Monday 3 September 2012

News, Views and Music Issue 160 (Intro)

September 7: Hello friends! Here we are again with another slice of music-related paraphernalia for you! We’ve finally got some news stories to relate again (at last!) and I see the word count is a trifle longer than its been of late, so I won’t keep you too long. The only thing to mention is that our blogspot site now has a ‘links’ page featuring the six other sites that have been the most helpful/the most informative for me while making Alan’s Album Archives. If anyone wants to add their site to the list then drop me a line at with the words ‘links page’ as the title or leave a comment in our forums or on one of the articles and I’ll see what I can do. Right, that over, it’s on with the news... ♫ Beatles News: Exciting news! Following last week’s revelation that The Beatles’ ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ is due out on DVD officially for the first time, we’ve since heard that the specially commissioned documentary will be shown on BBC1 in October as part of the ‘Arena’ series. Even better, the documentary will have access to nine hours of unseen outtakes – where have those been hiding all these years?! And how many of those hours will make it onto the DVD (also released in October) as extra features?! Watch this space! ♫ Rolling Stones News: The Stones are set to play four shows in November as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations this year, ending nine whole months of speculation that included new films, new albums, new worldwide tours and Olympics appearances. In the end it seems a bit disappointing that the band have announced just four gigs (two in New York, two in London) after playing to record-breaking crowds on their last ‘Bigger Bang’ tour. At least Jagger and Richards seem to have come to some sort of agreement after revelations of their sometimes strained relationship in Keith Richards’ autobiography ‘Life’ rather stung Jagger. In other news, footage of rehearsals of the tour and new interviews (over 50 hours’ worth, reportedly) are being compiled into a new feature film ‘Crossfire Hurricane’. The film is being premiered in America by HBO on November 15th and no doubt will appear on DVD in the near future. ♫ Neil Young News: American fans were devastated to hear a new anchor accidentally mistake moon astronaut and pioneer Neil Armstrong with their idol live on air, announcing that ‘Neil Young has died’, before correcting her mistake and giving an apology. After several scares in the past decade (a brain aneurysm included) fans could be forgiven for thinking that the 67 year old’s time had come – though thankfully Neil is fine and in fact busier than he has been in years what with two albums with Crazy Horse (one album of covers out now, one of new songs out shortly) to promote. Music writers have been having a field day comparing the celebrities from another age who pioneered new ground before becoming semi-reclusive in later life, but we at the AAA wouldn’t stoop so low (erm, honest. It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for Crazy Horse, ‘Everybody knows the moon is nowhere’, Heart of Cheese...) ANNIVERSARIES: You say its your birthday? And you’re gonna have a good time? If so then you share birthday with those AAA artists (born between September 5th and 11th: Roger Waters (bassist and so much more with Pink Floyd 1967-85) who turns 68 on September 6th, Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan (singer and keyboardist with the Grateful Dead 1965-72) who would have been 66 on September 8th and Otis Redding who would have been 71 on September 9th. Anniversaries of events include: The Stones begin their second American tour on September 5th 1965 and record several of their best known songs in America around this time, starting with ‘Get Off My Cloud’ and finally, John and Yoko attend a screening of five of their short films at the London Art Spectrum, including such gems as the promo video for the harrowing ‘Cold Turkey’ and the pairs film of naked buttocks titled ‘Up Your Legs Forever’ (September 5th 1971); the sad untimely death of record producer Tom Wilson, who gave Simon and Garfunkel their big break by overdubbing electric instruments on their flop single ‘The Sound Of Silence’ (September 6th 1978); the sad untimely death of the drummer we all thought was indestructible – The Who’s Keith Moon (September 7th 1978); the advert calling for ‘four insane boys’ for a new TV series about musicians, The Monkees, appears in Los Angeles’ Daily Variety magazine. Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones have already been cast, but Micky Dolenz auditions after seeing the advert and AAA member Stephen Stills applies, recommending his friend Peter Tork when he is rejected (September 8th 1965); The Moody Blues play to an almost-record 300, 000 fans in Paris, a city not traditionally all that excited about rock and roll (even The Beatles were booed on their first tour, September 8th 1968); John Lennon releases his biggest selling solo LP ‘Imagine’ (September 9th 1971); the first ever edition of 1970s programme ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ takes place, the source of much AAA archive material (September 9th 1972); The Rolling Stones, meanwhile, are making their famous TV appearance on a special edition of Ready Steady Go!, including a mimed version of Sonny and Cher’s hit ‘I Got You Babe’ (September 10th 1965); Barely a year after that first advert The Monkees release their first single ‘Last Train To Clarksville’ – a big hit two days before the TV series come along to plug it (September 10th 1966) and finally, A magical mystery tour coach leaves for location filming of a Beatles TV project (see if you can guess which one! September 11th 1967).

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