12 Days of Beatle Christmas: First Day – Beatles Monopoly

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Christmastime is here again my friends!  We all have wish lists for Santa Claus, and for most that wish list is topped by Beatle memorabilia galore.  This is the time of year that it’s always easy to shop for a Beatle-maniac.  There is a bevy of items that any Fab Four fanatic would love to own.  Some of these items are collectible, and some will become collectibles in the near future.  Others still are fun things that any Beatle fan can score for a loved one and not break the bank at all.

On the first day of X-mas my true love gave to me…a copy of Beatles monopoly.


Not since the 1960’s, with the Flip Your Wig Game, have Beatle fans had the opportunity to participate in family game night together.  Most parents in the 1960’s wouldn’t hold any interest in Flipping their Wigs, but the folks at USAopoly have combined two cultural instituions into one game that’s fun for Beatle and monopoly fans alike.

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We were most impressed with the way the gane incorporated the look and feel of the songs and albums of The Beatles without spoiling the fun of playing monopoly at the same time.  We had “tested” out the game by playing with hardcore Beatle fans and people that just loved board games.  The novelty of playing a Beatles game was a delight.  It was a joy to delve back into the Beatles catalog by collecting albums at the same time with game pieces that felt like memorabilia itself.  Several folks laughed every time their turn came up and someone asked “who’s the walrus?”

The game is a great way to crack out family game night and put a rock and roll feel to it.  We have now hosted a family game night, but never before had a listening party, as the game’s “houses” are so aptly named.  Each time a monopoly was made we switched the ipod to a Beatles song from that album.  It was a great way to listen to the back catalog as we played along to the game.  We were able to stay away from the “Taxman” until late in the game, and even watched concert videos on youtube each time a concert ticket was landed on.  The game really allowed us new avenues to celebrate all things Beatle.  The references aren’t that obscure either.  Most everyone playing, Beatle fan or not, got the references.

Like most of the collector’s editions of the Monopoly games, the Fab Four edition is nothing short of fun.  The game presents its own sense of style with beautiful artwork, song-related pewter pieces, and Beatles-related artwork galore.  If you are looking for that gift for the Beatles’ fan that has it all, then this is a nice place to start.  In the Christmas card with this gift, though, promise to play a game or two with them as a condition of buying them the game.  It’s loads of fun for the entire family.  Unless of course, you’re one of those fans that likes to keep their copy of the game sealed.  We’ve bought two copies in our household, just in case it becomes a rarity in the near future.

You can purchase your copy of the Beatles monopoly game at the Beatles official website, amazon, and at your local retailer in the games section.  For a modest $39.99 it a fine addition for family game night in any household.

Here’s what we’ve read.

The Beatles Collector’s Edition of Monopoly celebrates the music that revolutionized rock-n-roll in the 20th century. This Completely customized game features Apple and Abbey Road Studios along with every album released by the Beatles allowing fans to create their own private music anthology. Enjoy and sing along to the timeless music that has transcended generations as you collect the White Album, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and more.

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Artist pays tribute to Obama with poster influenced by Sgt. Pepper album

San Francisco artist Michael Cuffe has released a painting that marks the significance of the Obama Presidency, his successful presidential campaign and America’s quest for hope with a nod to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album.

The artwork, titled “Obama’s Hopeful Hearts Club,” is available for purchase as a print through his website for $20.

This poster combines two things that I love, The Beatles and politics.  The thing I love so much about this poster is that it really captures the essence of what The Beatles and President-elect Obama’s messages are all about.  That message is for HOPE.  What a powerful and creative use of talent to highlight a man who represents change in its greatest form.  Kudos.

  • Compare this with the original Sgt. Pepper’s album cover – here.

Here’s what we’ve read.

The Hopeful Hearts Club is a painting that reflects the essence of hope that the campaign has inspired in millions of Americans over the past 2 years.  The 1967 Beatles Sgt. Pepper album manifested during a time of social, economic, and worldwide change.  I feel that we are in another moment where the choices we make are having a profound effect on our lives, and the world at large. 

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AUDIO: Paul releases another free Fireman track.

I have listened to the entire Electronic Arguments album.  It is a stunner folks.  McCartney is going out on a limb with this one.  It’s not nearly too far though.  It’s his most accessible Fireman related project.  There are a few stunners on there that are truly mind-blowing rides.  You’ll have to wait until it’s release for my complete rundown though.

For now though, enjoy the free downloadable tracks at the McCartney site(s).

Here’s what we’ve read.

On his official website, Sir Paul McCartney has announced that the Fireman website has been updated with some new promotional pictures and video.

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On the Fireman site you can check out an overview of the album, and hear two full length tracks, “Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight,” which was previously available for free download, and a newly available track, “Sing The Changes.”

While you’re there, you can also watch videos of Paul and Youth enjoying an “Art Day” where they happily chat and paint together and also witness Paul recording the album in his Sussex studio.

Source: The Fireman Music

In pictures: Beatles Magical Mystery Tour unseen footage.

Ohh…I love when new footage surfaces.  It’s very exciting.  All of the well-known moments and images are burned into most fan’s brains.  We’ve seen more than we know what to do with the Fab Four.  It’s always a huge deal to me when new images are “found.”  We get these stolen moments that we were probably never supposed to see in the first place. 

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You have to admit, it’s truly fascinating.

  • Make sure to check out the image gallery that accompanies the article.  There are more photos there.

Here’s what we’ve read.

New unseen home movie footage of The Beatles features in a new film on the Fab Four.

The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour Memories includes recollections and anecdotes from a selection of celebrities, fans and cast of the film who witnessed the making of the original 1967 film, The Magical Mystery Tour.

Friends and family reminisce on the Scouse lads’ first film project, which saw them as normal people, having magical adventures on a charabanc bus.

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The artistic side of the fifth Beatle: Stuart Sutcliffe.

There are only a handful of stories and people that fascinate me in the Beatle world.  I am absolutley fascinated with John Lennon.  I want to know what it was like in the Dakota from 1975-1980.  I stay awake at night thinking about what it must have been like to be a fly on the wall, watching a musical giant be a househusband.  I am even more enchanted by the early Beatles though. 

I try to picture what it must have been like to play those small house parties and dank basement clubs, and picture what it must have been like for a couple of art school kids, enamored with the leather and cool of Marlon Brando, and their love of the arts and rock and roll.  That figure is embodied by Stuart Sutcliffe.  He was the Pre-Fab Four’s tortured artist friend who’s life was cut dramatically short.  I would love to learn more about his story.  It truly is a heartbreaking one.  He was a beautiful and truly talented man who left us too soon.

 

 

Stuart Sutcliffe

His artwork will be on display through 2009 at the University of Liverpool.  If anyone is able to attend and see this exhibition, please drop us a line.  We’d love to hear about the experience.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Backbeat, the 1994 film charting the rise of The Beatles as a resident club band in Hamburg, pivots on one moment in particular: when Stuart Sutcliffe, played by Stephen Dorff, suffers his ultimately fatal brain haemorrhage while painting in an attic room.

The setting of that scene speaks volumes. Though the fifth Beatle’s creative role in the band was patchy and often soured by personality clashes with John Lennon, Sutcliffe’s star was rising fast in the art world. And for the trivia buffs out there, the only reason he and the young Lennon met was because they had both attended Liverpool School Of Art.

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With a little help from Yoko Ono.

I trying to picture what the dinner table conversation would look like for the average primary school kid.  I picture it going somethin like this:

Parent: “Honey, how was your day at (summer) school?”  DId you do anything intersting?”

Kid: “Not really.  We chatted with this weird Japanese lady, who’s into big hats, and talking about her husband who died.  He was into music and bugs. We were thinking about world peace, and art too. It was a busy day.”

Pupils from St Mary’s Primary School prepare for their history project on John Lennon and the Beatles.

I know not all kids are that clueless, and these kids seemed pretty hip to the Lennon history and vibe, but as a child if I mentioned Yoko Ono at my mom’s dinner table, I would have gotten a strange reaction.  I couldn’t imagine the reaction if I told my mom that I was chatting with her on the internet.  That’s really awesome that Yoko would get involved with these kids like that.  Kudos to her.

Here’s what we’ve read.

WHEN a Batley school turned to a local theatre group for help with a project on the Beatles they never expected John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono to get in touch.
But that’s what happened when St Mary’s Primary School pupils contacted Stephen Walker, chairman of St Mary’s Theatre Group, looking for information for their history project on the 1960s, John Lennon and his famous band.

Mr Walker contacted a family friend, film producer Simon Hilton who is working with Yoko Ono on The Life of John Lennon.

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Mike Douglas producer to write Lennon book, and wants your help.

It appears that fans of John and Yoko will have a new book to look forward to in the near future.  In this title we get a first-hand account of John and Yoko’s time on The Mike Douglas Show.  Again, I love the little peaks into these moments in history.  It really makes history come alive, and once again we get this small portrait, a window in time. We get to see the great energy that John and Yoko had on the show.  It truly was entertaining.

This book project is a little different, however.  We, the fans, may have some input into the project itself.  The author, Michael Krauss, was the producer of the Mike Douglas show.  He is asking for a fan’s perspective of the book, and wants your input.  If anyone live close to Connecticut, or would like to email Michael Krauss and his team, it looks like they would like to talk about the project.

Here’s the scoop that I got from Michael Krauss’s people in an email:

My boss is Michael Krauss who may be familiar to you as the producer of the Mike Douglas show at the time when John and Yoko co-hosted. He was telling me stories of the good old days when the topic of the beatles came up and he mentioned his pivotal role in the Mike Douglas show as the producer and the guy who had the idea to contact John and Yoko. He’s decided to create a scrapbook-coffee table book type thing out of pictures, files, old interviews, and other doodads.

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