Monday, 19 November 2018

Review: Advertising Revolution: The Story of a Song


Advertising Revolution: The Story of a Song
Alan Bradshaw and Linda Scott
Repeater Books, London, 2017
ISBN: 9781912248216
(RRP) £8.99

Advertising Revolution will reawaken negative feelings in many Beatles fans who were outraged by Nike’s 1987 trainers advert incorporating the tune of ‘Revolution’, John Lennon’s first politically-charged song. Excessive capitalism and consumerism were the hallmarks of the 1980s with the birth of the ‘I want it and I want it now’ easy credit, it’s all about me, generation. But Nike wasn’t the first company to harness the power of rock music to sell a product. That dubious honour belongs to Levi Strauss & Co and three West Coast American bands, most notably, The Jefferson Airplane, who agreed in 1967 to do music commercials for Levi white jeans. Grace Slick did withdraw the band’s support (too late ‘though) after she was informed by activist Abbie Hoffman that the Levi Strauss workers in Georgia/Tennessee were then currently on strike over pay and working conditions. By the 1980s, it seems that very few people were pointing out that some of their fashionable sportswear might just haven been made in Asian sweatshops.

So how did this happen when we know that the former Beatles were opposed to their music being used this way? Simply, Yoko said yes. Paul, still simmering over Yoko not coming in with him to buy the Beatles back catalogue (bought by Michael Jackson instead), said it was up to her because it was a John song. That left George and Ringo fuming and Apple filing a lawsuit against Nike, Capital and EMI. It was all not very ‘sporting’!

Both authors of this book are academics in the spheres of economics and advertising. Their book is an excellent study of the use of something conceptual (a song) to sell a visual status symbol (the Nike trainer). Admittedly, it was an ingenious campaign which was, ironically, sparked by a minor employee’s bright idea, and who just happened to be a Beatles fan. The authors’ stated purpose is to show that advertising is not a simple process of selling a product. Instead, they argue that it is a creative collaborative process of an aesthetic nature performed by a group of diverse participants who create what can only be termed a work of art. I have read their arguments and conclude that I don’t agree with them. However, it was a very well-presented, interesting and informative journey to get to that conclusion. The book goes into much detail about the creation of ‘Revolution’ and the milieu in which it was written. I really should check on their birthdates because I don’t think they quite understand 1960s and early 70s American counterculture and radical activism but they are very familiar with the 1980s! The story of Nike and that shoe is also covered in depth and very well. The book is a fascinating read and a great insight into the world of advertising. I do recommend you read it. Both in this book and in this review very little is said about the actual advert itself. You should go on to YouTube and have a look and see if I am right in asking – “What was that all about?”

All in all, what heartens me about this book is that it unintentionally reminds us that there is just something rather nasty about using a song-concept like ‘Revolution’ by a cherished music group to sell falsely-trendy, artificially-overpriced, labour-exploitative gym shoes!

Terry Bloxham

Sunday, 11 November 2018

BBFC Gift Memberships will bring joy all year long!

Looking for the perfect gift for the Beatles fan in your life?

It can be a struggle to find something they don't already have and doesn't cost a fortune.

A gift membership to the British Beatles Fan club is the solution.

What's Included

Membership includes a year's subscription to our outstanding magazine (4 issues).  The magazine includes articles and essays on Beatles related topics, reviews of new releases and books, and more.

The membership package includes a Membership Card giving that entitles members to discounts on tickets to various events and other special offer and a British Beatles Fan Club badge.

Members are also kept informed of special events and can enter our members-only competitions and special offers.


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For recipients whose mailing address is in:
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  • Europe: £25 or €35 or US $40
  • Rest of the world: £30 or €45 or US $50 
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The Birth of the Beatles: The Percy Phillips Studio Collection


Saturday, 20 October 2018

Updated information about The White Album Symposium

Updated information from Ken Womack about this Symposium to be held in early November.

Hi, folks:

I am delighted to announce that our corrected & updated schedule of events for the White Album symposium is now live at https://www.monmouth.edu/the-white-album/schedule/

As with before, please email me with any corrections. As always, be sure to share the conference details far and wide with your networks. We don’t want anyone to miss out on this amazing Beatles opportunity!

Finally, you’ll notice a special session on Sunday that will involve audience participation. Please go ahead and start thinking about the item that you’ll be bringing to share. Our Mystery Host is very excited to meet you and discuss your Beatles artifacts!

With warm regards,
Ken

Kenneth Womack, Ph.D.

The White Album Live in Edinburgh



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

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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. Note: If the link above doesn't work, send your photo and details using this email address. info@britishbeatlesfanclub.co.uk

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


More info at  Beatlesday.be

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

LET IT BE CAST TAKE A
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
TO ABBEY ROAD
 
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.”
 
Website:         www.LetItBeLive.com
Facebook:       /LetItBeUKTour
Twitter:           @LetItBeUKTour
 
LET IT BE UK 2018 TOUR
 
CARDIFF
Wales Millennium Centre
Tuesday 21 August – Saturday 25 August 2018
 
CHELTENHAM
Everyman
Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 1 September 2018
 
LIVERPOOL
Empire Theatre
Monday 3 September – Saturday 8 September 2018
 
NOTTINGHAM
Royal Concert Hall
Tuesday 11 September – Saturday 15 September 2018
 
DUBLIN
Gaiety Theatre
Monday 17 September – Saturday 22 September 2018
 
HULL
New Theatre
Monday 24 September – Saturday 29 September 2018
 
EDINBURGH
Playhouse Theatre
Monday 8 October – Saturday 13 October 2018
 
DARTFORD
Orchard Theatre
Monday 15 October – Saturday 20 October 2018
 
MANCHESTER
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!


______________________________________________________________________________
 “PAPERBACK WRITERS”
AN EVENING WITH KENNETH WOMACK & GAIL RENARD
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.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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

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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.