Friday, July 29, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundujp

Entertainment Tonight spoke with Ron Howard about his new Beatles touring years documentary, "Eight Days a Week" documentary which airs on Hulu in September.
The film traces John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from 1962-1966 during the years that they became a phenomenon. Howard was a kid at the time, playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, and he (like everyone else) found himself swept up in Beatlemania.
"For my 10th birthday what I wanted was Beatle boots and a Beatle wig," Howard said. "My parents couldn't find Beatle boots, but down at the dime store, Woolworths or someplace, they found a Beatle wig!"

Billboard reports Olivia Harrison is open to an archive project collecting some of George's unreleased work, possibly with son Dhani finishing some songs still in the vault. That's about all the detail she's offering at the moment, however.
Harrison said she and Dhani Harrison, her 37-year-old musician son with George Harrison, have talked about him finishing some unreleased tracks that her late husband left behind. “There are a lot of songs that are unfinished,” she said. “I think there’s a project there. I just need time to get to it.”
Fans have been hankering for a sequel to 2012's Early Takes Vol. 1, which collecting 10 Harrison session outtakes and demos in excellent sound.

In the same Billboard piece, Yoko Ono mentions she hoped to release around 10 songs on a new LP soon. Her bout with the flu earlier this year, which garnered a lot of press and generated dark rumors about her health, delayed work on the project until recently, she said.
“That derailed the whole situation,” she said. Ono explained that “everything in my body is OK now, except I have a problem walking,” adding, “I want to be a little more normal” before turning her attention back to the record.

The Liverpool Echo posted a video of Pattie Boyd talking about her Beatles Story photo exhibition featuring images of ex-husbands George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

The exhibit also includes some of Boyd's clothing worn during the 1960s, including an outfit created by the design collective The Fool, which provide clothing to the Beatles' Apple Boutique store in London.

A St. Louis newspaper has a nice profile of Sara Schmidt, who runs the excellent Meet the Beatles for Real blog, who has just released a book about the Beatles' appearances in her home city.


Beatles friend Klaus Voormann discusses his new graphic novel, which recounts how he designed the cover to the band's Revolver LP 50 years ago.
“So the band all asked me to come down to Abbey Road Studios. This was when they had recorded about two-thirds of the tracks for that album. When I heard the music, I was just shocked, it was so great. So amazing. But it was frightening because the last song that they played to me was Tomorrow Never Knows.”

A 1956 Austin Princess hearse once owned by John Lennon is going up for auction.
A defining feature of the car is its five aeroplane seats, which were added by John and are still in the car today.

The buyer will also receive the original vehicle registration and title document, complete with John’s signature from the original purchase.

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