As the latest instalment in their ever-expanding repertoire of culture-as-seen-by-Google-Street-View, The Guardian have created a series of images showing the precise locations where some of the most iconic album covers in history were captured. The legions of music fans can now visit these places from the comfort of their bedroom, which will hopefully cut down on crowds for the unfortunate residents.
Watching tourists recreate The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover on the world’s most famous zebra crossing is quite a fun time-waster. London locals avoid the area like the plague, knowing they’ll be forced to wait to watch the next group strut their stuff, day or night.
Already six years old, this book is a must for any Beatles addict or music sound maker. Geoff Emerick opens the door onto the Beatles world through the most interesting angle possible: as an insider. He was responsible for the sound recording for several Beatles albums, including the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, definitely my favourite. Learn everything about every track, and what it historically and technically represents.
If you are like us and like bands that are bigger than Jesus, play live spontaneous shows on rooftops, like to cross streets in perfect line formation and are at least 75 percent the Eggmen, you will have to love this new t-shirt design from Chop Shop. Called WeFab, it features tons of great Beatles references, from the Magical Mystery Bus to a Penny Lane sign, all arranged in the shape of an apple. In all, there are 62 icons that relate to Fab Four history and 23 icons that symbolize specific songs. Some can only be cracked by die-hard fans.
For a person with the musical history of ex-The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite frontman, Mick Jones, he is a very unassuming man. I meet him on a humid afternoon in West London as he and a team of helpers are madly trying to finish putting together the Mick Jones Rock n Roll Public Library — an exhibition of some 10,000 pieces of musical and pop culture memorabilia that Jones has been collecting since childhood. While I wait for my time to speak with the man, as he poses for a photo shoot with a London paper and finishes putting pieces of jewellery into a glass case in a room titled American Artefacts, his press officer relays to him: ‘Southampton University want to offer you an honorary doctorate.’ Jones’ response is: ‘Why would I want to do that? I haven’t done anything.’ But that’s far from the truth.
I’ve been listening to The Move for the past few days. The British psych rock group, heavily influenced by the Beatles and Motown, were super popular in the UK, but never got traction in the US. The final line-up of the band went on to form Electric Light Orchestra. Their 1970 album, Shazam, which at […]
This cartoon brings back so many memories of camping out in front of the tele as a music obsessed kid, listening intently to the Liverpudian accents of the animated Fab Four and singing along a little too loudly to their many timeless hits. Back then it was all about undercooked pancakes and sweet, sweet Popper […]