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ON THIS DAY – A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE BEATLES

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1958
The Quarry Men perform at the New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool.

1962
Performance at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Strangers.

1963
Concert at the Grafton Ballroom, Liverpool.

1964
“Beatles Christmas Show”, at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London.

1965
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”.

1966
Brian is appointed a director of Lennon Books Limited.

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

1967
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”.

1968
“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.

1969
George leaves the Beatles.

1970
Abbey Road number 1, 14th week (UK Record Retailer).

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

1971
Start of the trial after Paul’s action.

1972
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.

1977
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.

1981
“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).

1983
In Los Angeles, the Linda exhibition “Photographs” is displayed at the Molly Barnes Gallery.

1989
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.

1993
John and Yoko’s “Live In New York City” home video is aired on the oldies satellite station UK Gold.

1997
At the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Yoko’s art exhibition “Have You Seen The Horizon Lately” is on display.

1998
In Washington, D.C., an exhibition of Beatles photographs taken by Harry Benson is on display at the Govinda Gallery.

1999
In Tampa, Florida, the exhibition of Linda’s pictures entitled “Sixties” is on display at the Tampa Museum of Art.

2003
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.


PAUL ANIMATED FILM “HIGH IN THE CLOUDS” BACK ON TRACK WITH WRITER JON CROKER

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Back in 2005, Paul wrote a children’s adventure book called High in the Clouds with author Philip Ardagh, and he’d been developing it into an animated feature since 2009 with Gaumont optioning the rights last year. The project is seeing more forwards movement with The Woman in Black: Angel of Death writer Jon Croker being brought on to adapt Paul’s book.

The book and planned film  tells the story of “Wirral the squirrel,” who goes on a journey to find the animal paradise called Animalia after his forest home is destroyed by bulldozers, killing his mother in the process. (So it sounds like Bambie meets Zootopia?)

Paul himself is likely to voice one of the main characters with Lady Gaga writing a number of original songs for the movie, and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.

Gaumont will produce the film with Michael Lynn and Bob Shaye of Unique Features, who have been involved with the project for many years.Paul will be producing the film through his MPL Communications along with Shaye, Lynne, Gaumont CEO Sidonie Dumas, vice-CEO Christophe Riandée, and president of animation Nicolas Atlan.


THE BEATLES STORY: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE BEATLES´VISIT TO INDIA

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The award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ in Liverpool is celebrating 50 years since The Beatles travelled to Rishikesh, India with the launch of a new special exhibition.

Opening in February 2018, ‘Beatles in India’ will look at this key and relatively secretive part of the Beatles’ story with never-before-seen memorabilia, imagery and personal accounts from the people who were there with the band in 1968. A sitar used by Ravi Shankar will go onto display within the new immersive area, loaned to The Beatles Story by the Ravi Shankar Foundation. As George Harrison’s mentor, Ravi’s influence on the Beatle ultimately helped to popularise the use of Indian instruments in 1960s pop music.

The exhibit will also include photography from Paul Saltzman, a sound engineer for the National Film Board of Canada at the time, who photographed The Beatles during their stay. He is responsible for some of the most iconic and intimate images of the Fab Four in India.

Pattie Boyd, former wife to George Harrison, and her sister Jenny Boyd, who were amongst the star-studded list of attendees in India, will be providing their personal insight into the time. The exhibit will look at the groups’ inspiration for the trip, their introduction into Transcendental Meditation as well as the songs they worked on in advance of the White Album.

 

Speaking about her involvement, Pattie Boyd said: “I am delighted to have been invited to be a part of The Beatles Story’s new ‘Beatles In India’ exhibition, marking the 50th anniversary of the trip to Rishikesh. It really was a special, magical time; forming many memories and, of course, an abundance of great Beatles music. I look forward to sharing thoughts and memories of India as part of the exhibition”.

Diane Glover, Marketing Manager at The Beatles Story, visited Rishikesh in April 2017 to meet with government officials and went to the Maharishi’s Ashram, which has recently opened as a tourist attraction. She said: “It’s a magical place, to be honest, and as we walked through the remains of the Maharishi’s Ashram, it is clearly a place of peace and seclusion”. “The 1968 visit was an important time of reflection for The Beatles as their manager, Brian Epstein had sadly passed away in the summer of 1967, and they escaped away from their fans and the media in search of spirituality”.

2018 will also recognise what would have been George Harrison’s 75th birthday – the Beatle celebrated his 25th birthday with friends at the Ashram. Celebrations for this will form part of a year-long programme of unique Indian-inspired events, workshops and Q&A sessions. The new exhibit will be one of the highlights during a year in which Liverpool celebrates its fantastic cultural offering, ten years after the city was awarded ‘European Capital of Culture’ status. ‘Beatles in India’ will become part of The Beatles Story’s exhibition on the Albert Dock for two years and is scheduled to open to the public on 16th February 2018, 50 years to the day that John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives Cynthia Lennon and Pattie Boyd arrived in India.

To find out more and to purchase tickets please visit beatlesstory.com.


ON THIS DAY: “WONDERWALL MUSIC” SESSIONS BEGAN

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“Wonderwall Music” sessions began on this day in Bombay (Mumbai) to record the soundtrack for the film.
The musicians included Ashish Khan (sarod), ahapurush Misra (tabla and pakavaj), Sharad Jadev and Hanuman Jadev (shanhais), Shambu-Das, Indril Bhattacharya and Shankar Ghosh (sitar), Chandra Shakher (sur-bahar), Shiv Kumar Sharmar (santorr), SR Kenkare and Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flute), Vinayak Vohra (taar shehnai) and Rijram Desad (dholak, harmonium and tabla-tarang).

The Bombay sessions took place at EMI Recording Studios, based at the Universal Insurance Building, Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Rd, Fort, Bombay 400001.

 
 

‘AS TIME GOES BY’ BY DEREK TAYLOR: REISSUE (APRIL 2018)

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On 5 April: reissue As Time Goes By, the memoir of The Beatles publicist, Derek Taylor, first published in 1973. It features a new introduction by Jon Savage and new artwork.

‘When, in a generation or so, a radio-active, cigar-smoking child, picnicking on Saturn, asks you what the Beatle affair was all about––“Did you actually know them?”––don’t try to explain all about the long hair and the screams! Just play the child a few tracks from this album and he’ll probably understand what it was all about. The kids of AD2000 will draw from the music much the same sense of well being and warmth as we do today.’
Derek Taylor: sleeve note to Beatles for Sale, 1964

Arguably the first piece of classic literature to emerge from the much- documented lives of The Fab Four, As Time Goes By is a mischievous portrait of life as a PR Svengali at the high point of sixties pop.
One of the first sixties pop-cultural history books to be published, As Time Goes By is primarily about The Beatles and Apple but it also takes in Taylor’s sojourn in radical mid-sixties Los Angeles. The twenty-six chapters include material about The Beatles’ frenetic summer 1964 World Tour, The Byrds and the Sunset Strip in 1966 and 1967, and the changes that occurred in Apple between its utopian beginnings in 1967 and The Beatles’ break-up in 1970. With wit, warmth, insider knowledge and a healthy dollop of self-deprecation, Derek Taylor tells the essential story of those extraordinary years: this book is essential for anyone interested in experiencing the flavour of The Beatles and sixties pop and youth culture in a unique, contemporaneous voice.

“An authentic account of the psychedelic 60s and The Beatles from one of the coolest guys in the business.” – Neil Tennant

Derek Taylor was The Beatles’ Press Officer in 1964 and the Apple Press Officer between 1968 and 1970. Between times he represented many acts including The Beach Boys and The Byrds. He continued to work with The Beatles in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly on the Anthology book and film project. He published six books, of which this is the first.