Friday, 27 March 2015


  • A postcard sent by Paul has been sold for £1,000 at auction
  • Message read:  'With love from the “four Macs”. Now on tour in Scotland.’
  • Paul sent it from his Kintyre farmhouse to his housekeeper 'Rose'

  • Only two lines long and dashed off with a typically witty flourish, the scribbled note scarcely amounts to a hard day’s work. But even a hastily scribbled postcard can become a valuable artefact when written by Paul. The greeting, sent by the Beatles star from his farmhouse on the Mull of Kintyre, fetched almost £1,000 at auction earlier this week.

    Posted to his London housekeeper Rose, the brief handwritten message read: 'With love from the “four Macs”. Now on tour in Scotland.’

    Paul spent weeks at his bolthole with wife Linda and daughters Heather and Mary after the band split in 1970. But he kept in touch with his London housekeeper, Rose Martin, sending a card featuring a Scotty dog, tartan, lucky white heather and the lyrics ‘Should auld acquaintance be forgot?’.

    A brief note on the back reads: ‘With love from the “four Macs”. Now on tour in Scotland.’
    With a Campbeltown postmark and an upside-down stamp, it went under the hammer in Warrington, near the band’s native Liverpool, as part of a sale of Beatles memorabilia on Tuesday.
    Organiser Omega Auctions had valued it at between £250 and £350 – but it went for £950.
    Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: ‘Such intimate, personal and unique things give Beatles and Paul McCartney collectors an insight into how life was for him back then, and very rarely come up for sale.’
    Paul, now 72, bought 600-acre High Park Farm on the Kintyre peninsula in 1966 at the height of The Beatles’ success, while living with actress Jane Asher.
    He has said he was inspired to write The Beatles hit The Long And Winding Road by the estate’s ‘wandering single-track roads and sense of solace’. After he married Linda Eastman in 1969, the couple turned the modest farmhouse into a holiday retreat.
    When the band broke up, the McCartneys headed there to get away from the limelight.
    The couple later immortalised their love of the area in the hit song Mull Of Kintyre, which took their band Wings to the Christmas No 1 spot in 1977. The most successful single of his solo career, it went on to sell 2.5 million copies.
    Sir Paul once said of the track: ‘It was a love song, really, about how I enjoyed being there and imagining I was travelling away and wanting to get back.’


    Ringo announced on his Twitter that he'll do a Q&A with Billboard magazine (Online) at 12:45 pm PST on March 31 to promote "Postcards From Paradise".
    Ringo said:“Get your questions ready!”
    The Hash Tag is #AskRingo.

    Wednesday, 25 March 2015


    Ringo returns to Rolling Stone cover solo for the first time since 1981 this week, musing on everything from a hypothetical The Beatles reunion to why he decided to get clean in 1988. See incredible footage of the Hall of Famer drumming on the beach and go inside the story now:

    Ringo returns to the cover of Rolling Stone on his own for the first time since 1981 in our new issue (on stands Friday). The happy-go-lucky Beatle gets serious, tracing his whole life to this point, from his poverty-stricken childhood to his struggles with drugs and alcohol to his upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. He also considers whether the Beatles would have ever re-formed if John Lennon and George Harrison were still alive. Contributing Editor Stephen Rodrick traveled down to Fort Pierce, Florida, to hang out with Starr as the drummer prepped for what he estimated would be at least his 800th solo concert. 

    Watch exclusive, behind-the-scenes video of Starr playing drums on the beach during his innovative cover shoot with photographer Mark Seliger in Miami.

    On the question of a hypothetical Beatles reunion, Starr says that he believes it would have been possible. "With the [technology] you have now, I think we could have got it together," he reveals. "I think the stumbling block was just sitting around and saying, 'OK, let's do it.' And we never got to that. You know, we did in twos, we talked about it. But I think if we had just relaxed behind it long enough, we still had the songs, and we still could play. We could have put it together. And we could have done 'A Day in the Life.' Of course, it's ended now. John and George are gone."

    "I think we could have got it together," Ringo Starr says of a hypothetical Beatles reunion were John Lennon and George Harrison still alive.

    The closet thing possible to a Beatles reunion these days will occur on April 18th when Paul McCartney inducts Starr into the Hall of Fame in Cleveland. McCartney says he kickstarted the process after having dinner with Robbie Robertson, who pointed out that Beatles manager Brian Epstein was in, but Ringo was not. "I said, 'Let me see what I can do,'" says McCartney. "And I talked to Bruce Springsteen and I talked to Dave Grohl, and they both said he should be in. And I said I'd do the induction. That took care of it."
    In the cover story, Starr also explains why he decided to get clean in 1988 after years of drinking and drugging. "It gets really lonely, you know," he says. "It's just really cold and lonely. It's a miserable disease, in the end. There's a crowd of you, and it's lonely. Because that's all you're doing is getting fucked, you know. But I haven't been that lonely since."
    Look for the issue on stands and in the iTunes App Store this Friday, March 27th.


    • Before John was murdered in 1980, his days with Yoko were captured on camera by noted photographer Kishin Shinoyama
    • John had been obsessed with alcohol, women and drugs, John told the photographer, until Yoko came into into his life
    • The couple worked tirelessly on Double Fantasy - John's last album
    • 'Coming to New York gave him freedom. I think this was the moment when he took off his armor,' writes Yoko,  in what proved to be tragic irony
    In the months before John Lennon was tragically gunned down outside The Dakota in New York City on December 8, 1980, by deranged killer Mark David Chapman, life for the ex Beatle and his bride Yoko Ono was full of 'unclouded happiness'.
    And those moments, during the creation of what would be their last album together, are captured in the collection of photographs of the couple, published for the first time in the book, Double Fantasy.
    The photographs were taken by Kishin Shinoyama, who has now written about them in a book by him and Yoko Ono, published by Taschen Books in multiple international editions.
    The touching and beautiful collection of never-before-seen photographs were shot while they were making their last album together: the Double Fantasy Album.
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    Cozy: John and Yoko schmooze in the outdoor patio of a Manhattan restaurant. 
     John and Yoko schmooze in the outdoor patio of a Manhattan restaurant. 
    'John couldn't go out anywhere while he was in the UK because of his fame,' writes Yoko. 'Coming to New York gave him freedom. I think this was the moment when he took off his armor.' Ironically, John was killed in front of the New York City apartments building behind the couple, where they lived
    John and Yoko leave their apartment at The Dakota and head to Central Park across the street
    John and Yoko leave their apartment at The Dakota and head to Central Park across the street
    The Beatles had broken up a decade before.

    At work: The couple worked intensely for over a month, recording 28 songs  - 14 of John’s and 14 of Yoko’s
    John had embraced a new life he described as 'househusband' and he was now focused on creative, political and musical projects. The couple had made international news in 1969 with their Vietnam War protest, the Bed-In in Amsterdam and Montreal.
    The Double Fantasy album was going to be John's comeback at age forty, reflecting his personal growth in music and self that he attributed to Yoko, now 82, the first woman who told him that his previous lifestyle of wantonly pursuing women, alcohol and drugs was meaningless.
    Paul McCartney and John had finally resolved a bitter rift that dissolved when both men bonded over fatherhood and baking bread. They were once again 'good friends', McCartney told Jonathan Ross on his show last December.
    McCartney was one of three people that Yoko called when she returned home from the hospital that fateful night to say that John had not survived the five hollow-point bullets Mark David Chapman fired at the singer just outside their apartment at The Dakota, across the street from Central Park.

    'It was just so horrific that you couldn't take it in – I couldn't take it in', McCartney said. 'Just for days, you just couldn't think that he was gone. It was just a huge shock and then I had to tell Linda and the kids. It was very difficult for everyone. That was like a really big shock, I think, in most people's lives. A bit like Kennedy there were certain moments like that.'
    Beautiful boy: John relaxing with son Sean Lennon at their Dakota apartment
    Hanging out: The couple, in the New York living room, loved living in the city

    The concept of Double Fantasy was a back-and-forth dialogue, a kind of musical conversation between them
    George was deeply shocked by his bandmate's murder but had had little contact with him in the years prior to the murder.
    Broken up emotionally, Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, immediately flew to New York to offer comfort to Yoko.
    'They were two people in one,' Ringo said.
    Lennon was the unofficial leader of the Beatles, 'the cheeky wit and sardonic soul of the Beatles', Newsweek wrote in 2014. His death was the end of an era.
    Yoko remembers the last time the couple went into the studio together in 1978, the Hit Factory in New York.
    Yoko introduces the collection of photos in the book.
    'When John and I decided to make the album Double Fantasy, breaking a five-year silence, we wondered whom we should ask to take the photographs. As the two of us thought about it, suddenly the face of Kishin Shinoyama came to mind.
    'I said, "For once, I'd really like to have a Japanese photographer." John quickly agreed, saying, "Right, that sounds good." I never expected that "for once" would turn out to be the last album John and I made together, and that "for once" would live on forever'.

    Kishin Shinoyama remembers that last recording session: 'I checked in at the Hotel Lexington, and by early afternoon I was down the street at the door of The Hit Factory on West 48th Street, the recording studio where John and Yoko were working on the final parts of the record, inserting choruses and other additional layers of sounds. 
    'The two had been working intensely for over a month, recording 28 songs — 14 of John's and 14 of Yoko's. The concept of Double Fantasy was a back-and-forth dialogue, a kind of musical conversation between them.
    'As I entered the studio, the atmosphere was of creativity and concentration. Yoko greeted me and immediatelyintroduced me to John. He was slim and dressed all in black. His demeanor was very sweet, gentle . . . almost tender. He welcomed me warmly and then returned his attention to four backup singers, directing them as they laid down the chorus to a song he had written called "Woman".

    'Throughout the sessions, I noticed that John always spoke with the staff and the studio musicians in a quiet, clear manner, remaining calm and focused, despite the seemingly endless days and nights of work. Overall, there was a feeling of both relief and exhaustion in the air, a sense that this important and cathartic project was finally nearing completion'.
    While dining later at Mr Chow's, Kishin learned that he and John were both 40 years old.John revealed 'he was at a turning point, that he wanted to forget everything that had come before and start again', Kishin writes.'He was trying to clear away those feelings — of fame, of the past — in order to become a new person.
    'He explained to me that without Yoko, he wouldn't be there now -  that the first part of his life he had been obsessed with alcohol and women and drugs, and that Yoko had been the first woman to tell him that what he was obsessed with was meaningless. 
    'He felt that those words had changed him, and this new album was going to celebrate that change'.
    A month after Kishin returned to Japan, John was shot and killed.
    'I look back at these photos, so many years later, and I feel that I captured John and Yoko at their happiest moment. They were doing creative work, working on the album, recording together. And they were raising their son and loving each other and living a full life together,' Kishin offers.
    'It was such a lucky time for me to be there, a moment of unclouded happiness for John and Yoko.'


    Newlyweds John and Yoko invited the press to an Amsterdam Hotel where they held a week-long protest in the name of world peace.
    John and his newlywed second wife, the artist Yoko Ono, attracted the attention of the international press in the cause of world peace on this day in 1969, as they began a publicity campaign they called a ‘Bed-in’ in Amsterdam.
    The couple had flown from Paris to Gibraltar to be married five days earlier and on their return to the French capital had formulated a way to use the inevitable publicity generated by news of their wedding.
    They were driven to Amsterdam on the morning of March 25 and checked into the Hilton Hotel, where they were allocated room 902 – the presidential suite – which they decorated with photos and hand-made signs.
    The couple sent out cards to press agencies and newspapers inviting them to ‘John and Yoko’s honeymoon: a Bed-in’. After controversy over the cover of their album Two Virgins, on which they appeared naked, some reporters seemed to believe that it was an invitation to watch them have sex.
    Instead, they found the pair “like two angels in bed, with flowers all around us, and peace and love on our heads,” as Lennon reported. “We were fully clothed; the bed was just an accessory.”

    John and Yoko took interviews throughout the week, explaining their intention of using their fame to generate headlines about peace instead of war and conflict. Their explanations were met with a mixture of polite interest, amusement and outright hostility.
    Lennon explained: “We (thought) would sell our product, which we call 'peace'. And to sell a product you need a gimmick”.  And despite the scorn of sections of the press, the campaign was widely publicised around the world.


    Students around the world can learn music production and sound engineering in the footsteps of the Fab Four 

    Beatles fans are being offered the chance to follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four after Abbey Road Studios announced that it is launching its own educational institute.
    Students aged 18 and over from around the world will be able to study for a 12-month advanced diploma in music production and sound engineering at the institute, which will be housed in the legendary north London studio complex where the Beatles recorded nearly all their albums and singles.
    They are also promised the opportunity to use the studio’s recording spaces, control rooms and equipment.
    The studio has also been used by the likes of Paul Robeson and Pink Floyd, but it is most famously associated with the Beatles, who named their 1969 album after the road in St John’s Wood where the studio is based. The cover is one of the most famous in rock history and attracts droves of fans to recreate the image of the band walking across the pedestrian crossing outside the studio, which was set up in 1931. The studio changed its name to Abbey Road the year after the album was released.
    The course will be taught by recognised music industry experts, including producers and label executives, with guest lectures from Abbey Road Studios engineers. Additional Abbey Road Institutes will launch in Berlin, Munich, Melbourne and Sydney for the September 2015 intake, with more locations to be announced. But all students will have the opportunity to visit and learn at the London base, where there will be a new, purpose-built classroom and studio facilities.
    Luca Barassi, an audio engineer who will head the Abbey Road Institute, London, said: “Synonymous with excellence in recorded music for more than 80 years, Abbey Road’s continued success is largely due to its staff and their knowledge. Now we will be able to share some of this expertise in a course which will provide first-class vocational training for people interested in forging a career in the music industry.”
    The institute is accepting applications for a limited number of places in the September 2015 intake at all locations.

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015


    John left behind, in addition to his enormous catalogue of recordings, thousands of drawings, paintings, doodles, and other artwork. He had incorporated some of that often whimsical work in three illustrated books with punning titles—In His Own White (1964), A Spaniard in the Works (1965), and Skywriting by Word of Mouth (1987, published posthumously)—but the vast majority of the art had never been seen by the public, despite Lennon’s attempts to mount an exhibition. 

    As with everything else in his life, Lennon’s art was overshadowed by his celebrity, said Lynn Clifford, the curator of Lennon’s archive, now owned by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono. “He always intended to have an art exhibit of his work, but it was very difficult because he would sit in meetings with art dealers, and then at the end of the meeting they’d say, ‘Oh, you’ll come and bring your guitar along, and you’ll play.’ Well, that’s not what the art was about. It was about the visual, not the musical. So it was difficult because of his fame to schedule something.” 

    In 1989, Ono established Bag One Arts—named after a portfolio of sketches Lennon made during their 1969 marriage and honeymoon—to make limited edition prints of Lennon’s drawings available to a wider audience. A gallery show featuring some of the work has travelled the world, and visits 10 to 12 American cities a year. On Thursday the show opens for a four-day run at Houston’s Off the Wall Gallery in the Galleria.

    The show will feature 72 pieces, all signed by Ono, including prints of Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for several songs, including “Drive My Car,” “Give Peace a Chance” and “Instant Karma.” Most of them come in limited editions of 300, plus a subset of 25 artist proofs. (No originals are for sale.) Clifford, who has worked with Ono for 28 years and will be at the exhibition to answer questions, said it was important to remember that Lennon studied at the Liverpool College of Art and always considered himself as much an artist as a musician.

    “Art came first in his life, and he drew all throughout his life,” she said. “During the first five years of Sean’s life [Sean Lennon was born to Lennon and Ono in 1975], he got all this criticism from people saying he couldn’t write anymore. But he was still creating—he was still drawing. He never stopped drawing.”
    The Art of John Lennon
    Off the Wall Gallery
    5015 Westheimer, Suite 2208


    A girl writes a message on the legendary John´s Wall in the historical center of Prague, Dec 8,2010, to commemorate his murder outside his Manhattan apartment building in New York 30 years ago.
    Moscow city council is currently discussing a proposal to commission a statue of rock legend John Lennon in the Russian capital, according to notes for an upcoming council meeting.w city council is currently discussing a proposal to commission a statue of rock legend John Lennon in the Russian capital, according to notes for an upcoming council meeting.
    Moscow councillors will meet next month to discuss the erection or relocation of monuments in the Russian capital, and as well as suggestions to honour the city’s military medics and students, the local governing body will also discuss whether to erect a statue of Beatles frontman and rock'n'roll icon John Lennon.
    The initiative for building the monument has been proposed by fans of the musician, who are also prepared to cover the costs of designing and building it, Moscow Council’s head of monumental art Lev Lavrenov told local TV channel M24, who also added that usually similar monuments are requested to be erected in central Moscow.

    Alexey Bogaevsky, the founder of Russia’s 30,000-strong Beatles fan community beatles.ru says he supports the move and the community plans to petition Moscow city council on where they ought to place the monument, if approved.
    “The place we want to offer is the Vorobyovy Hills, where in December 1980 the youth rally in memory of Lennon was brutally dispersed by the police,” Bogaevsky says.
    Currently another Lennon monument exists in Russia’s Altai Republic purporting to be the only depiction of the Liverpool-born musician made entirely from marble, while in St Petersburg’s renowned artist commune on Pushkinskaya street a tribute to John Lennon and his former bandmates exists as the road has unofficially been renamed “John Lennon street”.  
    According to Bogaevsky, Lennon was very influential in Russia and many former-Soviet states during the Cold War despite the political divide between Moscow and the west, leading to the Beatles frontman being immortalised in stone in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
    Bogaevsky believes as Russia’s relationship with the west has deteriorated over the Ukraine crisis, a new monument dedicated to John Lennon has increased significance.
    “Now the Lennon monument can be a symbol which can unite east and west,” Bogaevsky says.
    The Moscow city council has not yet commented on what the monument would look like nor where in the city it will be placed but a decision on it could be taken as soon as April 14.


    Paul and Nancy Shevell are pictured taking a shopping trip in Primrose Hill on March 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Crowder/Legge/GC Images)


    It should come as no surprise to anybody that The Beatles are one of the best-selling groups of all time. Though they were only together for a decade, the music they recorded has gone on to sell hundreds of millions of copies, and there are likely more repackagings of the same songs than there are unique tracks. One such collection, perhaps the band’s most popular, is proving how commercially viable they still are today.

    Simply titled 1,the group’s compilation is still selling a healthy amount, considering it is almost fifteen years old. In fact, while literally hundreds of blockbuster releases by some of the biggest names in the industry have come and gone, the Beatles’ 1 has quietly continued to sell at least 1,000 copies per week. According to Billboard, the set has moved at least four figures for over 700 weeks straight, and that streak is likely to continue.

    That all adds up to an astounding 12.5 million copies moved, and that’s just in the United States.
    When that scope looks at sales worldwide, the figure explodes. In 2009 it was quoted at 31 million, but the total has obviously risen by several million since. This easily makes the compilation one of the best-selling albums of all time.
    1 it is a compilation of the number one hits the band charted in the UK and the US throughout their career. Released a little over fourteen years ago (November of 2000 to be exact), it topped the charts in almost every country, and was the best-selling album of 2001 in America. It was re-released in 2011 as a remastered edition, and it surged back up the charts to number four.
    What’s truly incredible about 1’s ability to continually sell copies is the fact that any true Beatles fan already has all of the songs included on the album, and it wouldn’t be unusual if they owned them several times over. What would any real music collection be without songs like “Let It Be”, “All You Need Is Love”, “Yesterday”, or “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, just to name a few. The Beatles’ ability to move product week after week and year after year is certainly encouraging news to an industry that is watching the sales of its main moneymaker tumble.


    Tickets on sale Friday, March 27 at 10:00 AM Local Time
    Toronto and Penticton on sale at 12:00 Noon Local Time
    Oct 8 Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, BC
    Oct 9 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
    Oct 10 *South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
    Oct 12 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB
    Oct 13 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
    Oct 14 Brandt Centre, Regina, SK
    Oct 20 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
    Oct 21 Théâtre St-Denis, Montreal, QC
    * Presented by Invictus Entertainment Group
    (See below for ticket information)

    Fresh off a February/March 2015 All Starr Tour, Ringo announces another string of tour dates with his current All-Starr Band, bringing the band he doesn't want to stop playing with coast-to-coast across North America from October 1 to October 31.

    Prior to the tour on September 21, Ringo and Genesis Publications will publish his photography book, PHOTOGRAPH, in wide release. This Spring will see the March 31 release of Ringo's new album, POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE, by Universal Music Enterprises, and on April 18, he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he will be honoured with the Award for Musical Excellence.
    In PHOTOGRAPH, Ringo reveals never-before-seen photographs and mementos from his archives, sharing memories of his childhood, The Beatles and beyond. Ringo's lens captures his Beatles bandmates in pensive and playful moments, portraying them from the point of view of an insider, friend and skilled photographer. In an original manuscript of over 15,000 words, join Ringo growing up amidst the excitement of the emerging Merseybeat scene, as he remembers his first car, drum-kits, girls and bands on his 'road of happy drumming'. From Pwllheli to Delhi, obscurity to superstardom, his travels are recounted with honesty and hilarity.
    That same honesty and hilarity continues on the road now with the All-Starrs, with whom he has forged a bond that is evident in every show they play. Ringo's playful spirit also comes across through his Twitter, where he shares his candid and of the moment photographs and trademark humour.
    "I love pictures put together, showing different times of your life, "Ringo said about the book, "At the time, I never thought that there would be a whole book of my photographs."
    PHOTOGRAPH was originally conceived as a limited edition book of only 2,500 copies, which sold out within weeks. Two years later, Ringo and Genesis Publications announce the 'Open Edition' - a more accessible and affordable printing of his book to be released in bookstores this September 2015. The author is donating all royalties to the Lotus Foundation.

    Ringo's 18th Solo Studio Album, Postcards From Paradise, Set for March 31 Release.
    Features 11 original tracks and is his first album to include a song written and recorded by Ringo and his current All-Starr Band - Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette. POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE was produced by Ringo and recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles and, as always, features friends and family. The album's guest artists include: Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, Ann Marie Simpson, Richard Marx, Amy Keys, Peter Frampton, Nathan East, and Glen Ballard (among others).


    Tickets for the Victoria date available at www.selectyourtickets.com, by phone 250-220-7777, or in person at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office.
    Tickets for the Vancouver date available at www.ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-870-5000 FREE, or all Ticket Master outlets.
    Tickets for the Penticton date available at www.valleyfirsttix.com, 1-877-SOEC-TIX FREE (763-2849), or Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC) or Wine Country Visitor Centre
    Tickets for the Edmonton date available at www.ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-870-5000 FREE or all Ticket Master outlets.
    Tickets for the Calgary date available at www.ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-870-5000 FREE or all Ticket Master outlets
    Tickets for the Regina date available at www.ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-870-5000 FREE or the venue box office Monday to Saturday from 10 to 6
    Tickets for the Toronto date available at www.masseyhall.com, 416-872-4255 or in person at the Roy Thomson Hall box office.
    Tickets for the Montreal available at www.theatrestdenis.com, 514-790-1111 or in person at the box office.


    Left to right: Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Michael Bloomberg, Paul McCartney, Laurence Tubiana, François Delattre

    Paul was asked to say a few words on climate change on Monday 2 March, at an event entitled ‘Road to Paris’ at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Listen to some excerpts of Paul's talk below:
    Paul McCartney joined sustainability experts and country representatives to the United Nations at a reception in New York City, in advance of the Climate Change conference being held in Paris this December.

    Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, His Excellency Mr. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru’s Ambassador to the United Nations, and His Excellency Mr. François Delattre, the French Ambassador to the United Nations, co-hosted the reception on Monday 2 March, at Bloomberg Philanthropies, to mark the kick-off to the ‘Road to Paris’.
    The 'Road to Paris' refers to the December 2015 meeting of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations. The conference’s objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, the first globally binding climate treaty since 1992’s Kyoto Protocol.


    Beatles Color 35MM Photographs And Negatives From The Bahamas Filming of HELP!, Sold With Copyright. The consignor of these photographs was fortunate enough to be on a family vacation in the Bahamas in early March 1965 while the Beatles were on location filming HELP! She and her sister (both American teenagers) were of course HUGE Beatles fans and they made their way to the Paradise Island filming location over the course of several days, where they were welcomed by and had numerous conversations with the Beatles, and allowed unencumbered access.

    Music Memorabilia:Photos, Beatles Color 35MM Photographs And Negatives From The BahamasFilming of HELP!, Sold With Copyright.... Image #2

    Here is a very candid collection of original color photographs which are being sold with the original 35MM negatives and full copyright transfer to the purchaser. Most of the photos show filming on the beach, with John, Paul, George and Ringo in numerous shots, but also Mal Evans, director Richard Lester, co-star Eleanor Bron, and many of the supporting cast and crew members.

    There are even photographs of the photographer Henry Grossman - who shot the HELP! album's back cover photograph - taking pictures of John. Shots were also taken around the white sports car which Paul used during filming, and other locations in the Bahamas. The vintage photographs number 38 in total, 24 of which include one or more Beatle. There are apparently 47 different images in the negative strips, although we are unsure of whether Beatles appear in the additional images captured in negative. 

    The vintage photos measure 3" x 5" and are in overall Very Good condition, a few with slight damages and staining. "MAR 65" is stamped on the versos indicating the date of film developing. The negatives are in strips of 4 or fewer images. Comes with an LOP from the consignor detailing her time spent with the Beatles in the Bahamas. Estimate: $5,000 - up.

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