A daft sketch about a fictional Scot created by a teenage John Lennon has gone on show in his home city of Liverpool.
The Beatle’s widow Yoko Ono loaned many treasured items to a new exhibition entitled Double Fantasy – John and Yoko.
Featured in the display at the Museum of Liverpool until next April is the “Daily Hool (Scotch edition)” made in 1957, when Lennon was 16. He creates Fungus Mucdungheap, dressed in a “drainpipe kilt”. Lennon spent happy holidays as a boy in Edinburgh and Durness in Sutherland
His handwritten newspaper cost “1 haggis” and he describes Fungus as “the son of a bagpipe who invented the haggae (plural)”.
Lennon’s readers are informed that “some Scotchmen live in caves” and “walk on their hands to save their shoes – not that they’re mean”. It finishes by saying: “Some Scotchmen have tartan hair instead of a kilt, silly n*****s,” borrowing a racist word in wider use at the time.
In the decades since the Beatles’ 1970 breakup, the group’s rise and fall has been told as a myth. It’s also been told via children’s story, salacious gossip, dry history, detailed diaries, technical manuals, cartoons, and graphic novels. There are volumes dedicated to their recording equipment, encyclopedias chronicling all of the music and film the group has yet to release, collections of the photos from before they were stars—basically, if you can think of an idea related to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, it’s been published. This constant trickle of books can overwhelm even steadfast Beatlemaniacs, but the greatness of the music has also drawn out greatness within authors. The best books about the Beatles rank among the best pop culture writing—and criticism—ever.
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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the classic animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine , an authorized graphic-novel adaption of the movie will be published on August 28 by Titan Comics.
You can get a preview of the colorful book by checking out a new video trailer that's been posted on the company's YouTube channel . The clip features animated scenes from various parts of the comic, along with text that reads, "Join John , Paul , George and Ringo on a nautical adventure as they battle to free Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies."
The novel was adapted and illustrated by Bill Morrison , who's the current editor of MAD magazine and also has served as an illustrator for The Simpsons comics.
Judging by the trailer, the book's illustrations faithfully recreate the dazzling, psychedelic imagery featured in the film, which premiered in July of 1968.
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Historic guitars that belonged to The Band 's Robbie Robertson and the late George Harrison both sold at a New York City memorabilia auction over the weekend for more than $400,000.
Robertson's 1965 Fender Telecaster , which Bob Dylan played frequently during his 1966 "going electric" tour, fetched $490,000 on Saturday at the "Music Icons" sale organized by Julien's Auctions and hosted by the Hard Rock Café. The guitar also was used by Dylan and Robertson at various famous recording sessions and was played by Robbie at Woodstock and other historic concerts.
Meanwhile, a Hofner Club 40 model guitar that belonged to Harrison from 1959 to 1966, and was the first electric guitar that he ever owned, went for $430,000 after being estimated to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.
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Rob Sheffield's book Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World is a celebration of the band, from the longtime Rolling Stone columnist. It tells the weird saga of how four lads from Liverpool became the world's biggest pop group, then broke up – yet somehow just kept getting bigger. Dreaming the Beatles, out in paperback on June 19th, follows the ballad of John, Paul, George and Ringo, from their Sixties peaks to their afterlife as a cultural obsession. In this section, Sheffield explores one of the Beatles' unheard treasures – the May 1968 Esher demos they recorded at George Harrison's pad, preparing for the White Album, not suspecting their friendship was about to turn upside down.
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Beatlemaniacs are in for a treat … in the form of rare photographs.
As the story goes, one fine summer day back in July 1968, British photographer Tom Murray photographed Paul, John, George, and Ringo throughout the streets of London. The shoot took place quite literally on the run, so as to avoid screaming Beatles fans in hot pursuit. This frenzied dash around the city was the inspiration for the collection of images: “The Mad Day: Summer of ’68.” These images would prove to be the final publicity shoot for the Fab Four together (they broke up in 1970), and are often hailed the most significant color photos of the band.
Here’s where it gets interesting.