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Make Music Day – June 21, 2017


I just read about this on the website and thought all my Beatles Freak readers would be interested to know more about this amazing day.  Below is a snip from the Make Music Day website telling all about this 35 year old worldwide celebration of music! Check out their website to see what kind of activities are going on in a city near you! I know I will…

Make Music Day is an annual celebration that occurs each June 21, when people in more than 750 cities around the world make music together on the summer solstice.

In 1982, Jack Lang and the staff of France’s Ministry of Culture created a new kind of musical holiday they called Fête de la Musique, which means both “festival of music” and “make music!” They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, storefronts, and mountaintops. Everyone was invited to join and play music, or to host performances, wherever they were. The Fête has turned into a national music-making holiday in France every June 21, on the summer solstice. According to surveys, almost 8% of the country—5 million people—have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.

Today, Make Music Day has become an international phenomenon, with millions of musicians of all styles, all ages, and all skill levels reimagining their cities as stages, and using music to spread joy to their communities. And Make Music Day is spreading quickly in the United States.



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Lecture Review: “The Fifth Beatle: The Untold Story of the Jew Who Made the Beatles”


Vivek J. Tiwary speaking at Monmouth University (Feb 2016)

Last Monday (February 8th), I had the pleasure of driving 2 hours in the snow to Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ for the Jewish Cultural Studies Program called The Fifth Beatle: The Untold Story of the Jew Who Made the Beatles.

The lecture was given by Vivek J. Tiwary –   a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of Tiwary Entertainment Group.  He also just happens to be the author of the graphic novel and  #1 New York Times bestseller – The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story.  I’ve attended events in the past where Vivek was appearing with his book, but I’ve never had the opportunity to actually meet or hear him speak.

Well, it turns out Mr. Tiwary can speak very well…and A LOT!  (I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced hearing someone who can digress so far from his original thought and still remember to bring it back around.)  His lecture on Brian Epstein was remarkably informative from the angle of Brian being not only gay, but Jewish in 1960’s Liverpool, England.  He explained such issues as how Brian worked around his ethnicity by joining forces with other Jews in the music industry at the time, such as Sid Bernstein, when the two connected to bring the Beatles to America.

After a 45 minute presentation, came the audience Q&A.  Vivek stepped up again and spent another 45 minutes in an intimate discussion with the audience about Brian, the Beatles and race.  I’m glad I finally made the time and effort to see Vivek J. Tiwary speak and I wouldn’t hesitate to go see him again.  I’d also recommend any Beatles Freak who hasn’t had the pleasure of seeing him speak should find the time if they are presented with the opportunity!  And for that reason…

I give this lecture/Vivek, 4 out of 4 Beatles!

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Note: Vivek’s book, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story is being made into a film or possibly a mini series for TV.  Which format would you rather see this film made?

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Event Review: Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon – The British Music Invasion


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I had the great pleasure of attending this month’s meeting of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.  It was recommended to me by T. Morgan after I read and reviewed his book in November 2015.  The meeting was opened to the public and was held at the lovely Bala Golf Club in Bala Cynwyd, PA.  There was a small cost of $28 for non-members to cover the cost of the luncheon.

The topic of this month’s luncheon was The British Music Invasion!


MC for the afternoon is Tom Lamaine and the panel was made up of:

Gary Hendler, radio host on WWDB and former record promotion person
Don Hurley, radio personality & host and classic rock expert at the Jersey Shore
Ed Hurst, radio & television personality for three quarters of a century
Tommy McCarthy, current music director for 98.1, WOGL, Philadelphia
Michael Tearson, well-known Philadelphia FM Radio air personality
Bill Wright, Sr., famed WIBG (Radio 99) and WPEN Radio air personality

Prior to the panel discussion, I had the good fortune of sitting down to lunch at table with Tommy McCarthy and Michael Tearson.  Tommy is the program director for Oldies 98 (WOGL) in Philadelphia and Michael Tearson is a well-known long-time on-air personality in Philadelphia.  Just sitting and listening to these gentlemen talk was amazing.  And when they both joined the panel discussion, their knowledge of music and the industry was beyond compare.  In fact, the entire panel was something to behold.  Just when you thought you knew all the Beatles experts…along comes the Broadcast Pioneers!

I would highly recommend that anyone in the Philly area that is interested in the history of music, whether it’s pop, rock or oldies, sign up for the Broadcast Pioneers mailing list and try to make it out to one of their luncheons.  It’s well worth your time and cost to get in.

Here are the dates for their monthly meetings (topics to be announced): Monthly Luncheons

You can also sign up for their mailing list to keep on top if the meetings and happenings here.  (they don’t Spam you!)

…and for that reason,

I give this event, 4 out of 4 Beetles!

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