LONDON NEWS AND STAR PROMOTIONAL POSTER, CIRCA 1964Promotional poster (30 x 20 in.; 762 x 508 mm). Printed in black and red on newsprint; folded, some chips to edges, some splitting to edges along folds.
John Lennon's main composing instrument for the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's masterpiece
By 1964 The Beatles were successful enough to have accountants advise on home purchases. The investment potential of possible residences was important and both George Harrison and Ringo chose homes outside of London in the sedate stockbroker belt in Surrey. John Lennon bought the mock-Tudor home Kenwood on the St. George's Hill estate in Weybridge, Surrey in July of that year. Lennon and his then wife Cynthia quickly spent twice the purchase £20,000 price of the home on renovations, including of course, an attic studio for songwriting sessions.
The grounds of over an acre were perfect for the couple's young son Julian and the family remained at Kenwood until John's relationship with Yoko and resulting divorce necessitated the sale of the house in 1968. The four years in which Kenwood was John Lennon's primary residence were the most crucial and productive of the Beatles' career. It was the music he made there, in his studio but just as often in the den on the present instrument, that evolved into his contributions to the Beatles unparalleled catalog including much of the music on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
At least two pianos were known to have been in the Kenwood home, but as with many musicians, Lennon preferred some instruments more than others and the Broadwood seems to have been a particular favorite. When he acquired it is unknown, but it was likely in 1966 if not earlier, given it's importance to Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's contributions.
A visit to Kenwood described in the 1967 Beatles Book magazine makes note of the piano as well as Lennon's sometimes eccentric decorating:
"On the ground floor there is a large entrance hall, lined with shelves of books stretching from floor to ceiling. To the right it leads to the kitchen, which is situated in the centre of the house, and to the left to two rooms, one very large, one small. The smaller room contained two pianos, one Broadwood, one Bechstein. The mahogany case of the Bechstein was fast disappearing under a psychedelic design, which was being painted on by two Dutch artists, Simon and Marijke."
This decorated piano, once thought lost, is in fact at George Harrison's Friar Park estate and is highly unlikely to come onto the market.
Much has been made of the significance of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, including the overall scheme of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership - for many Beatles scholars it marks the balance of power in the group shifting to McCartney, whose concept of the Edwardian-styled band within a band was the overall conceit of the album. By 1966 the Beatles were tired of touring and Sgt. Pepper's allowed them to become a fully realized studio band, experimenting freely with songs that didn't have to be recreated live and trying to bridge the divide between rock and more traditional music. By the time the sessions were finished in April, 1967 it had taken them 700 hours of recording time and the expenditure of the largest recording budget ever spent up to that date.
The social changes reflected in the album cannot be overlooked; three of the album's songs that Lennon composed on the present piano were banned by the BBC for drug references. Lennon was adamant (in spite of his and the Beatles own increasing experimentation with drugs) that the songs were not in fact overly influenced by such, "We didn't really shove the LP full of pot and drugs but, I mean, there was an effect. We were more consciously trying to keep it out..."
The origins of the most obvious candidate for pro-drug propaganda, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" was actually based on John's son Julian bringing home to Kenwood a sketch of his classmate Lucy. Once he had showed it to his father, John was inspired to sit at the present piano and begin to compose. When Paul next visited the house he shared his enthusiasm for what he heard and began to contribute parts.
Such was also the case for "A Day in the Life" where Lennon had written two sections of the song, but was having trouble with the middle, which Paul supplied.
In spite of the overwhelming success of the Sgt. Pepper's album, Lennon often expressed the opinion that it was never truly a cohesive concept ("an album with the tracks stuck together.... Nothing is real and there is nothing to get hung about.")
Lennon was certainly careful to note his separate contributions on the affixed plaque before gifting it to a friend:
"On this piano was written: A Day in the Life, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Good Morning, Good Morning, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite and many others. John Lennon. 1971"
It is tempting to speculate on the number of additional songs alluded to with John's "many others" wording, but we do know that this upright was important enough to Lennon that after selling Kenwood he had it moved to the new home he purchased with Yoko in 1969, Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire. By 1971, Lennon was permanently in the United States and in 1973 sold Tittenhurst to Ringo Starr along with much of the contents, but not of course the present instrument.
John Broadwood and Sons was founded in 1728 and holds a Royal warrant for the manufacture of pianos beginning with King George II. Mozart, Haydn, Chopin, Beethoven and Liszt are all known to have used the firm's instruments.
Woody revealed: “We met Ringo Starr a couple of times, a really nice guy.-----
“One time in Los Angeles we were driving into the Beverly Hills Hotel the wrong way.
“He just looked and shook his head and said, ‘Those Roller boys’ before making a face.
“He knew what we were going through. He was a bit older and had been through all that.”
The singer revealed that when he unwrapped the gift, his mother, Yoko Ono, was “kind of disturbed despite her love of cats” and that the family’s (living) felines were “immediately enraged.”
In the story — revealed for the first time in an exhibit called “Letters to Andy Warhol” that just opened at the Cadillac House — Lennon writes, “After a brief time on a shelf in my bedroom, it was decided that Andy’s cat should reside permanently in the window of the office on the ground floor,” where it stayed until “neighbors complained and we had to take it down.”
"This was in the days when you could just ring up and speak to The Beatles. I remember going round to John Lennon's house for a meeting with him and Paul McCartney. Paul and John were great. We used to have dinner with them. This was in their early days, they had not yet released the Magical Mystery Tour LP. They were nice people. They even played some of the music to us that they composed in their bathroom."-----
Ringo Starr: “God bless Leon Russell peace and love to all his family peace and love.”Russell performed at the George Harrison-organized Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.
Sean Lennon: "One of my biggest music and style icons. Seems like many of the greatest musicians are leaving the planet this year. There must be some kind of cosmic party in space happening we don't know about. This planet will never be the same.”
And the Harrisons: “We lost another friend. RIP Dear Leon. - Olivia & Dhani.”
On the last night of the Band and Bob Dylan's 1966 European tour, Dylan kept the Beatles waiting – and almost drowned in a bathtub.And this:
By the end of the Band's 1966 European tour with Bob Dylan, months of amphetamine-induced sleep and appetite loss had left Dylan drained. After the final show of the tour at London's Royal Albert Hall, the Beatles dropped by Dylan's hotel to pay their respects, but Robertson had to keep the Fab Four waiting because the singer-songwriter was so physically depleted and delirious he "looked like he was passed out sitting up." Dylan's manager Albert Grossman and Robertson put Dylan in a hot bath to freshen him up, but the plan almost seriously backfired. "I hurried back into the bathroom, only to find that Bob had sunk down into the water and was starting to bubble," writes Robertson. "My heart stopped for a moment. Damn, I thought, he could really drown here. I pulled him back up in the tub." The Beatles eventually stopped waiting for Dylan and went home.
Robertson got an up-close look at John Lennon's custom-made joints-in-disguise.
After spending so much time with Bob Dylan in the mid-Sixties, Robertson ended up getting to know the Beatles, meeting them several times on various tours. When Robertson hung out with the group after their show in Toronto in August 1966, Lennon showed Robertson his custom-made joints disguised as a Lark cigarette. "Let me show you a little trick," Lennon told Robertson, before revealing his intricately designed contraption. "Beatles have to take precautions." "I could only conclude," Robertson writes, "that John had someone make the cigarette and package them exactly as they would in a factory. Must be good to be a Beatle."
“I was reading your letter and wondering what middle aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it. I resisted looking at the last page to find out—I kept thinking who is it—Queenie? Stuart's mother?—Clive Epstein's wife?—Alan Williams?—What the hell—it's Linda!
You really think the press are beneath me/you? Do you think that? Who do you think we/you are? The ‘self-indulgent doesn't realize who he is hurting’ bit—I hope you realize what shit you and the rest of my 'kind and unselfish' friends laid on Yoko and me, since we've been together. It might have sometimes been a bit more subtle or should I say ‘middle class’—but not often. We both ‘rose above it’ quite a few times—& forgave you two—so it's the least you can do for us—you noble people.—Linda—if you don't care what I say—shut up!—let Paul write—or whatever.
When asked about what I thought originally concerning MBE, etc.—I told them as best as I can remember—and I do remember squirming a little—don't you, Paul?—or do you—as I suspect—still believe it all? I'll forgive Paul for encouraging the Beatles—if he forgives me for the same—for being—‘honest with me and caring too much’! Fucking hell, Linda, you're not writing for Beatle book!!!
I'm not ashamed of the Beatles—(I did start it all)—but of some of the shit we took to make them so big—I thought we all felt that way in varying degrees—obviously not.
Do you really think most of today's art came about because of the Beatles?—I don't believe you're that insane—Paul—do you believe that? When you stop believing it you might wake up! Didn't we always say we were part of the movement—not all of it?—Of course, we changed the world—but try and follow it through—GET OFF YOUR GOLD DISC AND FLY!
Don't give me that Aunty Gin shit about ‘in five years I'll look back as a different person’—don't you see that's what's happening NOW!—If I only knew THEN what I know NOW—you seemed to have missed that point….
Excuse me if I use ‘Beatle Space’ to talk about whatever I want—obviously if they keep asking Beatle questions—I'll answer them—and get as much John and Yoko Space as I can—they ask me about Paul and I answer—I know some of it gets personal—but whether you believe it or not I try and answer straight—and the bits they use are obviously the juicy bits—I don't resent your husband—I'm sorry for him. I know the Beatles are ‘quite nice people’—I'm one of them—they're also just as big bastards as anyone else—so get off your high horse!—by the way—we've had more intelligent interest in our new activities in one year than we had throughout the Beatle era.
Finally, about not telling anyone that I left the Beatles—PAUL and Klein both spent the day persuading me it was better not to say anything—asking me not to say anything because it would 'hurt the Beatles'—and ‘let's just let it petre out’—remember? So get that into your petty little perversion of a mind, Mrs. McCartney—the cunts asked me to keep quiet about it. Of course, the money angle is important—to all of us—especially after all the petty shit that came from your insane family/in laws—and GOD HELP YOU OUT, PAUL—see you in two years—I reckon you'll be out then—inspite of it all, love to you both, from us two.”
“P.S. about addressing your letter just to me—STILL….!!!”
|Beatle road managers Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall and driver Alf Bicknell|
Ringo acquits himself nicely in some solid action sequences: He shoots a poisonous snake, tortures Blindman, stabs an old rancher to death, and (spoiler alert) eventually meets his end in a cave, where the sight-impaired, sure-shot gunfighter confuses him with some well-timed dynamite explosions before putting some lead in the back.
“The man who’s been defined by a song writing partnership - if anyone can give me some advice, it’s him.-----
“So, I told him what had been going on and he took a minute and he looked at me and he paused and said ‘that’s band’s for you’.
“And, actually, I haven’t really thought of a better way of putting it. He knows a thing or two about bands.”
At the decade’s apex the elfin, velvet-clad Browne seems to have been everywhere: consorting nightly with Brian Jones at the Scotch of St James, racing sports cars (both around London and in competition), dining in Paris with Dalí, posing for Gentlemen’s Quarterly alongside fellow dandies such as Christopher Gibbs, but also spending his days “in garage overalls” when most of his peers were “in lace and satin”. At his friend Len Street's garage, he tinkered engines for crooks who wanted getaway cars that could run at 120mph until they conked out, sufficiently far from the scene.
Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett today announced three of the company's planned endeavors: A year-long major vinyl reissue campaign – The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection, 75 albums that illustrate the unparalleled artistry of Capitol Records throughout its history – launched in partnership with leading home furnishings destination Crate and Barrel; the publication of a deluxe photograph and essay book from TASCHEN, 75 Years Of Capitol Records, on December 15, and the development of a Capitol Records docuseries being produced by Nigel Sinclair/Whitehorse Pictures (The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan), with individual episodes to be directed by music luminaries and Capitol artists, past and present.
The year-long celebration will commence on Tuesday, November 15 when Capitol becomes the first record company to receive a star of recognition from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which will be installed in front of the landmark Capitol Tower and adjacent to the internationally-renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the star's unveiling, the State the Los Angeles City Council will present Capitol with a resolution declaring November 15 Capitol Records Day in the city. Beginning that evening, the spire on top of the Capitol Tower that has always emitted "Hollywood" in Morse code will change to "Capitol 75," and will continue to flash in that manner for the next 12 months.
The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection – Vinyl Reissue Program
To select 75 albums that represent the best of Capitol Records from among literally thousands of works the company has released over the past 75 years, the label convened an advisory board of noted music journalists, authors and renowned creative figures to decide on the final list of albums that comprise The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection. The result spans myriad Capitol eras and musical genres, and includes best sellers, influential works and lesser-known gems (see below). The reissue program begins this month, and titles will be available through music retailers throughout 2017.
Crate and Barrel & American Airlines Partnerships
Leading home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel has partnered with Capitol for its 75th Anniversary celebration to feature The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection in stores nationwide. The collection can be found within The Listening Room, where consumers can find an exclusive collection of furniture, accessories and cutting edge audio equipment. American Airlines continues their partnership with Capitol Records and Universal Music Group to celebrate a Hollywood Icon and its contribution to music around the world. In 2017, American Airlines will continue their commitment to the industry by launching, "Fly to the Beat" – a Global Music platform, connecting consumers to their favorite musicians – including Capitol artists --- and moments across five continents.
75 Years of Capitol Records – TASCHEN Release in December
To commemorate Capitol's extraordinary history of recorded music, TASCHEN is publishing the official account of Capitol Records from its founding year of 1942 through to today. To be released December 15, 75 Years of Capitol Records follows the label's evolution and the making of some of the greatest music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The book includes hundreds of images from Capitol's extensive archives, as well as a foreword by Beck and essays by cultural historians and music and architecture critics. This photographic and musical history includes the label's most commercially successful, creative and important artists whose work has defined Capitol Records, music and popular culture for the past eight decades. 75 Years of Capitol Records is also available at Capitol's online store.
Capitol Records Docuseries – Produced by Nigel Sinclair / Whitehorse Pictures
This series – planned for release in the autumn of 2017 – will tap into the creative passions of Capitol's artists, the hidden glories of the company's extensive archives and the many stories that have taken place within the Capitol Tower throughout its 75-year as one of the world's premiere music companies. But it will be more than just the illustrious history of such a storied label; it will also tell the story of America's love affair with popular music and an exploration of how Capitol's
artists and their music have helped shaped social movements, transform our popular culture and helped define our lives. This docuseries will be produced by Nigel Sinclair's Whitehorse Pictures, the creative team involved in numerous music-centered documentaries, including the award-winning No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and the just-released The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. Each episode in this docuseries will be directed by a past or present-day Capitol artist or other cultural luminary who will bring a unique and knowledgeable perspective to the stories being conveyed.
The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection(alphabetical by artist)
1 Ashford & Simpson Solid 1984 2 Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique 1989 3 Beck Morning Phase 2014 4 Blind Melon Blind Melon 1992 5 Bob Seger Night Moves 1976 6 Bobbie Gentry Ode To Billy Joe 1967 7 Bobby Darin You're The Reason I'm Living 1963 8 Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time 1989 9 Bonnie Raitt Luck Of The Draw 1991 10 Buck Owens Buck Owens 1961 11 Cannonball Adderley Mercy Mercy Mercy 1966 12 Coldplay Parachutes 2000 13 Crowded House Crowded House 1986 14 Dean Martin Dino: Italian Love Songs 1962 15 Duke Ellington The Duke Plays Ellington 1953 16 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters 1994 17 Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours 1955 18 Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! 1956 19 Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me 1958 20 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely 1958 21 Freddie Jackson Rock Me Tonight 1985 22 Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps Bluejean Bop 1956 23 George Clinton Computer Games 1982 24 George Harrison All Things Must Pass 1970 25 Glen Campbell By the Time I Get to Phoenix 1968 26 Grand Funk Railroad We're an American Band 1973 27 Heart Heart 1985 28 James Taylor James Taylor 1968 29 Joe South Introspect 1968 30 John Lennon Imagine 1971 31 Johnny Mercer Accentuate the Positive 1957 32 Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall 1961 33 Katy Perry Teenage Dream 2010 34 Kingston Trio Kingston Trio 1958 35 Knack Get The Knack 1979 36 Les Paul and Mary Ford Les and Mary 1955 37 Linda Ronstadt Heart Like a Wheel 1974 38 Louie Prima The Wildest 1956 39 Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly 1977 40 Mazzy Star So Tonight That I Might See 1993 41 MC Hammer Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em 1990 42 Megadeth Peace Sells 1986 43 Merle Haggard Mama Tried 1968 44 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool 1957 45 Nancy Wilson How Glad I Am 1964 46 Nat King Cole Unforgettable 1953 47 Natalie Cole Unpredictable 1977 48 Neil Diamond The Jazz Singer 1980 49 Norah Jones Come Away With Me 2002 50 Peggy Lee Is That All There Is 1969 51 Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon 1973 52 Radiohead OK Computer 1997 53 Raspberries Raspberries 1972 54 Richard Thompson Rumor & Sigh 1991 55 Ringo Starr Ringo 1973 56 Robert Glaspar Black Radio 2012 57 Rosanne Cash Black Cadillac 2006 58 Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour 2014 59 Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle 1976 60 Tavares In The City 1975 61 Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons 1960 62 The Band Music From Big Pink 1968 63 The Band The Band 1969 64 The Beach Boys Surfer Girl 1963 65 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds 1966 66 The Beatles Meet The Beatles 1964 67 The Beatles Revolver 1966 68 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 69 The Beatles The Beatles 1968 70 The Beatles Abbey Road 1970 71 Tina Turner Private Dancer 1984 72 Various Oklahoma 1955 73 Various Funny Girl 1968 74 Wanda Jackson There's a Party Goin' On 1961 75 Wings Band on the Run 1973
Author Paul Howard has pieced together the extraordinary story of a young Irishman who epitomized the spirit of the times: racing car driver, Vogue model, friend of The Rolling Stones, style icon, son of a peer, heir to a Guinness fortune and the man who turned Paul McCartney on to LSD.
I Read the News Today, Oh Boy is the story of a child born into Ireland's dwindling aristocracy, who spent his early years in an ancient castle in County Mayo, and who arrived in London just as it was becoming the most exciting city on the planet.
The Beatles and the Stones were about to conquer America, Carnaby Street was setting the style template for the world and rich and poor were rubbing shoulders in the West End in a new spirit of classlessness. Among young people, there was a growing sense that they could change the world. And no one embodied the ephemeral promise of London's sixties better than Tara Browne.
Includes a sixteen-page plate section of stunning colour photographs.