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TOM MURRAY’S DAY OUT WITH THE BEATLES HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED IN A NEW BOOK

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Tom Murray’s day out with The Beatles has been documented in a new book which will be released in the UK and Japan in June.

A Bury St Edmunds photographer’s ‘Mad Day Out’ with The Beatles in 1968 has been documented in a new book which will hit the shelves in June. Tom Murray, 75, spent a day with the iconic band in 1968 while working at The Sunday Times and photographed them in various locations around London. “I had no idea who I was photographing so I only took one camera which I still have today,” said Tom, who is a Bury town councillor. “It was just the four of them and me. They were fantastic, we had a ball.” Tom discarded many photos from the day but kept the rest under wraps for 20 years, until, while working in LA, he was asked by Jack Nicholson and Angelica Houston to donate a print to a charity auction. The print fetched $12,000 and since then Tom’s work has raised over £1.4 million for charities worldwide. The book, titled The Beatles: Tom Murray’s Mad Day Out, includes 23 colour images as well as Tom’s own account of the day. “It took quite a while to put together but it’s really very pleasing to have my work go in a book. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it looks fabulous,” he said.

The Mad Day Out series is being featured in an exhibition in New York next month, while his 1969 photograph of Princess Margaret, Lord Snowdon and their children will also feature in a London exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Association of Photographers. It will be on display in the lobby of One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, and will be open daily until June 1. “I never thought I’d be in exhibitions or museums. It’s all in the past now but I was lucky. I just seemed to be in the right place at the right time and now I have all the memories. It’s amazing,” he said.

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“VISUALIZING THE BEATLES”, COMING MAY 1 IN THE UK & U.S.

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“As designers, we wondered what it would look like to visualize The Beatles and chart their story–the evolution of their music, style and characters–through a series of graphics,” write John Pring and Rob Thomas, lifelong friends and authors of Visualizing The Beatles, coming May 1 in the U.S. from Dey Street Books. (The book was released in the U.K. in 2016 by Orphans Publishing.) And so they have, with their magical “history” tour of the Beatles career, arranged chronologically beginning with the band’s pre-Beatles days through to Abbey Road and Let It Be.

The book also takes welcome detours with pages devoted to such topics as “Press Conference Humor,” “Style Through the Years,” “Fab Four Memorabilia Sales,” “Hairstyles Over the Years,” and so on.
Simply put, with Visualizing The Beatles -UK Pre order here), authors Pring and Thomas use data and infographics to present a new way of looking at the Fab Four’s career. (In 2010, the pair started a U.K.-based content development agency, Designbysoap, Ltd., that specializes in this area.)

Subtitled A Complete Graphic History of the World’s Favorite Band, the stunning, colorful (obviously!), 276-page book allows the reader, as the announcement notes, “to spot, in an instant, the patterns, anomalies and changes in the band’s lyrics, instruments, songwriting and performances.” (USA Pre-order here.)
In the section, “Turn Me On, Dead Man,” the book playfully recounts the “Paul is Dead” conspiracy theory with the so-called “clues” in the group’s music and album covers.
A timeline appears throughout the book as a helpful guide to what was happening elsewhere around the world coinciding with each Beatles album. Did you know, for instance, that LSD was made illegal in the U.S. on Oct. 6, 1966, not long after Revolver was released? Or that the famous “Plato’s Stepchildren” episode of TV’s Star Trek aired the same month as The White Album‘s debut?
A two-page spread plots 13 locations in Los Angeles that the Beatles have visited or lived in since 1964, including the private home at 1567 Blue Jay Way that George Harrison rented (and was famously inspired to write a song about) and 7655 Curson Terrace, where the band stayed during their 1966 tour.
As the authors note, Visualizing The Beatles is “an attempt to present the facts in a way you haven’t seen them before, so you can spot… the patterns, anomalies and changes.”

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BOOK REVIEW: MAXIMUN VOLUME: THE LIFE OF BEATLES PRODUCER GEORGE MARTIN (THE EARLY YEARS 1926-1966)

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Maximum Volume offers a glimpse into the mind, the music, and the man behind the sound of the Beatles. George Martin’s working-class childhood and musical influences
profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC’s Classical Music department and as head of the EMI Group’s Parlophone Records. Out of them flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the Beatles’ incredible body of work, including such albums as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.

The first book of two, Maximum Volume traces Martin’s early years as a scratch pianist, his life in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, and his groundbreaking work as the head of Parlophone Records, when Martin saved the company from ruin after making his name as a producer of comedy recordings. In its most dramatic moments, Maximum Volume narrates the story of Martin’s unlikely discovery of the Beatles and his painstaking efforts to prepare their newfangled sound for the British music marketplace. As the story unfolds, Martin and the band craft numerous number-one hits, progressing toward the landmark album Rubber Soul—all of which bear Martin’s unmistakable musical signature.


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NEW BOOK: “IMAGINE” BY JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO

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Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon’s immortal song, Imagine, and created in collaboration with Amnesty International, this poignant book inspires a new generation to imagine a world at peace.  Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a global journey to spread a message of peace and friendship among birds from around the world, of all shapes and sizes.

Yoko Ono Lennon has kindly allowed John Lennon’s wonderful words to be used in this beautiful book.  The artist Jean Jullien has created the beautiful pictures in the book. The book will support Amnesty International’s work to help protect human rights all over the world. A royalty from every book sold will be donated to Amnesty International.

 

A message from
Yoko Ono Lennon

This book is very special to me. The words were written by my husband John and it makes me so happy to see them illustrated in this beautiful book. He wrote Imagine as a song calling for peace around the world. Today, we need peace more than ever, so I think his words are still very important.

Everybody wants to feel happy and to feel safe. And we can all help make the world a better place in our own way. We should always keep love in our hearts, and look after one another. We should always share what we have, and we should stand up for people who are not being treated fairly.

And it’s important that we treat everyone like that, not just our family and our friends. We should treat everybody the same, no matter where they are from or if they speak a different language. After all, the pigeon in this book welcomes all the other birds, whatever colour of feathers or shape of beak they have.

By doing this, we can all help to make a difference every day. Every small good thing that we do can help change the world for the better. You can do it, I can do it, we all can do it.

Imagine. Together we can make peace happen.

Then the world truly will live as one.

Foreword to Imagine, 2017

 

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