Saturday, December 22, 2018

"Blatant rubbish!": Vintage Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour Movie" poster (New Line, Mid-1970s).

Via Heritage Auctions.


Abigail McKern, daughter of actor Leo, recalls spending time with Beatles

Now 63, Abigail McKern shares memories of her experiences around the Beatles when her father Leo, worked with them on the film, "Help!," in 1965.

“I remember my father speaking to me and saying, ‘Don’t pester them, they are pestered by millions and millions of people wanting them and screaming at them, so just give them some space and respect and if you’re very good at the end of the filming, then I will ask them if they could do a signed photo’.”

“They were always really nice. Ringo was so sweet, I used to go tobogganing with him in the snow in Austria,” she recalled.
“John Lennon had only just had his son Julian Lennon at the time and he was missing him. My sister was six-months-old and he always used to say, ‘Can I hold Harriet on my lap?’ so he could cuddle her!”

Friday, December 21, 2018

Coming up: "Hey Grandude" - children's book by Paul McCartney


Out Sept. 15. Order from Amazon now.

Details:

Meet Grandude--a super-cool intrepid-explorer grandfather with some amazing tricks up his sleeve. Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! With his magic compass, he whisks his four grandkids off on whirlwind adventures, taking them all around the globe. Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches! Brought to life with gloriously colorful illustrations from talented artist Kathryn Durst, it's the perfect bedtime story for little explorers.

Vintage Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" lobby card

Via Heritage Auctions.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Coming up: "All You Need is Love" children's book


Out Jan. 29. Order from Amazon now.

Details:

In this gorgeously illustrated picture book, the universally loved song “All You Need Is Love” comes vividly to life, showing that if we follow the music we will see there is indeed love all around us.





Vintage Beatles - Apple Records Plush Mobile

Via Heritage Auctions.

A plush velour apple with happy green worm on top, metal hook for hanging, and separate cardboard Apple Records leaf top section. Likely a promotional record store item.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Vintage Beatles - Apple Records Velour TR 6 Radio

Via Heritage Auctions.

Vintage Apple Records radio, with stuffed velour outer body, plush green worm at the top, and black volume/power and tuning knobs. 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Vintage John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band "Peace and Love for Christmas" concert poster, 1969



A benefit concert took place at the Lyceum Ballroom in London on Monday, December 15, 1969, to raise money for UNICEF, a United Nations international fund for children and mothers in developing countries.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Beatles "Joy" Holiday Greeting Poster (Apple, 1970)


Designed by Rod Dyer as a mail-out gift promotion for record stores, this Beatles poster is a photograph of a collage of sorts with an apple at the center, and a photo of the Beatles to its left, and the names of all four members of the band printed in calligraphy near the bottom edge.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Listen: New version of "Happy X-Mas (War is Over)" by Miley Cyrus w/ Sean Lennon and Mark Ronson

Singer Miley Cyrus has recorded a new rendition of John and Yoko's 1971 seasonal tune with the help of Sean and his longtime friend, producer Mark Ronson.

The trio is set to perform the song on "Saturday Night Live" tomorrow.


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Pattie Boyd on introducing the Beatles to meditation

Read a recent interview with Pattie here:

I had already visited India and had found it incredibly spiritual and moving. I was keen to take up meditation and saw an advert for TM classes at Caxton Hall in London. A friend and I duly went along and, over a long weekend, we were initiated and given our mantras. I loved it and found that it worked for me on a number of levels—I felt “energized”, so I told George (Harrison) all about it at the earliest opportunity. He was interested and agreed to come along to see the Maharishi in London in August 1967. In fact, all four Beatles came along.

... I believe that George may have started work on Something whilst there and probably his songs which appeared on The White Album later in 1968. In its embryonic stages, While My Guitar Gently Weeps was a slower song with just George on his acoustic. I clearly remember Dear Prudence being sung by the boys to Prudence Farrow to try and entice her from her room at the ashram.


Paul shares early Wings photos ahead of remasters

Photos of the early Wings period, with commentary by Paul, appear in the Independent today in advance of the reissues of "Wild Life "and "Red Rose Speeedway."