Kevin Wierzbicki/www.antimusic.com You've heard of the 12 Days of Christmas, but do you know about the 12 Days of the Beatles? The 12 Days of the Beatles holiday celebration has already begun and continues through Nov. 30, 2020. So, just what is this fabulous Fab Four event? What's with all the mop top merriment? Conceived by Apple Corps. Ltd. and The Thread Shop (the merchandising arm of Sony Music Entertainment), the 12 Days of the Beatles is a time when Beatles fans can purchase unique Beatles products that celebrate the band's indelible and cultural legacy. .Read more>>>
The surprise discovery that brought The Beatles back together
Ed Power/www.msn.com Paul McCartney was an ex-Beatle on a mission as he arrived at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown Manhattan on 19 January 1994. He was there for the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of John Lennon, his friend, collaborator and occasional rival.
Also at the ceremony was Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, who would appear that night onstage alongside McCartney. In Beatles lore, the two were sworn enemies (an overstatement, though McCartney had admitted to feeling “threatened” by Ono when she started turning up to band recording sessions with Lennon). So it was seen as hugely significant that they would come together to honour a fallen husband and comrade. This was the hell-freezes-over moment many “Fab” fanatics had never imagined they would witness. .Read more>>>
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Did John Lennon fall victim to the ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ curse?
faroutmagazine.co.uk John Lennon’s untimely murder at the hands of the infamous Mark Chapman rocked the world in 1980. The singer’s message of peace and love had been so intrinsic to his identity that this killing in front of his own home felt like an evil attack on the world’s constitution for goodness. While the likelihood of Lennon’s murder being nothing more than a piece of a psychopath’s fame-chasing puzzle is high, there are some dark corners of the web that suggest his murder was connected to something much larger. Those corners point to one of Hollywood’s biggest hits, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, as the reason for Lennon’s death.
Hollywood, and America in general, is often at fault for the perpetuation of so-called ‘curses’. Not only does it add mystique and fervour to the productions they invariably surround but it allows the conversation about the project to carry on for years and years to. In this case, over five decades have passed and yet the tale of the Rosemary’s Baby curse continues to swirl around and be fetishised by those who come across it. While the idea of a ‘curse’ being anything other than balderdash is a difficult one to swallow, there is a lot of misery attached to the film. .Read more>>>
McCARTNEY III COLOR COLLECTIONS
www.paulmccartney.com Paul McCartney: McCartney III - CD /Bundles ‘Made in Rockdown’
50 years following the release of his self-titled first solo album McCartney, featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, Paul McCartney will release McCartney III on December 11th. Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of 'Rockdown,' he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III: a stripped-back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II. Recorded earlier this year in Sussex (UK), McCartney III is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation. McCartney III spans a vast and intimate range of modes and moods, from soul-searching to wistful, from playful to raucous and all points between — captured with some of the same gear from Paul’s Rude Studio used as far back as 1971 Wings sessions. And Paul's array of vintage instruments he played on the new album have an even more storied history, including Bill Black of Elvis Presley's original trio's double bass alongside Paul's own iconic Hofner violin bass, and a mellotron from Abbey Road Studios used on Beatles recordings, to name but a few. Just as McCartney’s 1970 release marked Paul’s return to basics in the wake of the biggest band break-up in musical history, and the 1980 avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II rose from the ashes of Wings, McCartney III finds Paul back on his own, turning unexpected circumstances into a personal snapshot of a timeless artist at a unique point in history. .Read more>>>
One Direction: Harry Styles on The Beatles 'inspiring' his Fine Line album
Callum Crumlish/www.express.co.uk ONE DIRECTION listeners have enjoyed seeing Harry Styles flourish creatively over the past few years during his solo career. While the star had a lot of practice writing music in the band, he has now revealed how, since then, he has found inspiration in artists such as David Bowie and The Beatles. Read more>>>
TODAY IN BEATLES HISTORY
1976 - George Harrison recorded the musical segments for his appearance on "Saturday Night Live." The show aired on November 20. He performed "Homeward Bound" with Paul Simon. 1990 - Paul McCartney's birth certificate sold for $18,000 in an auction in Houston, TX. 2002 - The George Harrison album "Brainwashed" was released. After Harrison's death his son Dhani and Jeff Lynne completed the album. 2003 - The album "Let It Be...Naked" was released. 2003 - The CD and DVD "Concert for George" were released. 2003 - The DVD "Lennon Legend - The Very Best of John Lennon" was released.