Wednesday, 25 May 2016

See inside Paul's studio with virtual reality

As part of the promotion of Paul's new album to be released in June, he has partnered with Jaunt Studios to create two 360 degree videos of him in his private studios.  The links below will take you to the two videos.  If you have a smart phone or tablet, you will be able to rotate the device to look up down and all around his studio at will.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

In memory of TONY BARROW 1936-2016

Tony's signature on his book
TONY BARROW 1936-2016

On May 14th Tony Barrow, the press officer to The Beatles up to the formation of Apple, sadly passed away.
Tony played an important part in The Beatles story, writing many of the sleeve notes on albums and EP’s as well as accompanying them on tour and attending the many press conferences they did.

Tony was born in Crosby, a Liverpool suburb, in 1936. His interests as a teenager were Rock N Roll and writing. These interests led him to writing for the Liverpool Echo as a journalist about the latest music releases. He was known as Disker in this column. Interestingly he then worked for Decca as a sleeve note writer.

Brian Epstein then wrote to Disker asking if he could write a column about The Beatles. However, the column was about record releases, and at this time in 1961 The Beatles had no record contract.
Brian then met Tony at Decca, which eventually led to the infamous Decca audition on January 1st 1962.

Following their successful audition at EMI, Brian asked Tony what else he could do to promote this first single “Love Me Do”. Tony agreed to write a press release whilst still working for Decca.

Tony first met The Beatles at the Devonshire Arms, just off Manchester Square where EMI House stood in 1962. Famously John Lennon asked him “If you’re not queer or Jewish, why are you working for Brian?”

Eventually Tony wrote the sleeve notes for the first album “Please Please Me”, and then for the second album “With the Beatles”, where he called the Beatles “The Fabulous Foursome”, later abbreviated to the Fab Four. So Tony can be credited with the phrase “The Fab Four”.

Brian offered Tony a full time job at NEMS after the release of the first album, saying he will double whatever Decca were paying him. Tony accepted, and the rest is history, as they say.

Perhaps Tony’s best sleeve notes are on the reverse of The Beatles Hits EP. Starting the notes with “The four numbers on this EP are from the Lennon/McCartney songbook. If that title sounds a trifle pompous, may I suggest you preserve this sleeve for ten years and exhume it from your collection around the middle of 1973 and write me a very nasty letter if the pop people of the ‘70’s aren’t writing with respect of at least two of these titles as early examples of modern beat standards from the Lennon/McCartney songbook.” How right he was.

Tony was by now one of the famous “inner circle” of The Beatles family  He was there when they met Elvis Presley at Bel Air, in August 1965, he saw first-hand the reaction in the USA to the John Lennon quote “We are more popular than Jesus”, and he was at Manilla airport when The Beatles were punched and kicked, and eventually led them to quit touring.

After The Beatles split he set up his own PR company, Tony Barrow International, working with groups such as The Kinks and The Bay City Rollers. He later returned to journalism and appeared on many TV documentaries and in 2005 wrote his biography “John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me”.

Tony, we at the BBFC are sad to hear of your passing and thank you for the part you played in giving the world The Beatles.
Rest in Peace.

~ Ernie Sutton

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Beatles Day this Sunday - Don't miss it!

Don't miss out on this jam packed day of Beatle music and entertainment. This is the third year for this event and it just keeps getting better and better.  Look at this line up.  You will be dancing the day away.

Tell your friends!

The BBFC will be there. Stop by and say hello and tell us if you saw this post.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Beatles 50 T.O - New Exhibit in Toronto

A new exhibit about the Beatles just for fans living in or visiting Canada. The quote below is from the website:
It was 50 years ago this summer when the Beatles played Toronto for the last time. In this exhibit curated by City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services, When the Beatles Rocked Toronto, looks at the city in the early-to-mid sixties during a time of profound change punctuated by the Beatles' tours in 1964, 1965 and 66. 

Check out their website using the link below to read all about the different themes in the exhibit, how to visit.  

Click here for more information

Donovan's Birthday Party - May 6

While not directly related to The Beatles, we thought it was close enough to post about this event coming up in London.

Donovan was a contemporary of The Beatles and his concerts always include stories and tales of his experiences with The Beatles. So this is great way to combine two favorites in one event.  If you like Donovan and you like the Beatles, check it out.

The event is at the London Palladium where The Beatles did perform so you have a third reason to go.

Click here for all the details.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Hot off the presses - Issue 58 Available now!

Issue 58 has been mailed to all members and is now available for sale in the website shop. The issue is packed with great news and reviews:
  • The Beatles - A Day In The Life
  • Media Watch
  • Coming Up - Forthcoming Events
  • Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Tour Review
  • Ringo & Barbara Property Auction Round-Up
  • Meet The Beatles
  • Paperback Writers
  • Try Some, Buy Some - New Releases
  • BBFC Offers & Merchandise
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photo of the Month
To get the magazine, join the BBFC today or visit our shop to buy just this issue.