feel that he hasn't done enough. Yet, he does.
"It is a silly feeling,' he admits. "And I do actually sometimes talk to myself and say, 'Wait a mi details
John Lennon would have turned 75 this autumn. And despite it being 35 years since he was murdered in New York, the Lennon ‘legend’ lives on.
Now The John Lennon Songbook is returning to the Philharmonic Hall in a new staging as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Summer Pops and the Liverpool Phil’s 175th anniversary.
First performed in Liverpool to sell-out audiences in 2008 during the city’s year as Capital of Culture and again in 2010, including performances in Shanghai and Beijing during the Phil’s first tour to China, Liverpool actor and vocalist Mark McGann reprises his role as Lennon in the concert. The 53-year-old first stepped in to the shoes of John Lennon as a teenager at the Liverpool Everyman in the 1981 hit play Lennon, written by Bob Eaton, which made him a star. He has since reprised the role on stage and on film, including in his show In My Life and has picked up a coveted Olivier Award along the way for his portrayal of the Beatles’ frontman
He said today: “‘It’s been an honour and great privilege to work closely with the world class RLPO on The John Lennon Songbook in recent years. “I certainly hadn’t expected to be appro details
Sir Paul McCartney has shared his "frustration" at people thinking John Lennon was the Beatles.
The 73-year-old musician and John formed the band along with George Harrison in 1960, with drummer Ringo Starr joining in 1962.
They went their separate ways in 1970 and all produced solo music, but John's career came to a halt when he was assassinated in 1980. It was a difficult period for Paul and all involved, and not only because they had lost someone close to them.
"When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, OK, well now John's a martyr. A JFK. So what happened was, I started to get frustrated because people started to say, 'Well, he was the Beatles.' And me, George and Ringo would go, 'Er, hang on. It's only a year ago we were all equal-ish,'" Paul recalled to British magazine Esquire. "Yeah, John was the witty one, sure. John did a lot of great work, yeah. And post-Beatles he did more great work, but he also did a lot of not-great work. Now the fact that he's now martyred has elevated him to a James Dean, and beyond. So whilst I didn't mind that - I agreed with it - I understood that now there was going to be revisionism. It was going to be: John was the one. That was details
On the eve of his 75th birthday, it's time to celebrate the musical contribution Ringo Starr made to the Fab Four.
‘He was the most influential Beatle,’ Yoko Ono recently claimed. When Paul and John first spotted him out in Hamburg, in his suit and beard, sitting ‘drinking bourbon and seven’, they were amazed. ‘This was, like, a grown-up musician,’ thought Paul. One night Ringo sat in for their drummer Pete Best. ‘I remember the moment,’ said Paul, ‘standing there and looking at John and then looking at George, and the look on our faces was like …what is this? And that was the moment, that was the beginning, really, of the Beatles.’
I think Ringo Starr was a genius. The world seems to be coming around to the idea. Two months ago, he was finally accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — the last Beatle to be inducted. About time too. On 7 July he turns 75.
Some might now plead, enough. Ringo should surely just be celebrated for being Ringo: daffy, doleful, odd. Ousting for good in mid-1962 the gloweringly sexy, Mersey-fan-adored Best, Ringo chanced upon the biggest ride in showbiz history and so became the luckiest Scouser of al details