Tag Archive: Beatle News


Beatle News  #14

 

 Beatle News # 14

 

  • 1940 – Stuart Sutcliffe is born in Edinburgh, UK

To see more news, on this unknown 5th Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe,  see :-

Beatle News # 9 : Stuart Sutcliffe & The Beatles’ disintegration

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April 10, 2013 (April 2013)
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  • 1964 –  The Beatles, play at a concert in Auckland, New Zealand. (A New Zealand tour, that began; after the successful completion of an Australian concert tour; on the 22nd of June 1964, with Wellington, then Auckland on the 24th & 25th, then Dunedin on the 26th, then Christchurch on 27th and finally culminating the tour with Brisbane on the 29th & 30th of  June 1964.)
  • 1965 – John Lennon publishes his second book, A Spaniard in the Works; a book consisting of drawings and nonsensical stories.

Lennon reading his own works

 

This Day,

 

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Beatle News  #13

 

  • 1942 – Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, UK
  • 1963 – At Paul McCartney’s 21st birthday party, Bob Wooler, the man responisble for introducing The Beatles to their manager, Brian Epstein, is attacked by a drunk John Lennon.  
  • 1964 – On Paul McCartney’s 22nd birthday, The Beatles, play at a concert in Sydney, Australia. (A concert down under that beagan on the 12th of June 1964, with Adelaide, then Melbourne on the 15, and finally in Sydney on the 18 & 20th June 1964.)

This Day,

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Beatle News  # 12 # 3 (Yesterday the 26th of May)

Bed-In

  • 1969 – The planned ‘Bed-In’ in Bahamas isn’t a success, as John Lennon & Yoko Ono feel it’s too hot. Thus, as they cannot enter the United States, due to a drug conviction of Lennon’s,  they fly to Montreal, Canada; and stage the ‘Bed-In’ successfully at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal.

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Beatle News  # 11 # 2

Bed-In

  • 1969 – John Lennon & Yoko Ono fly to the Bahamas, where Ringo Starr was holidaying with his then wife (first wife) Maureen Cox. Lennon & Ono plan to do a second ‘Bed-In’, this time at Sheraton Oceanus Hotel, The Bahamas.

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Beatle News  # 10

  • 1969 – John Lennon changes his middle name from Winston to Ono, taking his second wife, Yoko Ono’s, surname.

Lennon was a modernist and a true feminist and great peace activist. Yes, men can be feminist too. Proper feminism is about equal rights, not overpowering men. I believe neither sex, race or sexuality has the right to overpower another. I am believer of equal rights as well. Am a gentleman to a lady, and bitch to a bitch. Thus a great believer in feminism myself.

Beatle News # 9 : Stuart Sutcliffe & The Beatles’ disintegration (press on the link)

April 10, 2013
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Beatle News  # 8

  • 1963 – John Lennon’s first wife Cynthia (Powell) gives birth to a son; John Charles Julian Lennon. Julian Lennon turns 50 today.

John and Julian

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Brett Whiteley (1939-1992)

Brett Whiteley self portrait 

 Yesterday, the 7th of April 2013, was Australian artist Brett Whiteley’s 74th Birth Anniversary.

 I actually wanted to write about him yesterday, but it was such a busy and tiring day, that I couldn’t get around to doing so.

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Brett Whiteley's Balcony (Feb 2008)

 

Brett Whiteley, was one of the first Australian artists of the latter part of the 20th century, I got to hear about when I first went to live in Sydney, Australia in 2006. Almost instantaneously I fell in love with his unique curviest figurines; but it was his landscape painting of the Circular Quay’s (Sydney Cove), that ended up being my favourite piece (pictured above in Feb 2008). In January 2008, Wendy Whiteley (his ex-wife) had a talk, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in Sydney, and I was part of her eager audience, where this fashionista, with her trademark African inspired headscarf, spoke about their life in London during the swinging 60’s et all. Quite an interesting insight into her husbands life, the 60’s & 70’s, and London back then.  The Whiteley’s only child, late actress, Arkie Whiteley, was born in London in 1964. Brett and Wendy divorced in 1989. Brett Whiteley died of a drug overdose in 1992, Janice Spencer (his last girlfriend) died of a heroin overdose in 2000, and his daughter Arkie died of cancer in 2001.  

Wendy Whiteley, one time muse to Brett, who had posed many a times for him (pictured below), is today known as the grande dame of the Sydney art scene, where she resides. An cultural icon in her own right.

Wendy by Brett

Wendy by Brett

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French Symbolist artist, Gustave Moreau, was born on 6th of April, 1826. Symbolism, was a 19th century art movement of by the French, Russians and the Belgians; more prominent in the latter half of the century.

Musée Gustave Moreau (Sept 2009) Moreau's House, now a museum

 

Moreau, was lucky enough to be born into a very highly cultured couple with a great taste and respect for the arts. His father was an architect, who encouraged his son’s artistic talent, and his mother took care of her son’s delicate health for the rest of her life. Moreau never married and remained with his mother, until her death. In 1895, Moreau extended his home to create sufficient space for a massive studio to house all his works, so that it could end up being a museum after his death. Moreau died in 1898, after contracting stomach cancer an year earlier.

I wasn’t that familiar with Gustave Moreau’s work, until I went to live in Paris in 2008, but it was more than an year later that I finally got to know what his works were like up close and personal, when I visited the Gustave Moreau Museum in Sept 2009, just days before leaving Paris. Most of his works are biblical references and mythological images. Being a student with a background of Art, Literature (including the classics – Greek & Roman literature) and cinema; I fell in love with Moreau’s unique works. I spent practically an entire day studying his numerous works. The museum closes for lunch and re-opens, so I went in the morning, saw some of his works, went out had my lunch, and was standing outside his house before they re-opened. Moreau had done more than 8,000 paintings and over 13,000 drawings and watercolours in his lifetime, and most of his works are housed at the Musée Gustave Moreau. Not all his works are up on the wall, some are in cupboard forms that you open and each work is inside a glass that you have to keep opening till you reach the end. His works reminded me of another era, influences of the renaissance, neoclassicism, also some works had a feel for the impressionist; and as the 20th century French writer and poet, André Breton, famed for his Surrealist Manifesto’s, had thought of ‘Moreau as a precursor of Surrealism‘. Surrealism, happens to be my favourite modern art style, that began in the 1920’s, and Salvador Dalí, happens to be my favourite surrealist artist ever. 

In 1891, Gustave Moreau became a professor at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts, an institute I wish I could have been a part of. Most of his students were to be famed artists of the future. The likes of Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault, Jules Flandrin, Theodor Pallady and Léon Printemps; were all his students.

Gustave Moreau was a true artist, in the sense his works weren’t for sale. That’s one of the main reasons he wasn’t as famous as his peers. But Moreau was a genius, and since he wasn’t for sale, most of his works are all available for viewing, in one location, his house, i.e. Musée Gustave Moreau (Gustave Moreau Museum), in Paris. How many artist works are available to view within one location, not that many, and definitely not a collection like this.

Musée GM (NS)

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Couple of my Artworks derived from Moreau.

Aprés Moreau

 

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Beatle News  #7 CD

  • 1963 – The Beatles are awarded their very first Silver Disc, for the single ‘Please Please Me‘.

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News Flash

Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Yesterday, on the 4th of April 2013, famed Film Critic, Roger Ebert, died aged 70, after an eleven year battle with cancer. In 1975, he became the very first film critic to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, for his film criticism during 1974, for the Chicago Sun-Times; where he worked from 1967 until his death. Ebert has also written many books and screenplays. His all time favourite actress was Ingrid Bergman; and his favourite movies range from The General (1926), to Citizen Kane (1941), to Tokyo Story (1953), to La Dolce Vita (1960), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Godfather (1972), Scener ur ett äktenskapScenes from a Marriage (1973), Sophie’s Choice (1982), Schindler’s List (1993), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), The Social Network (2010), Argo (2012) etc etc etc… and many more out of the zillions of films made world wide within last 118 years of cinema. 

Yesterday was also the birth anniversaries of these great stars that are no more….

Born on the 4th of April

Born on the 4th of April

….. Hollywood actress Agnes Ayres (1898–1940), American Disney animator and writer Nick George (1910–1977), French film director Eric Rohmer (1920–2010), British actor Peter Burton (1921–1989), Hollywood actress Dorothy Hart (1922–2004), Hollywood actor Anthony Perkins (1932–1992), Bollywood actress Parveen Babi (1949–2005), and Hollywood actor from down-under Heath Ledger (1979–2008).

Today, the 5th of April, 2013, happens to be the Birth Anniversaries of these luminaries …..

Born on the 5th of April

Born on the 5th of April

…. Hollywood actress Bette Davis (1908-1989), Hollywood actor Melvyn Douglas (1901–1981), Hollywood actor Spencer Tracy (1900–1967), and Hollywood actor Gregory Peck (1916–2003).

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Beatle News  #6  TV Appearance

Thank Your Lucky Stars !!!

Thank Your Lucky Stars !!!

 

  • 1965 – The Beatles appear on Thank Your Lucky Stars, a popular British pop-music television programme back in the day (recorded on March 28th). It’s their first television appearance that year. 

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124 years today, Gustave Eiffel, officially inaugurated the Eiffel Tower, on the 31st of March, 1889.

Paris Je t'aime (Summer 2008)

Paris Je t’aime (Summer 2008)

              The Eiffel Tower

Initially, the Tower was built as the entrance for the 1889 World Fair, it ended up being the iconic landmark of the city of Paris, France.

In May 1884, Maurice Koechlin, an engineer drew an outline for a tall metal structure for the World Fair to be held five years later. Eiffel wasn’t that enthusiastic in the beginning, but sanctioned a further study into it with Koechlin and another engineer Émile Nouguier, and got architect Stephen Sauvestre to add the decorative elements to make it more aesthetically appealing.

After facing a lot problems and protests, work on the foundations finally started in January 1887. And towards the end of March 1889, the tower was complete. It was officially opened on the 31st of March 1889. And played it’s role as the entrance to world fair of 1889, Exposition Universelle, held between 6th May & 31st October 1889, to celebrate the centennial (100th anniversary) of the storming of the Bastille, which was beginning of the French Revolution.

After the fair, the tower had a permit to stand for 20 years. It was to be dismantled in 1909. But after the permit expired, Paris decided to keep it a little longer, as it could come in handy for communication purposes. Then the first World War came, powerful radio transmitters were fitted to the tower which jammed German communications. This seriously hindered German advances to Paris in 1914. During the second World War, lift cable were cut in  the Eiffel Tower, so that Hitler and his soldiers would have to climb steps to the top to hoist the swastika. The flag blew away within hours. Hitler chose to stay on the ground. It was said that Hitler conquered France, but did not conquer the Eiffel Tower. With the world going through a number of disasters, both man made and natural, the Eiffel Tower stood high and erect withstanding the test of time.  

The Eiffel Tower, was the tallest man made structure in the world, when it was built, and it held that title for 41 years, till in 1930, when the Chrysler Building was made in New York, U.S.A.  In 1957, with the addition of an antenna atop the Eiffel Tower, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building and it is the second-tallest structure in France, today.

Paris (Spring 2005) Euro-trip 2005

Paris (Spring 2005) Euro-trip 2005, April 2005

Paris 2009 (pre-Autumn 2009)

Paris 2009 (pre-Autumn 2009)Sept 2009

 Paris et moi (Paris & Me)

The first time I visited Paris was in April 2005. I was doing a one month Euro-trip. I started with Paris, on the 1st of April, where I saw the two famous landmarks, the Eiffel Tower and the Triumph d’arc. Left early next day for Geneva, Switzerland. Then on the 31st of April 2005, I left Den Haag (The Hague), Amsterdam, early morning, and via Brussels, Belgium, reached Paris station (not the main city) and straight to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Then I got a chance to live in Paris for almost an year (between 2008 and 2009). A 100 days in 2008 (July-Oct 2008) & for less than six months in 2009 (March-Sept 2009). And I fell in love with this beautiful city. I wrote to my friends down under, “No wonder it’s called the city of love, ’cause you fall in love with Paris, the city itself.” And I did, with the city. I could just lose myself in the streets of Paris, just walking around, by the river seine, listening to street musicians on Pont des Artistes, with a view of the Pont Neuf, the street side book shops around the seine, with posters and prints of great artistic works and iconic images of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Marilyn Monroe from The Seven Year Itch (1955); though all American (Hollywood flicks), very French in style; street café’s, the Shakespeare and co., the Notre Dame, museums etc etc.. I was in love with this highly cultured and artistic city of Paris. I just wish I could have been happier there, but atleast I had Paris back then. Facing loads of problems, thanks to SL’s there, one depressive moment in Sept 2008, as I was walking past the Eiffel Tower, I made a vow – that I wouldn’t climb the tower until I have, or have had, someone in life. I left Paris in Sept 2009. Three and half years later no such luck. Yet am glad I got a chance to live in such a beautiful city. Paris Je t’aime.   

Paris 2005-2009

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Some of my artworks, that depict Paris’ iconic landmark. 

Paris Sydney through the balcony (Nuwan Sen)

Paris Sydney through the balcony (Nuwan Sen)

Paris Sydney through the Balcony (oils on canvas) An impressionist work by me, inspired by the six countries I’ve lived in till date, and depicting mainly two of my favourite cities, but also incorporating other places I’ve lived in. Shall explain this painting in detail some other time.    Eiffel Tower in my Drawings-Sketches (2010 & 2011)

Top row: Left – Drawing, Horny Gargoyle watching over Paris (Feb 2010); Right – Rough Sketch of Paris Sydney through the Balcony (Feb 2010).

Bottom Row: Left – Drawing, My Favourite movie by decade: The 1940’s (Feb 2011); Right – Drawing, My Favourite Film on Film Buffs (Feb 2011).

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Beatle News  #5

The Beatles at Strouds (62') & Bagism (69')

  •   1962 – The Beatles play in Stroud’s Subscription Rooms, a rare foray outside Liverpool.
  •  1969 – After the famous Bed-In, John & Yoko, fly to Vienna, Austria where they hold a press conference in a bag (Bagism); and send Acorns for Peace to every world leader.

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