January 22, 2004 |
I love conspiracy theories. The more outlandish the better. That's what made recent reports about a secret Beatles reunion in 1976 so irresistible. As the story went, John, Paul, George and Ringo quietly came together Nov. 2, 1976 -- six years after their painful breakup -- at a recording studio right here in Los Angeles. Evidently they wanted to see if the old magic was still there.
December 23, 2003 |
Flat-out denials from representatives for Paul McCartney, John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and a Los Angeles recording studio have not persuaded the curator of an auction website that a tape box offered on the site is less than absolute proof that the Beatles held a secret reunion in 1976. "Anything other than denials from the Beatles camp would be shocking," says Gary Zimet of the Moments in Time website (www.momentsintime.com).
November 18, 2003 |
What did the members of the Beatles do when they were traveling the world? For one, they sent postcards, often to each other when they weren't on tour together. Ringo Starr recently came across a stash of cards he received over the years from John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison and has assembled reproductions of 53 of them, with his comments on each, into a 112-page book.
June 7, 2003 |
Over a loping reggae backbeat and an achingly gorgeous melody, British rocker Graham Parker squeezes emotional sparks out of a lyric venting a man's inability to articulate what he feels for the one he loves.
December 10, 2001 |
Money can't buy love--or downloadable music from the Beatles. Consumers can't purchase Beatles hits from any legitimate Web-based music service because the band's representatives haven't permitted the music to be sold that way. As a consequence, the only sources of Beatles tunes online are unauthorized song-sharing services, such as Internet chat rooms and MusicCity's Morpheus. A who's who of hit makers is missing in action, even from the services owned by major record companies.
November 6, 2001 |
Before Jessie Nelson began work on "I Am Sam," a wrenching drama due at Christmas that stars Sean Penn as a mentally handicapped father battling to keep custody of his 7-year-old daughter, the writer-director spent several months at the L.A. Goal center for people with disabilities in Culver City. It didn't take long for Nelson to notice something the center's residents had in common: Nearly everybody was a huge Beatles fan.
March 30, 2001 |
It started out as "Survivor With the Beatles." But now the continuation of "Breakfast With the Beatles" on KLSX-FM (97.1) following the death of longtime host Deirdre O'Donoghue in January has turned into "Breakfast With the Fab Five."
January 11, 2001 |
While the Beatles' hit compilation cruises at No. 1 on the nation's pop album chart, the Backstreet Boys may be feeling a bit bruised as their "Black & Blue" continues its tailspin. The album, which fell from No. 2 to No. 9 on last week's chart, dropped to No. 15 on this week's sales list, which is based on SoundScan figures. "Black & Blue"--which sold a remarkable 1.
May 14, 2000 |
Two gates stolen from a Liverpool children's home immortalized in the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" have been recovered from a scrap metal yard, British police said Saturday. They were found a day after two thieves cut them down and loaded them into a van in full view of children playing on the Salvation Army home's grounds. The wrought-iron gates, which are 8 feet high and 10 feet wide, have now been returned to the home, near where the song's writer John Lennon grew up.
April 3, 2000 |
Thirty years after they went their own ways, the three surviving Beatles have written a book setting the record straight about the "Fab Four," Paul McCartney's spokesman said Sunday. McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have spent six years writing the 360-page "Beatles Anthology," to be published in Britain and the United States in the fall. The book will provide the frankest account of how the band ruled the pop world in the 1960s.