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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:04 am

Legends in Concert: Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band
Possibly from 2005, with Ringo lead singing at times, but also sharing these duties with Dr John, Billy Preston, Joe Walsh and other friends. A charming show, topped and tailed by the man himself in good form.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:42 am

Urban Myths: Scrambled Eggs
Sitcom legend Simon Nye pens the tale of how Paul McCartney dreamt up his most famous song, and irritated his band-mates and girlfriend & family in the process of checking whether it really was an original. Nye gets in quirky nods to future hits Get Back and Hello Goodbye, and has fun with the clichés about all 4 Beatles.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:52 am

Danny Boyle's new film Yesterday, is built on the premise of an aspiring singer-songwriter who meets with an unfortunate mishap, and finds himself in a world where nobody's ever heard of the Beatles. With a guest cameo from Ed Sheeran.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:07 am

Celebrations the other day marking the 50th anniversary of the Abbey Road album, with a mass recreation of the iconic cover shot crossing the road:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-49285630/abbey-road
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:38 am

The Cavern Club - The Beat Goes On
A familiar story, enlivened by the in-vision presenting of Scouse actor Paul McGann. The various owners, and eras of redevelopment, were given some fair due. The battle from the off was between blues nights and rock & roll. After closure, reopening, moving, it now seems to be stable and popular with tourists, and a good kudos spot for musicians from Adele to Paul McCartney.

The repackaged and reissued Abbey Road album is #1 in the UK.

The famous Strawberry Fields home which so inspired John Lennon has recently been reopened for the benefit of tourists.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:30 am

misery guts wrote:
The repackaged and reissued Abbey Road album is #1 in the UK.
Further to this, Ringo Starr has suggested that the band would have otherwise carried on beyond this album.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49991164
The star was speaking ahead of the release of his latest book, Another Day In The Life, which is the third in a series of collections of his own photographs - charting his life from childhood up to recent tours with his current group The All-Starr Band.
The band also play alongside Ringo on his new album, his twentieth, entitled What's My Name?
Busy busy.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:07 am

A pair of sunglasses that belonged to John Lennon sold at auction for £137.5k! 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-50793862

The Beatles star left the round-rimmed glasses in the back of Ringo Starr's Mercedes in the summer of 1968.
Former chauffeur Alan Herring, who sold them at auction at Sotheby's in London, said he noticed at the time that they were damaged.
Whatever next?
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:59 am

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, by Eric Idle
Largely jolly read from the former Python. He was a big friend of George Harrison, to the point where the famously recalcitrant performer joined the chorus of Lumberjacks during one of the live Python shows.

It was also George who helped inspired Idle's own parody sketch, the Rutles, who had a life of their own, largely with the help of the recently ceased-to-be Neil Innes.

Idle also befriended David Bowie, Robin Williams, and many, many others. He's lived in the USA since the early 1990s but remains proud to be British (generally).
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:35 am

Songs of Praise - Strawberry Field
Aled Jones visited the former children's home back in March. The Salvation Army have owned the site since the 1930s. There are now 2 sets of red gates, the originals separate from the replacements. John Lennon lived locally as a child, with his aunt. It originally closed in 2005, but was reopened last Autumn to play up the links with the Beatles, to inspire children.

Meanwhile, hand-written lyrics to "Hey Jude" went up for auction lately, among other Beatles items:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-52255022

and a rare photo of the early Quarrymen (John, Paul & George) was unearthed too:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-52233396
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Post  misery guts on Fri May 15, 2020 7:00 am

Another auction, this time including a rare tape with a collaboration between Paul and Ringo:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52528465

(I think the auction has happened by now)

The Story of Merseybeat
An oddity looking at the general scene, but managing to include Brian Epstein talking about his charges, and their early triumphs, and how they weren't expected to succeed in Hamburg. Cilla Black, Billy J Kramer and Peter Noone were definitely included talking too, but as none were named, it meant some of the others went uncredited (Bill Harry did the bulk of the chatter; archive footage saw Gerry and the Pacemakers on the Mersey ferry etc)

Manson: Music From An Unsound Mind
And at the other end of the spectrum, the story of musical madman Charles Manson, and how he took the White Album to be a number of signifiers for his vision of a race war, especially Helter Skelter. Tragic and dangerous.
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Post  misery guts on Sat May 16, 2020 12:46 am

Astrid Kirchherr, the Hamburg photographer who became a key point of the band's time there in the early 60s, has died on Wednesday. She was 81. RIP  Sad

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52687056
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:31 am

Ringo Starr turned the big 8-0 yesterday  cheers
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:58 am

Fiona Adams, rock photographer, has died at 84:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53365590

Photographer Fiona Adams, whose famous shot of The Beatles jumping in the air was used on the sleeve of the Twist and Shout EP, has died at the age of 84.

Adams captured the iconic image of the Fab Four on a London bomb site for Boyfriend magazine in April 1963.

The photo was then used on the record sleeve and has been described by the National Portrait Gallery as "the one that defined their early look".

Adams also snapped many other pop acts, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:54 am

How The Beatles Changed The World
Quite lengthy doc, which made the effort to caption its guests, so the familiar likes of Bill Harry and Tony Bramwell were at least named as such for once. Their work with underground movements like the Indica bookshop and International Times periodical were covered, partly because people relevant, like Barry Miles, were also interviewed. Some nice archive of the lads in chat action too. From 2017.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:28 am

A lot of coverage that John might have been 80 on Friday  Crying or Very sad

The Cavern Club was one of many venues facing the threat of closure, what with all the other pandemic issues, but has now become one of many venues to receive some funding from the government to hopefully help them out in the short term.
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Gimme Some Truth
A behind the scenes look at the making of John's Imagine album, with producer Phil Spector, guest help from George Harrison and Klaus Voormann, several songs, and an encounter with an unfortunate fan who wants more guidance than is available.

John Lennon's 25 Greatest Songs
A rundown put together for a run of special programmes.

25 The Ballad of John and Yoko
24 Watching The Wheels
23 Please Please Me
22 Love
21 #9 Dream
20 Ticket To Ride
19 Power To The People
18 Come Together
17 (Just Like) Starting Over
16 Gimme Some Truth
15 Mind Games
14 I Feel Fine
13 Jealous Guy
12 Nobody Told Me
11 Beautiful Boy
10 Day Tripper
09 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
08 Help!
07 Give Peace A Chance
06 Instant Karma
05 All You Need Is Love
04 Woman
03 Revolution
02 Strawberry Fields
01 Imagine

Some unexpected stuff there.
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