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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.


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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 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 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 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  Adric on Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:38 am

Michael Jackson Songs Sold To Sony Trigger Paul McCartney Lawsuit

Many people think of Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney as being friends as well as music collaborators, but the truth is that the Beatles star has had a beef with MJ since the 1980s — and Paul is finally settling the score by filing a court paperwork with Sony and ATV in mind.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Paul McCartney has officially filed a court order against Sony/ATV for the rights to his songs with The Beatles following Michael Jackson’s $750 million sale to the company.

While it seems at first that Paul McCartney will be attempting to purchase his old songs from Michael Jackson’s collection that is now owned by Sony/ATV, this lawsuit hinges around copyright laws.

For this reason alone, Paul McCartney’s attempt to finally get his music back from Michael Jackson’s purchase could be one of the biggest celebrity lawsuits to watch in 2017.

Oddly, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney were once very close friends. In 1983, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney topped the charts with “Say, Say, Say,” and had several other collaborations, but this mood would soon sour.

In 1985, Michael Jackson got a chance to buy the rights to songs, according to Ultimate Classic Rock, and he immediately picked up about 200 songs by Paul McCartney from when he was with the Beatles including “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” and “Yesterday.”

The irony of the situation is that Michael Jackson got this business advice from Paul McCartney about how profitable owning the rights to songs can be. Regardless, when interviewed in October 2001, Paul McCartney said that, although he contacted Michael Jackson twice in writing, MJ refused to sell The Beatles songs back to their creators after they were purchased in 1985.

ABC quoted Paul McCartney talking about the situation in 2001, and he stated Michael Jackson, “won’t even answer my letters, so we haven’t talked and we don’t have that great a relationship.” In person, Michael Jackson told Paul McCartney that buying his songs and not giving them back was “just business.”

For this reason, Paul McCartney felt humiliated by Michael Jackson — especially when he had to pay MJ for performing Beatles songs. For instance, the licensing fee for a Paul McCartney song to play in a television show is as much as $250,000, according to Independent.

According to Billboard, Michael Jackson bought the 200-plus Beatles songs from ATV in 1985 for $47.5 million. At the time, Paul McCartney was dismayed because he also lost out on buying the rights to his own songs in 1969 when Northern Songs sold them to ATV.

Unfortunately, when Michael Jackson died in 2009, Paul McCartney fans were hoping that the rights to his songs would be in MJ’s will, but this did not come to fruition, according to Guardian.

Now, Paul McCartney is filing a lawsuit about those Michael Jackson songs sold to Sony/ATV in order to get ready for 2018. The reason Paul McCartney is focused on this particular year is because it is the 56-year copyright expiration for many of the songs McCartney wrote with The Beatles.

The copyright law in question that Paul McCartney hopes to use to his advantage is the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. In the legal language of the law, it states that songwriters that wrote songs before 1978 can regain the rights to their songs after 56 years. For songwriters that published after 1978, that copyright expires after 35 years.

The tricky part with Paul McCartney’s lawsuit for the songs Michael Jackson owned is reclaiming ownership. For example, before the 56-year mark arrives, the original songwriter will need to file paperwork with the U.S. Copyright Office.

If deadlines are not met correctly, Paul McCartney will need to wait another five years before re-filing for the rights to his own music published between 1962 and 1964.

Sadly, legal woes may follow Paul McCartney after he resolves issues with Michael Jackson or Sony/ATV having legal control over his music catalog.

For example, Paul McCartney may have a potential spat with John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, about her 70-year copyright ownership deal with Sony/ATV for music Paul co-wrote with John, according to BBC.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:14 am

He's not letting it drop, is he? Laughing How much money will it take, to try and prove his point?
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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 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 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 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 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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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 man 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 December 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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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:10 am

The complete Concert for George
From the Royal Albert Hall, a lengthy tribute gig held on the 1st anniversary of George Harrison's death. Eric Clapton largely MC'd inbetween singing. The 1st 1/3 centred on his love of "eastern" music with Ravi & Anoushka Shankar in charge. Then after a surprising turn from most of the Monty Python team, it was full steam ahead with the "western" music, as Clapton was joined by Jeff Lynne, Gary Brooker, Billy Preston, Joe Brown, Tom Petty, Andy Fairweather-Low, Albert Lee, and latterly Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. George's son Dhani was also playing on many songs. An emotional show, and a great tribute to a much-loved & -missed musician.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:18 am

Another Beatles auction
More than 350 previously unseen photos of The Beatles at two early US shows have fetched £253,200 at auction.
Mike Mitchell captured the Fab Four arriving at the venues, at pre-show press conferences and on stage in Washington DC and Baltimore in 1964.
A total lot of 413 negatives were sold with copyright for £253,200 by Omega Auctions. Forty-six of those have been seen before when auctioned in 2011.
A black Mercedes AMG George Harrison bought in 1984 sold for £43,200.
Big demand still spells big money.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:56 am

I Me Mine, by George Harrison
This infamous tome from the guitar hero of the band makes a brief gesture towards reminiscence, but perhaps in view that this is pretty well trod ground, most of the book is a look at his lyrics, and snippets long and short about what inspired them. Often it's cross-relevant to other matters in his life, so it provides added biographical touches, but it's nice to see facsimiles of the actual written words, together with a legible version.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:28 am

Liverpool's council are planning a major upgrade to its Beatles Quarter:

All part of a masterplan
The aim was to bring an "enhanced and more co-ordinated Beatles tourism offer" to the area, the council said.
City Mayor Joe Anderson said there was a need to improve the area's 24-hour appeal as the current offer was "not at the level it could and should be".
The plans could involve the redevelopment of derelict and under-used buildings and the creation of a "more defined and useable public open space".
Looks a bit like an excuse for civic action.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:34 am

Pop Goes The Women - The Other Story of Pop Art
As part of a look into why artists of the calibre of Christine Boty, Idelle Weber, Rosalyn Drexler and Marisol are forgotten by historians, presenter Alistair Sooke visited Provo, Utah to meet Jann Howarth, who co-created the famous Sergeant Pepper album cover, but doesn't get even 1% of the credit that Peter Blake does. She was one of the originators of Soft Sculpture (i.e. using cloth rather than bronze).
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