Sgt. Pepper tops UK poll.

You know, I think this is great…BUT…. How many freakin’ polls do they have in the UK.  It seems to me that they just had a poll about something else.  These polls are happening every other day.  Usually they have the same outcome. 

1. Sgt. Pepper
2. Revolver
3. White Album
4. Michael Jackson
5. Sticky Fingers
6. Dark Side of the Moon

BLAH BLAH BLAH….vice-versa, etc. Whatever.  Just proclaim that the greatest thing recorded is Sgt. Pepper and Revolver, and then there is everything else.  No more polls need to be taken, written EVER.  Ever. Period.  I’m tired of them.  They are all the same.  ARGH. OK I’ll stop now.  Here’s the news story.

The Beatles have topped the latest poll to find the nation’s favourite Number One album. Their most famous record, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was yesterday revealed as the public’s favourite record to have topped the album charts.
More than 220,000 votes were received by Radio 2 to compile the list, which was arranged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the official UK album chart.

Aptly, the victory for the album comes on the 40th anniversary of the last public performance by the Fab Four – a live concert in San Francisco.

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EMI likely to try and stop Beatles’ suit.

It looks like EMI will try to retaliate to the suit filed by The Beatles.  It’s just another round of “Sue Me, Sue You.”  It’s just another day.  I suppose.   Here’s the scoop.

EMI Group PLC, said Thursday it is likely to appeal a ruling in a New York court Wednesday allowing The Beatles to proceed with litigation against the music company. 

A spokeswoman said the London-based record company would “likely” appeal against proceedings in the United States, which are running parallel to separate litigation in Britain.

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It was 40 years ago today that The Beatles played their final concert.

I guess you could say that on this day they ceased to be pop idols, and became artists.  The pop star thing went away, and they ceased being “Beatle-y”.  Here’s the recap on the Beatles and their final bow in concert.

What occurred at Candlestick Park exactly 40 years ago — on Aug. 29, 1966 — had nothing to do with Willie Mays or the San Francisco Giants.
Rather, it was the occasion of the final full-length concert performed by the Beatles as the band concluded its last tour — a 14-city tour of America.

It was essentially the end of the “Beatlemania” that had begun when the group first came to America in February of 1964 and continued for the next 21/2 years.

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Beatles book re-released to commemorate Beatles final live show.

You know I’m a really really bad Beatle blogger.  I failed to mention the anniversary of The Beatles last tour/stadium concert milestone event.  You know, Candlestick Park?  1966?  All the madness that was the mass hysteria of Beatle Mania ending??  I failed to mention it.

I wasn’t there.  I can’t even begin to describe it.  I have nothing to related to.  There is a book which has just recently been re-released to celebrate The Beatles final bow as a touring unit.  I highly recommend checking out the book Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles Last Concert by Eric Lefcowitz wth outstanding photos by Jim Marshall.  It is truly the definitive account of The Beatles final LIVE hurrah in ’66.

Now back in print after 15 years, this is the definitive account of the Beatles concert in San Francisco on August 29, 1966. Written by Eric Lefcowitz, it features 60 of Marshall’s celebrated photographs including images of the Beatles backstage and performing onstage for the last time.

The pictures alone make the book well worth the price of admission.  Get it quick, I know quantities are limited.

  • You can order the book here at the book’s official website.
  • You can even view a great sample chapter here.

Track down a bootleg copy of the show, sit back, and follow all of the events which close out the hysteria of Beatlemania.

Upcoming Lennon documentary already getting Oscar buzz.

When I saw the trailer for the film the U.S. vs John Lennon and I got the chills.  It has been a while since I reacted to something so profoundly.  I love the line about Nixon and Bush equaling death and Lennon equaling life.  If you haven’t seen the trailer, then do yourself a favor and go watch it.  It’s impossible to be moved by it.  Anyway, here’s the latest on the news on the new Lennon film.

Lionsgate’s “Lennon”: Although we tend to think of entertainers protesting a war as being a contemporary phenomenon linked to the Bush administration and Iraq, like so many other things, it’s really just history repeating itself.

For those who have forgotten or, perhaps, are too young to remember John Lennon’s passionate opposition to America’s entanglement in Vietnam in the 1960s and ’70s, Lionsgate’s documentary “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” will come as a valuable revelation. “Lennon,” which is being screened at film festivals in Toronto, Venice, Telluride and elsewhere, opens Sept. 15 in New York and Los Angeles and expands Sept. 29.

Watching it recently left me thinking that “Lennon” could score a nomination in Oscar’s best documentary feature category. It’s a film that’s likely to resonate with older Academy members, who lived through America’s tragic involvement in the Vietnam War, as well as younger Academy members, who will view it in the context of today’s tragic U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq.

Written, directed and produced by David Leaf & John Scheinfeld, it was executive produced by Sandra Stern, Kevin Beggs, Tom Ortenberg, Sarah Greenberg, Tim Palen, Nick Meyer. Steve Rothenberg, Erik Nelson, Michael Hirschorn, Brad Abramson and Lauren Lazin. The film stars John Lennon and Yoko Ono and features appearances by Carl Bernstein, Noam Chomsky, Walter Cronkite, Mario Cuomo, Angela Davis, John Dean, Ron Kovic, G. Gordon Liddy, George McGovern, Bobby Seale, Tommy Smothers and Gore Vidal. It’s a who’s who of people who were boldface names when the U.S. government was trying to silence criticism by Lennon and Ono by deporting them. Through their comments Leaf and Scheinfeld remind us of what that period of socio-political upheaval was like and what a key role Lennon and Ono played as critics of the war.

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Biographer confirms Lennon Affair with Epstein

I guess you really do have to “hide your love away.”  Maybe it happened maybe it didn’t.  We’ll never know for sure.  You never know.  John Lennon could’ve lied to Hunter Davies for a lark.  (Haven’t used that word in a long time.)  Anyway, here’s what we’ve heard.  We’ll have to read the book when it comes out.

The late JOHN LENNON had a one night stand with THE BEATLES’ gay manager BRIAN EPSTEIN in 1963, according to the band’s official biographer HUNTER DAVIES. In Davies’ forthcoming memoirs THE BEATLES, FOOTBALL AND ME he claims Lennon once told him of his night of passion with Epstein in Barcelona, Spain. At the time, Lennon’s first wife CYNTHIA had recently given birth to their son JULIAN. Davies writes, “John wasn’t a homosexual but he was daft enough to try anything once.” Lennon was shot dead by MARK DAVID CHAPMAN in 1980; Epstein died of a drug overdose in 1968.

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Beatles manage to sue themselves.

Well it looks like the universe may collapse on itself.  The Beatles have managed to accidentally sie themselves.  “You only give me your funny paper….” 

The Beatles have reunited, though only to sue their record companies.

A lawsuit filed by the Beatles, their representatives and their recording label Apple Records against Capitol Records and EMI Records will go forward following a Manhattan judge’s denial of a motion to dismiss.

Capitol and its affiliate EMI concealed their use of the band’s recordings “in an effort to pocket millions of dollars” in royalties, according to the complaint. The plaintiffs are seeking at least $25 million, asserting causes of action for fraud, breach of contract and — in a difficult and unusual claim against a record company — breach of fiduciary duty.

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