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Post  misery guts on Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:24 am

Storyville: How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin
This 2009 doc strangely contrasts with the one I reviewed last week which had a more general scope of Western rock n roll acts. Here film-maker Leslie Woodhead visited a great many Russians who could testify to the impact of the Fab Four, from the guy who opened his own version of the Cavern after perestroika opened things up, to Putin's Deputy PM who claimed to learn his English from their records. The story came full circle when Paul McCartney came to play a concert in which heavy rain put nobody off what was for many almost a religious experience.

Meanwhile in the present day, German police have traced personal items about John Lennon which were stolen 11 years ago:

John Lennon's diaries and belongings recovered 11 years after theft
German police have recovered 86 personal items belonging to John Lennon, after arresting a manĀ in connection with a 2006 theft from the late Beatles singer's wife Yoko Ono.
Police arrested the man in Berlin on Monday suspected of receiving the personal effects, including Lennon's last diary that ended on DecemberĀ 8, 1980, the day he was shot and killed in New York.
So some good news there.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:30 am

Peter Blake - Pop Art Life
How he found his own style, and how he really made his name with the Sergeant Pepper album cover, which led many other acts, Madness, Paul Weller, Oasis and Chris Jagger (!) among others to get him to do album covers for them (often collages too). He also did work for Eric Clapton, The Who and Brian Wilson (not interviewed here, though).
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:52 am

Tony Calder, a former promoter for the Beatles, who went on to work with Andrew Loog Oldham, has died at the age of 74:
He started his career at Decca Records in the 1960s and went on to work with the Beach Boys, Marianne Faithfull, Black Sabbath and Eddy Grant.
The executive also co-founded his own independent record label, signing acts like Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac.
RIP

Also in the New Year's Honours List, Ringo Starr was awarded a KBE, to match the one that Paul was awarded over 20 years ago.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:24 am

The Beatles - Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years
Ron Howard-directed major new documentary from a year back, covering the time up to around Sergeant Pepper. Besides Paul and Ringo, there was plenty of archive of John and George too. The celebrity talkers varied from Elvis Costello and Richard Lester to Sigourney Weaver and Whoopi Goldberg. Bless. One of the selling points was "restored" live footage, which entertainingly was often lesser hits, which at least made a change. Inevitably, there was an American slant, so the euphoria of their February 1964 arrival bookended the story with the "bigger than Jesus" furore.
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