lunes, 30 de noviembre de 2015

What's happened to Stella McCartney?
'What's happened to her?' Stella McCartney's 'bloated' face sparks speculation she's altered her appearance
PUBLISHED: 27 November 2015

An Instagram shot of the designer Stella McCartney has sparked speculation that she has altered her appearance.
The 44-year-old appeared to have higher cheeks and fuller lips in the photo, posted online by a Vogue editor.
And commentators were quick to chime in about Stella's appearance, with many discussing her 'new look'.

Attention: Stella McCartney attracted attention online over this Instagram photo which commentators said showed her with a different look
Attention: Stella McCartney attracted attention online over this Instagram photo which commentators said showed her with a different look

Different? The designer on Wednesday, left, and in June, 2013, right Different?: The designer on Wednesday, left, and in June, 2013, right
Different? The designer on Wednesday, left, and in June, 2013, right

'What's happened to her face?' wrote one, while another wrote: 'She went to the wrong doctor!
And one fan wrote: 'I'm shocked! She looks like Chucky's sister! What happened to growing old gracefully ? Never expected this from Stella.'
However, others pointed out that the designer's different look could be the result of the lighting, with Stella lit from above so as to cast dark shadows across her face in the photo.
Others speculated the effect may have come from makeup contouring.

Fashion icon: Stella on Wednesday, left, and at a party for Kate Moss in London in April last year, right Fashion icon: Stella on Wednesday, left, and at a party for Kate Moss in London in April last year, right
Fashion icon: Stella on Wednesday, left, and at a party for Kate Moss in London in April last year, right

New angle? Stella at her holiday party, left, and at a Harper's Bazaar party in 2012, right New angle? Stella at her holiday party, left, and at a Harper's Bazaar party in 2012, right
New angle? Stella at her holiday party, left, and at a Harper's Bazaar party in 2012, right

The mother-of-four was photographed at a party to mark the unveiling of her London store's Christmas lighting display.
'Stella McCartney is ready to roll out her holiday windows at her London store,' wrote Vogue International editor Suzy Menkes in the caption.
Stella, the daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney, was joined by her famous friends as she switched on the lights of her London store on Wednesday.

Stylish: The designer was in a playful mood before switching on the Christmas lights at her London store
Stylish: The designer was in a playful mood before switching on the Christmas lights at her London store

Chic: The daughter of Paul McCartney looked stylish in a black dress and jacket 
Chic: The daughter of Paul McCartney looked stylish in a black dress and jacket

The designer's line is a favorite of celebrities, and she was joined by many famous faces at her Mayfair store.
Absolutely Fabulous stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, who came as their characters Eddy and Patsy, switched on the shop's Christmas light.
Actress Salma Hayek also attended, wearing a white faux fur coat, black fedora and glasses.
The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood also made an appearance. 
The 68-year-old was joined at Stella's Mayfair store by wife Sally and his daughter Leah - both 37 - and granddaughter Maggie, six. 

New look: Stella was joined by model Lily Cole, left, and makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury
New look: Stella was joined by model Lily Cole, left, and makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury

Fabulous friends: Stella with AbFab stars Joanna Lumley, left, and Jennifer Saunders, right
Fabulous friends: Stella with AbFab stars Joanna Lumley, left, and Jennifer Saunders, right

Selfie pros: Salma, Stella and Dasha Zhukova, who is married to Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, posed for a photo together
Selfie pros: Salma, Stella and Dasha Zhukova, who is married to Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, posed for a photo together

domingo, 29 de noviembre de 2015

Beatles recording engineer to give free talk in Leeds

Ken Scott with The Beatles at Abbey Road, during the recording of the White Album, August 1968.
Legend who worked with The Beatles and David Bowie to give free talk in Leeds
The Yorkshire Post, UK
Thursday 26 November 2015

The Beatles
The Beatles

A RECORDING industry legend is set to give a free talk in Leeds about his work with some of the biggest names in rock and pop music including The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd.

Ken Scott, who worked as an engineer for The Beatles and producer for David Bowie, is to give to his first public talk as visiting senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University next month.

Ken Scott
Ken Scott

He will be discussing his life and sharing his memories of working with some of the biggest names in rock and pop.

Mr Scott joined Leeds Beckett University as a visiting senior lecturer in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts in September.

Beginning at age 16 working in the tape library at Abbey Road studios, Mr Scott was soon promoted to assistant engineer.

His first session was on side two of the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and he eventually took over the helm as recording engineer on ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and the ‘White’ album.

David Bowie
David Bowie

He worked with a string of other big names in popular music including Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd, the Hollies and Procol Harum before moving to independent studio Trident.

For his work at Trident he received three Grammy nominations for best engineered pop album, a Clio Award for ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke’, and millions of record sales with artists such as Elton John, George Harrison, Harry Nilsson and America.

[Photo: Ken Scott, flanked by Paul McCartney on the left and George Harrison and producer George Martin on the right, recording the White Album at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, 1968 [Photo: BBC]

His worked in music production with artists including David Bowie and Supertramp, before he became manager for the band of Frank Zappa alumni Missing Persons.

Mr Scott went on to receive more gold and platinum awards from around the world with acts including Level 42 and Duran Duran, as well as his work with George Harrison and the George Harrison Estate.

He published his co-written biography, ‘Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust’, in 2012, and he will be drawing from this as part of his presentation.

Mr Scott said: “My presentation is about how I started in the music business, what got me started and continues through my work with The Beatles, Jeff Beck and David Bowie.

Ken Scott cutting acetate in the studio. Photo courtesy of EMI Archives

“The audience get to hear how some classic recordings were made through multi-track breakdowns and stories. I finish up with some of my views about modern day recordings, during which I often become very passionate and attempt to instil that passion in the audience.”

Andrew Fryer, Head of the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University, added: “We are honoured to present this very special event as we welcome the legendary Ken Scott to the School’s growing community of internationally-known practitioners and researchers.

“As someone who has made a global impact on the music industry as a recording engineer and producer, Ken has been an inspiration to many of us during our careers and we are all looking forward to gaining further insight into his unique expertise.”

The ‘From Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust with Ken Scott’ talk will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday December 9 in the James Graham building lecture theatre B at the University’s Headingley Campus.

Places are free and can be booked at


9 December 2015 -
9 December 2015
18:00 - 20:00
James Graham Lecture Theatre B, 
Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus, LS16 5LF
Register here

sábado, 28 de noviembre de 2015

McCartney family sends open letter to British Prime Minister

McCartney Family Ask UK PM to Raise Meat

 Reduction at COP21

McCartney Family Ask UK PM to Raise Meat Reduction at COP21
Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney Write to David Cameron

London – As world leaders prepare to head to the climate conference (COP21) in Paris, Paul,
 Mary and Stella McCartney have written to David Cameron urging him to include meat 
reduction in the new global climate agreement.

In their open letter to the Prime Minister on behalf of the Meat Free Monday campaign, the 
McCartney family highlight how intensive meat production is a major contributor towards 
global environmental devastation and climate change. 

The family have been promoting Meat Free Monday since 2009: The campaign encourages 
people to reduce their environmental footprint and improve their health by having at least one 
meat free day each week.  With increasing evidence of the negative environmental impact of 
the global meat industry, they say that, “meat reduction is now more important than ever”.  

According to new research from the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, 
UN member countries can reduce their carbon emissions by up to 2% per year by going 
meat free one day a week.

The McCartney family also point out that their proposals can be implemented quickly and 
would have almost immediate environmental and health benefits.

In a video message released today alongside the letter, Paul McCartney encourages people 
to take up the idea. “Talk to your people, talk to the schools, talk to your friends, talk to 
anyone you need to talk to and encourage this idea,” he said.“If enough of us do it, it could 
really make a big difference."

For more information about the campaign, and for details about how to join Meat Free 
Monday at the People’s March for Climate in central London this Sunday, please visit

Open Letter to Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister
Dear Prime Minister,
We are writing to you on behalf of Meat Free Monday, a campaign launched in the UK in 

2009. The aim of Meat Free Monday is to condense some complicated issues into a 
simple and effective message: to ask people to have at least one meat free day a week 
to help protect the planet and our future. 
Massive meat production creates harmful greenhouse gases and depletes precious r
esources, including land, water and energy, to increasingly unsustainable levels. It is a 
major contributor towards global environmental degradation and climate change and is 
also a major factor in loss of species and biodiversity – if present trends continue, over 
the next 100 years there will be a global mass extinction of species. With increasing 
evidence of the growth of the global meat industry having alarming environmental 
consequences, meat reduction is now more important than ever.  
Next week you and other world leaders will meet in Paris for the COP21 to try and reach 

an ambitious global climate deal that keeps global warming well below 2 degrees. A simple 
but significant environmental action that the UK and other countries can take, with the 
added benefit of improved health, would be to endorse Meat Free Monday.
Reducing demand for meat, even by a relatively small amount, would have a significant 

impact on greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, according to new research by the Center for 
a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, UN member countries can reduce their 
carbon emissions up to 2% per year by implementing Meat Free Monday.
There are a number of simple ways to encourage meat reduction, many of which have 

already been adopted in different countries around the world:
- Have schools, universities and hospitals go meat free one day a week
- Serve more meat free meals at government offices and during official government 

- Encourage restaurants to promote Meat Free Monday options on their menus
- Support businesses to get involved
The proposals we are making can be implemented quickly and would have almost 

immediate environmental – and health – benefits.
We strongly urge you to include Meat Free Monday initiatives in the UK climate action 

plan for Paris. One day a week can make a world of difference.
Yours sincerely,
Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney

Paul McCartney – Message for Paris Climate Conference 2015 (COP21)

Video transcript:

Hello there. Paul McCartney speaking … to you.

If you heard that meat production was one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases 
in our atmosphere, what would you do? Would you just ignore that fact, or would you want 
to do something and want to find a solution?

Well, we encourage people at Meat Free Monday to not eat meat on a Monday – or any 
other day of the week – just one day makes a real difference!

The idea has been taken up by schools, universities, governments – all around the 
world – and they’re enjoying it! People are enjoying it and it is going to make a big, big 

So we urge you to talk to your people, talk to the schools, talk to your friends, talk to 
anyone you need to talk to and encourage this idea. Because if enough of us do it, it 
could really make a big difference. 

Thanks for listening.

viernes, 27 de noviembre de 2015

Will the Beatles Ever Come Around on Streaming Services?
Will the Beatles Ever Come Around on Streaming Services?
By Marc Hogan
November 24, 2015

Happy Hearts Club
Photo: John Pratt/Getty Images

When Don Draper listens to the Beatles on Mad Men, our protean anti-hero doesn’t cue up one of the Fab Four’s biggest hits on his underused turntable. Instead it’s “Tomorrow Never Knows,” Revolver’s psychedelic swan song in which John Lennon sings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead: “Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream,” he urges, “it is not dying.” In the three years since the episode’s airing, more and more of the music world has relaxed and accepted digital streaming (it is not dying, after all), but the Beatles … not so much.

Will the world’s biggest band ever make it to Spotify or Apple Music? A spokesperson for Universal Music, the Beatles’ record company since buying EMI’s recorded-music arm in 2012, directed questions to Apple Corps, the business entity that represents the group’s members and their heirs. Apple Corps CEO Jeff Jones didn’t respond to requests for comment; company veteran Jonathan Clyde said he “can’t comment at all on the subject.” Major streaming services either declined to comment or didn’t reply prior to deadline.

Still, industry insiders predict the singular British act’s catalogue will be available on streaming services, sooner or later. And it will be on the Beatles’ terms. If history is any guide, it will be a phenomenal success.

“The Beatles really don’t need to be in a streaming service,” says an industry source who has worked closely with the Beatles, noting that Apple Corps tends to take a longer-term view. “The way they look at it is kind of like, ‘Let’s make sure that we’ve said everything we want to say in the formats that people view as having high inherent value,’ before they go to streaming.” Seen that way, though, the time for Beatles-streaming-mania may soon be approaching.

Just as the Beatles have delayed joining the streaming revolution, they were also late adopters to digital download sales. When Apple made Beatles albums available in 2010 via iTunes — partnering with a company they’d long fought with over their mutual use of apple-related trademarks — Apple’s online media store had been open for seven and a half years and sold 10 billion downloads. “Long and Winding Road” puns abounded in press coverage. And the Beatles sold 2 million songs in the first week.

“I did not think the Beatles would have the impact they did when they went on iTunes,” admits Russ Crupnick, founder of research firm MusicWatch. “I figured that everybody had already bought seven versions of the Beatles’ CDs and everybody had already ripped them to their iPods. And boy, was I wrong. It was not only a sales coup, but it was a promotional coup. If that was any lesson, I don’t think the Beatles can be late to any party. They’re the Beatles, damn it.”

Is streaming different? Maybe. Adele has withheld her blockbuster new album 25 from streaming services, a move that helped propel the LP to record-breaking first-week sales. Taylor Swift famously pulled nearly all of her music from Spotify (but later teamed with Apple Music after a small public battle over compensation)*; Prince pulled his expansive discography from every service except Tidal (where he’s an investor), while Neil Young did the same with all but his own hi-def Pono service. Tool, Joanna Newsom, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Garth Brooks, and Bob Seger lead the list of acts effectively opting out of streaming services altogether. It could turn out to be that the Apple Corps board members are philosophically opposed to the format. In April, Ringo Starr told Reuters, “All I ever hear is that your record has been streamed 17 million times and they give you a check for 12 bucks.”

And, to be sure, the Beatles’ refusal to endorse a streaming service has huge significance for record stores. Vinyl has been enjoying a widely reported boom over the past several years — and the top-selling vinyl album since 2010? Abbey Road. “I’m sure that every record store employee and owner in the country appreciates the fact that they’re not on Spotify in a way that would be hard to measure,” says Marc Weinstein, co-owner of independent chain Amoeba Music. “It’s a significant ray of hope that they’re still not on there.”

That said, in certain ways, the Beatles are already streaming. In October, George Harrison became the last of the four members to have his solo catalogue become available via streaming services like Spotify. And there’s a fine but crucial distinction to be made between these so-called interactive streaming providers and “non-interactive” streaming radio options such as Pandora or Slacker, where the Beatles, like Swift or Adele, can be heard right now for free, albeit under various legally mandated restrictions. (The Beatles have also opened up more to YouTube and Vevo, streaming full clips from a recent deluxe reissue of 2000 hits compilation 1.)

The Beatles would hardly be the first streaming holdouts to relent. Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers joined the streaming world as part of exclusive deals with Spotify, while AC/DC, Pink Floyd, and the Eagles made their music available on multiple streaming services at once after initially holding back. After this year’s turbulent launch of Jay Z’s Tidal, a streaming service with an emphasis on exclusives, it may be that exclusivity isn’t quite the draw it once was. Then again, terms of deals like Led Zeppelin’s aren’t disclosed. Those nonpublic details may be where the Beatles would try to drive a harder bargain than their streaming predecessors.

Exclusivity deals aside, streaming the Beatles would prove valuable for Universal — and not simply because streaming accounted for one third of the recording industry’s revenue in the first half of 2015. A June filing for a lawsuit involving American Idol confirmed what had long been suspected: Universal and other major labels each own a stake in Spotify. If the Beatles were to stream, Universal could potentially make money as both a record company and the part-owner of a streaming service.

“All of the tipping points that it would make sense for them to do it now are there,” says Ted Cohen, managing partner at digital entertainment consultancy TAG Partners and a former EMI digital executive. “The catalogue has been on iTunes long enough that anyone who wants to buy it digitally can do it. Possibly once they get past this reissue of the remastered 1 — that may be the last gasp of ‘please buy this.’” (Along those lines, there's also this.)

If the Beatles don’t make some streaming play, technology may eventually do it for them. Jim Griffin, managing director of digital music consultancy OneHouse and a former Geffen Records tech executive, says that within a decade, new apps will allow fans to find specific songs through online radio services like Pandora without using an on-demand service like Spotify. He draws a comparison to TiVo, except for digital music instead of TV (a new service along these lines,, recently launched). “In a couple of years, your car grabs the Beatles off Pandora for you and makes them available for interactive streaming to you,” Griffin says, “whether the Beatles wanted that to happen directly or not.”

Once the Beatles do accept streaming — well, if they do — it could mark a point of no return for a record industry still not totally convinced of streaming as its future. “It could signal to consumers that the format shift is complete,” says Casey Rae, CEO of the Future of Music Coalition, an artists’ advocacy group.

After Don Draper hears the Beatles, he abruptly turns the record off. Will the Fab Four have a more lasting experience with music’s latest format? Will the poster band for digital download sales relax and, in fact, float down streaming? While today that certainly looks likely, tomorrow never knows.

Sitting In Paul McCartney's 1966 Aston-Martin DB6

Sitting In Paul McCartney's 1966 Aston-Martin DB6
NOV 25, 2015

James Bond’s Aston-Martin DB5, driven in 1964’s “Goldfinger,” had machine guns in the front fenders, an ejector seat, tire slicers in its wheels and other handy accessories.

But did 007 write “Hey, Jude” in it? No. And for some of us, that counts for more than tossing a live wire onto a metal railing and electrocuting Odd Job.

Furthermore, James Bond is a fictitious character and Paul McCartney’s a real, live bloke who wrote one of the Beatles’ most well-known songs in his 1966 Aston-Martin DB6, hand-built to the cute Beatle’s specifications.


For the few people who still don’t know the story behind the “Hey, Jude,” it was originally titled “Hey Jules.” The song was composed  in 1968 for Julian Lennon, whose Mom Cynthia was going through a divorce from John Lennon and who Paul was on his way to console. The left-handed bassist brought with him, so legend has it, a single red rose and, most likely, Words of Wisdom.

It so happened that Paul McCartney’s ex-DB6 (he sold it in 1971) was an hour’s drive from Aston-Martin’s Graydon headquarters where I’d just had a tour one rainy English morning. Invited to have a peek, a tire-kick and a sit, off I trekked to dig the Fabness of Paul’s old whip.

DB 5 rear

It is a fine little firecracker, handsome, elegant and suitably posh. Finished in “Goodwood” Green with leather upholstery and optional chrome wheels with three-ear spinners, the car housed a reel to reel tape recorder (now removed) mounted in the dashboard. It’s a surprisingly tiny set of wheels, especially given Paul’s 5’11 height, and it’s also hefty at 3,417 pounds. But its 282 horses making a top speed of 152 MPH, its pencil-thin wooden steering wheel and shift, old-school toggle switches, snug back seat and all-black interior make it a smart, elegant ride befitting of a Beatle who, that year, also composed “Lady Madonna,” “Blackbird,” “Back In The U.S.S.R,” “I Will” and others. Martha, Paul’s sheepdog made notorious in “Martha, My Dear,” occasionally rode in the back seat, too.

Did Fab Four energy envelope me as I circled the car and finally sat in it, hoping perhaps to feel a shiver similar to the shiver the music of the legendary group evokes in me, you and millions of others here and there to this day?

PM Aston Martin Signing WORKS

No. But I was never that sort of Beatle-nut – I wear no t-shirts, own no mugs and would not scream “Paul, Paul, Paul, Paul, Paul!” if I saw the man emerge from a restaurant or stage door.

Then again, I don’t think I’d mind having the glass Paul broke during one of the takes of “Norwegian Wood,” or the squeaky drum pedal Ringo used on “All I’ve Got To Do.”

What remains in The End is the music.

And the Bond car from “Goldfinger?”  It was stolen in Boca Raton, Florida, in 1997, and is still missing.

-Josh Max


jueves, 26 de noviembre de 2015

Ringo Starr on his 35-year romance with wife Barbara Bach
Ringo Starr on His 35-Year Romance with Wife Barbara Bach: 'I'm So Blessed We're Still Together'

Ringo Starr Reflects on Marriage with Barbara Bach: 'Blessed We're Together'

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach have been together nearly 35 years – so what's their secret to marital bliss? 

As it turns out, it comes down to one of the Beatle's oft-quoted lyrics: Love is all you need. 

"I love the man, and that's it," one-time Bond girl Bach, 69, says of Starr, 75, in the new issue of PEOPLE. 

Adds her husband: "There's no escape ... I think I love Barbara as much [today] as I did [when we met] – and I'm beyond blessed that she loves me and we're still together." 

Having been together for three-plus decades of rock 'n roll romance, they've accumulated a lot of "stuff" along the way. And now that the couple has settled in L.A., they're cleaning out their closets for a good cause. 

Starr and Bach are putting their priceless memorabilia and possessions – from a guitar John Lennon gave Starr to an outfit Bach wore in The Spy Who Loved Me – up for bid Dec. 3 - 5 with Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills. 

"It's time to let go," says Starr of their belongings, the proceeds of which will benefit Bach's charity, the Lotus Foundation.

Ringo Starr on His 35-Year Romance with Wife Barbara Bach: 'I'm So Blessed We're Still Together'
Adele on the cover of PEOPLE magazine

For more on Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach – including all the treasures they're putting up for auction – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

• Reporting by LIZ McNEIL

miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2015

George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' still inspires 45 years later
George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' still inspires 45 years later
Randy Lewis
Contact Reporter
November 24 2015

'Breakfast With the Beatles' host Chris Carter
Chris Carter, host of KLOS and Sirius Radio's "Breakfast with the Beatles," with his extensive collection of versions of George Harrison's 1970 solo album, "All Things Must Pass," at his home in Sherman Oaks on Oct. 21, 2015. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

What kind of contrarian would single out 1970 as his favorite year for Beatles music? That was, after all, the year the Beatles disbanded and broke the hearts of millions of music fans around the world.

That’s Chris Carter, host of the long-running “Breakfast with the Beatles” radio show heard Sunday mornings in Los Angeles on KLOS-FM (95.5).

“We got something like 14 Beatles records that year: not only the ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Let It Be’ [Beatles] albums, but solo albums from Paul, George, John and two from Ringo, plus John’s ‘Instant Karma’ single, ‘My Sweet Lord’ from George, etc. So it really is my favorite year.”

It certainly was a year of dramatic transition for all four Beatles — and Beatle fans — as the group that brought so many innovations to pop music during its relatively brief eight-year recording career called it quits, and each member of the quartet moved forward with solo endeavors.

The biggest surprise of all, however, may have been Harrison’s emergence from the long shadow under which he’d been working for so long being in the same band with Lennon and McCartney.

George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass'
Chris Carter, host of KLOS and Sirius Radio's "Breakfast with the Beatles," with his extensive collection of different versions of George Harrison's 1970 solo album "All Things Must Pass" at his home in Sherman Oaks on Oct. 21. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

He did it with his first post-Beatles solo album, “All Things Must Pass,” a triple album that surprised even Harrison admirers with the quantity and quality of music he delivered once he was no longer relegated to one or two tracks per Beatles release. It came out in the U.S. 45 years ago, on Nov. 27, 1970.

“In my opinion — and I’ve called it this on the air — it’s a complete masterpiece,” said Les Perry, host of Southern California’s other weekly Beatles broadcast, “Saturday With the Beatles,” which airs Saturdays at 10 a.m. on KCSN-FM (88.5).

“I was working at [L.A. radio station] KDAY in the music department when that came out,” Perry said. “It was an event. It was this [physically] big album, it had a great poster of George inside, and everybody wanted it. We [programmed] two songs right away, that afternoon: ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ‘What Is Life.’ There wasn’t one bad song on it.”

Both “Breakfast With the Beatles” and “Saturday With the Beatles” will include spotlights on Harrison’s music in general and “All Things Must Pass” in particular during this weekend's broadcasts.

Carter, as one of the world’s foremost authorities on “All Things Must Pass,” has amassed a collection of dozens of versions of the full album: U.S. and U.K. editions, of course, but also all the various formats on which it was released originally: LP, 8-track, reel to reel and cassette tapes, versions from Japan, Germany and other countries as well as promotional posters, the original singles and more recent vintage CD reissues.

Part of Carter’s "ATMP" collection is a multi-platinum RIAA award certification created in 2001 after the 30th-anniversary reissue, which Harrison was involved with during the final year of his life. Carter was given the plaque for his contributions of liner notes and memorabilia that went into the 30-year anniversary reissue of “All Things Must Pass” in 2000.

The original version, Carter noted, “came out when I was 11 years old, and it was really my first ‘grown-up’ record purchase,” he said at his home studio in Sherman Oaks. “It came in a box, so it looked like a classical album, and even at 11 I could tell the music was different, more grown-up, than other things I’d been listening to.”

Carter remains an ardent devotee of the powerful musical statement Harrison made with “All Things Must Pass,” containing several songs written for but rejected by the Beatles for latter-day albums such as “The Beatles” (a.k.a. the White Album), “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be.” (Lennon and McCartney reportedly gave him thumbs down on the songs “All Things Must Pass” and “Hear Me Lord” as they were recording what would become the “Let It Be” album.)

George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass'
SHERMAN OAKS, CALIF. -- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015: A portrait of George Harrison in a corner of Chris Carter's garage studio in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on Oct. 21, 2015. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the release of Harrison's landmark solo album "All Things Must Pass." (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

He has noted on his radio show Harrison’s not-so-subtle dig at his former band mates by positioning “I’d Have You Anytime” as the leadoff track for “All Things Must Pass.”

He wrote with no less than Bob Dylan, and Carter thinks "That was George’s way of telling John and Paul, 'Bob Dylan seems to think I’m a decent enough songwriter.' "

Said Perry, “I think there is a big, big Bob Dylan influence on that album. The style that George used in his lyrics — even the ones that weren’t written by Bob had that influence.”

Among its other milestone accomplishments, “All Things Must Pass” yielded the first No. 1 single from a solo Beatle: “My Sweet Lord,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks and stayed on the chart for almost four months. A second single, “What is Life,” made the Top 10 the following February.

It also features songs addressing mortality (“Art of Dying,” which he’d written in 1966), the politics of religion (“Awaiting On You All”), spiritual yearning (“Hear Me Lord”), philosophy (“Beward of Darkness,” the title track) and the ups and downs of love (“I Dig Love,” “Isn’t It a Pity”).

“I don’t think there’s a week that goes by that I don’t play something from ‘All Things Must Pass’ on the show,” Carter said. “I even like the ‘Apple Jam’ disc,” referring to the third part of the three-LP album containing largely instrumental jams among Harrison and his superstar pals including Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, Billy Preston, Dave Mason, Gary Wright, Klaus Voorman and numerous others.

Carter’s “All Things Must Pass” plaque from the RIAA is another of the many perks he’s received from his passion for the Beatles music that has been evident during his 14 years behind the microphone on L.A.’s “Breakfast with the Beatles” — the show title is used at dozens of radio stations across the country — a job he inherited from the show’s original host, Deirdre O’Donahue, who died in 2001.

hat’s the same year Perry started hosting his Beatles show for KCSN, but he’s been playing Beatles on the radio virtually since “All Things Must Pass” came out. He first hosted a Beatles show on public station KCRW-FM (89.9) in 1971.

“That’s when I started realizing that a lot of the songs I liked from the Beatles were all Geroge songs. ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps, ‘Think For Yourself’ — he wrote great songs, and at the time a lot of them were underrated. His songs talked about your mind, your life — George always had something unique in his songs.”

Carter also has been touched by the spirit of Harrison’s music and his family.

“One time I got a call from [Harrison’s widow] Olivia, and she called to thank me for playing George’s music,” Carter said of a show entirely dedicated to Harrison’s songs — with the Beatles and solo. “Her mother still lives here [in Southern California] and told her she’d heard it. Olivia was calling from their estate in Friar Park [in England], and she said it was raining, and she talked about how George loved the rain and he would always go out into the garden and plant something when it rained.

“I’m sitting here in Los Angeles, where the sun is shining and thinking, ‘She took the time to call me just to say thank you for playing her husband’s music,' ” he said. “That shows you what kind of people they are.”

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Give Ireland Back to The Irish – Wings (1972)
Give Ireland Back to The Irish – Wings (1972)
by beatlesblogger
Posted on November 25, 2015

A little earlier this year we found a New Zealand pressing of Paul McCartney and Wings controversial ‘Give Ireland Back to the Irish’ dating from 1972. As was the case in most of the rest of the world this was on a custom Apple label.

The other day at one of our local second-hand vinyl favourites (Audiomania) we found an original UK pressing, complete with its bright yellow custom Wings paper sleeve:

Wings 1

The single itself, also on custom Apple labels, is in near mint condition:

Wings 3

martes, 24 de noviembre de 2015

Ringo's auction stash to include Beatles White Album No. 0000001
Ringo Starr To Auction Off 1,300 Items For Charity In Early December
100.7 WZLX FM, Boston
November 23, 2015

(Photo: Julien's Live)
(Photo: Julien's Live)

Looking for something to get that Beatles fan on your list this holiday season?

Even if that Beatles fan has practically everything Beatles-related? (We’re looking at you, Cha Chi!)

Ringo Starr is looking to part with some 1,300 items between now and early December, through Julien’s auction house.

While the majority of the former Beatle’s treasures include artwork, there are a number of pieces that could pique a fan’s interest, including Ringo’s copy of the UK’s first pressing of the White Album, numbered “No. 0000001.”

“It has been widely known among collectors that the four members of the Beatles kept numbers 1 through 4, but it was not commonly known that Starr was given the No.0000001 album,” says the posting on Julien’s website. “Starr has stated that he kept this album in a bank vault in London for over 35 years.”

(Photo: Julien's Live)
(Photo: Julien’s Live)

You may need to break out the high limit credit card on this one, the current bid for the White Album copy is $20,000.

There are a few items on the auction block that are a little more sensibly priced.

A Beatles Yellow Submarine Jukebox that is one of only 100 built. The Apple authorized Rock-Ola jukebox has a 100 CD capacity and has a starting bid of $7,500.

(Photo: Julien's Live)
(Photo: Julien’s Live)

An upholstered chair featuring cover art from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has a starting bid of $150.

(Photo: Julien's Live)
(Photo: Julien’s Live)

There’s also a large trunk containing a press archive of vintage press clippings, newspapers, and magazines. “The press archive was compiled and gathered in this trunk by Starr’s mother Elsie Starkey as she witnessed the global spread of Beatlemania,” says the description on the auction listing. The starting bid on this is $1,000.

All of Ringo’s auctions are open for bidding now on, and end December 3rd at 10am, Pacific Time. Proceeds from the auctions will go towards The Lotus Foundation, a charity that was founded by Ringo and his wife, Barbara Bach.
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