Reuters is reporting that a guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison at the height of the Beatles' fame is hitting the auction block in May. The guitar, a custom-built VOX, is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000, according to Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions.
Revolver is the album that made the Beatles recording artists in the absolute sense of the term. Their previous six albums had demonstrated John Lennon and Paul McCartney's increasingly ambitious songwriting skills and the group's competence with a range of musical styles. But the productions, while strong, were undistinguished.
The Beatles’ career spanned a period of radical change in studio technology. Between the time of their first recordings, in 1962, and their last, in 1970, the process of making records became increasingly complex, as multitrack tape recorders, improved audio circuitry and sophisticated signal-processing equipment became available.
With nothing to do, the Beatles wandered in ways only the very rich can. They rented a boat and sailed up the coast of Athens, shopping for an island on which they could plant themselves and their growing commercial empire. “We’re all going to live there,” Lennon said. “It’ll be fantastic, all on our own on this island.” The idea came to nothing.
Fargen Amplification has announced a new line of John Lennon signature guitar amplifiers. This is the first time Lennon's name has been associated with any amp or effect. The company's new Artist series features white components throughout, plus an acoustically transparent, UV-protected grill cloth that serves as the canvas for Lennon’s artwork. Five of the late former Beatle's designs are available in limited numbered editions of 11 each.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of my idols, David Spinozza. From 1970 through the '80s, NYC was a hot spot for studio work. I came into the game in the early '80s. But David was one of the names I followed, along with others like Elliot Randall, Steve Kahn and John Tropea. They owned the guitar seats on countless sessions, and David happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Apple Films has announced the release of Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles' long-out-of-print, made-for-TV film from 1967. The film, which has been fully restored by Apple, will be released October 9 -- what would have been John Lennon's 72nd birthday -- on DVD and Blu-ray with a remixed soundtrack (5.1 and stereo) and extra features. And, for the first time, there will be a limited theatrical release of the film starting September 27.
The Beatles have just released a new, digital-only compilation titled Tomorrow Never Knows. The iTunes exclusive captures the band's "most powerful rock songs," including "Helter Skelter," "Revolution" and "Paperback Writer."
In The Beatles’ catalog, “Hey Bulldog” is a bridge between the psychedelic excesses of 1967 and the rock and roll revivalism they would pursue on the White Album and Let It Be. Written by John Lennon, the song is a straightahead rocker featuring a seductive boogie-style riff and some excellent aggressive lead guitar work.