Pizza, Pooh & Magpie

By |2014-07-23T16:53:05-07:00March 17, 2009|1965, Beatles tributes, Lennon|

This just begs for a funny caption. DEVIN McKINNEY  •  The following was spotted recently in the liner notes of Peter, Paul & Mary's LP See What Tomorrow Brings, released December 1965, simultaneous with Rubber Soul. The notes spend needless time defending PP&M for not being "hip" like Dylan, or "electric" like the Beatles; and then assuring us it doesn't matter 'cause they do their own thing anyway. Then you get to this: Their message is the same as that of any artist through the centuries, a sermon of truth and beauty in the context of their times. And the [...]

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But who knows where or when

By |2014-12-30T23:56:26-08:00February 11, 2009|1965|

Sweaty John and Paul DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Reach into cyberspace and you'd swear you have a magnet hand. Things just fly into your palm. Like this great shot of two of our best boys in full gorgeous sweat. It just came to me off a Spanish website and bears the legend, Lennon e McCartney em seus melhores momentos. [MG: "In English: 'Sweaty John and Paul'."] I've never seen the picture before and cannot place its provenance. I therefore pose a puzzle: can anyone devise a plausible guess, from the minimal evidence, as to when, where, and what occasion in the [...]

Not a second time

By |2019-08-07T03:39:15-07:00August 28, 2008|1965, concert, Paul McCartney|

Macca in Israel, 2008(If I've learned nothing else in my short life, I have at least learned never to mention Israel in polite company. But I'm throwing that lesson out today, because this story is Beatle-related, and how divisive could that be?) McCartney's playing Tel Aviv in September! So says Ethan Bronner in the New York Times, recalling that the Beatles weren't welcome there back in 1965. The official permission required to withdraw precious foreign currency to pay the band was denied because a ministerial committee feared the corrupting influence of four long-haired Englishmen singing about pleasure. As the committee [...]

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You gave me the answer

By |2014-07-01T22:02:30-07:00February 6, 2008|1965, concert, Puzzles and Trivia|

DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Polythene Eugene Cho gets half-credit and a $1 gift certificate at the Keychain Connection for figuring out most of the first installment of our Never-Ending Beatles Trivia Quiz Challenge. For the benighted and clueless, though, let's start at the fat bottom and work upwards, pyramid-style, to blue sky and pointy revelation... The question, you'll recall, was: What one factor connects the Beatles to three major American filmmakers of the 1970s—Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, and Alan J. Pakula? The hint, you'll equally recall, was: What you talkin' 'bout, Lightfoot? Anyone who grew up watching TV in the '70s remembers [...]

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