Friday, 6 August 2010

News, Views and Music Issue 70 (Intros)

August 6:

♫ Hello again my faithful uploaders and welcome to a time capsule edition of everybody’s favourite Monkeynuts website. Yes as well as going back to 1977 for our review, we’ll be studying the Yoko-authorised John Lennon time capsule being planted for opening on the Beatle’s 100th birthday in 2040 and making a little time capsule of our own. More on that later. And in case that wasn’t enough, the AAA team have actually caught up with the present by making their own video for showing on Youtube take your pick between a straightforward clip-art vision and a group of teddy bears debating the sheer brilliance of the site. More on both of those later...And finally, as of today we are on 1690 views (or – near enough – 10 views for every review on the site so far). Cracking stuff, keep those visits coming!


Beatles News: As mentioned, Yoko Ono has commissioned a ‘time capsule’ full of sketches and writing by her husband John Lennon and tributes by some of his many fans, to be dug up on Lennon’s 100th birthday on October 9th 2040 (when, if Yoko is still with us, his widow will be 107). We’ve always loved time capsules here at the AAA (even if my primary school one – planted during our first term and opened during our last six years later – was, literally, a damp squib after water somehow worked its way into our airtight box). So read on below for our own AAA version...

In other news, Lennon was the first famous figure profiled in the Radio 4 Great Lives series which started this week (on Tuesday to be exact). The programme was built around a lengthy new interview with Yoko and includes a few titbits for Beatles collectors along the way. Oh and in slightly less important news for Beatlenuts, Paul McCartney has written to the producers of the Glee series about a school choir and asked if they could cover one of his songs in the new series (youngest daughter Beatrice is a big fan were led to believe!) Now theres a sign of the times when ex-Beatles are asking for work...

Byrds/CSNY/Monkees News: A programme about the many musicians who hung out in Californias Laurel Canyon, presented by former resident and Monkee Micky Dolenz, rather caught us on the hop. There wasnt much of an announcement about this two-part series, simply titled Laurel Canyon, despite the presence of many AAA legends including Byrd Chris Hillman, Micky Dolenz himself and, erm, the groupie who became Graham Nashs babysitter. The first part of the show, heard on Monday August 2nd, is probably available on I-player somewhere (we wouldnt know) and the second is on next Monday, August 9th, at 10pm on Radio Two. The trail for the second part says therell be more about CSNY in the next episode so all fans look out for that!

ANNIVERSARIES (August 2nd-8th): For only the third time ever in the history of this site there are no AAA birthdays this week (and before anyone points it out, yes the dates themselves don’t change but the time period we cover – Monday to Sunday, which fall on a different day each year – does). Anniversaries of events include: The Beatles headline their first gig at Liverpool’s Cavern Club (August 2nd 1961); The Who rescue the film premises Shepperton Studios from demolition, buying the venue for use in their ‘Kids Are Alright’ documentary and ‘Quadrophenia’ film (they still own it too; August 2nd 1977); Just two years, one day and 293 appearances after their first headlining gig, the Beatles play their last show at The Cavern Club (August 3rd 1963); Beatles record are banned in South Africa following John Lennon’s statements about the band being ‘bigger than Jesus’ (August 3rd 1966) – a day later six South American states follow suit; Wings are officially formed on August 3rd 1971, with Dennys Laine and Seiwell as well as Paul and Linda McCartney; The Small Faces release perhaps their most famous single ‘Itchycoo Park’ (August 4th 1967); Pink Floyd stage The Wall for the first time at London’s Earl’s Court (due to costs they only ever stage the show four times – August 4th 1980); Two 1960s milestones are released on August 5th: The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ in 1966 and Pink Floyd’s debut ‘Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ in 1967; The Small Faces release their debut single, the wonderfully ungrammatical ‘What’cha Gonna Do ‘Bout It?’ (August 6th 1965); Pink Floyd’s film version of ‘The Wall’ premieres in America (August 6th 1982); Time Magazine becomes the first magazine to review the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ released the previous month and – you’ve guessed it, they absolutely hate it, with a headline ‘avoid at all costs’! (August 7th 1964) and finally, August 8th 1964 saw the release of perhaps the greatest AAA spin-off single of all time: ‘Ringo For President’ by the Young World Singers’. ‘It would be nice but I don’t have the time right now’ quipped Ringo when asked it!

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