sábado, 10 de diciembre de 2016

Prizes from Paul McCartney and others on offer in Trekstock’s ‘Trekstocking’ campaign

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Prizes from Paul McCartney, Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran & The 1975 on offer in Trekstock’s ‘Trekstocking’ campaign
Ian Westhead
December 10, 2016

Trekstock, a UK charity which supports young adults experiencing cancer, is hoping to raise £50,000 this Christmas. Celebrities, musicians, artists, brands and friends of the charity have joined together to donate one-of-a-kind prizes which Trekstock are auctioning and raffling online.

This festive season, Trekstock brings you #Trekstocking, giving you the opportunity to bid or win a gift through the auction platform Givergy that has been personally donated by a famous face or much loved brands.

Prizes include exclusive memorabilia and experience prizes from Sir Paul McCartney, Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran, The Vamps, Jamie Campbell Bower, Emilia Clarke, Tomo Campbell, The 1975, Mohammed Ali mosaic, 5SOS, Poldark, & many more to come.

“Over the past 5 years Trekstock has worked with some of the most innovative and exciting celebrities and brands worldwide, including patron Mark Ronson and Ambassadors Liam Payne & Harry Styles from One Direction. This Christmas Trekstock unites many of them, to offer you the chance to get your hands on some incredible gifts.” – Trekstock

Head online to www.trekstock.com/trekstocking before December 14 and make an auction bid for a chance to win a gift from Trekstock’s extensive roll call of celebrity friends and Ambassadors. Keep track of #Trekstocking and its exclusive gifts to be won online throughout the campaign.

Trekstock will deliver the gifts and arrange to all lucky winners, after the campaign. 100% of the proceeds from #Trekstocking will support young adults living with cancer.

“Before I found Trekstock, I was left on my own to deal with the aftermath of cancer.  Emotional support is just as important as medical treatment.” –  Emily, Trekstock Young Person’s Network

Statistic show that 34 young adults in their 20’s and 30’s are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. Get your hands on the Christmas present of a lifetime and help Trekstock provide vital support to young adults facing cancer.

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viernes, 9 de diciembre de 2016

On The Anniversary of Lennon’s Death, Yoko Ono Calls For End To Gun Violence

On The Anniversary of Lennon’s Death, Yoko Ono Calls For End To Gun Violence

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On Thursday Japanese artist Yoko Ono called for an end to violence on the 36th anniversary of the death of her husband, famed musician and former Beatle John Lennon, who was shot to death in New York by an obsessed fan.

In a Facebook post, Ono wrote, "Dear Friends, Every day, 91 Americans are killed with guns. We are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone. Together, let's bring back America, the green land of Peace. The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 36 years, our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon 8 December 2016."

The post featured an image of bloodstained glasses and the number of people killed by guns since 1980, the year of Lennon’s death. Sean Lennon, Yoko’s son by John, recorded a tribute song to his father called The Dead Don't Speak, They Listen. The estate of George Harrison, Lennon’s former bandmate in the Beatles, tweeted pictures of the two together in younger days.

Gun control has been a hot-button issue in the US for years, particularly in light of recent mass shootings in Orlando at Pulse Nightclub in June, the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in December of 2012 and the Shooting at Virginia Tech University in 2007

In a rare moment of agreement, Hillary Clinton and President-elect Donald Trump showed similar views on keeping people on terror watch and no-fly lists from having guns during the first presidential debate. 

However, they drastically differed on on the issue for citizens. Trump accused Clinton of wanting to take guns away from law abiding Americans, and Clinton responded at the Democratic National Convention saying, "I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place."

RIP John Lennon - look back at the night the Beatles legend died

RIP John Lennon - look back at the night the Beatles legend died
The Fab Four frontman was shot outside his New York apartment with wife Yoko Ono by his side
8 DEC 2016

Today marks the 36th anniversary of the death of John Lennon.

The Beatles legend was murdered on December 8, 1980 by gunman Mark Chapman.

Lennon, who grew up at Mendips on Menlove Avenue, remains a much-loved icon around the world and fans often gather to remember the musician on this day.

Following Lennon’s death, fellow Beatle George Harrison was quoted as saying: “After all we went through together I had, and still have, great love and respect for him.

"I am shocked and stunned. To rob life is ultimate robbery."

The Beatles in Liverpool, 1964

Last year, Sir Paul McCartney told The Jonathan Ross Show about his memories of the night Lennon died. He said: “I was at home and I got a phone call. It was just so horrific, you couldn’t take it in and for days I couldn’t think that he was gone.

"It was just a huge shock, then I had to tell Linda [his late wife] and the kids and it was very difficult.”

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Nine facts about the death of John Lennon

· Lennon was shot outside the Dakota building, in New York, where he lived with Yoko Ono and their son Sean
· Earlier that evening he had signed an album for killer Mark Chapman, outside the building

Mark David Chapman shot former Beatle John Lennon to death in 1980

· Lennon and Ono were going to eat out that night, but had decided to go home to say goodnight to their son Sean before he went to bed.
· The couple could have got out of their limousine in a secure courtyard - but instead chose to step out on 72nd Street, where killer Chapman was waiting.
· As Lennon walked into the building, Chapman fired five bullets - only one missed.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969.

· After being shot, Lennon staggered up five steps to the reception area of the building, where he then collapsed.
· After the shooting, Chapman simply removed his coat and hat, and waited calmly for the police.
· A team of doctors spent around 15 minutes trying to resuscitate Lennon, but his injuries were too severe.
· Witnesses said that at the moment Lennon was pronounced dead, the Beatles song “All My Loving” came on the hospital’s sound system.

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miércoles, 7 de diciembre de 2016

Paul McCartney Earn Grammy Nominations

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Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop and David Bowie Earn Grammy Nominations
By Nick DeRiso 
December 6, 2016

Kevin Winter / Neilson Barnard / Steve Jennings / Jo Hale, Getty Images
Kevin Winter / Neilson Barnard / Steve Jennings / Jo Hale, Getty Images

Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and David Bowie received multiple mentions when the nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning. A complete list of classic rock’s honorees is below.

In all, Bowie – who died in January after a battle with cancer – was given five nods, though notably not for Album of the Year. His top nomination was in the Best Alternative Music Album category, a honor shared by former collaborator Iggy Pop. Post Pop Depression, recorded with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, was recognized after becoming Pop’s highest-ever charting U.S. album.

Metallica‘s advance single “Hardwired” joined the Best Rock Song nominees, but the band released its new album too late for consideration in this round of Grammy awards. Disturbed were recognized for their cover of “The Sound of Silence,” even though Simon & Garfunkel never won a Grammy for their original chart-topping version in 1965.

McCartney earned two nods – for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package (Tug Of War: Deluxe Edition) and for Best Remixed Recording (Wings‘ “Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five,” by Timo Maas and James Teej). Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, Ron Howard‘s documentary on the Beatles, was nominated for Best Music Film.

Dylan was recognized in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for his second collection of songbook tunes, Fallen Angels. The Cutting Edge 1965-1966, the 12th edition in Dylan’s Bootleg Series, was also nominated for Best Historical Album.


Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Bob Dylan, Fallen Angels

Best Rock Performance
David Bowie, “Blackstar”
Disturbed, “The Sound of Silence”

Best Metal Performance
Megadeth, Dystopia

Best Rock Song
David Bowie, “Blackstar”
James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, “Hardwired”

Best Alternative Music Album
David Bowie, Blackstar
Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression

Best American Roots Song
Jack White, “City Lights”

Best Spoken Word Album
Patti Smith, M Train
Elvis Costello, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Peter Gabriel, “The Veil”

Best Recording Package
David Bowie, Blackstar (Jonathan Barnbrook)

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Paul McCartney, Tug Of War (Deluxe Edition)

Best Historical Album
Bob Dylan, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector’s Edition)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
David Bowie, Blackstar

Best Remixed Recording
Paul McCartney and Wings, “Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five” (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix)

Best Surround Sound Album
Primus, And the Chocolate Factory (5.1 Surround Sound Edition)

Best Music Film
The Beatles, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years (Ron Howard)

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martes, 6 de diciembre de 2016

Get into the Beatles’ studio with The Masters of Sgt. Pepper: a conversation with Geoff Emerick and Richard Lush

Get into the Beatles’ studio with The Masters of Sgt. Pepper: a conversation with Geoff Emerick and Richard Lush
By Molly Ulm

On the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, the engineers of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Geoff Emerick and Richard Lush will be fixing a hole in the hearts of Beatles fans everywhere with a once in a lifetime Q&A event and exhibition named The Masters of Sgt. Pepper.
Presented by Planetshakers in Southbank, not only will the event dish the untold deets about the iconic album from a producer’s perspective, it will also be celebrated with performances by Leo Sayer and Davey Lane from You Am I.

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A must-see for any true fan of The Beatles, The Masters of Sgt. Pepper will provide unprecedented access into the studio where the Fab Four made their magic.

The event promises a panel of Beatles royalty disclosing all the behind the scenes details as well as a limited edition merch sale.
Lush has been immersed in London’s music scene ever since starting his recording career at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in the 1960’s. He learnt from masters of the music industry Sir George Martin, Phil Spector, Phil Ramone and Mickie Most before recording some of the world’s biggest artists: The Beatles, Cliff Richard, Paul McCartney & Wings, John Lennon and The London Symphony Orchestra.
For the Beatles, Lush was a significant backbone to their musical success, working on more than a hundred sessions.
After joining EMI as a junior assistant at 15, Emerick went on to be a prolific audio engineer, majorly contributing to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Revolver, The Beatles and Abbey Road.
All the finer details you’ll need are on the Facebook event, but the basics are below:

The Masters of Sgt. Pepper – Friday February 24 – Planetshakers Centre, Victoria 

The Masters Of Sgt. Pepper

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Beatles Engineer Geoff Emerick with the Late George Martin

lunes, 5 de diciembre de 2016

Holiday Reflections on Sweets and the Beatles

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George Harrison wrote the Beatles song "Savoy Truffle" about Eric Clapton's chocolate addiction. "Savoy Truffle" is a song on The Beatles' "White Album." The song mentions a variety of different chocolate candies that Eric Clapton loved eating, and, subsequently caused Clapton to get a lot of cavities.(www.sploofus.com)

George Harrison's "Savoy Truffle"
Holiday Reflections on Sweets and the Beatles
5 December 2016


If you ask those who know me pretty well, they will tell you my favorite Beatle was John Lennon. This is incorrect. My wife will tell you true: it’s George Harrison. Lennon is widely credited as the band’s conscience in the face of Paul McCartney’s more instinctively capitalist pop music impulses, and this is just one more way that Harrison’s songwriting contributions have been disregarded over the years. His post-Beatlemania solo work was often criticized for its preachiness, but if one goes back to his Beatles material, Harrison never pretended to be more pop star than preacher.

There was a great tribute paid to his entire body of work in 2014, the George Fest charity concert organized by his son, Dhani Harrison. A standout track toward the end of the first disc is “Savoy Truffle”, which I confess to not having heard before. It’s one of the deeper cuts from the Beatles catalogue, not completely obscure but hardly Top 40 material. As the holiday spirit takes over and I begin to devote many minutes to consideration of pies, eggnogs and sweets generally, I feel myself turning toward “Savoy Truffle” as the best possible type of wintry instruction.

Harrison wrote the song as a cautionary reminder to his pal, Eric Clapton. Clapton apparently has a massive sweet tooth. The refrain, focused on tooth decay, is “you’ll have to have them all pulled out / after the Savoy truffle”. But for Harrison, as a burgeoning practitioner of Eastern spirituality assembled a la carte, tooth decay was unquestionably a symptom of a deeper moral decay.

The chorus is an examination of the cumulative effects of candy consumption, which highlights a clearly incrementalist approach to indulgence that wards off hedonism. One piece of candy doesn’t do much damage, and the benefit seems to outweigh the cost. At some point, however, one gives in to eating the whole box. At that point, satisfaction is minimal, reaching for the next candy is a compulsive behavior, and a stack of tiny decisions has accumulated into an ultimate lack of judgment that now has to be managed as a painful crisis. Any holiday dieting listicle with tips on how to manage your winter weight will tell you as much, that one bite is happier than 40 bites and you’ve got to take life one bite at a time.

“You know that what you eat you are”, reminds Harrison at the beginning of the second to last verse. He actually consumes most of the candy in the box one line at a time. This is a very specific candy: the Good News box from Mackintosh. Alas, it’s not available anymore, except in song. In the course of the first two verses, Harrison drew heavily from the titles and descriptions of the specific candies in this box. “Creme tangerine and Montelimar / A ginger sling with a pineapple heart / A coffee dessert” and “Cool cherry cream, nice apple tart / […] Coconut fudge”. It’s worth noting that Montelimar also rhymes with the apple tart. Instead of building a couplet out of that, however, Harrison used this as the end of the first line in two different verses. This calls attention to the fact that rhymes of the first two verses are entirely interchangeable: Montelimar / heart / news and tart / apart / blues.

That’s not simple cleverness; it makes the same argument that’s made by the surrealism of the listing of candies. Namely, that all candy is candy—there’s no specialness, no “there” there. Does one really have strong opinions about the merits of one flavor over another? Only the second verse contains an I-statement, and that’s a clue to the matter: “I feel your taste all the time we’re apart”. There’s much to unpack here, including the one use of first person. Harrison has shifted from criticizing a generic other inspired by Clapton to addressing his subject in a way that could be construed as either a love song or a devotional; he was prone to sliding back and forth between the idea of his wife and his god. So this introduces an element of the spiritual and a longing for the divine, in contrast to the earthbound, gluttonous delights in the chocolate box.

The line also contains an element of synesthesia, to “feel” a “taste”. Could one reasonably feel the taste of the chocolates, besides the tastes of the lover or the divinity? I think most people do indeed have taste-specific sense memories, of their grandmother’s chicken soup, or their dad’s marinara sauce, and yes, even a favorite candy associated with some holiday or other. Harrison was a staunch practitioner of meditation, which surely included some mindfulness toward his food. In the exercise of eating a piece of chocolate, you can think about many things: the origins of the cocoa, the places that grow sugarcane, what it smells like when it’s all cooking, the people and machines that made the candy, the flavor and texture of the candy itself, the words and colors in the design of the packaging, the aftertaste. There’s a lot of work that can be done in one bite, and this is a large part of why Harrison need not reach for another piece of candy to feel satisfied.

Then there’s the matter of “all the time we’re apart”. A favorite holiday candy is a reason to look forward to that holiday. We need not delve into pumpkin spice’s vast network of philosophical underpinnings; to simply invoke the two words “pumpkin spice” is somehow enough. So food is also associative, whether it’s attached to your grandmother or to Thanksgiving, or whatever else. In the time and space that get between us and our food, there’s a sense of longing. In verse three, he cautions, “You might not know it now / When the pain cuts through / You’re going to know and how”. Harrison obviously recommends some effort at detachment from this longing, as it’s the longing that transforms into our desire to consume even more of the candy once we have bridged time and space to get to it.

More explicitly, “What is sweet now turns to sour” in the second to last stanza, and finally, his exhortation: “We all know Ob-la-di-bla-da / But can you show me where you are?” The first half is a direct and pointed dismissal of the Beatles’ song “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da”, which was one of Paul McCartney’s contributions to the White Album. Lennon and Harrison both despised the song, and “Savoy Truffle” was written during the same 1968 recording sessions when the clash was quite fresh and ongoing. Harrison appears to have deliberately, flippantly skewed the title of the song in his reference, and then there’s that “but” of objection right after it. McCartney and Harrison were in a very different place from one another by then, and within two years’ time, the Beatles would be over.

They had all just come back from studying Transcendental Meditation in India, and Harrison felt that McCartney’s ability to channel these new influences into their work was extremely weak. Comparatively, Harrison had spent the last two years or so working on the sitar with Ravi Shankar and had only just returned to the guitar as his main instrument. Yet the pop nonsense of “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da” went to number one on the charts in several countries, while the comparatively complex composition of “Savoy Truffle” was buried in all its E-minor glory on side four of the double album and never charted at all, though many critics praised it. When we think of Harrison’s contributions to the White Album today, “Savoy Truffle” remains in the long shadow of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

One thing has always bothered me about “Savoy Truffle”, and that’s the title itself. What’s so special about the Savoy truffle, compared to the rest of what’s in the box? Why save that one for the title? Mackintosh’s candy box was titled “Good News”. To likewise title the song as such would have been very much in keeping with Harrison’s sense of irony, as the lyrics warn of the consequences of tooth decay and scary dentist visits. He did work “good news” into the verses almost like a pun, which is mildly clever, but Harrison usually offered song titles that were like subject headings, straight punches to his themes, and the obliqueness of “Savoy Truffle” at first glance doesn’t sit well in that category. As I sought in vain for a box of the long ago discontinued Good News, and then for any oldsters amongst my British friends who might recall the taste of its ingredients, it finally occurred to me that I was in some ways indulging in precisely the obsession Harrison was cautioning against.

I learned a lot about the house of Savoy, founded in the 11th Century and becoming the oldest reigning monarchy in Europe by the 18th century. I looked at a lot of pictures of the Alps and the southeast of France. I acquired numerous recipes for coconut fudge or something like a homemade Almond Joy, and shopped around looking for the right kind of brandy. All this, in search of one moment of concrete, authentic connection with the Savoy truffle itself that might have satiated me. But as Harrison knew, all that’s down in the rabbit hole is more rabbit hole. So I have not tasted the Savoy truffle, but I have felt its taste in Harrison’s song. During the holidays, I’ll try to bear this in mind.

Megan Volpert is the author of seven books on communication and popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists. Her most recent work is 1976 (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016). She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for a decade and was 2014 Teacher of the Year. She edited the American Library Association-honored anthology This Assignment Is so Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching.

domingo, 4 de diciembre de 2016

McCartney keen to team up with Liverpool FC for behind the scenes photo project

McCartney keen to team up with Liverpool FC for behind the scenes photo project
Photographer Mary is the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney and Mary McCartney at the Gagosian Gallery Opening of Linda McCartney Mary McCartney: Mother Daughter in New York, on 20/11/15

Photographer Mary McCartney revealed she wants to team up with Liverpool FC – but she is still trying to persuade the club.

Mary, the daughter of Beatles superstar Sir Paul McCartney , said she is fascinated by the rituals of footballers.

Her first solo exhibition was a photographic study behind the scenes of the Royal Ballet and she said she would like to do something similar with Liverpool.

Mary McCartney and Stella McCartney at the Stella McCartney Spring 2016 Resort Presentation in New York, on 08/06/15

She said: “I really want to go and get embedded with a football team, I really want to go to Liverpool but they won’t let me.

“Like I did with the Royal Ballet, I’ve been writing to Liverpool FC but they are not having me yet but I’m going to keep trying.

“It’s a difficult thing to agree to allow someone in, they have to focus and you can’t just go in. I understand why they are reluctant but I think they should just let me do it.

“It’s the devotion and the commitment, it’s the physicality and dedicating a bit portion of your life to something.”

If she does not succeed with the Reds she said she would be willing to look elsewhere, possibly in the direction of Everton, Sir Paul’s preferred team.

Mary McCartney at the 14th annual British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate, London, on 04/12/11.

She said: “I think I would try another team, I would have to think about it. My husband is a Liverpool fan but my dad’s family are Everton.

“Maybe we will have to go there next but maybe they won’t be happy if they know I asked Liverpool first!”

“It is a hard thing, it’s a private space and it would be nerve-wracking, I would find it quite daunting the challenge of showing the less seen aspects of what goes on behind the scenes.

“Also football is quite superstitious so if I went and did a game and they lost then I think they would never want me back but if I did it and they won they might allow me back.”

She has just produced a book of photographs from a night she spent backstage at an all-male production of Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance in 2013 where she again examines the rituals of a performance.

Photographer Mary McCartney and actor Mark Rylance sign copies of her new book Twelfth Night
Photographer Mary McCartney and actor Mark Rylance sign copies of her new book Twelfth Night
(Evening Mail)