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They are so unbelievably horribly, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music.

Boston Globe

Entertainers would have to wrestle with live octopuses in order to entertain a mass American audience. The Beatles don't in fact do this, but how one wishes they did!

Boston Globe

Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well.

Los Angeles Times

The LA Times collated some of The Beatles' best worst reviews from the year Beatlemania reached the United States:

"Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock 'n' roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed."

We've extracted a few of our favourite (and most-damning) lines, here, but you can read the reviews in full via the original article.

 

In 2013, workers at Bidston train station in England uncovered a 1962 poster for a show headlined by Little Richard, supported by The Beatles. During renovations at the station, workers were surprised when they came across a little piece of history, along with the cladding they removed. 

The poster is for a show that was at New Brighton Tower Ballroom - a venue The Beatles played at 27 times before it was destroyed by a fire in 1969. 

Tony Booth, who designed the poster, said, "“I was working for Brian Epstein before he signed up the Beatles – I used to do things for his shops and things like that. When he started signing up groups I started doing the gig posters." (- From The Liverpool Echo)

The poster is now part of an exhibition at the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.  You can read more about it (and how it was designed), here.

Albert Maysles

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"Albert Maysles was a beautiful human being. The many times I hung out with him it was always a pleasure. He was a pioneer of his time, even for a short man. He will be missed. God bless him. Peace & Love, Ringo” 

Albert Maysles, legendary documentary filmmaker, has died. Albert chronicled the Beatles first visit to the USA in 1964 in the unique candid style that he had pioneered with his brother. It was to become the inspiration for their film “A Hard Days Night”.

http://mayslesfilms.com 

http://www.thebeatles.com/film/first-us-visit

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Happy Birthday George!

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25th February 2015

On this day we are remembering George.  

Here is a special announcement from http://georgeharrison.com

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE! On this day 25 February 1943 George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England. Actually, George himself once said that his actual birthday was the 24th February!

So to celebrate both days, here's a never before seen clip of George singing 'Congratulations'.  It was filmed during the shoot for the 'All Things Must Pass' 30th Anniversary Edition in 2000 at Friar Park. It's a Traveling Wilburys tune, sung by Bob Dylan on their first album: 'Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1.'

Watch George sing 'Congratulations'

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POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE

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Ringo Starr’s 18th studio release, POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE (out March 31 through Universal Music Enterprises) is now available for to order on Amazon! 

The solo album, with 11 original tracks, is the first to include a song written and recorded by Ringo Starr 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. As Ringo often says, “If I am recording and you’re in town and drop by, you’re going to be on the record!”

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