domingo, 30 de junio de 2013

The Beatles' 'Help!': Go Behind the Scenes
The Beatles' 'Help!': Go Behind the Scenes
Crew members share memories of working on band's second film
JUNE 24, 2013

The Beatles are bringing back their second feature film, Help!, on Blu-Ray with some special outtakes, interviews and trailers, as well as a 30-minute documentary on the making of the movie. In this exclusive clip, director Richard Lester, director of photography David Watkin, hair and make-up artist Betty Glasow and costume designer Julie Harris share their memories of working on Help! and offer candid tidbits about the experience.

"We spent quite a lot of time on post-production," Lester says on achieving the vibrant color of Help! "We took two frames of every shot in the film, put them up on a light box, and played around with color filters until chose which filter we were putting in . . . we did it for every shot in the film."

The digitally restored Blu-ray version of Help! is available Tuesday on Amazon and the Beatles' catalog is available on iTunes.

Yoko Ono Plans New Album for September Release
Yoko Ono Plans New Album for September Release
'Take Me to the Land of Hell' features Questlove, Tune-Yards
JUNE 27, 2013

Yoko Ono will be releasing a new album, Take Me to the Land of Hell on September 17th on Chimera Music. The new LP comes four years after Ono's last full-length release, Between My Head and the Sky.

Ono, 80, recorded Take Me to the Land of Hell in New York, where she produced the LP with Sean Lennon and Yuka Honda. The album features contributions from Roots drummer Questlove, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Tune-Yards and Andrew Wyatt, and remixes by Beastie Boys Mike D and Ad-Rock and Keigo "Cornelius" Oyamada.

Ono has been keeping busy outside of the studio, too, most recently with curating the Meltdown Festival in London. This year's event included performances by Savages, Kim Gordon, Siouxsie Sioux, Marianne Faithfull, Thurston Moore, Iggy and the Stooges, Deerhoof and Patti Smith. 

Ono is also the subject of art retrospectives opening at Kunsthalle Krems in Austria in October and at MOCA in Sydney, Australia, in November, and her current "Half-a-Wind" retrospective is on view at the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has also been waging a campaign in New York against hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a controversial process used to extricate natural gas trapped deep underground.

"The energy I have right now, and the desire to continue to make as much great work as I can, is really moving me forward all the time," Ono said in a statement. "This album is the culmination of a lot of ideas I've been having over the last few years and I feel proud to release it at such an exciting time of my life."

Yoko Ono
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June Newsletter: 'What's That You're Doing? (No.6/Vol.1)'

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The latest issue of's monthly newsletter - 'What's That You're Doing?' - has been published today, collecting together the big stories from the month of June.

Read the newsletter HERE!

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What's been your favourite moment of the month? Let us know in the comments below...

Four Beatle Books for a Song…
Four Beatle Books for a Song…
by beatlesblogger
June 19, 2013

Made the mistake of walking past my local discount book store today.....haven't been near the place for weeks and it's always a bit of a lottery to go in. They turn over discontinued and surplus titles very quickly and at very cheap prices so you never know what you might find. Today, in ten minutes, I came away with not one but four new Beatles titles for the collection.

This first one is a ripper and comes from 2010. It documents what is now a legendary photo shoot by the band in July, 1968 otherwise known as "The Mad Day Out". Photographer Don McCullin shot about fifteen rolls of film over the course of a day out in the streets of London and back at Paul McCartney's house at St John's Wood.

Beatles Day In the Life Fro

Many of the photographs had until now remained largely unpublished. If you have the Beatles "1962-1966" or the "1967-1970" double LPs or CDs you'll have seen at least one photo from this same photo shoot. It's the black and white one inside the gate-fold album cover, or in the very centre of the CD booklets, labelled (incorrectly as it turns out) "St Pancras Old Church, 22 July 69". Here's two other photos from the book:

This edition is in a smaller format than what I recall seeing in shops when this book first hit the shelves, but it is a very nice book to have none-the-less.

Here's the rear cover:

Beatles Day In the Life rea

I already had a copy of this next one, but not in the same format. The book I found in the discount shop today is a very small paperback copy. It's Ringo's Postcards From the Boys, and for just $4.99 how could I resist another copy?

Ringo Postcards front

Postcards is a collection of 51 postcards sent to Ringo from John, Paul and George. Each card (displayed front and rear) is accompanied by brief reminiscences from Ringo:

Ringo Postcards inside

This book first came out as a hardback in 2004 after originally being released in a very limited and expensive edition by Genesis Publications. This one I found today is at the other end of the scale - a small-format, budget re-issue from 2005:

Ringo Postcards rear

(If you want to see the absolute deluxe version in minute detail, check out this lengthy  YouTube clip).

Next find was a what looks to be a very interesting study of the Beatle money trail, how they got ripped off, and lost and made fortunes:

Beatles For Sale front

Beatles For Sale - How Everything They Touched Turned to Gold is by John Blaney, the author of a number of Beatle-related books.  It was published back in 2008. I have always been interested in the Beatle money matters (especially around the formation and eventual demise of their Apple Corporation) and so this one looks like it will be a very good read. Here's the rear cover: 

Beatles For Sale rear

Finally, a book about Beatles books.

Beatle Books - From Genesis to Revolution is an extensive compendium detailing all the books written about the band, by the band members, and about them as solo artists too.

Beatles Books Book Front

There was only one copy of this on the shelf, and it has been pretty beaten up. It looks like its been dropped, or something heavy has been dropped onto it. But it's a really handy reference book and one I have never seen before. The guy gave me an extra discount because of the damage - so I paid the princely sum of $5.99....

Beatles Books Book

If you're interested this came out in 2008, is manufactured in Canada, and was published by Collectors Guide Publishing in Ontario. Strange to find one copy floating around a discount bookshop in Sydney, Australia.

viernes, 28 de junio de 2013

Posted by Happy Nat
June 18, 2008

The master of The Beatles’ 1966 single Paperback Writer was created using take 2 in a recording session that took place on April 13th of that same year. Be a fly on the wall in the studio now (or should I say then?) and listen to it “raw”, sans fade-out and preceded by take 1 which was an instrumental take that broke down early. The backing vocals come through much clearer here than on the final mix created a few days later. It was then that the reverb special effects were added yielding the official version that we are all familiar with today. It was released on 45 in the US on May 30th and went on to become yet another number one single for the band.

Paperback Writer, US 45 picture sleeve, 1966

'You Gave Me The Answer' - Amanda in the United States asks…

Each month Paul has been answering questions from his fans for the website's new feature 'You Gave Me The Answer'. This month's question comes from Amanda in the United States who asks: "What is the most inspirational thing someone has ever said to you?"

To find out Paul's answer we spoke with him whilst on the road with his "Out There" tour. Paul replied,
"Thank you for your question Amanda.  I once heard someone say a certain major star was very humble. Eric Clapton said, 'The great ones usually are.'"

We've all got our favourite inspirational quotes and sayings – many of which are taken from song lyrics - so why not let us know yours in the comments below...
Paul appeared on Eric Clapton's recent album 'Old Sock' playing bass and providing backing vocals on the cover of the classic 'All of Me'. Fans can preview the track over at Eric's website HERE!

To submit your question(s) to Paul for 'You Gave Me The Answer', click HERE!

New Video: Paul Featured In Linda Documentary For Austrian TV

Paul will be playing tonight with his band at the Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria as part of his all-new "Out There" tour.

Fans travelling to the show – or even visiting Vienna in the coming months – may also be interested to learn that the first comprehensive exhibition of Linda's photography is currently showing at the Kunst Haus Wien museum in the city. Paul was recently interviewed for an Austrian TV documentary about Linda to promote the exhibition which we've had translated for you. Watch it below:

Linda established her name as a photographer during the 1960s music scene shooting numerous music icons including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Doors, Neil Young and Janis Joplin.

The Linda McCartney photography exhibition at Kunst Haus Vienna is open until 6th October. To find out more details visit the museum's website HERE!


Translation by Karolina Jurdeczka.

PHOTOGRAPH : Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Beatles
Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Beatles
by beatlesblogger
June 10, 2013

This coming Tuesday June 12 sees the release of Ringo Starr’s new e-book, Photograph.


It features over 100 never-before-seen images of John, Paul, George and Ringo – some of them from their last days together as a band, some from their first trip to India, and some taken during their first U.S. tour:

Ringo Photos 1

Ringo says he completely forgot that he took a lot of photos of the Beatles during the 1960s. He apparently discovered the images by accident after his mother had died, tucked away in boxes at her house.

Ringo Photos 4

Ringo Photos 3

Ringo Photos 2

Other photos featured in the book are from Ringo's childhood in Liverpool and family gatherings.

Ringo Photos 5

The e-book was previewed at a press-only event at Apple’s headquarters in London last week and is set for release worldwide on June 12. It allows readers to pick up, play with and zoom in on Ringo’s photographs while scrolling through. Photograph features 69 audio stories and 11 exclusive videos, with music, animation and new interviews from Ringo Starr. Here are some screenshots:

Ringo Photos Sample Chapter

Ringo Photos Chapter 11

Ringo Photos Brian in Wig

Ringo Photos John and Paul

Photograph is available for pre-order now at A limited-edition, hand-bound version by Genesis Publications is due in December.

jueves, 27 de junio de 2013



VIP to Paul McCartney- I'm the luckiest girl in Vienna! I don't know to thank you  @ashtarchris !!!

"Sir Paul In Vienna" -[VIDEO] Fan footage; Paul McCartney visits art gallery featuring late wife's works.

By MrChickenPicker
A Beatle in Vienna! I went to the opening of the Linda McCartney photo exhibit at the Kunst Haus today and Sir Paul dropped by too ;-)

Sir PaulMcCartney live on stage! In Vienna
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Paul McCartney - All My Loving / Vienna 2013

 By Ronald Herrera

Thank you Kumpel (new favourite Austrian word of Paul!)
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Paul McCartney - Live And Let Die - Hey Jude
Publicado el 27/06/2013
By Chris Veigl
Paul McCartney - Out There Tour - June 27 in Vienna 2013

Paul McCartney - Long And Winding Road (live)
Publicado el 27/06/2013
By rekesmudes
27.6.2013, Ernst-Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria

Paul McCartney : Ob La Di Ob La Da - Day Tripper (Vienna 2013)
Publicado el 27/06/2013
By apis38
Paul McCartney (Vienna 2013)