Friday, July 10, 2020

National Health Service benefit book includes Paul McCartney contribution

A new book thanking England's National Health Service for its response to the COVID-19 crisis includes a contribution from Paul McCartney, whose mother, Mary, was a midwife.

"Dear NHS" features 100 household names telling their personal stories of the health service. Contributors include: Paul McCartney, Emilia Clarke, Peter Kay, Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Sir Trevor McDonald, Graham Norton, Sir Michael Palin, Naomie Harris, Ricky Gervais, Sir David Jason, Dame Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley and many, many more. 
All profits from this book will go to NHS Charities Together to fund vital research and projects, and The Lullaby Trust which supports parents bereaved of babies and young children. 
Other writers include Chris O'Dowd, Johnny Vegas, Jack Whitehall, Chris Evans, Lorraine Kelly, Lee Mack, Jonathan Ross, Konnie Huq, Greg James, Frank Skinner, Louis Theroux, KT Tunstall, Sandi Toksvig and Kevin Bridges. 

Beatles photographer Fiona Adams dies at 84

Photographer Fiona Adams, who took the much-seen "jumping shots" that appeared on the Beatles' UK Twist and Shout EP in 1963, has died at age 84, The Guardian reports.

Terence Pepper, the curator of the National Portrait Gallery’s photographic collection, would describe [the jumping image} as “one of the defining images of 20th-century culture." 
It records a moment during a visit that four young men in dark suits and fancy footwear made to one of London’s surviving wartime bombsites.  
...“I didn’t even think to check whether it was safe or not,” the photographer told her friend Lynne Ashton, who recorded her vivid memories of the sharp end of swinging London. “I struggled down into the crater with my heavy camera case. There was a pile of fallen bricks and detritus at the bottom. The boys did their bit and stood patiently – beautifully silhouetted against the sky and the buildings. I set up my camera and shouted: “One, two, three – jump!” And they jumped – twice. Cuban heels and all.”
Adams photographed numerous other Sixties stars, including Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.

Covering the Beatles

Monday, July 6, 2020

Artifact: Paul McCartney original manuscript - introduction to John Lennon's "Spaniard in the Works"

The official John Lennon Instagram posted this in honor of John and Paul's historic first meeting 63 years ago today at a church fete in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton.

This is Paul's typewritten intro to John's first picture-and-story collection, "Spaniard in the Works," and mentions the St. Peter's Church fete.

Below, an picture of John performing with the Quarrymen on that day. Paul was watching from the crowd.

Video: Ringo's Big Birthday Show coming tomorrow

Photos: Beatles at Comiskey Park, Chicago, 1965

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Beatles on Shindig! picture gallery

Images from the Beatles rehearsing for and taping a performance for the U.S. TV show "Shindig!" in October 1964.