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.”
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“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.
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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
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.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Gary and Addie Tomei said the 60-foot-high ailanthus tree in Sean Lennon’s front yard on W. 13th St. is growing into the concrete foundation of their townhouse and into their front stoop, breaking and displacing the railing.
It has “compromised the basement wall and interior ... (causing) irreparable damage to the structural integrity of the building,” according to court papers.
The Tomeis said they have been trying to get Lennon, 39, to address the problem for a year, but court papers said he has just let it be.
“He refuses to do anything. He’s owned it for six years and neglected it. I like him personally but he’s stubborn and he has a lawyer who is very belligerent," Gary Tomei said in an interview at his home.
Lennon’s limited liability corporation purchased the townhouse in 2008 for $9.5 million. City records show the corporation is based at the Dakota, where his mother, Yoko Ono, still lives.
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McCartney has a rather interesting history with Japan. McCartney and his band Wings were scheduled to play concerts in the country in 1975 but those plans fell through when local officials, citing his 1972 citation and fine by a Swedish court for marijuana possession, prohibited him from entering the country.
McCartney and Wings almost played Japan in 1980 but those plans were sidelined upon when local customs officials discovered several ounces of marijuana in his luggage. Japan eventually deported McCartney after he spent several days in jail.
In an accompanying letter Lennon said: "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon."
Years later he was quoted as saying: "Lots of people who complained about us getting the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war.
"They got them for killing people. We deserved ours for not killing people. In a way it was hypocritical of me to accept it.
"But I'm glad I did really, because it meant that four years later I was able to use it to make a gesture."
Now Beatles fans have established that the medal has been located in a vault at St James' Palace and have written to Yoko Ono urging her to retrieve it.