Why Beatles insiders kept silent for years

Another angle.

An executive of the Beatles’ Apple Corps organization, who was present when the band played its final concert on the roof of Apple Records in 1969, explained why he and others kept silent about their time with the Fab Four for many years afterward.

Ken Mansfield looked after the U.S. part of the operation and was responsible for the decision to release “Hey Jude” as a single, despite its nonstandard length for radio play at the time.

“They were trying to figure out whether to release ‘Revolution’ or ‘Hey Jude’ as their first single under Apple,” he told Billboard. “Paul [McCartney] was a businessman, and he was worried stations wouldn’t play it because it was too long. I said I would take it to America … meet the program directors at radio stations and get their opinion if we should break the rules, if it’s strong enough.” He said the directors “fell on the floor when they heard it. I called Paul and said, ‘We have to go with this.’”

Mansfield can be seen during the Beatles’ 40-minute rooftop show on Jan. 30, 1969; he’s the man in the white coat to the band’s left. “No one knew at the time that was going to be their last performance,” he noted. “It turned out to be the most unique, fascinating thing they could have done and all they had to do was walk up a few flights of stairs. It was very raw, real and simple.”

That event is the subject of The Roof: The Beatles’ Final Concert, Mansfield’s third book about his experiences with the band. “A lot of us who were there never talked about the Beatles much until decades later,” he said. “They never said to us to keep the things we saw to ourselves. But the thing about all of us is that it was such a privilege to have been there that we had to honor them by keeping things to ourselves and not talking about everything.

“There was something about them that the minute you were in their inner circle they treated you like a friend. I never got the impression of, ‘I’m a Beatle and you aren’t.’ You were part of the team, and every day something phenomenal happened. I didn’t realize the importance of it until after about 20 years.”

Source: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/beatles-insiders-silent/


Stern Pinball Brings The Beatles To Pinball For the First Time Ever

Another milestone in Beatledom.


The Beatles may be one of the most prominent names in rock and roll history, but they don’t have too much of an impact on the gaming scene. In fact, outside of the release of The Beatles Rock Band a few years ago for consoles, there hasn’t been much presence for them in this industry at all. However, it looks like Stern Pinball is going to change that.

Hot on the heels of releasing tables based on bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Kiss, Iron Maiden and Metallica, the company has announced that it’s producing a pinball machine based on The Beatles and everything surrounding Beatlemania.

In conjunction with Ka-Pow Pinball and Bravado Merchandising (the official Beatles licensing group), the machine is a “one-of-a-kind” model celebrating the band’s early days, and will feature the following songs:

  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Ticket to Ride
  • All My Loving
  • Help
  • Drive My Car
  • It Won’t Be Long
  • I Should Have Known Better

“The game also features iconic introductions by Ed Sullivan along with custom speech and callouts by Hall of Fame disk jockey, Cousin Brucie. Cousin Brucie introduced The Beatles at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1964,” the company noted in a press release.

“The game is available in three models named for the recording industry’s sales award levels. The Diamond Edition, the highest level and most difficult to attain, is limited to only 100 units. The Platinum Edition is limited to only 250 units. The Gold Edition is limited to 1614 units.

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“The retro-themed playfield features four flippers, eleven drop targets, eight stand-up targets, multiple skill shots, two opto-spinners, a ball-catching magnet and a magnetic spinning record disc in the center of the playfield. Players, friends and family will enjoy full screen animations as well as simulated reel scoring on the game’s high definition video screen.

“All models feature unique art packages and custom powder-coated armor. The 100 Diamond Editions are numbered, certified collectible and include a mirrored backglass. The 250 Platinum Editions are numbered and certified collectible.”

You can check out the table when it begins distributing later this year. Stern Pinball’s websiteshould have it available for pre-order soon.

If that’s not your thing, the company has some other great pinballs to offer as well, including licensed fare like Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool and, of course, Star Wars.

Source: https://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/10/29/the-beatles-stern-pinball-first-time-ever/?fbclid=IwAR1QYbFeKlNY5Op52IEuz7dhx2jCD08xDyXa8XbPLx4I3N5qYRKbIzswm1I

Re-imagining John’s Imagine

I have a whole collection of outtakes from the Imagine recording sessions, yet this is something to have, own and keep forever


John Lennon’s Imagine album: 2018 reissue campaign, explained
John Lennon's Imagine album: 2018 reissue plans, explained
Six-disc audio box • Imagine film restored for cinema • Three editions of Imagine John Yoko book • Gimme Some Truth doc back on blu-ray/DVD
A reissue of John Lennon‘s 1971 Imagine album has long been rumoured for 2018, but is it actually happening and is there anything else going on? Let SDE explain…

Imagine was Lennon’s second studio album, released in the Autumn of 1971. While many fans prefer the raw primal intensity of 1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band there’s no doubting the quality of its follow-up, which like its predecessor was co-produced by Phil Spector. Imagine‘s ten tracks include the title track (indisputably Lennon’s best known song outside The Beatles), How Do You Sleep? (his scathing attack on Paul McCartney, which features George Harrison on guitar) and Jealous Guy, a song Roxy Music took to number one after Lennon was murdered in December 1980.
There have been a number of versions/variations of Imagine over the years. A Quad mix of Imagine was issued around the time of release, it was first put out on CD in 1987 and there have been plenty of vinyl reissues over the years (including EMI100 Centenuary Edition, Mobile Fidelity etc.). Yoko Ono supervised a stereo remix of the album that was issued on CD in 2000 and then ditched that idea in 2010, reverting to a remastered version of ‘John’s Mix’ for when most of Lennon’s back catalogue was reissued for the John at 70 campaign.
A blu-ray audio was issued in 2014 (standard mix, no extras), as was a Japanese SACD with vinyl replica packaging. The nearest we have got to any kind of super deluxe edition was the 2011 Record Store Day box set which included the album on vinyl and a bonus 8-track EP of previously released sessions (originally featured 1998’s John Lennon Anthology).
Phew! So what is happening in 2018? Let’s get straight to the good news, it has now been officially confirmed that there will be an Imagine six-disc audio box set(“The Ultimate Deep Listening Experience”). The news was broken on the John Lennon’s twitter feed (and other social channels) yesterday. This was effectively a tease, since we were offered little detail but promised more on Thursday 23 August. The video below promotes the forthcoming announcement and gives us a preview of a version of Oh My Love.
Although we don’t know anything officially, some details were inadvertently published for a short time yesterday, before being pulled. This new Imagine box set is expected to include 140 tracks (!) and consist of four CDs and two blu-ray audios. Expect raw studio mixes, the Quad mix, outtakes and audio montages that track each song from demo to finished product (sounds not dissimilar to Peter Gabriel’s So DNA demo disc) and more. There should be some separate vinyl too, but no vinyl in the box.
So what else is happening? Well, don’t expect the Imagine audio box to have a great big hardcover book, because as has been previously announced on SDE, a separate book project is running alongside the audio box. Imagine John Yoko is a 320-page hardcover tome which promises the ‘definitive inside story’ of the making of the Lennon’s 1971 album. It will feature 80 percent exclusive, hitherto-unpublished archive photos.
There are THREE editions of this book. A standard edition and two collector’s editions. The Collector’s Edition has 176 extra pages with expanded and additional chapters,
150 extra illustrations and massive gatefold pullout panoramas. It’s boxed, clothbound, comes with a numbered print and is limited to 2,000 worldwide.
A Collector’s Edition SIGNED by Yoko Ono is the third variant. This is limited to a TINY quantity of just 300 copies worldwide (150 for the US and 150 for the UK).
Anything else? Of course! Imagine, the film, has been restored & remixed for cinema audiences and is showing around the world from 17 September 2018. It will have ‘additional cinema-exclusive extras’ and will be shown in Dolby Atmos in selected theatres.
Eagle Rock will then (in October) issue the Imaginefilm and the Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon’s Imagine Album documentary on blu-ray and DVD, restored and enhanced, with 5.1 surround sound.
There are currently no pre-orders available for anything, except the books. The SIGNED Collector’s Edition is going to be mega-rare and despite the fact that they are still taking pre-orders, I think Amazon’s ability to fulfil signed orders will be limited. Even the non-signed Collector’s Edition is limited to just 1000 in the UK and 1000 in the USA.
If you are genuinely interested in a SIGNED edition I can tell you that SDE has been in talks with the UK publishers, Thames & Hudson, and we have secured a VERY small number of signed copies, which will go up on the SDE shop in the near future. Subscribe to the SDE newsletter to stay in touch with the news on this!
More on everything John Lennon and Imagine when we get it. The audio box set is expected to be released in October; maybe the 12th, which is the nearest Friday to John’s birthday (9 October). The books are scheduled for the 9th, although the signed may come later on 30 October 2018.
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Paul’s new album out on September 7

Looks like a birthday announcement. Not bad. It’s been five years since he came out with a studio album.


Paul McCartney Announces Egypt Station, First New Album in 5 Years

Listen to his new tracks “I Don’t Know” and “Come on to Me”

Sir Paul McCartney, July 2017 (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Image)
Sir Paul McCartney, July 2017 (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Image)

Paul McCartney has announced his first new album in five years. Egypt Station is out September 7 via Capitol. The announcement arrives with Macca’s new double A-side single. Listen to “I Don’t Know” and “Come on to Me” below. Scroll down for the Egypt Station cover art.

In a press release, McCartney said, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make.” He continued, “Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”

Egypt Station follows Macca’s 2013 LP NEW. Since then, he’s worked with Kanye West on multiple tracks: “Only One,” “FourFiveSeconds,” and “All Day.” Other artists he worked with include Foo Fighters and Ringo Starr. He’s also reissued a number of records, including Flowers in the DirtTug of War, and Thrillington, among others.

He made music for the video game “Destiny” and released the Pure McCartney compilation. Paul won two Grammys in 2014 (Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack” and Best Music Film for Paul McCartney’s Live Kisses); he was nominated for two more at the 2016 Grammys (Best Rap Performance and Song for “All Day”).

Outside of music, he played a pirate named Jack in the 2017 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and made a cameo in a 2015 episode of “BoJack Horseman.” He also acknowledged the existence of Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” in his #MannequinChallenge video.

Review: Blindspot Season 3 Finale


Blindspot finale recap: This. Changes. Everything.

David Giesbrecht/NBC, May 18, 2018 at 09:00 PM EDT

Man, oh, man. Are you done yelling at your TV? Did you throw it out the window? Were those screams of joy or anger? I watched the season finale yesterday and I still don’t think I’ve recovered—and I definitely can’t figure out how I feel about it. But that’s why we’re all here. Let’s process this whole crazy thing together, and boy, is there a lot to process.

Before we get to the craziness of the final few minutes of “In Memory,” let’s recap everything else leading up to it. For the most part, it’s a pretty standard episode of Blindspot. It’s fun and thrilling and nicely ties up a lot of the season’s overarching stories…and then blows a lot of things up in the last few minutes. Depending on your capacity for accepting very random swerves, you either hated the final stretch or loved it. Either way, “In Memory” certainly goes all out in making an impact.

As the episode begins, Roman is basking in the sun, making a phone call to someone. “It was all leading to this,” he says, cryptically. Does this mean he had his showdown with Jane? Did Crawford catch up to him? We have to wait to find out, as the episode flashes back a few hours. It’s the morning after Reade and Zapata’s first night together, and things are a little awkward. Not because of the sex, but because Reade learns of a break in the tattoo cases and he can’t talk to Zapata about it because she’s no longer a government agent.

Heading into work, Rich and Patterson have all their material prepared for Reade and the rest of the team. They’ve dissected Roman’s video clue and determined that he’s quoting The Count of Monte Cristo. After a hilarious “who’s on first?” situation involving a misunderstanding about a clue in the words “what three words,” the team finds a website that includes a map of the entire world divided up into 3×3 squares. Punch in a set of three words and you get a corresponding part on the map. It looks like Roman is pointing them to a location, perhaps Crawford’s. They just need to know what three words from the book Roman is talking about to punch into the map.

While Crawford traces a call from Roman, baiting and switching the FBI as he gets himself to the airport to go find the man who’s betrayed him, the team finds some hidden numbers in two of Jane’s tattoos that likely point to page and word numbers in The Count of Monte Cristo. The problem is that they need a rare first edition of the original French book. It turns out it’s not much of a problem for Rich, who finds a copy on the Dark Web and refuses to tell Reade how much the government had to pay to obtain it.

The three words end up being “Thousand Life King,” which corresponds to Cape Town, South Africa on the map. That’s where Roman and Jane grew up, and suddenly everything is coming full circle. The team heads to Cape Town, while Rich mopes about never getting to go on the fun trips, searching for some sign of Roman or Crawford. They find both of them, as Roman has once again flipped sides, turning on Crawford and bringing him to the orphanage in Cape Town where his trauma, and Jane’s, first began.

You see, it was Crawford who built the orphanage. It was a test run of sorts for his plan to build an army of soldiers that weren’t loyal to any country. Of course, all that lead to was abuse and torture and a man disguised as Tom Jakeman wanting him dead. Roman has him tied to a chair, and he runs through all of Crawford’s horrible misdeeds. Crawford tries to manipulate the situation, telling Roman to go finish what he started, this time with Blake and the truth out in the open. They don’t have much time to discuss the details though, as the FBI shows up. Roman narrowly escapes, and makes his way to Blake, while Jane gets her moment of vindication. She shoots Crawford in the chest, killing the man she didn’t know was responsible for so much of the pain in her life.

With Crawford out of the way, Blindspot is all set to start delivering the big twists. It starts when Roman meets up with Blake on a remote hillside in Cape Town. He wants to explain everything to her, but he struggles to find the words. He barely gets started when the episode’s first massive surprise happens: Blake shoots him. She’s known for some time that he was lying about being Tom Jakeman, but it’s unclear how much she knows. All she cares about is that her father is dead and that Roman ruined her family. So, she shoots him and leaves him to die on that hillside.

He doesn’t die alone though. Jane catches up with him and, somewhat surprisingly, gives him a tender exit. She sits by his side, points out that this is a beautiful place to die, and he slips away. It’s a weirdly sentimental ending for a character that’s done some truly horrible things all season long, but it does achieve the goal of driving home just how messed up Jane and Roman are because of what they went through as kids. Jane managed to find a way out, but Roman never did.

With any other show, that scene might serve as the fitting end to a season that was all about a brother and sister doing battle from opposite sides of the law. This is Blindspot though, and after that scene the show still has 10 minutes to fill, and it certainly doesn’t waste a single second. Back in New York, Weller understands that all of this is tough for Jane. Roman may have been their enemy, but he was also her brother, and that makes his death bittersweet. Add in the fact that Jane’s been getting headaches and feeling tired, all sure signs of her being pregnant, and suddenly there’s a lot for the two of them to deal with.

Before Roman died, he gave Jane a thumb drive, which the team accesses back at the FBI headquarters. It’s a cache of all of the tattoos in the database, along with most of the clues and answers. They could realistically solve every tattoo case with this information, and that would mean Jane would finally get to start a new life without all that baggage. It looks like we have our plan for season five!

Not so fast though, because there are other forces working against Jane. First, there’s the episode’s biggest, and perhaps most disappointing and frustrating, surprise: as Blake sits on a private jet, she asks her flying companion what they can do next now that Crawford and Roman are dead. The camera pans across to reveal Zapata as her partner, and reader, I don’t know how to feel. How long has she been working with Blake? Has her inclusion on the Crawford case been part of her plan all along? Why is the lovely, wonderful Zapata suddenly a villain who says things like “this is how we take back the power”? I have so many feelings about this. I’m mad that a lovable character is seemingly breaking bad, and yet excited at what this could mean for next season. Damn you, Blindspot!

But wait, there’s more. Patterson determines that Jane isn’t pregnant. Rather, the material that was used to wipe her memory is resulting in some sort of poisoning that’s wreaking havoc on her system. Roman has left a number of clues about a cure, but for now Jane is in the hospital and things aren’t looking good.

Jane wakes up in the hospital. She seems confused. She looks at her FBI badge and then makes a phone call. She calls herself Remi and says that while she’s still undercover with the FBI, she’s having trouble remembering things. She learns that Weller is out of surgery after some complications from the gunshot wound he received in South Africa. She seems to barely register who Weller is.

She visits his room, hugging Patterson and taking a seat next to Weller why Reade and Rich look on. There’s no recognition on her face, but she plays it cool. The episode splices in flashbacks to Jane as Remi with Shepherd. They have a plan for her to infiltrate the FBI, gain their trust, and then take them down from the inside. Now, it looks like Jane/Remi is ready to execute that plan. It would seem that the poisoning has wiped her memory again, acting as a reset on her system. All we know for sure is that the season ends with Jane/Remi smiling maniacally, straight into the camera, promising a whole lot of chaos next season.

In the Fab tradition

Klaus Voorman returns his trophy along with other artists.


Winners at this year’s Echos, Germany’s top music awards, have returned their trophies to protest rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang for lyrics such as “I’m doing another Holocaust.”

6:19 AM PDT 4/17/2018 by Scott Roxborough

Getty. German rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang performing at the Echo Awards April 12.

Controversy and scandal are rocking the Echo Awards, Germany’s top music industry honors, after a rap duo came under fire for lyrics comparing themselves to Holocaust survivors.

At the 2018 awards, held in Berlin on April 12, German gangsta rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang won the Echo for best rap album for their top-selling disc Jung, brutal, gutaussehend 3 (Young, Brutal, Good-looking 3). The album includes the song “0815,” in which the rappers say their muscles are “more defined than Auschwitz prisoners” and add, “I’m doing another Holocaust, coming with a Molotov” cocktail.

The decision to give the pair a prize was criticized that night by Campino, the lead singer of Germany’s legendary punk band Die Toten Hosen. Campino said he likes provocation as much as the next guy, but “for me personally, misogynistic, homophobic, right-wing extremist and anti-Semitic insults cross the line” of acceptability. The audience gave Campino a standing ovation.

Now other artists as well as politicians and business leaders are joining in to condemn the rappers — and the Echos for honoring them.

“Anti-Semitic provocations do not deserve a prize; they are repugnant,” said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in an interview with Der Speigel magazine. In comments to German tabloid Bild am Sonntag, the German-born CEO of Arbus Tom Enders said the award “hurts Germany’s international reputation. Is anti-Semitism becoming acceptable in Germany?”

Maas noted how particularly offensive it was that the rappers were honored on April 12, or Yom Hashoah, the national day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust. The protest also comes at a time when anti-Semitic incidents and violence are on the rise in Germany.

In an essay for the Die Welt daily, Jewish German comedian Oliver Polak said that the normalization of anti-Semitism in popular music was part of the reason “that young Jewish people are chased around and beaten up in schoolyards.”

Several Echo winners have also spoken out, with some returning their awards in protest. Two-time Grammy winner Klaus Voormann, the so-called “fifth Beatle,” returned his lifetime achievement Echo, as did the Notos Quartett, winners of this year’s Echo for best classical music album, saying the Echo “is for us nothing more than a symbol of shame.”

This is not the first scandal for the Echos. In 2016, the awards, handed out by music industry association BMVI Music Group, honored German rock band Frei.Wild, a group accused of far-right and neo-Nazi leanings.

Part of the problem, critics say, is the nomination process. Unlike the Grammys or Britain’s Mercury Prize, the Echos are primarily chosen on the basis of commercial, not artistic, merit; the best-selling albums and artists are automatically nominated. An expert jury picks the winners from those nominees. If the jury can’t decide, an Echo Awards advisory council, made up of executives from the major music labels, gets the final vote. 

This setup makes the Echos numbingly predictable. The same top-selling artists turn up year after year. German pop star Helene Fischer won her 17th Echo Award last week. British songster Ed Sheeran swept the top categories, winning album of the year, international artist of the year and hit of the year for his track Shape of You.

But the voting procedure also means best-selling bands with objectionable views — whether right-wing groups like Frei.Wild or rappers with violent or apparently anti-Semitic lyrics such as Kollegah and Farid Bang — are automatically nominated as well.

The BMVI initially defended its procedures, but on Sunday, association CEO Floridan Drucke said Echo organizers would reconsider their nomination and selection process in the wake of the scandal. Drucke said the association rejected all forms of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia and the glorification of violence.

For their part, Kollegah and Farid Bang say they also reject anti-Semitism, and that their lyrics have been misinterpreted.

If you have a guitar and a lot of soul

…, just bang something and mean it. You are the superstar. Just catch the groove and let it flow out of your heart. – Kris Novoselic

Behind the Music: Nirvana. Or, Nirvana 101. A nice piece of documentary for the uninitiated; and, a refresher for those who love the band. That’s the beauty of this type of rockumentaries. The cast is complete – the band members, Sub Pop Records owner, authors and contemporary artists.

A must-watch on this great band that produced only two studio albums under Geffen Records and performed around the world under the weight of superstardom in a span of three years but did influence a lot others to create what may be arbitrarily called ‘the grunge movement’ in music – the Seattle sound in the late 1980s up to the mid-1990s.

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