Saturday, 15 January 2022

Watch a clip from the play PETE BEST OF THE BEATLES

Stephen Kennedy, Director of the Dublin Beatles Festival has shared the clip below which is from his play PETE BEST OF THE BEATLES.  

 

It's just five minutes long and all based on fact. Enjoy!

 

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

"Lost John" recording celebrates 30 years of Beat Archiv

Our friends at Glauchau Beat Archiv have released a unique vinyl single "Lost John" with musicians like:

  • Rod Davis who played in John's first band, The Quarrymen
  • Chas Newby who who has worked with all four Beatles (Bass)
  • Karsten Steinert from "Die Strawberries" (drums)
  • Edmund Thielow, the owner of Beat Archive (Washboard)

This single was produced to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Beat Archiv and it is limited to 250 copies. It was released on January 10th.

The song itself was first recorded and released in 1925 but was later more famously recorded and released by Lonnie Donegan's Skiffle group in 1956.

This version was performed in 2020 at a live event and recorded.

If you have more questions about this recording, please contact Edmund Thielow at
www.beatarchivgc.de


 

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Happy Xmas (War is Over) - Your chance to win this limited edition copy

Jacaranda Records is offering a chance to get your hands on one of only 50 limited edition copies of Happy Xmas(War Is Over) - hand cut at Abbey Road Studios -  by entering a paid prize draw that could help find Liverpools next great music legend.

We have been gifted a rare and collectible limited edition vinyl acetate by Sean Ono Lennon and Yoko Ono  (machine signed by Yoko) to mark the 50th Anniversary of the song. As one of just 25 independent record stores to receive this amazing gesture were deeply honoured; so were going to use it to raise as much money as possible to support grass roots music in Liverpool.

Tickets for the prize draw will cost £10 each and are available worldwide. We will be drawing the winner at 1pm on Christmas Eve as an early Christmas present. Well also be spreading the Christmas cheer by giving a 10% discount voucher on their next purchase to everyone who enters.

 What we have come up with should hopefully allow us to both raise enough money to record an album with 10 local bands that have never recorded before and offer an average member of the public a chance to win a very special limited edition and benefit a local charity from the sales of the record.

Early next year well be starting the search for 10 of the best unrecorded bands in Liverpool to take into the studio for a charity compilation to be released on Jacaranda Records.

We will be selecting the artists from the massive range of acts that have played on our stage at The Jacaranda Club but have never had the chance to record before.

Graham Stanley, one of the team behind the label says: The Jacaranda Club has its own history with the Beatles going back to the late 50s, and its former owner Alan Williams took The Beatles on their first trip to Hamburg. We want to honour that tradition by giving a leg up to local bands who might struggle in the new modern music industry. We have a great opportunity to do this as never before thanks to this incredible gift from Sean and Yoko. We are extremely excited by what we can potentially achieve with this”

All the profits of the sale of the album will be donated to an as yet undecided charity, but it will be local and will be music related. If enough is raised we want to reinvest and help more bands record their own original material.

The Jacaranda Club, Jacaranda Records, Jacaranda Record Store and Phase One all have strong connections to Liverpools live scene, having hosted hundreds of local, national and international acts. The booking arm of our business Out Of Phase has brought some exciting acts to the city and allowed the music lovers of Liverpool a chance to see bands they might not otherwise see through their in-store record signings.

Our aim is to help change Liverpools standing in the industry and give the public a chance to interact with renowned acts on a much more intimate level.

The prize draw goes live at 9am Friday 10th of December, to coincide with the reopening of  Jacaranda Records Store at 40 Seel St, and ends on Christmas Eve at 1pm. Keep an eye on our website Jacaranda Records and our socials Jacaranda Records Store, The Jacaranda and Phase One for details of how to enter.

Happy Xmas from everyone on The Jacaranda Records team.

#happyxmasvinyl

Yellow Submarine Fans - this book is for you!


IT’S ALL IN THE MIND

Inside The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine – vol.2

By Robert R. Hieronimus, PHD., and Laura E. Cortner
Published 2021- Hieronimus & Co., Inc. Publications
Price: UK £38.89
ISBN: 978-0-9675363-0-9

This book is one of the more unusual books I’ve reviewed and is a very interesting read.  First, although it is volume two, you don’t have to have read volume one.  At the beginning of the book, the author explains that several events happened that ended up providing enough material to write volume 2.  First, the publisher of volume one, insisted on removing some of the more interpretive sections preferring that the book stick to facts rather than opinions.  Secondly, although the authors interviewed everyone they could find who was connected with the film for the first volume, after publication, other artists reached out wanting to share their thoughts and stories.

So if you are looking for a complete history of the film, read volume one.  If you are looking for the layered stories beneath that history, the theories of the authors about underlying themes that are there even though probably not intentionally, and more personal anecdotes from artists who worked on the actual film about the process, this is the book to read.

Because of how the chapters are designed, you don’t have to read the book in order or even every chapter.  It is a bit like a meal on menu.  Choose what you are in the mood for on a given day.  There are 15 chapters but here are few to show you how varied they are:

·         Chapter two: A Most Unusual Plot Summary which is Robert Hieronimus’ thoughts on the unintentional meanings in the plot.

·         Chapter 5: Hijinx on the High Seas which was mostly written by Cam Ford, one of the film’s artists, detailing the pranks and other shenanigans that occurred throughout the film’s development.

·         Chapter 13: George Martin: the quiet trailblazer in which the authors explain how George Martin was so influential and helpful in their quest to document the film.

The book is peppered with photos and behind the scenes imagery.  I honestly think this book has to be read slowly as courses to be savored as it is so calorific with facts and content that it is not something I could sit down and digest in one long read.

I would recommend this for the fan who has everything already and loves Yellow Submarine.

The book is available for distribution through Ingram so if you ask your local bookstore or library to order it for you, they can do that.  Or direct sale from their website www.yellowsubmarinebook.com which comes with bonuses. Or from amazon.com in both a color and a cheaper black and white edition.  ALL TOGETHER NOW!

~ Michele Copp

Friday, 3 December 2021

Free Exhibit of Unseen Beatles Photos in London from Dec 9-Jan16





 
Incredibly rare and never before seen, new photographs of the internationally renowned rock band The Beatles will be on show in Mayfair’s Shapero Modern this December. These lost photographs were taken on the set of the band’s first film A Hard Day’s Night by Lord Christopher Thynne (1934 – 2017). The negatives remained undeveloped for fifty-seven years but now these re-discovered photographs will re-invigorate Beatlemania. Each of the developed prints are available in two sizes, but strictly limited to thirty-five of each. This exhibition at Shapero Modern will not only highlight the tantalising rarity of the photographs, but will also reveal the moments Thynne found himself through photography, whilst also shedding light on The Beatles’ quieter moments between the international adoration.

Shoot back to early spring, 1964. The Beatles had just returned from their first tour of the United States and were on the brink of their celebrated 1964 World Tour, which sparked a mania and fandom so colossal that the Spectator described it as ‘hysterical’. Man-about-town and well-connected photographer Lord Christopher Thynne was invited to the film set for only two days. The son of the 6th Marquess of Bath, Thynne had been sacked as controller of the family seat in Longleat and was pursuing a more bohemian lifestyle. Thynne was able to capture the charismatic band in candid moments between their worldwide tours that brought on the hysteria and Beatlemania the press described.


One of the most influential music films ever made, A Hard Day’s Night portrayed 36 hours of the band’s life as they prepared for a television performance. Thynne’s effortless shots of the ‘famous four’ capture an even closer insight into their lives, through the lens of a casual guest who was seeking inspiration.

Tabitha Philpott-Kent, Gallery Director, comments, It’s an amazing opportunity to see a rare collection of important, never-seen-before images
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These unearthed images will be on sale for £400 - £650 for a limited period of time only. As we approach the festive season, these photographic prints will delight Beatles fans across the world and provide a brilliant investment for collectors of art, photography and music memorabilia.

Shapero Modern Gallery
Shapero Modern is a Mayfair-based contemporary and modern art gallery, specialising in limited edition prints and works on paper. A rare and interesting stock is for sale at the Mayfair gallery, with five curated exhibitions per year, focusing on topical themes from the collection.
 
Getting there
Located in the heart of Mayfair, the closest underground station is Oxford Circus (on the Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Issue 79 is on its way to all members!

Just in time for the shorter days and colder nights, some wonderful reading is working its way to all members as the latest issue of the British Beatles Fan Club magazine (Issue 79) has just been posted.

The holiday season is just a few weeks away and if you have any Beatles fans in your family, 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.

The new issue includes:




  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Coming Up
  • Media Watch
  • Abbey On The River 2021 review
  • There Are Places I Remember
  • The Beatles and their Apple artists
  • Beatles Fan Clubs - Part 1
  • International Beatleweek, Liverpool
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • Paperback Writers
  • Without The Beatles - book excerpt
  • Fab Four on YouTube
  • The Beatles Lost TV & Radio Shows
  • Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photo of the Month

Buckle up your seat belt for this Ticket to Ride - Book Review

 


My Ticket to Ride – How I Ran Away to England to Meet the Beatles and Got Rock and Roll Banned in Cleveland

By Janice Mitchell

Published September 15, 2021- Gray & Company Publishers

Price: UK £12.99

ISBN: 9781598511161

This autobiographical account of Janice’s real-life adventure in 1964 was a fantastic and fast read.  When the book was first offered to me to review, I wasn’t expecting much. So many fans have tales to tell about their adventures trying to meet The Beatles, but I was skeptical that any one person’s tale could fill a nearly 300 page book. I was proved wrong!

I was sucked into her story from the first page and couldn’t put it down. I finished it in a single weekend and promptly bought a copy as a Christmas gift for my best friend!

Part of the draw was that I saw similarities to Janice and her friend Marty. I wasn’t old enough to be a fan when The Beatles were still together, but that didn’t stop my best and me from doing some crazy exploits such as sending Paul birthday cards and delivering them through the letter box in the driveway gate at his London home. What Janice and Marty did went way beyond anything we ever thought of, and to be honest, I wish we had thought of some of the things they did such as finding a way to rent a flat in London and visiting the clubs in Soho where the Beatles were known to hang out.

I don’t want to spoil the story by giving away the best bits but suffice it to say while the two fans spent three weeks having fun, discovering fish and chips, Soho clubs, and learning to navigate on the Tube, they were blissfully unaware that every constable in London was searching for them. Even The Beatles were looking for them!

And when they are finally found it wasn’t the happy ending that everyone assumed. I can’t say more because it would ruin the book, but this is a great read for people who like the human-interest side of Beatles history. It isn’t for the fan who likes to swim in the depths of factoids about who played which instrument on which version on a particular date.  It gives a glimpse into what it was like to be a fan of the Beatles at the height of Beatlemania and because of all the international press at the time about the hunt for these two girls, there is lots of documentation to support the story

~ Michele Copp