Friday, 21 September 2018

Jam Packed Issue 67 Available Now!

Issue 67 of 2018 is in the post for all members and chock full of great stuff!

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

Issue 67 (Sept 2018) includes:
  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Coming Up-Forthcoming Events
  • Media Watch
  • History of the Ringo’s All-Starr Band
  • Yellow Submarine Movie Review
  • The Beatles NOT For Sale
  • McCartney Live at The Cavern, again
  • Pete Best - his dismissal
  • Paperback Writers
  • Politics of John Lennon - Part 3
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • NEMS Enterprises
  • Strawberry Fields Forever 2018
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photo of the Month

Friday, 7 September 2018

Don't forget to pre-order your Corgi Magical Mystery Tour Bus and Yellow Submarine

Available for pre order Corgi Magical Mystery Tour Bus and Corgi Yellow Submarine

Corgi Magical Mystery Tour Bus CC42418

  • RRP £25.00 + postage
  • Pre Order Price £22.50 + postage
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 Prices exclude postage (see rates below)

Corgi Yellow Submarine CC05401

  • RRP £25.00 + postage
  • Pre Order Price £22.50 + postage
  • BBFC Member Pre Order Price £20.25 + postage
 Prices exclude postage (see rates below)

Magical Mystery Tour Bus is 1:76 scale and measures 145mm in length.

Yellow submarine measures 134mm in length.

Expected release date is October 2018 but this is subject to change without notice.

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Saturday, 1 September 2018

Help Us Celebrate The White Album's 50th

November 22nd will be the 50th anniversary of the 9th studio album by The Beatles called 'The Beatles' but better known as 'The White Album'.

Our December issue of the club magazine will be covering the anniversary and we need your help.

The album's cover design, by Richard Hamilton, is a simple white cover.  Although it wasn't a limited edition, they cleverly stamped each with a consecutive number to give it a limited edition feel.

Over time, those numbers have had the effect of making those numbered albums highly valuable with the value going up the lower the number.

We'd like to do a photo collage for the magazine, So if you have an original 'numbered' album sleeve, take a close up photo of it and send it to us with your name and where and when you got it.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Tickets on Sale Wednesday for Dublin Beatles Day 2018

Dublin's BEATLES DAY is taking place this year on Saturday, November 3rd.  It will be at the Workman’s Club in Dublin city centre. 
The events on the day will include a two set show from the Scottish band REVOLVER.  In the first set – to celebrate the 55th anniversary – REVOLVER will play the exact same set of songs The Beatles played in Dublin in November 1963.  And in their second set – they will play a wide selection of other songs from The Beatles. 
There will also be a performance of the play WHEN THE BEATLES CAME TO DUBLIN – and the hugely popular BEATLES TABLE QUIZ is back again.  Tickets go on sale this coming Wednesday (August 15) at 10am.  

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Beatles Day in Mons - 17 November 2018

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Let It Be Cast Follow In Footsteps Of Fab Four On Abbey Road 49th

Cast take a break from rehearsals to recreate
iconic Beatles picture on 49th anniversary
The cast of Let It Be took a break from rehearsals in London this morning (Wednesday 8 August) to become Day Trippers on a Magical Mystery Tour to recreate one of The Beatles’ most iconic images.
Today marks the 49th anniversary since the world-famous Abbey Road crossing photograph was actually taken.
To mark the anniversary, Let It Be’s very own Fab Four followed in the footsteps of the biggest band in music history.
The cast pulled on their costumes to recreate the iconic Abbey Road album cover picture at 11.30am – 49 years to the day and the exact time when it was photographed by Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan on 8 August 1969.
West End smash hit show Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles returns to stages this Summer and Autumn to premiere the new updated show to audiences across the UK and Ireland. Beatles fans are invited to join John, Paul, George and Ringo for a great night of live music – from the early beginnings to the height of Beatlemania.
In a twist from the original Let It Be show, audiences will then be invited to Imagine what it would be like to see The Beatles reunite for one night only.
The second act is set a decade after The Beatles went their separate ways. It gives fans a rare glimpse of how the Fab Four once again Come Together to perform. The concert that never was.
In two weeks, the updated Let It Be production will be premiered in the UK and Ireland when it opens at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre on Tuesday 21 August 2018.
The show will then embark on a UK and Ireland tour visiting the Everyman in Cheltenham; Liverpool Empire; Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall; the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin; New Theatre in Hull; Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre; Orchard Theatre in Dartford; and Manchester’ Opera House.
The show will then head to Europe and overseas, with the international tour taking in countries including Germany and North America. It is also hoped that the show will return to a London theatre in late 2018 or early 2019.
A cast of talented musicians will play the Fab Four. The performers have already toured the show to entertain on some of the biggest stages in the world including Broadway.
The Let It Be cast are Michael Gagliano from Woking (John Lennon); Emanuele Angeletti from Italy (Paul McCartney); Irish/Australian John Brosnan (George Harrison); and Ben Cullingworth, from Market Harborough in Leicestershire (Ringo Starr). The band will be joined on stage throughout the tour by musical director Michael Bramwell on keyboards.
Michael Gagliano has already appeared as John Lennon in the new Let It Be show in North America, Canada and Japan, as well as on the West End with the original show.
Michael commented: “To stand on the Abbey Road crossing exactly 49 years to the day and time since John, Paul, George and Ringo did just that, and being dressed as they were, is mind blowing. I’m sure they would never have imagined that almost half a century later people would still be visiting the crossing to recreate that iconic album cover picture for themselves.”
Facebook:       /LetItBeUKTour
Twitter:           @LetItBeUKTour
Wales Millennium Centre
Tuesday 21 August – Saturday 25 August 2018
Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 1 September 2018
Empire Theatre
Monday 3 September – Saturday 8 September 2018
Royal Concert Hall
Tuesday 11 September – Saturday 15 September 2018
Gaiety Theatre
Monday 17 September – Saturday 22 September 2018
New Theatre
Monday 24 September – Saturday 29 September 2018
Playhouse Theatre
Monday 8 October – Saturday 13 October 2018
Orchard Theatre
Monday 15 October – Saturday 20 October 2018
Opera House
Monday 22 October – Saturday 27 October 2018

Pre:Fab! Before the Beatles by Colin Hanton with Colin Hall

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Get your £5 tickets - Paperback Writers - An evening with Kenneth Womack & Gail Renard

Here's your chance to hear from the authors of two new books. 

If you aren't going to International Beatleweek, this is a fabulous opportunity to get to hear from the authors of these fab new books for the low price of just £5!

AUGUST 21st 2018
There are people who know about The Beatles, and then there are people who know about the The Beatles.

Gail and Kenneth know about The Beatles. I mean really know, about the The Beatles.
And before they jet off to Liverpool for the International Beatles Convention they are going to be swinging by 'Matters Of Vinyl Importance’ where Kenneth and Gail will be talking about Kenneth’s latest book ‘Sound Pictures - The life of Beatles producer George Martin’ The second book in the two-part biography of the man popularly known as the fifth Beatle and the follow-up to the award-winning ‘Maximum Volume’. Kenneth will be joined by Gail who will be talking about ‘Give Me A Chance’ her true story of sneaking into John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous Bed-In for peace to get an interview for her school newspaper. The Lennon’s asked Gail to stay for all eight days and she’s been writing ever since.

Gail and Kenneth will also be answering your questions and signing copies of their respective books.
Beer, Wine and light snacks will be served (subject to licence)
Doors 6:00pm for 7:00pm start.

Kenneth Womack is an award-winning music writer and one of the foremost experts on the Beatles.His books include The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (Independent Music Book of the Year 2009). He is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University. Kenneth delivers Beatles talks to audiences around the world and is regularly invited to share his insights with global media, from Huffington Post to the BBC.

Gail Renard is a Bafta award-winning television writer and performer. Her work includes BBC, ITV and C4 comedy and children’s series, as well as books, films and stage plays. Gail is a former Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and its current TV Chair. She passionately defends writers’ rights in the digital world; still fighting for justice as John and Yoko taught her.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Corgi Magical Mystery Tour Bus and Corgi Yellow Submarine - Pre Order Now

Available for pre order Corgi Magical Mystery Tour Bus and Corgi Yellow Submarine

Corgi Magical Mystery Tour Bus CC42418

  • RRP £25.00 + postage
  • Pre Order Price £22.50 + postage
  • BBFC Member Pre Order Price £20.25 + postage
 Prices exclude postage (see rates below)

Corgi Yellow Submarine CC05401

  • RRP £25.00 + postage
  • Pre Order Price £22.50 + postage
  • BBFC Member Pre Order Price £20.25 + postage
 Prices exclude postage (see rates below)

Magical Mystery Tour Bus is 1:76 scale and measures 145mm in length.

Yellow submarine measures 134mm in length.

Expected release date is October 2018 but this is subject to change without notice.

BBFC members when ordering please include your membership number in the order notes.

Prices exclude P&P at the following rates:

UK: £3.20 for one model, £4.25 for both models
Europe: £6.85 for one model, £12.40 for both models
World Zone 1: £9.20 for one model, £16.10 for both models
World Zone 2: £9.90 for one model, £16.75 for both models
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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Paul has been busy- Karaoke, new album, walking in the park

It has been a two weeks tracking Paul McCartney.  He's been in the news since June 9th with so many different things.

June 9: Paul toured Liverpool with James Corden surprising fans at every corner.  In town to film a Car Karaoke segment for CBS,  Paul even visited his old house on Forthlin Road, going inside for the first time in years.

Later that same day, he gave a concert to a lucky 50 people in the Philharmonic Pub debuting a song that he said would be on his new album.

June 10: Paul's Facebook and Twitter accounts started dropping visual hints about the new album with a series of images daily all week.

June 16: Paul gives a private concert at his nephew's wedding reception.

June 18: Paul's birthday! Happy 76th Paul.  The internet was flooded with birthday wishes for Paul.

June 19: Paul officially announces that a double A side single from his new album would be released on June 20 with the full Album, titled Egypt Station, to be released in September in multiple formats.

June 20: As promised, the two singles were available on multiple outlets to download.  'I Don't Know' is a ballad and 'Come on to Me' is a more energetic tune with a catchy beat.  The full album will contain these two songs with 12 more.  The album artwork and the title are from a painting Paul did years ago called "Egypt Station."

June 20: Paul and his wife, Nancy, were spotted strolling through Hyde Park enjoying the weather and, no doubt, the buzz about his new songs.

On the same day, in an interview in Variety Magazine, Paul is quoted saying he will be doing some mini-gigs in July!  No hints were given as to where these gigs will be, so keep your eyes and ears open for news about these.  He also gave some insight into the remastered White Album that will come out with the 50th anniversary of its release.
June 21: This Thursday (technically early Friday morning) on The Late Late Show hosted by James Corden, the Car Karaoke segment filmed by Paul and James on June 9th will be aired.  Available in CBS, it won't be viewable by all countries, but as soon as a version shows up on YouTube we will provide the link.  Below is a teaser that hopefully everyone can see.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

George Martin Bio Part 2 - Coming Soon!

The BBFC have been notified that the second volume of George Martin's biography will be available soon.  We will review it as soon as our review copy arrives, but here are the details. We are also working to try to arrange an interview with the author.  Watch for details.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Issue 66 is on its way to you!

The second issue of 2018 is in the post!

We have been working hard to make the magazine even better than in the past, and we've been receiving loads of positive feedback.

Please let us know if you like the changes, and if you have an idea for something you'd like to see us write about, let us know.  We have an exciting new series starting in our December issue.

Non members can order a copy from our website here.

Issue 66 (June 2018) includes:
  • The Beatles A Day in The Life 
  • Coming Up - Forthcoming Events 
  • Media Watch 
  • When was the last time you played that? 
  • The Beatles NOT for Sale 
  • Meeting a Beatle 
  • Apple Scruffs - How I Love You 
  • Lennon and Cheap Trick 
  • Paperback Writers 
  • Beatles Boots Try Some, Buy Some - New Releases
  • Politics of John Lennon - Part 2 
  • Wings Over Wembley 
  • Offers and Discounts 
  • Crap Photo of the Month

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Preview Review- Maharishi and Me: seeking enlightenment with The Beatles’ guru

The following review is just a sample the content that is in the June issue of the magazine which will  be published in just a few weeks.  Members get four issues a year.  Join here.

Maharishi and Me: seeking enlightenment with The Beatles’ guru
Susan Shumsky
Skyhorse Publishing, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5107-2268-2 (RRP $26.99)

Susan Shumsky is well-placed to write a book about the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – she was a pupil of his for over twenty years and immersed herself in his teachings, his method of meditation (Transcendental - TM) and in his Spiritual Regeneration Movement. In 1966 a teenage Susan, like many of her peers, left home and headed to the hippy scene in Oakland, California. There she began to indulge in the sex and drugs lifestyle, trying LSD and similar mind-expanding drugs in search of something deeper and more meaningful. During this time, she met someone who suggested that there was another way and within days she chanced upon Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda just as George Harrison had during the filming of Help!. This book and encounter was to change her life. Susan then was introduced to Transcendental Meditation and her lifelong spiritual journey began.

“This memoir will raise the veil to uncover how Maharishi captivated me, transformed me and then released me to find self-empowerment in my own spiritual pathway.” Shumsky does not hold back. This is a ‘warts and all’ account of her direct experience with Maharishi and his methods of teaching, his manipulation of his students and staff and his personal foibles. But all throughout she maintains a strong regard and respect for Maharishi as a spiritual teacher (guru) and a man.

Shumsky makes a clear point that the methods practiced by Maharishi may seem cruel and uncaring but were intended to free his students from their egos. “Once we let go of ego attachment, we become our own guru and miracle maker.”

A significant portion of the book and accompanying images is devoted to the Beatles’ experience at the Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh. It must be stressed that the author never met the Beatles but her stories about them in India come from known sources and, more interestingly, from people who were there, people other than the ones we have already heard from. One can’t help but wonder that her publisher asked Shumsky to add these stories to make the book more appealing to a wider audience. Well, it works. Shumsky covers the episode with Alexis Mardas, aka ‘Magic Alex’, and the now-identified woman he probably collaborated with to discredit Maharishi, leading to John and George and their wives leaving the ashram abruptly. Without giving too much away, Shumsky’s account of the Beatles’ time in Rishikesh is an eye-opener and one that every Beatles fan should read and consider carefully in light of the author’s experience of meditation and Maharishi’s methods.

As to the contemporary negative views of Maharishi and his teachings, Shumsky rightfully points out that it had always been the case that gurus came from the Brahmin caste in India. Maharishi did not. Also, the teaching of meditation to achieve a higher spiritual status was intended to be provided with no charge. Maharishi was heavily criticised for his focus on Western pupils who were very willing to pay sometimes quite large sums of money to learn from him. But…”Maharishi transformed the world by introducing and popularising meditation into Western culture.”

Her recall is astonishing; the level of detail in her descriptions of the events spanning from 1966 to the present implies she kept a diary although nowhere in the text does she state this. The reader must take it on trust that she recalls these events and those that she was told about accurately. The chapters are presented chronologically which is a big help in following the complicated machinations of her spiritual journey. Most of the chapters start with one of Maharishi’s sayings which, for me, gives so much more insight into his actual teachings then I have hitherto encountered before. Some years ago, I underwent a weekend training course and subsequent follow-up sessions in TM near Marylebone Station in London and although the Maharishi was still alive at the time, I was never privy to any of his teachings.

In this book Susan Shumsky presents an intense insight into TM and Maharishi in an easily understandable manner. This book is a joy to read.

Terry Bloxham

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Mersey Beatles Following In The Footsteps Of Their Heroes

Following In The Footsteps Of Their Heroes – THE MERSEY BEATLES Announce Biggest Ever UK Tour
After sold out shows in the USA and Europe, the world’s favourite Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band – THE MERSEY BEATLES – are embarking on an historic UK Tour.
Their GET BACK 2018 TOUR visits the very same towns, cities and historic British venues that the original Fab Four first rocked in the 1960s. Tickets are on sale now from
Fewer than 80 of the 200-plus British venues The Beatles played between 1957 and 1966 remain today as so many historic dance halls and theatres that shook to the original Merseybeat sound have been demolished.
In a unique bid to celebrate both The Beatles’ music and the special places that helped shape that world-changing Rock 'n' Roll sound, The Mersey Beatles will play 12 original Fab Four venues in October and November 2018.
The Get Back Tour hits Wirral, Stockport, Whitchurch, Blackburn, Rhyl, Aldershot, Bedford, Norwich, Stoke, Coventry, Lydney, Walthamstow, Margate, Salisbury, Alloa, Aberdeen and Newcastle.
Within a stunning two-hour show – which brilliantly captures all the hits from Love Me Do to Let It Be – The Mersey Beatles will play the exact same songs John, Paul, George and Ringo did at the venue, allowing audiences to really ‘Get Back in time for a true Fab Four experience’.
Ranging from town halls and ballrooms to old cinemas and theatres, the tour opens on October 31st at Port Sunlight’s historic Hulme Hall where, in 1962, Ringo Starr made his first appearance as The Beatles new drummer.
Other venues include Newcastle’s Majestic Ballroom (now the O2 Academy). It was here, after a 1963 show, that John Lennon and Paul McCartney penned the worldwide smash She Loves You in a hotel around the corner.
The 17-date Get Back Tour visits England, Wales and Scotland, including a show at Alloa Town Hall which, in 1960, the then ‘Silver Beetles’ played as part of their first ever professional tour – just months before they famously headed to Hamburg for the first time.
When it comes to stage performance, The Mersey Beatles brilliantly exude the inner and outer spirit of the original Fab Four from the costumes, the haircuts, the instruments and, of course, that unmistakable and legendary Liverpool-born sound.
Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister and director of The Cavern Club, said: “When I hear The Mersey Beatles, it really IS The Beatles”

Joe Flannery, Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein's assistant, added: “When I saw them play in The Cavern, they perfectly recreated the atmosphere that the original Beatles produced. It was just like listening to The Beatles again.”
Formed in 1999 in Liverpool by four school friends, The Mersey Beatles have toured the world many times over. And the band – Mark Bloor (John), Steven Howard (Paul), Craig McGown (George) and Brian Ambrose (Ringo) cannot wait to hit the road in 2018.
Steven said: “This tour is going to be amazing! We are, of course, all Beatles fans and, as Liverpool lads we’ve been obsessed with the band since we were in school. It’s going to be great to follow in the Fab Four’s footsteps and truly recreate those special shows at these wonderful and historic venues.”
Mark added: “We pride ourselves on bringing a true Beatles experience, covering all the eras from the days of The Cavern Club, through Beatlemania to Sgt Pepper and the band’s final gig on the rooftop of the Apple offices. We cannot wait to Get Back to where it all began for the greatest band of all time.”
OCT 31                 PORT SUNLIGHT – Hulme Hall
NOV 6                   STOCKPORT – Plaza
NOV 8                   WHITCHURCH – Civic Centre
NOV 9                   BLACKBURN - King George’s Hall (Windsor Suite)
NOV 10                RHYL – Pavilion
NOV 13                ALDERSHOT – Princes Hall
NOV 14                BEDFORD – Corn Exchange
NOV 15                NORWICH – Epic Studios
NOV 16                STOKE – Kings Hall
NOV 17                COVENTRY – Albany Theatre
NOV 21                 LYDNEY – Town Hall
NOV 22                WALTHAMSTOW – Maud @ Mirth, Marvel and Maud
NOV 23                MARGATE – Winter Gardens
NOV 24                SALISBURY – City Hall
NOV 28                ALLOA – Town Hall
NOV 29                ABERDEEN – The Beach Ballroom
NOV 30                NEWCASTLE – O2 Academy
Tickets are on sale now  via

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Beatles liked the Crickets - do you?

One of the many early rock and roll groups who influenced the boys who would meet and eventually become The Beatles was Buddy Holly and the Crickets.  We happen to like them too, so we are happy to spread the word about this show in Twickenham coming this June.

With audiences around the world dancing in the aisles this legendary production hits The Exchange, Twickenham. Oh Boy! Rave On! Peggy Sue! That’ll Be The Day! - All smash
hits of the golden days of rock ’n’ roll, when ‘doo-wops’ and ‘ah hey, ah hey, heys’ rang out
from every jukebox!

If you weren’t born then, or were too young to be a part of this exciting period of musical history then you won’t want to miss out on the electrifying party that is Buddy - The Buddy
Holly Story!

Experience the ups and downs of Holly’s ‘budding’ musical career as he strives to fulfil his potential genius. The heart-warming tale of a small town all-American boy is told with care, detail and humour. Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story finally explodes into a celebration of youth and lust for life in a re-creation of his last concert at Clear Lake!

This immaculately stages production gives some of the nation’s best musical talent the chance to perform Buddy Holly’s music as it will always be remembered and always should be performed - with youth, joy and bounces enthusiasm. Remember, there are many imitations but only

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