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December 14, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Roll up, America; step right this way. Here comes the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour," getting a big night on domestic television, 45 Christmastimes after it first aired in the United Kingdom, on Boxing Day, Dec. 26, 1967. Newly restored and premiering Friday as part of the PBS series "Great Performances," it has been packaged with an indifferently titled but well-made documentary, "Magical Mystery Tour Revisited," that gives helpful context to a famous, fascinating mess. Apart from the inability earlier that year of the "Strawberry Fields Forever"/"Penny Lane" single to reach No. 1 in Britain - its way blocked by Engelbert Humperdinck's "Release Me," marvelous to relate - the TV special was the first real Beatles failure.
July 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
A new compilation of 14 of the Beatles' most musically, socially or politically influential songs is being released today, July 24, as a digital iTunes exclusive. The collection,  “Tomorrow Never Knows,” nearly spans the group's entire recording career, from “You Can't Do That” in 1964 to “I've Got a Feeling” from the final album released by the Fab Four, “Let It Be,” in 1970. The album also includes “Revolution,” “Paperback Writer,” “And Your Bird Can Sing” and “Hey Bulldog,” among a dozen John Lennon-Paul McCartney compositions, along with a pair of George Harrison's contributions, “It's All Too Much” and “Savoy Truffle.” The choice of “Tomorrow Never Knows” as the title will benefit from the high-profile exposure that song from the “Revolver” album recently received with its placement in the hit TV series “Mad Men.” It's essentially an iTunes play list any Beatles fan could assemble for himself or herself, but instead of paying the going iTunes rate of $1.29 per track individually, the “Tomorrow Never Knows” collection is being offered for $7.99, in effect a 56% discount on this batch of Beatles tracks.
July 22, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Wanted: Accomplished musician for touring rock band. Minimum 25 years' professional experience. Ideal candidate has at least two Top 40 hits, maximum four from the 1960s or '70s; '80s may be acceptable. Plays one or more instruments -- not drums. Compensation: to be determined. Fringe benefits: playing with a Beatle. Not that Ringo Starr ever had to place an ad in the Recycler, but that's the gist of what the ex-Beatle has called for every couple of years when he gets the itch to hit the road with his All-Starr Band, which wrapped up its five-week U.S. tour Saturday at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
July 5, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 1 - 7 in PDF format TV listings for the week of July 1 - 7 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies   CBS This Morning Ringo Starr; Alan Cumming. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Flo Rida performs; Howie Mandel. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Demi Lovato. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N)
December 30, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
For nearly a decade, Sandra Acosta and Noe Ramirez made a monthly pilgrimage to the Bodhi Tree Bookstore on Melrose Avenue in search of life wisdom. Enveloped in the aroma of incense and the gentle strains of meditative music, the Long Beach couple would explore books on martial arts, women's spirituality, Native American philosophy, Zen Buddhism and whatever else piqued their curiosity. But their visit Friday would be their last. The bookstore will close its doors at 5:30 p.m. Saturday after four decades of serving as a world-renowned spiritual mecca for seekers of all persuasions — including Gov. Jerry Brown, Beatle Ringo Starr and actress Shirley MacLaine, whose memoir chronicled how her metaphysical journey began at the Bodhi Tree in 1983.
November 3, 2011
Join two L.A. music legends from different generations as they pool their talents for a special concert, backed by a chamber orchestra led by concert master Peter Kent. Van Dyke Parks is known for his work with the Beach Boys, U2, the Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr and the Byrds. Inara George is the lilting voice behind the indie-rock duo the Bird and the Bee. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Admission free with advance reservations. (310) 440-7300.
October 5, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"George Harrison: Living in the Material World," which premieres Wednesday and Thursday on HBO, is a long, lovely meditation on the Beatle sometimes called the Quiet One and the quiet one sometimes called a Beatle. Directed by Martin Scorsese at the invitation of widow Olivia Harrison, it is not especially informative in the way documentaries usually strive to be, a cataloging of causes and effects and significant facts and figures; nor has it been made as a brief for George's unsung genius.
November 17, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Nearly a decade after Apple Inc. introduced iTunes, the digital downloading service finally has landed the Beatles. ITunes on Tuesday rolled out the Fab Four's music for legal downloading for the first time, offering 17 albums encompassing all 13 of the group's original studio albums, the double "Past Masters" collection of nonalbum tracks, two hits compilations and a box set including everything except the hits collections. Individual tracks are being sold for $1.29, single albums for $12.99, double albums for $19.99 and the box set is priced at $149.
July 4, 2010 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
You Never Give Me Your Money The Beatles After the Breakup Peter Doggett HarperStudio: 390 pp., $24.99 When exactly did the Beatles break up? For many years, conventional wisdom has offered two options: September 1969, when, on the way to his solo set at the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival festival, John Lennon told fellow performers Eric Clapton and Klaus Voormann that he was planning to leave the Beatles, and April 1970, when, shortly before the release of what would become their final album, "Let It Be," Paul McCartney went public (after a fashion)
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