Breaking up is hard to do. Getting blamed for it is easy
The best part about working for Christie’s is when unexpected rock and roll items come through the door and turn out to have great historical significance
Between My Head And The Sky is the new album from Yoko Ono, and for this latest outing, she has revived the Plastic Ono Band concept. Only instead of Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Keith Moon and other ’60s and ’70s musical luminaries taking part, this version includes contemporary folks like electronic wunderkind Keigo “Cornelius” Oyamada and Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto, as well as other Japanese avant-garde and New York improvisational artists.
On an invitation from record producer, songwriter and rock ’n’ roll publicist Kim Fowley, John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono hopped on a plane from England with guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Alan White to travel to the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival festival, showcasing some of Lennon’s early rock ’n’ roll musical heroes — among them Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
Serious Toyz has put nearly 350 lots of Beatles collectibles, assorted vinyl and tons of other rock ‘n’ roll treats on the block for its fall 2008 auction. Find out what’s up for bid, when the event ends and more details.
Philip Norman is known to most Beatles fans as the author of “Shout!,” one of the best full-length Beatles biographies. Now he’s back with “John Lennon: The Life."
The notion of recording a double album surfaced very early on in The Beatles’ White Album sessions, partly because there were so many new songs scrabbling for attention, but also because The Beatles were in very real danger of being left behind in one of the most exciting new races in rock.
With The White Album, Paul McCartney, too, drew inspiration from far and wide, most impressively from an interview with The Who’s Pete Townshend, published in one of the music papers.
The Beatles’ 1968 double album — The Beatles to discographers, The White Album to its friends — represents both the most monumental achievement of their recording career, and the most controversial.
It was great to go back to Liverpool for the first time in nine years. And the reason for my return trip was especially nice — to see Paul McCartney in concert.