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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:10 am

Mojo Working: John Lennon
A curious series from 1992 looking at various key figures from rock history, mixing live performances of theirs and somewhat random celebrity talking heads, such as Suzi Quatro and Marti Pellow.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:18 pm

The Last Lennon Interview
English radio DJ Andy Peebles met John Lennon (and Yoko Ono) on December 6th, 1980 for a short chat, his 1st radio interview for years. It turned out to be a 3 hour+ epic, and by the time Peebles and his crew were on their plane home, their interviewee was dead. Peebles spoke about those events, the interview at New York's Hit Factory, and how he handled the attention when the interview was finally broadcast.

Lennon & Harrison - The Guitars Gently Weep
Various friends spoke kindly of their memories of the two fallen Beatles, though Lennon seemed to get the bulk of the coverage. One comment on Lennon was "John's problem was that he was a genius, and he knew it", which speaks volumes, rightly or wrongly. Paul McCartney's "it's a drag" response to the death of Lennon has always come in for criticism. Better than wailing and gnashing of teeth, I guess.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:55 pm

Parting Ways
Another look at the Beatles, here being their individual paths after the band separated, first John, then Paul, then George and finally Ringo. Some interesting inclusions (May Pang, the woman Lennon briefly had a fling with), the notorious Allen Klein, the random Ed Begley Jr, and archive of the 4 guys themselves.

John Lennon - Sweet Toronto
Thanks to DA Pennebaker again, this was from the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival Festivl, from "Fall" '69. There was some all-too-familiar performance footage of Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, before Lennon had his turn (with Yoko, and the more impressive Eric Clapton). They eased in with some covers, then a few familiar numbers, before finishing with Yoko steering the ship onto the rocks. Well, there it was.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:51 am

Legendary record producer Sir George Martin has died today, at the grand old age of 90 Sad
"Sir George started producing records for EMI's Parlophone label in 1950. He was noted for his comedy recordings with the likes of Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Beyond the Fringe and got his first Number 1 with The Temperance Seven in 1961. He signed The Beatles in 1962 and, with the band, helped revolutionise the art of popular music recording.

"In a career that spanned seven decades he was recognised globally as one of music's most creative talents and a gentleman to the end. The family ask that their privacy be respected at this time.

As head of the Parlophone music label, Martin was looking for a rock act when he met the Beatles manager Brian Epstein in 1962. He signed them up although they had been rejected by every other British label.
And the rest was history. Martin must rate as one of the very best producers of all time. RIP Sad
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:33 am

Classic Albums: Plastic Ono Band
John Lennon's first major statement after the end of the Beatles. Yoko, Ringo and Klaus Voormann handled most of the story-telling here, with Dr Arthur Janov (primal scream expert) and Mark Lewisohn (biographer) happily fleshing things out. The less familiar numbers like Isolation came through freshest, whilst the narrative rationale for the band itself was both typical of those involved, and an unlikely attempt to salute a power trio of Lennon, Starr and Voormann.
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Post  misery guts on Tue May 17, 2016 1:04 am

Former Beatles publicist Tony Barrow has died three days after reaching the age of 80. He worked for them from 1962-8, and coined the term "the Fab Four". He was one of the many talking heads in many of the above documentaries too. RIP Sad
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 30, 2016 7:53 am

The Hairy Bikers' Pubs That Built Britain: Liverpool
The likeable cooking duo visited Ye Cracke, a pub that served as John Lennon's local, where he was part of the Dissenters, alongside artist Rob Murray and ever-engaging writer Bill Harry, who started the "Mersey Beat" magazine that beget the soubriquet. Supposedly Lennon preferred "Black Velvet". Anyway, Dave & Si also interviewed Hughie Jones of The Spinners, and Billy Hatton of The Fourmost, before sampling a Magical Mystery Tour (i.e. themed bus ride) from Penny Lane to the infamous village hall where Lennon met McCartney in the summer of 1957, as well as the legendary Eleanor Rigby gravestone. They finished off the prog in the Cavern Quarter, first at The Grapes pub opposite the infamous club, before popping over to lend backing vocals to a version of Twist and Shout. More Beatles stuff in one half-hour show than you might think possible.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:11 am

Ringo and Paul were back together again the other night at the premiere for yet another Beatles documentary, but Paul caught attention for a surprising reason:

Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney wears same tuxedo to London premiere that he wore 52 years ago
The music icon attended The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years premiere in London on Thursday night dressed in a very familiar velvet-lapelled tuxedo.

It was the same jacket he first wore back in 1964, when he was aged just 22, at the premiere of A Hard Day's Night.

Over the 52 years, the jacket has reportedly never been altered.
Of course, a woman able to wear the same clothes she wore 52 years later would be a glorious icon. Instead, Sir Paul is just dubbed a stingy old git.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:47 am

All You Need Is Love: Mighty Good
Episode 14 covered the rise, development and impact of the Fab Four. Paul referred to their Hamburg days as "good, dirty fun", Epstein and Martin neither expected what resulted when they took them on. Their American conquest saw them dubbed "the classical music of now", and made the Beach Boys buck their ideas up. The 60s developed with the hippies and other freaks. Drugs and mysticism played their part, but Lennon's infamous comment about Jesus led to a vociferous backlash, and then Brian Epstein died. And things were never the same again...
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Post  misery guts on Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:01 am

A draft letter of that sent by John Lennon when returning his MBE in ire turned up recently:

Valued at £60k
A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen explaining why he was returning his MBE was found tucked in a record sleeve from a £10 car boot haul.
The anonymous owner took the document to a valuation day at The Beatles Story in Liverpool on Wednesday - and discovered it was worth about £60,000.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:37 am

A similar Lennon letter is coming up for auction, and this one, from 1971, has some caustic stuff against Paul in it:
An undated letter thought to have been written by Lennon in 1971 is up for auction for $20,000 (£16,000) with RR Auction . 
Addressed to “Linda and Paul”, the typed letter – which has a letterhead of the faces of Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono – doesn’t hold back in addressing the recent break-up of The Beatles, Lennon’s relationship with the press and with Ono. It’s thought to be a response to a letter Linda McCartney had sent Lennon, chiding him for not openly announcing his departure from the band.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:34 am

A sad end to the year with the news that their first manager, Allan Williams, has died at the age of 86. I see he's being/been dubbed "the man who gave the Beatles away", but I think that sounds a bit harsh, it's hardly the Decca fiasco. Unless it's the sense of giving them away to be married to someone else Razz

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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:16 am

More auction wackiness:

Lennon's forged Beatles autographs
An old newspaper with autographs of the Beatles that were forged by John Lennon has sold at auction for £2,000.
A front page photo shows Paul McCartney crowning the carnival queen in Northwich, Cheshire, in 1963.
It was taken by photographer Les Goode and featured in Alkali News - an in-house magazine for chemical company ICI.
He sent it off to the Beatles to be autographed, but John Lennon signed it on behalf of all four band members.
There's no limit to this sort of silliness Rolling Eyes
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:22 am

Another sad day as Tony Booth has died at the age of 83
Tony Booth, from Moreton, Wirral, made the iconic signs for the Fab Four and other Merseybeat bands in the 1960s.
He died on Wednesday at Wirral's Arrowe Park Hospital after a battle with cancer, his son Lee Booth said.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:22 am

The Cavern - The Most Famous Club in the World
Marking 60 years since it opened in January '57, this looked through its chequered history, from its brief heyday when the Beatles (and others) rocked the lunchtime crowds, through changes of management, closing down and rebuilding, and final restoration (of a sort) in the early 90s. It's probably in ruder health now than it was back in the day. Stars like Adele and Paul McCartney have done shows, and Jake Bugg was on hand to represent the modern stars who respect its heritage.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:09 am

The historic site known as Strawberry Field, is to be revived:

Lennon's masterpiece
Liverpool's Strawberry Field, the inspiration for one of the Beatles’ greatest hits, is to be revived.
The former Salvation Army children’s home, where John Lennon played as a child, is to open its gates to the public under new plans to redevelop the historic site.
Today, (Friday, February 17), the charity launched a public appeal for funds - 50 years to the day since Strawberry Fields Forever was released in the UK as a double-A side single with Penny Lane
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Post  misery guts on Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:17 am

More Beatle memorabilia, with a Porsche once owned by George Harrison heading under the hammer:

My Sweet Porsche
Mr Sedha told the BBC: "Once I got it on the drive [in 2003], I began to figure which parts I wanted to take off.
"My partner ran out with the book and said, 'stop dismantling it, it belongs to George Harrison'. I said, 'who's George Harrison?'"
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Post  misery guts on Sat May 27, 2017 1:13 am

John, by Cynthia Lennon
The saga of how she met her 1st husband at art college, why they got married so unexpectedly, and their struggles during the rise of the Beatles, and where things went wrong. I've seen comments that this is just about hatred of John, but actually she gives him the benefit of the doubt for a lot of the time. When he starts taking drugs, she recognises the impulse from his home-life that might have led him down that path, and later, when he seems to become the feckless puppet of Yoko, she doesn't flinch from seeing hope for redemption in him. Their son Julian loses out a lot from their split, and ultimately from having his rapprochement with his father cut short forever.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:24 am

My Beatles Black Album, with Charles Hazelgrove
Conductor creates a fantasy final album from solo material of the 4 Beatles' works in the 2 years after the split of the band. This means 2 Lennon, 2 Macca and 1 Harrison LP, with a Starr single. He talks to various parties, such as Klaus Voormann, Tom Odell and authors Ray Connolly and Peter Doggett. He discusses his final track sequence with producer John Leckie, who amusingly just gets him to drop 1 Macca to make room for a 2nd one from Starr.

Sgt Peppers Musical Revolution, with Howard Goodall
Composer returns to the Beatles fray looking at the innovations of their 1967 epic (which is currently #1 in the UK charts right now). He looks at about half the tracks from the album, plus Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever because they came from the same sessions. He does at least give Harrison and McCartney their due as innovative and talented composers, rather than just larding it on Lennon, as so many of these shows do.

Sharon Osbourne Presents Rock & Roll's Dodgiest Deals
A pleasant enough hour recounting the often torrid struggle between artist and record company for the right to their money, from the days when Little Richard was tied to an obscenely low rate, through to the modern days when Chance the Rapper can get by with no record deal at all. Along the way, she recounted how the Beatles changed things by getting money from publishing, how Don Arden screwed the Small Faces, how the Animals also got stuffed, how Peter Grant protected Led Zeppelin, how Sharon looked after Ozzy's interests, how the Police got improved royalty rates, how merchandise is the real money tree, how downloads changed everything, and so on. Pretty thorough and entertaining.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:49 am

Yoko Ono has been given a co-credit on her widow John Lennon's song "Imagine", since John supposedly felt she contributed to it, and yet somehow never actually bothered noting it when he was alive. Since she must get his royalties anyway, the point of the exercise escapes me.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:54 am

Playhouse - Snodgrass
This short comic drama from 2013 by David Quantick is set in the spring of 1991, but where John Lennon left the Beatles in 1962 in a row over recording "How Do You Do It?" So he's now an unemployable 50 year old using Snodgrass as an all-purpose abuse for all authority figures, whilst Paul has made a middling success keeping the Beatles going with tracks like Mull of Kintyre. The resolution involves Paul coming round to apologise, but John's not home yet, and he's not sorry anyway. These sorts of What Ifs usually fall down because they need the assumption that most events have run similarly to how we expect. I get it was meant to be funny, but Lennon appears here as someone with a mental imbalance in his incessant sarcasm to everyone.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:28 am

The Beatles, Hippies and Hells Angels - Inside the Crazy World of Apple
Weirdly after watching that other doc on hippies, here was Peter Coyote again, this time narrating the saga of how the Fab Four were advised to use their money instead of losing it to tax, so they got into business and made a mess of it generally. They signed James Taylor (but lost him), they made Magical Mystery Tour (which made little sense), they couldn't get Mary Hopkin a 2nd hit, they missed Badfinger's mammoth Without You & so on. They trusted dodgy friends like Magic Alex, they supported crazy artists like Yoko Ono, they were hit by thefts and their accountant quit. They hired Hells Angels to come in, which really backfired. Allen Klein was brought in by John to make sense of it, but Paul wouldn't sign with him. Klein trimmed the company fat, but found the Beatles splitting up. And so the hippie dream died.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:11 am

VH1 RockDocs: The U.S. vs John Lennon
A lengthy effort looking at why particularly Richard Nixon's government took an interest in the revolutionary antics of the Beatle-turned-solo act. His "bigger than Jesus" mistake led to the anthemic Give Peace A Chance, helping at a concert to free John Sinclair, supporting the Black Panthers, and his immigration problems. The quality of the talking heads elevated this, not just activists like Tariq Ali, Dr Angela Davis and Bobby Seale, but journalists like Walter Cronkite, Gore Vidal and Geraldo Rivera, and FBI and Nixon supporters like G. Gordon Liddy. Plus archive of J. Edgar Hoover, Strom Thurmond, and of course John himself. Ultimately, Lennon outlasted Nixon and won his freedom. For a while...
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Post  misery guts on Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:31 am

George Harrison's sitar has been auctioned off:

$62,500
The instrument, purchased from a shop on London's Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood.
The Indian string instrument, crafted by a well-known music shop in Kolkata, was later gifted to a friend of Harrison's first wife, Patti Boyd.
Beatle-memorabilia continues to be sought after.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:05 am

Festival No 6
A recent event held at Portmeirion in North Wales, featuring Rag n Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Wild Beasts, Mogwai, the Flaming Lips, and a collaboration between the Bootleg Beatles and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper.

Rhymes, Rock & Revolution - The Story of Performance Poetry
As an event 2 years ago that celebrated 50 years of Beat poetry, this show looked back from Allan Ginsberg and Roger McGough, through the likes of Gil Scott-Heron and Patti Smith, to later lights like John Cooper Clarke and Benjamin Zephaniah and Murray Lachlan Young. Also included was John Lennon for his 2 books of poetry which came out in the mid-1960s, and were suitably wild enough to be taken seriously.

Sex, Chips and Poetry: 50 Years of the Mersey Sound
A poetry explosion in Liverpool 8, perhaps helped by the media preoccupation with the city, this was how three poets were seen as the sound of Scouse Beat (perhaps as Mersey Beat had already been taken). Here the book's impact was discussed with the reflection it gave on later poets from Michael Rosen to Craig Charles, and other Scousers like playwright Willy Russell.
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