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British comedy legend Eric Idle has joined Chris Smith in studio, and he’s come armed with some extraordinary tales.

The Monty Python co-founder is behind some of the world’s most famous sketches.

His new “sortabiography” entitled Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, gives us a peek behind the curtains of his remarkable life.

In a broad interview with Chris Smith, Mr Idle touches on everything from his difficult upbringing to jamming with the Rolling Stones.

He’s also detailed his close relationship with The Beatles guitarist George Harrison and reveals the now iconic Life of Brian wouldn’t have gone ahead if it weren’t for George.

“He mortgaged his house for $4.5 million and put it all for the budget of Life of Brian.

“Otherwise it would never have been made, still.”


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They hated each other. The version of the Beatles who got together to record the Let It Be album in 1969 was, from a chemistry standpoint, the very worst version of the Beatles. Ringo Starr had already quit the band for two weeks, and his bandmates had to track him down and convince him to return. During the sessions, George Harrison quit, too. He stormed out for five days and, when he came back, he demanded that the band abandon the album’s whole central idea.

The idea belonged to Paul McCartney. The Beatles had quit touring a few years earlier, and McCartney, fully understanding that the band was breaking apart, wanted to try out a back-to-the-roots move. It was an ambitious idea: He wanted the band to write a bunch of songs, rehearse them, and then play them live in front of an audience for the first time. They would release a whole album of new songs, recorded live, and they’d put the performance on film, too, so they could make a movie or a TV special out of it.

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After wowing the local scene in his native Montenegro and winning awards in competitions across Europe, guitar virtuoso Milos Karadaglic received a scholarship to study at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music. It was there, a decade ago, that he truly discovered the compositions of messieurs John Lennon and Paul McCartney and a quartet called The Beatles.

Karadaglic had never really paid attention to the Fab Four, other than passively listening as they wafted through the radio in his former home city of Podgorica. So, when tasked at the conservatory with studying the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu’s solo guitar arrangement of the 1965 ballad Yesterday, he approached it with fresh ears. “It is a bit of a paradox,” he admits with a laugh.

“Because the last place you think you will discover The Beatles is at the Royal Academy of Music in London, but that was another one of those moments that made me think how incredibly universal music is. How, no matter what you play, and what you want to do, you can make it sound good on the guitar,” he says.



Wrapping a 50-day experiment in looking for the Beatles in my life

As we sat down for the evening session of Thanksgiving dining in rural Illinois, one of my cousins asked, “Did you write anything about the 50th anniversary of ‘The White Album’?”

Just like that, I had my Beatles reference for the day and the conclusion to a 50-day experiment in scouting Fab Four allusions in my life.

Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ self-titled double album, a sprawling and unpredictable collection of songs that arrived in stores exactly five years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr burst into U.S. consciousness, of course, in early 1964 to offer a measure of joy to a nation mourning the death of JFK.

“A Hard Day’s Night" on the big screen, the Shea Stadium concert, “Yesterday” single, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, retreat in India, animated “Yellow Submarine” movie, rooftop performance and many more moments added up to an unrivaled pop-culture presence in the 1960s.

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An unlikely setting for songwriting, a meditation retreat at an ashram in Rishikesh, India proved one of the most creative places for the Beatles. Away from pressures of superstardom, from February to April 1968 they composed 40 songs while studying with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of transcendental meditation. While in Rishikesh, Donovan suggested, because of their immense fame, the Beatles’ next album could be plain white and nameless. Thus The Beatles (aka the White Album) was born.

I spent 20 years living with and working for Maharishi in his ashrams all over the world, including his ashram in Rishikesh. I was very lucky to get a unique insight into how Maharishi and the events that happened in the ashram influenced and inspired The Beatles. So, on the 50th anniversary of The White Album’s release, what are the hidden meanings behind the songs written under Maharishi’s influence?
Mia Farrow’s sister “Dear Prudence” Farrow had abused drugs and alcohol as a teenager. While in Rishikesh, she spent nearly all her time in meditation. Trying to lure her out of her room, John Lennon and George Harrison burst through her door, singing Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s C details

Five years ago I stood in a room containing nothing but White Albums. For his installation We Buy White Albums, the Californian artist Rutherford Chang had filled a small gallery in Manhattan with 693 vinyl copies of the ninth Beatles album, some on the walls, some in racks.

The sleeve, designed by Pop artist Richard Hamilton, is famously blank but every one of these copies was faded, stained, torn, illustrated, signed or otherwise altered in some unique way, whether by a human hand or simply by the passing of time. As I studied them, I listened to multiple copies of side one playing simultaneously and slowly drifting out of sync, rendering these exceptionally famous songs eerie and strange.

Whether or not you consider it the best Beatles album (I do), it’s certainly the most Beatles album

There’s something about The White Album that invites listeners to mess around with it. Joan Didion stole its title for her 1979 essay collection, an elegy for the dreams of 1960s California. The producer Danger Mouse chopped it to pieces and recombined the fragments with vocals from Jay-Z’s The Black Album to create his 2004 mash-up The Grey Album. The jam band Phish covered all 30 songs on stage on H details

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landmark release ‘The White Album’. The 30-track double album that upended the music world has returned to the charts once again thanks to the remastering by Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles’ producer George Martin.

With new mixes in stereo and 5.1 surround sound, and loads of previously unreleased extras, fans are getting to hear the Fab Four in a whole new light, including drummer Ringo Starr on a blistering 13-minute long ‘Helter Skelter’.

“It’s always been one of my favourite albums,” Ringo tells uDiscover Music. “There’s a lot of stuff that nobody’s ever heard and George’s house sessions. But the actual remastering (because of the technology we have today) is much clearer, and the drums are a little higher, so I love it.”

But Ringo has even more to celebrate. The industrious artist has a new book on the way, a collection of photos from his life and travels titled Another Day In The Life, set for release in April 2019. Spanning from his early Beatles days to his current world tours, Starr has always seen life through a lens:

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This week marks 50 years since the release of The Beatles’s self-titled ninth record, known more adoringly by the world as The White Album.

If the cover is as simple as they come – a sea of white accompanied by the band’s name imprinted just over halfway down – the tracks it contains are anything but: a compilation of oddities with varying genres that were clearly deemed too extraordinary for the charts (none were released as singles in the UK).

The majority of tracks were written in the spring of 1968 when the quartet famously travelled to Rishikesh in India to partake in a course of Transcendental Meditation under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. When the band returned home, their recording sessions for the album would spark creative differences, prompting walkouts and rivalries that would continue until the group disbanded in 1970.

The White Album may showcase both the top and bottom of each band member's game, but the result remains The Beatles’s most enchanting record. Below is a ranking of all 30 tracks.

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Blackbird PresentsOn December 5, 2015, stars from various musical genres, including rock legends John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and Peter Frampton, came together in New York City to tape a concert special commemorating what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday. The show, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, originally aired that month on AMC, and now a CD, DVD and two-LP set documenting the event are scheduled to be released starting in January.

The concert, which was hosted by actor Kevin Bacon, includes performances of a variety of memorable songs Lennon wrote or co-wrote for The Beatles and tunes from his solo career. Among the many other artists who took part in the show were Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Train's Pat Monahan, The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Aloe Blacc, The Roots and Eric Church.

Highlights from the concert included Fogerty performing "Give Peace a Chance" and "In My Life," Tyler singing "Come Together" and teaming up with Church on a rendition of "Revolution," and Frampton playing "Norwegian Wood" and duetting with Crow and Aloe Blacc on Lennon's holiday classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." For the finale, most of the show's ca details

Meat and liquor may soon be prohibited in the Indian cities of Ayodhya and Mathura.

According to the Hindu, the Uttar Pradesh government is contemplating a total ban on alcohol and non-vegetarian foods in Ayodhya – the birthplace of Rama, the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. The items may also be banned in Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishnu, the eighth avatar of Vishnu and a major deity in Hinduism. Following the ban, the cities could then be declared areas of pilgrimage.

According to Uttar Pradesh’s minister Shrikant Sharma, the move is being considered in response to calls from seers and millions of devotees.

“Honouring their demands, the State government is working to declare the area around 14 Kosi Parikrama Marg in Ayodhya and the birthplace of Lord Krishna in Mathura as pilgrim centres,” Sharma said in a statement. “Once this happens, a ban on the sale and consumption of non-vegetarian food and liquor will automatically come into effect.”

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