Back in 1987 Sir Paul worked on and then didn't release the song "Return to Pepperland." Amazingly, even unfinished this track remains one of Paul's most infectious ever. An imaginative fan put this music video together for the song.
The 10th July 2008 has been officially rechristened as the first ever BEATLES DAY – 24 hours when the people of Liverpool will show their love for the Fab Four and raise money for the ALDER HEY IMAGINE APPEAL and LIVERPOOL UNITES. Over 20,000 specially made Beatles-style mop-top wigs will be sold around Merseyside in the days leading up to 10th July. Following a day of celebrations all over the region, the spectacular climax will come in the shape of IMAGINE – THE CONCERT at the Summer Pops, hosted by RICKY TOMLINSON. He will be joined by a host of artists, young and old, from around the country, all performing Beatles favourites at a packed Liverpool Arena! Chas Cole, Summer Pops promoter and one of the people behind the BEATLES DAY idea. He says: “Everyone’s got a Beatles story in this city, haven’t they? The concert at the Echo Arena will be a great way to finish, but BEATLES DAY is really a chance for the ordinary people of Liverpool to share their memories and have some fun while raising money. “This is a day where culture will truly belong to the people of Liverpool, when they can show what makes this city the European Capital of Culture; its heritage, humour, boundless enthusiasm under pressure and above all, its ability to not take itself too seriously. B-Day here we come!” Phil Redmond at the Culture Company, said: “Liverpool and The Beatles are inseparable. Liverpool made the Beatles what they were and their immortal heritage has come to play a huge role in the way the city is viewed around the world today. “I would love people to come to view BEATLES DAY as a landmark on the calendar in years to come.” For more information on the celebration, click HERE.
In this incredible 10-part series, ABC News, host Meredith Viera and countless famous fans of the Fab Four reflect on the magic and enduring power of the Beatles. This documentary traces the history of the group from the beginning until the end. Click below for the additional chapters in the series.
The Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night was a fictionalized day in the life of the band during the height of Beatlemania. Their second effort, Help, took an entirely different tact, offering up a plotline about a cult's pursuit of the ring that won't come off of Ringo's finger, and the misadventures that ensue. With Help being re-released on DVD this Tuesday, the timing seems right to take a behind the scenes look at its making.
Thanks to the singing of Beatles songs in Across the Universe, according to Entertainment Weekly, actress Evan Rachel Wood is negotiating with Interscope Records for a recording contract… The Chicago Sun Times’ Miriam Di Nunzio enthused about the November 6th DVD release of Help (from Apple/EMI), “The film is being released in two versions, a two-disc standard set and a two-disc deluxe set. [Richard] Lester also directed the Fab Four’s debut, the black-and-white comedy A Hard Day’s Night… as much fun as the film is, the second disc boasts an hour of bonus footage, including a fascinating 30-minute making-of documentary, extended interviews with cast and crew and audio excerpts from the Beatles during press conferences on film locations…Copley News Service in reviewing Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler’s Yesterday: The Beatles Once Upon A Time(The Vendome Press), notes, “Anyone who knows their Beatles history will be familiar with the name Astrid Kirchherr: She was the young German photographer who was very much in on Hamburg’s Cavern club scene when the lads were starting out, eventually becoming engaged to the original bass player, Stu Sutcliffe. These photographs, taken in Liverpool in 1964 and later in London during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night, offer a rare, intimate view of the group as they moved toward superstardom. In the most candid of shots, they’re seen rehearsing, playing, performing, clowning, cooking, collaborating and visiting their parents – all effectively capturing the spirit of that particular yesterday. The glimpses afforded of grim city streets and claustrophobic, kitsch-filled sitting rooms show exactly what the Fab Four and their British fans were escaping from.”