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20 May 2015
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meanmistermustard said
Status Quo are embarrassingly dreadful. An entire career built on the smallest amount of talent, variation and quality. So fair play to them for lasting so long.

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Status Quo are embarrassingly dreadful. An entire career built on the smallest amount of talent, variation and quality. So as far as i am concerned fair play to them for lasting so long.

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For the benefit of our transatlantic friends who may not have encountered the Quo, it is worth pointing out that - not unlike the Rolliing Stones, who have also done fairly well on it - Status Quo do mainly one thing, and have carved out a devoted following and a lengthy career based on that.  In their case, it is anthemic 12-bar songs suited to live performance.  I make no comment as to whether they do it well or not (Youtube them a bit if you're curious), or whether there is anything inherently worthy or lacking in their career, abilities and ouvre - that is something for the individual.

To put it another way, I personally find the writing in 50 Shades Of Grey to be of poor quality, but it has sold in shedloads, so it must have something going for it no matter how rubbishy I find it.

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Press release on Simon Cowell's company becoming a partner in the film:

FAB FILM NEWS: We're pleased and proud to announce we've signed a film financing and producing deal for The Fifth Beatle, partnering with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and independent entertainment studio IM Global. The international media has already enthusiastically reacted and we're enjoying great press from Variety,Hollywood Reporter, NME, The Telegraph (UK)Cinema Blend and more!

Official press release follows:

 
 
SYCO ENTERTAINMENT AND IM GLOBAL PARTNER ON VIVEK J. TIWARY‘S  “THE FIFTH BEATLE”

Film To Adapt Acclaimed Graphic Novel Biography Of The Beatles’ Manager Brian Epstein

 
Cannes, May 15 – Prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global, acclaimed writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment have announced they will partner to co-produce the feature film version of THE FIFTH BEATLE.  The screenplay, written by Tiwary, is an adaptation of  his acclaimed graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.

THE FIFTH BEATLE is a New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novel that recounts the true story of Brian Epstein, the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool and guided them to unimaginable success.  But it’s also the story of how Epstein, of whom Paul McCartney said, "if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian,"  overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and personal demons  while bringing the Beatles to the world’s attention and kicking off a cultural Revolution in the process. 

Tiwary, Cowell and IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford will serve as producers, and have already secured an unprecedented agreement with Sony/ATV Publishing for the use of Beatles music to be used in the film. IM Global President of Production Matt Jackson, President of IM Global Music David Schulhof, and Syco  Entertainment's Head of Film Adam Milano will serve as executive producers. The producers also anticipate bringing a director onboard shortly.
 
Said Tiwary, “The mission of 'The Fifth Beatle' has always been to sing the unsung story of Brian Epstein-- the brilliant and inspiring visionary behind the Beatles-- so I am thrilled to expand his legacy Into film.  And to be partnering with a brilliant self-made boy from Liverpool and a game-changing music impresario-- I'm certain Brian would be pleased!"
 
Said Ford, “Vivek has written a powerful, vibrant screenplay about one of the most colorful and heartbreaking stories in rock'n'roll history.  I am proud and incredibly excited to launch into putting the film together with Vivek, Simon and the rest of the team."
 
Said Cowell, "I have always been fascinated by Brian Epstein - and his story. He played a huge role in The Beatles incredible success - and, I believe, remains the most talented manager ever. Yet his story has never been fully told. Also, like everyone across the world, I have so much respect for The Beatles and their music. So to be given the chance to be involved in this project was one I just could not pass up." 
 
Tiwary wrote the graphic novel, which was published by Dark Horse Comics, with art created by award-winning artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker.  THE FIFTH BEATLE has  won many major literary awards, including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (the comics industry's Academy Award) and two Harvey Awards (the comics industry's Golden Globes), including Best Original Graphic Album. It was named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, and has been added to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Library and Archives Permanent Collection.  
 

[x-posted to the Fifth Beatle film thread]
 
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@parlance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Zig said
And I'll be standing right beside you holding my Rubber Soul lava lamp. I can't wait for these to come out.

I missed all the lava lamp talk a coupla weeks ago, but can I still just relate the anecdote about the Christmas of '96 when my sister and myself unknowingly bought each other a lava lamp for a gift? And how we both preferred the colours we bought for the other (I bought lime green; she bought aqua) and ultimately each kept the one we bought for ourself? 

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meanmistermustard said

meanmistermustard said
Status Quo are embarrassingly dreadful. An entire career built on the smallest amount of talent, variation and quality. So fair play to them for lasting so long.

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Status Quo are embarrassingly dreadful. An entire career built on the smallest amount of talent, variation and quality. So as far as i am concerned fair play to them for lasting so long.

I think that's fair comment………….

 

But here's a chance to take a look into the rhythm track behind the only Status Quo record I have on my iPod.

I think it's one of my favorite intros to any song………Drums come in quicker than My Sweet Lord at about a minute but the head banging will have been well underway by then.

Er…. for you guitarists I think it's in D. It shows if anything the eternal power of the blues structure.

 

Give it a chance…at the end, (you won't last till the end) you can always return to the status quo.

 

 

25 May 2015
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Status Quo were not a band of musical geniuses, but they never claimed to be. Instead they were hardworking, honest and unpretentious, and in their heyday, this was a welcome distraction from those bands who had glowing reputations for musicianship - which were usually well deserved - but whose live performances were often sterile, monotonous and tedious.

People knew what they were getting with Quo - and they liked it. Their raunch and rhythm had everyone up enjoying themselves, and for a band that used a fairly basic formula for their music, they still came up with enough material to give their music appeal and their career longevity.

Francis(he used to be known as Mike) Rossi is the main man in the band alongside Rick Parfitt who has the easiest and most energetic rhythm guitar role in the business.

Everyone I knew liked them, even all the Beatle fans, although it was never cool to admit it. Most of us had more serious bands as favourites, but people found room for Quo too. A night at a Quo gig in Glasgow, UK was quite an event - and it was always the highlight of the band's tour.

The music they play is the music they like to play, and a heck of a lot of people like to hear it.

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Very nicely put @Hildy !!

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Yahoo article featuring comments on Steve Tilson who John sent a letter to in 1971 but Steve only got in 2005. A film is coming out on based on the story.

 

Mojo have a new 'Beatles 101 Greatest Songs' with a few surprises along the way (it's not a list, you have to click your way thru song-by-song).

 

24 previously unseen phots of the Beatles at the ABC Cinema in Ardwick on the 20 November 1963 have been sold at auction for £5,200 report the Manchester Evening News (there are 6 additional photos of fans at the concert screaming).

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27 May 2015
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Paul bought a penthouse overlooking Central Park. I wonder if he did it to compensate for the fact that he can't wander freely through the park without being bugged by people. I wonder if he can he see the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park from his window.

27 May 2015
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The article did not mention how many stories Off The Ground it is. Anyone care to bet it's at least one story higher than Yoko's in The Dakota at his request?

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27 May 2015
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I had to look up and make sure I wasn't reading the "Paul's massive ego" thread.

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I've been trying to post this since it was fresh a couple days ago but wifi problems kept getting in the way.  I found this article in the latest Rolling Stone confirming details about the Beatles' dealings with Stax records in Memphis in 1966 (funny that I found it while I was actually in Memphis).  A letter from George washed up. The letter is scanned in and

I saw George's playful scrawl in large, clear print for the first time 🙂

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George's letter regarding Stax with links to the Rolling Stone article and Record Mecca, where you can actually see and read the letter, was posted yesterday in the 'Revolver' thread. To save folk having to walk over there the post was as follows

Somehow this slipped by. A previously unseen letter from George has surfaced and reveals the reason why the Beatles never recorded at Stax Studios in Atlanta - its been covered by a lot of publications, here's Rolling Stone.

The letter itself can be read at Record Mecca and the full quote in regards to recording at Stax reads

By the way did you hear that we nearly recorded in Memphis with Jim Stuart. We would all like it a lot, but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word ‘Beatles’, so it fell through !.”

 

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 Matt Busby posted it directly above your post @meanmistermustard.

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28 May 2015
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Thats what i was referring to. Admittedly without any words or links to bring the link more clearly to surface but it was there in theory.a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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Paul McCartney is to receive a new tulip, bearing his name, at his Amsterdam shows. (article is in Dutch): 

http://www.dikketitels.com/muz.....mccartney/

 

Translation of the relevant part:

PAUL MCCARTNEY GETS HIS OWN TULIP

Paul McCartney will be performing at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 7 and 8 June. His last concert in Amsterdam was over 40 years ago. To commemorate this special event, Remarkable Tulips CV has cultivated a tulip which will bear the name Paul McCartney . The first of these tulips will be presented to McCartney at the concerts.

 

The rest of the article just talks about the tour and Paul's career.

I do hope it's a better-looking tulip than the one depicted in the article, because that looks rather mundane... There's no mention of it yet on the cultivator's website, so I'm guessing the official reveal is the moment they present it to Paul. Since he already has a very pretty rose named after him, it better be really nice!

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Julie Harris who designed clothes for the Beatles in their first two films 'A Hard Day's Night ' and 'Help !' (for which she received a BAFTA nomination) as well as 'Live And Let Die ' which Paul wrote the theme song for had died at the age of 94 report the BBC

In 1965, after working with the Beatles, she said: "I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo naked."

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Sorry to backtrack a bit, but does this mean there will actually be a Fifth Beatle film? As in it's not just talk that will ultimately result in nothing? I liked the graphic novel. I had to order it especially from a comic book store in Derby when I was at uni. Worth it.

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Impossible to say there will definitely be a "Fifth Beatle" film until it's done, @StarrisonSubmarine, but the signs are looking very good for it happening.

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