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VINTAGE PHOTOS FROM THE BEATLES’ ‘ENTIRELY OUT OF CONTROL’ WORLD TOUR

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When it comes to photography and your subjects, he writes, there is a fine line and he was not willing to cross it.
“My philosophy has always been photograph what you see, your photograph should inform, and then get the hell out.”

Benson would go on to photograph the likes of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and the Queen. He has also photographed every American president since Eisenhower, and was was with Robert. F Kennedy when we was assassinated in 1968.

The Beatles had an incredibly loyal fan base. Stories of girls fainting at the mere sight of the band walking on stage were common, and the four would often get accosted no matter where they were in the world.
In 1966 Benson was sent to take photos of the fallout from John Lennon’s infamous “We’re bigger than Jesus Christ” comments in Chicago. According to Benson: “Lennon was broken, he was crying, and shattered, and the rest of the group wasn’t giving him much sympathy.”
Benson recalls how the band had become more “cynical, and were sick of touring. John turned to me and said: ‘We aren’t going to do this for much longer.’ Paul added: ‘Of course it’s going to stop, we’d look stupid jumping around on stage at 40.'”
Months later the band would play their final scheduled show. Benson writes that the two years he spent with the band were like none he had ever experienced, or would experience again.
“With most of my pictures I think I could have done better, but this was the perfect moment, it won’t happen again. I got it.”
“The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966” by Harry Benson, published by Taschen… H E R E.

 


RINGO FEATURED ON NEW “THIS IS US” SOUNDTRACK ALBUM

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Universal Music EnterprisesClassic tunes by Ringo Starr, Blind Faith and Paul Simon are included on a very special soundtrack collection featuring songs heard on the Emmy-nominated NBC drama series, This Is Us.

The 20-track collection, titled This Is Us (Music from the Series), will be released September 15 and will be available on CD and as a digital download.

Included on the album are Starr’s “Photograph,” Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home,” and Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al,” as well as tunes by Badfinger, Stevie Wonder, founding Byrds member Gene Clark, Cat Stevens, and influential English folk singer Nick Drake. The record also includes a cover of the Little Feat gem “Willin’” sung by This Is Us cast member Mandy Moore. The show follows the fictional Pearson family through the years, alternating between the story of young parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson in the 1980s and ’90s, and their three adults kids — Kevin, Kate and Randall — in the present day.The first season of This Is Us will be released on DVD on September 12, while the second season will premiere on September 26.

Here’s the full track list of the This Is Us (Music from the Series) album:

“Death with Dignity” — Sufjan Stevens
“You Can Call Me Al” — Paul Simon
“Willin’” — Mandy Moore
“Can’t Find My Way Home” — Blind Faith
“Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” — Stevie Wonder
“The Calvary Cross” — Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson
“Watch Me” — Labi Siffre
“The Wind” — Cat Stevens
“Come Talk to Me” — Goldspot
“Blues Run the Game” — Jackson C. Frank
“If Only” — Maria Taylor (featuring Conor Oberst)
“Northern Sky” — Nick Drake
“If I Ever Was a Child” — Wilco
“Because of You” — Gene Clark
“Evergreen Cassette (Tape Mix)” — Goldspot
“Without You” — Badfinger
“The World’s Smiling Now” — Jim James
“Photograph” — Ringo Starr
“We Can Always Come Back to This” — Brian Tyree Henry
“This Is Us Score Suite” — Siddhartha Khosla


RINGO’S BOOTS TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER

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Ringo Starr’s stage boots and George Harrison’s front door are among coveted Beatles memorabilia up for auction.
Some 300 Beatles collectibles are on sale through the annual auction at The Beatles Shop in Liverpool.
Two pairs of Starr’s shoes are for sale, including a pair he wore on stage in 1963. The size 7 black suede boots are expected to fetch between £4,000 (€4,400 approx) and £5,000 (€5,500 approx.) They are said to be worn but in good condition.
“The original Beatle boots were leather with a higher heel,” Ian Wallace from the Beatles Shop said. “As the drummer he was having to use pedals for the bass drum and the hi-hat cymbal and what have you, so he couldn’t use those boots.Instead he wore these suede ones, which were obviously more comfortable.”

The boots were given to a family friend by Starr’s mother and stepfather in the 1960s and they have been in their possession since.
The brown Cuban-heeled boots are expected to fetch between £2,500 (€2,745) to £3,000 (€3,300) as is a Japanese-style kimono.
The other lots in the auction include the front door of the home where George Harrison was born, in Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool.
A rare Cavern Club membership card from 1960 is for sale, as is a school music book signed by John Lennon with vintage school photos.
This, the 26th Beatles Shop auction, will take at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room on Saturday August 26, with a viewing day on Friday August 25.


RINGO STARR – SO WRONG FOR SO LONG

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Ringo says that after receiving an unexpectedly good offer for a new All Starr Band tour, he decided to scrap the Nashville plan.
“Dave Stewart and I were going to go down to Nashville and do a country album there,” Starr told writer David Wild in a promotional interview for the album. “So we thought we should write a few country songs for when we get there. The first one we wrote here in the house was called ‘So Wrong for So Long.’ Then I got offered another tour with the All Starr Band, and it was an offer I couldn’t resist. That’s how I ended up making another album at home (in Los Angeles) and writing all kinds of songs with all kinds of friends – everybody giving more love, and just letting the music flow.”

Among the notable musicians who contributed to “So Wrong for So Long” were Stewart and acclaimed session players like bassist Nathan East, pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz and keyboardist Jim Cox.
Ringo said: “I just thought, ‘That’s a great line,'” he recalls, “and finally turned it into a record, into a track.”
Bruce Sugar, Ringo’s recording engineer, meanwhile, thinks the song could possibly get some country radio play, though he notes, “It’s a little more traditional than what they’re doing now on the radio.”

Give More Love will be released on September 15. As previously reported, it also features appearances by Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Edgar Winter, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Mr. Mister’s Richard Page, Richard Marx and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench.