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The study found there had been three music revolutions since the 1950s.
A study by the University of London and Imperial College has concluded that the emergence of hip hop has had the biggest impact on the charts of any genre since the 1950s. The study also found that the importance of The Beatles may have been overstated, suggesting that the fab five did not spark a musical revolution.
The Beatles may not have been that revolutionary
The study found there were three musical revolutions on the charts, the first being in 1964 with the rise of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles. The second was in the mid 80s with the use of synthesisers and drum machines, while the third came in 1991 when rap and hip-hop infiltrated the mainstream charts.
Continue reading: Scientific Study Concludes Hip Hop Was More Impactful Than The Beatles
Cynthia Lennon was married to the formed Beatle from 1962-1968.
Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of late Beatle John Lennon, has died aged 75 at her home in Mallorca. According to a statement released by her family, Cynthia’s only child Julian was at her beside when she passed away, following a short battle with cancer.
Cynthia Lennon has died aged 75.
"Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain following a short but brave battle with cancer,” the statement on Julian Lennon’s website reads. “Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
Continue reading: Artist Cynthia Lennon, Former Wife Of John Lennon Dies Aged 75
The tree planted in tribute to the late George Harrison has sadly died.
A tree planted in tribute to former Beatles guitarist George Harrison has died after being infested by...beetles. The pine tree was planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004, three years after the musician's death.
George Harrison in 1965 [Getty/Keystone]
Council officer Tom LaBonge told the Los Angeles Times that the tree had grown to more than 10 feet tall, but that an infestation of beetles had overwhelmed it. A new tree will be planted at a date yet to be announced.
Continue reading: Guess Which Insects Have Killed The George Harrison Memorial Tree?
Ron Howard may seem an unusual choice to direct documentary about The Beatles, but there are certainly some pretty good reasons why he's bound to make an excellent producer and director of the upcoming and unnamed film.
Ron Howard is set to direct a new documentary focussing on The Beatles' journey from The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final performance in San Francisco in 1966. The documentary will use archive footage and recent interviews to trace the astronomic rise of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon.
Ron Howard will direct the upcoming Beatles documentary.
Howard's documentary will feature previously unseen archive footage, as well as new interviews with the surviving Beatles.
Big news, Beatles fans: a new authorised documentary on the rock icons is in the works, with Ron Howard slated to direct. The film will include new interviews with both surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the surviving wives of John Lennon and George Harrison. The production has been authorised by Apple Corps Ltd., the band's holding company.
Nearly 45 years after their break-up, fans of The Beatles are still hungry for more from the iconic band.
As for the subject matter, the as-of-yet-unnamed documentary is slated to focus on the band’s earliest years, between 1960 and 1966, during which the Liverpool foursome released 20 studio and live records in total, from their first record Please Please Me, released in ’63 to the 1966 landmark, Revolver.
In 1964, black and white music comedy 'A Hard Day's Night' was released, starring the world's most famous rock band The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr took to the big screen at the peak of what was commonly referred to as Beatlemania, but not to do your average music documentary. The movie shows the Liverpool lads' eventful trip from their hometown to London, encountering overexcited fans, dealing with Paul's very irresponsible grandfather, and going on a rather comical trip around the city in a bid to find Ringo after Paul's grandfather convinced him to wander off. Luckily enough, no problem was too serious and they eventually managed to hit the stage for a major concert to be televised for the movie.
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How much would you be willing to spend to own an item from your favorite musician?
If I tried selling watercolor paintings that I made when I was eleven years old, do you think anyone would buy them? No? What about some random drawings and poems that I did? Okay. Fine. Erm...how about one of my decaying molars? Yeah, I guess I wouldn’t either. But I’m also not John Lennon (and I also don’t have decaying molars). Believe it or not, there’s people out there who shell out a crazy amount of cash to buy those John Lennon things listed. It’s not that hard to believe considering how massive Lennon is to our culture, but do people really need his teeth!? That’s just weird. But it ended up selling for over $31,000.
John Lennon's doodles
At a recent auction, some of the latest Lennon memorabilia sold consisted of original doodles, short stories, and poems that were taken from two books he wrote in the 1960’s. The most expensive was for a nine page parody of Sherlock Holmes that went for $209,000, but it doesn’t even come close to the most expensive Beatles related item that exists. In 2009, an art exhibit in the UK named an $11 million dollar price tag for a photo of the group in butcher’s jackets surrounded by baby dolls. $11 million for something that sounds kind of nightmare inducing? No thanks. No matter how ridiculous it seems to spend so much money on something like this, it doesn’t change the fact that it happens all the time, and not just for the Beatles.
Marilyn rubbing suncream on to Tupac's chest and Lennon jamming with Cobain: Radler's surreal new advert.
A new European beer commercial from the Radler brand has caused controversy across the world in countries where the advert's dark sense of humour doesn't sit well. The television commercial shows a bunch of dead celebrities, including Bruce Lee, John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe, chilling out, drinking beers on a desert island and hiding whenever a ship passes.
Marilyn Monroe Is One Of The Dead Celebrities Featured In The New Radler Advert.
The clip begins with a white-haired Elvis being given a beer by a beach babe waitress, who he eyes up as she struts away past an aging Marilyn Monroe rubbing suncream into Tupac Shakur's torso. The waitress reaches the bar where Kurt Cobain is strumming on his guitar whilst hanging out with John Lennon, who says "Hey Jude," whilst paying the peace sign - perhaps because the actor didn't really look like Lennon at all.
John Lennon's childhood home is going up for auction this coming October.
The childhood home of 'The Beatles' member John Lennon is being put up for auction at Liverpool's Cavern Club on October 29th 2013.
The property is a red bricked terrace house at No.9 Newcastle Road in Wavertree, Liverpool.
This was Lennon's first home as he lived in the house with his parents and grandparents from his birth in 1940 until the age of 5 years old.
Continue reading: John Lennon's Childhood Home To Be Auctioned Off
John Lennon's former love sees the No.1 spot on the dance charts with a new release.
Yoko Ono's re-envisaged single album, 'Walking On Thin Ice 2013' has become the pop culture icon's 11th chart topper after it rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Dance Club Play chart to snatch victory from the likes of Avicii, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Daft Punk and Selena Gomez.
Yoko Ono's Not Letting The Dance World Forget Her.
"Walking On Thin Ice" was originally recorded during the 'Double Fantasy' sessions with John Lennon and would be the last recording by John and Yoko - recorded on that fateful night of December 8, 1980. Upon its release in January 1981, the single drew attention from tastemakers and DJs for its pioneering electronic dance / post-disco / nu-wave hybrid sound.
Nearly twenty years since the release of The Beatles' chart-topping compilation album 'Live At The BBC' featuring radio performances from 1963 to 1965, producers Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley have now compiled 'On Air Live At The BBC - Volume 2' featuring never-before-heard performances, banter and cover tracks.
The compilation includes 63 tracks which weren't featured on the previous volume; 37 of which are newly released radio performances and 23 which feature unheard banter and chatting amongst the band and the radio hosts. There are 10 tracks which were never recorded for EMI and some which haven't been released at all; among them are covers of Chuck Berry's 'I'm Talking About You', 'Beautiful Dreamer' and different versions of previously heard covers including Ray Charles' 'I Got A Woman'.
Howlett and Heatley were truly spoilt for choice when it came to compiling this new collection, given that the world's most-loved band performed an incredible 275 shows on the radio throughout their musical journey in the 60s, appearing on 39 different shows in the year of their debut album release. The new compilation, re-mastered by Guy Massey and Alex Wharton, includes a detailed booklet and is set for release on November 11th 2013.
The auctioneer's silver hammer came down...
The news has experienced a bit of a John Lennon frenzy in the past few days. The late Beatles guitarist has made headlines - or at least relics of him have - as news that someone wants to clone him from a rotten tooth and that his blue jacket have been sold at auction has emerged.
John's Lennon Jacket Fetched £7,000 At Auction.
The jacket, which was expected to reach between £8,000 and £12,000 at a Derbyshire auction, was passed from Lennon to Jo Jo Johns, the band's former PA, after she acquired it after a 1971 clear-out of Lennon's house, reports BBC News. Johns then gifted the teal long blazer-style garment to her friend Tony Goddard as a birthday present and it was Goddard who chose to set the item now after 25 years of displaying it in his home.
The celebration of The Beatles' music has got nasty as a rival production company claim that the 'Let It Be' show copied their ideas.
Having played in the West End last year, the Beatles musical Let It Be opened on Broadway last night (24th July) in the midst of an on-going copyright infringement lawsuit that has been filed by the creators of rival tribute show, Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles. The people behind Rain claim that Let It Be incorporates elements of their 2010-11 show, including musical arrangements of hits, hairstyles, similar Scouser banter, and a selection of 28 of the 31 songs that Rain brought to Broadway.
The Beatles Stage Tribute Band.
According to the New York Times, Peter Cane, a lawyer for Let It Be's producers, Jeff Parry and Annerin Productions, argued that the copyright claim was absurd. Speaking to the NY Times, Cane said "Let It Be is a tribute to The Beatles, not to the four guys who impersonate The Beatles. How do you monopolise the ability to present an impersonation of The Beatles? How many different ways can you really do it? The Beatles acted a certain way, they played certain notes, they spoke a certain way."
Continue reading: Let It Be: The Beatles Broadway Musical Opens Despite Copyright Lawsuit
A desperate letter, written by Marilyn Monroe in her final days, is going on auction, alongside documents from John Lennon and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Before her death, Marilyn Monroe reached out to her acting mentor Lee Strasber, in a letter. She talked about her despair and feeling like she didn’t belong to “the human race”. Now, that letter, written on stationary from the Bell Air hotel, is going up for auction. A collector is selling the piece of history, alongside a whole host of other documents, including missives from Dwight D. Eisenhoweand r to his wife Mamie, written during WWII and letters from John Lennon to Paul McCartney, the Daily Mail reports.
Monroe’s letter is expected to fetch up to 33 000 GBP. In it, she talked in great detail about her struggle to stay sane: 'My will is weak but I can't stand anything. I sound crazy but I think I'm going crazy. 'It's just that I get before a camera and my concentration and everything I'm trying to learn leaves me. Then I feel like I'm not existing in the human race at all.'
The other items up for auction – the 58 letters from Eisenhower, also shed a lot of light into a complicated historical period. In them, the Allied commander shares news from the war and expresses his devotion to his wife. The sale is the second of several planned online auctions of the anonymous collector's artifacts. The entire collection contains 3,000 items.
Yoko Ono has used the death of her husband John Lennon to campaign against America's gun laws.
As an artist, Yoko Ono is familiar with the phrase "a picture paints a thousand words," and she hopes the age-old saying will prove true in the debate to change America's gun law debate. This week, she tweeted a picture of her husband John Lennon's bloodstained glasses, the very pair he was wearing when shot dead outside the Dakota building in New York on December 8, 1980. "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980," were the words accompanying the image on Twitter.
It was just one of several tweets the 80-year-old sent out in a bid to get the U.S. to change its gun laws, in light of the recent massacres at Sandy Hook and Aurora. "31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year. We are turning this beautiful country into war zone," she tweeted in another post. One of the world's most famous peace advocates, Ono also tweeted pictures from her wedding to Lennon in March 1969. "We decided that if we were going to do anything like get married that we would dedicate it to peace." The couple married in Gibraltar and spent their honeymoon holed up in an Amsterdam hotel room to campaign for peace.
On the afternoon of December 8, 1980, after posing for a photo-shoot by Annie Leibovitz, John Lennon gave what would be his final interview to a San Francisco radio station before leaving his New York apartment to mix his new track Walking On Thin Ice at the Record Plant Studio. He and Ono was approached by Mark David Chapman as they walked to their car, signing an autograph for the 25-year-old who would kill him just hours later. A haunting image of Lennon signing a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman emerged after his death.
Continue reading: John Lennon's Bloodstained Glasses: What Happened On December 8, 1980?
Yoko Ono has joined the campaign against America's gun-laws, though President Obama is struggling to convince the Senate.
Yoko Ono has made a powerful contribution to America’s intense gun law debate by tweeting a photograph of the blood-stained glasses of husband John Lennon, who was gunned down in New York 33 years ago. “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980,” the caption added.
Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980. twitter.com/yokoono/status…rel=nofollow— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) March 20, 2013 rel=nofollow
For four decades Beatles fans have blamed Yoko Ono for the band's demise. However, in a revealing interview with Sir Paul McCartney, the legendary singer has shed light on many aspects of himself and the Beatles, as well as removing blame from Yoko Ono and transposing it onto Allen Klein, the Beatles' manager who took over proceedings after the death of their original manager, Brian Epstein.
In this new interview that McCartney's given to David Frost, he admitted "[Yoko] certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up". E! reports that also told Frost what a great influence she had on John Lennon. After the breakdown of the Beatles Lennon went on to forge a hugely successful solo career, including the wildly popular and iconic song 'Imagine'. "I don't think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don't think you can blame her for anything. When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things, so she showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him," McCartney said. "So it was time for John to leave, he was definitely going to leave."
The Frost/McCartney interview will be aired on Al Jazeerah English, and is the longest interview given by McCartney for decades.
There are few people that have ever lived, who have changed the world and made such an enormous impact, that subsequently results in their memory being upheld, almost as sacred, all over the world, decades after their death. Jesus is the obvious one, Saint Patrick is another, whose lives we celebrate either with an evergreen tree or with green tshirts, hats and a pint. However, yesterday it was John Lennon that the world (or at least a small portion of it) celebrated. October 9th would have been John Lennon's 72nd birthday, and fans gathered to his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lennon was shot and killed three weeks after his album 'Double Fantasy' was released in 1980, aged just 40. His lasting contribution to the world, in his preaching of peace, love and acceptance, and has culminated and manifested in a variety of ways. Philip Lopez, who made the pilgrimage to Lennon's star of fame, named his own son Lennon after the musician and peace activist. Lennon himself, speaking to the LA Times, aged just 5 says he likes the song 'All the People'.
Other monuments, events and awards in his honour include: the Liverpool John Lennon Airport, in the city where he was born, which is named after him; the Strawberry Fields, in New York's Central Park, is dedicated to Lennon; in Japan, a John Lennon museum was open for ten years; the John Lennon Peace Monument was unveiled two years ago, and the Lennonono Grant For Peace is given by Yoko Ono every other year. Towards the end of his life Lennon devoted a huge amount of energy and time, alongside Yoko, into peace activism, and arguably his most famous lyrics read, from little Lennon's favourite song: 'Imagine all the people living in peace'.
Continue reading: John Lennon's 72nd Birthday Celebrated, His Legacy Lives On
Jarvis Cocker has reviewed the latest book to be have been published about The Beatles. 'The John Lennon Letters', edited by Hunter Davies, is a collection of missives from the late Beatles’ songwriter, dating from between 1951 and 1980. Cocker questions the real value in these pop history artefacts, drawing attention to the fact that the source material was largely sourced from private collections; from people who have paid vast sums of money to own a piece of Lennon’s personal history and the former Pulp singer asks whether the books say more about the culture of collecting pop memorabilia than the words of the letters can ever say themselves.
“I love the Beatles. I haven't named any kids after them but I still really love them,” says Cocker and he painfully recalls the way in which the ‘Britpop’ era was damaged by that very nostalgia that permeates collections such as this. “Wearing the same clothes and taking the same drugs will not make us into Beatles. It will make us fat and ill. And books like this (along with many others, I admit) are what make that mistake possible. The Beatles didn't know they were the Beatles. The Beatles didn't have a plan or a blueprint to follow. They followed their impulses and vague hunches and somehow left a legacy of 213 songs with scarcely a dud among them. That's all the information you need, really.”
In essence, Cocker describes the hoarde of surviving Beatles fans as “the children of the echo” and suggests that we should all “get a life” and “move on,” rather than obsessing over trivia such as is contained herein.
Date of birth
9th October, 1940
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