Believe it or not, I had never seen nor heard Laurence Juber play guitar until I saw him at NAMM 2017 on the Museum of Making Music stage! Unfortunately, my cellphone said I had recorded enough after only 3 minutes of his rendition of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Still…this is an outstanding clip of his incredible guitar playing! Enjoy!
It was a hot time down in New Orleans last weekend…and I mean that literally and figuratively! My husband, blogger CigarCraig, and I were in New Orleans for the Cigar and Pipe Retailers convention, but that didn’t stop me from finding a way to fit a little Beatles into our trip!
On Sunday morning, Craig and I had the pleasure of meeting up with John and Janet Taylor of Slidell, LA at the Market Café in the French Market. We had a great time chatting over coffee, bread pudding and grits with a great jazz band playing in the background. It felt like we were meeting up with old friends as we looked at photos from when John met Paul and Linda McCartney in 1975. (John is also a part time actor and has had uncredited roles in movies like Dallas Buyers Club and Django Unchained!)
Now, back to my review…
John Taylor is the author of the new book Wings Over New Orleans: Unseen Photos of Paul and Linda McCartney, 1975. This book is his account and photos of when Paul and Linda McCartney, along with their band Wings, came to New Orleans in the winter of 1975 to record their album Venus and Mars. Though only 88 pages long, this book was published by Pelican Publishing (ISBN 9781455620340) of New Orleans and contains countless photos and stories by John and several of the other groupies and fans that hung out outside of Sea-Saint Studios for 3 months talking and talking pictures of the McCartneys during their three month stay in the Big Easy.
After 35 years in storage, John finally brought his photos out of their box in hopes that other fans might like to read and see his story of meeting his idol (John used to play bass in a Beatles tribute band called the Blue Meanies!).
This book is definitely a must have for all McCartney and Wings fans for their collection.
I rate this book: 4 out of 4 Beetles!
You can order Wings Over New Orleans at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. You can also find Wings Over New Orleans in bookstores.
You can find John Taylor on Facebook
Jennifer w/ author John Taylor in New Orleans (July 2015)