With nothing to do, the Beatles wandered in ways only the very rich can. They rented a boat and sailed up the coast of Athens, shopping for an island on which they could plant themselves and their growing commercial empire. “We’re all going to live there,” Lennon said. “It’ll be fantastic, all on our own on this island.” The idea came to nothing.
We are indeed living in a material world. George Harrison’s black leather jacket, which he wore on and off stage during The Beatles' pre-Brian Epstein days in the early '60s, sold for £110,450 (around $177,400) yesterday as part of Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale.
As many predicted, the subject of the countdown ended up being the long-awaited release of the band's 2007 reunion concert at London's 02 Arena as both a live album and a spectacularly shot film on DVD and Blu-Ray. Dubbed Celebration Day, the film's release and subsequent press appearances will likely serve as a last hurrah for the legendary band, the film itself a document of Led Zeppelin's triumphant last ride.
Last night, as advertised, Paul McCartney was joined onstage at the 12-12-12 benefit concert by the surviving members of grunge giants Nirvana, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and live guitarist Pat Smear.
Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar died Tuesday, December 11, at age 92. According to a statement posted on his official website, Shankar died in San Diego, near his Southern California home with his wife and a daughter by his side. Shankar's foundation issued a statement saying he had suffered upper-respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery just last week.
The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” performed entirely by Paul McCartney using his Martin D-28, was released on the 1968 album The Beatles (commonly referred to as the White Album). From a guitar standpoint, the song’s roots and inspiration can be traced back to McCartney’s early experimentation with a well-known piece by J.S. Bach titled “Bourée in E Minor,” which he woodshedded in his youth.
In the all-new December 2012 issue, Guitar World takes you through the making of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour. GW celebrates the 45th aniversary of the Fab Four's 1967 album and film with reminiscences from the group and engineer Ken Scott.