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John Lennon, who was the main writer of the song with McCartney as co-writer, said to Playboy in 1980 that it was about an affair he was having: “I always had some kind of affair going, so I was trying to be sophisticated in writing in such a smoke-screen way that you couldn't tell.”  When asked about the title itself, he answered:  “I don't know how the hell I got to 'Norwegian Wood'"

Sir Paul McCartney: “John told Playboy Magazine that he hadn't the faintest idea where the title came from but I do.

“Peter Asher (of Peter and Gordon, brother of Jane Asher and roommate of McCartney in their house) had his room done out in a wood, a lot of people were then decorating their places in wood, Norwegian wood.

“It was pine really, cheap pine. But it's not as good a title, “Cheap Pine, Baby"…

(Source of McCartney's quote: Many Years From Now, Barry Miles)

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For the latest episode of their "Inside The Studio" podcast, host Joe Levy and the iHeartMedia team made a very special trip to meet with Paul McCartney in Winnipeg surrounding a show on his current tour in support of his chart-topping Egypt Station album.

Paul McCartney telling stories about John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, sharing secrets from the Beatles in the studio, on living a normal life while being one of the most famous people in the world and more is every bit the magic you would expect.

This is Paul McCartney on "Get Back," on "Penny Lane," on Sgt. Peppers, on "Blackbird." Just enjoy.
Paul McCartney: I think everyone, like me, who believes in climate change, and that's a lot of people, we're looking at these climate accords and these meetings, there was one in Japan, there was one in Copenhagen, and as these came up we'd all be looking at it and going, "Oh, this will be the one. We're going to do something about it.

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A pair of artists visiting Chicago for a month to paint messages of love on buildings didn’t plan to paint John Lennon’s face and the lyrics to his “Imagine” on a garage in Bucktown.

It just felt right.

“We like to freestyle. We paint concepts based on the cultural background of the area we are painting. We like to paint murals for the community,” said Resa Piece.

Piece, a street art muralist and her boyfriend, a graffiti writer who goes by the name Menace Two, are based in Queens, New York.

The inseparable couple — who say they’ve not spent more than 24 hours apart since they began dating a little over a year ago — started their cross-country road trip in September in Philadelphia and arrived in Chicago on Oct. 1.

Their goal is to paint murals that express the concept of love and kindness in various cities, according to Piece.

Source: Alisa Hauser @BCC_WPB

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There are several “definitive” biographies of John Lennon, and even more tomes claiming to provide the ultimate lowdown on the Beatles’ well-documented career. The first volume of Mark Lewisohn’s projected trilogy on the Fabs alone runs to more than 900 pages. In addition come scores of memoirs by friends, associates and exes, and explorations of every episode and facet you care to name – the Beatles and religion, when the Beatles met Elvis, the FBI and John Lennon – and even the odd critique of their music. What’s left to add? A veteran journalist and screenwriter (That’ll Be the Day, Stardust), Ray Connolly lays no claim to fresh revelations about the life of the group’s self-styled leader, instead offering insights into Lennon’s complex, contradictory character. He’s well qualified, having struck up a camaraderie with Lennon over the late 1960s/early 70s; a major regret is not announcing the Beatles’ imminent split after Lennon had tipped him off.

Source: Neil Spencer/theguardian.com

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Yoko Ono attempted to achieve a world record for the most number of humans forming a peace sign in New York’s Central Park last Tuesday morning. However, it's been reported that the effort has fallen flat. The event was organized to mark what would have been, her late husband and Beatles’ frontman John Lennon's 75th birthday on October 9th.

According to the World Record Academy, the largest peace sign ever recorded was a total of 5,814 people. It was created in 2009 at a festival in Ithaca, New York. That was realised by high school student and peace activist Trevor Dougherty. The previous record was 2,500.

Source: David Layde/nova.ie

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Oasis, Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson were also close contenders

The Beatles‘ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ has been named Britain’s favourite ever studio album, in a special countdown to mark National Album Day on October 13th.

The Fab Four’s eighth studio album was the only release from the 1960s to make the list, which was compiled by the Official Charts Company.

The albums were ranked using a combination of physical sales, downloads and streams in order to determine the British public’s definitive ‘favourite’.

‘Sgt. Peppers’ topped the chart with 5.34 million combined sales, edging out Adele‘s ’21’ which came second with 5.11 million, and Oasis‘ ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ with 4.94 million.

Also in the top 10 were Pink Floyd‘s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Rumours’ and Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Back To Black’.

Source: Patrick Clarke/nme.com

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In this Oct. 26, 1965 file photo The Beatles, from left: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison smile as they display the Member of The Order of The British Empire medals presented to them by Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony in Buckingham Palace in London, England. The Beatles' psychedelic masterwork "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been named the most popular British album in history.

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One morning early in 1971 John Lennon sat down at a Steinway piano at his home in Ascot outside London and composed one of the greatest songs of all time.

“Imagine” flowed out as he later said, he almost finished the song in one sitting.

It went on to be an anthem for the ages, an inspiring song for generations to come.

For young people tired of war and conflict it resonated very deeply, for older folks the simplicity of the lyrics yet the complexity of the thought made it the most played Beatles song of all.

Source:James O'Shea/irishcentral.com

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How the Beatles got their famous logo - Thursday, October 11, 2018

Vinyl Rewind tells the story of how Ringo Starr and the other three dudes got their iconic logo and, oh boy, it’s a doozy.

Basically, for the band’s first few years, there was no Beatles logo. It was never featured in any of the band’s original albums recorded in the U.K.

The logo started its life on the bass drum of Starr’s Ludwig drum kit in April 1963, three years after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Starr got together in Liverpool and formed the most influential music group of all time.

Starr got this Ludwig set from a shop, Drum City, on Shaftesbury Avenue in London. Founded by a guy called Ivor Arbiter in 1929, the shop was a popular destination for jazz drummers. Arbiter later recalled the encounter with a certain “Ringo, Schmingo, whatever his name was, at that time I certainly hadn’t heard of The Beatles.”

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Yoko Ono unveiled a delicate rendition of the John Lennon classic “Imagine” on what would’ve been the late musician’s 78th birthday. The track will appear on Ono’s upcoming album Warzone, which arrives October 19th via Chimera Music.

Ono’s version of “Imagine” boasts a sparse yet intricate arrangement, starting with a simple synth drone that swells steadily beneath the 85-year-old artist’s candid vocals. Halfway through the track, the drone slips away for a piano that twinkles beneath Ono’s voice, letting the song breathe in potent new way in its final moments.

Source: John Blistein/Rollingstone

 

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The images were taken in 1965 on the set of the legendary band’s comedy-adventure musical, which was released that year. Help!‘s plot saw the band being chased around the world after Ringo Starr acquired a sacrificial ring.

Taken by German photographer Bernd Kappelmeyer on location in Obertraun, Austria, the 124 negatives show The Beatles filming scenes in snowy mountains. John Lennon is seen sporting a black winter coat, hat, and shades in the images.
The collection will go up for auction in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside on October 16.Other items up for grabs at Omega Auctions include an original sign from Abbey Road and costume patterns for the suits worn by the band on the iconic ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album cover.In 2013, Help! was digitally restored and released on Blu-ray.

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The Beatles' most fashionable moments - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

 Sure, those Liverpudlian lads knew how to knock out a tune or two, jingle-jangle guitars, "oooh!"s and all. But the modern male didn’t just dream of picking up a Rickenbacker and sounding like a Beatle; he wanted – perhaps even more – to look like one too. He wore out his Beatle boots as he did his coveted copy of Help!, strutted about in paisley caftans and filched his granny’s glasses, even if they made his world more topsy-turvy than it already was.

While Sergeant Pepper and his band occasionally fell out of style, the Fab Four have yet to lose an iota of their appeal, both musically and sartorially. Ahead of Paul McCartney’s Egypt Station 2019 world tour, as well as the release of the remastered and expanded White Album on 19 November (ever so slightly ahead of its 50th anniversary), we bring you 12 images of John, Paul, George and Ringo at their nattiest to show you what we mean.

 

Source: Joobin Bekhrad/gq-magazine.co.uk

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To the world, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were icons. But to Elliot Mintz, who met them in 1972 while a radio DJ in Los Angeles, they were close personal friends with whom he’d get together and talk about whatever came to mind. Usually, it wasn’t music.

“I first did an interview with Yoko on the radio station in Los Angeles and we became phone pals for a number of weeks and then I interviewed John on the air and we began a telephone relationship as well,” he told Variety in a recent phone interview. They later met in Ojai, California, while the couple was driving to Los Angeles as ordinary travelers mingling with those they encountered on the way. Mintz says their personal relationship was the same way. “The majority of our conversations were not about either me or them but the state of the world. Most of their time was spent talking about either current events or literature or history.”

Source: By Steve Marinucci/Variety

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John Lennon, the legend lives on - Tuesday, October 09, 2018

John Winston Ono Lennon (MBE), the co-founder of The Beatles, singer, songwriter and peace activist was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England.

When John was 11 years old, he discovered his love for his music through Elvis Presley’s records and learnt Banjo. John’s mother’s death had a very deep impact on him which reflected in his behaviour, education and life.

Lennon formed the skiffle group, the Quarrymen. Skiffle is a music genre with blues, jazz, American folk influences, folk musical instruments which were a combination of manufactured and home-made instruments.

The Quarrymen evolved into the Beatles, with members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, a group which was widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history.

Source: AuthorT Ivan Nischal/telanganatoday.com

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For many, John Lennon’s post-Beatles solo career never got better than it did when he released his iconic, Phil Spector-produced album Imagine in 1971. Now, just in time for what would have been Lennon’s 78th birthday on October 9, you can dive deeper into the sessions that produced that rich work than ever before, thanks to a massive, six-disc, 140 track box set that was overseen by his widow Yoko Ono.

Comprehensive doesn’t even begin to describe how much material has been packed into this new collection. It seems like they’ve gathered every conceivable piece of material that was available, including outtakes, isolated track arrangements, and demos, and arranged them in such a way to get the clearest sense possible for how this record came together. They’ve also gone back and cleaned up the finished tracks on the album for the most pristine sound yet.

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The hit Netflix animated series “Beat Bugs” is being turned into a stage show and Connecticut audiences will be the first to see it.

Bert Bernardi, the artistic director of Pantochino Productions at the Milford Center for the Arts, snagged the rights to the developmental production before “Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure” gets produced in theaters around the country next year.

“I really wanted to open the company up to more than one voice,” Bernardi says of trying to get away from writing and directing all of the original shows produced by Pantochino.

When he heard a stage version of “Beat Bugs” was in the works, he thought, “Oh my gosh, it’s perfect for families and kids, how can I get this?”

Bernardi looked into who owned the stage property, emailed them, and was surprised and delighted to learn that the writers of the show, David Abbinanti and Sean Cercone, were well aware of Pantochino’s success in recent years.

Source: Joe Meyers/ctpost.com

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ACL Live Review: Paul McCartney - Monday, October 08, 2018

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Picture a 76-year-old man, looking 20 years younger on the Jumbotron, leading a sea of humanity in singing, “Na na na nana na na nana na na, hey Jude.” You can't help but wonder if Sir James Paul McCartney CH MBE ever asks himself, “Damn! Did I write that?!”

If he does, he must do that with virtually every song in his set-list. The sheer amount of hits Paul McCartney lobs at you live – “From Me to You,” “Love Me Do,” “Lady Madonna,” “Hey Jude,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Live & Let Die,” “Band on the Run,” “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da,” “Maybe I'm Amazed,” etc. – is dizzying. You start to wonder if the man's ever written a bad song.

He has, but he’s not playing them!

Source: Tim Stegall/austinchronicle.com

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Paul McCartney gets to “hang out” with dead Beatles pals John Lennon and George Harrison – in vivid dreams.

Macca, 76, said they’re so real he has to pinch himself afterwards.

He said: “I often have dreams about John or George. I often dream about people who aren’t here any more.

“It’s one of the great things about dreams – you get to re-meet them and you get to hang out with them.

“They tend to be very good. And it’s only when you get to wake up you go, ‘Oh yeah, it was a dream’.”

Lennon was shot dead aged 40 by deranged fan Mark Chapman in 1980. And George died of cancer in 2001 aged 58.

Sir Paul, who has just released new album Egypt Station, also admitted moments of self doubt and insecurity – just like his friend John.

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Record producer Quincy Jones has described the Beatles as the “greatest songwriters that ever lived”.

In February, it was reported he had labelled the seminal British group as the “worst musicians in the world” and called Paul McCartney “the worst bass player I ever heard”.

New York Magazine also quoted him as saying of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr: “And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.”

On Saturday, Jones appeared at the Carousel of Hope ball in Los Angeles and said the reports were “BS” before heaping praise on the band.

He told the Press Association: “They’re the greatest songwriters that ever lived. McCartney is like my brother, Ringo too.”

Jones, 85, has picked up 27 Grammy awards and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during an illustrious career.

When asked for his thoughts on Kanye West, Jones made a zipping motion across his lips.

Source: irishexaminer.com

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Sound engineer Geoff Emerick died Tuesday at age 72.

The Beatles had become a phenomenon with Rubber Soul and Meet the Beatles, crafting intricate, melodic tunes, but the Fab Four were growing creatively restless. They wanted to expand the band’s sound, to push the limit of what a song could be — so by 1966, they quit touring and focused on doing just that.

And now Lennon wanted to sound like the most important Gelug monk sitting on a mountain for the psychedelic Revolver cut Tomorrow Never Knows. In today’s world, computer programs for such sonic alteration abound — just look at the rise of Auto-Tune. But at the time, the studio itself was considered a place to record musicians, not an instrument in and of itself.

"When I was asked by George Martin, 'Do you want to do the Beatles?' I was just terrified, and the little eeny-meeny-miney-moe thing (in my head), it stopped on 'Yes, I'll do it.' — Geoff Emerick

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A short film inspired by one of the most infamous conspiracy theories in rock has been released.

The Paul Is Dead conspiracy originally kicked off when Sgt. Pepper was released, where the back cover pictured McCartney with his back to the camera, next to the words ‘Without You’, as if he'd been replaced for the session by a doppelganger. It gathered pace following the release of Abbey Road, where a series of supposed clues hinted at McCartney's apparent demise.

Paul Is Dead tells the story of what might have happened had the cheery mop top actually died. Rather than taking its cue directly from the conspiracy, which has McCartney perishing in a car accident, the film places the band a retreat in the Lake District, where he passes away after an unintended drug mishap. The remaining Beatles set out to replace the dead musician with a local singer, Billy Sheers, and to secretly bury the deceased atop a nearby hill.

Source: By Scott Rowley/loudersound.com

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For the most part the original name of the their self-titled album “The Beatles,” got an additional tag and has been universally re-christened, “The White Album,” and for one really good reason, the sleeve is all white!

As far as “re-releases” go and the never ending “deluxe” album packages that have flooded the market, this is one I am truly looking forward to! This was “the” Beatles album that I was able to get lost in. I grew up on my Mom’s record collection so the Fab Four (among a slew of other Rock artist) was predominate in my life. (Thanks Mah!)

On Friday, November 9th the 50th anniversary of The Beatles White Album will take place and is one date I am seriously looking forward to. Hell the expanded version of Helter Skelter alone is worth the price of admission, and if that wasn’t enough the legendary (pronounced eee-sher) “Esher Demos” are part of the package as well!

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London's world famous AIR Studios, originally founded by Beatles producer Sir George Martin in 1969, has been sold to a Russian investor for an undisclosed sum.

The studio was put up for sale earlier this year by its owners Richard Boote and Paul Woolf, both aged in their late 60s, who wanted to pass it on to someone younger who could grow the business.

Its new owner has not been officially named, but Billboard understands it to be Maxim Demin, a Russian businessman who has fully owned British Premier League soccer club Bournemouth since 2013.

The Financial Times has also named Demin -- a low profile figure who does not give press interviews and is believed to have made his fortune in the petrochemicals industry -- as AIR's buyer. The studio, based at Lyndhurst Hall in Hampstead, North London, is yet to comment.

Source: Richard Smirke/Billboard

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Expansive new mixes, and newly unearthed demos and alternates of John Lennon’s chart-topping 1971 album “Imagine” were publicly unveiled before a sold-out audience at L.A.’s Grammy Museum on Wednesday night.

The event at the museum’s Clive Davis Theatre — featuring appearances by remix engineer Paul Hicks, director Andrew Solt, drummer Jim Keltner, and Lennon friend and confidant Elliot Mintz — prefaced Friday’s release of Capitol’s major new boxed set devoted to the album, and Eagle Vision’s DVD and Blu-ray re-release of Solt’s feature documentaries “Imagine: John Lennon” and “Gimme Some Truth.”

The evening aptly began with a clip of Lennon, alone in Ascot Sound Studios at his Tittenhurst Park estate in England, hurling himself into the roaring lead vocal for the key “Imagine” track “Gimme Some Truth.”

Source: Chris Morris/variety.com

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Beginning in January, a new UCLA course will tell the story of the Beatles through the prism of film. Offered by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s music industry program, the class will screen documentaries, television appearances and feature films — and students will hear firsthand accounts from industry executives and musicians, further illuminating the visual and aural record of the legendary band.

The course, “The Reel Beatles,” is open to undergraduate and graduate students. It will be taught by David Leaf, an award-winning filmmaker and biographer, who was a co-writer, director and producer of the 2006 documentary “The U.S. vs. John Lennon.”

Source: Ariane Bicho / newsroom.ucla.edu

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