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February 9, 2014 | Cary Schneider
Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock 'n' roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed. Here is a sampling of what the critics were saying. Los Angeles Times Feb. 11, 1964 With their bizarre shrubbery, the Beatles are obviously a press agent's dream combo. Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well. But the hirsute thickets they affect make them rememberable, and they project a certain kittenish charm which drives the immature, shall we say, ape. - William F. Buckley Jr. Boston Globe Sept.
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April 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The bulk of the attention surrounding this year's class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame zeroes in on the musicians: KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Plus whatever chatter has been sparked by KISS' decision not to perform because of bruised feelings over which band members are being inducted, fans grousing that original Nirvana member Chad Channing isn't being included, Ronstadt's public comments about her general lack of interest in the proceedings, etc. What hasn't generated 1% of that kind of attention is the culmination of a 15-year campaign that has resulted in Beatles manager Brian Epstein being inducted as a recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
On Feb.. 7, 1964 -- 50 years ago today -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived in the United States and in so doing turned Beatlemania worldwide. “It is now 6:30 a.m., Beatle time,” enthused a WMCA radio DJ. “They left London thirty minutes ago. They're out over the Atlantic Ocean, headed for New York. The temperature is 32 Beatle degrees.” That little piece of hype comes from Philip Norman's 1981 group biography " Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation ," which remains one of the two or three best books I've ever read about the band.
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April 5, 2014 | By Susan King
Just two weeks after the Beatles' landmark appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February 1964, the British group the Dave Clark Five - the Beatles' biggest rivals in the U.S. - had its own remarkable debut on the hugely popular Sunday night CBS show. It was the start of something big. The DC5 performed "Glad All Over," which had knocked the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" off the top of the U.K. charts earlier in the year. The members of the group from Tottenham in North London were handsome and well dressed, and their music was a pulsating mix of percussion, vocals, sax and sex appeal.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
During my recent interview with author Mark Lewisohn about his monumental new biography of the Beatles, “Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years,” he very briefly let slip a comment that might qualify as favoritism, something that doesn't figure into the book itself, an even-handed, deeply researched account not only of the group itself but also of the world they entered and eventually changed with their music. At 944 pages, it's an imposing book, all the more so when you realize it's the first of three volumes, the other two expected to land successively six or seven years down the line from the first installment.
NEWS
August 19, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A Sept. 10 concert featuring music from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will benefit the Ojai Valley Museum; $45 for general admission and $25 for lawn seating at the Libbey Bowl in downtown Ojai .... You have until Sept. 15 to enter Southwest's Orlando sweepstakes - airfare, hotel, rental car and theme park tix .... Cake Plate Boutique in downtown Napa is taking fashion cues from the fall harvest season , with a clothing line featuring “warm touches of chocolate and orange mixed with sweet and savory embellishments.” Which is exactly what I look for in a T-shirt   ....   Santa Rosa stages its Handcar Regatta on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2011
A former Miss Canada finalist has become the first graduate of a Liverpool university's groundbreaking degree program based on analyzing the Beatles' music and their influence on Western culture. Liverpool Hope University officials believe the master's program offers the first advanced degree based on the life and times of the Fab Four. Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, a singer and actress, joined the program when it started in 2009 and graduated Wednesday. She is one of 12 full-time students of the program, "The Beatles, Popular Music and Society.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2010
'How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin' Where: KCET When: 9 tonight Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2008
RE "FAB FOUR Over Easy," by Randy Lewis, June 28: There is another local radio station that is dedicated on Sunday mornings to the music of the Beatles: KCSN-FM (88.5). Les Perry has been hosting a show called "Meet the Beatles" since 2001. He also plays "a wide range of alternative takes, performances from radio and TV broadcasts, bootlegs and solo music by former Beatles," plus a request hour. Talk about old school! And best of all: It's commercial-free. Kim O'Reilly Newman Sherman Oaks
OPINION
April 19, 2005
Re "The Beatles Could Bail Out Jackson," April 16: I was distressed to learn that Michael Jackson may be forced to sell the rights to several of his Beatles songs, thus reducing his annual gross earnings to a mere $10 million, not to mention, according to the article, causing severe emotional damage. Why can't The Times produce more of this pivotal coverage instead of that stuffy cant about poverty, the Iraq insurgency and global warming? In fact, why not create an entirely new paper, devoted exclusively to Jackson's personal life?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Screams rang out Saturday night across the Los Angeles Sports Arena as Taiwanese band Mayday brought its brand of Asian stadium rock to an all-Chinese audience for a show celebrating its 15th anniversary. "We don't usually do anything on our anniversary, but this year, it seems like things are different - because you guys all came," said Chin-Hang Shih, the lead guitarist, to screams and cheers. With matching outfits and a yellow submarine gracing the cover of their press kit, the members of Mayday are sometimes described as the Beatles of Asia.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
There aren't a lot of university radio stations that that can claim a Beatle among their fans, but Cal State Northridge-based public station KCSN-FM (88.5) just became one. “Paul McCartney called today to express his appreciation of KCSN and to thank us for our support of his new record,” station program director Sky Daniels tells Pop & Hiss. “He told us he was having dinner in L.A. last night and all of his 'friends were raving about KCSN, telling me how you were playing multiple tracks from the album.' " The impromptu phone call turned into an hourlong discussion about the recent 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” McCartney's latest project (composing music for an animated film)
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Kari Howard
I'm lucky -- good storytelling isn't only my passion, it's my career. My other passion is music, and it probably won't surprise you that some of my favorite songwriters are wonderful storytellers. One of this week's story soundtracks was written by one of the best narrative songwriters in pop-rock history, Ray Davies of the Kinks. Sometimes he gives us a mini-screenplay, like in “Come Dancing” (see Thursday's Great Read, below). In that song, the arc of the narrator's childhood is viewed through his older sister's dates, and dreams, at the Palais dance hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The ante is upped measurably for the latest all-star benefit show staged by the Wild Honey Foundation: a varied assemblage of singers and musicians, mostly Los Angeles-based, who will perform two of the Beatles' most highly regarded albums, “Revolver” and “Abbey Road,” on Saturday at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, a venue nearly quadruple the size of the site of last year's show. “This is the biggest show we've ever done,” said organizer Paul Rock. “The Wilshire Ebell holds about 1,200, which is giant for us. Last year's show was at the El Portal [in North Hollywood]
OPINION
February 9, 2014 | By Michael Tomasky
Fifty years ago Sunday, the Beatles first appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show. " You'll almost surely see clips of them on the news this weekend, or on tribute shows, japing with the press, smiling those cheerful smiles, singing "All My Loving" - and you'll probably think, "Oh, they were so cute. " That's today's conventional wisdom: The Beatles were cute and unthreatening. The Rolling Stones - now, there was your threat. And the Who, smashing their instruments. And numerous others, against whom the Beatles were supposedly a dish of vanilla ice cream.
OPINION
February 9, 2014 | Cary Schneider
Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock 'n' roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed. Here is a sampling of what the critics were saying. Los Angeles Times Feb. 11, 1964 With their bizarre shrubbery, the Beatles are obviously a press agent's dream combo. Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well. But the hirsute thickets they affect make them rememberable, and they project a certain kittenish charm which drives the immature, shall we say, ape. - William F. Buckley Jr. Boston Globe Sept.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2009 | Ben Fritz and Alex Pham
It wasn't the equivalent of selling out Shea Stadium, but the Beatles had a decent debut in the video game world. The Beatles: Rock Band, Viacom Inc.'s heavily hyped and costly video game based on the music of the biggest-selling rock band of all time, sold 595,000 units in its first 25 days for sale in the U.S. last month, according to NPD Group. That's bigger than the first-month sales of either 2007's Rock Band or 2008's Rock Band 2, but far below the best launches in the music-video-game genre and some analysts' estimates.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
It was 50 years ago today….a Beatles album came out in the U.K. That would be the Fab Four's debut album, “Please Please Me,” released March 22, 1963. To mark the occasion, the Beatles official website is posting the five-minute making-of “Please Please Me” documentary, which also can be seen here: The album consists of several John Lennon-Paul McCartney songs including the title track, “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Love Me Do” and “Do You Want to Know a Secret” along with Beatles versions of several American R&B and pop hits they loved such as “Anna (Go To Him)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
It was the pop culture equivalent of the Big Bang, a televised moment that changed music for decades to come. Fifty years ago Sunday, the Beatles made their U.S. live television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" as 73 million people tuned in, the largest audience in history at that time. The English band's appearance ignited American hysteria over the group and its music on a scale unmatched to this day. In the shorthand of history, it appears to be a moment of spontaneous combustion.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
As the countdown continues toward Sunday's 50 th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964, more activities are on tap to mark the occasion. Capitol Records will project a photo of the Fab Four in front of an American flag-- not coincidentally the same shot used on the cover of the newly released box set “The Beatles - The U.S. Albums” - onto the Capitol Tower in Hollywood beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday. The projection also will include The Beatles 50 logo created for the occasion.
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