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Historical Beatle gems hidden among vast display at GRAMMY Museum’s new fab exhibit

by Trina Yannicos
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Originally launched in 2014 in New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first visit to the U.S., the “Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!” exhibit has finally made its way to the West Coast. The GRAMMY Museum, which curated the exhibit along with the avid memorabilia collectors of Fab Four Exhibits, opened the exhibit in Los Angeles on July 1, and it will be on display through September 5, 2016.

The exhibit focuses on the years 1964 to 1966 and The Beatles’ influence on America. Along with countless big and small memorabilia items are interactive displays, audio interviews, concert video clips and a short film shown in the Clive Davis Theater featuring musicians, including Ringo Starr, Graham Nash, Petula Clark and Ozzy Osbourne, talking about the impact of The Beatles.

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The big ticket items in this exhibit include Ringo’s Abbey Road jacket, Paul McCartney’s Shea Stadium jacket, Ringo’s black suit from A Hard Day’s Night, and the Beatles’ drumhead which was given to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London in April 1964 when wax figures of The Beatles were made.

While we’ve come to expect most rock and roll exhibits to display original instruments and clothing used by the musicians, it’s the little things that make this exhibit shine and showcase its sincerity and authenticity. For example, an original program from the Beatles’ Carnegie Hall concerts on February 12, 1964 lists Paul McCartney’s name incorrectly as “John McCartney.”

Another unique item is the official proclamation when The City of New Orleans declared “Beatles Day in New Orleans” on September 16, 1964, which coincided with The Beatles’ concert there that same day. All four Beatles signed the proclamation.
The exhibit also includes memorabilia from The Beatles’ early days in Liverpool and Hamburg. A personal letter written by George Harrison in 1962 when The Beatles were in Hamburg showcases the wit and humor of the “quiet” Beatle:
“Thank you for the. We are all still very in Hamburg as the. I started a letter to you on Thursday but it seemed to get a bit ‘you know’, so I have decided to write another.”

Other items of note include the first pair of “granny” glasses that John Lennon ever wore and a lock of John Lennon’s hair given to a fan at a concert in August 1963. John Lennon signed his autograph: “Love from ‘Bald’ John Lennon.”

The exhibit also features a large display of Beatles merchandising products including Beatles coloring books, coin purses and more from 1964 in their original packaging.
There is much to see at this exhibit. Reserve at least two hours to take it all in. And, on your way out, make sure to get your photo while crossing Abbey Road in London with the help of a virtual scenic backdrop – luckily this photo op doesn’t require dodging the traffic!
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Beatles wax figures coming to Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Madame Tussauds in Hollywood will unveil a new exhibit of four Beatles’ wax figures on the anniversary of John Lennon’s death on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 9 a.m. at the Madame Tussauds Hollywood location at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.

Fans are invited to come place flowers at the feet of a lifelike John Lennon wax figure, complete with his trademark circular glasses and shoulder-length hair, to mark the 31st anniversary of Lennon’s death. Fans who arrive on December 8, 2011 with flowers and mention “Beatles” at the door will receive free admission to the attraction from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The interactive exhibit features George, John, Paul and Ringo in their late 1960’s-era styling and allows fans to stand in line with the Beatles to create their own personalized album cover.  The traveling exhibit will be in town from December 8, 2011 through February 2012.

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Beatles Art and Artifacts exhibit to open in San Diego on December 26

The Autism Research Institute is sponsoring a new Beatles “Art and Artifacts” exhibit to be held at the Edgeware Gallery in San Diego from December 26 through February 14, 2010. The exhibit will feature a range of Beatles artwork “from local San Diego artists (including a father whose son is on the autism spectrum), to artists from Canada and Germany,” according to Steve Edelson, director of the Autism Research Institute and Edgeware Gallery.

In addition to the art, Edgeware will display a variety of Beatles artifacts that most people probably haven’t seen before.

“We’re going to have an actual brick from the Liverpool Cavern Club, a piece of the stage from the Hamburg Star Club, and we’ll have pieces of sheets that the Beatles slept on. We even tracked down the TV producer who bought the sheets from the hotels in 1964, and came up with the idea – he’s coming down from LA for the opening. We’ll probably have a few dozen artifacts total,” says Edelson. “The idea is to create an exciting event, and leverage the huge fan base of the Beatles to support autism research.”

To add to the Beatles experience, the crowd will hear rare audio recordings of Beatles outtakes, bloopers, and alternate studio takes. There will also be a rare color video of the Beatles playing a complete concert in Japan in 1965, with lots of closeups of the “moptops.” And San Diego favorite, recording artist Gregory Page will perform a medley of acoustic Beatles songs in honor of the occasion.

The opening night reception for Beatles: Art and Artifacts will be held on Sunday, December 26 from 5-9 p.m. The Edgeware Gallery is located at 4182 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA  92116; phone 619.534.8120.

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