When Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr play the Grammys Sunday night, it will transport a lot of us back to a watershed time in America when everything seemed possible. It takes Mike Mitchell back to the magic moment 50 years ago when he stood on the stage with a camera as the Beatles' performed in DC, their very first concert in the United States.
He only recently rediscovered his incredible photographs. The music exerted an almost mystical pull on a lot of us, including Mitchell as a teen growing up in Oxon Hill listening for the first time to "I Want To Hold Your Hand." All of a sudden, I'm no longer in a '55 Chevy. I'm in a yellow convertible driving in the fast lane of my life toward a future of endless possibilities. Mike Mitchell was a budding freelance photographer, when he heard the Beatles would play their first gig in America.in the now decrepit DC Coliseum. "Magic things happened for me in this room for me," he says, the frost condensing from his breath in the freezing coliseum this past week..
She was once blamed for the break-up of The Beatles and it was said that Yoko Ono was resented by her former husband John Lennon's bandmates. But nowadays, Yoko is rather chummy with the likes of Ringo Starr, and the pair showed what good friends they are at an event on Saturday.
The Beatles are being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Grammy Awards and Ringo looked quite exuberant in light of his recognition. The 73-year-old attended the Special Merit Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles and sat next to Yoko. The former Beatles drummer went for a typically edgy look in an all black ensemble consisting of a jacket, shirt, and jeans. Ringo, who was looking incredibly youthful, dressed down his look with trainers that boasted red laces. Ringo accessorized with a silver pendant around his neck and a pair of sunglasses. Meanwhile the 80-year-old former wife of John Lennon channeled androgynous chic in a form fitted black blazer paired with sleek black pants, and a top hat to top it off. She too topped off her loo details
Waves Audio has debuted Waves: Abbey Road Reel ADT, which they describe as the first plugin to successfully emulate Abbey Road Studios' pioneering process of Artificial Double Tracking. Here's the full details in Waves' own words...
ADT was the signature effect created at Abbey Road in the 1960s to meet the requirements of some very special clients: The Beatles. It is the most legendary of all Abbey Road tape effects and can be heard on countless historic recordings. Over the years, many recording engineers have tried to replicate the effect, but only with partial success. This is largely because a definitive description of the exact process used at Abbey Road has, until now, been a closely guarded secret. ADT was invented to meet the Beatles' unique recording needs. As the band's success grew, so did their desire to find new ways of working, leading Abbey Road's engineers to experiment with new technology.
Less than 24 hours after the curtain falls on the Grammy Awards, organizers will be ushering music's brightest stars under the spotlight for another really big show.
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles will be taped Monday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center for broadcast on Feb. 9 (CBS, 8 p.m. ET/PT), exactly 50 years after the band's first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas will go dark Sunday through Tuesday so the troupe can participate in the all-star concert, first in a rendition of Here Comes the Sun with Pharrell and Brad Paisley on vocals and then in the night's elaborate finale, expected to feature Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney performing together. The collaboration with Pharrell and Paisley marks the first time LOVE has performedHere Comes the Sun with artists singing and the first time the cast has performed the song outside The Mirage theater.
One month after the Beatles receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys, another institution is honoring them: Vans will be releasing its first-ever footwear collaboration with the Fab Four on March 1st. The collection, which contains four pieces, all feature artwork from the Yellow Submarine album and film and retail between $65 and $75.
The most expensive of the bunch, the Sk8-Hi Reissue, features stylized portraits of all four Beatles running up the ankles apropos to cartoon portraits of each as they were animated for the film. The other shoes each feature psychedelic tableaus from the film. The Classic Slip-Ons play off the movie's Sea of Monsters, showing trippy marine life swimming in an ocean of pink. The Era shoes depict all four band members, some wearing rainbow pants, hanging out in a yellow garden. And the final pair, a model called Authentic, is adorned with a pattern that reads "Allyouneedislove" running over and over again and into itself in purple, yellow and green.
The Beatles never really were the squeaky-clean boy band many Americans embraced 50 years ago on their debut tour of the United States, but their continued sampling and open use of drugs throughout the 1960s led many to think they tarnished their decent boys-next-door image.
What is clear is that the foursome was fond of certain drugs for years before the famous 1964 trip brought them to Ed Sullivan’s studio in New York City and on stage at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C. — and that, after their splashy U.S. debut, they weren’t squeamish about trying some more. READ: John Lennon, Rebel Beatle Only the most iconoclast of cultural critics will blame the band for single-handedly making drug use cool. Even prominent members of today’s socially conservative movement say that they are lifelong fans who view the Beatles’ drug use in a historical context, though some critics contend that it had a lingering impact. Still, the debate continues: was their years-long trip arou details
Famous Louisiana lithographer – Enoch Doyle Jeter will be having a one man art show at PSU Altoona’s Beatles Conference of his 14 lithographs created for new Beatles book.
Jan. 23, 2014 - MONROE, La. -- Enoch ‘Doyle’ Jeter has announced that he will unveil his latest collection of artwork at the Penn State Altoona Beatles Conference to be held February 6-9, 2014. Doyle, aninstructor in Fine Arts Printmakingat the University Of Louisiana at Monroe, LA, and has produced a series of 14 original lithographs expressly for Jude Southerland Kessler’s 3rd book, She Loves You,on the life of John Lennon. Each print represents a song from the Beatles first album, ‘Please Please Me’. This is the first time these works will be shown in public. Along with his art exhibition, Mr. Jeter has been elected to jury the Student Beatles Art Exhibition and will be doing a Q&A for the students and a walk-through of his details
The US Ambassador to Japan and Yoko Ono, the wife of legendary Beatles frontman John Lennon, have added their names to the growing list of high-profile opposition to Japan's annual dolphin cull in the rural town of Taiji. Friday, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy said in a tweet that the US government opposed the annual "drive hunt" and that she is concerned about the issue.
"Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing," Kennedy wrote. "USG opposes drive hunt fisheries." A drive hunt refers to the practice of corralling dolphins into a cove or otherwise inescapable area, where they can be trapped or killed. Japan's whaling and dolphin-hunting programs have long been a controversial subject, and the nation frequently faces criticism for the practice. Japan, however, claims that hunting marine mammals is part of its cultural heritage. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday that the Taiji dolphin cull was done in accordance with Japanese laws. "Dolphin fishing is a form of traditional fishing in our country," details
Having changed the world once with The Beatles, at the beginning of the 1970s John Lennon wanted to do it all over again, but this time in line with his personal vision of global concord. Desperate to consign the Moptops to history, he escaped to America with the love of his life, Yoko Ono, and plunged into his new world of activism and giving peace a chance.
But if New York welcomed him with bright eyes and open arms, Washington didn't want him around. Richard Nixon was seeking re-election and had a long list of enemies drawn up; Lennon rose rapidly up that list as he began to make himself at home. His first achievement, according to James A Mitchell, was to get the White Panthers leader John Sinclair out of jail. The Detroit activist was two years into a 10-year stretch for giving two joints to an undercover cop, but days after Lennon headlined a John Sinclair Freedom Rally he was released. It wasn't all down to the Fab One, of course – Mitchell doesn't mention the ruling by Michigan's Supreme Court that the state's marijuana statutes were unconstitutional &ndash details
Beatles 50 is getting a big push this week. Sources tell that CBS’s special scheduled for February 9th–and being taped this Monday at the Los Angeles Convention Center– could end up being three hours long.
Right now the show–which will 50 years to the day that the Beatles debuted on American TV on CBS’s “Ed Sullivan Show”–is set from 8 to 10 pm. The Eurythmics are re-uniting for the event, and contemporary artists are lined up to perform Beatles songs. But Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as some other unannounced guests, will be on the bill. And frankly, if Paul and Ringo wanted to do an hours’ worth of Beatles songs, everyone would be very very happy indeed. McCartney and Starr are also performing on the Grammys on Sunday night, January 26th as well. And on Saturday afternoon they will be there with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison at the Grammys’ Special Merit ceremony to receive their Lifetime Achievement Awards. And there’s more: both Paul and Ringo are expected on David Letterman as part of &l details