Saturday, March 30, 2019

Vintage pic: Beatles in Central Park

During the Beatles' first visit to John, Paul and Ringo went on a walk in Central Park followed by a pack of photographers.

George was back in the Plaza Hotel, suffering from an untimely case of the flu (look closely at the band's first appearance on the Sullivan show and you can tell he's feeling lousy).

It's interesting to think how this was John's first time in the park, a place he'd often go for walks with Yoko when living in the adjacent Dakota building.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Vintage Apple Corps. stationary

Below is letterhead used by Apple Corps and its various subsidiaries, including Apple Films and Paul, George, Ringo and John and Yoko's individual publishing companies, plus Apple's experimental offshoot, Zapple.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New Beatles-inspired guitar pedal features Klaus Voormann art

A new guitar effects pedal, Dr. Robert, from Aclam features artwork by Beatles friend Klaus Voormann.

The pedal, manufactured by Aclam, features a look inspired by Voormann's Revolver cover art. And it promises to deliver Revolver-like sounds as well: it was designed to replicate the iconic Vox UL730 amp, used by The Beatles on Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Here's a sample:

Vintage pic: George and his Ric

Rickenbacker guitars of California gifted George with one of their new 12-string electrics during the Beatles' first visit to the U.S. Here's George in New York, trying it out.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

George's sitar damaged in museum display

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London damaged one of George Harrison's sitars when putting it on display in 2016, the museum admitted this week.

According to the British Press Association, the instrument was featured in the V&A’s "You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70" exhibition, which also featured the original suit worn by Harrison on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album.

“In 2016, during preparation for a temporary exhibition an unfortunate accident occurred causing partial damage to a sitar on loan from Olivia Harrison,” the V&A said.

“The care and protection of objects entrusted to us is of the utmost importance and we take these matters extremely seriously.

“Following conservation assessment, one of the sitar’s gourds was fully repaired in consultation with leading experts, and no permanent damage was sustained.

Vintage "Yellow Submarine" puzzle

Monday, March 25, 2019

John Lennon photos by Andy Warhol up for auction

One of many interesting Beatles items going up for bid via Omega Auctions tomorrow is a set of photos taken of John Lennon by Andy Warhol.

The images were considered for use as the cover to the Imagine LP, but John used a similar photo by Yoko Ono instead. The Daily Mail provided this peek.

Vintage Beatles Vox amp/instruments pamphlet

Friday, March 22, 2019

Also up for auction: Paul's English lit notebook

Now up for bid at Omega Auctions:

An original school book containing English essays written by a young JP McCartney (c1959) whilst in Alan "Dusty" Durbands class at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys. The book contains 22 pages of essays on books including Thomas Hardy Return of The Native and Milton's Paradise Lost. There are also 4 pages of notes on essays at the back along with notes and a doodle of a man smoking on the reverse. All 5 essays in the book have been marked (some with comments) by Mr Durband with Paul receiving a mixed collection of very respectable B's from B++ to B-. The green book measures 6.5" x 8" and has the school logo on the front cover along with the writing "JPMCARTNEY ESQ. 6AM2 ENGLISH LITERATURE". In Mark Lewisohn's book "The Beatles: Tune In" he writes “Paul was now in his final year at the ‘Inny’, class 6AM2, one of the oldest boys in the school…. Was now deep into his Dusty Durband-inspired literary phase. ‘I did most of my reading in (that) little period of my life… I thought it was a bit swotty, a good image… I felt like I was at university’.

Cassette cavalcade: Unheard Beatles-related tapes - including George's "Hitler Tapes" - up for auction

Omega Auctions is featuring dozens of Beatles-related items in a new auction, including several cassette tapes of rare, Beatles-related recordings, such as the unfortunately titled "Hitler Tapes," containing several unreleased songs by George Harrison. We'll put the title down to the quiet Beatle's dark and irreverent sense of humor.

Also up for bid are tapes of interviews by journalist Ray Coleman with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and - somewhat disturbingly - recordings of one of Yoko's primal therapy sessions. It doesn't seem appropriate that such a thing would be made public.

Here's info on the George tape from Omega's auction listings:

UNHEARD AND UNRELEASED GEORGE HARRISON THE HITLER TAPES ABBEY ROAD CASSETTE. Containing track written and recorded by George in 1978. The insert lists the following recordings: Brazil Spoken Intro George Legs Harry, Brazil 1,2 & 3, Sooty Goes to Hawaii (Fast Version), 1 & 2, Mexican Song (George Harrison's Father In Law) and Bullshot (Vocals Legs Larry Smith). Recorded onto a Chrome Super II cassette with a reprinted Abbey Road insert .**This cassette is being sold as an artefact for personal use only. Reproduction of the material is strictly prohibited.**