This Friday, Washington, D.C.’s Union Market will debut a brand new large-scale mural along 6th Street NE, completed by Yoko Ono.
The Northeast market partnered with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to complete the project. The mural is the inaugural project of Hirshhorn in the City, an initiative that hopes to exhibit international contemporary artists across Washington, D.C.
According to a press release, “Ono’s new work, ‘RELAX. YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK!’ compels us to step outside of our everyday lives and consider the power of the heart over the restrictions of the mind.”
In a statement, Ono said that her inspiration for the work was that she hopes that “our hearts will be stronger and stronger forever.”
As part of the new mural, Hirshhorn Curator of Media and Performance Art Mark Beasley will lead educational discussions on Ono’s work at Union Market.
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"Magical Mystery Tour" by The Beatles.
When many of us hear the words “Magical Mystery Tour” we think of The Beatles’ quirky and critically panned film.
True, the 1967 film, created for BBC Television, is not the best example of the band’s genius. It’s almost unfortunate that it has to be associated with its soundtrack because the music is actually quite good. While it’s rarely listed among the band’s top albums, “Magical Mystery Tour” is certainly up there with The Beatles’ best work.
And like "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," it is also celebrating a 50th anniversary this year.
“While it’s rarely listed among the band’s top albums, 'Magical Mystery Tour' is certainly up there with The Beatles’ best work.”
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In 1975, John Lennon retired from live performance after his son Sean was born. What followed was, for him, five years of domestic bliss in his New York mansion, The Dakota, centred around being a full-time father and showering his new child with such love and devotion that he had never shown his first son, Julian.
But before he could settle down into a cycle of serenity that he’d never previously been able to enjoy, Lennon a few professional obligations to fulfil – one being what turned out to be his final live performance ever.
John Lennon final performance.
Paul McCartney performs on stage at Prudential Center, Newark. Monday, September 11, 2017.(Photo: Noah K. Murray)
Paul McCartney took back 9/11 with a night of life-affirming music, underscored with peace and love.
“We’re going to dedicate this show to all the people who were involved in what happened 16 years ago today.” said McCartney during his Monday, Sept. 11 show at the Prudential Center in Newark.. “We want people to know we are against oppression, prejudice and violence and we want people to know that we are for friendship and freedom.”
McCartney’s music can do that. It’s full of powerful peace and love vibes, framed by exquisite melodies and presented with an eternal optimism. McCartney, 75, sprinkled the crowd with Beatles magic and the hope that a three-minute rock song can change the world.
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No buyer for papers on claimed inspiration for hit but George Harrison recording goes under hammer for £14,000.
Poor old Eleanor Rigby. Nobody came to her funeral and now nobody wants to pay enough for her grave, after the deeds to her Liverpool burial plot failed to sell at a Beatles auction.
Whether she was actually the inspiration for the Beatles song is hotly contested, which is perhaps why the papers for her grave failed to reach the £2,000 reserve price on Monday.
The auctioneers had better luck with an unreleased George Harrison recording, which sold for £14,000.
The reel-to-reel tape features an Indian-influenced track called Hello Miss Mary Bee, which was written especially for the vendor in early 1968. It was sent to her, along with a six-page letter from Harrison’s wife, Patti Boyd, which was included in the lot, as well as postcards sent by the Beatles guitarist.
A pair of John Lennon’s glasses went for £5,600 – cheap compared with the £19,500 a Canadian dentist paid for one of his teeth back in 2011.
A set of autographs gathered by a schoolchild extra on the Magical Mystery Tour film went for £7,000 at the Omega Be details
Paul McCartney launches a new U.S. leg of his ongoing One on One Tour with a two-night stand in Newark, New Jersey, taking place tonight and tomorrow at the Prudential Center.
The Newark shows are one of four two-night engagements the former Beatles star will play at venues in the New York City area during the trek, along with Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. McCartney's U.S. leg also includes a September 23 concert scheduled in Syracuse, New York, and winds down with shows on October 1 and 2 in Detroit.
After his stateside outing, Sir Paul has shows lined up in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico in October, and then will head Down Under in December for his first tour of Australia and New Zealand since 1993.
Paul McCartney turned 75 this summer. The Beatle once known as the “cute one” is now 11 years past the age of his song, “When I’m 64.”
Philip Norman explores in detail McCartney’s life up to the age of 73 in his biography, “Paul McCartney: The Life.”
Norman has spent his life writing about rock stars. One of his earliest assignments as a journalist was interviewing the Beatles back in the band’s early 1960 heyday.
Norman has written numerous rock biographies, including the Beatles biography “Shout! The True Story of the Beatles” and “John Lennon: The Life.”
McCartney seemed like a natural but it wasn’t easy. As Norman explains, he had believed he’d angered McCartney with past books and articles and Norman admits his one-time admiration for McCartney had faded through the years.
Still, McCartney didn’t authorize the book but he didn’t stand in the way of it either. Anyone from the Beatle’s past who wished to speak to Norman had McCartney’s permission.
The book explores the possibly too well known details of McCartney’s meeting Lennon as teenagers and the forming o details
Sir George Martin, as the world knows, is the producer who helped shape an incredible body of work by The Beatles over the course of seven years. Martin was also a man with deep secrets and insecurities, some detailed for the first time in a new biography.
Martin met the band at a time that he was caught between two worlds - and his own upbringing, only now being revealed, influenced his relationship with the group, the book says. He was integral to the Fab Four’s success and they might well have never been the best-selling band in history (with more than 800 million records shifted) had it not been for his musical genius and business skill, according to Maximum Volume, by established Beatles author Kenneth Womack.
So was Martin “the fifth Beatle,” as is often described? Womack replies in an interview: “I think at times he was the third or fourth Beatle - and I don’t mean that as any kind of negative critique of anyone else’s contribution.” Martin died last year at the age of 90.
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Big news for The Beatles fans! Closer Weekly can exclusively reveal that there is band memorabilia up for auction at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room in England — where you can snag yourself some authentic items that once belonged to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Some items up for grabs include Ringo's boots, which he wore on stage, and John's high school music book — which was once purchased for 25 cents by a woman, who realized after the fact that his signature was inside.
"Anything to do with The Beatles is of interest. They were the first boy band, everyone else just followed in their footsteps," Stephen Bailey — who manages The Beatles Shop in Liverpool — exclusively tells Closer Weekly. The items up for grabs, which also include autographed snaps and childhood school photos, are expected to bring in thousands of dollars. It sounds like we'll have to be working ~eight days a week~ to afford this stuff!
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A reel-to-reel tape featuring an unreleased song that George Harrison wrote and recorded in 1968 for his friend Mary Bee will be auctioned at a previously reported Beatles memorabilia sale taking place September 11 in Warrington, U.K., outside of Liverpool. The tune, titled “Hello Miss Mary Bee,” is heavily influenced by Indian music, like a number of other songs Harrison wrote around that time.
The tape also includes renditions of the Beatles songs “Across the Universe,” “The Inner Light” and “Lady Madonna,” among others, some of which are different from the officially released versions of the tunes. Another tape, featuring music from George’s first solo album, the soundtrack to the film Wonderwall, also is part of the lot being auctioned.
In addition, the lot includes a six-page letter and postcards that Harrison and his first wife, Pattie Boyd, sent to Bee that reference the song George wrote for his friend and also discuss the couple’s then-recent trip to India with the other Beatles members.