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Abramorama To Release 5.1 Stereo Surround Version of ‘Concert for George’ On February 20th!

Abramorama To Release 5.1 Stereo Surround Version of ‘Concert for George’ On February 20th!

Abramorama, in association with Concord Music, announced today they will present a special limited theatrical run of Concert for George, remastered in 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound beginning February 20th, 2018.   February 25th marks what would have been George Harrison’s 75th birthday.  Due to an overwhelming response from theaters in North America, the film has already been booked into more than 75 theaters in the US and CAN with the list growing daily. The International rollout of the film will be announced next week.

Over the years, Abramorama has a proven track record in the music driven film space, partnering several times with Neil Young, Green Day, Pearl Jam and now once again with a member of The Beatles.  Abramorama released the Ron Howard documentary The Beatles:  Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years in 2016.  Through limited engagements and event screenings, the film grossed close to $3 million in the US and more than $12 million worldwide.
On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor.  Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George’s songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and many more.

Directed by David Leland (Wish You Were Here, HBO’s Band Of Brothers and the Traveling Wilburys’ video “Handle With Care”), Concert for George captures stunning renditions of some of the most significant music of the 20th century, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (featuring Eric Clapton on guitar, Paul McCartney on piano and Starr on drums), “Taxman” (performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and “The Inner Light” (covered by Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar). Lynne, Harrison’s longtime friend and collaborator, produced the audio elements of the concert, while Clapton oversaw the entire proceedings as Musical Director.

Concert for George has been certified 8-times platinum by the RIAA since its initial release and earned a 2004 Grammy® Award for Best Long Form Music Video.
In conjunction with the theatrical release, the sound recordings from Concert for George will also be reissued for the very first time on vinyl (available as a 4-LP Box Set, as well as a Limited Edition Deluxe 10-disc Box Set) and on audio streaming services, as well as on 2CD/2DVD, 2CD/2Blu-Ray and 2CD formats via Concord Music.  This is the first time that all songs from the performance have been available on an audio configuration.

For additional information, please visit www.concertforgeorge.com/theatrical-listings

About Concord Music
Concord Music is the independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music, music publishing, and theatrical performance rights. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, Berlin, and Cleveland, Concord Music has a diverse and vibrant roster of active recording artists, composers, and songwriters, and a vast and historic catalog of works by some of the most treasured names in music history.  Concord Music’s historical labels, which are managed by its Craft Recordings team, include such storied imprints as Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Pablo, Prestige, Riverside, Savoy, Specialty, Stax, Telarc, Vee-Jay, and Wind-up.

About Abramorama
Abramorama is the preeminent global rights management partner for music films today and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners. An industry leader in marketing, promotion, and global distribution, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Danny Clinch and Pearl Jam’s Lets Play Two; Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’; Brett Bern’s BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Brett Morgen and National Geographic’s seminal Jane; Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award® nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog, Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017. For more information visit www.abramorama.com

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The Flaming Lips Announce Tracklist & Guest Appearances For ‘With A Little Help From My Fwends’

The Flaming Lips Announce Tracklist & Guest Appearances For ‘With A Little Help From My Fwends’

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The Flaming Lips

THE FLAMING LIPS have announced details about the track-listing and special guests featured on their upcoming Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, which is due October 28th from Warner Bros. Records. The band has recorded their own versions of each track on The Beatles’ 1967 classic in their own inimitable style, with help from special friends Miley Cyrus, Moby, My Morning Jacket, J. Mascis, Dr. Dog, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, Grace Potter, Electric Würms (THE LIPS side project who recently released their 6-song debut album, Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerk) and many others.

With A Little Help From My Fwends, is now available for pre-order at all participating retailers. Those who pre-order will receive a pair of instant downloads including “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” featuring Miley Cyrus and Moby and “Fixing A Hole” featuring Electric Wurms. Click here to pre-order With A Little Help From My Fwends.

All proceeds from sales of With A Little Help From My Fwends, will be donated to The Bella Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the band’s hometown of Oklahoma City that assists low-income, elderly, or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care.

The track-listing for With A Little Help From My Fwends is as follows:

 

01. SGT. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

MY MORNING JACKET & FEVER THE GHOST & J. MASCIS

 

02. With A Little Help From My Friends

THE FLAMING LIPS & BLACK PUS & THE AUTUMN DEFENSE

 

03. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

THE FLAMING LIPS & MILEY CYRUS & MOBY

 

04. Getting Better

DR. DOG  & CHUCK INGLISH & MORGAN DELT

 

05. Fixing A Hole

ELECTRIC WÜRMS

 

06. She’s Leaving Home

PHANTOGRAM & JULIANNA BARWICK & SPACEFACE

 

07. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

THE FLAMING LIPS & MJ KEENAN & PUSCIFER & SUNBEARS!

 

08. Within You Without You

BIRDFLOWER & THE FLAMING LIPS & MORGAN DELT

 

09. When I’m Sixty-Four

DEF RAIN & THE FLAMING LIPS & PITCHWAFUZZ

 

10. Lovely Rita

TEGAN AND SARA & STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS

 

11. Good Morning Good Morning

ZORCH & GRACE POTTER & TREASURE MAMMAL

 

12. SGT. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

FOXYGEN & BEN GOLDWASSER

 

13. A Day In The Life

THE FLAMING LIPS & MILEY CYRUS & NEW FUMES

 

FLAMING LIPS TOUR DATES:

Sept. 13 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest

Sept. 14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

Sept. 16 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads KC

Sept. 19 – Denver, CO – Riot Fest

Oct. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Fest

Nov. 9 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival

 

More information to be revealed soon.  Until then, to go: www.flaminglips.com

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THE BEATLES IN MONO: Vinyl Box Set Available On September 9th!

THE BEATLES IN MONO: Vinyl Box Set Available On September 9th!

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The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. On September 8 (September 9 in North America), The Beatles’ nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork. Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book. Click here to buy!

In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles’ acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.

Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles’ albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.

Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles’ albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging. The boxed collection’s exclusive 12-inch by 12-inch hardbound book features new essays and a detailed history of the mastering process by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett. The book is illustrated with many rare studio photos of The Beatles, fascinating archive documents, and articles and advertisements sourced from 1960s publications.

Available now for preorder at www.thebeatles.com.

The Beatles In Mono
* Available individually and collected in a limited 14-LP boxed edition, accompanied by an exclusive 108-page hardbound book.

Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles For Sale
Help!
Rubber Soul
Revolver
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (2-LP)
Mono Masters (3-LP)

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The Flaming Lips To Release ‘With A Little Help From My Fwends’ On October 28th

The Flaming Lips To Release ‘With A Little Help From My Fwends’ On October 28th

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The Flaming Lips

THE FLAMING LIPS will release a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album entitled, With A Little Help From My Fwends, on October 28th on Warner Bros. Records. The band has recorded their own versions of each track on The Beatles’ 1967 classic in their own inimitable style, with help from special friends Miley CyrusMobyElectric Würms (ALIPS side project) and many others.

With A Little Help From My Fwends will be available for pre-order on May 18th and at all participating retailers, pre-orders will include an instant download of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” featuring Miley Cyrus and Moby. Click here to pre-order With A Little Help From My Fwends.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of With A Little Help From My Fwends will be donated to The Bella Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the band’s hometown of Oklahoma City that assists low-income, elderly or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care.

Much more news to come from THE LIPS to be revealed soon. Until then go to: www.flaminglips.com

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees: Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates & More!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees: Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates & More!

rock-and-roll-hall-of-fameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced their inductees for 2014. Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will all join the class of 2014. The E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

The induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10th, 2014. It’s the first time the general public will be able to attend the event in New York City. Tickets go on sale in January; HBO will air the event in May of 2014.

Get a breakdown of all the artists below and what they bring to the table!

Performer Category:

• Peter Gabriel

• Hall and Oates

• KISS

• Nirvana

• Linda Ronstadt

• Cat Stevens

Ahmet Ertegun Awards: 

• Brian Epstein

• Andrew Loog Oldham

The Award for Musical Excellence:

• The E Street Band

The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 2014 Ceremony will again be open to the public, as it has been for the Induction Ceremonies in Cleveland (2009, 2012) and Los Angeles (2013). This will be the first time that the ceremony will be open to the public in New York.

“This year’s Hall of Fame Inductees really capture the passion of the fans,” said Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “We’re thrilled to again be able to have the fans be a part of the show, especially as we bring the ceremony to Barclays Center and partner again with HBO and Playtone.”

“Brooklyn has always been a hotbed for rock and roll and we’re proud to continue that tradition by hosting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “Barclays Center has hosted many of the world’s biggest artists and we are looking forward to welcoming the new Inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as we celebrate for the first time ever in Brooklyn.”

Tickets will go on sale to the public in January. A pre-sale for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members will take place in advance of the public on-sale date. To be eligible for the member pre-sale, you must be an active Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum member by December 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Exact sale dates will be announced in January. Details at www.rockhall.com.

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 700 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording.

For this year’s Inductions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again offered fans the opportunity to officially participate in the selection process. The public was able to cast votes online for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a “fans’ ballot” that was tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 Inductees. Three of the top five artists from the fans ballot will be inducted in 2014.??The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, will also open a special exhibit on the 2014 Inductees in conjunction with the 2014 Induction Ceremony. The Museum is a nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s cultural influence through its exhibits, public events, educational programs and a world-class Library and Archives.

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel’s influence is so widespread we may take it for granted. When the rest of rock was simplifying in the new wave days, the former Genesis frontman blended synthesizers and a signature gated drum sound with an emotional honesty learned from soul music to create a sensibility that would influence artists from U2 and Arcade Fire to Depeche Mode. With extraordinary ambition, Gabriel transitioned from cult artist to multimedia pop star to global rock icon. His WOMAD festival has been a 33-year laboratory for musical cross-pollination. The epic song “Biko” directly inspired the Artists Against Apartheid movement as he spearheaded the Amnesty International A Conspiracy Of Hope and Human Rights Now tours. His brilliant stage shows inspired U2’s and Flaming Lips’ and expanded the visual vocabulary of music videos with clips such as “Sledgehammer,” “Shock The Monkey” and “Big Time.” In addition, he wrote songs like “Don’t Give Up,” “Red Rain” and “In Your Eyes” that put heart and soul on the radio at a time when those values were in short supply. Four decades on as a solo artist, Gabriel continues to push the boundaries of popular music and challenge audiences across the globe.

Hall and Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates created an original mix of soul and rock that made them the most successful pop duo in history. As songwriters, singers and producers, they embraced the pop mainstream, bringing passion and creativity back to the 3-minute single. Over the course of their career, they have recorded six Number One hits and put 34 songs in the Billboard Top 100. Deeply rooted in lush Philly soul, Hall and Oates mixed smooth vocal harmonies and the romantic vulnerability of soul with edgy hard rock and new wave riffs to create some of the finest pop music of the 1980s. They teamed up in the early 1970s in Philadelphia, and landed a deal with Atlantic. On their first three albums they searched for the right style for their talents as they experimented with soul, folk and hard rock. They finally hit with “Sara Smile” in 1976, an irresistible sexy soul ballad that showcased their vocals, songwriting and guitar playing. After their subsequent string of hits (“Rich Girl,” “She’s Gone,” “Wait For Me”) they were energized by new wave and dance music. The result was an incredible run of original songs that topped the pop and R&B charts throughout the 1980s: “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes,” “You Make My Dreams” and “I Can’t Go For That” combined the best of both rock and R&B, setting the stage for the important crossover work of Madonna and Prince. They continue to record and attract new young audiences, and their influence can be felt in the work of contemporary artists like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake.

KISS

Few bands short of the Beatles inspired more kids to pick up the guitar than KISS. With their signature makeup, explosive stage show and anthems like “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “Detroit Rock City,” they are the very personification of rock stars. Original members Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons came together in New York in 1972. While their first two records did not generate many sales, they quickly gained a national following for their bombastic, pyro-filled stage show. Their 1975 live disc Alive! captured that energy and reached Number Nine on the charts, quickly making them one of the most popular bands of the 1970s – scoring countless hit singles, sold-out tours and appearing everywhere from comic books to lunch boxes to their very own TV movie. Frehley and Criss left in the early 1980s and the group took their make-up off for 1983’s Lick It Up. They continued to be a popular live draw, but in 1996 the original quartet reformed (and they put their make-up back on) and KISS mania was reborn. In 2009, KISS released Sonic Boom, their first album of new material in eleven 11 years. They released Monster in 2012.

Nirvana

It only takes one song to start a rock revolution. That trigger, in late 1991, was “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” an exhilarating blast of punk-rock confrontation by Nirvana, a scruffy trio from Seattle. “Teen Spirit,” its moshpit-party video and Nirvana’s kinetic live shows propelled their second album, Nevermind, to Number One and turned singer-guitarist-songwriter Kurt Cobain into the voice and conscience of an alternative-rock nation sick of hair metal and the conservative grip of the Reagan-Bush ‘80s. Founded by Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in the logging town of Aberdeen, Washington, Nirvana were underground stars when they made 1989’s Bleach with drummer Chad Channing. Moving from the indie Sub Pop label to Geffen, the band – with drummer Dave Grohl – packed Cobain’s corrosive riffs, emotionally acute writing and twin passions for the Beatles and post-punk bands like the Melvins and the Pixies into Nevermind. A multi-platinum seller, it included the hits “Come As You Are” and “Lithium” and opened the mainstream gates for Green Day, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins. In 1993, Nirvana released the caustic masterpiece, In Utero, and gave a historic performance on MTV’s Unplugged. But in April 1994, Cobain – suffering from drug addiction and severe doubts about his stardom – took his own life. Like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, Cobain was 27, in his creative prime, when he died. Also like them, he and Nirvana remain an enduring influence and challenge – proof that the right band with the right noise can change the world.

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt dominated popular music in the 1970s with a voice of tremendous range and power. She was one of the most important voices in the creation of country rock, in part because she understood how to sing traditional country songs like “Silver Threads And Golden Needles.” She regularly crossed over to the country charts in the ’70s, a rarity for rock singers. Working with producer Peter Asher, Ronstadt crafted a repertoire of songs that roamed throughout rock history that she interpreted with beautiful, precise phrasing. Ronstadt was especially good at singing early rock and roll; she had a long string of hits that revived interest in rock’s pioneers: Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou,” the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved” and Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day” among them. She was equally comfortable with Motown music and the beginning of new wave. Her finest work was the run of four consecutive platinum albums in the mid -70s: Heart Like A Wheel (1974), Prisoner In Disguise (1975), Hasten Down The Wind (1976) and Simple Dreams (1977). In the 1980s, she expanded her musical vocabulary by recording songs from the classic American songbook (What’s New, Lush Life) and Mexican music that she heard growing up in Tucson, Arizona (Canciones De Mi Padre). That work proved as successful as her rock albums; she is the only artist to win a Grammy Award in the categories of pop, country, Mexican American and Tropical Latin. That diversity reflects her approach to singing: she was always looking for the best song, regardless of category.

Cat Stevens

The musical odyssey of Cat Stevens is well documented, from teenage London art school songsmith (“The First Cut Is The Deepest,” the Tremeloes’ “Here Comes My Baby”) to introspective cornerstone of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement. Who can measure the courage it took him in the late ’70s, after seven years of multi-platinum success in the U.S. (and over a decade in the UK) to convert to Islam, amidst the wave of turmoil and confusion that was engulfing the world? He left his touring and recording life behind and named himself Yusuf Islam. Inevitably, many long-time fans abandoned him, and he found certain international borders closed and worse yet, controversies laid aton his doorstep despite his humanist background. It was 17 difficult years between his final LP as Cat Stevens (1978’s Back To Earth), and the first CD as Yusuf and more than a decade until his first pop album in nearly 30 years (An Other Cup in 2006). “When I accepted Islam,” he told Rolling Stone, “a lot of people couldn’t understand. To my fans it seemed that my entering Islam was the direct cause of me leaving the music business, so many people were upset. However, I had found the spiritual home I’d been seeking for most of my life. And if you listen to my music and lyrics, like ‘Peace Train’ and ‘On The Road To Find Out,’ it clearly shows my yearning for direction and the spiritual path I was travelling.” The musical gifts that he has shared with the world are an important chapter in rock history – a beacon of hope that will never be extinguished.

Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein served as the Beatles manager from January 1962 until his death in 1967 and helped shape a vision for a modern rock and roll band. Born in Liverpool in 1934, Epstein first got involved in the music business when he took over the record department of his family’s music store, NEMS. His devotion to making the store a success transformed it into an essential gathering place for the young people of Northern England who sought to stay current with pop music. It was at NEMS that Epstein first became aware of the Beatles.

Epstein immediately recognized the Beatles’ potential as performers and recording artists. He signed them to a management contract in early 1962, and was the driving force behind getting the band a recording contract with Parlophone later that year. Epstein’s keen eye for style and fashion helped shape a unique, charismatic identity for the band. Although Epstein didn’t always make the best business decisions for the band in the nascent rock and roll businessindustry, his management style forged success for the Beatles, and he was completely dedicated to the band. Paul McCartney said: “If anyone was the fifth Beatle it was Brian. People talked about George Martin as being the fifth Beatle because of his musical involvement but, particularly in the early days, Brian was very much part of the group.”

Epstein went on to sign a large stable of Liverpool artists in the wake of the Beatles success, including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, but his first priority was always the Beatles. After the Beatles stopped touring in August 1966 and focused their work in the studio, Epstein had fewer responsibilities with the band, fell into drug addiction and died of an overdose in August 1967.

Andrew Loog Oldham

Andrew Loog Oldham is best known as the manager who helped propel the Rolling Stones to worldwide stardom and crafted their bad boy image so well it became both their brand and burden.  As the Rolling Stones producer of record and the man who pushed Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to create original material, he helped shepherd a run of landmark recordings that continues to bear influence a half-century later.

Born in London on January 29, 1944, Oldham was raised by his eccentric single mother having lost his father in World War II, several months before his birth. Music and film, as well as his experience with class and the English school system, shaped Oldham’s sense of style and led to working for pioneering British designer Mary Quant. Oldham’s precocious nature was tailor made for the fashion world, but an even better fit for the music business. Working publicity for producer Joe Meek and for Brian Epstein’s NEMS stable of artists, which included the Beatles, he heard about new, young rhythm and blues bands who were rapidly gaining an audience. In short order, he began to manage the Rolling Stones, working with the group until 1967.

Oldham’s U.K.–based record label, Immediate Records, was one of the coolest of the ‘60s, and released recordings by Small Faces, Rod Stewart, John Mayall, the Nice and the McCoys, among others. Oldham continued to produce records throughout the 1970s Seventies and ‘80s, and later authored an acclaimed two-volume autobiography that stands among the most fantastically vivid firsthand accounts of the Sixties1960s.

The E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen formed the E Street Band in 1973, after he landed a recording contract with Columbia Records. Springsteen played with the musicians who became the E Street Band in various Asbury Park –based groups in the late 1960s and early 70s. The first line-up of the band – Garry Tallent on bass, Danny Federici on organ, David Sancious on piano, Vini Lopez on drums and Clarence “Big Man” Clemons on saxophone – logged many miles on the road, helping to establish Springsteen’s legendary reputation as one of the greatest performers in the history of rock and roll. In 1974, drummer Max Weinberg and pianist Roy Bittan replaced Lopez and Sancious, and in 1975, during the recording of Springsteen’s breakout album Born to Run, “Miami” Steve Van Zandt, who Springsteen had known since he was a teenager and who had been in a number of bands with Springsteen, joined the fold on guitar. That line-up of the band backed Springsteen on three of his most critically acclaimed and beloved albums: Born to RunDarkness on the Edge of Town and The River, and backed him live as he moved from clubs to arenas to stadiums.

When Steve Van Zandt left to pursue a solo career in the early 1980s, singer Patti Scialfa joined on vocals and Nils Lofgren, one of rock’s greatest guitarists, joined on guitar, and the band backed Springsteen on his explosive worldwide tour in support of Born in the U.S.A. in 1984-85. Springsteen did not work with the band for much of the 1990s, but reunited them in 1999 in a version that included both Van Zandt and Lofgren. The band has been together ever since, and despite the loss of Federici and Clemons, retains a distinctive sound and unparalleled reputation for live shows.

Through various incarnations, the “mighty men and women” of the E Street Band, as Springsteen calls them, have  provided a unique and powerful sonic template for Springsteen’s music, combining British invasion guitar-driven rock, the joy of 1950s rock and roll and the drama and dynamics of soul music. They are showmen of the first order, and have more stamina than any rock band in the history of the music.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities. For more information, visit rockhall.com.

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BEATLES REIMAGINED: Features Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros And More! Out October 1st!

BEATLES REIMAGINED: Features Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros And More! Out October 1st!

Out October 1st!

Out October 1st!

Featuring contributions from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros along with nine up-and-coming U.S. bands across diverse genres, BEATLES REIMAGINED commemorates the 50th anniversary of the recording and release of Beatles tracks from 1963-4, including “From Me To You,” “She Loves You” and “I Saw Her Standing There” which cemented the band’s status as rock and roll royalty. On October 1, the BEATLES REIMAGINED album will be released on Community Music’s “Community Projects” label with a percentage of the profits going to charities involved with music and youth.

To pre-order BEATLES REIMAGINED, visit: http://communitymusic.storenvy.com/. 100% of the net album sales of the profits from the BEATLES REIMAGINED album will be donated to the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles (www.rockcampforgirlsla.org).

BEATLES REIMAGINED honors the greatest modern songwriters of all time while infusing their music with a distinctly 21st century twist. These new interpretations are not simply covers but have acts reinvisioning the songs on their own from alternative folk (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), acoustic folk (The Well Pennies), indie-rock (Mobley), indie-pop (Jhameel), new-rock (Badwolf), new-wave (Adventure Galley) and electro-dance-pop (Night Panther) through downtempo/lo fi (Feverbody), old school soul (Doom & Gloom) and retro-pop (Leftover Cuties). The Beatles themselves were influenced by American artists such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis Presley, and BEATLES REIMAGINED returns their music to the heartland that inspired them: the United States.

In 2012, The Adage Group partnered with Round Hill music and purchased the North American publishing rights to songs from the Beatles 1963 breakout hits “I Saw Her Standing There,” “She Loves You,” “From Me To You,”“Misery,” “There’s A Place” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.” Adage CEO Herb Jordan and legendary music business entrepreneur Owen Husney of Zoom-Muzic executive produced BEATLES REIMAGINED and assembled a twenty-something production team including Tim Anderson (ImaRobot, Solange) and Kevin Carvel (Atlantic Records,A&M/Octone, NBC’s “The Voice”). They recorded BEATLES REIMAGINED with the rules that each artist had to be indie, none of the artists could be born in the era of the Beatles, none of the recordings could sound like a Beatles cover and all of the songs are from 1963-1964, the breakout period for the Beatles. “There’s nothing left for the Beatles, but to be relevant to today’s music,” explains Herb Jordan. “Beatles Reimagined is a compelling artist discovery project whose mission is to reinvigorate the timeless writing of Lennon and McCartney through the eyes of today’s most creative independent artists, not through the filter of 1963.” Expect to hear these songs in multiple avenues as HBO’s popular TV show “True Blood” picked up Mobley’s interpretation of “I Wanna Be Your Man” which premiered on August 11 and also appears on the True Blood Vol. 4 Soundtrack. Owen Husney adds “Beatles Reimagined is proving to be a uniquely contemporary way to discover new talent.”

BEATLES REIMAGINED exposes younger audiences to the greatest pop writers in history through cutting-edge interpretations of The Beatles’ classic hits. The Beatles transcend music, having left an indelible mark on music, fashion and culture at large. The most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music—with sales of over one billion units–is celebrating its 50th anniversary. They’ve inspired countless artists in the fifty years since their inception and continue to influence the tastemakers of today.

Following is the complete tracklisting for BEATLES REIMAGINED:

1.  “All My Loving” – The Well Pennies
2.  “From Me To You” – Mobley
3.  “Misery” – Feverbody
4.  “I Saw Her Standing There” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
5.  “I Wanna Be Your Man” – Night Panther
6.  “I Feel Fine” – Jhameel
7.  “There’s A Place” – Leftover Cuties
8.  “She Loves You” – Badwolf
9.  “Please Please Me” – Adventure Galley
10. “And I Love Her” – Doom & Gloom

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The Beatles: Restored Version of ‘Help!’ Feature Film Released On iTunes

The Beatles: Restored Version of ‘Help!’ Feature Film Released On iTunes

Now Available!

Now Available!

The Beatles’ second feature film, 1965’s Help!, makes its worldwide digital release debut today, exclusively on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com/TheBeatles).  The digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack features iTunes Extras including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene, original theatrical trailers and radio spots, and detailed art, including a companion piece with an introduction by the film’s director, Richard Lester, and an appreciation by Martin Scorsese.

Help!’s debut on the iTunes Store and Blu-ray follows the 2012 release of The Beatles’ digitally restored Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour feature films on iTunes, Blu-ray and DVD with extensive extras.  Help!’s restoration for its 2007 DVD debut wowed viewers, earning five-times platinum sales in the U.S. and praise from a broad range of top media outlets around the world, including USA Today heralding the DVD as “a grand re-release,” The Guardian’s appreciation of the film’s director, Richard Lester, saying “Lester matches The Beatles’ ‘star’ power with smart, colourful visuals and casual surrealism,” The Los Angeles Times’ restoration rave:  “With dynamic compression that was standard in the 1960s lifted for the digital age, the full range of the group’s musicality comes through – it’s like several coats of dust have been cleaned off an old master’s painting,” and four-star reviews from Rolling Stone and MOJO with the latter saying, “They really don’t make them like this anymore.”

Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band’s debut feature film, 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night,Help! follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo’s possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad scientist and the London police.

In addition to starring The Beatles, Help! boasts a witty script, a great cast of British character actors, and classic Beatles songs “Help!,” “You’re Going To Lose That Girl,” “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” “Ticket To Ride,” “I Need You,” “The Night Before,” and “Another Girl.”

Help!’s iTunes digital download pairs the digitally restored original film with these iTunes Extras:

• “The Beatles in Help!” – a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of The Beatles on-set.

• “A Missing Scene” – a film outtake, featuring Wendy Richard

• “The Restoration of Help!” – an in-depth look at the restoration process

• “Memories of Help!” – the cast and crew reminisce

• 1965 Theatrical Trailers – two original U.S. trailers and one original Spanish trailer

• 1965 U.S. Radio Spots (hidden in menus)

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The Beatles: Mobile Pop-Up Shops To Hit The Road In NY & LA On November 13

The Beatles: Mobile Pop-Up Shops To Hit The Road In NY & LA On November 13

Next Tuesday, November 13, in an innovative one-day-only promotion, mobile Beatles pop-up shops in the form of customized double-decker buses will hit the streets of New York and Los Angeles, making several stops in each city throughout the day. The mobile shops will be deployed to celebrate Tuesday’s hotly anticipated 180-gram vinyl LP release of The Beatles’ GRAMMY-winning remastered studio albums in stereo.

In addition to the 14 vinyl LPs, available individually or collected in a deluxe boxed edition with a stunning, elegantly designed 252-page hardbound book, the mobile pop-up shops will offer The Beatles’ acclaimed remastered studio album CDs in stereo and mono, as well as DVDs and Blu-rays for this year’s beautifully restored Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine feature films, and several Beatles merch items. In each city, a special Beatles t-shirt (one unique to New York and another to Los Angeles) will be available exclusively on the bus with minimum purchase, while supplies last.

The Beatles’ mobile pop-up shops will make stops next Tuesday, November 13 at the following confirmed locations:

New York:
* Midtown (9:30am – 11am): Seventh Avenue, between 49th Street and 50th Street
* SoHo (12pm – 1:30pm): Broadway, between Prince Street and Spring Street
* Wall Street (2:30pm – 4pm): Broadway, between Cortlandt Street and Liberty Street

Los Angeles:
* Hollywood (9:30am – 11am): Capitol Records, 1750 North Vine Street
* Santa Monica (12pm – 1:30pm): 1324 5th Street at Arizona Avenue (ICE at Santa Monica ice skating rink)
* Downtown (2:30pm – 4pm): L.A. Live (at Olympic Boulevard and South Figueroa Street)

Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork, the 14 albums return to their original glory with details including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album), the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’s cutouts, and special inner bags for some of the titles. The 252-page hardbound book, exclusive to the boxed edition, is authored by award-winning radio producer Kevin Howlett and features a dedicated chapter for each of the albums, as well as insight into the creation of the remasters and how the vinyl albums were prepared. The 12”x12” book showcases a wealth of photographs spanning The Beatles’ recording career, including many images which were not included in the 2009 CD booklets.

The titles include The Beatles’ 12 original UK albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the US-originated Magical Mystery Tour, now part of the group’s core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One & Two, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities. With this release, The Beatles’ first four albums make their North American stereo vinyl debuts. In 2013, the remastered albums will make their mono vinyl debuts.

In September, 2009, The Beatles’ remastered albums on CD graced charts around the world. Seventeen million album sales within seven months was resounding evidence of the timeless relevance of their legacy. In 2010, the albums debuted digitally, exclusively on iTunes. Through five decades, in every format, the music of The Beatles has captivated generation upon generation.

For producer Rick Rubin, surveying The Beatles’ recorded achievements is akin to witnessing a miracle. “If we look at it by today’s standards, whoever the most popular bands in the world are, they will typically put out an album every four years,” Rubin said in a 2009 radio series interview. “So, let’s say two albums as an eight year cycle. And think of the growth or change between those two albums. The idea that The Beatles made thirteen albums in seven years and went through that arc of change… it can’t be done. Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it’s beyond man’s ability.”

Beginning November 19 and continuing into December, high-end audio retailers in several U.S. cities will host listening events for The Beatles’ stereo vinyl remasters. Each retailer will present the new Beatles vinyl on completely hand-made British hifi systems, with demonstrations of audible improvements in the new vinyl on a variety of turntables and associated equipment. Confirmed locations include:

San Francisco: 7pm, Monday, Nov. 19 – AUDIO VISION SF (1603 Pine St., San Francisco, CA 94109)
Los Angeles: 5pm, Tuesday, Nov. 20 – AHEAD STEREO (7428 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Atlanta: 7pm, Monday, Nov. 26 – AUDIO ALTERNATIVE (895 Indian Trail Rd., Ste. 15, Lilburn, GA 30047)
Dallas: 6pm, Tuesday, Nov. 27 – AUDIO CONCEPTS (11661 Preston Rd., Ste. 280, Dallas, TX 75230)
Austin: 7pm, Wednesday, Nov. 28 – WHETSTONE AUDIO (2401 East 6th St., #1001, Austin, TX 78702)
Chicago: 6pm, Monday, Dec. 3 – PRO MUSICA (2236 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614)
Boston: 6pm, Tuesday, Dec. 4 – GOODWIN’S HIGH END (899 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451)
New York: 7pm, Wednesday, Dec. 5 – IN LIVING STEREO (2 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012)
Philadelphia: 7pm, Thursday, Dec. 6 – COMMUNITY AUDIO (8020 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118)
Washington, DC: 6pm, Friday, Dec. 7 – IQ HOME ENTERTAINMENT (10890 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22030)

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Releases Amazing Documentary “Produced By George Martin”

Eagle Rock Entertainment Releases Amazing Documentary “Produced By George Martin”

Available Now!

Eagle Rock Entertainment has released Produced By George Martin on three configurations: DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Video [MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray, $12.99 Digital].

The documentary is a feature-length profile of Britain’s most celebrated record producer. In this very personal film, Sir George talks about his childhood, his war experience and his early days as a music student. Originally broadcast to great acclaim in 2011 as part of the BBC’s “Arena” series, this version contains over 50 minutes of additional interviews not included in the TV broadcast version. These extras include contributions from Rick Rubin, T-Bone Burnett, Howard Goodall, Jimmy Webb and Ken Scott.

Truly, George Martin has had a career like no other. In the early ‘50s, he joined EMI/Parlophone and started working on orchestral music, music for children and single handedly pioneered a range of hugely successful comedy records with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Peter Ustinov and others. Then, in 1962, he signed The Beatles and everything changed. Together, George Martin and The Beatles revolutionized pop music and recording techniques, forging probably the greatest producer/artist collaboration there will ever be.

Produced By George Martin features numerous classic clips of the artists he has produced, and new interviews with many of them including Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Jeff Beck, Rolf Harris, Cilla Black, Millicent Martin and Bernard Cribbins. A fascinating man, and a compelling film.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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Ringo Starr Returns With Exciting New Solo Album, “Ringo 2012”

Ringo Starr Returns With Exciting New Solo Album, “Ringo 2012”

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr’s 17th solo studio record, and his second on Hip-O/Ume will be released on January 31, 2012 in the United States (Internationally, January 30, 2012.)

Titled simply “Ringo 2012” and produced by Ringo, it was recorded in LA and mixed in England by Ringo and Bruce Sugar, and features 9 songs.

Of the 9 tracks two are covers,  “Think It Over,” and “Rock Island Line” and two are new versions of his own songs, “Wings” and “Step Lightly.”

The track listing is as follows:

Anthem – (Richard Starkey/Glen Ballard)
Wings – (Richard Starkey/Vince Poncia)
Think It Over – (Buddy Holly/Norman Perry)
Samba – (Richard Starkey/Van Dyke Parks)
Rock Island Line – (Arrangement by Richard Starkey)
Step Lightly – (Richard Starkey)
Wonderful – (Richard Starkey/Gary Nicholson)
In Liverpool – (Richard Starkey/Dave Stewart)
Slow Down – (Richard Starkey/Joe Walsh)

Joining Ringo in the studio for Ringo 2012 were musicians (in alphabetical order): Michael Bradford, Ann Marie Calhoun, Matt Cartsonis, Steve Dudas, Charlie Haden, Amy Keys,  Kelly Moneymaker, Richard Page, Van Dyke parks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dave Stewart, Bruce Sugar, Benmont Tench, Joe Walsh, Don Was, Edgar Winter.

“Ringo 2012” will be released digitally, on CD and vinyl.

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