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.”
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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.
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.
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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!