Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Important Information for Paid Members about Issue 73

Important Notice to all BBFC Members:

Due to continued lock-down in the UK, we are still unable to get our printed copies of Issue 73 to send to our members.

Today we have decided to email all members a PDF version of the magazine as a stopgap. You will eventually get your printed copy, but at least the PDF will give you something fun to read now.

 
If you don't receive an email by Monday 18 May, 2020 it means we either don't have an email for you or we have an old email for you.  Please email us at bbfcpublishing@gmail.com to let us know you didn't get your copy and provide us with an updated email.

This is for paid members only.


                                                                      Issue 73 (March 2020) includes:
  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Coming Up-Forthcoming Events
  • Liverpool BeatleWeek 2019, Round-Up
  • Media Watch
  • Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend Report
  • The Beatles Not For Sale 
  • The Beatles and their Apple Artists
  • There Are Places I Remember
  • The Beatles Withdrawn Sessions Album
  • Beatle Boots
  • Paperback Writer
  • Beatle Fan Dan and Juniors Farm
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • This Girl, The Cynthia Lennon Story- Review
  • Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photos of the Month

Monday, 13 April 2020

THE MERSEY BEATLES GET ‘A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS’ AROUND THE WORLD

THE MERSEY BEATLES GET ‘A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS’ AROUND THE WORLD AS THEY RECORD SPECIAL LOCKDOWN VIDEO 


Liverpool’s very own The Mersey Beatles brought music fans from around the world together to take part in a special music video.

The Beatles tribute band asked their followers, currently in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help recreate the Fab Four classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ – and fittingly on the 53rd anniversary of the song’s original recording.

And fans from around the globe – including those in the USA, South America and across Europe – sent in videos of them singing the song. The Mersey Beatles then collated the clips to produce a heart-warming collaboration.

Since posting the video on the band’s Facebook page -
facebook.com/themerseybeatles/ - the video has received thousands of views.

Brian Ambrose,
who plays Ringo in The Mersey Beatles, said: “We should be on tour at the moment, but like everyone else, due to the global pandemic we are at home. 

“We thought it would be really nice to involve those who normally come and see us at shows in a special video. We came up with the idea of recreating 'A Little Help From My Friends' on March 30 – the anniversary of its original recording back in 1967.

“The message of the song, about getting through things with the help of loved ones, seemed to be perfect for these worrying times.

“It’s fair to say we’ve been blown away by the response. We received videos from around the world – from across Europe, South America and the USA – and as you can see everyone really threw themselves into it.

“The response since we posted the video last night (MONDAY) on our social media channels has been incredible. We’ve received so many kind messages from people saying how much the video brightened their day, and that is what we were aiming for.”

Formed in Liverpool in 1999, The Mersey Beatles – Mark Bloor (John), Steven Howard (Paul), Craig McGown (George) and Brian Ambrose (Ringo) – were the resident Beatles’ band at the legendary Cavern Club between 2002-2012 – clocking up more than 600 gigs.

Since leaving The Cavern, The Mersey Beatles have toured the world many times over and they will play a huge homecoming show in Liverpool on Saturday November 7th at The M&S Bank Arena’s Auditorium.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

STUCK AT HOME? ENTER THE JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST


NEW WEEKLY GIVEAWAYS OF HOME STUDIO GEAR

Over its 23 year history, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) has recognized the talent of entries from several people who have risen to stardom – Meghan Trainor, American Authors, MAGIC!, Gaby Moreno and more. Now, in response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Lennon Contest has created weekly ‘Stuck At Home’ opportunities for songwriters to win studio gear to improve your songwriting experiences at home. The first deadline for entries is Sunday, March 29 at midnight EST with the winner announced on Monday, March 30.

Brian Rothschild, who co-founded the Contest along with Yoko Ono Lennon and legendary music manager, David Sonenberg, said, “During this time, we wanted to provide an outlet for songwriters that are anxious, alone, feeling blue or maybe together with loved ones who are driving them crazy! Now’s the time to write something new or polish up an idea from the past.” Rothschild went on to say, “Hit songwriter Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors will be randomly selecting this week’s winner. He has already written his own “Quarantine song!” View the video for the song at www.jlsc.com

Writers, artists and bands can enter their songs at www.JLSC.com and one entry from that week will be picked at random on Mondays to receive a prize pack filled with state-of-the-art gear and instruments from Yamaha, Audio-Technica, Focusrite, Genelec, K&M, Mackie, Neutrik, OWC, Reason Studios, and Sonicbids. In addition, all entries will be automatically entered into Session 1 of the annual Lennon Contest with over $300,000 in cash awards and prizes with the writer of the “Song of the Year” receiving $20,000 in cash.

The Contest helps to fund the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus which brings music and digital media production to students in schools across the country, free of charge. Enter the Contest at jlsc.com.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Issue 73 Coming soon! Delays possible due to pandemic impacts

Important Notice:  the UK is in official lock down and the printers have notified us that the printed magazines are ready but cannot be delivered to us to dispatch them to our members.  Rest assured you will get your magazine as soon as it is possible for us to receive delivery and post them to you.  We appreciate your patience in these unprecedented times. 

Coming soon - the March 2020 BBFC Magazine Issue 73 is at the printers and will be posted soon to subscribers.

We promise once it reaches you, it will help to keep you entertained while you are stuck at home social distancing!

Remember that membership in the British Beatles Fan Club makes a wonderful gift that keeps on giving all year long with four quarterly issues of the magazine included in membership. Click here for membership details.

Non-members can order a copy of the magazine from our website here.


                                                                      Issue 73 (March 2020) includes:
  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Coming Up-Forthcoming Events
  • Liverpool BeatleWeek 2019, Round-Up
  • Media Watch
  • Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend Report
  • The Beatles Not For Sale 
  • The Beatles and their Apple Artists
  • There Are Places I Remember
  • The Beatles Withdrawn Sessions Album
  • Beatle Boots
  • Paperback Writer
  • Beatle Fan Dan and Juniors Farm
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • This Girl, The Cynthia Lennon Story- Review
  • Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photos of the Month

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Get to Rhyl Wales Friday - Charity Event with the Mersey Beatles!

UPDATE! The shop will open February 28th!

Location: 50 High Street, Rhyl, Wales

And The Mersey Beatles will be performing - read more here and below

On Saturday July 14, 1962 The Beatles played their first ever performance in north Wales at the Rhyl Regent Dansette. Pete Best was the drummer at the time. (Ringo would replace him in August.)

They played mostly cover versions of songs like Some Other Guy, Sweet Little Sixteen and Money. A set list has not been seen but the set would be similar to those played at the Cavern in Liverpool during this period.

So why are we telling you today about this event 58 years ago? Well Sense charity, the national charity for children and Adults who are Deaf /blind and or have complex communication needs, is opening shops around Wales whose proceeds will benefit the charity and one of those shops happens to be in that very building where the Beatles performed in July 1962.

The charity is planning a Beatles themed opening for the shop at the end of February.  The shop will be filled with Beatles products that have been donated to their 100+ charity shops.

The charity has reached out to us to share this with our fan club members and the Beatles community.  Please show your support if you are near Rhyl on 28 February.  You can learn more about the charity and their shops at their website.

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