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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

2013 11 14 - BBCR4 - Sorry Boys You Failed The Audition

Sorry Boys You Failed The Audition by Ray Connolly

In the summer of 1962 the Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin at Parlophone Records. Having been rejected by every other record company, it was their last chance to get a recording contract. As the world soon found out, they passed the audition.
But what if they'd been turned down? Seen through the eyes of Freda, their teenage Liverpool fan club secretary, this is an affectionate comedy drama about what might have happened to the Beatles if George Martin had said, 'No'.

Producer/Director Gary Brown
Ray Connolly is a celebrated journalist and author. He is perhaps best known for writing the screenplays for the films 'That'll Be the Day' and the sequel 'Stardust' for which he won a Writers Guild of Great Britain best screenplay award, and for his many interviews with the Beatles. He was due to interview John Lennon on the day the ex-Beatle was murdered, an event he wrote about in the BBC radio play 'Unimaginable'. In addition to the biography John Lennon 1940-1980, he wrote the introduction to The Beatles Complete songbook.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

2013 11 04 - BBCR4 - Imagine John Lennons Bermuda Adventure

Months before John Lennon's life was ended, he spent the summer of 1980 living in Bermuda. Lennon was an enthusiastic yachtsman and sailed through a gale to reach Bermuda where he took a rental at a beautiful waterside residence in Fairyland, one of the island's oldest neighbourhoods.
While there, he composed many songs and the imagery of Bermuda can be heard in a number of tracks on his final two albums. John McCarthy hears from those who met him and discovers how he got to grips with his creative energy once more.
We hear from Captain Hank Halsted and crewmember Tyler Coney about life on Megan Jaye, the boat which took Lennon to Bermuda, his demeanour and his sailing skills. We also hear from Donna Bennett who rented Lennon his Bermuda residence and visited the singer on a number of occasions to make sure all was well.
While on the island, John Lennon posed for a painting by New York artist Nancy Gosnell and she recalls what it was like having the ex-Beatle relaxed and ease before her canvas. The finished painting now sits above Lennon's piano in New York, enjoyed by Yoko Ono.
Last year a memorial to Lennon was unveiled at the Botanical Gardens. The centrepiece is a sculpture by Bermuda artist Graham Foster. He explains more about the thinking behind it and the Lennon Peace Concert, now an annual musical event in Bermuda.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

2011 10 03 - Paul McCartney Classic FM Interview Ocean’s Kingdom

The complete 3 hour radio show.
In this revealing interview, Sir Paul told Classic FM about his new 
ballet - from its inception, right through to the choreography. 
We also hear about his upcoming projects and touch on 
the legacy of the Fab Four.

Part 01          Part 02          Part 03

Monday, 9 December 2013

BBC Lennon Weekend Re-Upps

 More Re-upps.

BBCR2 John Lennon The New York Years 01 of 02

BBCR2 John Lennon The New York Years 02 of 02