Ringo Starr Celebrates His Birthday In Style

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(Photos: Paul Zollo) Here in Hollywood, where we see stars and icons every day, there are still none that touch the pantheon of The Beatles. And so the excitement was electric all morning, as it was Ringo Starr’s 74th birthday, and the Beatle himself was here. In a continuation of his pacific tradition, he met with friends […]

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Roll Over, Beatles Fans – But Not For This

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Along with just about every living Baby Boomer who remembers sitting in front of the family TV on Feb. 9, 1964, I have been marking significant Beatles anniversaries for most of my adult life. Like countless others who experienced that cultural earthquake, I felt the earth shift the moment the Fab Four broke into “All […]

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Fred Neil: A Long Time Coming

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Fred Neil’s cavernous baritone and wayward backing group were recorded directly to stereo for his ’66 self-titled solo album. Conservatively dressed, his curly head nodded over the microphone inside a Capitol studio webbed with shadows. “Everybody’s Talkin’” was finished in one take. Three years later Harry Nilsson covered it for the award-winning film Midnight Cowboy. […]

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Measure for Measure: I Have a Dream – And You Are In It

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(This column is featured in the March/April issue. Subscribe here. And get the latest, free e-Book here). Break out the champagne – this issue marks a milestone, the first anniversary of “Measure For Measure.” So please, kick off your shoes and make yourself at home while I tune up the Martin; I have a song […]

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Aimee Bobruk Avoids The Obvious On “A Day In The Life”

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Although it shares its name with the final track on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Aimee Bobruk’s “A Day In The Life” takes its inspiration from a different source: Kimya Dawson’s quirky, acoustic contributions to the Junosoundtrack. “It’s intended to be a simple love song about two teenagers eloping — a teenage boy and […]

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George Harrison, “All Things Must Pass”

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In the liner notes to the 30th anniversary edition of All Things Must Pass, his mammoth 1970 triple album, George Harrison wrote, “I still like the songs on the album and believe they can continue to outlive the style in which they were recorded.” It was a typically modest, self-deprecating statement from Harrison, and one […]

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Measure For Measure: Sex, Drugs and Dopamine

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Wanna write a hit song? Just try three chords and a little science. In “Anatomy Of A Tearjerker” (Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2012), science editor Michaeleen Doucleff cites research showing that “emotionally intense music releases dopamine in the pleasure and reward centers of the brain, similar to the effects of food, sex and drugs. […]

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The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour Coming To DVD/Blu-Ray

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Goo goo g’joob. On October 9, Apple Films will release a newly restored version of the long out-of-print 1967 feature film The Magical Mystery Tour on DVD and Blu-ray, with a remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack, Paul McCartney’s director’s commentary, and previously unseen footage. There will also be a deluxe edition, containing both the DVD and […]

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Getting To Know: James McCartney

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James McCartney’s The Complete EP Collection is a killer assortment of tightly-crafted rock anthems. Produced by David Kahne and his famous Beatle father (Paul McCartney, you may have heard of him), the album has rightfully racked up critical acclaim on both sides of the pond. The occasionally press-shy McCartney shared with us his thoughts on […]

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Rain Bring Beatles Tribute To Nashville

The harmonies, like everything else, were spot on.

Opening night at TPAC in Nashville found Rain running flawlessly through two hours of Beatles classics. Beatles fans… go see this show!

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American-Sikh singer-songwriter and indie rocker Hargo Khalsa’s provocative new albumOut Of Mankind is out now. We talked to Khalsa about his songwriting heroes and “Crying For John Lennon,” which was the last song to be produced by Phil Spector. When did you first start writing songs? Were they good right away, or did that come […]

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