December 12, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. As much as he's a fan of, and professionally connected to, the music of the Beatles, there are times when “Breakfast With the Beatles” radio show host Chris Carter wonders how long that music can continue to enthrall listeners. Then he stops wondering when he gets a call like one he took on last weekend's show marking the 33 rd anniversary of John Lennon's death. “Some kid called in and asked, 'Could you play "Out the Blue" from "Mind Games," ' ” Carter said in reference to the track from Lennon's 1973 solo album.
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.