Friday, September 5, 2008
BEATLE NEWS ROUNDUP
BRIAN Epstein’s first contract with the Beatles was sold at auction on Thursday for ₤240,000. Signed on January 24, 1962, it gave Epstein 25% of the band’s earnings, but only if the band was making over ₤800/week. It’s signed by all four Beatles, as well as the fathers of underage Harrison and McCartney. Epstein didn’t sign until October 1st, when he secured a recording deal with EMI.
MONOPoly has released a Beatles version of the game. Most of the properties are album titles instead of real estate, with a couple of exceptions (e.g. instead of Park Place, there’s Abbey Road Studios). The tokens represent Beatles songs: walrus, sun, raccoon, octopus, strawberry and hammer (if you can’t guess the songs, shame on you!). For the curious, the copy of the game in the photo is under the famous arm of McCartney himself (wonder if he got a free one?).
FOLLOwing up there song for song remake of ‘Meet the Beatles’, the Smithereens have released ‘B-Sides the Beatles’. As the title suggests, the Beatles songs covered are songs they released as B-sides of 11 of their singles between 1962-65. They also include “Some Other Guy” (which the Beatles released on ‘Live at the BBC’) It wasn’t a B-side, but maybe the liner notes, by Beatles historian Bruce Spizer, will clue me in. But wait, there’s more, the disc album cover is by comics legend Jack Davis!
M. CHapman, the jackass who murdered John Lennon on December 8, 1980, has been denied parole for a 5th time. Rot awhile longer, nutjob!
PHIL Collins has bested Paul McCartney in a contest neither wanted to win. Collins settled his 3rd divorce for reported $46 million, about a million more than Macca’s split from Heather Mills and the most costly divorce among British entertainers.
PAUL has a new love interest – Nancy Shevell. No golddigger she, Nancy already has her millions and is vice president of her family business – New England Motor Freight. Paul recently took a trip down Route 66 with his new gal, detouring in Branson, Missouri to hang out with George Harrison’s sister, Louise.
SADLY, there is no Ringo Starr news. Hopefully this bizarre ad from Japan will tide you over...