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LINDA MCCARTNEY RETROSPECTIVE 2020

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Linda McCartney Retrospective Opens in 4 days.
08 Aug 2020—01 Nov 2020

This major exhibition of Linda McCartney’s photography includes more than 200 iconic images, from the music scene of the 1960s, to family life with Paul.

The Exhibition

In 2020 the Walker Art Gallery will host a major retrospective of Linda McCartney’s photography. From her iconic depictions of the music scene of the 1960s, to family life with Paul, Linda captured her whole world on film.

The exhibition features more than 200 extraordinary images that reveal what a prolific photographer Linda was, and how her love for the natural world, her surreal sense of humour, and an exceptional eye for capturing the spontaneous, gave her work an inimitable style.

The exhibition will include a selection of images taken in Liverpool and on the Wirral which have never been on public display before.

Image: © Paul McCartney


HAMBURG CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF THE BEATLES

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The city honors The Fab Four with a live stream from their first performance venue

Business travelers know that the city of Hamburg is a mecca for meetings, but they may not know that it was also the site of the very first appearance of John, George, Paul and Pete Best as The Beatles. It was 60 years ago in August of 1960 when the Fab Four played their first venue, The Indra Club.

It was also in Hamburg where Ringo Starr first performed with the group as their drummer.

While fans make regular Beatles pilgrimages to Liverpool, Hamburg has also been the site of numerous tours and tributes pre-COVID-19.

Although American Beatles fans or business travelers can’t currently travel to Hamburg to celebrate the 60thanniversary of the Beatles first appearance, Hamburg will be traveling to them via a live streaming event.

On August 17, the anniversary of their first public appearance as The Beatles, Hamburg is celebrating with “Stream and Shout,” a live-stream event at 9 PM CET. The event can also be streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Hamburg’s Beatles expert, Stefanie Hempel, will host the event from the Indra in St Pauli. Together with her band, she will be presenting a recreated original Beatles set from August 1960, as well as some of the Beatles’ greatest hits and legendary songs. Performing fellow musicians at the Indra will include the Kaiser Quartett, Cäthe, Bernd Begemann, Jessy Martens, Billy King, Jimmy Cornett, and Michèl von Wussow.

The event will showcase Beatles classics and new interpretations alongside stories and anecdotes from the young Beatles’ years in Hamburg. “We really grew up in Hamburg,” John Lennon has said of the early days in Hamburg.

Presentations include a musical discovery tour through Hamburg’s legendary St Pauli district and a reunion of contemporary witnesses, former companions as well as fans and friends of The Beatles. Among them the Cavern Club in Liverpool, the US band Bambi Kino and Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn.

Hamburg’s landmark, the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, will live-stream from the Grand Hall prior to the “Stream & Shout” show. Starting at 8 PM (CET), a premiere performance honoring The Beatles arranged by jazz pianist Julia Hülsmann will be streamed especially for the occasion.

Hamburg’s Convention Bureau has just updated its website with virtual tours of some of the city’s best known and biggest meetings venues here. The site’s city guides include information on some of the dockside areas that would have been familiar to The Beatles when they first arrived there 60 years ag

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YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER – “FLAMING PIE”

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Paul’s 1997 album Flaming Pie is the latest to receive the Archive Collection treatment, with a brand new reissue out now across multiple formats.

The album was recorded following a four-year gap between Paul’s studio albums, and was largely influenced by The Beatles’ Anthology series which he had just worked on with George Harrison and Ringo Starr. As the album deals with themes of memory and nostalgia, we decided to take a trip down memory lane, and caught up with Paul via Zoom to find out a little bit more about the record.

Here’s what ‘the man on the flaming pie’ had to say…

Paul McCartney.com: Do you have a favourite memory from the Flaming Pie sessions?

Paul: I remember just having a laugh with Jeff Lynne, and the various people I worked with on the album. We had quite a lot of fun making it – Steve Miller, Jeff Lynne and I, and Ringo was there too. So, I think those are my favourite memories, just working with them all.

PM.com: Speaking of Ringo, Flaming Pie came out right after The Beatles Anthology. When you were writing the album, did you ever stop and rewrite a song if it sounded too much like The Beatles? And is this something you are conscious of now?

Paul: No, not really! I mean, unless it’s got the words and melody of one of The Beatles songs, of course. But now I have to admit – I am a Beatle. I was very much part of The Beatles’ sound and The Beatles’ songs, so there’s probably a very good chance my songs will sound a bit Beatle-y.

I know that back when I was starting Wings, I did consciously keep away from anything that sounded like The Beatles. But then when Wings was a success, I became more comfortable with whatever I was writing. I wouldn’t try and stay away from The Beatles anymore.

PM.com: There are some noticeable similarities to The Beatles’ sound on Flaming Pie. For example, you added the sound effect of a crackling record on ‘Souvenir’, which reminds us of sound effects like an applauding audience on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Do you see sound effects as just another instrument to be used in a song and help set the scene?

Paul: Yeah, I think where this all stared of course was at Abbey Road Studios. EMI used to have a tape library and if we needed something – say I was doing ‘Blackbird’ and wanted the sound of a blackbird singing, maybe – we could have it and then it would go into the song.

Of course this set us on fire. “Oh look, ‘blackbird singing’! Look, ‘elephants running’! Oh my god, ‘crowd laughing’!” So we used to just look up anything, and yes, it became like another instrument. We were fascinated by the world we were now being let into. We went mad on the song ‘Good Morning’, there were some cockerels…

PM.com: …And as the song goes on, each animal can eat the next, which can eat the next? These are the theories for that one.

Paul: These are the theories – I’m not sure about all of that. People interpret and then of course you have to agree! But we use them to fire up the imagination, which I think is a lovely idea.

When you’re creating an album you think, “wow – we can go anywhere”. This can be really something new. It could be like a movie. It doesn’t have to be like, fourteen songs and that’s it. Once you put those headphones on this could be like watching an incredible movie.

PM.com: Creatively, your album artwork has always been really interesting too. The cover of Flaming Pie features a very cool Polaroid transfer effect. Do you remember where the idea for this came from?

Paul: Linda always loved different methods of photography, so she was fascinated when she read about the early days of photography and people like Henry Fox Talbot, who were early pioneers. So, she used to do things called sun prints, which was an early way of printing – you just put a solution on the paper and exposed it to sunlight.

One of the other things she discovered was this Polaroid transfer. She worked with a girl called Zoe Norfolk, who was a friend of ours, and Zoe was into these techniques too. She and Zoe did a little series of Polaroid transfers, and we liked them. So the Flaming Pie cover came through Linda’s love of these various printing methods.

PM.com: Beautiful. And what’s your favourite song from Flaming Pie?

Paul: It’s very hard to choose a favourite. I mean, what comes to mind is ‘Heaven on a Sunday’. Yeah, I’m going to say ‘Heaven on a Sunday’.

PM.com: And finally, the question we all want to know the answer to… What’s your favourite pie?

Paul: My favourite pie? Apple! Served with soy cream.

Flaming Pie is available HERE and HERE. 


“AND IN THE END: THE LAST DAYS OF THE BEATLES” WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 18

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Ken McNab’s in-depth look at The Beatles’ acrimonious final year is a detailed account of the breakup featuring the perspectives of all four band members and their roles. A must to add to the collection of Beatles fans, And In the End is full of fascinating information available for the first time.

McNab reconstructs for the first time the seismic events of 1969, when The Beatles reached new highs of creativity and new lows of the internal strife that would destroy them. Between the pressure of being filmed during rehearsals and writing sessions for the documentary Get Back, their company Apple Corps facing bankruptcy, Lennon’s heroin use, and musical disagreements, the group was arguing more than ever before and their formerly close friendship began to disintegrate.

In the midst of this rancour, however, emerged the disharmony of Let It Be and the ragged genius of Abbey Road, their incredible farewell love letter to the world.