The Beatles, Lindsey Buckingham, Big Red Machine, Leon Bridges, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Gunn, Curtis Mayfield, Shannon And The Clams, Mercury Rev, The Sugarcubes, Ripley Johnson, The Beach Boys and The Lovin’ Spoonful all feature in the new Uncut, dated September 2021, Available to buy online now HERE
As always, the issue comes with a free CD, this time comprising 15 tracks of the month’s best new music.
THE BEATLES: Fifty-five years on, Uncut has assembled a crack team of Beatles heads – including Johnny Marr, Brian Wilson, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn, Rickie Lee Jones, Sean Ono Lennon, Dhani Harrison, Steve Cropper, Margo Price and Wayne Coyne – to explore their favourite tracks from this, the Fabs’ finest body of work. Even Paul McCartney is on hand to tell about the origins of his experimental side.”
Just off Main street in Downtown Dunedin, you’ll find the Penny Lane Beatles Museum.
It’s all one local Dunedin residents collection. That collection started when he was studying in England in the early 80s. He was visiting a flea market when he noticed some of the Beatles he liked.
Today, it’s a free museum with all his cool finds.
Harlan Brown with the Penny Lane Beatles Museum says, “There’s all these cool things people focus in on when they come in, the sign, things. That letter back there next to you that Paul wrote and typed out and signed and made mistakes on. And I love that one because it’s from 1963. So it was before they had come to the U.S.”
The museum is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Marc O’Sullivan explains his role in how the late great photographer’s iconic image of the Fab Four found its way to Leeside As a rookie snapper on Fleet Street, Terry O’Neill’s big break came in the autumn of 1962, when he was dispatched by the Daily Sketch to photograph a young band from Liverpool who were about to release their debut single. They called themselves The Beatles, the song was Love Me Do, and no one, least of all themselves, could have imagined that they would go on to become the most celebrated pop band of all time.
O’Neill had never photographed a group before, and he arranged the four as best he could, with John Lennon and George Harrison clutching their guitars, Ringo Starr holding a cymbal aloft, and Paul McCartney with the bass.
Years later, when I first met O’Neill, the photographer still seemed astonished at the reaction to his photograph when it was published in the Sketch; the newspaper sold out, and he was thrust headlong into his career chronicling the stars of Swinging Sixties London.
On that occasion, interviewing O’Neill in Dublin ahead of the first exhibition of his work in Ireland – at Kildare Village in 2009 – I was surprised to discover that his father Leonard was born and reared on Blarney St in Cork.
Leonard O’Neill had emigrated to work at the Ford’s plant in London, and, like many another Dagenham Yank, had married an Irishwoman, Josephine Gallagher from Waterford. Terry had grown up in London, but spent his summers at his grandparents’ home on Blarney St or at his uncle’s in Sunday’s Well, and he’d always thought of Cork as home.
In 2013, the curator Tina Darb and I were asked to organise an exhibition at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery. Remembering how proud O’Neill had been of his connection to Cork, we wrote inviting him to show his work, and he replied at once, saying he’d be delighted.
O’Neill was managed by Robin Morgan, the former editor of the Sunday Times magazine, he sent on a catalogue of images – O’Neill seemed to have befriended and photographed just about every Sixties and Seventies celebrity one could think of – the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Muhammed Ali, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and David Bowie, to mention just a handful.
The Lord Mayor, John Buttimer, launched the exhibition. Earlier, Buttimer had very kindly hosted a reception for O’Neill that afternoon in his chambers at Cork City Hall. It was the first time the city he considered home had acknowledged his achievements, and he was genuinely humbled. He marked the occasion by donating a copy of his iconic Beatles portrait to the people of Cork.
O’Neill passed away in 2019, aged 81, an utter gentleman, one who’d achieved a stellar level of success in his career, photographing the most celebrated international artists of his time, but who always took pride in his family roots in the city of Cork.
Peter Jackson shocked fans last month when news broke that his upcoming Beatles documentary “Get Back” was being expanded from a movie into a three part, six hour television series to stream on Disney+.
The “Lord of the Rings” Oscar winner restored 60 hours of never-before-scene Beatles footage for the movie and just couldn’t whittle it all down into a movie-friendly runtime. In a recent interview Jackson said: “I think people will be surprised by the series for two reasons,” “One, it’ll be far more intimate than they imagined it to be, because everyone is used to seeing music documentaries being a bit kind of MTV-ish, sort of together in a poppy kind of way and it’s just the music, music, music, you know? The music isn’t at the forefront of this film: weirdly, it’s what goes on behind the music at the forefront.”
Jackson’s “Get Back” will include the entirety of The Beatles’ final show, that iconic unannounced 1969 rooftop concert above their Apple Corps headquarters in London, but even that sequence won’t just be the music. As the director said, “Even in the rooftop concert, we have the concept that we’re inter-cutting all the time to the street and to the policeman and everything else.”
“And that’s really true of the whole series — it’s not a sequence of MTV video clips of them doing songs,” Jackson continued. “There’s probably more conversations with The Beatles in the films than there is actual singing.” What else can Beatles fans expect? “The other thing that I think will surprise people is how funny the films are,” Jackson said. “Considering the reputation of this footage and the ‘Let It Be’ movie, you don’t associate with January 1969, but they’re very funny films.”
The official “The Beatles: Get Back” synopsis from Disney reads: “The documentary is the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr as they plan their first live show in over two years, capturing the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album. The documentary features — for the first time in its entirety — The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, ‘Abbey Road’ and ‘Let It Be.’”
“The Beatles: Get Back” will release over three days, November 25-27, only on Disney+.
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