Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Magazine alert: New Beatlefan


In Beatlefan #224, Allan Kozinn of "Things We Said Today" examines the case of the late Magic Alex, the Beatles' controversial friend from the Apple era. Also, Tom Frangione tells why some fans aren't happy with either the deluxe reissue of "Flowers in the Dirt" or the George Harrison vinyl box set, Bruce Spizer looks back 50 years at the release of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane," Candy Leonard recalls how fans reacted to the "psychedelic" Fabs and Reed Pitkunigis looks at Beatles-related releases issued in surround sound. 

A sample issue costs $8 in the U.S. or $12 abroad. For more information, email goodypress@gmail.com

Sunday, February 19, 2017

RIP Alan Aldridge ("The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics")


Alan Aldridge, the artist who edited and did the artwork for "The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics" and "The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics 2" and also designed album covers for the Who, the Stones and Elton John, has died at age 73. His death was announced by his daughter Lily on Instagram. His designs included "It's Only Rock 'n Roll" for the Rolling Stones and "A Quick One" for the Who. In 2014, Aldridge's drawings were used for a Beatles Illustrated Collective Set that included a calendar along with a CD that featured Beatles and solo McCartney songs. A book on his work, "The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes: The Art of Alan Aldridge," was published by Henry Abrams Books. (See a selection of Alan Aldridge Beatles products in our "That's What I Want Beatles" store.)


(Thanks to Greg Feo for the alert.)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Breaking Beatles news: 'Eight Days a Week' movie wins Grammy

Apple Corps Ltd. 


“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years” was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Music Film Sunday in Los Angeles. The film was directed by Ron Howard. The Beatles' competition was “I'll Sleep When I'm Dead,” “Lemonade” and “The Music of Strangers.” 

Shortly after the award was announced, Ringo tweeted, "Wow well done Ron Howard and all the production team and of course the fabs we actually got a Grammy for eight days a week peace and love,” followed by a second post with a flurry of emoticons." George Harrison's Twitter account also posted congratulations. (See below.)

None of the other five Beatles-related Grammy nominations were as lucky. Paul McCartney was up for two, one for his deluxe "Tug of War" and a remix of "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five." John Daversa was also up for three for his album "Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles" and two songs from it.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Backers hope to raise enough money to tell legendary DJ's Dick Biondi's story



We first were introduced to the voice of Dick Biondi many years ago in the great "Crusin'" audio series that had legendary DJs do special versions of their original shows complete with commercials and jingles. Biondi's, which was for 1960, was one of the best in the series.

Now Pamela Joy Pullice, Brian Kallies and Stephanie Serna are hoping to do a film about the career of "The Wild Eyetralian." They've started a Kickstarter campaign hoping to raise $30,000 in 36 days. It's a steep mountain, but Biondi is one of the best DJ voices there ever was and his film would be a great story. For Beatles fans, there is also evidence that it was he, not Carroll James, who played the first Beatles record in the U.S.

Here's Biondi talking after playing the Beatles:





And here's Biondi's wonderful Cruisin' 1960 re-creation:





Friday, February 3, 2017

Julian Lennon book signings in New York and Los Angeles


Julian Lennon will sign copies of his soon-to-be published children's book, "Touch the Earth," at two U.S. Barnes & Nobles stores this spring. The first signing will take place at 11 a.m. ET April 15 in New York City at the Union Square store, 33 East 17th Street, New York, N.Y. (Phone: 212-253-0810). The second is at 3 p.m. PT April 22 at The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 The Grove Drive, Suite K-30 in Los Angeles (Phone: 323-525-0270). The book hits the streets April 11. (For those across the ocean, it also available for pre-order in the UK.)

And be sure to check out our That's What I Want Beatles store on Amazon. It has a huge selection of Beatles items -- and not all the usual stuff -- at the best prices.)

Tony Sheridan's son to talk about his father on the BBC this weekend



Beatles author Spencer Leigh who's the host of the BBC Radio Merseyside show "On the Beat" will have as his guest this weekend Tony Sheridan Jr., son of Tony Sheridan with whom the Beatles played and learned a lot from in Hamburg. Leigh says Sheridan Jr. will talk about his dad for the first time. Sheridan died in February of 2013 at age 72. 

"I'd had my own run-ins with Tony Sheridan," Leigh says, "and I'd always assumed he was so awkward and bad-tempered because he could only get work because of his connection with the Beatles." Sheridan Jr. will talk about his father from his point of view.

"On the Beat" airs at 7 p.m. UK time on BBC Radio Merseyside. The show's main page is here. Americans who want to hear the show can hear past episodes on demand here.

(Be sure to check out our That's What I Want Beatles store on Amazon. Great selection of Beatles items at the cheapest prices.)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Paul McCartney releases 'Flowers in the Dirt' demo

Left-to-Right: Paul 'Wix' Wickens, Chris Whitten, Linda McCartney, Paul, Robbie McIntosh,
Hamish Stuart. Copyright MPL Productions. Photographer Kim Knott.


A Paul McCartney-Elvis Costello demo from "Flowers in the Dirt" was posted on VEVO today. The song is "Twenty Fine Fingers."

Hear the demo here. Order "Flowers in the Dirt" here.

(And be sure to check out our That's What I Want Beatles store on Amazon. Great selection at the best prices.)