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UNCUT: THE BEATLES – ISSUE AUGUST 2020

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Fifty years on, where do you start with Let It Be? For The Beatles, the answer is a complicated one. Filmed in early 1969, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s documentary contains some of the very best audio-vérité footage of the band assembling songs, not to mention their last public concert ever, on the rooftop of Apple Corps’ headquarters at 3 Savile Row; but it also foreshadows their breakup nearly 15 months later.

 

Perhaps understandably, it’s not a project for which the band have historically shown much enthusiasm. “It went into the things that happen in any family: little fights, little niggles, little mistrust, little this, little that,” Ringo Starr tells Uncut.

“The movie and the album didn’t come out until May 1970 and they were in the middle of their divorce,” filmmaker Peter Jackson explains. “The band was breaking up and they were suing each other and obviously it was a very stressful, unhappy time.”

Jackson should know. The filmmaker has been entrusted with fashioning a new film, The Beatles: Get Back – an alternate documentary using Lindsay-Hogg’s extensive original footage. For our first Beatles cover in three years, Jackson, Lindsay-Hogg, Paul McCartney, Ringo and a cast of supporting players help John Robinson get back to the Fabs’ January rehearsals in Twickenham Film Studios – and look forward to Jackson’s new film.

These are unprecedented times, Ringo reminds us, “The music is the important thing. It always is.”

UNSEEN BEATLES IMAGES FROM 1965 SHOWN FOR FIRST TIME

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Exclusive The Beatles are sprinting down a street in Mayfair being snapped by Derek Bayes on a quiet Sunday after he heard a commotion from his office.

The Beatles were caught on camera by Derek Bayes in Mayfair.

In 1965, John, Paul, George and Ringo are sprinting down a London street while filming their hit movie Help!

The pics were taken after snapper Derek Bayes heard a commotion from his office and spotted the Fab Four’s antics on New Bond Street, Mayfair.

It was May 9, a quiet Sunday, and Derek had to be quick to capture pop’s biggest ever band.
Derek Bayes heard a commotion from his office.

The pictures, unpublished until now, reveal a hilarious day’s filming.

Ringo Starr, who has just turned 80, has blurry memories of making the film, directed by Dick Lester, said: “It was great, a lot of fun. Dick knew very little would get done after lunch. We seldom got past the first line of the script. “We had hysterics… no one could do anything. Dick would say, ‘No, boys, could we do it again?’ It was just that we had a lot of fun – a lot of fun in those days.”

Paul McCartney, has said: “We smiled a lot and hoped we’d get through. Every time we’d turn round to the camera tears were streaming down our faces.”

The precious pictures have lain in a filing cabinet for 55 years. Derek, 75, died of pancreatic cancer in 2009 and his widow Angela only recently began sifting through his mountain of prints.

Angela, 70, says: “Derek always had his Leica camera around his neck and as soon as he heard a fuss in the street he went out to investigate.

“He had to run really fast to keep up. When a car whisked The Beatles off to another location, Derek jumped in a taxi and followed. Bystanders look immaculate not because they were models or extras, but because they are in a very fashionable street at the height of the Swinging Sixties.”

Comedian Alfie Bass appears in a turban as a doorman in one scene.

Help! came out two months later. The spy spoof told of Ringo receiving a valuable ring from a fan, then being pursued by an Indian death cult.

Derek, who worked for Life & Time magazines before going freelance, shot The Beatles again two years later at Abbey Road Studios.

His pictures feature in a new book, Beatlemania 1963-1965: Four Photographers on the Fab Four, released in autumn.
The photos were taken when The Beatles were in their pomp.

Angela says: “Every time Beatles memorabilia sold for a fortune, Derek and I would remind ourselves to look out his pictures. But we never did. We were not money oriented. Although I kick myself every time I think of all the signed Beatles’ albums we lost.”

Derek, who founded the Aspect Picture Library, had a talent for connecting with subjects, including actors Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole and jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

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JOHN LENNON DISCUSSES “REVOLVER” IN UNEARTHED 1966 INTERVIEW

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The Beatles‘ sixth album Rubber Soul was an incredible leap forward in terms of lyrical maturity and songcraft.
Little did the world suspect the full-blown psychedelia of Revolver would arrive next.

In a May 11th, 1966 conversation with NME journalist Chris Hutchins’ John Lennon attempted to express what it was the Beatles were trying to achieve with their forthcoming seventh album.

“What’s going to come out of the next recording sessions?” the journalist asked the Beatle.
“Literally anything,” he replied. “ Electronic music, jokes,” Lennon mused, “One thing’s for sure – the next LP is going to be very different.”

John Lennon then related how the Beatles had initially wanted the new album will have no divisions between songs.
“We wanted to have it so that there was no space between the tracks,” Lennon shared, “just continuous. But they wouldn’t wear it.”- (The Beatles would eventually get their way with Sgt. Peppers in 1967.)

“Paul and I are very keen on this electronic music,” John then states of the tape recording experiments he and Paul McCartney had recently been conducting at home on portable tape recorders. “You make it clinking a couple of glasses together or with bleeps from the radio, then you loop the tape to repeat the noises at intervals. Some people build up whole symphonies from it!”
“Paul and I ought to get down to writing some songs for the new LP next week,” he confesses, “I hope he and Jane Asher aren’t going away or God knows when we’ll be ready to record. George thought we’d written them and were all ready. That’s why he came dashing back from his honeymoon and we hadn’t got a thing ready. We’ll have to get started.”

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JOHN LENNON FINAL PHOTOS AND CAMERA SELL FOR OVER USD 100K AT AUCTION

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The final photos taken of John Lennon on Dec 8, 1980, by Paul Goresh sold for USD 100,000; and the camera that took them for USD 5,900; the last book signed by Lennon sold for USD 18,000; a Beatles ice cream box for USD 3,028; and Ringo’s sunglasses for USD 2,923-all in part one of the Paul Goresh Beatles Collection auction which closed last week.

Highlights of the collection include:
Rare photos from the 16 Magazine archives
Unseen behind-the-scene photos on the set of Help!
One-of-a-kind negatives taken by Astrid Kirchherr in 1961
Numerous concert tickets from 1964-65
Rare toys, bubble gum cards, ephemera
Large stash of Beatles Fan Club memorabilia
Signed books by George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney
Over 1,000 The Beatles magazines

 

Ken Farrell, president of Just Kids Nostalgia, a pop-culture collectible business established in 1978, was consigned to sell the collection upon Goresh’s death. Farrell and Goresh were mutual, long-time pop-culture enthusiast friends.

It’s been a whirlwind two weeks on eBay, said Farrell. It’s truly a unique opportunity for Beatles collectors. This sale will last all summer.

Farrell added, It was a great honor to be selected by Paul Goresh before he died to sell this amazing collection. We will offer items never before seen in the collector’s market. It’s a sale not to be missed.

Just Kids Nostalgia has been a leading seller of pop culture collectibles for more than 40 years.


THE BEATLES ARE ROCK´S ONLY MILLION-SELLING ACT SO FAR THIS YEAR

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The Beatles, 50 years after their final studio LP, are rock’s only million-selling act through the first half of 2020.

Factoring in the modern metric of album sales plus album equivalent units (via song downloads and streaming), the group moved 1.094 million units from January through June, according to Nielsen’s Mid-Year Report. The top five rock list also includes Queen (with 768,000 units), Imagine Dragons (593,000), Fleetwood Mac (565,000) and Metallica (551,000).

The top five rock albums are Queen’s Greatest Hits (1) (448,000), Elton John’s Diamonds (372,000), Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicle, Vol. 1 (299,000), Journey’s Greatest Hits (273,000) and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (265,000).Queen’s Greatest Hits (1) ranked fourth in the top 10 vinyl albums category (56,000 sales), followed by the Beatles’ Abbey Road at fifth (54,000 sales) and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon at eighth (44,000).

Comparing music consumption trends from the same period of 2019, the Nielsen report found that streaming has increased, vinyl LP sales are up and both CD and digital album sales continue to plummet.

Despite the music industry’s shakiness, the Beatles remain relevant. The same goes for film: Grammy-winning director Jonas Akerlund will helm an upcoming movie, Midas Man, chronicling the life of the band’s longtime manager, Brian Epstein. And Peter Jackson is still prepping The Beatles: Get Back, a documentary about Let It Be sessions. Both projects are now scheduled for 2021.


THE BEATLES AUTOGRAPH BOOK WORTH £4,000 IS ABOUT TO PLEASE PLEASE GRAN PAM

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An Autograph book signed by The Beatles just months before Beatlemania made them megastars could fetch £4,000 at auction.

Gran Pamela Timson was aged 12 when she waited for hours outside a stage door for one of her idols to have a cigarette break so she could ask them to sign her book.
Earlier she had been one of only 100 people to watch them perform at the Granada Theatre in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on March 26, 1963.

Her patience was finally rewarded when her red autograph book was among a few whisked away by one of the Fab Four, although Pamela was unable to identify who it was.

Minutes later it was returned to her with the signatures of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.

Her autograph book, which also contains the signatures of 1960s music legends Adam Faith, Roy Orbison and The Walker Brothers, is going under the hammer with a guide price of between £3,000 and £4,000.
Pamela, 69, a retired building society customer advisor and gran from Worksop, said: ‘I was standing outside the stage door at the Granada on March 26, 1963, with friends, hoping against hope that someone would pop outside for a cigarette break.

‘It happened that night when one of The Beatles appeared.‘Sadly, I hadn’t worked out who was who at that time and it all happened so quickly.‘They’d only just released Please Please Me and were yet to have a number one hit.‘And though one of The Beatles took the book away, someone else brought it back.‘Thank you, whichever Beatle you were, for taking my book and getting it signed by the Fab Four.

‘Only later, as their success grew, did I realise I was the owner of something very special.
‘I’m now approaching my 70th birthday and, as I look at my autograph book, I realise how lucky I was to be a teenager at that time.

‘In 1962, at the age of 12, I discovered the Granada Theatre in Mansfield.‘It was a few miles from my home and regularly presented live music shows. I could now see my favourites in person for the princely sum of six shillings and sixpence in old money.‘These were the days before large stadiums packed in thousands of fans to enjoy the sights and sounds of the famous.‘It was tough on the road in those early days for both up-and-coming and established artists.
‘They played small venues in front of a few hundred fans. They’d go to a different town every night and weren’t earning megabucks.

‘I was lucky. I got to see many of my favourites and some of their autographs are in my book, including Del Shannon, Brian Hyland and Dion DiMucci. Dion and The Belmonts were on the bill for Buddy Holly’s final concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, in 1959.

‘I saw Little Richard in October 1962. I had tickets for the early evening show, thankfully, as when he came on stage for the late evening show fans stormed the stage and he never got to perform his set.‘I also met Adam Faith after his show at the Arcadia Theatre in Skegness in June 1965.’Pamela’s most poignant autograph was from Roy Orbison just weeks before his wife Claudette, whom she also met, died in a motorbike crash.She said: ‘The final autographs I collected were at Sheffield City Hall in April, 1966.‘A friend and I were allowed backstage after the show to meet The Walker Brothers and Roy Orbison. Roy was a gentleman, happy to speak to us.‘He was there with his wife, Claudette, who was tragically killed a few weeks later.‘His dark glasses must have concealed much sadness as he also lost his two sons in a house fire whilst away on tour.‘His voice and his music were unique and I still enjoy listening to Roy today.

‘The autographs have been stuck in my safe for years. I’ve always wondered just how much they would make at auction.‘As I approach 70, I feel It’s time for someone else to enjoy them. I hope whoever buys my book of nostalgia and memories will treasure and appreciate it as I have done for the past 60 years.’

The autograph book will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers next Tuesday.

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