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Forgotten photos of bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have been auctioned in Cambridge.

Paul Berriff took the snaps when he started out as a press photographer, and 50 years later found the negatives stored in his loft. It is the first time they have been sold at auction and went for as much as £850 (about $1,200) each.



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Ron Campbell had a hand in animating Beatles’ television series and Yellow Submarine, in addition to Scooby Doo, Rugrats, The Flintstones, The Smurfs, The Jetsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Winnie the Pooh. Now, the 78-year-old animator is on tour and showing his paintings at galleries around the U.S.

“I do these shows as a second act in my life. It pays my electric bill, and it’s better than sitting at home,” Campbell, who will visit Fort Worth on Feb. 18. Campbell is from Australia, and during his childhood, the thing to do on Saturday mornings was to go to the local movie theater and watch children’s serials like Rocket Man and Superman. In between the serials, short cartoons played. These living images both fascinated and confused 7-year-old Campbell.

“I remember asking my great-grandmother what they were and telling her about them, and she explained to me, ‘Ronnie, they’re just drawings,’” Campbell says. “It was like a childish epiphany: ‘You mean I can do drawings that can come alive?’ Because as a 7-year-old, I was drawing, like every other 7-year-old I knew. Everybody at 6 and 7 is drawing. You did, too, but at some point, most people stop drawing. I didn’t.”

Young Campbell was obsessed with creating life through animation, and toward that end, he looked for ways to make his drawings move. He made flip-book animations and built a machine to run his drawings across in sequence. Campbell drew and drew, eventually drawing his way into art school.“It wasn’t a consideration for me at the time because I was just a teenager, but in point of fact, there was no way a person in Australia could make a living as an animator during those years, but I was determined to do it,” Campbell says. “I was like on the leading edge of animation in Australia, a business that is pretty big in Australia now, but there I was, just coming out of art school, fortuitously, just at the first time possible to make a living doing animation,” Campbell says. After he made commercials for some time, King Features approached him to work on shows such as Popeye, Beetle Bailey, and Crazy Cat.

In 1964, King Features told Campbell it had a new show signed, and it wanted him to direct it.“I said, ‘Yes, what is this show?’ And he [the exec] told me that it was ‘the beetles,’ and I thought to myself, ‘The beetles? Insects make poor characters for children’s cartoons.’ And then I was told that it was not insects, it was not beetle beetles. It was the Beatles.”During its runtime, the Beatles television show had an enormous following. Campbell says the show had a 67 rating, which means that for every 100 TVs turned on during the show’s time block, 67 of them were tuned into the Beatles’ show and Campbell’s living drawings.

“If somebody had of told me when I was doing the Beatles TV cartoon show that, ‘Ron, 50 years from now, you are going to be doing drawings based on this show, and you are going to be doing interviews for newspapers and going on TV and talking about the work you’re doing now,’ I would’ve said, ‘You’re nuts,’” Campbell says. “I certainly didn’t know how long they [the Beatles] were going to last. … I could never believe that 50 years later, I’d still be talking about them. … They did last, and they’re likely to last like Mozart lasted.”

Campbell went on to work with Hanna-Barbera, where he spent 10 years on The Smurfs, 10 years on Rugrats and several years seat-directing Ed, Edd n Eddy.Fifty years and thousands of frames later, Campbell is taking his cartoon legacy on the road. At each of his exhibits, he shows 50 to 60 paintings, all of which are based on the cartoons he drew during his career.“My show is an experience as much as it is an art show. … It’s an emotional connection with the audience, you know, if they already have a love for those cartoons or the memories they have sitting on the living room floor on a Saturday morning, watching cartoons with their brothers and sisters,” Campbell says. “We all live with childhood pains, but we also live with childhood pleasures, and one of the pleasures is television turning itself over on a Saturday morning just for children.”

Campbell will be at Fort Worth’s Milan Gallery in Sundance Square from Feb. 16 through Feb. 18. All of his paintings are sale, and each certificate of authenticity will be customized with a doodle of the buyer’s choice.



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The woman who plunked down $17.8 million on Kim and Kanye‘s Bel-Air mansion just shelled out another $2 million for some Beatles music history.

Sources tell us Marina Acton — a Ukrainian billionaire — just bought the Abbey Road REDD .37 recording console. If the Abbey Road part of that stands out to you, it should — the recording console is the same one used by The Beatles and Oasis, and was most recently owned by Lenny Kravitz.

Acton paid $1.9 million for it. He plans to launch a single in March … and the console will be used to record future songs.

Source: TMZ


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It’s been a popular piece of art shoppers have passed by since 2008

THE stock and staff of HMV in Liverpool ONE may have moved further down St John Street but one question still hangs regarding the music retailer’s first home in the retail complex.
There is still a huge photo of The Beatles left in the window of the now-empty store in need of a good home.
The billboard-size image of John, Paul, George and Ringo has served as an iconic welcome to shoppers entering Liverpool ONE by Debenhams since it opened in 2008.
With new tenants Footlocker moving in to the unit, it’s likely that the Fab Four will be a suitable window decoration for a store focusing on the latest trainer trends (but you never know…).
However, fans of the image can rest assured that plans are in place to make sure the image remains part of Liverpool ONE – somewhere.

A spokesman for the complex said: “This poster was an integral part of HMV’s internal decoration and impossible to remove without damaging. “However, in view of the popularity of this piece of artwork, we are currently at the early stages of exploring other possibilities. “Whilst HMV were unable to take it with them to their new store, we look forward to receiving the ingoing tenant’s proposals.”



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This famously rare Beatles record could be worth some serious money. And one local man has a copy he can’t see. Peter Smith, now blind, bought it when he was a child living with his family in Puerto Rico for a spell. “That little 8-year-old boy made a very wise investment,” he said. Yes he did.
The 1966 record, called “Yesterday and Today,” originally featured a weird photograph of the Fab Four dressed as butchers, holding slabs of meat and doll parts. Some, citing Paul McCartney’s comments at the time, interpreted the image as a protest of the Vietnam War. It features songs such as “Drive My Car,” “Nowhere Man,” “Yesterday,” “We Can Work It Out” and “Day Tripper.”
The record company had 750,000 copies made, but the photograph was condemned when it hit radio stations and stores, prompting Capitol Records to recall The Beatles’ ninth U.S. release on its label.

Most of the copies were destroyed, but many were refashioned and redistributed with a new cover picture pasted atop the old one. The new photo showed McCartney sitting in a travel trunk surrounded by his mates.

A mint-condition butcher album, with the original “first-state” image and encased in its plastic wrap, can fetch around $20,000. A super rare stereo version sold in 2016 for $125,000 .Smith’s copy is worth much less, probably under $1,000, according to Aaron Levy, who runs The Vinyl Countdown. It’s a “third-state” copy because part of the trunk cover has been peeled away to reveal the butcher cover beneath. (A “second-state” copy has an intact trunk cover paste-over image.)

Smith said he noticed something odd about his record in 1983 when the trunk image came loose on one side, revealing something else underneath.“I kind of lifted it up, but didn’t think much more of it,” he said. And then he lost track of the album for a while. It turned up again earlier this year after Smith’s father died. “I was going through stuff in his house and some of my albums were there,” he said.

Now, Smith said, he wants to sell it to help make ends meet. He teaches risk management at the College of Charleston, advocates for the blind and still sometimes plays golf, though all he can see is a glow when a bright light is shining directly at him. He walks with a cane and has curbed his activities as his sight has faded, he said.

On Dec. 6, he paid a visit to Levy at The Vinyl Countdown to show him the record. Levy was impressed. It’s in pretty good shape and the mono record itself plays without skips. The trunk cover is half torn away, leaving the album in a compromised condition. If Smith sold it “as is,” he’d get only about $100, Levy said. But if he got the trunk cover removed by a professional restorer, the value could jump to $800 or $900, he said.

Then Levy offered Smith $300, telling the risk management expert that it might be a risk worth taking if he can find an affordable restorer himself. Ah yes, it takes money to make money.

There are other options, it turns out: Levy and Smith have heard that a careful application of rubbing alcohol could dissolve the adhesive and make it possible to remove the trunk cover. Saliva also is supposed to work, if one is willing to engage in a methodical licking of the paste-over image. That could be risky. Smith decided to sleep on it. Recently, another shop — Monster Music in West Ashley — expressed interest in seeing the album, and Smith identified a local restorer, but two auto collisions, one of them on Christmas day, forced him to turn his attention away from The Beatles.


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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.