Saturday, December 10, 2011

Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles & Bournemouth

Like looking through a scrapbook or time capsule, Yeah Yeah Yeah captures many unseen moments of the Beatles appearances in Bournemouth, England. There are plenty of rare photos, facts, and remembrances contained in this impressive volume. For example, I was not aware the Beatles started their Roy Orbison Tour sets in 1963 with "Some Other Guy," underlining their fondness for the Richie Barrett song (John Lennon would later lift the riff for the intro of his 1970 single, "Instant Karma"). I had previously only seen one alternate shot of the With the Beatles album cover, while page 49 contains two. There are an abundance of Beatles backstage photographs I have not seen before that add life to the recollections of the people that were there interspersed throughout. So many interesting tidbits are to be found, including what happened to the 1963 Beatles audience tape at Gaumont that went up for auction several years ago. There are also some great pictures from later in the Beatles' career as well, including a unique photo of John, Julian, and Aunt Mimi at the Sandbanks ferry in 1967. All in all, a wonderful collection.

An exhibition of rare and previously unseen photos is running at Bournemouth Central Library until January 18. Art prints of many of the photos are now available to order at along with copies of the book.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Monday, December 05, 2011

Guitar World Ultimate Beatles Guide


Beatles fans rejoice! Guitar World presents the ultimate guide to the recordings, songs and gear of the Beatles, the group that revolutionized not only rock and roll but also the recording studio. The issue is devoted to an in-depth examination of the Fab Four’s 13 albums – from Please Please Me to Let It Be – and includes commentary culled from original interviews with Beatles producer George Martin and engineers Geoff Emerick and Alan Parsons. The issue explores the Beatles through their gear, as well as the unique recording equipment in Abbey Road Studios that captured their sounds and forever changed music.

Each Beatles album is explored in detail, from the story behind its creation to the guitars and amps used in its making. George Harrison’s Rickenbacker 360 12-string guitar used on A Hard Day’s Night and numerous other classic-era songs, as well as his custom-made rosewood Fender Telecaster, famously used during the making of Let It Be. Guitar World tells the stories behind selected tracks from each album including “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Ticket to Ride,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and others.

The Holiday 2011 issue of Guitar World is available on newsstands now and on Apple Newsstand for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.