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Remembering The Beatles

22 Nov

The Beatles were an English rock band, active throughout the 1960s and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Presenting some of the rare pictures of the band.

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Images of a Woman

9 Nov

It is the painting, named “Images of a Woman” that all four of the Beatles painted while staying in the Tokyo Hilton while in Japan in 1966. When they were finished with the painting, they all signed it in the middle (where the lamp sat while they were painting). The painted was presented by the Beatles to fan club president Tetsuaburo Shimoyama. The last it was seen was in 2005 in an ebay auction. (via)

Answering letters…

3 Nov

Did you write the Beatles a letter? If it was February 1964, then just maybe your letter was in this stack! It seems like the Beatles tried at first to keep up with the fan mail, but quickly they got overwhelmed with it all. Although the next best thing to meeting a Beatle in person would have to be getting a personal letter from one!

Taken at the Plaza Hotel in New York. (via)

The Beatles’ First American Tour, 1964

26 Oct

Beatlemania

20 Oct

Beatlemania is a term that originated during the 1960s to describe the intense fan frenzy directed toward The Beatles during the early years of their success. The word is a portmanteau of “Beatle” and “mania”, similar to the much earlier term Lisztomania used to describe fan reaction to the concerts of pianist Franz Liszt.

Andi Lothian, a former Scottish music promoter, claims that he coined the term while speaking to a reporter at the Caird Hall Beatles concert that took place as part of The Beatles’ Mini-Tour of Scotland, on 7 October 1963, and an early printed use of the word is in The Daily Mirror 15 October 1963 in a news story about the previous day’s Beatles concert in Cheltenham.

Beatlemania became common in the United States after The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. It was characterised by intense levels of hysteria demonstrated by fans both at the actual concerts and during the band’s travels to and from hotels, concert venues, and the like. (via)

John Lennon in Pictures

9 Oct
A young John Lennon is pictured with his mother Julia at the home of his aunt Mimi, where he grew up. Picture: Mercury Press Agency / Rex Features

Circa 1948: John Lennon is pictured as a young boy in a school uniform and cap.
Picture: Pictorial Press/Getty Images

1960: George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and John Lennon pose in a Hamburg fairground.
Picture: PA

December 1961: John Lennon is pictured live on stage with The Beatles at the Cavern
Club in Matthew Street, Liverpool. Picture: Evening Standard/Getty Images

December 1963: The Beatles pose with Eric and Ernie during the filming of
The Morecambe and Wise Show. Picture: ITV / Rex Features

February 9, 1964: Ed Sullivan stands with The Beatles during a rehearsal for the British group’s first American appearance, in New York. Picture: AP

1964: The Beatles wave a Union flag as they board a flight in Paris, bound for home.
Picture: Daily Mail / Rex Features

1964: The Beatles take a blow from Cassius Clay while visiting the heavyweight contender’s training camp in Miami Beach. Picture: Special Wire Picture / Rex Features

June 7, 1966: John Lennon is pictured in uniform during the filming of “How I Won The War”
in Hamburg, Germany. Picture: Daily Mail / Rex Features

1967: John poses with his psychedelic Rolls Royce. Picture: KEYSTONE USA / Rex Features

June 30, 1967: The Beatles are pictured at the EMI studios in Abbey Road, as they prepare for ‘Our World’, a world-wide live television show broadcasting to 24 countries with a potential audience of 400 million. Picture: David Magnus / Rex Features

June 15, 1968: John Lennon, son Julian and Yoko Ono with Brian Jones and Roger Daltrey on the set of ‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus’. Picture: DAVID MAGNUS / Rex Features

March 20, 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are pictured in Gibraltar,
where they got married. Picture: Daily Mail / Rex Features

1969: John Lennon pictured with his wife Yoko Ono during a peace protest.
Picture: Keystone/Getty Images

March 1969: John and Yoko stage a bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton. Picture: KEYSTONE USA / Rex Features

February 19, 1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono give their newly cut hair to black power leader
Michael X in return for a pair of Muhammad Ali’s boxing shorts.
Picture: Terry Disney/Express/Getty Images

November 28, 1974: John Lennon’s last concert, as he shares a stage with Elton John at Madison Square Garden in New York. Picture: STEVE MORLEY / Rex Features

1974: John Lennon is pictured with his personal assistant May Pang. Picture: ARCHIVE PHOTOS / Rex Features

January 16, 1977: John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball, Washington, DC. Picture: AG / KEYSTONE USA / Rex Features

December 8, 1980: John Lennon is pictured with Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building. John is signing his autograph on an album cover for Chapman

December 8, 1980: John Lennon poses with fan Paul Goresh in the last picture of him ever taken, on the day of his death. Picture: Everett Collection / Rex Features

December 1980: Crowds gathering outside the home of John Lennon in New York after the news that he had been shot and killed. A flag flies at half-mast over the building. Picture: Keystone/Getty Images

The Rolling Stones’ 1972 American Tour

30 Sep

The Rolling Stones embarked on their 1972 American tour to support the release of Exile on Main Street– which in and of itself was a push into new territory for the band, both musically and commercially. What followed rewrote the game for The Stones and the music industry, and basically set the stage for a decade of big, balls-out tours that went from being simple promotional vehicles the pop culture events. Nothing like this had been done in Rock ‘n’ Roll prior and all subsequent tours would follow the ’72 tour blueprint for scale, attempted musicality, logistics, legal entanglements, drugs, women, hilarity, hangers-on, and general debauchery. (via)

Images by © Ethan Russell