Wednesday, May 30, 2007

40 years ago today...almost!

Friday is the 40th anniversary of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

RINGO: "Sgt Pepper was our grandest endeavour. It gave everybody – including me – a lot of leeway to come up with ideas and to try different material."

PAUL: "After the record was finished, I thought it was great. I thought it was a huge advance, and I was very pleased because a month or two earlier the press and the music papers had been saying, 'What are The Beatles up to? Drying up, I suppose.' So it was nice, making an album like Pepper and thinking, 'Yeah, drying up, I suppose. That’s right.'

GEORGE: "I liked Sgt Pepper when it was finished. I knew it was different for the public, and I was very happy with the concept of the cover."

JOHN: "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most important steps in our career. It had to be just right. We tried, and I think succeeded in achieving what we set out to do. If we hadn't, then it wouldn't be out now.

[Quotes from The Beatles Anthology]

Friday, May 25, 2007

White Ball to launch Lennon appeal

An article from icLiverpool about the launch of the new John Lennon Child Health Foundation.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Paul and Popeye

My Pet John

See all my adopted Beatles here

Or adopt one of my Adoptable Lennons.

New Julian Lennon songs

I should have posted this link last week but I forgot. It's Julian Lennon's Myspace, where you can listen to some of the tracks from his new album.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Lennon festival line-up announced

A remote Highland village has announced plans for a major festival in honour of John Lennon.

Organisers said the three-day event in Durness would be one of the "most extraordinary" festivals to be staged in Scotland.

The festival plans include musical performances, poetry readings, film screenings and a dance event in a cave.

John Lennon spent five summers in the area while he was young, staying on a croft in Sango Bay with his cousin.

World premiere

The landscape is said to have inspired Lennon's song In My Life.

Organisers have announced that 1,100 tickets for the September festival will be released.

The line-up includes the Royal Academy of Music who will perform a world premiere of a Beatles Prom.

Also on the bill are Nizlopi whose JCB Song reached number one at Christmas.


A dance event is to be held in Britain's largest sea cave, and the poets Carol Ann Duffy and Michael Horovitz are expected to take part.

The Beatles connection is to be marked with screenings of the band's films and by family members talking about John Lennon's life.

The famous singer-songwriter's cousin Stan Parkes, 72, said Lennon would have been "delighted and surprised" to learn he had inspired such a festival in a place he loved so much.

Durness has a population of 350 and is one of the most remote villages on the British mainland.

Friday, May 18, 2007

How I Won The War pictures

I added 17 pictures to the "How I Won The War" album.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Picture updates

Three more pictures from Foyle's Literary Luncheon added to The Writing Beatle

And three more pictures from "Around The Beatles" added to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Cynthia's favourite John Lennon song

"There were so many but let me say 'Woman'. I just thought it was so beautiful – the overall sentiment about women. I know it's said that it was written for Yoko, but I always felt it was written for all the women in his life, a little bit like 'In My Life', looking back in retrospect. It was such a gentle, beautiful love song, and that's how I’d rather remember him than for his battling political songs or for all the anger that came out. I just felt that at the end he was mellowing and softening."

This is from a Cynthia Lennon interview I found at:

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Full Track List Announced For Lennon Charity Tribute

With Green Day's cover of "Working Class Hero" arriving at radio today, the entire track listing has been announced for the John Lennon charity tribute record Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur. The all-star disc includes contributions from U2, R.E.M., Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith and Black Eyed Peas, In addition to the two-CD set, additional tracks from Ozzy Osbourne, Duran Duran, Willie Nelson, the Deftones and others will be released digitally.

Proceeds from CD and digital sales will support Amnesty International and its campaign to focus attention and mobilize activism around the urgent catastrophe in Darfur, and other human rights crises. "It's wonderful that, through this campaign, music that is so familiar to many people of my era will now be embraced by a whole new generation," said Yoko Ono. "John's music set out to inspire change, and in standing up for human rights, we really can make the world a better place."

Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International U.S.A., adds, "We know music's power to unite and inspire people. With hundreds of thousands dead, millions driven from their burned out villages and rape being used as a tactic in the Darfur conflict, the world needs a mass mobilization demanding action and justice. The Instant Karma campaign combines John Lennon's passionate desire for us to imagine a more peaceful world with Amnesty International's expertise in achieving justice. Instant Karma allows ordinary people to lend their hand in saving lives -- a notion we think would make John proud."

Instant Karma track listing:

Disc One:
U2 -- "Instant Karma"
R.E.M. -- "#9 Dream"
Christina Aguilera -- "Mother"
Aerosmith -- "Give Peace A Chance"
Lenny Kravitz -- "Cold Turkey"
Los Lonely Boys -- "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night"
Corinne Bailey Rae -- "I'm Losing You"
Jakob Dylan featuring Dhani Harrison -- "Gimme Some Truth"
Jackson Browne -- "Oh My Love"
Big & Rich -- "Nobody Told Me"

Disc Two:
Green Day -- "Working Class Hero"
Black Eyed Peas -- "Power to the People"
Jack Johnson -- "Imagine"
Snow Patrol -- "Isolation"
Matisyahu -- "Watching the Wheels"
Ben Harper -- "Beautiful Boy"
The Postal Service -- "Grow Old With Me"
Jaguares -- "Gimme Some Truth"
Avril Lavigne -- "Imagine"
The Flaming Lips -- "(Just Like) Starting Over"
Regina Spektor -- "Real Love"