sábado, 27 de mayo de 2017

Who Exactly Is Sir Paul McCartney Playing In ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean'?

'Pirates of the Caribbean' Directors Talk Paul McCartney Cameo
Beatle portrays Johnny Depp character's "Uncle Jack" in scene originally written for Keith Richards
By Daniel Kreps
26 May 2017

The directors of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' have opened about the film's top-secret Paul McCartney cameo

The directors of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales have opened about the film's top-secret Paul McCartney cameo.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg revealed that the scene with McCartney, in full swashbuckling regalia, was originally intended for the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, who portrays Johnny Depp's father in the Disney franchise.

"We had even written a scene for Keith,” Rønning said. "And then because of some scheduling issues, he couldn't come to Australia to shoot, so we sat down with Johnny and kind of brainstormed, like, 'Okay, who could fill his shoes?' Because we felt like we should have something. We should honor the tradition of showing a Jack Sparrow family member. And we made a very short list, and of course, at the very top of that list was Sir Paul McCartney."

The actor then picked up his cellphone and texted McCartney – "I don't know what kind of club these people are a member of, but he had the phone number," Rønning said – and, after exchanging some pirate lingo via text, the cameo was all lined up.

As audiences seeing Dead Men Tell No Tales in theaters this weekend will attest, McCartney plays "Uncle Jack" to Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, which means in the Pirates universe, Richards and McCartney are brothers. Depp and McCartney's scene together takes place in a Caribbean jail cell where both Sparrows await execution.

In the scene, McCartney also sings a sea shanty. "The scene starts with him singing a song, and at the very end of the day, we needed to do a wild take to just record him singing," Rønning said. "Nobody else is working on the set so on the soundstage, it's completely quiet, and we're only rolling sound. So I'm sitting there behind the monitors, listening in with earphones and basically recording Paul McCartney. That was a big, big moment."

Despite less-than-stellar reviews, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is expected to gross $80 million at the box office over Memorial Day weekend.

Who Exactly Is Sir Paul McCartney Playing In ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales?’

This post contains spoilers for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, so read on with caution, mateys.
The time has come for the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean film to hit theaters and for Johnny Depp to break out his Captain Jack Sparrow schtick once again. While people are a little bit confused about why this film exists, the allure of the high seas is pretty strong, so it’s bound to carry the holiday weekend. Part of that allure? Finding out who the heck Sir Paul McCartney is playing. Fans have been curious since his grizzled beard graced his very own poster, and now the secret’s out.
Due to scheduling conflicts, The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards was unable to appear in the film to reprise his cameo role as Jack Sparrow’s father, so directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg decided to reach out to McCartney to step into sea faring boots as Sparrow’s “Uncle Jack.” Sandberg told Entertainment Weekly:
“Johnny, of course, has his phone number, as you do. I don’t know what kind of club these people are a member of, but he had the phone number, so he said, ‘You know, I’ll text him! No problem.’ So he did! He just texted Sir Paul, and Sir Paul texted back. And it went a little back and forth, and their lingo got more and more pirate-y, and it was like, well, this is going to happen!”
Honestly, can you imagine the numbers that Depp has on his phone?
For Rønning, working with McCartney was one of the highlights of the shoot because he got to see the man in musical action.
“The scene starts with him singing a song, and at the very end of the day, we needed to do a wild take to just record him singing. Nobody else is working on the set so on the soundstage, it’s completely quiet, and we’re only rolling sound. So I’m sitting there behind the monitors, listening in with earphones and basically recording Paul McCartney. That was a big, big moment.”
Plus, the idea that Richards and McCartney would be brothers is surely hilarious for those who still have strong opinions on the classic Rolling Stones vs. The Beatles feud.
(Via EW)

viernes, 26 de mayo de 2017

The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's' Turns 50: Is It The Best Album Ever?

The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's' Turns 50: Is It The Best Album Ever?
by William Goodman

The Beatles during a photocall for 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
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The Best Album of All Time. That’s one hell of a claim.

Even if The Beatles’ eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band -- released 50 years ago, May 26, 1967, in the U.K. -- is the musically ground-breaking, hyper influential career high-water mark from The Best Band of All Time, those can still sound like fighting words. But there’s no hyperbole here. There’s widespread consensus: Sgt. Pepper’s has topped its fair share of Greatest Albums of All Time lists from music magazines and websites, on both sides of the Atlantic, pleasing all the stripes of listeners, from old curmudgeon critics to shrieking teenagers. Sgt. Pepper’s is indeed that album, and half a century on, the argument for that grand statement -- one made since the very week of its release -- has only grown stronger.

And all this was either pre-ordained or a glorious coincidence, because Sgt. Pepper’s became a crossroads for the band -- and the world.

The Beatles, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
The Beatles, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
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The Beatles, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
A series of events that nearly broke up The Beatles instead led a group of musical geniuses to produce their most genius work. By 1966, The Fab Four -- the Beatlemania Beatles, the four mop-topped Liverpool lads in suits and shiny black leather boots -- were on death’s door. Over their past few releases, Rubber Soul and Revolver, the band spent more and more time in the studio with production guru/Fifth Beatle George Martin, as their grand (and increasingly intoxicated) musical visions becoming more reliant on his expertise -- and drifted further from their old pop sound. They embarked on a beleaguered world tour, with the band pursued by death threats and political mayhem in Asia, followed by Lennon’s infamous, Bible Belt-insulting “more popular than Jesus” remark in the U.S. With stadiums half full (and lacking the shrieking teenage girls of yore) the band became dissatisfied with the quality of their performances, not attempting even one track from the ambitious Revolver. The gap between the Old Beatles and New Beatles was widening and threatening their very existence. So they decided to quit the road. We thank you for this decision.

After a nearly three-month break, the band reformed with new ideas. In the downtime, George Harrison had visited India, immersing himself self-discovery and learning the sitar. John Lennon had joined the visual art and film world (meeting Yoko Ono), and Paul McCartney returned from an African vacation with a few screwball ideas: What if the Beatles returned to their roots, penning songs about their childhood home of Liverpool? This resulted in "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" (which EMI rushed released to dispel breakup rumors.) The band also dove into another of McCartney’s ideas: What if The Beatles, in an act of total defiance of their former identities, adopted the persona of an old military marching band, complete with colorful officers’ uniforms?

In November ’66, the Beatles hit Abbey Road Studios with more freedom than ever. While “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” didn’t make the album, much to Martin’s dismay, the lush, experimental pair of tracks set the tone for the new sessions. With Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick, the band pushed the very limits of recording technology. Having retired from the road for good and knowing the songs wouldn’t be performed live, they saw the studio as an instrument, using tape effects, double-tracking, pitch control, sound suppression, signal processing and other sound technologies. Another system used tape recorders to double a sound. On a joke, Lennon called it a “Flange,” inadvertently inventing the term for a now popular tone setting on essentially every modern guitar amplifier.

And there were instruments galore: Harpsichords, tamboura, Mellotron, harmonium, woodwinds, and a variety of guitars, pianos, and tambourines. And, of course, a 40-piece orchestra. The power of the studio-centric approach is heard across the LP, especially on “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” and the epic “A Day in the Life.”

The band was tighter and more productive than ever, and Sgt. Pepper’s marked a new dynamic in the McCartney-Lennon songwriting partnership. The myth of Sgt. Pepper’s is that McCartney was becoming the dominant creative force, surpassing Lennon, the most senior member, founder, and longtime de facto leader. Yes, Macca penned more than half the LP’s 13 tracks and the grand concept is uniquely his, but Lennon is the emotional core. Without Lennon, McCartney’s concept would’ve sounded bloated and saccharine. Without Macca, Lennon’s songs could never reach their musical grandeur. Lennon delivered the base feeling. McCartney, with Martin and Emerick’s studio skills, dressed by them up like a Savile Row tailor.

The band spent 700 hours crafting Sgt. Pepper’s and it paid off. It’s the first true concept album and while the actual concept was restrained to the iconic cover art and a few tracks, including its namesake opener and reprised closer, its sounds far surpassed any framework: there’s the shuffling big band camaraderie of Ringo Starr’s “With a Little Help From My Friends”; Lennon’s brass blasting “Good Morning, Good Morning” and trippy Ringling Bros-style circus “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”; McCartney’s bassoon-led “When I’m Sixty-Four,” spaced-out show tune “Lovely Rita” and avant-garde classical “She’s Leaving Home.” Starr’s drumming is tasteful throughout, never overdone, and Harrison shines on a spiritual solo sitar jam “Within You Without You,” and adds guitar flare and texture.

The best songs are, arguable, total collaborations between Lennon and McCartney, with the former bringing the basic song and the latter lifting it to glorious heights. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” thought to be a LSD tribute but actually an ode to a drawing by Lennon’s son, has an iconic organ opening and explosive sing-along chorus. Then, of course, there’s “A Day in the Life,” a monument to groundbreaking recording and studio technologies. It’s Lennon’s cut-and-paste tale of newspaper headlines, building to a moment of psychedelic piano and horn dream with McCartney waking up and rolling out of bed to the sound of an alarm clock. It continues to blow listeners’ minds, and popularized Lennon’s “I’d love to turn you on” catchphrase, resonating with the overall cultural movement.

The LP was an immediate hit and cultural flashpoint. It spent 27 weeks at the top of the U.K. albums chart and 15 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S., and was praised for its genius innovations in recording techniques and kaleidoscopic sound that united pop music with other sounds and genres. It became one of the best-selling albums of the year, then the decade, and now—with more than 32 million copies moved worldwide—one of the best-selling in history. It won four Grammys in 1968, becoming the first rock album to win Album of the Year (it did, after all, codify the idea of an album as a cohesive work of art). Sgt. Pepper’s was the soundtrack to the Summer of Love, spreading the Beatles’ vibes for the bubbling alternative culture across the globe.

Its cultural impact was just immense: As Abbie Hoffman, the political and counter-culture icon, said in a 1987 documentary on the album: “There are two events, outside of my inner family circle, that I remember in life. One is JFK’s assassination. The other was where I was when I first head Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

The album was the vanguard of the so-called hippie movement. “There was so much attention given to not just the Beatles, but all the changes that were happening in fashion, film, poets, painters, the whole thing. It was a mini renaissance,” Harrison said in the same doc. “There were a lot of people trying to go on the same trip together regardless of what they were doing.

“There was a bond formed between a lot of people,” he added. And Sgt. Pepper’s was the primary cultural adhesive. Fifty years on, that hasn’t changed much -- and isn’t that a damn good definition of “Best”?

jueves, 25 de mayo de 2017

Before 'Pirates,' Paul McCartney Starred in a "Dumb" Film Dud

Hollywood Flashback: Before 'Pirates,' Paul McCartney Starred in a "Dumb" Film Dud
by Bill Higgins

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The former Beatle, who has a small part in the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,' wrote, produced, scored and played himself in 1984's critically drubbed 'Give My Regards to Broad Street.'

It has been more than three decades since Paul McCartney, who has a small part in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26), appeared in a feature film.

The last time was in 1984 when the former Beatle, then 42, wrote, produced, scored and played himself in Give My Regards to Broad Street. The musical drama, however, was not well-received. Phrases such as "congenial but dumb" and "a home movie on an amazing scale" were used almost everywhere — except in The Hollywood Reporter.

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THR really liked Broad Street, describing it as "a fanciful musical feature that may not whip up teenage fancy but thoroughly entertains." It did concede the film "has the barest semblance of a plot," which is a vast understatement. In the movie, McCartney falls asleep in his chauffeured car, dreams the master tapes for his latest album have been stolen and encounters everyone from Ringo Starr to Tracey Ullman (making her feature debut at age 26) while trying to recover them. The film's action comes from a series of set-piece performances of Beatles and Wings songs that range from McCartney playing solo to Baz Luhrmann-style extravaganzas.

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Two years before making it, McCartney told THR that he and John Lennon had tried a couple of times to put a play together, "but it always seemed to fizzle out after three pages." However, he said coming up with 20,000 words about spending nine days in jail for bringing a half-pound of marijuana into Japan in 1980 "showed me I could write." The film's plot came from learning the Sex Pistols once had lost a year's worth of tapes, and the gimmick "allows me to introduce music naturally into the structure of the film." Broad Street did receive a Golden Globe nomination for the song "No More Lonely Nights," but the $9 million film ($21 million today) grossed only $1.4 million domestically. 

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This story first appeared in the May 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever RSD

Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever RSD
by beatlesblogger
Posted on May 20, 2017

Thanks to a very kind reader of beatlesblogger.com (Koen in Belgium – you know who you are!), we now have an elusive, limited edition Record Store Day ‘Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever’ 7-inch single re-issue.

Only 7000 copies were issue worldwide, but very few made it to Australia.

Front cover:

Rear cover (complete with original fold-over flaps):

And the RSD sticker up close:

Thanks again for sourcing and sending this to us! So good to have this in the collection.

miércoles, 24 de mayo de 2017


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Paul McCartney pens tribute to victims of Manchester bombing; pays homage to James Bond actor Roger Moore
ABC Radio
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Paul McCartney is among the many people sending out condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack that happened Monday night in Manchester, U.K., outside of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

In a message posted on his social media sites, McCartney says, "Like everyone else my family and I were shocked to hear about the terrible news from Manchester. All that's left to do is send heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims and Ariana Grande. Praying that something like this never happens again. Love to everyone."

According to Manchester police, 22 people were killed and 59 injured in the suspected suicide bombing.

In other news, McCartney has penned a tribute to one-time James Bond actor Roger Moore, who died Tuesday at the age of 89. Moore starred in seven Bond films, including 1973's Live and Let Die, the theme song for which was co-written by McCartney and his late wife, Linda, and performed by their band Wings.

"Roger was a great man and of course a great James Bond who I was lucky to work with during the time of Live and Let Die," writes Sir Paul. "He had a heart of gold, a great sense of humour and will be missed by the many people who loved him."

"Live and Let Die" was a #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for an Academy Award for best song.

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martes, 23 de mayo de 2017

Paul McCartney is great actor says Pirates of the Carribean actor Johnny Depp

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Paul McCartney is great actor says Pirates of the Carribean actor Johnny Depp
Paul McCartnet will be seen as a part of the movie, Pirates of the Carribean. Johnny Depp says it was his idea to get McCartney on board for the film.
Los Angeles
Published:May 23, 2017

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Actor Johnny Depp says “great actor” and legendary musician Paul McCartney doesn’t “lack in the talent department”. Depp was happy to shoot with McCartney for the forthcoming fifth instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean. “Paul’s a great actor. Clearly the guy is not lacking in the talent department. If I changed something up in the scene, he’d change something up in the scene. He’d make stuff up. He was amazing,” Depp said in a statement.

Depp says it was his idea to get McCartney on board for the film. He said: “A funny idea came into my head about Jack running into his Uncle Jack in jail and I thought Paul McCartney would be perfect to play him.

“I didn’t know if it would be possible for me to drum up enough courage to ask him, even though he’s the sweetest man in the world, and certainly the most talented. But I just did it.” Talking about how he mustered up the courage to call the Beatles star, Depp said: “I just called him and told him that I have this idea for a gag in the film that might be fun, and asked if he would be interested. He thought it sounded cool, so we started talking about character.”

The title of the fifth instalment of the Pirates Of The Carribean franchise will be known as Pirates Of The Carribean: Salazar’s Revenge in India, Asia, Russia and Europe, and Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US. It is slated to release in India on May 26.

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lunes, 22 de mayo de 2017

In New York Auction Sold Drawing of John Lennon

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This image released by Julien's Auctions shows John Lennon's black and white drawing of the iconic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" album cover. The drawing, discovered by the owners of the Weybridge house in England where Lennon lived from 1964-68, was auctioned on May 20, 2017. (Julien's Auctions via AP)

Photo Story: In New York Auction Sold Drawings of John Lennon and Kurt Cobain
May 22, 2017, Monday

The drawings of the leader of the British band The Beatles (the Beatles) John Lennon (1940-1980) and the frontman of the American band Nirvana (Nirvana) Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) was sold at auction held Saturday at the new York auction house Julien’s Auctions. This is stated in message posted on his official website, quoted by Russian Reality.

For $87.5 thousand was sold by Lennon made a sketch image for the cover of the Beatles ‘ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967). The picture in black ink imprinted in schematic form, the musicians and flowerbeds lined with the colors of the group. Estimated value of the lot was $40 thousand — $60 thousand.

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The picture that you have created Cobain when I was in school, went under the hammer for $64 thousand This amount is many times exceeded the estimated value of lot $2 thousand — $4 thousand On the picture in the red-orange background shows four of a raccoon climbing over the black branches of a tree. In the lower right corner of the canvas signed: “curt”.

Among the most valuable lots also includes a piano, which was played by “the king of rock’ n ‘roll” Elvis Presley (1935-1977), and he owned a diamond ring. Musical instrument was sold for $112,5 thousand and decoration — $204,8 million For $112,5 thousand went under the hammer jacket, which was made by the “king of pop” Michael Jackson (1958-2009).

In New York Auction Sold Drawings of John Lennon and Kurt Cobain