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New West End show to mark The Beatles’ 50th anniversary

April 16, 2012

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The 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ first hit ‘Love Me Do’ in October 1962 is to be marked with a new West End show celebrating their career.

Titled Let It Be, the new production will tell the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame using historical video footage and live cast performances of more than 20 of the Fab Four’s greatest hits.

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John Lennon ‘definitive’ biography to be published in September

August 2, 2011

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Virgin Books is to release a “definitive” biography of John Lennon on 29 September to coincide with the 40th anniversary of his classic 1971 song ‘Imagine’.

   Titled Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music: A Definitive Life, the 800-page hardback book was written by music historian and journalist Tim Riley.

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Disney cancels The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine remake in 3D

April 29, 2011

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Disney Studios has reportedly scrapped its plans to remake The Beatles’ 1968 psychedelic film Yellow Submarine in 3D, blaming “budget issues”.

   The 3D project was to be directed by Oscar-winning Robert Zemeckis, the creative driving force behind Back To The Future, Forrest Gump and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He planned to use the same motion-capture 3D animation and special effects he employed in the films Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol.

   When the film was first announced in August 2009, Zemeckis said he hoped to get Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr involved in the project. He wanted to incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original film – including ‘All Together Now’, ‘All You Need Is Love’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’.

   Last year, Zemeckis revealed that Dean Lennox Kelly (from BBC TV’s Robin Hood) would provide the voice of John Lennon, along with Peter Serafinowicz (Paul McCartney), Adam Campbell (Ringo Starr) and Cary Elwes (George Harrison).

   The original version of Yellow Submarine – directed by George Dunning – reflected the ‘peace and love’ counter-culture of 1967 and 1968 and told the story of a peaceful, music-loving underwater community that is attacked by music-hating ‘blue meanies’.

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FBI seizes John Lennon fingerprint card from New York auction

October 9, 2010

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The FBI has seized a set of John Lennon’s fingerprints due to be auctioned by a New York memorabilia dealer for at least $100,000 (£62,621).

The fingerprint card was set to be part of an auction of 850 pieces of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia to mark the 70th anniversary of Lennon’s birth.

The fingerprints are thought to have been taken at a New York police station in 1976 when Lennon applied for permanent residency in the United States.

The owner of the card is a music and trade show promoter who acquired it at a music convention about 20 years ago.

The document is in the name of ‘John Winston Ono Lennon’. It shows his address as the Dakota apartment building on West 72nd Street in New York, in front of which he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980.

Lennon’s former immigration lawyer Leon Wildes told the New York Times that some of Lennon’s paperwork had been stolen from him in 1976, including a fingerprint form.

Peter Siegel, co-owner of Gotta Have It! in New York City, said he had to turn the card over to the FBI after FBI officials asked to inspect it and then issued a subpoena demanding the document. The FBI says the fingerprint card is US government property and is now investigating how it ended up in private hands.

A similar fingerprint card was sold by Sotheby’s auction house for $4,125 in 1991. However, that item was not regarded as an official document because it was an extra copy specially made by Lennon and autographed for a policeman.

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Glen Campbell covers songs by U2, Tom Petty, John Lennon and Velvet Underground on new album

August 25, 2008

 

Country star Glen Campbell’s new album, titled Meet Glen Campbell, includes his distinctive take on 10 contemporary and classic rock songs that he says have inspired and touched him musically.

 

The tracks range from the 1969 Velvet Underground song ‘Jesus’ and John Lennon’s beautiful ‘Grow Old With Me’ … to the Foo Fighters’ 2003 hit ‘Times Like These’ and Green Day’s ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’. Other unexpected tracks on the new album include songs originally recorded by U2, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and Travis.

 

Campbell has always been regarded as one of America’s best interpreters of other people’s songs. In the 1960s and 1970s, he released definitive versions of songs by John Hartford (‘Gentle On My Mind’), Allen Toussaint (‘Southern Nights’) and, most notably, Jimmy Webb (‘Galveston’, ‘Wichita Lineman’ and ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’). He certainly makes the diverse selection of tracks on Meet Glen Campbell his own too.

 

On this album, producers Julian Raymond and Howard Willing appear to follow a similar formula to that of Rick Rubin with Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond, and Jack White with Loretta Lynn. Namely, return a veteran artist to the sound and style that made them successful in the first place … and introduce them to a whole new audience at the same time. Meet Glen Campbell certainly evokes the warm sound of Campbell’s hits from the Sixties and Seventies.

 

“While I didn’t write these songs, this sounds like a Glen Campbell album, which is important to me,” says 72-year-old Campbell, whose forty-five year career has resulted in sales of some 45 million records, 27 Top 10 singles, 12 Gold albums, four Platinum albums and one Double-Platinum album.

 

Meet Glen Campbell – described as “a little bit country and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll” – is released in the UK on 25 August 2008.

 

Full track listing:

1. ‘Jesus’ (Velvet Underground)
2. ‘All I Want Is You’ (U2)
3. ‘Times Like These’ (Foo Fighters)
4. ‘Grow Old With Me’ (John Lennon)
5. ‘Angel Dream’ (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
6. ‘Sadly Beautiful’ (The Replacements)
7. ‘Sing’ (Travis)
8. ‘These Days’ (Jackson Browne)
9. ‘Walls (Circus)’ (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
10. ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’ (Green Day).


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