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Ringo Starr paid tribute to his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon as “a brilliant artist and a brilliant man” during a worldwide listening party.
Celebrating the forthcoming ‘Ultimate Collection’ reissue of the Beatles icon’s 1970 debut solo album ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’.

As Tim Burgess‘ latest Twitter Listening Party turned its attention to the upcoming ‘Ultimate Collection’ box set reissue of the Beatles icon’s 1970 debut solo album ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’ (celebrating its 50th anniversary), the drummer wrote: “It’s so incredible, the emotion on this record, just mind blowing. The sparseness of the band, the force of John Lennon. That’s why he’s one of the greats.”
Addressing suggestions that Lennon frequently worried about the quality of his singing voice, Starr wrote: “John always wanted a lot of echo on his voice. He had a great voice and when he was singing, he gave all of that. I don’t feel personally he was insecure about his voice. Everybody wants to be someone else, to be different.”
About the experience, Ringo added: “It is an incredibly cool record. It’s a beautiful record and he was a beautiful man and I’m privileged to feel he was my friend. Great to be a part of Plastic Ono Band.”

Earlier this week (April 20), a new video was shared for John Lennon‘s classic ‘Isolation’, filled with Easter egg glimpses into his life with Yoko Ono.
Taken from the upcoming ‘Ultimate Collection’ box set reissue of the Beatles icon’s 1970 debut solo album ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’, the video for the ‘Raw Studio Mix’ of the track was filmed upstairs at John and Yoko’s home at Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire on July 16, 1971.
It follows the recent release of a never-seen-before performance of ‘Give Peace A Chance’, and newly-unearthed footage of John and Yoko in a video for ‘Look At Me’.


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One-Two-Three-Four: The Beatles in Time by award-winning author Craig Brown.
ONE-two-three-four is such a clever title from a very clever writer.
The musical ‘count in’ is used by musicians the world over and the Beatles were no exception from Hamburg’s seedy clubs to The Cavern … and from the Liverpool Empire to the Hollywood Bowl to the final goodbye on the Apple rooftop.
It also sums up the four unique individuals who loved each other and together became the greatest band the world has known.
This Beatle book with a difference by Craig Brown was released in hardback to mark 50 years since the group split in April, 1970.

Now Craig’s a paperback writer as the book is receiving favourable reviews all over again.It’s been the ideal ‘must read’ during lockdown and is a Sunday times best seller .
He is on a Beatle pilgrimage of sorts allowing us to thumb a lift with them on the long and winding road of anecdotes
Craig is the master of re-telling a tale: author of 18 books; a critic for national newspapers and broadcaster he has also been a columnist for Private Eye magazine for 32 years.
For his latest tome he has already won one major literary prize – The Baillie Gifford Award for his multi-layered account of the Fabs in all their glory.
It is certainly a refreshing take on the Beatles story peppered with humour, poignancy and some never-heard-before revelations.
In a recent interview Craig, 62, said the whole Beatle story is “endlessly fascinating”.
He added: ”There’s a sociological backdrop, the curious phenomenon of fandom – the array of intesrting weirdos in their orbit. ”The book is 600 pages but could have been ten times the length.”Craig regards exhaustive chronological biographies as “boring.”
So he does not offer day-by-day account but skips in and out of the magical history story with brief chapters here, there and everywhere sitting alongside more in-depth analysis.
There are 150 chapters in all and more than 50 illustrations.
Beatles fans are used to new films and book biographies emerging every year but this one stands out for originality.
Craig uses a vast amount of source material as shown in the seven pages of acknowledgements.

One Two Thee Four: The Beatles in Time (Paperback)
Get your copy Here. and Here.



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George Harrison with Mukunda Goswami in Bhaktivedanta Manor 1996

The temple was gifted to the Hare Krishna Movement by one of The Beatles
On the outskirts of London sits a picturesque Tudor mansion, the grade II listed building, previously called Piggott’s Manor, is the UK base of the Hare Krishna Movement – the religious belief based on Hindu teachings.
The property, situated in Aldenham, near Watford, is now known as Bhaktivedanta Manor and is one of the most frequently visited Krishna temples in Europe.

This unconventional temple was purchased for the religion’s followers by a wealthy benefactor – George Harrison.
George became involved with the Hare Krishna religion after he and the other Beatles visited India in the 60s, just as Hare Krishna was making its way into Western countries.

When The Beatles left India they had a taste for Indian spirituality, but often nowhere to practise it.

Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire was purchased

At the same time, big names in the Hare Krishna movement moved to London to try and establish a temple here. One of these big names was Shyamasundar das, one of the pioneers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Shyamasundar das and George Harrison were reunited at an Apple Records event in 1969 and the two became close. This furthered Harrison’s investment in the Hare Krishna Movement, and he became a devoted follower.
He was so invested that it’s said he and John Lennon once chanted Hare Krishna – the 16 word chant repeated by followers of the Hare Krishna movement – for 17 recurring hours on a very long car journey between France and Portugal.

George’s Hare Krishna interested grew, and he even included the Hare Krishna chant in his solo song “My Sweet Lord”.
By this point, ISKCON was growing like wildfire across the world and in London. The only temple, which was then at Bury Place near the British Museum, was getting far too small for the number of visitors, so George stepped in.

He asked a Hare Krishna follower to find a property in London which was big and not too far out of the city, and so they settled on Piggott’s Manor in Hertfordshire, which would eventually become Bhaktivedanta Manor.
When George purchased the temple, the founder of the international Hare Krishna movement, Srila Prabhupada, said: “Because he has given shelter to Krishna by providing this temple, Krishna will surely provide shelter for him.”

George Harrison sadly passed away in 2001 from lung cancer, aged 58. The temple is still considered the UK base of the Hare Krishna movement and is frequently used for prayer, functions and events.


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Paul McCartney showed his support for his fashion designer daughter Stella as he proudly modelled one of her designs on Saturday.

Paul donned one of Stella’s blue jumpers which is part of a collaboration line with the environmental charity Greenpeace.

He took a selfie to show off the piece of clothing which was emblazoned with a natural world scene and rainbow.
Clearly thrilled her father was supporting her new line she shared the picture on her Instagram, writing that she was ‘so incredibly proud’ to see him wearing it.
She wrote in the caption: ‘So incredibly proud to see Dad @PaulMcCartney wearing our Stella x #Greenpeace limited-edition collab.

‘My parents are why I learned to fight for Mother Earth — especially vital, precious ecosystems like the Amazon. Now, I want to save it for my children.
Join me in supporting @GreenpeaceUK’s campaign to stop Amazon deforestation fuelled by industrial agriculture and meat production. Love you, Dad! x Stella’

Stella, 49, is launching a capsule collection supporting Greenpeace’s campaign to stop deforestation in the Amazon.

Stella is a lifelong vegetarian and environmental activist who has built her brand around a cruelty-free ethos.
She has never included leather or fur in her collections and during lockdown, she published an ‘A to Z manifesto’ of her brand’s values with V standing for vegan.