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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: THE BEATLES IN INDIA by Ajoy Bose

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The first thing that catches your attention in Across the Universe: The Beatles in India, written by Ajoy Bose is the bright cover with illustrations of the four members of the Beatles sharing cover space along with sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, Maharishi and all the others that were relevant to the Beatles story in India. However, the back cover art is a real classic that is inspired by Abbey Road and it shows the four band members on Lakshman Jhula. While there is hardly anyone that didn’t know of the long affair that the Beatles had with India, it was about time that an Indian should write about the Beatles episode in India. And, so it came from a veteran journalist, Ajoy Bose. He has authored two books before, one on the Emergency and the other on Mayawati, both extremely political in nature.
The author has done a commendable job, as the book is well- researched and has interviews that bring in fresh aspects especially, focussing on the personalities of the four members.

The book has anecdotes that provide a clear picture of how big the Beatles were in India and the major impact it had on upcoming rock bands, singers and songwriters in India because of their Rishikesh visit. Bose’s easy narrative style is sometimes laced with humour. For instance, the book says, “…Yet, despite the adulation and enthusiasm of the growing band of Beatles fans in India, their trip to Rishikesh was not without its controversies. There were many people in the country who were openly hostile to both the Maharishi and the arrival of the rock band and other celebrities from the West in his ashram. In the Lok Sabha, the opposition went up in arms alleging that the yogi was in cahoots with the CIA and that many of his guests from abroad were actually foreign spies.”

The book covers the relationship of the Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Rishikesh ashram and their eventual fallout with him in great detail. It talks at length of their experience with Transcendental Meditation in India and how they were instrumental in placing Indian music and spirituality on a global arena, with George Harrison remaining a lifelong devotee of Indian music and spirituality.

A very interesting observation by Bose makes one to even wonder if the Beatles started to have trouble with each other right after their ashram stint. Of course, there was already tension brewing between the band members because of Yoko Ono’s entry in John Lennon’s life, but apart from that, as the author points out, “…Less than a year after they returned from Rishikesh, it was all over but the shouting for the Beatles… in some strange and unfathomable way, their time at Rishikesh appeared to have snapped these personal bonds… Paradoxically enough, in the last throes of their existence coinciding with the closing rites of the momentous decade of the 1960s, the Beatles were individually at the height of their creative powers.”

Whatever might have been the reasons for the Beatles to break up, but this book definitely takes the reader on a nostalgic journey into the heydays of Beatles mania, and after reading this book by Bose, one might even decide to visit the Beatles Ashram in Rishiskesh.

 

Title: Across the Universe: The Beatles in India

Author: Ajoy Bose

Pages: 320

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PAUL HAS GIVEN PERMISSION FOR THE BEATLES SONG “WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS” TO BE USED FOR AN NHS CHARITY SINGLE

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Paul was approached by ITV bosses to use the hit song With A Little Help From My Friends to make with a host of A-listers and the NHS Choir

IT’S been 51 years since The Beatles released classic With A Little Help From My Friends. Paul McCartney has been approached by ITV bosses for permission to use the track for a Band Aid-style charity single to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.
Paul has given permission.
And as Sir Paul gave the OK, American super-producer Timbaland has now been brought in to pull the project together — with backing from The NHS Choir and a host of A-listers.Chiefs want to include stars born throughout the seven- decade history of the health service, with big names including The Script, Alesha Dixon, Eblow’s Guy Garvey, Rita Ora, Jessie J and UB40 all signed up.
Sources say the final line-up will be a who’s who of British pop, with major rockers including Chris Martin and Coldplay approached, along with the likes of Little Mix, Robbie Williams and Olly Murs. There is to be a handful of TV faces too.Timbaland will be producing the song.
An industry insider said: “This is going to be huge.Think Band Aid but for a cause much closer to home. Obviously everyone involved has a ­personal link to the NHS.
At some stage it has had an impact on everybody’s lives, which is why so many of the stars have been quick to say yes.It’s early days but the hope is that by the time the final line-up is confirmed, it will be all of the biggest names in the business.The first stage was to get Sir Paul to agree to the song being used and he gave it his blessing — although the rights are actually owned by a publishing company, which had the final say.Sadly he has prior commitments when the actual studio recording is taking place but they were delighted to have his approval. It will make huge amounts for charity.”
The project will also be filmed as part of a major ITV documentary set to air in the coming months — with proceeds from the single going to a range of good causes ­connected to the NHS.

source:thesun

THE BEATLES´YELLOW SUBMARINE GRAPHIC NOVEL IS COMING THIS AUGUST

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The Beatles‘ animated masterpiece Yellow Submarine is a colorful and surreal trip into the land of the Blue Meanies. Once you’ve seen the film, set to some of the Fab Four’s most familiar and haunting songs, you’ll never forget the stunning visuals… but you might have a little bit of trouble understanding what it’s actually about. Thanks to Titan Comics, you’ll have the chance to pore through the story time and time again with an upcoming graphic novel adaptation.

Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison and colored by Nathan Kane, the Yellow Submarine graphic novel is scheduled for release on August 28, 2018 to coincide with the film’s 50th anniversary.

In Yellow Submarine, if you haven’t had the chance to see the unique film, John, Paul, George, and Ringo are asked by the captain of the Yellow Submarine to travel with him back to Pepperland. Its inhabitants have been petrified by the horrible, music-hating Blue Meanies.

With a little help from their new friends, the four go on an adventure in a land unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, with “landscapes painted with Beatles sounds,” says the film’s trailer. If you’ve ever wondered what it actually feels like to have your mind blown, watch Yellow Submarine, which will be re-released in theaters this July.

“Eleanor Rigby” and “Nowhere Man” are melancholy on their own, but paired with Yellow Submarine‘s dreamlike animation, the songs become absolutely extraordinary. Capturing the sounds and aesthetics of The Beatles in a graphic novel sounds like a daunting task, but judging by just the cover, the creative team captures the energy and feel of the animated film in an image that almost looks like it’s in motion.
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RARE BEATLES POSTER SET FOR AUCTION

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The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night poster is one of hundreds going under the hammer

A rare Star Wars poster from 1977 and one promoting The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night are among hundreds of sought-after posters going under the hammer.

Film and TV memorabilia company Prop Store is selling 400 hard to get posters at a live auction in June, which is expected to fetch more than £250,000.

The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night (1964) which could go for between £2,000 and £3,000.

Prop Store CEO Stephen Lane said: “After four successful Entertainment Memorabilia live auctions, we’re always looking for exciting new things to bring to collectors and our Cinema Poster Live Auction feels very much connected to our roots.

“We live and breathe movies – to us cinema history is something you can reach out and touch – so original poster art is as much a part of that as props and other memorabilia.

“In short, we’re thrilled to be working in this new market, and hope it will become a regular event.”

A free preview exhibition will be open to the public in the run-up to the auction, from June 22 to June 28, at the Odeon BFI Imax. The auction will take place at the same venue on June 28, and will be live streamed online for fans to track the bidding.

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DEREK TAYLOR: PRESS OFFICER AND CONFIDANTE TO THE BEATLES

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In April 1970, he gave the official word on The Beatles’ split. “Spring is here and Leeds play Chelsea tomorrow and Ringo and John and George and Paul are alive and well and full of hope. The world is still spinning and so are we and so are you. When the spinning stops – that’ll be the time to worry. Not before.”

Those two and a half years at Apple sorely tested his patience and his belief, but again he remained both a participant and a keen observer. These skills were displayed for all to see in two wonderful books, As Time Goes By and Fifty Years Adrift which, published in 1973 and 1984 respectively, are essential reading. Taylor had a sure sense not just of stardom and its fascinations, but also the other people who greased the industry’s wheels: the producers; the PR men; the radio DJs; the promoters; the fans who brought along their scrapbooks and told their life stories.

The 1973 publication of As Time Goes By coincided with renewed interest in The Beatles’ reputation, which had plummeted after their acrimonious break-up in 1970. That year, the two “Red” and “Blue” double album compilations were released to heavy sales. Over the next decade, EMI would continue to release various compilations and “new” material, including the 1977 No1 album The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl, but the full rehabilitation would not occur until the Eighties.

Taylor had remained close to George Harrison, who contributed addenda to 1984’s Fifty Years Adrift, a limited-edition book that expanded the Sixties’ coverage of As Time Goes By. March 1987 saw the first part of The Beatles’ reissue programme on CD (Please Please Me up to Revolver) – a major phase of digital reissues – with the big event scheduled for the 20th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in June. It was a huge hit, reaching No3 and staying in the charts for 49 weeks.
Taylor contributed to the celebrations with It Was Twenty Years Ago Today, an oral history of Sgt Pepper, the summer of love, Monterey pop and the psychedelic explosion that accompanied a summer 1987 Granada TV special. By the mid-Nineties, he had become the keeper of the flame, the public custodian of The Beatles’ legacy. Along with George Martin and Neil Aspinall, he was one of only three nonmembers of the band to be interviewed for the Anthology documentary.

Taylor’s revelation within the walls of the Manchester Odeon was binding for life. There was no turning back. Before anyone else, he understood the importance and the power of The Beatles as a cultural and social phenomenon that went way beyond the then traditional status of pop stars. As an insider, he was savvy enough to both keep notes and write down his memories before they faded. He both participated in the full possibilities of the late Sixties and remained an eloquent witness to the freedom and promises of those now-distant times.
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LOST PHOTOS OF BEATLES AND ROLLING STONES TO GO ON SHOW FOR FIRST TIME EVER

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Curators Iconic Images discovered forgotten gems in the archives of celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill, 79, who rose to fame covering the music scene in the 1960s and went on to become official photographer for the James Bond franchise and obtain commissions to photograph The Queen and Nelson Mandela.
Behind the scenes shots of The Beatles filming footage in London for record A Hard Day’s Night in 1964, their meeting with then-Prime Minister Harold Wilson and pictures of The Rolling Stones posing in Leicester Square the same year will be among those shown in a new exhibition of the photographer’s work at art fair, Photo London, under the title ‘Rock and Roll London’.
Other photos include Marianne Faithfull in London in the 1960s and Honor Blackman in Bond movie Goldfinger.
O’Neill, 79, said: “It is stuff we discovered from my archives over the years, and we dug it all out and we sorted out all the vintage for a little show as part of my exhibition.
“I’ve never done an exhibition of vintage prints before – I hadn’t looked at them all for ages.”
The photographer, who will also give a talk on making a career in photography at the event with fellow industry veteran, Canadian Douglas Kirkland, 83, said his own stellar career had been an accident.
“I was really a jazz drummer and I got forced into being a photographer, so I wasn’t really in love with photography when I was doing all these shots of The Beatles and Stones and all these people and I was just intent on getting to America and playing in New York. I was never really interested in photography – how I have got where I got I have no idea.”
More than 100 galleries from 18 countries will exhibit at the fair, in its fourth year, with work from prominent past and current photographers including Guy Bourdain, Cornelia Parker and Edward Burtynsky, who won the event’s 2018 Master of Photography award. Photo London is running at Somerset House until today.

source:London Evening Standard