Saturday, 28 September 2013

Inside John Lennon's First Home ... and You Could Own It!

As we have previously reported, John Lennon's first home -- 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree -- is up for sale and today we were allowed inside for a look around!

Sadly, we weren't allowed to take photographs of any of the interior so we can't share images of the many gorgeous original features and fittings.  Take our word, though, that they're there -- including the bannister, some original flooring, many of the windows, the really lovely ceiling roses, the fireplaces, and (my personal favourite) the pantry.

The house needs a bit of work before anyone could move in, but it's got MASSIVE potential and you can easily see that it would make a truly beautiful home.

What was most exciting though -- as a fan of the Beatles and of John -- was that there are so many original features that it's not at all hard to imagine the house as it was when John was there.

So this is a chance to not just imagine yourself owning John Lennon's first home, but also to imagine yourself living in John's home.

This iconic three-bedroom terraced house was the home where, from his very first days, John Lennon lived and where his mother Julia started to bring up her first-born baby boy. Her musical and artistic talents, her quirky personality, her quick wit and her attitude to authority together with her off-beat approach to life provided the earliest influences that helped to shape the musical legend whose genius is still recognized throughout the world.

Born on the 9th October 1940, John Lennon started his life in this suburban red brick terraced house living with his mother, grandparents and his sea-going father.

Numerous events throughout John Lennon's life were connected with the number 9. John Lennon has been quoted as saying: "I lived in 9 Newcastle Road. I was born on the 9 of October. It's just a number that follows me around … "

Newcastle Road is located in the famous Penny Lane area of Liverpool, which created the inspiration for many of John Lennon's most evocative songs. The most obvious connection is the eponymous song "Penny Lane". Many of the landmarks mentioned in the song are just a few minute's walk from his childhood home. Visitors still flock to visit these sites and other local landmarks world-famous for their John Lennon and Beatles connections.

9 Newcastle Road is a friendly south-facing bay-fronted traditional terraced house. On the ground floor, a bright vestibule then hallway lead to the south-facing front family room, rear sitting room then to the generous eat-in kitchen-diner. Stairs lead up to the landing, off which there are three bedrooms and the family bathroom.

The walled back-yard is accessed from the kitchen or via a gated alleyway.

This is a very rare opportunity to own an important piece of history. Viewing is highly recommended.

Viewing appointments will be arranged at set times due to the world-wide interest this unique property is expected to generate.

All interested parties are advised that the property will be sold by Auction at The Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE on 29th October 2013 at 6.30pm. If you require a catalogue for this auction or legal information concerning this property, please contact the auctioneers on 0870 240 1140. For those of you who are unable to attend the auction, you can set up a free telephone or proxy bid by contacting the Auctioneers on the above number.

All parties should registering their interest with our Liverpool and Allerton Offices.


Allerton 0151 734 2220
Liverpool 0151 236 8187

For more information and for full property details visit the official online listing HERE!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

New White Feather Foundation Charity Auction


The White Feather Foundation Newsletter Logo
Jenson Button Signed Shirt & Cap
This year, we are raising money to help people who are dying from lack of clean water and sanitation.
This natural resource that is essential for life is in appallingly short supply. Nearly 5000 people, mainly children, die each day from preventable water-born diseases. Almost 1.2 billion people lack clean water, and this is increasing. We already have projects amounting to almost €700,000 helping 1000’s and 1000’s of people, for which we need your help.
It's a small charity, with a big heart and we try to select the right causes for the right reasons. It doesn't matter which project needs help, where they come from or what they've had in the past, it's about helping make one more thing right.
Yours Sincerely,
Julian Lennon Signature
 
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

For Sale By Auction - 9 Newcastle Road



Imagine owning John Lennon's first home!

This iconic three-bedroom terraced house will undoubtedly be a sought after property for anyone wishing to own such a significant part of John Lennon's history.

Most significantly this is the home where, from his very first days, John Lennon lived and where his mother Julia brought up her first-born baby boy. Her musical and artistic talents, her quirky personality, her quick wit and her attitude to authority together with her off-beat approach to life provided the earliest influences that helped to shape the musical legend whose genius is still recognized throughout the world.

Born on the 9th October 1940, John Lennon started his life in this suburban red brick terraced house living with his mother, grandparents and his sea-going father.

Numerous events throughout John Lennon's life were connected with the number 9. John Lennon has been quoted as saying: "I lived in 9 Newcastle Road. I was born on the 9 of October. It's just a number that follows me around … "

Newcastle Road is located in the famous Penny Lane area of Liverpool, which created the inspiration for many of John Lennon's most evocative songs. The most obvious connection is the eponymous song "Penny Lane". Many of the landmarks mentioned in the song are just a few minute's walk from his childhood home. Visitors still flock to visit these sites and other local landmarks world-famous for their John Lennon and Beatles connections.

9 Newcastle Road is a friendly south-facing bay-fronted traditional terraced house. On the ground floor, a bright vestibule then hallway lead to the south-facing front family room, rear sitting room then to the generous eat-in kitchen-diner. Stairs lead up to the landing, off which there are three bedrooms and the family bathroom.
The walled back-yard is accessed from the kitchen or via a gated alleyway.

This is a very rare opportunity to own an important piece of history. Viewing is highly recommended.

Viewing appointments will be arranged at set times due to the world-wide interest this unique property is expected to generate.

All interested parties are advised that the property will be sold by Auction at The Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE on 29th October 2013 at 6.30pm. If you require a catalogue for this auction or legal information concerning this property, please contact the auctioneers on 0870 240 1140. For those of you who are unable to attend the auction, you can set up a free telephone or proxy bid by contacting the Auctioneers on the above number. 
All parties should registering their interest with our Liverpool and Allerton Offices.

Allerton        0151 734 2220
Liverpool      0151 236 8187

Hallway    Door to front and stairs to first floor.

Lounge 13'5" (4.1m) (into bay) x 9'2" (2.8m). Bay window to front.

Dining Room 9'10" (3m) x 8'2" (2.5m) (excluding alcove). Window to rear.

Kitchen 13'1" x 9' (3.99m x 2.74m). Window to rear, double glazed window to side, door to side, fitted wall and base units with molded work surfaces, splashback tiles, sink, room for fridge/freezer and plumbing for washing machine.

FIRST FLOOR

Landing    Giving access to rooms.

Bedroom One 13'11" x 11'4" (4.24m x 3.45m). Two windows to front.

Bedroom Two 11'1" x 8'8" (3.38m x 2.64m). Double glazed window to rear.

Bedroom Three 9'5" x 9'1" (2.87m x 2.77m). Window to rear.

Bathroom    Window to side, low level WC and panelled bath.

For more information and for full property details visit the official online listing HERE!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Paul McCartney reveals NEW album artwork and deluxe tracklisting


October 14th (15th in the US) will see the release of Paul’s first album of brand NEW solo material in six years.

Today, Monday 23rd September, Paul reveals NEW artwork as well as tracklisting for the deluxe version.




The deluxe package will include two additional brand new studio recordings.

Standard and deluxe both include:

1.     Save Us (produced by Paul Epworth)
2.     Alligator (produced by Mark Ronson)
3.     On My Way To Work (produced by Giles Martin)
4.     Queenie Eye (produced by Paul Epworth)
5.     Early Days (produced by Ethan Johns)
6.     New (produced by Mark Ronson with additional production by Giles Martin)
7.     Appreciate (produced by Giles Martin)
8.     Everybody Out There (produced by Giles Martin)
9.     Hosanna (produced by Ethan Johns)
10.  I Can Bet (produced by Giles Martin)
11.  Looking At Her (produced by Giles Martin)
12.  Road (produced by Paul Epworth)

Deluxe includes bonus tracks:

13.  Turned Out (produced by Ethan Johns with additional production by Giles Martin)
14.  Get Me Out Of Here (produced by Giles Martin)

Executive Producers: Paul McCartney and Giles Martin               Mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent
Deluxe edition total Running Time: 52:15

This weekend saw Paul perform NEW material live for the first time in Las Vegas at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. In an eight song set Paul premiered ‘Save Us’, New’ and ‘Everybody Out There’.

Talking about the album, Paul said: “It's funny, when I play people the album they’re surprised it’s me. A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you'd recognise as mine. I didn't want it to all sound the same. I really enjoyed making this album.  It's always great to get a chance to get into the studio with a bunch of new songs and I was lucky to work with some very cool producers.  We had a lot of fun.”

Paul worked on the album with producers Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin.

The album was recorded at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles; Avatar Studios, New York; Abbey Road Studios, London; Air Studios, London; Wolf Tone Studios, London and Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex.

Artwork information:
NEW album cover inspired by Dan Flavin with special thanks to Stephen Flavin
Logo and cover concept: Rebecca and Mike
Consultancy and design: YES
Cover Image: Ben Ib 


Pre-order New From iTunes: http://smarturl.it/PMnewiTunes

Keep Up With Paul: #whatsnew
@PaulMcCartney on Instagram





Sunday, 22 September 2013

Beatles LPs For Sale


ORIGINAL BEATLES LPS
IN NEAR MINT CONDITION
ALL U.K. RELEASES UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED
FROM MY OWN PERSONAL COLLECTION WHICH I BOUGHT AS THEY WERE RELEASED
UPDATED 1ST SEPT

1.      THE BEATLES 1962-1966 LATE 80’S REISSUE OF ORIGINAL 1973-26 TRACK COMPILATION GATEFOLD PICTURE SLEEVE WITH MATCHING  COLOURED LYRIC  INNERS  DOUBLE ALBUM APPLE PCSP 717  25 euro

2.      THE BEATLES 1967-1970  1973 UK RELEASE 28 TRACK APPLE DOUBLE GATEFOLD COVER WITH MATCHING COLOURED LYRIC INNERS  PCSP 718   25 euro

3.      THE BEATLES   1-2000 UK 27 TRACK COMPILATION DOUBLE LP APPLE 7243 5 29970 2 NOW DELETED  25euro

4.      THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 1 – 1995 UK LIMITED EDITION 60 TRACK 3 LP SET IN SUPERB TRI FOLD GATEFOLD  PICTURE SLEEVE-  NOW DELETED APPLE/EMI  PCSP 727  35 euro

5.       THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 2 – 1996 UK LIMITED EDITION  45 TRACK 3 LP SET IN SUPERB TRI FOLD GATEFOLD PICTURE SLEEVE  NOW DELETED  35 euro

6.      THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 3 – 1996 UK LIMITED EDITION 50 TRACK 3 LP SET IN SUPERB TRI FOLD GATEFOLD PICTURE SLEEVE NOW DELETED  APPLE/EMI PCSP 729 35 euro

7.      THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE SONGTRACK  15 TRACKS APPLE/PARLOPHONE 521 4811  25 euro

8.      THE BEATLES BOX 8 LP SET  JAPANESE EDITION 160 euro


+          POSTAGE EXTRA
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BEATLES LPS- FOREIGN RELEASES
ALL IN NEAR MINT CONDITION
FROM MY OWN PERSONAL COLLECTION
UPDATED 1ST SEPT 2013

  1. THE BEATLES RARITIES- RARE 15 TRACK GATEFOLD COVER WITH BUTCHER PHOTO ON INSIDE-PCSO 7581- WITH INNER SLEEVE- AUSTRALIAN RELEASE – ON EMI/PARLOPHONE ORANGE LABEL    25 euro

  1. THE ESSENTIAL BEATLES –RARE APPLE LABEL TV SS8 STEREO –AUSTRALIAN RELEASE ONLY –ON GREEN APPLE 16 TRACKS FEATURING 1ST APPEARANCE  WORLD WIDE OF ‘PENNY LANE’ IN TRUE STEREO VINYL FLAWLESS  NICE COVER  25 euro 
  1. PLEASE PLEASE ME- FRENCH ODEON LABEL 1977 RE ISSUE –STEREO COPY     25 euro 
  1.  BEATLES ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC RARE YUGO PRESSING 2LP EX/NM  –GATEFOLD COVER- FMR YUGOSLAV RELEASE –JUGOTON LPSPAR 75033/4–BLK EMI/PARLOPHONE LABEL      65 euro 
  1. THE BEATLES RARITIES –GATEFOLD CVR WITH BUTCHER PHOTO ON INSIDE WITH INNER SLEEVE -SHAL- 12080 U.S. PRESSING ON CAPITOL/EMI RAINBOW LABEL  25 euro

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SOLO BEATLE LP RELEASES
AND BEATLE RELATED LP RELEASES
ALL IN NEAR MINT CONDITION
ALL UK RELEASES UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.FROM MY OWN PERSONAL COLLECTION.
UPDATED 1ST SEPT


  1. SPLINTER ‘THE PLACE I LOVE’ ORIGINAL UK RELEASE  ON DARK HORSE RECORDS AMLH 22001 ORIGINAL INNER SLEEVE AND LYRIC SHEET AND FOLD OUT SLEEVE 9 TRACK VINYL LP PRODUCED BY GEORGE HARRISON  VERY SCARCE AND RARE  NOW DELETED   25 euro 
   2. BADFINGER ‘ASS’  1973 US 10 TRACK APPLE LABEL VINYL LP CAT NO SW3411 HOUSED IN A PICTURE SLEEVE C/W  INNER SLEEVE . VINYL AND COVER SUPERB   25 euro 

   3.GEORGE HARRISON’S  1979 ‘SELF TITLED’ LP U.S. RELEASE ON DARK HORSE LABEL DHK  3255 C/W INNER SLEEVE  25 euro

   4.RINGO STARR ‘SENTIMENTAL  JOURNEY’ GERMAN  IMPORT  ON APPLE LABEL RELEASED IN 1970 1C 064 -04 389  25 euro

  5. RINGO STARR  1973 SELF TITLED LP ‘RINGO’
GERMAN IMPORT ON APPLE LABEL RELEASED IN 1973
GATEFOLD COVER  C/W BOOKLET 1C 064 05492    25 euro
  
6.GEORGE HARRISON AND FRIENDS  ‘CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH’ 3LP ORIGINAL VINYL 1971 RELEASE ON CUSTOM LABEL APPLE STCX 3385 C/W BOOK MINT COND  NOW DELETED  65 euro
  
7. PAUL MCCARTNEY ‘CHOBA B CCCP’ 1988 RUSSIAN  2ND  ISSUE 13 TRACK MELODIA LABEL VINYL LP INTENDED FOR ONLY RUSSIAN RELEASE THE 2ND ISSUE WAS RELEASED IN DEC ’88  WITH 2 BONUS TRACKS  RED STAR PICTURE SLEEVE WITH CYRILLIC TEXT PLAIN WHITE LABEL  MINT COND  30 euro
  
8. JOHN AND YOKO ‘SOMETIME IN NEW YORK’ CITY 2LP SET 1980 REISSUE ON EMI PARLOPHONE BLACK SILVER LABEL INCLUDES ORIGINAL INNER SLEEVES MINT COND  25 euro

 9.PAUL MCCARTNEY ‘TUG OF WAR’ 1982 UK ORIGINAL 12 TRACK LP PCTC 259  PICTURE SLEEVE MINT COND  25 euro

10. GEORGE HARRISON ‘LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD’ORIGINAL  SCARCE UK 11 TRACK VINYL PAS 10006  GATEFOLD COVER C/W LYRIC SHEET MINT COND  NOW DELETED   30 euro

11. RINGO STARR ‘BEAUCOUPS OF BLUES’  ORIGINAL RARE 1970 UK APPLE 12 TRACK VINYL LP PAS 10002 LAMINATED GATEFOLD SLEEVE MINT COND  NOW DELETED  30 euro

12.RINGO STARR ‘RINGO’ 1973 ORIGINAL  UK APPLE PCTC 252  10 TRACK LP WITH PICTURE LABEL GATEFOLD COVER C/W WITH 20 PAGE BOOKLET/LYRIC SHEET  MINT COND  NOW DELETED  30 euro

13. BADFINGER ‘NO DICE’ ORIGINAL 1970  US APPLE LABEL 12 TRACK VINYL LP CAT NO SKAO 3367 GATEFOLD COVER CONTAINS HITS ‘NO MATTER WHAT’ AND ‘WITHOUT YOU’ ‘COVER AND VINYL SUPERB  25 euro

14. BADFINGER ‘MAGIC CHRISTIAN MUSIC’ ORIGINAL 1969 US APPLE LABEL 12 TRACK VINYL LP CAT NO ST 3364 FEATURES HIT SINGLE ‘COME AND GET IT’ COLOR PASTED PICTURE SLEEVE   25euro 

15. PAUL MCCARTNEY’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM ‘MCCARTNEY’ GLOSSY GATEFOLD COVER ON APPLE LABEL PCS 7102 VERY HARD TO FIND NOW DELETED  30 euro 

16. PAUL AND LINDA MCCARTNEY ‘RAM’ GATEFOLD COVER ON APPLE LABEL PAS 10003 NOW DELETED 30 euro 

18. JOHN LENNON WONSAPONATIME 2LP SET CAPITOL RECORDS 7243  4  97639  1  3 1998 RELEASE  30euro


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Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Mersey Beatles at the Epstein - November 9



For more information: www.themerseybeatles.com
To book online click HERE!


The Epstein Theatre Celebrates Brian's Birthday!

by Donna Jackson

It was a pleasure and a privilege today to attend the celebration at the Epstein Theatre honouring Brian Epstein on what would have been his 79th birthday.



The theatre's annual Open Day honoured Brian and also raised money for Macmillan Cancer Research by participating in Britain’s Biggest Coffee Morning.  Tea, coffee and delicious cakes -- many of whom were generously donated by local businesses -- were available with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Research. 

Happy Birthday to
Brian from the
Beatles Story!

Joe Flannery, lifelong friend of Brian and author of the autobiographical, "Standing in the Wings – The Beatles, Brian Epstein and me" was in attendance, and Andrew Lancel, who recently played the part of Brian in "Epstein" to nightly standing ovations, popped in to join in the celebrations too!

Brian looking down on Joe Flannery and Andrew Lancel
One of the highlights of the day was the Theatre Tour.  My tour guide, Angela, was great, describing the history of the theatre -- how it was originally built by the Cranes for their own private use, how they donated it to the city, and why the name was changed to the Neptune, and then to the Epstein Theatre.  The latter was not just because of Brian's immense contributions to Liverpool's music history, or because of his well-known love of the theatre but also because, in his youth, Brian had worked as an usher at the theatre!

Today's theatre tour. Although the 'N' over the stage
commemorates the theatre's history as the Neptune,
for many Beatles fans, including myself, it honours the
'Nemperor'
As well as providing details of the theatre's fascinating history, Angela pointed out some of the special features of the Epstein -- for example, it's one of the few remaining theatres with a sloping stage -- and told us of some of the ghosts (all friendly!) who are regular visitors.

The Epstein Theatre's sloping stage.
It was also great to be allowed a rare glimpse of the back-stage area, including the dressing rooms, the green room and some of the costumes that are being gathered for this year's Pantomine (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs).

Some of the costumes for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
in the large (dancers) dressing room

View of the beautiful theatre from the stage


The Epstein is a truly beautiful theatre and with a capacity of only 397 it provides a special and intimate setting for the shows.  It's a favourite 'alternative' venue for the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and offers a wide variety of shows year-round.  For more information on the theatre, and to book tickets, visit the theatre website at http://www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk/



Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Beatles: The BBC Archives - Pre-Order Now!



THE BEATLES: THE BBC ARCHIVES 1962 – 1970

Published on 17 October 2013 by BBC Books as a boxed hardback - £45 
Available to Pre-Order Now! (See Link Below)






For the first time, The Beatles relationship with the BBC uncovered   

BBC radio and television played crucial roles during The Beatles’ initial breakthrough and subsequent global domination. With exclusive access to archive material, this book reveals the relationship between the UK’s foremost broadcasting organisation and the world’s most celebrated pop group from 1962 to 1970.



This lavishly produced 336-page book, packaged in a box with 8 x removable facsimile archive documents, provides a visually rich and hugely evocative in-depth account of The Beatles’ BBC TV and radio appearances. Author Kevin Howlett draws on interview transcripts, previously unseen documents from the archives, the recollections of producers and engineers who worked with the band at the time and his own meticulous research to provide us with a compelling new definitive history of the Fab Four. From the excitement of Beatlemania to the mature reflections of the last interviews, it was all seen and heard on the BBC.



There have been numerous books written about The Beatles but Kevin Howlett tells their story from a completely new perspective. He has sourced a wealth of extraordinary material from the BBC archives which, until now, have never seen the light of day. This is an important, exciting book on the world’s most celebrated pop group.




BBC producer and author Kevin Howlett has been closely associated with The Beatles throughout his career. He has previously written three books about them, and has made radio documentaries for Apple Corps. He wrote the booklet essays for all fourteen of The Beatles' albums remastered in 2009, and he wrote the notes and produced the 'Fly On The Wall' bonus disc for the 2003 Beatles remixed album Let It Be ...Naked.


  • Includes personal recollections from presenters, producers and studio staff
  • Contains never-seen-before Audience Research material on shows starring The Beatles
  • Readers will see letters, memos and other archive documents, including the historic report from 1962 on The Beatles’ audition for BBC radio
  • The book will also include commentaries on all the songs The Beatles performed for BBC radio and TV
  


To pre-order CLICK HERE


Monday, 16 September 2013

RIP Jackie Lomax

The Beatles Shop has just received an official statement from Jackie Lomax's family, and has given us permission to pass on the sad news:

"Official Statement from Jackie Lomax's Family 

Jackie Lomax, recording artist, songwriter, performer, died yesterday at the family home after a brief illness. He died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him.

Jackie was born in Merseyside and was an original member of The Undertakers and a recording artist at Apple Studios.

His career spanned fifty years and he will be sorely missed."

The thoughts of everyone in the BBFC are with Jackie's family and friends at this very sad time.

Paul McCartney reveals tracklisting for NEW album


c. MPL Mary McCartney

October 14th (15th in the US) will see the release of Paul’s first album of brand NEW solo material in six years. Today the tracklisting is revealed:

1.     Save Us (produced by Paul Epworth)
2.     Alligator (produced by Mark Ronson)
3.     On My Way to Work (produced by Giles Martin)
4.     Queenie Eye (produced by Paul Epworth)
5.     Early Days (produced by Ethan Johns)
6.     New (produced by Mark Ronson)
7.     Appreciate (produced by Giles Martin)
8.     Everybody Out There (produced by Giles Martin)
9.     Hosanna (produced by Ethan Johns)
10.  I Can Bet (produced by Giles Martin)
11.  Looking At Her (produced by Giles Martin)
12.  Road (produced by Giles Martin)

Executive Producer: Giles Martin                                    Mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent
Total Running Time: 46:11

Talking about the album, Paul said: “It's funny, when I play people the album they’re surprised it’s me. A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you'd recognise as mine. I didn't want it to all sound the same. I really enjoyed making this album.  It's always great to get a chance to get into the studio with a bunch of new songs and I was lucky to work with some very cool producers.  We had a lot of fun.”


Paul worked on the album with producers Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin.

Commenting on the process, Paul said: “The original idea was to go to a couple of producers whose work I loved, to see who I got on with best - but it turned out I got on with all of them! We made something really different with each producer, so I couldn’t choose and ended up working with all four. We just had a good time in different ways.“


The album was recorded at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles; Avatar Studios, New York; Abbey Road Studios, London; Air Studios, London; Wolf Tone Studios, London and Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex.

NEW is available from here: http://smarturl.it/PMnewiTunes

 More new details to follow in the coming weeks.



Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, to Host Special Celebration for Brian's Birthday!

Epstein Theatre announces a very special annual Open Day with charity Birthday Tea for Brian


Epstein Theatre Open Day 
(Hanover St, Liverpool City Centre)
Thursday 19 September 2013, 10am-4pm
________________________________________________________________

On Thursday, Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre will once again throw open its doors to the public for a now annual Open Day in honour of the late Mr. Brian Epstein’s Birthday. The 2013 Open Day, which is extra special this year as the theatre celebrates its centenary year, will take place on Thursday 19th September, which would have been Brian’s 79th Birthday. In 2012, hundreds of people from all over Liverpool and beyond attended on the day and theatre management are expecting an even better turn out this year!

The Epstein theatre will this year celebrate Brian’s Birthday with a very special birthday tea in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research, as part of Britain’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The public can come along and enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea and for a small donation, a delicious range of sweet treats and cakes generously provided by local suppliers. All donations will go to Macmillan Cancer Research. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a cake and a special prize will be given for the most tastiest cake.

On the day, the theatre will be open from 10am to 4pm and as well as Brian’s Birthday Tea the day will feature tours of the theatre where the public can explore the beauty of the venue such as the picturesque foyer, bar and auditorium.  This day also launched the theatre's Autumn season and those attending can pick up the brand new brochure hot off the press.

Joe Flannery, lifelong friend of Brian and Beatles Tour Manager will also be in attendance throughout the day and his new autobiographical book ‘Standing in the Wings – The Beatles, Brian Epstein and me’ can be purchased (priced at £18) and personally signed by Joe on the day.

Those attending can also enjoy numerous musical performances from live bands representing the musical influences that Epstein managed. While enjoying the music, visitors will also have a chance to view an exhibition of photographs taken over the theatre’s 100 year history in this, its centenary year.

There will be raffle prizes up for grabs throughout the day, including tickets for several great shows at the venue and delicious cakes from Dafna’s (Smithdown Road) and The Cake Shop (Central Station).

Rebekah Pichilingi, General Manager at the Epstein Theatre said: “We can’t wait to welcome customers new and old as we celebrate Brian's Birthday and support Macmillan Cancer Research by bringing cake & eating cake! It’s also a chance to browse through our new autumn brochure, listen to live music, meet Joe Flannery and explore our beautiful theatre.”

On this special day, there’s lots for the public to enjoy right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre.

For full details and to join the theatre mailing list visit www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk


About The Epstein Theatre

The Epstein Theatre (formerly known as The Neptune) was originally opened as Crane’s Music Hall in 1911, and was a popular location for recitals and performances.  It was renamed Crane Theatre in 1938. In 1967 the theatre was purchased from the Cranes by Liverpool Corporation, who decided that the theatre should be run by local people for local people and was named The Neptune Theatre. The Neptune also became a comedy club and after many years of uncertainty about the future of the theatre, it eventually closed in 2005.  In July 2011, a £1million refurbishment of the theatre was completed which saw the Hanover Street venue brought up to 21st century standards and renamed ‘The Epstein Theatre’ in honour of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who guided the Fab Four from popular cellar act to global superstardom.  The management contract was up for tender and was won by the well established team behind Liverpool’s annual Sound City Music Festival. The Sound City team outlined plans to use the building to showcase cutting edge art and pop culture events ranging from drama productions to art exhibitions, and also aim to ensure the Epstein can be utilised by community groups from across the city.  The Theatre was officially opened on Wednesday 9th May 2012.

About Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein’s had an illustrious career from his drama school days to managing the world’s biggest pop group. His short life was crammed with success and controversy; an intelligent man whose presence, taste, vision and passion left a lifelong impact on the world.  Born in Liverpool on 19 September 1934 to Jewish descent, the cool, modern, urbane and gay, Brian spent his early adult life working for the family business NEMS (North End Music Stores), between being drafted into the Royal Army Service Corps and moving to London to join RADA and live a more openly gay life. He returned to Liverpool to manage the new NEMS city centre music store making it one of the biggest in the North. Not long after was the historic lunchtime visit to the famous Cavern Club to hear four Liverpool lads perform and the rest was history. Brian died in August 1967 of an accidental overdose at the age of 32

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Paul McCartney Gives NEW Impromptu Acoustic Performance


c. Mary McCartney



Last month, whilst getting ready to go on stage at Regina, Paul McCartney was caught on camera performing an impromptu version of New. This quickly turned into an acoustic performance when Paul was joined by the rest of his band for a run-through the song. Check out the video!




Pre-order New From iTunes: http://smarturl.it/PMnewiTunes

Keep Up With Paul: #whatsnew
Paul has officially joined Instagram. You can follow @PaulMcCartney for the latest photos and videos!







Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Beatles "On Air - Live at the BBC Volume Two" - Pre Order Now!


New


New 2 CD and Vinyl LP Collections Feature 40 Performances from The Beatles’ 1963-1964 BBC Radio Broadcasts

In 1994, The Beatles’ Live at the BBC was released to worldwide acclaim - hitting number one in the U.K., number three in the U.S. and selling more than five million copies within six weeks. Now, a new companion to The Beatles’ first BBC collection, On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2, will be released Monday, November 11 in 2 CD and 180-gram vinyl packages with a 48-page booklet.

"You tend to forget that we were a working band. It’s that mono sound. There were usually no overdubs. We were in at the count-in and that was it. I get excited listening to them." (Ringo)

Between March 1962 and June 1965, no fewer than 275 unique musical performances by The Beatles were broadcast by the BBC in the U.K. The group played songs on 39 radio shows in 1963 alone.

"We used to drive 200 miles in an old van down the M1, come into London, try and find the BBC and then set up and do the program. Then we’d probably drive back to Newcastle for a gig in the evening!" (George)

On Air’s 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with The Beatles’ first BBC release, include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band’s members and their BBC radio hosts. When first broadcast, pop fans were amazed to hear such witty irreverence on the rather formal BBC and it is great fun to hear these extracts now. In addition, On Air releases, for the first time, the group’s candid interviews for the Pop Profile series recorded in November 1965 and May 1966.

"An exhilarating portrait of a band in the process of shaping its own voice and vision." (Rolling Stone, on 1994’s Live At The BBC)

Ten of On Air’s songs were never recorded by the group for EMI in the 1960s, including two making their debuts with the new release: The Beatles’ direct-to-air performance of Chuck Berry’s "I’m Talking About You" and a rocking cover of the standard "Beautiful Dreamer." On Air also includes different versions of six rarities heard on the 1994 BBC collection: Little Richard’s "Lucille," Chuck Berry’s "Memphis, Tennessee," Chan Romero’s "The Hippy Hippy Shake," Ray Charles’ "I Got A Woman," and two songs they learned from records by Carl Perkins, "Glad All Over" and "Sure To Fall".

"There’s a lot of energy and spirit. We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes." (Paul)

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Live At The BBC Vol 1

Newly remastered for reissue on November 11, The Beatles’ first Live at the BBC album sounds and looks better than ever. This collection of the group’s BBC sessions mixed versions of their hits with a treasure trove of 30 songs The Beatles performed on air but never released on record in the 1960s. The compelling track list ranged from a rare performance of the little known Lennon-McCartney original "I'll Be On My Way" to covers of classic rock ’n’ roll and contemporary rhythm and blues songs.
In the studios of the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Beatles performed music for a variety of radio shows. On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2 presents the sound of The Beatles seizing their moment to play for the nation.

On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 is now available for pre-order via your local official Beatles Stores or your local retailer