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Destiny USA is offering free admission to the Beatles exhibit at the Muzium in Syracuse, New York- and free valet parking for all guests named John, Paul, George and Ringo.

The offer is good today, Saturday and Sunday. If your name is John, Paul, George or Ringo (Richard) you can use valet parking for free and enter The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition and the Muzium for free.

Destiny’s Director of Marketing Aiden McGuire said your first or your middle name can be used. Female variations of the names also work. For example, Johanna, Georgette or Paulina.

The Muzium is located on the third level across from Margaritaville. This is the last weekend the Beatles exhibit will be open.


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The street artist Miles Toland has dedicated his career to “finding the beauty in the decay,” as he puts it on his website. In 2016, he got an irresistible invitation: Would he like to come to Rishikesh, India, and cover the walls of the Beatles’ ashram with giant paintings?

The facility where the Fab Four composed The White Album had been abandoned for decades. Its buildings were overrun with creeping plants and covered with amateur graffiti. In 2012, the California-based street artist Pan Trinity Das and his wife, Kyrie Maezumi, started painting a series of large, colorful murals there, but the local forest department asked them to leave. Four years later, the couple received official permission to finish their project, and they asked Toland to help.

“The ashram is one of the most mystical places I’ve ever been,” Toland says. “It’s this intersection between civilization and nature. The metropolis and the jungle. You can see the city from the rooftops, but you don’t hear too much hustle and bustle. If anything, you hear monkeys and peacocks.”

Other artists at the ashram had painted tributes to the Beatles—portraits of the four young Englishmen and lyrics to their songs. But Toland was more interested in celebrating Indian spirituality. “It’s really Maharishi-ji’s ashram,” he says, referring to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Transcendental Meditation founder who led the 1968 course. Maharishi died in 2008, but the city of Rishikesh still bustles with yoga centers and sadhus, or holy men. That’s where Toland gathered his ideas.  “It was a pretty immediate feedback loop,” he says. “I’d go out for breakfast and take my camera phone, and I’d record whatever inspired me. Then I’d come back and paint it.”

One of Toland’s murals, which he calls “The Eggman,” features a local Rishikesh character with a turban and white beard. “I came across him in the streets and asked if I could take a photo to paint him. Later that week, I stumbled across him again and showed him a picture of the finished mural. He jumped with wide eyes and flashed a quick smile. I don’t think he’d realized what I was going to do with his photo.”

What Toland had done with his photo was paint it on an enormous egg-shaped structure. The man’s face now peers out at visitors with intense, wise eyes against a backdrop of mountains. Elsewhere in the ashram, Toland painted a pair of cymbals clicking in the fingers of a blind musician, a woman’s hands folded in prayer, a wandering cow with spare, bony limbs. The video below, which Toland shot on his iPhone, shows his process of turning street scenes into vibrant larger-than-life works of art.

Source: The Smithsonian


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Picturehouse Entertainment are thrilled to announce the blues-banishing news that The Beatles’ legendary animated hit film YELLOW SUBMARINE is returning to cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 8 July 2018.

An unmissable cinema event, this momentous big-screen revival will give generations of audiences the golden opportunity to revisit Pepperland for the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release.

The visionary feature film designed by the great art director Heinz Edelmann can now be experienced in glorious surround sound with the groundbreaking animation presented in stunningly-remastered 4k. Looking and sounding better than ever before, join John, Paul, George and Ringo on the technicolour adventure of a lifetime.

Illustrated with mind-bending moving images, YELLOW SUBMARINE tells the story of how The Beatles battle the music-hating Blue Meanies armed only with the power of love.

From Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds to Nowhere Man, and Eleanor Rigby to All You Need Is Love, YELLOW SUBMARINE features some of the most-loved songs from the greatest band the world has ever known.

An exuberant fusion of music, film and art, YELLOW SUBMARINE is a landmark cinematic experience that is as fun and vibrant as it was in 1968.

With tickets on sale from 17 April, get ready to set sail for the Sea of Green with the Fab Four once again. Go to the brand new Facebook page for updates and news about this exciting event:

Screening across the UK 8 July 2018
Certificate: U
Tickets on sale 17 April 2018



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In 1968, The Beatles and a crew of hangers-on traded hip London threads for kurtas and wreaths of marigold, trudging through dense forest to an ashram in Rishikesh, India, where they spent weeks writing songs.

There was George, a devoted follower of Transcendental Meditation; John and Paul, who had started to feud over the band’s direction; and Ringo, who was so perturbed by India’s famously spicy food that he packed a reserve of beans for his stay at the ashram. He lasted 10 days.

“Scan all the photographs of Ringo in Rishikesh, and you’ll find few in which he’s smiling,” said Raju Gusain, a local journalist who has become something of an expert on the band’s trip to India. These days, the forest has swallowed up the ashram’s crumbling buildings, obscuring traces of celebrity from their halls. But the complex is set for a revival, with renovations planned for many of the structures, long unused and only recently reopened to the public.

A new museum on the grounds will showcase the legacy of The Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the late guru whom band members abruptly fell out with toward the end of their stay in Rishikesh. Across the world in Liverpool, England, The Beatles Story, a museum dedicated to the band, is opening an exhibit next month to mark 50 years since their trip to India.

Over the years, as more spiritual seekers from the West traveled to India looking for enlightenment, Rishikesh ballooned in size. But when The Beatles arrived, the place was a sleepy town straddling the banks of the Ganges.

Bob Spitz, a biographer, characterized the trip as a spectacularly creative time for the band, and as an escape from the “rat’s nest of fame” that consumed their lives in London.With noise from the big city far behind them, Mr. Lennon and Mr. McCartney wrote many of the songs that would later appear on the album “The Beatles” (the White Album), including “Back in the U.S.S.R.” and “Dear Prudence.” Of note, Mr. Spitz said, was a brief thaw in the deteriorating relationship between the men.

“The pressure of being The Beatles had driven a wedge between them individually and that had all percolated in the months leading up to their visit to Rishikesh,” he said. “Once they got there, and they unburdened themselves from all of that, they reconnected with their songwriting and their creativity. It just flowed forth.”

A few months before the trip, George Harrison, who had discovered the sitar and Hinduism, brokered a meeting in England between the band and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the progenitor of Transcendental Meditation, which involves sitting and repeating a mantra silently.

Eventually, the rest of the band agreed to a trip in February 1968 to visit the Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh, recruiting their wives, girlfriends and an entourage that included Mia Farrow, Donovan and Mike Love of The Beach Boys, among many others. The band, Mr. Harrison said, was “looking to reestablish that which was within.”

Though most days at the ashram were spent engaged in simple pursuits like meditating and writing, the grounds were not exactly spartan. The Maharishi’s cliffside bungalow, where the band would gather for lectures (and the occasional argument) had a nearby helicopter pad, and living quarters were equipped with electric fireplaces.

In the evenings, the group would sometimes break the ashram’s no-alcohol rule with “a glass of hooch” smuggled in from a nearby town, Cynthia Lennon,wrote in her memoir. “Giggling like naughty schoolchildren, we’d pass the bottle around, each taking a swig, then contorting as it scorched its way down our throats,” she said.

Today, many of the original buildings have been demolished, but a few unmarked structures from 1968 still stand, said Anand Srivastava, the Maharishi’s nephew, who had helped manage the ashram for many years. These buildings include the post office where John waited for letters from Yoko Ono and the Maharishi’s crypt-like sleeping quarters, now inhabited by bats. A set of 84 blackened meditation caves also survived. The ashram remained operational for many decades after the band left, housing dozens of straight-backed sadhus, or holy men, in small domed huts. But in the early 2000s, the land was taken over by the Indian government, leading to its abandonment, except for wandering leopards and elephants from a nearby nature reserve. In 2008, the Maharishi, who had moved to Europe, died.

By the time the ashram was reopened to the public in 2015, part of a campaign to draw tourists to the area, most of the buildings had been vandalized by young lovers, who had hobbled over broken security walls to scrawl sweet nothings, and the occasional phallus, on the mildewed walls of remaining structures.

An industrial, open-air building nicknamed “The Beatles Cathedral Gallery” was also co-opted by an artist’s collective and filled with hundreds of quotes from the band’s songs.

Tourist numbers are still low, with around 13,000 people, mostly Indians, visiting the ashram last year. But Macarena Arraez, 30, from Spain, brightened when asked about the planned renovations, saying the ashram had great potential for raves and fashion photo shoots. Relaxing outside the meditation caves, Ms. Arraez had spent part of the morning meditating, and the experience had left her overwhelmed. “I was looking for the most spiritual place in the world and that’s what I found,” she said.

Down below the ashram, yoga institutes have mushroomed along the Ganges, where visitors from across the world thumb through books by Osho, smear vermilion on their foreheads and shop for chunks of crystal.

A gluten-free cafe devoted to The Beatles’ music, which overlooks a slab of hills blanketed with mist, also draws steady business. But longtime Indian visitors said the Rishikesh that existed around the time The Beatles arrived and the one today are hard to reconcile.

Bhuvneshwari Makharia, from Mumbai, who has visited Rishikesh for years, said the rigor of the ashrams and yoga programs have been gradually diluted to meet the expectations of foreigners looking for a quick cosmic fix.

“If they come, they should come for our culture, not for it to be westernized,” she said. “We are designing ourselves as per their demands.” For The Beatles, the connection to Rishikesh puttered out. By April 1968, only two band members, George and John, were still at the ashram.

A few weeks before they were set to depart, Magic Alex, one of the band’s business associates, spread rumors that the Maharishi had made sexual advances toward a female student, warning them of “black magic” if they stayed at the ashram. The band members abruptly packed their bags and left the “madman’s camp,” Mr. Lennon said. “We sort of feel that Maharishi for us was a mistake, really,” he told an interviewer. “We thought he was something other than he was. Paul added, “There were we, waiting for someone, the great magic man to come.”

In an interview, Mr. Srivastava, the Maharishi’s nephew, denied that his uncle had made any sexual passes, describing him as warm, humble and fiercely committed to his work.

After the band left Rishikesh, different impressions of their time there also surfaced, with George saying there were “a lot of flakes” at the ashram, including members of the band, and Cynthia Lennon questioning the truth of the rumors and the motives of Magic Alex, “whom I had never once seen meditating.” “I hated leaving on a note of discord and mistrust, when we had enjoyed so much kindness and good will from the Maharishi and his followers,” she wrote in her memoir.

But John was less convinced at the time, writing his last song in India, “Sexy Sadie,” originally titled “Maharishi,” as a thorny tribute to the guru and the chapter of his life he was leaving behind.

“Sexy Sadie, you’ll get yours yet

however big you think you are”



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The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album is to go into the Guinness Book of Records for the longest gap between stints at No. 1 in the UK.

The LP first topped the bestsellers in the group’s home country on the chart dated 10 June 1967, when it began an unbroken run of 23 weeks at the summit. It had four further, non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 from November 1967 to February 1968. Its last appearance in the top ten in its first iteration came in March that year, some nine months after its release; a 20th anniversary reissue in 1987 took the album back to No. 3 in the UK.

Reissued to mark its 50th anniversary last year in deluxe CD and vinyl editions, Sgt. Pepper returned to No. 1 on the Official Charts Company’s survey dated the week of 8 June 2017, a total of 49 years and 363 days since it first hit the top. By another method of measuring the longevity, the time between its last week at No. 1 in its original run, 3 February 1968, and the recent reissue is 49 years and 125 days.

By either measurement, the achievement comfortably outdoes the Rolling Stones’ feat in returning to No. 1 in the UK with a deluxe reissue of Exile On Main St. That album debuted at the top of the bestsellers on 10 June 1972 and return there in deluxe formats on 29 May 2010, representing a gap of 37 years and 353 days.

Sgt. Pepper returned to the summit in its 255th week in the UK top 100, a total that currently stands at 271 weeks, of which 49 have been in the top ten, 64 in the top 20 and 114 in the top 40. The album has sold 5. 1 million copies in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company, which makes it the biggest-selling studio album in UK chart history and third overall, behind Queen’s Greatest Hits and ABBA’s Gold compilations.



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The Quarry Men perform at the New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool.

Performance at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Strangers.

Concert at the Grafton Ballroom, Liverpool.

“Beatles Christmas Show”, at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London.

Sid Bernstein calls Brian, proposing him a Beatles concert at the Shea Stadium.

John appears on the UK TV Peter Cook and Dudley Moore show, “Not Only But Also”.

Brian is appointed a director of Lennon Books Limited.

US single release: “Woman”, with Peter and Gordon.

Studio 3. 7:00pm-1:40am. Recording: “Penny Lane” (overdub onto take 9).
Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Phil McDonald.

Recording of various effects (scat singing, bell) for “Penny Lane”.

“Hello, Goodbye” number 1, 6th and last week (UK Record Retailer).

EMI Recording Studio, Bombay, India. 10.00am-7.00pm approx. George session.

New Delhi. The General Secretary of the Movement for the Spiritual Regeneration announces the Beatles will visit India to attend a trascendental meditation course.

George leaves the Beatles.

Abbey Road number 1, 14th week (UK Record Retailer).

Live Peace In Toronto, number 136, 1st week in the ranking (Billboard).

Start of the trial after Paul’s action.

UK album release: The Concert For Bangla Desh (Apple STCX 3385).

John assists Yoko during her concert at the Alice Tully Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center.

A settlement is finally reached between Apple Corps Ltd. and Allen Klein. The settlement cost Apple $5,009,200.

In Los Angeles, an exhibition of Linda’s photographs is on display at the Jan Baum and Iris Silverman Gallery.

“Imagine” number 1 (UK Record Retailer).
“(Just Like) Starting Over” number 1, third week (US Billboard).
“(Just Like) Starting Over” number 2 (UK Record Retailer).
“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” number 6 (UK Record Retailer).
Double Fantasy number 1, third week (US Billboard).

In Los Angeles, the Linda exhibition “Photographs” is displayed at the Molly Barnes Gallery.

MPL issues a letter to all members of Paul’s Wings Fun Club, advising them not to buy Paul’s Russian album as an import. The club starts making provisions to supply it to all members, one copy per member.

John and Yoko’s “Live In New York City” home video is aired on the oldies satellite station UK Gold.

At the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Yoko’s art exhibition “Have You Seen The Horizon Lately” is on display.

In Washington, D.C., an exhibition of Beatles photographs taken by Harry Benson is on display at the Govinda Gallery.

In Tampa, Florida, the exhibition of Linda’s pictures entitled “Sixties” is on display at the Tampa Museum of Art.

A haul of 500 Beatles tapes known as the ‘Get Back sessions’ stolen in the 1970’s were found after UK police cracked a major bootleg operation in London and Amsterdam. Five men were arrested.