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JOHN’s STUDIO DESIGNER EDDIE VEALE HONOURED FOR AUDIO INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTIONS

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Acoustician and studio designer Eddie Veale has been honoured with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of West London.

The award recognises Veale’s contributions to the audio industry and his commitment to educating the next generation of acousticians and sound engineers.

A young Eddie Veale (left) at John Lennon’s studio in Tittenhurst Park with music producer Phil Spector, an Apple engineer and Yoko Ono.

 

Veale’s career started in 1960 working on noise control in passenger aircraft for De Havillandmoving to Advision.

A chance meeting with John Lennon resulted in Veale designing and building the UK’s first professional home recording studio at Tittenhurst Park where John recorded his legendary Imagine album, and which Eddie worked on.

As one of the UK’s most influential studio designers, Veale is responsible for the private studios of George Harrison, Gus Dudgeon, Eric Clapton, Mike Oldfield and many others.

Veale was a speaker at the most recent PSNPresents, which was held in central London on Tuesday 6 June.


JERRY LEWIS, DIES AT 91

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Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday after a brief illness, said his publicist, Candi Cazau. He was 91.
Cazau would not elaborate on the illness from which Lewis was suffering.

Lewis first gained fame for his frenzied comedy-and-music act with singer Dean Martin. When that ended in the mid-1950s, Lewis went solo, and by the early ’60s, he had become a top draw in movies such as “The Bellboy,” “The Nutty Professor” and “The Patsy.” Along the way, he pioneered the use of videotape and closed-circuit monitors in moviemaking, a now-standard technique called video assist.

He first helped raise money for muscular dystrophy in a telethon in 1956. He was so successful, and so devoted to the cause, that children affected by the disease became known as “Jerry’s kids.” The telethon, long known as “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon,” began airing on Labor Day weekend in 1966, and Lewis served as host until 2011. Celebs who co-hosted and performed with Lewis included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joan Crawford, John Lennon and Yoko Ono,’ to name a few.

 

 

 

 

His performances earned him not one, but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for TV and one for film, and a lifetime achievement award in 2009 by the Academy of of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

He is survived by his second wife, SanDee Pitnick and their adopted daughter.

 


DICK GREGORY, PIONEERING US COMEDIAN AND ACTIVIST, DIES AGED 84

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Dick Gregory, pioneering US comedian and activist, dies aged 84. Gregory’s son, Christian, said his father died late on Saturday in Washington, DC after having been hospitalised for about a week. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection. He is survived by his wife, Lillian, and 10 children.

In a varied career,Gregory briefly sought political office for mayor of Chicago in 1966 and US president in 1968, when he got 200,000 votes as the Peace and Freedom party candidate.

In the late 60s, he befriended JohnLennon and was among the voices heard on Lennon’s anti-war anthem Give Peace a Chance, recorded in the Montreal hotel room where Lennon and Yoko Ono were staging a “bed-in” for peace.

An admirer of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr, Gregory embraced nonviolence and became a vegetarian and marathon runner.

 

“THE VIETNAM WAR” SOUNDTRACK WILL INCLUDE THE BEATLES

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US network PBS will begin airing the new 10-part series, The Vietnam War, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on 17 September 2017 and two companion soundtracks are to be released by UMe to accompany the visuals.

The Vietnam War: Original Score By Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, will feature over 90 minutes of new, original music on 2CD and 3LP, written and recorded by Academy Award-winning composers (and Nine Inch Nails mainstays) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Also released on 15 September is The Vietnam War: The Soundtrack, which includes many of the iconic songs representing the era, including 38 tracks on 2CD chosen from the 120 tunes featured in the film. The soundtrack will include: The Beatles (“LET IT BE”) , The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Buffalo Springfield, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, Otis Redding, The Animals, Barry McGuire, The Staple Singers, Cream and many more.