Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ringo Starr's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction means all Beatles finally honoured

When Ringo Starr is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, he will make history with The Beatles. The drummer - who was honoured collectively with the Fab Four in 1988 - will be the last of the legendary group to be recognised individually at the prestigious event Ringo will be presented with the Award for Musical Excellence, meaning the Merseyside rockers will finally be included in full both as solo stars and a group. John Lennon was the first to be inducted in 1994 - 14 years after his tragic death - while Sir Paul McCartney was honoured five years later. Read More - 3am





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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Give Peace a Chance: John, Yoko, Canada and the Genesis of Rock

1967 witnessed the anti-war and civil rights movements' convergence through developments such as the International War Crimes Tribunal and Muhammad Ali being denied his boxing license for refusing his army induction -- "no Viet Cong ever called me n----r." Turning 100, Canada was defining its complex identity, while the Beatles' kaleidoscopic-looking and psychotropic-sounding Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band was redefining Rock & Roll, and Mondovision was catapulting "All You Need is Love" to one sixth of humanity. In 1968, the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group and the first International Conference on Human Rights, in Tehran, were born. On the civil rights front, Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, while Tommie Smith and John Carlos received their Olympics medals through the Black Power salute and shoeless -- symbolizing black poverty. Read More






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Friday, October 31, 2014

Yoko Ono on Art, New York and John Lennon

For the past 60-plus years, Ms. Ono has followed that advice, channeling her experiences and encounters into conceptual art—first with the avant-garde Fluxus movement in New York, then with her own much-misunderstood “instruction” paintings, often bearing a single word, which invited the viewer to interpret and take figurative ownership of the artworks. Later, with John Lennon, she attracted notoriety—and animosity—when they staged their “Bed-in for Peace” protests in 1969. Read More - WSJ






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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love' Back in Top 10, Thanks to Dave Koz

Not traditionally considered a holiday song, Koz thought that its message is a perfect fit for the season. It's the lone non-Christmas standard on Dave Koz & Friends: The 25th of December, which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart earlier this month. The set became his 15th top 10 in an impressive chart history that dates to 1991. Read More - Billboard






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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

John Lennon’s Solo Material Added to Spotify

Spotify just landed another Beatle. Today brings news that the streaming service has picked up John Lennon‘s eight-album-deep discography and three official compilations, spanning from 1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to his posthumous album, Milk and Honey, released in 1984. Read More - 100.7 WZLX






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Sunday, September 28, 2014

George Harrison's Unusual Friendship With Eric Clapton Animated (a top story

On Monday George Harrison's Unusual Friendship With Eric Clapton Animated was a top story. Here is the recap: (Radio.com) Radio.com's latest Minimation is taken from a 1987 WNEW-FM interview with George Harrison, where he discusses how his unusual friendship with Eric Clapton. Read More - ::antiMusic.com






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Saturday, September 6, 2014

The music of former Beatle George Harrison will be honored by an all-star lineup at "George Fest: A Night To Celebrate the Music of George Harrison."

The "George Fest" lineup will also feature Harrison's son, Dhanni, Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Britt Daniel of Spoon, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Butch Walker, The Cult singer Ian Astbury, Cold War Kids, Karen Elson, Brian Bell of Weezer, Big Black Delta, Chase Cohl, Jamestown Revival, Matt Sorum and an array of surprise artists. Read More - UTSanDiego.com






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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

‘George Harrison: The Apple Years’ compilation to be released this month

Starting with the 1968 instrumental, soundtrack album ‘Wonderwall Music‘ – the first album issued by The Beatles‘ then brand new venture Apple – ‘George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75‘ also includes 1969′s experimental ‘Electric Sound‘, the stone-wall classic triple LP ‘All Things Must Pass‘ of 1970, ‘Living In The Material World‘, ‘Dark Horse‘ and finally ‘Extra Texture (Read All About It)‘. Read More

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When Dylan met the Beatles – history in a handshake?

Just as a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day, the 50th anniversary of a major Beatle-related happening comes around every other week in 2014. Friday marks one of the bigger half-century landmarks, and the birth of a way of looking at rock music that just won't go away. On Friday 28 August 1964, in a room in the Delmonico hotel at Park Avenue and 59th in New York City – at a rendezvous brokered with a keen eye to a story by journalist, mutual friend and assiduous self-publicist Al Aronowitz – the Beatles encountered Bob Dylan for the first time. Read More - The Guardian






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My Turn: Beatles concert at Hollywood Bowl in 1965 left lasting impression on two obsessed teens

Slumber parties were gatherings where we’d listen to Vee Jay Records, “Introducing the Beatles,” which was pre-Capitol Records “Meet the Beatles” — the album that further ignited the frenzy commonly known as Beatlemania. “Beatles ’65” along with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” remain my two favorite recordings. Read More






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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

‘Me and John were starting to really cook’: Paul McCartney on the Beatles’ breakthrough with Revolver

Powered along by a double-sided No. 1 in “Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine,” Revolver would top both the UK and American album charts, staying at Billboard’s No. 1 for six weeks. If the project had little in common with the Beatles’ most recent release, 1965′s more folk-leaning Rubber Soul, that was also in keeping with their growing sense of confidence in their own muses. Read More






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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This Week In Billboard Chart History: The Beatles Defined The Summer Of 'Love' |

The Summer of Love's quintessential theme song, the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love," topped the Billboard Hot 100. The song was first performed by the band on "Our World," a celebration of artists from 19 countries and the first live global TV link. The special (on June 25, 1967), drew more than 400 million viewers. Read More - Billboard






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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Deep Beatles: “I’ll Cry Instead,” A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The group convened at Abbey Road Studios on June 1, 1964 to record “I’ll Cry Instead” in addition to “Matchbox” and “Slow Down.” The Beatles assumed the usual roles: Lennon on vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar, and tambourine; Paul McCartney on bass; George Harrison on lead guitar; and Ringo Starr on drums. Interestingly, the group recorded the track in two parts, dubbed “Section A” and “Section B”; the former took six takes, the latter two. Producer George Martin and engineer Norman Smith then edited the two best versions together on June 4. Read More






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BEATLEMANIA Can`t Be Simulated By Today`s Digital Technology!

Today, August 1st, in terms of Pop Music History, marks the 50th anniversary when The Beatles scored their FIFTH Number One single in the US, with A Hard Day`s Night (Thisdayinmusic.com)! Today also marks the anniversary date (08/01/`71) for The Concert For Bangladesh, which was held at Madison Square Garden, organized by George Harrison. I have the DVD, so maybe I`ll run that by tonight, in remembrance of that great event. Read More






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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AI Reveals The Beatles’ Dramatic Musical Transformation

Music fans and critics know that the music of the Beatles underwent a dramatic transformation in just a few years. But, until now, there hasn’t been a scientific way to measure the progression. Computer scientists at Lawrence Technological University have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can analyze and compare musical styles, enabling research into their musical progression. Read More






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