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Paul McCartney visits Penny Lane, his childhood home in Liverpool and more during Carpool Karoake with James Corden

Paul McCartney at Penny Lane selfie

The highlight of the Carpool Karaoke segment with Paul McCartney on The Late Late Show with James Corden wasn’t just the karaoke. McCartney gave Corden a tour of his hometown of Liverpool which made for some historic moments.

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Looking back at The Beatles’ spiritual journey in India

February and March 1968 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles legendary visit to India to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi. Paul Saltzman who took famous photos of The Beatles during their trip has just released a new edition of his book, The Beatles in India.

Saltzman is also planning to direct a new documentary called The Beatles in India to be released in Fall 2018.

Daytrippin’ published a two-part in-depth article in Issues 14 and 15, Spring and Summer 2001 about The Beatles’ trip to India featuring insights from Saltzman when his first book, The Beatles in Rishikesh, came out.
We are reprinting the bulk of the two-part article below.

 

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Strawberry Field in Liverpool to open Visitor Center for Beatles fans

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Beatles fans will soon get to go through the red gates at Strawberry Field in Liverpool, made famous by John Lennon’s famous song. Every year, over 60,000 tourists stop by the iconic gates but were never allowed inside to visit the famous grounds. The Salvation Army plans to change that with a new visitor center anticipated to open in 2020.

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Join Ringo Starr for his ‘Peace and Love’ 77th birthday celebration

Ringo StarrRingo Starr invites everyone to celebrate his 77th birthday on Friday, July 7, 2017 – either with him in Los Angeles, or virtually on social media.  The ex-Beatle’s Peace & Love birthday celebration has become an annual event and will take place in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California where Ringo will be joined by family, friends and the public to come together in a moment of Peace & Love at Noon.

If you can’t be in L.A., Ringo also invites everyone everywhere to think, say, or post #PeaceandLove at noon their local time, thus generating a wave of  Peace & Love that moves over the planet on July 7 starting at noon in New Zealand and ending at noon in Hawaii.

In fact, you don’t have to go anywhere, or say anything, you can post #PeaceandLove, say it or just think “Peace and Love,” anywhere you are, at work for example, or otherwise busy, and know you are still contributing Peace and Love to the moment.

The Peace & Love birthday celebration was a concept born in 2008 when Ringo was asked in an interview “what would you like for your birthday” He replied: “more Peace & Love.”  This marked the beginning of a yearly tradition where Ringo has hosted events all over the world including NYC’s Time Square and Chicago, to Hamburg, Germany and Capitol Records in L.A.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, then Peace & Love. How great that this idea keeps growing and spreading. Thanks to everyone supporting it. Peace & Love, Ringo.”

Here’s footage from the 2015 celebration:

This annual celebration of ‘Peace & Love’ continues to expand every year, embraced by people all over the world. Here is a list of locations so far:

Bogota, Colombia: Parque El Virrey
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Monumento a “La Flor,” Parque de las Naciones Unidas
Carlini Base, Antarctica
Chascomus, Argentina: TBD
Iowa, Fairfield Maharishi University
Las Vegas, Nevada: Cirque Du Soleil, Beatles Love
Lima, Peru: Parque John Lennon, Distrito San Miguel
Liverpool, England: Cavern Club
London, England: Abbey Road
Madrid, Spain: Slow Mex, Near Plaza Dos de Mayo
Masterton, New Zealand, Hedley’s Book Shop
Montevideo, Uruguay: Letrero de “Montevideo, Rambla Pocitos, (casi Luis A de Herrera)
Moscow, Russia: Red Square – St. Basil’s Cathedral, Monument to Minin and Pozharsky
NYC, New York Alices Tea Cup Chapter 1 (Starwberry Fields)
Panama City, Panama: Panama Canal
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Bar Veloso
Saint Petersburg, Russia: Embankment of River Neva
San Jose, Costa Rica: La Sabana Metropolitan Park, Across from National Stadium
San Salvador, El Salvador: Monumento “Cristo de La Paz”, Km. 9 Carretera a Comalapa
Sao Paulo, Brazil: TBD
Tokyo, Japan: TBD
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Remember to participate and share your “#PeaceandLove” wishes with Ringo by posting #PeaceAndLove messages, photos and videos on Ringo’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/995150243851506/

[Excerpts from official press release]

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The Beatles get new radio channel next to Elvis on Sirius XM

 

The Beatles Channel – Coming May 18 – Exclusively on SiriusXM (PRNewsfoto/Sirius XM Holdings Inc.)

It’s long overdue!

The Beatles finally get their own radio channel on Sirius XM on Channel 18. That happens to be right next to the Elvis Presley Channel on Sirius XM Channel 19 which has been around since 2004!

Here are the official details:

The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band and its members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The channel will explore The Beatles’ entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, The Beatles.

Paul McCartney said, “I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.”

Ringo Starr added, “Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love.”

The Beatles Channel – Coming May 18 – Exclusively on SiriusXM (PRNewsfoto/Sirius XM Holdings Inc.)

“We are so proud to announce the most popular band in history has joined us for their own SiriusXM channel,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. “We’ve worked with The Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band’s music was first recorded. The channel will be all-things-Beatles, 24/7. The soundtrack of our world, made by John, Paul, George and Ringo.”

On June 1, The Beatles Channel will celebrate “Pepper Day” on the 50th Anniversary of the band’s acclaimed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, playing the album’s new Anniversary Edition stereo mix in its entirety. The album spotlight will be accompanied by commentary by the album’s original producer, the late George Martin, and by his son, Giles Martin, who produced the album’s new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes from The Beatles’ session tapes, guided by his father’s original, Beatles-preferred mono album mix. Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release ‘Sgt. Pepper‘ in several Anniversary Edition configurations on May 26.

[Source: excerpts from official press release]

The Beatles Channel will launch at exactly 9:09 am ET on Thursday May 18, and will be celebrated as part of SiriusXM’s free listening preview program, offering 24/7 listening on inactive SiriusXM radios from May 17 to May 30.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE BEATLES CHANNEL PROGRAMMING
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The Beatles Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary edition offers over 30 unreleased outtakes

It was 50 years ago on June 1, 1967 when The Beatles surprised the world ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the groundbreaking masterpiece that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release special CD and Vinyl packages of the Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary Edition on May 26. The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including 34 previously unreleased recordings.

“It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition.

Sgt. Pepper seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,” Ringo Starr recalls in the Anniversary Edition’s book.

This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for Sgt. Pepper, producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.

Beatles Sgt Pepper 50th anniversaryRingo Starr has expressed his delight at the new remastered Sgt. Pepper recordings. According to Keith Allison, former Paul Revere and the Raiders bassist, who was recently hanging out with Ringo: “He thought it was great! Why? Because it originally was recorded on a 4-track with a lot of overdubs, which buried the drums. Now, the drums have been lifted and come through as they should. He was pleased.”

Fans have been waiting for a new stereo remix of Sgt. Pepper since the original stereo release was rushed out with no input from The Beatles. The mono version was what The Beatles and George Martin had poured their heart and soul into back in 1967.

“No matter how well you know the album, this remix is full of nuances any fan will notice, especially the bottom end —Ringo’s kick drum really reveals new dimensions,” explains Rolling Stone writer, Rob Sheffield.

 

“The alternate takes are full of discoveries; hours of new Beatle music that gives a taste of how many treasures remain in the vault. It’s not just historic value — it’s an astounding listening experience,” says Sheffield, who got an exclusive first listen to the Sgt. Pepper outtakes.

The Super Deluxe set includes a 144-page hardcover book featuring new introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin, and chapters covering comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, the design of the cover, the album’s musical innovations and its historical context.

Beatles Sgt Pepper 50 deluxe

The Super Deluxe edition also includes a DVD and Blu-ray featuring the previously unreleased documentary film The Making of Sgt. Pepper (broadcast in 1992), with insightful interviews with McCartney, Harrison and Starr, and in-studio footage introduced by George Martin.

For Record Store Day on April 22, Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release an exclusive, limited edition seven-inch vinyl single of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” among the first songs recorded during the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sessions, which began in November 1966. 

(Source: Includes excerpts from official press release)

 

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John Lennon may have never started his first band, The Quarrymen, without best friend Pete Shotton

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Sad news in the Beatles community to hear that Pete Shotton, John Lennon’s best friend growing up, died on March 24, 2017. He was 75 years old, born in 1941 – surprising that he was one year younger than John Lennon, since they were best friends in school.

Pete and John met in Sunday school when they were respectively, 6 and 7 years old. They also lived close to each other in Liverpool. They formed a small rowdy group of boys from the neighborhood which also included Nigel Whalley and Ivan Vaughn, who would play a pivotal role in Beatles history when he introduced Paul McCartney to John Lennon in 1957.

John and Pete’s childhood and teenage friendship, which lasted through high school and adulthood, was depicted in the film, Nowhere Boy, which showed how John was the instigator of the two:

John Lennon insisted on Shotton’s participation as a member of his first band, The Quarrymen skiffle group. Pete was assigned the washboard. It wasn’t so much Shotton’s musical ability (which was lacking) but more having the support of his friend in the band. In fact, without Pete, John may have never pursued starting the group.

According to Pete: “Had I categorically said no, John would almost certainly have shelved the whole idea of forming a group… I don’t mean to imply that there was anything special about me… It’s just that John and I were so inseparable at the time, it would have been inconceivable for either of us to get involved in something the other wasn’t keen on doing.”

John Lennon and Pete Shotton

Although Pete’s time with Quarrymen only lasted a year, he became an invaluable eyewitness to history. He observed John’s relationship with his birth mother, Julia, for several years before she died when John was 17. Pete was also the one who officially asked a 15-year-old Paul McCartney to join the Quarrymen.

In his insightful book about his friendship with John Lennon, Shotton recounts all the early rock and roll influences that John Lennon experienced. His book is regarded as one of the 10 best Beatles books of all time according to Rolling Stone.

Pete Shotton bookThe original title of Shotton’s book was John Lennon In My Life. It first came out in 1983 and was then re-issued a year later as The Beatles, Lennon and Me. It was co-written with Nicholas Schaffner, who was also the author of the great book, The Beatles Forever.

In his book, for example, Shotton offers behind-the-scenes truths of how The Quarrymen members evolved into The Beatles. Since Pete was one of the few people that was extremely close to John, he was able to offer insights into Lennon’s psyche.

“Neither Paul nor George would have lasted very long in John’s band… had John not come to like them so much as people,” Shotton explained. “Most of the other original members were gradually frozen out of the picture, not so much for lack of musical promise, but simply because John found them a bore.”

After Lennon became a superstar, he still maintained his friendship with Shotton, who was also there when John began his relationship with Yoko. Pete describes when the couple spent their first night together in this interview he did in the 1980s:

The last time Pete saw John was in the summer of 1976 when he visited with John and Yoko in New York City.

Reacting to John’s shocking murder in 1980, Shotton wrote in his book, “What a life.” Then on the next page which is the end of the book, he wrote: “What a fucking ending.”

Sean Lennon posted a photo on Instagram about Shotton’s passing:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BSCD_fkja2e/
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