Tuesday, 27 September 2016

JULIAN: "THE IDEA IS TO GO WITH MY HEART AND MY GUT ON PROJECTS THAT ARE PRESENTED TO ME IN THE FUTURE

Julian Lennon may have been born into a house of music but his branches of interest spread much further out. In fact, his passions for photography and philanthropy are so deep in his soul that they are what fuel his fires today. So much so, that when creativity is sparking he charges full-speed ahead. “Sometimes when there’s such a lot of work I suffer from insomnia. So I’m exhausted going to bed and then I start thinking about the next day/week/month and the mind doesn’t turn off,” Julian told during our recent interview.
 
On September 9th, Julian’s latest photography exhibition opened at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. Titled , it explores the cycle of life along the South China Seas. Faces emerge from the canvases like bolts of lightning while a temple stands strong against a backdrop of clouds in turmoil. Striking images that tell stories that may be different for each viewer. And Lennon likes it that way.
The first son of John Lennon and first wife Cynthia, Julian was born in the early, crazy days of Beatlemania, he was a cherubic face hidden away from the insanity. Of course later  ”Hey Jude” evolved from “Hey Jules”, a song Paul wrote to comfort Julian, during his parents’ divorce. In his twenties, Julian made some records and had two big singles himself with “Valotte” and “Too Late For Goodbyes.” But other interests began to tug at him stronger – film, documentaries, photography, all highly stimulating visual arts, music for a different sense.
In 2009, Julian started the White Feather Foundation to “do good and give back,” to make the world a better place, provide clean water, teach others how to take care of the planet and all the people on it.
The following year, Lennon had his first photographic exhibit featuring U2 and landscapes that were like watercolor paintings. He thrived in post-production editing, allowing the photograph to dictate the enhancements. The more he traveled, the more he shot, the more his eye picked up on the symphonies of everyday life – the people, their work, their love, their struggles. And that is what we focused on during my interview with Lennon – what he sees, what he feels, behind the camera. With Cycle running till October 17th, there is plenty of time to stop by the gallery and spend a few hours absorbing his stories and how he chooses to tell them.

Hi Julian, how are you today?
I’m okay, thank you very much. Just my usual tired self but apart from that I’m all good.

You have something really wonderful going on right now in your life so why don’t you please tell us more about your exhibit and how it all came together.
Well, the Cycle exhibit, it’s been six months in the making. It was around the same time as my birthday and the first year anniversary of my mother’s passing, and I thought, well, I didn’t want to stay at home and be miserable. I’d had this peculiar invitation to go and join some friends, and the few people I didn’t know, on a trip, on this little cruise, around the South China Seas. And I thought, well, why not. Let me push myself. I’ve never been to that part of the world really. I’ve flown around and nearby with work but never just to experience it. And I was there for ten days, visiting countries like Vietnam, Malaysia and Borneo. Then on the way home I stopped by in Bali, cause I had a friend there. I took my camera, and the thing was, that just previous to that I’d been offered a gig to do a show, an exhibition with Leica. So I thought this could be the perfect opportunity. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to shoot because I didn’t know what to expect (laughs).

Read the complete interview ... HERE.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

STICKING OUT OF MY BACK POCKET: ‘GREAT DAY'


‘Great Day’ is the fourteenth and final song on Paul’s solo album Flaming Pie. The track is a mellow yet upbeat acoustic number that he and Linda used to perform “sitting around the kitchen or when the children were dancing”. 


 






















The candlelit evenings in Long Island, enforced by Hurricane Bob in August 1991, not only led Paul to write ‘Calico Skies’ but also found him plucking this one from the memory vault. So, a year later, in the same Sussex session that he recorded his new number with George Martin, Paul also committed ‘Great Day’ to tape for the first time (despite its years), not changing a hair of the arrangement or lyric. 
Paul says:
“It’s just a little upbeat song of hope – to the point and in the spirit of this whole album.” 
A point illustrated perfectly by the opening lyrics, which although energetic in meaning are toned down by the pace and tone of the guitar. 
“When you’re wide awake
Say it for goodness sake
While you’re standing there
Get up and grab a chair,
It’s gonna be a great day”
Check out the full track below:



Did You Know? Linda McCartney provides backing vocals on the track
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THE "GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD" FOR GEORGE

Global Citizen Festival -- which had its inception in 2012 -- will take over Central Park for a celebration through music of impactful work and positive progress featuring sets from Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, Metallica, Usher, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Ellie Goulding, Eddie Vedder, Yandel and Yusuf/Cat Stevens. Thursday evening (Sept. 22), the organization held its first ever ceremony called "Global Citizen: The World On Stage," an event that illustrated the inseparable intersection between music and a movement for change.

While the majority of the evening was dedicated to several prominent speakers, all of whom addressed various causes in dire need of help and support -- such as the refugee crisis, education, poverty, hunger, gender equality and so much more -- there were also a variety of affecting performances, and most notably of all, the presentation of the inaugural George Harrison Global Citizen award, which Paul Simon presented to Olivia and Dhani Harrison (George's widow and son, respectively). 
Olivia & Dhani accepting 'Global Citizen Award' for George,. 22 september, 2016     

Eventually, the evening's pinnacle was reached as Simon took the stage. He spoke of the global influence and impact George Harrison had on the world, using The Concert For Bangladesh -- a benefit concert Harrison organized with Ravi Shankar that took place at Madison Square Garden in 1971 -- as evidence of how "music can build movement." After Olivia and Dhani -- who spoke briefly of his father -- accepted the award, Simon proceeded to play "Here Comes the Sun," followed by Haynes performing "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) and Morello's heavy cover of Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad," -- "a song by the only Boss worth listening to" -- complete with a grueling guitar solo.  
The celebratory event ended with an utterly explosive collaborative performance from Haynes, Morello, Jon Batiste, and Regina Spektor as they all delivered a mind-blowing rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." As intense instrumentals played on in the background, Spektor sang "I look at the world and I notice it's turning," a sentiment that encapsulates the mission of Global Citizens and served as a proper conclusion to an evening that aimed to celebrate such a a shift.


Friday, 23 September 2016

3 DAY SHOW WITH BEATLES ANIMATOR RON CAMPBELL

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THE ART OF THE BEATLES: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE FEATURES RON CAMPBELL, BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE ANIMATOR & BEATLES SATURDAY MORNING TV CARTOON SERIES DIRECTOR TO APPEAR LIVE, PAINTING, EXHIBITING & TALKING CARTOONS AT ARTINSIGHTS ANIMATION & FILM GALLERY
 
Friday, September 23 2016 – 12:00 PM to Sunday, September 25 2016 – 04:00 PM
Location: ArtInsights
11921 Freedom Drive (Reston Town Center)
 Reston, VA 20190
 
THE LEGENDARY ANIMATOR/DIRECTOR WILL BE EXHIBITING HIS BEATLES CARTOON ART AS WELL AS PAINTING NEW WORKS DURING HIS APPEARANCE.
 

Campbell will also be exhibiting artwork featuring other beloved cartoon characters that encompass his 50-year career in Children’s Television such as Scooby Doo, the Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Flintstones, Jetsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & more.
 ALL WORKS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE.
In 1964 the Beatles invaded the United States, performing for 73 million people on the Ed Sullivan Show and dominating the US pop charts for years. Now over five decades later, the Fab Four continue to be the most celebrated musical group in Rock history. And Beatlemania is alive and well….just this month, the Beatles released a live CD of their Hollywood Bowl concerts and director Ron Howard premiered a documentary on the Fab Four’s touring years!
Ron Campbell, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at ArtInsights, 11921 Freedom Drive in the Reston Town Center in Reston, VA, Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th. Ron will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created specially for the show and create new Beatles pop art paintings at the exhibit. The exhibit is free and all works are available for purchase.
 
Who: Ron Campbell, Director of the Beatles 1960’s Saturday Morning Cartoon series and animator of film Yellow Submarine. Also involved in Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh, Flintstones, Jetson’s, George of the Jungle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many others.

What: Ron Campbell will be offering for sale original cartoon paintings of the Beatles both in their ABC Cartoon and Yellow Submarine roles as well as various other works from his 50 year career in animation including Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Rugrats and more.

Where: ArtInsights Animation & Film Gallery, 11921 Freedom Drive in the Reston Town Center, Reston, VA 20190 (703) 478-0778.
When: Only three days, Friday, September 23rd – 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Saturday, September 24th – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 Sunday, September 25th – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Details: Ron Campbell, director of the legendary

Saturday morning Beatles Cartoon series that aired on ABC from September 25, 1965 through April 20, 1969 and animator on the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at ArtInsights, 11921 Freedom Drive in the Reston Town Center, Reston VA for 3 days only.
The Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series received monstrous ratings in its time slot….a 67 share! The cartoon series debuted on ABC on September 25th 1965….exactly 51 years ago this weekend! It continually fueled new music to the young kids of America as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series “Beatletoons.”
Yellow Submarine, recently celebrating its 47th anniversary, has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. In his book, Up Periscope, Yellow Submarine Producer Al Brodax gives Ron Campbell a great deal of credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute.

Campbell has also been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Ed, Edd & Eddy and dozens more. Campbell’s former studio was awarded a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in children’s television. Since retiring after a 50 year career, he has been painting subjects always based on the animated cartoons he has helped bring to the screen. With particular emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries worldwide.
About ArtInsights: Open and representing a wide range of film, animation, and contemporary art at their gallery in Reston Town Center since 1994, ArtInsights focuses on proprietary projects and artist representation relating to the history of animation and film, and the celebration and examination of popular culture. With artists like John Alvin, Alex Ross, Jim Salvati, and Tennessee Loveless, the gallery builds collections of original and limited edition art for their growing worldwide collector base.

JON STEVENS IS WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM WITH RINGO AND DAVE STEWART

Jon Stevens is getting by with a little help from his friends, Ringo and Eurythmics Dave Stewart.
Stevens, who dates philanthropist Heloise Pratt, is working on a new album with Stewart in the US, and Ringo has joined them to play drums.

























The trio performed together at Ringo’s 76th birthday celebration in Los Angeles in July.
“We’ve had dinner together, Ringo and his wife, David and his wife and my partner and I, and we got along really well,’’ Stevens said.


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