They hail from Belfast, Northern Ireland…and they celebrate the art of making music with their psychedelic pop sound that gives a polish to the 60’s in a way that’s all their own. Join May and Cynthia as they welcome Paul Doherty of The Vals…live…Monday noon eastern…no filter, no net…all fun…
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I always find it interesting how people find my site and what they enter into their search engines to get here. Well, here’s the answer! Here is a list of the Top 20 search terms used that lead people to Beatles Freak Reviews blog:
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On September 23, 1968, in the very first episode of “Here’s Lucy” with Lucille Ball, the subject of the Beatles actually come up in a conversation when Harry says he needs a band for an event and would like to hire them…for $100!
Charity auction: Signed, dated and number 1/100 – Promotional poster for book 2 in John Lennon series
This auction will end in 24 hours on Sunday, August 21st at 9:24 a.m. (et) and at the end of the auction, I will remove this post from my blog…
100% of the proceeds from the sale of this poster will go to the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
This poster was custom framed immediately after receiving it and is in immaculate condition! AND it’s SIGNED, DATED AND NUMBERED 1/100 by the author! Unlike the first book in the series which has had several reprints, this book only had it’s initial printing of under 5000 copies. The books themselves sell for over $250 each on Amazon. That makes this poster very rare and highly collectible!
You can find more information and bidding info at: http://www.ebay.com/itm/191943628839
I just wanted to post a quick link to a story on Beatles News that someone sent to me yesterday about a play that will be broadcast on RTE Radio One in Ireland tomorrow (Sunday) at 8 p.m. (Irish Standard Time)….that’s 3 p.m. New York time. The play is called: “Death and the Beatles Fan“. Here a link with more information:
As you may have noticed, occasionally I’ll throw out a blog post asking for my readers to help support a good cause. This post is no different. But… this has a slight Beatle-ly twist!
Some of you may or may not know about our dog Macha that we adopted two years ago from our local SPCA. Macha was a two year old stray pit-bull that had been hit by a car and brought to the Chester County SPCA after being found and picked up by the local police in June 2014. The good doctors at the SPCA couldn’t save Macha’s left rear leg and had to amputate it. After seeing a write up about her in the monthly newsletter, we decided to go see her to find out if we could adopt her. And so began our love affair with this dog!
We tried to find a new name for her, but she seemed to respond so well to Macha, that we left it alone. We tried looking up the name to see where it came from, but it wasn’t until one day when my husband had a sudden flashback that we realized…she was named after the dinosaurs in the movie “Caveman” with Ringo Starr. In fact, “Macha!” is the first word spoken in the movie. Here’s a clip with them talking about the dinosaur:
So, what does this all have to do with you, my fellow Beatles Freaks? Well, the Brandywine Valley SPCA is having a photo contest to find 13 dogs to grace the pages of their 2017 calendar and we’ve entered our dog MACHA. We would love (and be eternally grateful) if you got reach into your pockets and make a small donation to vote for our dog. Yes, it costs money to vote. You can give as little as $1, but know that all the money goes to the Brandywine Valley SPCA and that it is a NO KILL SHELTER!
Thank you all for listening and reading along with me. A new review has already been written and will be posted this Sunday at 7 a.m.!
Book Review: “The History of the NME: High Times and Low Lives at the World’s Most Famous Music Magazine” by Pat Long
I bought a used copy of The History of the NME: High Times and Low Lives at the World’s Most Famous Music Magazine by Pat Long several months ago in an amazing bookstore in Harrisburg, PA. Anyone that knows about the Beatles or the music industry, knows about the New Music Express magazine published in England. What they may not know is that it started out as a magazine about accordion music!
I was delightfully surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. From it’s early start in 1956, through it’s continued success now, the New Music Express has been a powerhouse in providing music fans with the latest in bands, concerts, venues and politics. What surprised me the most, though, was the coverage of the behind the scenes look at the happenings inside of NME in the 1970’s. For those of my readers that have been following the HBO series “Vinyl“, about a fictitious record label struggling to keeps its head above water in 1973 (and has been criticized for overdoing the sex, drugs), you can’t help but notice the similarities in drug use, promiscuity and payola that were going on at that time in music history.
Author and former NME journalist Pat Long, will introduce you to all the great journalists and editors that contributed the pages of NME from it’s early days up until the 1990’s, as they are quoted throughout with their stories and memories during the highs and lows in the music industry, including for the time that passed on reporting about the new band from Liverpool in 1962. And for that reason…
I rate this book, 4 out of 4 Beetles!