Tag Archive: John Lennon & Yoko Ono


Beatle News  # 20: India, Cinema & September Births

 

  • 1963 – The Beatles perform at the Great Pop Prom show at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Also making an appearance are the ‘Rolling Stones’.

How I Won The War (1967) NSFS

  • 1966 – George Harrison, with his wife Pattie Boyd, fly to India where George is to take sitar lessons from the renowned sitar maestro, Ravi Shankar. The couple stay at the Taj Mahal Hotel. Meanwhile John Lennon is busy with the filming of Richard Lester’s How I Won The War (1967) in Germany and Spain, where Lennon plays the lead alongside Michael Crawford.
  •  1968 – Hey Jude (which was released in USA on August 26th, and in UK on August 30th), tops the UK singles chart for the first of it’s two weeks.

September Births affiliated to The Beatles

The McCartney Household: Paul McCartney’s first wife, and their last two children together, were all born in the month of September.

  • Wife – Photographer Linda McCartney (née Linda Eastman) : 24th September 1941
  • Daughter – Fashion designer Stella McCartney : 13th September 1971
  • Son – Songwriter James McCartney : 12th September 1977

The Starr/Starkey Household: Ringo Starr’s eldest son and grandchild were born in the month of September.

  •  Son – Latter years drummer, for the 60’s & 70’s band, ‘The Who’ (from 1996 onwards), Zak Starkey : 13th September 1965
  • Granddaughter (Daughter of Zak Starkey) – Tatia Jayne Starkey : 6th September 1985 (Ringo Starr was the first Beatle to become a grandfather)

The Epstein Household: The Beatles manager, Brian Samuel Epstein, was born in Liverpool, on the 19th of September, 1934.

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Beatle News  # 17 : Abbey Road Album ()
The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)

 

  • 1969 – Work on the song, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, begins for the Abbey Road Album. (Abbey Road Album was The Beatles last recorded album, though not their last release.)

John Lennon with new wife Yoko Ono, her daughter Kyoko, and Lennon’s son Julian, have an accident; whilst on a motoring holiday in Scotland; when a motorist came around on the wrong side of the road, in turn making the car Lennon was driving fall into ditch. All four of them were detained in Hospital. This was on the 1st of July, 1969. And eight days later, on 9th July, still recovering, Lennon and Ono make it to the studio for the recording of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.
While Ono, who was far more badly hurt than Lennon in the accident, is resting in a large bed at the Abbey Road studios, Paul McCartney (who wrote the song the previous year, in October 1968, after his trip to India) and Lennon start recording the song Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.
Coincidently, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, McCartney’s first song on the album, is a song about a student Maxwell Edison, who first kills his girlfriend, then a lecturer, and finally a judge; which according to Lennon is about ‘instant Karma’, and as Paul McCartney apparently stated that the song, “epitomises the downfall of life. Just as everything seems to be going smoothly, ‘Bang Bang’ down comes Maxwell’s Silver Hammer and ruins everything.”

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Beatle News  # 16

  • 1940 – Ringo Starr born as Richard Starkey, in Liverpool, UK

Ringo Starr pix

  • 1967 – All You Need is Love & Baby, You are a Rich Man, released in the United Kingdom.
  • 1969 – The Plastic Ono band releases Give Peace a Chance & Remember Love, in the United States (The two songs were released in the United Kingdom on the 4th of July 1969).

The song, Give Peace a Chance, was written during Lennon & Ono’s famous ‘‘ in Montreal, Canada; sung by Lennon & Ono, they were joined in by all the journalists who had come to interview the couple (on 1st June, 1969), and many celebrities; which included famed poet Allen Ginsberg and singer/actress Petula Clark. Give Peace a Chance also happens to be the first release of the Plastic Ono band. The Plastic Ono band was formed by Lennon & Ono, in 1969, before The Beatles famous Break-up the following year.

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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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  • 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

 

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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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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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Beatle News  #4  Bed-In #1

John Lennon & Yoko Ono Bed-In (NS)

 

  • 1969 – Five days after their marriage; and a day after having lunch with my all time favourite artist, Salvador Dalí; John Lennon & Yoko Ono, stage their very first famed Bed-In, for Peace, at the presidential suite (Room 902) of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel, which last for seven days. Thus, Lennon & Ono spent their honeymoon, in that room, inviting the worlds press into their room every day between 9 a.m. to 9.p.m, where they discussed Bed Peace & Hair Peace, telling people not to go to war, but to stay at home, and let your hair grow. A strategy against the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. This was a non-violent protest staged by the two peace activist (a singer/songwriter and his artist wife).

I have loved the Beatles, since I was a kid growing up in the 80’s, and back then my favourite Beatle number most probably was, We all live in the Yellow Submarine. But, it’s only as a teenager, in the 1990’s, that I started to really understand what the Beatles were, and since then I’ve been a great fan of them, especially Lennon, and not just for their music. Then in July 2007, I went and watched this documentary, at the Chauvel Cinema, in Sydney, Australia, called The U.S. v.s. John Lennon (2006). I have watched very few documentaries on the Big Screen (hundreds on Telly, but rarely on the Big Screen). This was really worth it. It was a really good insight into Lennon’s peace activism, non-violence stance and he was like a new age Mahatma Gandhi. The movie dealt with how he managed to shake the Nixon administration, with just his songs dealing with Peace, and how the United States government wanted to get rid of him. Excellent Flick. I highly recommend it.    

  • 2013 – A few days ago, 44 years after Lennon & Ono, got married, Yoko Ono tweeted a photo of John Lennon’s Blood-Stained Glasses, the ones Lennon wore the day he was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman, as a plea for Gun Control, in the United States. Stating that, ‘Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980,’ on the poster. She supposedly also stated that, “We are turning this beautiful country into war zone. Together, let’s bring back America, the green land of peace”

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