Monday, 13 June 2016

Beatles in the Jungle

We all know that there are Beatles fans all over the world each with their own personal level of passion and obsession.  Recently a fan wrote to us about a discovery she made while exploring the jungle in Thailand.

Dominique was in the jungle and stumbled upon a devoted fan and his Beatles resort. The man and his wife tried to turn their passion for the Beatles into a resort with a Beatles theme.

Dominique didn't think that it seemed to be successful, but she was fascinated by his memorabilia and the incongruity of the setting.  She took the photos below to share this jungle Beatles oasis with other fans.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

THE TREMBLING WILBURYS AT THE WATER RATS THIS SUNDAY JUNE 12th



Top tribute band THE TREMBLING WILBURYS are playing a special London show at the legendary Water Rats in Kings Cross this Sunday June 12th, supported by acclaimed singer/ songwriter Dan Raza.

Doors open at 7pm with Dan on at 7.30, while the Trembling Wilburys, featuring Glen Knowler as George Harrison, will be playing two sets from 8.15pm.

The venue is where BOB DYLAN played his first-ever London show in late 1962, while the gig coincides with the re-issue of the Traveling Wilburys 2- CD/DVD box-set featuring classic songs by rock's greatest-ever supergroup consisting of GEORGE HARRISON, ROY ORBISON, BOB DYLAN, JEFF LYNNE & TOM PETTY, who is also being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City this week.

The Trembling Wilburys are considered one of the top tribute bands in the country & get amazing reaction wherever they play, so if you haven't seen the band before try and make it down for a night of top music & fun.

 Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £10 on the door
Details at http://tremblingwilburys.co.uk

Monday, 6 June 2016

Your photos needed for exciting new Beatles book

The former Beatles hairdresser, Leslie Cavendish, will be launching his book next year, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper.

The publishers are looking for rare or unissued photos of The Beatles from the Pepper period. If you have any and are willing to allow publication, (all photos used will have appropriate credits) please email treasurer@britishbeatlesfanclub.co.uk

Thanks in advance.

Friday, 3 June 2016

The Analogues are coming to London July 13


 



THE ANALOGUES
Magical Mystery Tour
Wednesday 13 July | LONDON Barbican

By equal parts a musical showpiece and a creative sonic experiment, The Analogues take their name from their dedication to recreating the complex and layered sound of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, playing the same instruments that the Fab Four used to record the album at Abbey Road Studios.

Sidestepping all digital effects, songs such as Strawberry Fields Forever, Across the Universe and All You Need is Love, as well as other gems from the band’s catalogue, are supported by beautiful vintage instruments and managed by as many technicians as musicians on stage recreating music which The Beatles themselves never performed live.

After developing this extraordinary show by playing some of the largest theatres in the Netherlands, The Analogues premiered their performance at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May that ‘fairly rocked the Theatre Royal’ (epd24.co.uk – full review can be found here), before playing London in July.

‘Frighteningly good!’ (**** de Volkskrant)
'A true spectacle!’ (**** Het Parool)

Click here for a taste of their live show.
 

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Fun at the Brooklyn Bowl in London this Friday

Need something to do in London this Friday?

Brooklyn Bowl celebrates the 49th anniversary of one of the most important albums of all time, SGT PEPPER’s LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, as well as the entire musical legacy of the Beatles! LIKE THE BEATLES will deliver 3 amazing sets of Beatles classics, from the early hits, to the Sgt Pepper Era (with the Sgt Pepper costumes) and a big finale of the Abbey Road era with all the anthems!

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