Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Vintage Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" lobby card


Paul McCartney to publish "Lyrics" books - updated with preview video

Paul has announced the Nov. 2 release a two-book collection titled "Lyrics 1956 to Present." The set is available for pre-order now from Amazon for $100.


‘More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life’ Paul McCartney, The Lyrics

In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career – from his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present. Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, it establishes definitive texts of the songs’ lyrics for the first time and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now. Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive – drafts, letters, photographs – never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time. 

We learn intimately about the man, the creative process, the working out of melodies, the moments of inspiration. The voice and personality of Paul McCartney sings off every page. There has never been a book about a great musician like it.

‘I hope that what I’ve written will show people something about my songs and my life which they haven’t seen before. I’ve tried to say something about how the music happens and what it means to me and I hope what it may mean to others too’ - Paul McCartney

‘Based on conversations I had with Paul McCartney over a five year period, these commentaries are as close to an autobiography as we may ever come. His insights into his own artistic process confirm a notion at which we had but guessed — that Paul McCartney is a major literary figure who draws upon, and extends, the long tradition of poetry in English’ - Paul Muldoon  

Each volume is 480 pages; not available separately.


The book's listing at Amazon UK features different box art:

Vintage Beatles pic: Ringo as Frank Zappa

Sunday, February 21, 2021

New Beatlefan mag!

Order a copy here.

Beatlefan #248 goes over to the flip side, sharing some fans’ favorite solo Beatle B-sides! Also in the new issue, Al Sussman looks back 25 years at the release of "The Beatles Anthology,” Bruce Spizer recounts the making of the “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” album, and Kathy Urbanic examines The Beatles’ enduring appeal. And, Rip Rense makes the case for giving Lennon’s “Grow Old With Me” a proper production, David Persails recounts the legend of the Fabs and Jelly Babies, and John Firehammer looks back on the Beatle year that was 2020. Plus, of course, we have the latest news (including an exclusive preview of Ringo’s upcoming “Zoom In” EP), and reviews of new recordings, books and U.K. media offerings.

Watch: BBC footage of the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, 1964

Vintage Beatles pic

Thursday, February 18, 2021

What do you hear? Photos of John and Yoko listening to the ground surface for auction

A series of photos, some familiar, others not, of John and Yoko "listening" to the pavement in New York City via stethoscopes, is up for bid, the Daily Mail reports. The shots were taken in 19971 by Iain MacMillan, who also shot the cover photo for the Beatles' Abbey Road LP.

A contact sheet featuring 12 photos will be sold via Bonhams of London at a starting price of  £9,000 on Feb. 25.

Vintage Wings promo pics

Denny, not Jimmy, with Paul in that first pic.


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Beatles-autographed chunk of "Ed Sullivan Show" backdrop up for auction

Via news release:

Fifty-seven years ago, on February 9, 1964, The Beatles made history with their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." It had one of the largest viewing audiences ever, changed the course of music and influenced generations to follow. Today, Rockaway Records is proud to present a rare, one-of-a-kind artifact from that historic debut - a fully-signed piece of that stage's backdrop. Each Beatle penned his autograph on the back of the wall, accompanied by a playful caricature that each drew next to their signature.

"We're thrilled to offer this museum-worthy piece of music history," Wayne Johnson, co-owner of Rockaway Records, says. "In over 40 years in business, this is the most exciting item to cross our path. Music was truly changed forever that day, making this one of the most important pieces of Rock and Roll history."

This 16" x 48" piece of that plastic wall has only had a few previous owners; its most recent one just consigned it with Rockaway Records. The wall segment is in very good condition, and is professionally mounted in a shadow box display. The signatures and drawings, originally done with black marking pen, have turned brownish over the years, but still maintain a distinctive color. The wall segment comes with a Letter of Authenticity from Frank Caiazzo, the world's foremost Beatles signature expert, as well as letters of provenance from the original owners. It's offered for sale at $700,000. For more information:

Mary Wilson of the Supremes recounts meeting the Beatles

Paul with the Supremes, later in the 60s

Chicago radio station WXRT is featuring an interview with Supremes co-founder Mary Wilson that was taped at last summer's Fest for Beatles Fans, in which Wilson recounts meeting the band in 1964. Wilson passed away earlier this week.

“We did meet them in 1964 in New York City when they did the big concert in New York and they were staying at the Warwick Hotel,” Wilson said. “We were working on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Ed Sullivan Show was doing that thing where we’d rehearse for an entire week. Anyway our PR guy and their PR person got together and were like ‘wouldn’t it be great to get these two supergroups together?’”

She continues: “We had to go to the Warwick to meet them and I remember pulling up into this limousine, Flo [Ballard], Diane [Ross], and I, and all these girls come screaming at the limo. I guess they thought one of The Beatles was in it. When they saw it was just three Black girls, they just left us and went back to wishing for The Beatles to come out. We did go up to their suite and hung out with them for a while. They weren’t that excited about us and we weren’t that excited about them because I guess we interrupted their little private party since it was mostly guys up there.”

“Years later though when George Harrison and I became very dear friends I went to visit his country house with he and his wife Olivia and he said, ‘Mary, you girls were so square and we thought that three Black girls were going to be really groovy and this and that and you guys were like killing our’ you know whatever!”

Vintage Paul McCartney pics - Coming Up