Taxi cab

By |2015-01-05T21:43:40-08:00February 20, 2013|1960, Hamburg, Ringo Starr| Via Beatles fan Colin Fleming's FB feed: Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, "Brand New Cadillac." (Also of interest to Clash fans.) Is it Ringo?

Tony Sheridan, 1940-2013

By |2015-09-18T22:50:27-07:00February 18, 2013|Hamburg, Obituaries|

Tony Sheridan, an essential part of The Beatles' early story, has died. To quote Chris Carter from KLOS' "Breakfast With the Beatles," without Tony Sheridan, "we wouldn't have had The Beatles in the way we did." Allan Kozinn agrees: "Though Mr. Sheridan’s involvement with the Beatles was brief, it proved crucial to their career."Apparently he settled down in northern Germany. Here's the guys with Tony S., doing a song I'd never heard. Mach shau, fellas.

First bass

By |2014-07-04T16:27:03-07:00May 11, 2009|books, Hamburg|

Stu and Emptiness Summer reading for Dullbloggers? Stuart Sutcliffe: A Retrospective is available at Book Soup in L.A. MG adds, July 2014-- Michael Bracewell reviewed the book and show Stuart Sutcliffe: A Retrospective for Frieze Magazine, and it's well worth reading. Here's a scrap: "Since his death, and encouraged by the superior but romantically stylized biographical feature film Backbeat (1994), the assessment of Sutcliffe’s work as a visual artist has perhaps inevitably been contextualized almost solely by its position within the early career of the Beatles. The importance of this latest retrospective of his work, entitled ‘Stuart Sutcliffe: A Retrospective’, curated [...]

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John, Paul, George, Ringo—and George?

By |2016-11-29T16:22:20-08:00April 4, 2009|Hamburg|

DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Written in November 2002, cut from the Magic Circles discography: The Star-Club material has been reshuffled and reissued in a variety of forms over the years, none odder than that of 1962 Live at Star Club in Hamburg, issued in 2000 on the Walters label. Two dozen of the Star-Club songs (including most of the finest, and in the best available sound) are packaged with a booklet of notes authored by someone calling himself Gary Michael Walters—an individual whose bona fides are never offered, but for whom the label is presumably named. The first hint something might be a [...]

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