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PAUL MCCARTNEY AND NANCY ENJOY WINTER BREAK IN St BARTS

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Paul McCartney was spotted enjoying and soaking up the sun on the shores of Saint Barthélemy. He was seen sprinting into the French Caribbean island’s clear azure waters, while Nancy strolled on Flamands Beach.

 

 

MAY PANG: JOHN LENNON’S RELATIONSHIP WITH YOKO ONO ‘OBVIOUSLY’ ON ROCKS BEFORE AFFAIR

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent 18 months of their marriage apart during his “lost weekend”, which saw him embark on an affair with their assistant May Pang, but apparently their relationship was “obviously” on the rocks before.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono fell madly in love after meeting in London in 1966. Though they were both married at the time, the avant-garde artist to her second husband Anthony Cox and The Beatles star to his first wife Cynthia Lennon, with whom he had one son, Julian Lennon, they soon started corresponding and later began their famous romance. In 1969, the couple tied the knot at a 10-minute ceremony in Gibraltar.
However, the intensity of their relationship combined with the vicious backlash they faced from angry Beatles fans after the band split shortly after they married (a move many blamed on Ono) soon began to take their toll on Lennon and Ono.

In 1973, he embarked on an affair with their assistant May Pang and moved out of the New York home they shared together to set up house with her in Los Angeles.
The pair had a year-and-a-half romance but he had continued contact with Ono throughout.
Asked if, prior to their temporary separation in 1973, it was clear to those around Lennon and Ono that their relationship was “on the rocks” or it was a shock, Pang simply said: “It was obvious to those of us who worked with them, yes.”

Pang also opened up on Ono’s continued presence in Lennon’s life throughout her relationship with him, revealing her side of the many daily phone calls between the husband and wife while he lived in Los Angeles with her.
“The problem was 99 per cent of her calls weren’t, ‘Hello, how are you?’” she explained. “First they were directives to keep out relationship quiet, which was fine with me.
“Then John ‘announced it to the world’ by kissing my for Time Magazine and crisis mode kicked in.
“She would call with instructions of what to say, that she had thrown John out,” Pang said. “She’d call every day to remind us of what to say. One drama after another.”

Elsewhere, Ono shared her recollections of her phone calls with Lennon during his affair with Pang in an interview with The Telegraph in 2012.
“We missed each other,” she told the publication. “We were calling each other every day. Some days he would call me three of four times. “He lived in LA, but that was fine. I was prepared to lose him, but it was better he came back,” she added. “I didn’t think I would lose him.”

Ono previously explained the situation which led to her husband’s well-publicised affair with Pang, saying it was “not hurtful” to her.
“I needed a rest. I needed space,” she said. “Can you imagine every day of getting this vibration from people of hate? You want to get out of that.
“Also, we were so close John didn’t even want me to go to the bathroom by myself. ‘I will come with you,’ he would say. And this would be in public places like the EMI recording studios,” she continued.
“I started to notice that he became a little restless on top of that, so I thought it’s better to give him a rest and me a rest.
“May Pang was a very intelligent, attractive woman and extremely efficient,” Lennon’s artist wife added. “I thought they’d be okay.”

In 1974, Lennon returned to Ono and they welcomed their son Sean Lennon the following year.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY SINGS “I SAW HERE STANDING THERE” AT HUDSON HOUSE

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Paul McCartney singing an apparently impromptu version of The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There” with a band at Hudson House in Jersey City, situated on the waters edge in Port Liberte, NJ, this newly built venue is an arms length away from the Hudson River and boasts outstanding skyline and river views.

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The event was a gathering for Shevell’s family’s Elizabeth-based company NEMF (New England Motor Freight) that McCartney and Shevell co-hosted.

(One attendee who posted on Facebook characterized the event as a farewell party. According to a press release that came out in February: “New England Motor Freight, Inc. (the ‘Company’ or ‘NEMF’) today announced that the Company and ten related entities have voluntarily filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark on February 11, 2019. NEMF intends to use these proceedings to facilitate an orderly wind-down of its operations.”).

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THE BEATLES’ FIRST DEMO TAPE OWNED BY BRIAN EPSTEIN TO AUCTION AT SOTHEBY’S

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Brian Epstein’s personal copy of The Beatles first demo tape will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s next month, in a special auction dedicated to the Fab Four.

The tape, which the band recorded for Decca Records on January 1, 1962, was famously rejected by A&R boss Dick Rowe who told Epstein that “guitar bands are on the way out”.

This version of the demo recording is unique, with slightly longer versions of songs which mark it out as being Brian Epstein’s personal copy.

The reel-to-reel tape was one of two given to Epstein following the failed studio session, and the only one to survive.

Offered with superb provenance, the tape is now is expected to sell for £50,000 – £70,000 ($65,000 – $91,000)

Having learned their trade in the bars of Hamburg, and honed their act as local stars in Liverpool, The Beatles then set out to earn themselves a record contract under the stewardship of new manager Brian Epstein.

On January 1, 1962 the Band drove through snowstorms from Liverpool to London to record their first professional demo for Decca Records (whilst Epstein wisely took the train).

Although dismayed to discover their studio producer was inexperienced, late and hung-over from the night before, the band carried on and rattled through 15 tracks in an hour.

The session was essentially a run-through of their live Cavern Club sets, with covers such as Money and Memphis, Tennessee alongside three early original songs Like Dreamers Do, Hello Little Girl and Love Of The Loved.

Decca turned down the demo and signed Brian Poole and the Tremeloes instead, because they were local to London and would cost less than transporting The Beatles down from Liverpool to record.

Although disappointed, Epstein refused to give up and took the demo tape to his friend Robert Boast, manager of the HMV record store in London, which had a small recording studio and pressing plant in the basement.

There he pressed two of the original Lennon-McCartney songs, Hello Little Girl and Till There Was You, onto a series of acetate records to hand out to record label executives.

Six weeks later he gave one of the discs to EMI producer George Martin, and the rest is rock and roll history.

In March 2016, the very acetate that Epstein gave to George Martin sold at Omega Auctions for £77,500 ($110,000), where it was described as a “Holy Grail” item for Beatles collectors.

Given the tape’s personal connection to Brian Epstein, and the central role it played in shaping The Beatles’ career, it would be no surprise to see it surpass the high estimate and fetch a six-figure sum come December 13.
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BRIAN EPSTEIN STATUE APPEAL

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A Crowdfunder campaign to create a lasting legacy to former Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein has less than two weeks left to reach its target– and organisers are appealing for the support of the public.
The team behind The Brian Epstein Statue Project are urging Beatles fans, music fans, and local residents and worldwide supporters to throw their support behind the campaign.

The Brian Epstein Statue Project aims to create a world first with a statue honouring the man fondly known as the Fifth Beatle, Brian Epstein.
Almost £10,000 has already been pledged – but there is still a long way to go to reach the appeal’s £60,000 target.
The Crowdfunder appeal will close at 6pm on Thursday 21 November 2019 – so time is running out fast.

Pledges of any amount can be made and will be gratefully received, and a number of new rewards and incentives have also been announced as part of the appeal countdown.
A Beatles experience for the ultimate Fab Four fan includes a two-night stay for two people in the Lennon Suite at Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, including breakfast and dinner, as well as tickets to The Cavern Club, The Beatles Story, The Magical Beatles Museum, and Magical Mystery Tour. Suggested pledge £1,300.

Enjoy a ride in a replica of John Lennon’s vintage Rolls Royce. A personal driving tour from the owner will make it an unforgettable experience in this striking classic car. Suggested pledge £150.
Pledge £25 to own a limited edition mounted print signed by artist Tom Donahue and author Marie Darwin from the book, What Did Grandad Paul Do When He Was Little? There are just 10 prints available.
Various levels of donation are also available including the Hall Of Fame, Certificate Of Support, and Add Your Own Clay. A full list of rewards and incentives is available on the Crowdfunding page.
The Beatles’ former manager, Liverpool-born Brian Epstein, is credited with catapulting the Fab Four to global success. Yet there is no lasting tribute to recognise and celebrate the vital role he played in the band’s history, nor how he changed the face and sound of popular music. Brian Epstein made history.

The Crowdfunder campaign was launched at the Epstein Theatre, located on Hanover Street in Liverpool city centre, which also marked Brian Epstein’s 85th Birthday.

Project manager and cultural activist Tom Calderbank commented: “Brian needs a bit of help from his friends. We’re encouraging, urging and pleading that people come together and be part of something special to celebrate Brian’s legacy. We’ve worked tirelessly since the appeal went live – but it’s proving to be quite a task. But we’re not beaten – we’ve still got time. We hope the fantastic new incentives and rewards will generate more interest.
“We think we’ve reached more than a million people worldwide through our appeal and media coverage – but it’s just not enough. A big thank you to everyone who has already pledged, people have been very generous and understand what we are striving to achieve in Brian’s name. If you believe in us and want to see this project happen, then please get involved.
“Each and every one of us have something to thank Brian for – he changed the course of music and social history. That deserves a fitting lasting tribute in his honour.”

The Brian Epstein Statue Project committee have wealth of experience and expertise across public art, publishing, theatre production, and the local Beatles industry. Collectively they have a strong desire to ensure the project is successful and are passionate that a lasting tribute to Brian and all he achieved in the history of popular music should be created in Liverpool to celebrate his role in history.

The committee includes cultural campaigner and activist Tom Calderbank; Beatles’ fan Marie Darwin who was part of a group who campaigned for a plaque to be placed on the birthplace of Brian Epstein; Beatles’ historians, researchers and authors Kevin and Julie Roach, and son Robert; Larry Sidorczuk was the personal assistant to the late Joe Flannery, Brian Epstein’s original business partner and bookings manager; and Bill Elms, a producer of the smash hit play Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, which was staged in Liverpool and London’s West End.
Brian Epstein owned NEMS record shop in Whitechapel. It was a lunchtime visit to The Cavern Club in the heart of Liverpool to watch a four-piece rock and roll band on 9 November 1961 which would change the course of history. Music and life in Liverpool would never be the same again. That band was The Beatles – who Brian would go on to manage.
In addition to managing The Beatles, Brain Epstein is credited to creating and developing the Merseybeat movement. He also signed a number of other performers including Cilla Black, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas, and The Moody Blues.

The Brian Epstein Statue Project has the support of Brian Epstein’s family, and the Willis family representing the late Cilla Black.
The project is also being backed by Liverpool-born actor Andrew Lancel, who appears in a short video on the appeal’s Crowdfunder page. The former Coronation Street and The Bill actor portrayed Brian in the smash hit play Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles on stage in Liverpool and London’s West End to critical acclaim. He later played Brian again in the recent tour of Cilla The Musical – and is a huge advocate of recognising all Brian achieved.

Author Kevin Roach recently published his latest book, Brian Epstein And The Beatles 1964: The Year That Changed The World – proceeds of which will be donated to The Brian Epstein Statue Project.
Sculptor Andy Edwards has been commissioned to create the state of Brian Epstein. Andy is best known for his iconic sculpture of The Beatles located at Pier Head Liverpool, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Andy sculpted The Truce, which can be found in the grounds of St Luke’s Church, depicting the historic moment on Christmas Day 1914 during the First World War ceasefire when a game of football spontaneously broke out between British and German soldiers. He also co-sculpted the statue of Cilla Black on Mathew Street.

Donations can be made by visiting https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-brian-epstein-statue-project

FIRST MUSEUM IN THE WORLD DEDICATED TO DEZO HOFFMANN HAS BEEN OPENED

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It’s the first such museum in the world.
In the house where Banská Štiavnica native and Beatles photographer Dežo Hoffmann used to live, the first museum in the world dedicated to this personality has been opened.

After twelve years of reconstruction, its current owners, brothers Michal and Šimon Šafařík, decided to open the 250-year-old craftsman house to the public.

Their primary interest was to create a museum about Dežo Hoffmann with his original photos and personal objects they gained from his daughter and other sources.
“We are lucky to have such skilful people in Štiavnica who decided on such a big thing, and I also really appreciate their hard work, which is behind all of this,” said one of the visitors, Monika Angušová of Banská Štiavnica.

The writer Marián Pauer was present at the opening ceremony of the museum, who gave a short presentation on some interesting facts from the photographer’s life.
The reconstruction of the house took several years, the main work ongoing since July 2018. Repair costs were financed through private sources, but the project was also supported by the Culture Ministry.
The owners want to organise events connected to this Hoffman museum, such as various workshops. Besides the museum, accommodation is also a possibility.
“We are very glad that after years of intense work, we have succeeded in getting the house to the phase it is now. Certainly, not all the work has been finished yet,” the brothers told My Žiar.

The house is built from stone connected with clay, and an old original cellar is carved into the rock behind the house. The current owners say that a pub and accommodation used to be located at the site.

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