Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Video: George Harrison interview Dec. 10, 1969

Netflix partnering with Paul for "High in the Clouds" animated feature

Paul's long-planned animated feature finally has a home.

From the news release:
Netflix and Gaumont are producing a new animated feature based on the popular children’s adventure novel ‘High In The Clouds’ written by Paul McCartney, Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh. 
The new animated adventure follows an imaginative teenage squirrel named Wirral, who finds himself pulled into a ramshackle gang of teenage rebels who live high in the clouds. After he accidentally antagonizes Gretsch the owl, the tyrannical leader (and fabulous singer!), who steals the voice of anyone who upstages her.
Paul said: “We are  thrilled to be partnering with Netflix. They complement what is already an amazing team with Gaumont and we can think of no-one better to be working with to bring our film to a global audience. I’ve always loved animated films and this is a hugely important passion project for me. I can’t wait for the world to see it.” 
“The development of ‘High In The Clouds’  has been a fantastic journey working together with Tim and Jon and of course my amazing Gaumont Animation and Family team, Terry Kalagian and Alex Soto. We feel fortunate as this has been an extremely collaborative creative process with the incomparable Paul McCartney and his team, including Lee Eastman who has offered invaluable guidance throughout the development stage. We at Gaumont are elated to be announcing this project and are excited to be working with Melissa Cobb, Gregg Taylor and the talented team at Netflix to be able to share this truly special musical animated feature film with audiences around the world.” Nicolas Atlan, President Gaumont Animation and Family.
"Bringing the world a new animated film from the heart and mind of the brilliant Paul McCartney is undoubtedly one of the greatest thrills we've experienced at Netflix.  We're beyond grateful to be partnering with Nicolas and the Gaumont team on ‘High In The Clouds’ and with Tim at the helm, this whimsical story celebrating individuality and the unifying power of music is in great hands,”  Gregg Taylor, Netflix Director of Original Animated Films.
Director: Oscar-nominee® Timothy Reckart (Head Over HeelsThe Star)Screenplay: Jon Croker (Paddington, Paddington 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldCreated, Produced and Original Songs & Music by: Academy Award and 18-time Grammy Award winner Paul McCartney (100 Years, Jojo Rabbit, Yesterday, Live and Let Die, Vanilla Sky).Producers: Bob Shaye  (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Golden Compass, The Mortal Instrument, When the Bough Breaks, and Ambition and upcoming Netflix Limited Series The Liberator), the late Michael Lynne, and Paul McCartney, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian (Gaumont) 

Vintage Apple Records display

Monday, December 2, 2019

"Immersive" "Sgt. Pepper" listening event planned in Liverpool

Beatles fans will get a chance to hear an immersive new mix of the Sgt. Pepper LP by Giles Martin in a show running Dec. 19 through Jan. 9 in Liverpool.

The album will be played over a Dolby Atmos system with "speakers all around the listeners - even above their heads," the Liverpool Echo reports.

"People will become fully immersed in a soundscape, which is unlike any other. For me, it's like imagining falling through the vinyl of a record and and into this world where you're surrounded by The Beatles," Martin said. "It's like sitting in Abbey Road's Studio 2 and having The Beatles play for you."

"Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Immersive Experience" will be presented at National Museums Liverpool's Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building at the Royal Albert Dock. The event is a collaboration between Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and Apple Corps Ltd. More information here.

Vintage Beatles sheet music: "It's All Too Much"

Sunday, December 1, 2019

"Revolver" sheet music with Klaus Voormann cover art

In addition to providing the cover to Revolver, Klaus did the artwork for a series of sheet music covers for songs from the album.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Up for auction: Autographed postcard by the pre-Ringo Beatles

Via Heritage Auctions:
A Beatles postcard with "April 5th 1962" printed on it, signed and inscribed by original drummer Pete Best, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and John Lennon in blue ballpoint ink. Paul's, George's, and John's inscriptions are in German. Also signed by Beatle's good friend Roy Young who is seen playing piano in photo. Matted with black and white photo of the group circa that era playing in a German venue. Matted to an overall 12" x 16". Postcard is in Very Good Minus condition with soiling along the bottom portion. Photo is in Very Good Plus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

Vintage Beatles pic: Paul