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Though it ain’t really what’ll be remembered from this year’s Oscars!

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@Timothy – I agree! Definitely the only Bond song I’ve ever purchased (multiple times), Something I noticed last night, the female voice that follows Paul’s singing of  the words “Live And Let Die ” doesn’t really sound like Linda. She appears to be the only female credited on the track, so must be her (maybe multi-tracked). a-hard-days-night-paul-7

  

I think that’s Paul, @sigh butterfly 

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Now I’m doubting myself (the remasters have much such cleaner vocals). I may have assumed it was a female voice because of the “you know you did, you know you did, you know you did” reply vocal. Gonna have to fire up my actual audio system and check this out.

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The backing vocals are Linda and Denny Laine, which is why it doesn’t sound like a pure Linda vocal.

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LENNON WASHBOARD TO BE OFFERED AT AUCTION

London, UK (Reuters) – A partially refurbished mid-20th century scrubbing-board once employed in John Lennon ’s pre-Beatles “skiffle” band The Quarry Men, will be among the items offered for auction by Sotheby’s International on 17 August 2022. The vintage laundering implement, whose age cannot be determined exactly, but is believed to have been manufactured sometime between the 1930s and early 1950s, was used for a time by Lennon boyhood friend and onetime Quarry Man Pete Shotton as an inexpensive and portable percussion instrument, until an altercation with Lennon convinced him to quit the band suddenly; it was also previously used by Mrs. Shotton to scrub the family’s soiled clothing. The partially-intact item, whose original wooden frame was broken and ultimately discarded after being smashed upon Shotton’s head by Lennon, was subsequently re-fitted with a new frame, and later modified during the Beatles era with the addition of electrical pickups by amateur electronics engineer Alexis Mardas. This technologically upgraded mutant version was then believed to have been used by Beatle associate Mal Evans on an experimental tape the band recorded in January of 1967, but this latter fact could not be verified, as the recording itself has to date never been released to the general public. As for the washboard, which is expected to sell for a upwards of £15000, it is being offered alongside an additional item from the Shotton Estate, a used washer/dryer combo, with electronic control panel, environmentally friendly, manufactured by the Whirlpool Corporation in 2016, excellent condition. Asking price £250, no delivery included.

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OH no, April 1st got me again! I hope I can get my money back paul-mccartney

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Press release from the National Trust on how they will use 20 Forthlin Road to mark Paul’s 80th and the 60th anniversary of Love Me Do

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[Nasty note: a slightly tighter crop on this picture here, writing I Saw Her Standing There , appears in the press release]

Published: 04 Apr 2022

The National Trust today (5 April 2022) announces full details of its plans to open up 20 Forthlin Road, the childhood home of Sir Paul & Mike McCartney, to unsigned artists, with the aim of inspiring new generations of creativity.

‘The Forthlin Sessions’ will see unsigned music artists given the chance to visit, write, and perform at 20 Forthlin Road, sitting in the very same spots where around 30 of the world’s most famous songs, including ‘Love Me Do ‘, ‘I Saw Her Standing There ‘, ‘Hold Me Tight ‘, ‘I’ll Follow The Sun ‘ and ‘When I’m 64’ were written and rehearsed. It is also where Paul wrote his first-ever song, ‘I Lost My Little Girl’.

To choose the artists who will perform at ‘The Forthlin Sessions’, the National Trust will work with Mike McCartney and Pete Paphides and consult with the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). The opportunity is open to any unsigned, UK-based music artist aged over 18. ‘The Forthlin Sessions’ will be recorded and publicised, offering vital opportunities for new musical talent to reach audiences.

To celebrate a year of the Beatles’ anniversaries, including Sir Paul McCartney ‘s 80th birthday in June, and the 60th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut single ‘Love Me Do ‘ in October, the charity will be celebrating the creativity sparked from the rooms of 20 Forthlin Road (“the birthplace of the Beatles”), by supporting a new generation of talent and bringing a place rich in popular music history, to a wider audience.

In addition, the British public will be asked to share what the creativity sparked at 20 Forthlin Road has meant to them, to help inspire the new music that will be created at ‘The Forthlin Sessions’ by the chosen artists. This could be a memory, a favourite song or how music, photography and art gave them courage to follow a different path in life.

To find out more about 20 Forthlin Road, how to apply to play at ‘The Forthlin Sessions’ or how to share what the creativity sparked there has meant to you, please visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-forthlin-sessions or @nationaltrust #TheForthlinSessions.

Hilary McGrady, National Trust Director General, says: “What the Beatles did was inspire a generation to feel free to be creative, regardless of who or where they were. Much of that started at 20 Forthlin Road with the songs that were written under this roof. It’s a pleasure to care for the Beatles’ childhood homes and to use the story of what happened there to continue this legacy. Our places don’t have to be stuck in time; they’re here to keep sparking creativity, dreams, and new ideas. We can’t wait to hear how what happened at 20 Forthlin Road inspired and keeps on inspiring the nation.”

To kick off the search for the musicians who will play ‘The Forthlin Sessions’, a new poem – ‘An Ordinary House, An Ordinary Street’ – telling the story of the house has been released as a short film.

It features figures from the history of the house including Mike McCartney, the Quarry Men drummer Colin Hanton, Colin and Sylvia Hall, custodians of Mendips – John Lennon ’s Liverpool home – and 20 Forthlin Road respectively. They appear alongside schoolboy Luca from the Wirral and a number of creatives from across the City of Liverpool, including former students of LIPA – the performing arts education institution – founded by Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Mark Featherstone-Witty in 1996, in Paul and Mike’s old school. 

Simon Osborne, National Trust manager for the charity’s Liverpool properties, says: “20 Forthlin Road’s story has some uncanny parallels with today – hope rising from grief and change from a time of crisis. What happened here has inspired many musicians and famous faces. Acts like Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, the Gallaghers, Paul Weller, Stormzy, comedian Harry Hill and TV host and actor James Corden have all talked about the impact of what came forth from Forthlin had on the creative industries and beyond. We want to tell the story of this ordinary house in an ordinary street, to continue to inspire new generations of creativity. Imagine the chance to write and play on the exact spot where ordinary lads from Liverpool changed the world.”

The McCartney family moved from Speke to 20 Forthlin Road, a post-war terraced council house, in 1955. Devastatingly, within a year Mary McCartney died, leaving husband Jim to raise 14-year-old Paul and 12-year-old Mike alone.

Jim brought music back to the house to help the boys through their grief, with first a trumpet, then a guitar and then drums that in Mike’s words “fell off the back of a lorry”. In 1957 Paul McCartney was introduced to John Lennon at the St Peter’s Church fete in Woolton, halfway between their two homes. The chums rehearsed and wrote at 20 Forthlin Road, writing lyrics to songs like ‘I Saw Her Standing There ‘ in school books on the front room floor. 

Mike drummed for the Quarry Men until an accident at scout camp put paid to his career on the sticks. The Quarry Men’s loss was history’s gain, with Mike turning to photography – taking the number 86 bus to Allerton library to learn the art – and documenting the rise of creativity that would change the world. The shots of the new poem film reflect many of Mike’s poignant and intimate images of that time at Forthlin Road.

Mike McCartney explains more: “It was just a normal family home. We were school kids. There was no music except that my dad would tickle – as he called it – the ivories after a hard day at work. At the beginning, there was no music other than dad and no photography. There wasn’t any thought of showbusiness, I can assure you.

“After we lost our mum, dad was bringing up his two little boys who were growing bigger all the time, on £10 a week. We were poor. The idea of getting into photography or music was unthinkable for working class lads back then, but Dad saw how creativity could help us through our grief. Everything that was created here – the music, the photography – was created from love. I’m delighted our house and our family can inspire new generations to follow a path that might surprise people, and that it’s been part of so many lives, not just ours.”

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Mike [McCartney] drummed for the Quarry Men until an accident at scout camp put paid to his career on the sticks.

 

I wonder what the accident was that prevented Mike from drumming?

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The love you take is equal to the love you make

 

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If I recall correctly, @Richard, he broke his arm at Scout camp, and it damaged the nerves in his wrist.

I would suggest it was a fortunate accident for The Beatles, as they would have had a different balance with two McCartney’s in the band.

EDIT: Found a quote from Mike:

I broke my arm at camp and it affected the nerves that control the wrist. They were dead.

I had to have electric shocks and hot stuff put on my arm to get the nerves back. For a couple of years, I had to wear a support strap with a wire.

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https://www.theguardian.com/mu…..or-auction

 

Attention please! Unheard Paul McCartney recording up for auction

McCartney’s demo version of Attention, destined for Ringo Starr ’s 1981 album Stop and Smell the Roses, expected to sell for £10,000

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This sounds too cool. I don’t think I’d end up being too creative though. beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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https://www.theguardian.com/mu…..or-auction

 

Attention please! Unheard Paul McCartney recording up for auction

McCartney’s demo version of Attention, destined for Ringo Starr ’s 1981 album Stop and Smell the Roses, expected to sell for £10,000

  

I have always enjoyed the song. I wonder if we will get to hear a bit of the demo version.

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Ringo has announced a new set of dates in September and October, stretching out from the Spring tour’s primarily East Coast shoes, he heads to the West Coast, and takes in Canada and Mexico:

September 23 Bridgeport, CT – Hartford Healthcare Amp
September 24 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Etess Arena
September 26 Montreal, Quebec – Place Bell
September 27 Kingston, Ontario – Leon’s Centre
September 30 Mt Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino

October 1 New Buffalo, Mi – Four Winds Casino
October 2 Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
October 4 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canada Life Centre
October 5 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Sasktel Centre
October 6 Lethbridge, Alberta – Enmax Centre
October 8 Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
October 9 Penticton, BC – South Okanagon Events Centre
October 11 Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall
October 12 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Hall
October 14 San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic Center
October 15 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amp
October 16 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
October 19 Mexico City, MX – Auditorio Nacional
October 20 Mexico City, MX – Auditorio Nacional

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Okay, various bits of George news from the last week or two…

BMG has been involved in much of the distribution/administration of George’s catalogue and the revived Dark Horse Records in recent years, have now taken over the administration of George’s publishing company, Harrisongs. Dhani has said:

I’m delighted to announce that my father’s song catalog will be joining BMG/Dark Horse Records.

We have had a longstanding and successful partnership with BMG over the years and we look forward to continuing to expand our relationship well into the future.

Olivia is publishing a book of her poetry about George on 21 June via Genesis Publications (though not one of their mega expensive books, with it showing up on UK Amazon at the moment for £22 for a hardcover).

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Titled Came the Lightning, Came the Light: Twenty Poems for George, 104 pages, it’s described:

‘Here on the shore, twenty years later, my message in a bottle has reached dry land. Words about our life, his death but mostly love and our journey to the end.’ – Olivia Harrison 

Olivia Harrison presents Came the Lightening, a book of twenty poems dedicated to George, marking the twentieth year since his passing. 

As a contributor to the book Concert for George, the revised edition of I Me Mine , and George Harrison : Living in the Material World, Olivia is no stranger to writing beautiful words that have an ethereal connection to love. 

These poems are accompanied by a selection of photographs and mementos curated by Olivia, including pictures of herself and George. 

Came the Lightening sees Olivia reflect upon her life with George, examining the intimacy of the emotional bond in their relationship through a memorable series of poems. She delves into the phenomenon of losing a partner and the passage of time.

In essence, this is a story of love.

‘Olivia evokes the most fleeting gestures and instants, plucked from the flow of time and memory and felt through her choice of words and the overall rhythm… She might have done an oral history or a memoir. Instead, she composed a work of poetic autobiography.’ – Martin Scorsese

Oh… and the Harrison Estate have entered into a deal with an American legal cannabis supplier, Dad Grass, for limited edition – under the name All Things Must Grass – George branded joints…

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A mock All Things Must Grass cardboard cassette case in which to keep your packs of Dad Grass…

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…as well as other merchandise such as rolling papers, ashtray, rolling tray, badges/buttons, poster, bumper sticker. Here’s their ad for the range…

Introducing: Dad Grass x George Harrison

All Things Must Grass Collection

Pinch us. We must be dreaming. Our little weed brand is mixing it up with one of the most legendary artists ever. A musical icon. A loving dad. And in our books, the most classic bloke that ever did toke!

For launch video itself, we decided to bring the All Things Must Pass album artwork to life while introducing the different products in the collection. Thanks to George’s family, we were able to use some of the most iconic music photography ever created, including the famous cover shot of George surrounded by the gnomes at Friar Park. And of course, the music itself. We worked with some talented animators to have a little fun with the gnomes, which we imagined as sneaky little stoners enjoying the abundant grounds and groovy tunes back in 1970.

Obviously (and feck, feck, feck), due to drug laws, only available inside the US.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8a-hard-days-night-george-10That is truly a magical, mystery trip (and super strange). I hope at least medicinal grass is available in the UK. It is a lifesaver for people with PTSD (and many other ailments/recoveries).

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Nope, no medicinal grass in the UK, @sigh butterfly. Some cannabis based products, oils etc., became available in 2019, but are incredibly hard to access. In the first 18 months after they were made available, a total of no prescriptions were granted.

We’re still miles behind many countries in our approach to the dreaded weed.

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Lots seems to be happening with George’s Estate at the moment, with the non-Harrison Dark Horse releases being made available on Spotify over the last week…

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I’m interested in reading Olivia’s poems, but I’ll pass on Dad Grass as I have never have nor will be a smoker. 

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I have to say, I find the cigarette box a bit tasteless, considering.

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It’s not a cigarette box, it’s a joint box, and there is no evidence that George ever stopped smoking joints, or that joints were the cause of his cancer.

Olivia and Dhani obviously didn’t think it was in bad taste, but a good representation of the man they loved, and something he would approve of. As I said, this is done with the full agreement of the Estate.

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Confirmation that complete copies of episodes 5 -> 15 of ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ exist in excellent sound quality in the BBC archives, taped directly as they were originally aired back in the summer/autumn of 1963 by Margaret Ashworth. Most of the Beatles tracks we have, if not officially then on bootleg, but a lot of the chat and guest groups remain unavailable.

The most important aspect of the article in my opinion:

After the thrill of this, my husband and I had a thought: why not start a website (it’s am-records.com) to share our musical tastes?

And I thought it would be fun to put out the old programmes at 5pm on Tuesdays throughout the summer to recreate the tension of having to wait a week for the next one, so I contacted the BBC for permission to air them.

In my naivety, I thought this would be a formality, as it had been nearly 60 years since the programmes were made and I was not seeking to profit from the broadcast. 

However, a BBC operative told me that it had copies of the programmes in its archive and would ‘not approve’ the upload of my versions to any site, adding that there were ‘quite complex issues with the use of Beatles materials across BBC, or external, sites’.

I have no way of knowing whether the BBC versions are as good as mine. They may have come from one of the other six sets of CDs made at Abbey Road .

Nevertheless, after all these years, with the Beatles still extremely popular, it seems mean-spirited of the BBC not to allow these little time capsules to be broadcast, either by me or by the Corporation. I cannot believe there are copyright issues that cannot be solved.

 

Would be fantastic if the BBC would air the episodes, possibly for the 60th anniversary of the series next year – surely they can find a way to get the relevant permissions.

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