Saturday, February 29, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Beatlefan #242 - order now!

The newest issue of Beatlefan includes part one of "The Beatles Necrology," a listing of people in the Beatles' lives who are now gone, written by yours truly. The idea was suggested to Publisher Bill King by Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, who helped crowdsource the piece, along with Bill Harry of Merseybeat fame, and most of Beatlefan's editorial roster! Thanks, all, for your help!

You can order a copy here.

Beatlefan #242 spotlights the film work of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, as Ken Sharp chats with director Michael Epstein of the “Lennon NYC” and “Above Us Only Sky” documentaries, film editor Jack Reilly begins a two-part memoir on working with John & Yoko on their short art films, and Brad Hundt assesses whether those films really rise to the level of “art.” Also in this issue, Bruce Spizer looks back 50 years to when fans were surprised by “The Beatles Again,” Bill King takes a look at what The Beatles were saying about their future just before and after the breakup, Al Sussman pays tribute to the late Neil Innes of the Rutles, and John Firehammer begins our“Beatles Necrology” of members of the Fabs’ world who no longer are with us. Plus, Chip Madinger explores the mystery track “Rock Peace,” and Tim Hatfield posits that the “Abbey Road” medley was a perfect summation of The Beatles. And, of course, we have the latest news (including word of the forthcoming “Let It Be” anniversary releases), as well as reviews of other recent recordings and books and videos.

George Harison memorial woodland planned for Liverpool

George Harrison, gardening. Photo by Chris Murray, via Culture Liverpool
George Harrison was an avid gardener in his post-Beatles life. So, it's fitting that his birthplace is paying tribute to him with a memorial woodland area to open next year.

Details from Culture Liverpool:
To mark what would have been George Harrison’s 77th birthday (Tuesday 25 February), Liverpool City Council and the George Harrison Estate will produce a new memorial woodland in his honour in Liverpool.

The city council and the Harrison family want to encourage artists to design new artworks which will take pride of place in the garden. As such, we are currently looking for expressions of interest from artists, musicians, collectives, technologists and groups interested in creating a sculpture or installation as part of a new woodland celebrating the life of George Harrison.
The site is a mature woodland in the south of Liverpool close to where George was born and grew up. The 12-acre Greenland site opposite Allerton Towers is currently a mixture of mature woodland and meadow. We are looking to commission a number of pieces initially with a view to adding more works in the coming years.
When it officially opens in 2021, it will be landscaped in order to be accessible, combining garden and woodland with a number of artistic installations inspired by the life and lyrics of the much-loved Beatle.
The brief is broad.
We are open to work of any artform, as long as it delivers against the following criteria:
  • Is inspired by the work or life of George Harrison
  • Is suitable to be installed outdoor, within a woodland environment
  • Has minimal maintenance costs or requirements
  • Works alongside and supports the natural environment it will be positioned within, some areas of which are an official nature reserve


  • 15 April Expression of interest need to be submitted – these should total no more than 300 words with a maximum of 3 supporting images to be provided outlining the proposed commission.
  • 1 May – Up to 10 artists to be requested to develop initial concepts into a formal, costed proposal. A small fee will be made available to support this development.
  • 5 June – Deadline for stage 2 submissions.
    • Judging to take place
    • By end of June – all phase 1 commissions to be confirmed
  • July – Feb 2021 – Creation
  • Feb / March 2021– Installation
  • March / April 2021 – Launch

Beatle Quotes

Beatles news clipping: "The girl most likely to be Mrs. Paul McCartney" Feb. 25, 1969

Monday, February 24, 2020

Vintage "Meet the Beatles" magazine

One of many Beatles magazine specials from 1964, but this one features text from their press officer Tony Barrow.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Vintage Beatles postcard, 1963

A nice early image I don't recall seeing before. Note the pre "drop T" bass drum logo. John and George are playing their electric-acoustic Gibson "Jumbo" guitars.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Rare pics: Ringo and Cilla Black

A Daily Express article today teasing a new British TV special about Cilla Black makes much ado about Ringo once "proposing" to the famed singer - a friend of the Beatles who was also managed by Brian Epstein.

Though the story about the proposal - it was just a joke between the two friends - is silly, the article features some fun pics of Ringo rehearsing a performance for Cilla's TV series in 1968.

Vintage Paul McCartney sheet music

Paul and Linda McCartney "Another Day" sheet music folio
Paul and Linda McCartney "Mary Had a Little Lamb" sheet music folio
Paul McCartney and Denny Laine "Mull of Kintyre" sheet music