Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Announcing Ringo's Big Birthday Show

Video: More Ringo - Rolling Stone Special Edition

More on video from Ringo today.

In the interview, Starr talks about his longevity (one secret: “broccoli with everything and blueberries in the morning”); life in isolation (“I haven’t left the house in 11 weeks now”); hanging out with Keith Moon and John Bonham (“that’s two handfuls”); the early years of his solo career; Peter Jackson’s upcoming Let It Be-era Beatles documentary; missing George Harrison and John Lennon; and playing “Helter Skelter” on stage with Paul McCartney last year for the first time since he recorded it. 
Starr also discussed Ringo’s Big Birthday Show, a virtual charity concert that will hit YouTube at 8 p.m. EST July 7th. The show will include a mix of at-home performances and unseen concert footage from Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E, Ben Harper, and others. The YouTube broadcast will benefit four charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, The David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares, and WaterAid.

Video: Ringo Starr birthday update

Ringo has a couple of words for you. Any guesses?

Vintage Beatles mag: The Beatles in Record Mail

It's them!

Vintage Beatles pic: Setting up

Monday, June 29, 2020

Vintage Beatles mag: Maureen and Ringo's wedding in Fabulous

Coming up: "In My Life" children's picture book

Out Feb. 23, 2021. Listed on Amazon now.

With three generations of one family we share moments that are meant to be savored in this special book that beautifully illustrates the words John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s world-renowned song “In My Life.” 
There are places I’ll remember, in my life, though some have changed... 
One gift with a bright bow starts a young girl on a path…one her mother follows with her as she explores, grows, and rides off on her own, only to return again with her own daughter in tow. This hauntingly beautiful book shares the small moments of that journey that are meant to be remembered and savored in the lyrics of this classic song.

Vintage Beatles pic: In Seattle with press officer Derek Taylor

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Out now: Beatlefan #244

The new issue of Beatlefan is available now and includes my interview with Jenny (Jennifer Jupiter) Boyd and my feature on the Beatles' long-form TV appearances, among other wonderful things. Please check it out!

Beatlefan #244 concludes Al Sussman’s assessment of Paul McCartney’s solo recordings, and pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the release of “Let It Be,” with Bruce Spizer tracing the album’s evolution, Ken Orth looking at the creation of the album cover, and Bill King give it a fresh listen. Plus, this issue has John Firehammer’s fun look back at The Beatles’ long-form TV specials, Rip Rense discussing George Harrison’s missing final recordings, and a chat with George’s onetime sister-in-law, Jenny Boyd, of “Jennifer Juniper” and Apple Boutique fame. And, of course, we have the latest news (including word on upcoming releases), tributes to Little Richard and Astrid Kirchherr, as well as reviews of recent Beatles-related books. For more information on how you can get this issue, or subscribe to Beatlefan, email goodypress@gmail.com or go to the relaunched beatlefan.com.

Vintage Beatles mag: Paul covers Rave

Vintage Beatles pic: Backstage at the Scala Theater, 1964

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Beatles social media gallery

Recent posts from the Beatles, family and friends.

James and James Paul McCartney, from Paul's official Twitter account.

Our original bass player Stuart would have been 80 today! So many great memories of our time together. Happy birthday Stu! Love Paul

Beatles picture sleeve parade

Vintage news clipping: A visit to Penny Lane, Record Mirror, 1967

A fun feature published shortly after the song's release.