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November 16, 2013
I am writing to assure you that the Greenpeace I know is most certainly not an anti-Russian organization. In my experience they tend to annoy every government! And they never take money from any government or corporation anywhere in the world.
Paul McCartney, in an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking the Russian government to let go of 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists being held after attempting to board a Russian oil rig in a protest a couple of months ago. McCartney is one of many asking for a safe resolution to the plight of the Arctic 30, who currently face charges of piracy.
17:18 // 9 months ago
December 12, 2012
joshsternberg:

Ravi Shankar, died yesterday at the age of 92. From the WSJ:

Mr. Shankar’s popularity in the West was boosted by his partnerships with foreign musicians, most famously Beatles guitarist George Harrison.
“When people say that George Harrison made me famous, that is true in a way,” Mr. Shankar said in a televised interview in 2009, according to this report.
But when Mr. Harrison first approached Mr. Shankar for lessons in the mid-1960s, the idea of blending Indian classical music with pop music was puzzling to the sitar maestro.
“It is strange to see pop musicians with sitars. I was confused at first. It had so little to do with our classical music. When George Harrison came to me, I didn’t know what to think,” said Mr. Shankar in Raga.
“But I found he really wanted to learn. I never thought our meeting would cause such an explosion, that Indian music would suddenly appear on the pop scene,” he added.
Mr. Harrison revered Mr. Shankar, saying he was “the first person who ever impressed me in my life.”
Mr. Harrison’s collaboration with Mr. Shankar influenced the music of the Beatles, who went on to release several Indian-inspired songs. Among them was the 1966 track “Love You To,”  one of the earliest examples of a pop song incorporating elements of Indian classical music. The song was composed by Mr. Harrison, who also sings and plays the sitar in it.


Of note to more modern audiences: Norah Jones’ father. (Though that certainly isn’t all you should know about Shankar.) RIP.

joshsternberg:

Ravi Shankar, died yesterday at the age of 92. From the WSJ:

Mr. Shankar’s popularity in the West was boosted by his partnerships with foreign musicians, most famously Beatles guitarist George Harrison.

“When people say that George Harrison made me famous, that is true in a way,” Mr. Shankar said in a televised interview in 2009, according to this report.

But when Mr. Harrison first approached Mr. Shankar for lessons in the mid-1960s, the idea of blending Indian classical music with pop music was puzzling to the sitar maestro.

“It is strange to see pop musicians with sitars. I was confused at first. It had so little to do with our classical music. When George Harrison came to me, I didn’t know what to think,” said Mr. Shankar in Raga.

“But I found he really wanted to learn. I never thought our meeting would cause such an explosion, that Indian music would suddenly appear on the pop scene,” he added.

Mr. Harrison revered Mr. Shankar, saying he was “the first person who ever impressed me in my life.”

Mr. Harrison’s collaboration with Mr. Shankar influenced the music of the Beatles, who went on to release several Indian-inspired songs. Among them was the 1966 track “Love You To,”  one of the earliest examples of a pop song incorporating elements of Indian classical music. The song was composed by Mr. Harrison, who also sings and plays the sitar in it.

Of note to more modern audiences: Norah Jones’ father. (Though that certainly isn’t all you should know about Shankar.) RIP.

8:13 // 1 year ago
April 3, 2012

The Beatles’ sons are considering forming a band, according to Paul’s son James McCartney. (ht popculturebrain on this one) Here are the photos of the sons, done up “Let It Be”-style. Can you see it?

14:09 // 2 years ago
October 17, 2011
The sixth Beatle? ”A Christie’s employee displays a letter inviting an unknown drummer to audition for The Beatles, at their auction house in London, on Oct. 17. The handwritten letter by Paul McCartney, dated 12 August 1960, inviting an unknown drummer to audition for The Beatles, was discovered folded-up inside a book, by an anonymous collector at a car boot sale in Bootle, Liverpool, England. It is expected to sell at auction for 7,000-9,000 pounds ($11,050-$14,200).” (Photo via Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

The sixth Beatle? ”A Christie’s employee displays a letter inviting an unknown drummer to audition for The Beatles, at their auction house in London, on Oct. 17. The handwritten letter by Paul McCartney, dated 12 August 1960, inviting an unknown drummer to audition for The Beatles, was discovered folded-up inside a book, by an anonymous collector at a car boot sale in Bootle, Liverpool, England. It is expected to sell at auction for 7,000-9,000 pounds ($11,050-$14,200).” (Photo via Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

11:31 // 2 years ago
January 26, 2011
I am so proud of my achievement.
Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy • The former Miss Canada finalist graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a Masters degree in Beatles studies. “Beatles, Popular Music and Society” was the first ever such course to offer such a degree, making Zalahan-Kennedy the world’s first collegiately accredited Beatles expert. source (viafollow)
13:19 // 3 years ago
December 8, 2010
Earlier this year I was cleaning up to find some files in the recesses of my closet when I came across two cassette tapes marked ‘John Lennon, December 5th, 1980.’ It had been 30 years since I listened to them, and when I put them on this totally alive, uplifting voice started speaking on this magical strip of magnetic tape.
Rolling Stone writer Jonathan Cott • On rediscovering the audio tapes made from the interview he did with John Lennon – the last print interview he did before his death, one which was never fully transcribed as a result. Considering today is the 30th anniversary of the iconic Beatle’s murder, it only makes sense that Rolling Stone would pull it out today. Still though, it’s a pretty cool document of rock history. source (viafollow)
11:03 // 3 years ago
November 16, 2010
Yeah, Apple announced The Beatles on iTunes. Snore…. zzz
We’d like to thank The Wall Street Journal for making this so anticlimactic. source
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10:04 // 3 years ago
November 15, 2010
The long, winding road between Apple Inc. and Apple Corps
It’s been a very long time coming. The Beatles and Apple have been on each other’s bad side for so long that the rock legends’ appearance on the Apple Store is almost anticlimactic, and likely to be incredibly boring. But the WSJ’s reporting that it’s finally going to happen. We’d like to remind you all how this happened and the stakes that were involved.
1967 The Beatles form their own company, Apple Corps, which they used mostly for their own music.
1976 Two computer nerds and a third guy still kicking himself found Apple Computer. It’s a big hit.
1978 One Apple sues the other, and they make a deal not to encroach on each other’s businesses.
2003 Apple starts up its iTunes Music Store, causing another lawsuit, which they won back in 2006.
2010 Reports come out suggesting that The Beatles will finally be on the iTunes store. Finally. source
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It’s been a very long time coming. The Beatles and Apple have been on each other’s bad side for so long that the rock legends’ appearance on the Apple Store is almost anticlimactic, and likely to be incredibly boring. But the WSJ’s reporting that it’s finally going to happen. We’d like to remind you all how this happened and the stakes that were involved.

  • 1967 The Beatles form their own company, Apple Corps, which they used mostly for their own music.
  • 1976 Two computer nerds and a third guy still kicking himself found Apple Computer. It’s a big hit.
  • 1978 One Apple sues the other, and they make a deal not to encroach on each other’s businesses.
  • 2003 Apple starts up its iTunes Music Store, causing another lawsuit, which they won back in 2006.
  • 2010 Reports come out suggesting that The Beatles will finally be on the iTunes store. Finally. source

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20:21 // 3 years ago
October 9, 2010
11:26 // 3 years ago