The so-called White Album has often been thought of as symbolic of the end of The Beatles, but the newly released 50th anniversary edition shows a band still operating with audible joy and camaraderie.
With the demos of some songs reaching more than a hundred takes, there certainly also weren't any signs of contentment or artistic indolence. This was still a band that was eager to push the envelope of what popular music and the recording studio could be and could provide.
That the making of The Beatles (that's the actual album title; its popular nickname taken from the minimalist album artwork) was fraught with tension and infighting has been so widely reported that it has become a crucial part of the Beatles' lore – the beginning of the third act, when things start to fall apart and just before the redemptive arc (that would, perhaps, be the various solo albums?).
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A 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL roadster once owned by Beatles legend John Lennon will be offered for sale during the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona this weekend.
The car’s listing said it was delivered new to England, where it was bought and registered by Lennon with registration plate GCP 196C. Lennon is thought to have sold the car before his untimely death and it passed through various owners before the consignor acquired it 20 years ago. The car has been in the owner’s museum in Florida.
“Carrying wonderful early provenance, remaining faithful to its original specifications, and offered from a well-cared-for museum collection, the John Lennon 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL is a thrilling find and a wonderful piece of automotive and cultural history,” the Barrett-Jackson listing read.
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Fixing A Hole has never been more apt...
A pothole has become an unlikely sensation online after its questionable resemblance to Paul McCartney was first noticed.
The hazardous crack in the road surface was first spotted by the Lancashire Evening Post, who were keen to point out the similarities in appearance to the Beatles icon.
Upon first inspection, the gravel surrounding the hole looks extremely similar to Macca’s famous mop-top hairstyle, and there’s even individual stones that are making up his eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth.
Responding to the unusual photo, one user joked: “Why is no-one Fixing A Hole?”
Another quipped: “Is this one of the 4000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire?”
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The man famous for putting the beat in The Beatles is coming back to Caesars Windsor.
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band are set to perform at The Colosseum on Aug. 1 — the only Canadian date of the 78-year-old drummer’s latest tour.
Starr last played Caesars Windsor in 2010.
This time around, his All Starr Band features former members of Men at Work, Toto, Santana, Journey and Average White Band.
Fans can expect renditions of songs from the 30-year history of the All Starr Band, as well as singalong tracks that Starr recorded with The Beatles, including Yellow Submarine and Don’t Pass Me By.
Concert begins at 8 p.m., 19 and older only.
Ticket prices start at $43, with sales beginning Jan. 25 at noon.
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Sir Ringo Starr is planning to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his All Starr Band in grand style.
The Beatles legend is hitting the road with fellow musicians Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart for a 2019 tour.
The trek includes a stop at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Aug. 28.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 18, www.ticketmaster.com.
Starr has been busy of late.
Besides making plans for the 30th anniversary tour with his All Starr Band, the former Beatle released his third book, “Another Day In the Life,” last year.
A tribute to British music hall. A “fantasy song.” A curious throwback, considering its 1968 origins. No matter how one chooses to describe it, “Honey Pie” reveals Paul McCartney’s continuing love of British music hall, big bands, and Hollywood musicals. It even owes a debt to jazz, as John Lennon performs a Django Reinhardt-inflected guitar solo. Like so many other Beatles tracks, “Honey Pie” results from a melting pot of influences, music that the foursome were reared on through television and film.
Despite being released on an album widely considered to be a time capsule of a turbulent year, “Honey Pie” traces its roots to the 1920s, specifically through a hugely popular London bandleader. Billy Cotton formed the London Savannah Band, his first orchestra, in 1924; originally a traditional English dance band, they transitioned into a music hall-style show featuring humor and even a tap dancer. After building a large following, Cotton debuted his first BBC radio show, the Billy Cotton Band Show, in 1949. The show proved so popular that hit was also broadcast on BBC television, beginning in 1957.
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