Lennon and McCartney’s “lost reunion,” by David Gambacorta

By |2019-06-25T11:11:23-07:00June 25, 2019|1974, Beatles in LA, bootlegs, Breakup, Chris Carter/Breakfast With the Beatles, Harry NIlsson, John and Paul, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Uncategorized, Unreleased/Outtakes|

Posted at the excellent aggregator and original writing site Longreads is David Gambacorta's exploration of the 1974 California jam session John Lennon and Paul McCartney engaged in -- the last time they would play together. Most Beatles fans will be familiar with the history Gambacorta recounts, but it's nice to see it laid out succinctly. Gambacorta does turn up a few facts that were, at least, new to me: for example, it's not clear what happened to the master tapes made that night. And the piece is well worth reading for the recent comments Gambacorta got from several people, including Elliot Mintz, [...]

Los Angeles Beatles fans: Wanna go see a movie?

By |2015-07-25T17:21:48-07:00July 20, 2015|Beatles in LA, Movies|

There's something a little anime about this poster. The Beatles flying towards you, presumably screaming One of the more dubious pleasures of our current age is the ability to meet the people who create the things you like. This streamlines the disillusionment process in ways our ancestors considered unimaginable. Imagine if John, Paul, George and Ringo could've met Elvis as impressionable teenagers in 1957, instead of getting famously underwhelmed that night in 1965. Why, there might have never been a Beatles... "Mum, did you know my English teacher Skyped with Elvis?" "I don't know if you should believe everything Mr. [...]

Off to the Fest for Beatles Fans

By |2015-08-14T11:08:07-07:00October 10, 2014|Beatles in LA|

The mothership. Can somebody die from too much Beatles? We're about to find out! Any readers going to the LA Fest who want to meet a Dullblogger in the flesh — and God, wouldn't that be something to tell your grandkids? — send an email to the site. I'll be checking it over the weekend. I'm usually somewhat shy and prefer to swim the seas of Fabdom incognito, but if there are a few of us, maybe we'll do a meetup. "Try these Riñgo Jalapeño Poppers, they're super-spicy." "Ahh, I don't think they're any different than regular jalapeño poppers." "I disagree. [...]

Who should I interview at The Fest?

By |2015-08-14T11:11:41-07:00October 7, 2014|Beatles in LA, The Fest for Beatles Fans|

I just booked my hotel for LA's edition of The Fest For Beatles Fans, and am incredibly psyched. I plan to spend this coming weekend immersed in sun-drenched SoCal Beatledom, writing down things to share with you. I also hope to interview as many people as I can, but I want to know who you'd like most, so I've embedded a poll below. Vote for the guests you'd like me to try to corner, and I'll make a special effort to chat with your favorites. Put suggestions for questions in the Comments! [polldaddy poll=8358662]

I love LA!

By |2015-01-18T11:40:02-08:00September 21, 2008|Beatles in LA|

Paul McCartney, not jogging, but probably peeing (warm water?) Sorry the blog's been quiet for a while, folks--I've been working on some Beatle-related writing that is, uh...challenging...land wars in Asia spring to mind. Let's just say it's helping me address my perfectionist tendencies. But I think I've discovered "the way in" and hope to have something presentable by late October. Wish me luck.But anyway, listening to Breakfast with the Beatles this morning I heard a delightful story about somebody jogging far up in the Hollywood Hills. As they turned a bend, they saw a man far up ahead, peeing against [...]

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My night of Rutlesmania

By |2015-01-02T11:04:33-08:00March 19, 2008|Beatle-inspired, Beatles in LA, comedy, Eric Idle, Monty Python, Rutles|

The Faux Fabs. People fortunate enough to witness a defining moment in human history always say the same thing: you can sense it happening. It’s as if there’s a subtle vibration, a whiff of something special in the air. If that’s true, no place in the world stank harder than Hollywood this past Monday night, as a majority of the world's celebrities packed themselves into the venerable Egyptian Theater to pay homage to one of the most important musical groups of our, or anyone’s, lifetime. Of course you already know who I’m talking about: Ron, Dirk, Stig, and Barry, the [...]

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