December 2, 2013 |
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.
November 26, 2013 |
Is John F. Kerry the 21st century's Neville Chamberlain? And is it true that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it? Certainly that's what critics of the nuclear deal with Iran that the secretary of State helped negotiate are saying. On Monday night, for instance, on Sean Hannity's show on Fox, the conservative host made no bones about his views, showing the famous newsreel clip of Chamberlain waving a piece of paper on his return to Britain, touting his pact with Adolf Hitler.
November 17, 2013 |
After nearly seven decades in the business, several Grammys and countless hit records in the 1960s such as "Downtown" and "I Know a Place," Petula Clark believes she's "beginning to get the hang" of singing. "I tell you what, I get more enjoyment out of it now," said Clark, who turned 81 on Friday. "I am singing better now. This is just a bit of luck. I don't do anything for it. I don't warm up. I just go out and sing. " The British singer recently returned from a tour of her homeland performing her classics, as well as tunes from her new CD, "Lost in You. " And she's heading for Australia next year.
October 7, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was defaced with graffiti and other markings over the weekend, just days before what would have been his 73rd birthday on Wednesday. Vandals scrawled messages, drew a smiley face and added other scribbling over the star on Vine Street near the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. The Beatles' group star and the individual stars for the other members of the group were not damaged.
September 5, 2013 |
Just when you thought it wasn't possible to experience the Beatles' work with fresh ears, there arrives a reminder of their power, focus and vocal skill. As the fantastic website Dangerous Minds pointed out , a trove of a cappela recordings are floating around YouTube, featuring the voices of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in perfect harmony. The best of them further reveal the untapped riches still to be discovered in the Beatles archives. A stumble on one of them can often lead into a YouTube wormhole in search of more gems, and sure enough, the bounty reveals music perfect for afternoon surprise.
August 21, 2013 |
The Beatles tribute musical "Let It Be" has done solid business on London's West End since opening last fall. But the same jukebox production has failed to entice audiences in New York, leading producers to announce this week that they will close the Broadway version of the musical on Sept. 1, four months earlier than expected. "Let It Be," which opened at the St. James Theatre on July 24, had been scheduled to run through Dec. 29. The show is the latest in a line of Beatles-themed musical to have graced Broadway -- a mini-genre that has seen mixed results at the box office.