When the film A Hard Day’s Night premiered in London on July 6, 1964, it wasn’t the first time that its stars — the Beatles — saw the film, but it was definitely better than that earliest viewing. The movie is best remembered for its opening sequence of crazed fans chasing the Fab Four through the streets, but its stars also recall that seeing their own faces on the big screen wasn’t exactly a comfortable experience.
Even though they were already bona fide stars, they were still getting used to seeing their faces at such scale — and A Hard Day’s Night, which arrived just weeks after they had made a splash on the Ed Sullivan Show, was their first film. In this exclusive clip, the Beatles — minus John — describe what it was like to watch A Hard Day’s Night in early screenings versus with an audience, and their hopes that future Beatles movies woul details
The former Liverpool home of Beatle George Harrison is set to be sold at auction. The house, 25 Upton Green in Speke, was home to George during the early stages ofBeatlemania – and is believed to have been a popular hang-out for the band during their formative years.
David Coughlin, managing director of Homes Bought Fast – the company responsible for the sale of the house – said the firm had already received national and international enquiries. He added: “We are overwhelmed by the interest surrounding this property. When we heard it was a Beatle’s former house we implemented a lot of research which confirmed it was George’s house – and we still couldn’t believe it. “It’s part not only of Liverpool’s history, but of the world of music, and there’s something very special about being in the same place as the Beatles’ once were”. George was born on February 25, 1943 at his family’s previous home on Arnold Grove, a two-up, two-down terrace in Wavertree. But in 1949 his mum and details
John Lennon was a brilliant songwriter, but not much of a driver: He didn’t get his license until he was 24, and ended his time behind the wheel with a scary mishap that ended with a trip to the hospital for himself, his son Julian, Yoko Ono, and her daughter Kyoko.
The incident occurred on July 1, 1969, while Lennon and Ono were vacationing in the Scottish Highlands. Although he’d reportedly spent very little time driving since getting his license in early 1965, Lennon felt confident enough to try and navigate the region’s narrow roads in his Austin Maxi hatchback — at least until he lost control of the vehicle and wound up in a ditch. Although no one was seriously hurt, the quartet didn’t escape injury. They were taken to Lawson Memorial Hospital in Golspie, where Julian was treated for shock and Lennon, Ono, and Kyoko all received stitches to repair facial lacerations. Ono, who was pregnant at the time, also sustained back injuries. Lennon’s ex-wife Cynthia, who w details
Shortly after Dolly Parton finishes, another cult female legend takes to the Park stage, albeit one trickier to sing along with unless you’ve been having your vocal chords hand-stretched on a weekly basis
. “I’ve been tap-dancing in the mud!” yells Yoko, launching into an opening speech that attacks fracking, tries to get everyone to sexually accost the person next to them and ends with a characteristic sentiment: “AAAAAGGGHH-oo-wowowow-we have to save the beautiful country that our ancestors saved for us-AAAAGGHHH!” What follows is 40 minutes of experimental drum drone, bluesy riff rock, spoken word “affirmations” and singing that resembles, in turn, mini orgasms, primal scream therapy and simian territorial fighting. Unlike the artful interpretations of her songs this reviewer witnessed at Café Oto in Dalston earlier this year, Yoko’s Plastic Ono Band tap-dance muddily along the line between ludicrousness and lovability, toppling often on the side of the ludicrous. The 2 details
Fifty years ago US film distributors fancied making a quick buck exploiting a British band they dismissed as a passing fad. They wanted a low-budget film about The Beatles to be thrown together in a few weeks to cash in on “a brief craze”, reports the Sunday People.
But baffled by the Scouse accents, they demanded the Fab Four were dubbed with mid-Atlantic voices. Fortunately for all of us Paul McCartney refused, saying: “If we can understand f***ing cowboys talking Texas, they can understand us talking Liverpool.” The result was the Oscar-nominated box-office smash A Hard Day’s Night, made for just £200,000 using hand-held cameras and now considered the greatest rock’n’roll film ever made. And it is set to win a new generation of fans when a digitally remastered cinema version is released across Britain and America on Friday to mark its golden anniversary. Today the 87-minute black and white film is ranked in the world’s top 100. But in 1964 The Beatles were reckoned to be no more than nine- details
In some ways, growing up with John Lennon‘s for a dad must have been pretty cool — but in others, it could be fairly nerve-wracking, as Sean Lennon explained in a recent chat with Mojo. Chief among young Sean’s fears? Being kidnapped. “I was terrified of that scenario when I was young. We lived under the threat of kidnap and I had the whole bodyguard thing,” he admitted, explaining that one of the songs on his new ‘Midnight Sun’ album, ‘Poor Paul Getty,’ was partially inspired by that childhood trauma
. “It was the bogey-man story,” he nodded. “The song isn’t jokey at all…Being John’s boy was very intimidating. It’s taken me longer than other people to feel comfortable in my own shoes.” ‘Midnight Sun’ serves as a continuation of Lennon’s work with the Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, the duo he’s formed with multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Kemp Muhl — and although the two are dating, he stresses that their relationship should details
In 1964, the Beatles arrived in Seattle on Aug. 21 to play the Seattle Coliseum. Most hotels wouldn't house the moptops because they couldn't protect them from their ever-present hysterial fans, but the Edgewater Hotel did. Half a century on, the waterfront hotel marks its moment in the Bealemania spotlight with a Fab Four World Tour package for anyone who wants to relive the Beatles era.
"Beatlemania so consumed Seattle that the Edgewater had to install cyclone fencingaround the hotel to keep the screaming fans at bay," the hotel's website says. "Some fans even tried swimming across Elliott Bay to reach the Fab Four." The package starts with a night in the Beatles Suite, a 750-square-foot space in the refurbished Room 272 where they stayed. It has panoramic views of the bay, a living room, a dining area, a library and an in-room photo gallery of the group. Pictures include images of the lads fishing from the window of the room details
They were the surreal comedy troupe who took television by storm, made millions howl with laughter at their bizarre sketches and inspired a new generation of alternative humour.
And now, thanks to this special film, fans of Monty Python can go behind the scenes as they prepare for their farewell reunion shows in London.
Alan Yentob meets up with the surviving Pythons – John Cleese, 74, Michael Palin, 71, Terry Gilliam, 73, Terry Jones, 72 and Eric Idle, 71 – as they rehearse the eagerly awaited run of 10 shows.
When tickets for the gigs went on sale, they were snapped up in an astonishing 43 seconds.
Little wonder that the Pythons’ comedy legacy has been compared to the incomparable influence that The Beatles had on music.
“The Beatles never had a ‘last night’, because they didn’t know it was coming,” says Eric.
He wants to remove 300 lorry loads of timber a year for the next few years from his Scottish hideaway on the peninsula of Kintyre. But residents say the increase in the number of heavy lorries using a single-track road would be dangerous. They already cope with trucks going to a nearby quarry and say the road is at saturation point.
Neighbour William Taverner said: “I have three young children and I am concerned about road safety. It is busy enough with quarry lorries. Timber lorries would be too much.” Another resident said the narrow road had blind corners, potholes and limited passing places Colin Chrystie said: “This timber could easily be taken out by another road on the estate. I’m not sure Mr McCartney is even aware of this proposal. I think if he knew, he would see sense.” The trees are being removed from the former Beatle’s 600-acre High Park Farm as part of a maintenance programme. Last year Sir Paul, 72 – who had a No1 hit in 1977 with his band Wings’ song Mull Of Kin details
Canongate will publish facsimile editions of John Lennon's two books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works this December. First published in 1964 and 1965 respectively, the books combine drawing, poetry, and stories. In His Own Write was one of the biggest books of the 1960s, selling 600,000 copies in the UK alone.
An auction of original art and poetry from the books at Sotheby's in New York earlier this month saw the pieces selling from $2.9m. Publisher Jamie Byng said: "Fifty years on, these two books by Lennon remain wonderfully fresh and memorable and distinctive and it is a great honour to be publishing new editions of them which do justice to the original drawings. Lennon was an exceptional artist and there is a growing appreciation of this which is borne out by the recent, record-breaking sale at Sotheby’s." The new hardback ed details