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RINGO STARR SEND “PEACE, LOVE AND CONTINUOUS SUPPORT” TO BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTERS

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Ringo Star has echoed the sentiment of his Beatles bandmate, Paul McCartney, by sending support to the protesters currently campaigning for racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

George Floyd, an African-American man from Minnesota, was murdered by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin when knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during an arrest. Floyd, who was handcuffed and lying face down on the road, was unresponsive for 2 minutes and 53 seconds while the officer held his knee down on his neck.Three other arresting officers, Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, also held Floyd down for this period. The incident, caught both on local CCTV and by video recordings secured bystanders, showed Floyd repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” while the officer held his knee on the back of his neck.The death has sparked mass protests across the United States with all four officers involved being fired the next day. Chauvin, the white officer who held down his knee, has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Now, reacting to the news, Paul McCartney has reflected on his efforts to fight for racial justice and has supported those currently lining the streets.

“It felt wrong. We said, ‘We’re not doing that!’ And the concert we did do was to their first non-segregated audience. We then made sure this was in our contract. To us it seemed like common sense,” he said.

“I feel sick and angry that here we are almost 60 years later and the world is in shock at the horrific scenes of the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police racism, along with the countless others that came before,” McCartney added.

“I want justice for George Floyd’s family, I want justice for all those who have died and suffered. Saying nothing is not an option.”

Now, joining forces with his old bandmate, Ringo has followed suit: “As my brother Paul said The Beatles always stood for equal rights & justice and I’ve never stopped working for peace & love ever since,” Starr tweeted while sharing McCartney’s statement.

“I send my peace love & continuous support to everyone marching & speaking up for justice & a better world,” he added.

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ABBEY ROAD RECORDING STUDIOS REOPENS AFTER QUARANTINE

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Abbey Road Studios, the historic recording studio best known for producing tunes from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead, as well as the eponymous Beatles album, has resumed operations following a 10 week closure due to Covid-19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first session after the reopening was jazz artist Melody Gardot, whose recording session with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was canceled when lockdown restrictions were put in place.

 

Gardot appeared at the session remotely from Paris, along with his producer, Larry Klein, who was working from Los Angeles. The session also proved a reunion for the RPO, who reunited at the socially distant recording.

Abbey Road Studios’ Managing Director Isabel Garvey told Deadline, “Music is proven to help us get through difficult times, providing escape and easing our mood – so it’s never been more important than in the current circumstances.”

 



ON THIS DAY : PARLOPHONE AUDITION

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ON THIS DAY 6 June,1962: Parlophone audition.

The Beatles #johnlennon #paulmcCartney #georgeharrison #PeteBest stepped into Abbey Road Studios for the first time and auditioned in Studio Two for George Martin and Parlophone Records.

6pm-8pm. Recording: ‘Besame Mucho’ (takes unknown); ‘Love Me Do’ (takes unknown); ‘P.S. I Love You’ (takes unknown).

Producer: Ron Richards and George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Chris Neal.


PAUL MCCARTNEY REMINISCENCES ON BEATLES REFUSING TO PLAY FOR SEGREGATED AUDIENCE IN 1964

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“We all need to work together to overcome racism in any form,” Paul McCartney wrote, noting that “saying nothing is not an option”

Fighting against systemic racism is not something you can do alone.

As worldwide protests and public outcry over the death of George Floyd continues, Paul McCartney reflected on the importance of coming together to create change.

“As we continue to see the protests and demonstrations across the world, I know many of us want to know just what we can be doing to help. None of us have all the answers and there is no quick fix but we need change,” Paul wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “We all need to work together to overcome racism in any form. We need to learn more, listen more, talk more, educate ourselves and, above all, take action.”

McCartney went on to reveal that during a trip to the United States in 1964, the Beatles had been scheduled to play a segregated show, which they refused to do.

“In 1964 The Beatles were due to play Jacksonville in the US and we found out that it was going to be to a segregated audience. It felt wrong. We said ‘We’re not doing that!’ and the concert we did do was to their first non-segregated audience,” he continued. “We then made sure this was in our contract. To us it seemed like common sense.”

Noting how little has changed in the world since then, McCartney reiterated that silence is an impediment to justice.

“I feel sick and angry that here we are almost 60 years later and the world is in shock at the horrific scenes of the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police racism, along with the countless others that came before,” he wrote.

“All of us here support and stand alongside all those who are protesting and raising their voices at this time. I want justice for George Floyd’s family, I want justice for all those who have died and suffered,” he added. “Saying nothing is not an option.”

Paul went on to share a list of organizations that are already fighting for racial justice:

Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, the NAACP, Stand Up to Racism, Campaign Zero, and Community Justice Exchange.

During a memorial on Thursday, Floyd’s brother reflected on the outpouring of support his family has received.”That’s amazing to me that he touched so many people’s hearts, cause he’s been touching our hearts,” Philonise Floyd remarked during the Minneapolis service.
“I’m just staying as strong as I can, ’cause I need to get it out,” he added. “Everybody wants justice for George. He’s going to get it.” So far, criminal charges have been brought against all four officers present during the killing of Floyd on May 25. Additionally, Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of chokeholds by police and require officers to report colleagues who use them.