Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Rolling Stone interview with Ringo and Dave Grohl

Read it here.
Ringo, what did you think when you heard Nirvana?
STARR Absolutely great, and the man himself [Kurt Cobain] had so much emotion. That’s what I loved. I’m an emotional guy. No one can doubt Nirvana, ever. And who knew he’d end up where he ended up. I don’t think anyone who listened to music with any courage could doubt him, ’cause he was courageous.
I don’t know the end story, and it’s not about him, and we lose a lot of people in our business early. And you think, “How harsh must it have been?” I mean, “Why don’t you call me?” You never know. This is the famous 27-year syndrome. A lot of them went by 27, like it’s that number — what, had they got it all in by then? Or maybe that’s just the way God planned it; I don’t know.
When John went, I was in the Bahamas. I was getting a phone call from my stepkids in L.A. saying, “Something’s happened to John.” And then they called and said, “John’s dead.” And I didn’t know what to do. And I still well up that some bastard shot him. But I just said, “We’ve got to get a plane.” We got a plane to New York, and you don’t know what you can do. We went to the apartment. “Anything we can do?” And Yoko just said, “Well, you just play with Sean. Keep Sean busy.” And that’s what we did. That’s what you think: “What do you do now?”
The interesting thing is this guy Jack Douglas, the producer, brought this track of John’s to me [“Grow Old With Me,” from Lennon’s 1980 “Bermuda Tapes” demos] just this year; I’d never heard it. So he’s still in my life. And so it’s on the new album. But why he gave me this CD is [because] at the beginning, John says, “Oh, that would be great for Richard Starkey.”

Vintage Beatles pics: John

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Sgt. Pepper artist to exhibit all-female version of famed cover

Artist Jann Haworth, who created the cover to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper LP with her former husband Peter Blake, is displaying an all-female variation of the image in an upcoming exhibition in Britain, The Guardian reports.
“We have notable women there, like Twiggy, the judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the aviator Amelia Earhart, notorious spy Mata Hari, and Rosalind Franklin, the scientist whose crystallography enabled the discovery of DNA,” said Haworth, 77.
“Really the point of this project is that you will recognise some of the faces, but not others. The feeling of knowing and yet not knowing these women’s full stories is part of the meaning. It makes it distinct and it almost makes you shiver.” 
The exhibition of Haworth's works runs Nov. 2 through Feb. 23 at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.

Vintage Beatles pics: John and Paul

Thursday, October 24, 2019

New Beatlefan mag celebrates "Abbey Road"

Check out the latest issue of the longest-running Beatles fan mag in the U.S.

It includes an article I wrote about critical response to the Abbey Road LP when it first came out back in September 1969. Turns out not everyone loved it (to say the least)!

Here's a description from publisher Bill King:
Beatlefan #240 begins our two-issue celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” In this jam-packed golden anniversary issue, Bruce Spizer traces the recording of the album, Ken Orth tells the story of one of the most famous album cover photos, and John Firehammer looks at its less than positive reception by reviewers in 1969. In addition, Walter J Podrazik offers an alternative history in which the album would have made a great live show, and Spizer and Brad Hundt weigh in on the new remix. Also, Cortney Kintzer recounts the visit he and his daughters made to Abbey Road Studios, and Al Sussman looks back at what else was going on in ’69. Plus, Kathy Urbanic provides a fan’s tale of John Lennon’s 31st birthday party, and Gary Parker pays tribute to a Paul McCartney album he considers an overlooked treasure. And, of course, we have the latest news, as well as reviews of other recent recordings and books, including Ringo’s new album. For more information on how you can get this issue, or subscribe to Beatlefan, email

Vintage Beatles pic: John

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Paul issues new video for old song on behalf of animal rights

Paul McCartney has released a new video for his 1993 animal rights song "Looking for Changes" on behalf of PETA. Take a look below. You can also sign onto Paul and PETA's letter to Congress against federal spending for unnecessary animal research.

Vintage Beatles pics: Paul (and Martha)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Live stream interview with Ringo, David Lynch planned for Oct. 29

Via Parade mag:
...a special, live interview stream featuring legendary musician Ringo Starr, iconic filmmaker David Lynch and renowned photographer Henry Diltz in celebration of Starr’s new book, Another Day In The Life. The event takes place in Beverly Hills at the Saban Theater on Tuesday, October 29 at 10 p.m. ET
 You can tune in via Parade's website at the appointed time.

Vintage Beatles pic

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Paul interviewed in new documentary on Harlem's Apollo

Coming to HBO Nov.6, "The Apollo" features interviews with Paul McCartney and many others about the legendary Harlem theater where Aretha Franklin, James Brown, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and many more broke through to fame. Here's a preview:

Preview Video: The Beatles Singles Collection, out Nov. 30

The long-rumored collection box set of Beatles singles on vinyl is now official. It'll be out Nov. 30. You can order it from Amazon here.


This collectible box set presents 46 tracks on 23 7-inch vinyl singles, in faithfully reproduced international picture sleeves, accompanied by a 40-page booklet with photos, ephemera, and detailed essays by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett. Plus an exclusive new double A-Side single for “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love”.

From 1962 to 1970, The Beatles released 22 UK singles; of those 44 A and B-side tracks, 29 were not included on the group’s British albums at that time. These singles, plus an exclusive new double A-side single for the mid-1990s-issued tracks “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love,” are newly cut for vinyl from their original mono and stereo master tapes by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios for a new limited edition boxed set. The Beatles: The Singles Collection presents 46 tracks on 23 180-gram seven-inch vinyl singles in faithfully reproduced international picture sleeves, accompanied by a 40-page booklet with photos, ephemera, and detailed essays by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett.

The Singles Collection offers a fascinating view of the creative trajectory of The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr across their relatively brief recording tenure together. Just three and a half years divide 1963’s “She Loves You” and 1967’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” a remarkable, illustrative example of the band’s rapid, groundbreaking evolution. From the band’s star-making 1962 debut single, “Love Me Do” with its B-side “P.S. I Love You,” to their 1970 finale of “Let It Be” / “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number),” the new collection underscores The Beatles’ breathtaking creative arc.

The Beatles: The Singles Collection
    1962 [sleeve art: U.S.]
    1. Love Me Do
    2. P. S. I Love You/li>
    1963 [sleeve art: Italy]
    1. Please Please Me
    2. Ask Me Why
    1963 [sleeve art: Norway]
    1. From Me To You
    2. Thank You Girl
    1963 [sleeve art: Greece]
    1. She Loves You
    2. I'll Get You
    1963 [sleeve art: Chile]
    1. I Want To Hold Your Hand
    2. This Boy
    1964 [sleeve art: Austria]
    1. Can't Buy Me Love
    2. You Can't Do That
    1964 [sleeve art: Holland]
    1. A Hard Day's Night
    2. Things We Said Today
    1964 [sleeve art: Sweden]
    1. I Feel Fine
    2. She's A Woman
    1965 [sleeve art: Spain]
    1. Ticket To Ride
    2. Yes It Is
    1965 [sleeve art: Belgium]
    1. Help!
    2. I'm Down
    1965 [double A-side / sleeve art: France]
    1. We Can Work It Out
    2. Day Tripper
    1966 [sleeve art: Turkey]
    1. Paperback Writer
    2. Rain
    1966 [double A-side / sleeve art: Argentina]
    1. Eleanor Rigby
    2. Yellow Submarine
    1967 [double A-side / sleeve art: Australia]
    1. Strawberry Fields Forever
    2. Penny Lane
    1967 [sleeve art: West Germany]
    1. All You Need Is Love
    2. Baby, You're A Rich Man
    1967 [sleeve art: Mexico]
    1. Hello, Goodbye
    2. I Am The Walrus
    1968 [sleeve art: Japan]
    1. Lady Madonna
    2. The Inner Light
    1968 [sleeve art: South Africa]
    1. Hey Jude
    2. Revolution
    1969 [sleeve art: Denmark]
    1. Get Back
    2. Don't Let Me Down
    1969 [sleeve art: Portugal]
    1. The Ballad Of John And Yoko
    2. Old Brown Shoe
    1969 [sleeve art: Israel]
    1. Something
    2. Come Together
    1970 [sleeve art: UK]
    1. Let It Be
    2. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
    1995 / 1996 [exclusive double A-side single / sleeve art: worldwide]
    1. Free As A Bird [1995]
    2. Real Love [1996]

Vintage ad: John and Yoko invite broadcasters to join the Peace Station Network

Friday, October 11, 2019

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

See lost 1965 Beatles TV interview

The BBC posted a snippet from a recently rediscovered Beatles TV interview from 1965.

The film shows the band being interviewed in Cardiff and was discovered stored in a bread tin during a house clearance in Wales.

Here's a look:

Paul to release two new songs for Record Store Day

Two new songs by Paul McCartney are set for release on a 7-inch picture disk for Record Store Day in the U.S. on Nov. 29.

Paul has an announcement sure to top fans’ Black Friday shopping lists: On November 22nd Paul will digitally release two never-before-heard tracks—'Home Tonight' and 'In A Hurry'—followed by a very limited Record Store Day exclusive double A-side 7-inch picture disc single on November 29th.
Both 'Home Tonight' and 'In A Hurry' were recorded during the Greg Kurstin sessions for Paul’s #1 charting album Egypt Station.
The limited edition vinyl picture disc will feature new and exclusively created artwork based upon the parlour game exquisite corpse along with a lyric insert.
More info on Record Store Day here.

Vintage Beatles pics

Monday, October 7, 2019

1970s Wings tour bus up for auction

The colorfully painted double-decker bus Wings used to tour the UK in its early years is up for auction in England, the BBC reports.
The bus originally served local routes in Essex and Norfolk in the 1950s and 60s before being bought by McCartney, who didn't fancy being cooped up in a normal bus during the summer tour in 1972.
After the tour, the bus ended up outside a rock-themed cafe in Tenerife, where it was spotted by a British tourist, Jeff James, who bought it.

James said it took eight years to get the bus, which was partially buried, to his home in England. He'd initially planned to use if as a tour bus for children's musical events, but has since decided he's moving to Australia. Now he plans to donate his auction proceeds to the UK's Arms Around the Child charity, of which he is a trustee.

Vintage Beatles pic: Paul

Friday, October 4, 2019

The secret origins of "Mean Mr. Mustard"

Posted on John Lennon's official Instagram today:

Anna Quayle - acted in "A Hard Day's Night - dies at 86

Anna Quayle, who appeared opposite John Lennon in "A Hard Day's Night" as an older actress who recognizes the Beatle but can't place him, has died at age 86, The Guardian reports.
Other big-screen appearances included opposite Tony Curtis in Drop Dead Darling (1966), the swinging London musical Smashing Time (1967), the James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), Up the Chastity Belt (with Frankie Howerd, 1972) and The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976).

On television she was in classics including Not Only … But Also (1965) and The Avengers (1967), and was just as comfortable in high-end fare such as BBC Shakespeare (as Alice in Henry V, 1979), Brideshead Revisited (1981) and Mapp & Lucia (1986) as she was opposite such children’s icons as Basil Brush (1977) and Sooty (1987).

Quayle was also familiar enough to audiences to appear as herself, in the likes of Juke Box Jury (1963), Call My Bluff (1967), What’s My Line (1973, as a regular panellist), and Give Us a Clue (1983). Her final appearance on screen was in 2002, in Things They Said Today, a documentary on the making of A Hard Day’s Night.