As he traditionally does every year, Paul McCartney was in attendance at the graduation ceremony of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), which he co-founded, held on July 31, reports our Liverpool correspondent Donna Jackson. “I got a very quick glimpse of him in the passenger seat of his car. I think John Hammell was driving. But he was past us in a second.”
She said the ceremony was held at the Convention Center rather than the usual location at Philharmonic Hall because it was being refurbished. You can see some exclusive photos of McCartney arriving on this page.
Now on eBay: A listing for what is advertised as the original negatives used on the cover of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” album is now on eBay. The transparencies, which show both front and back cover, are priced at $4,999.
New Lennon vinyl: In addition to the other recent new listings on Amazon.com is a Lennon “Shaved Fish” vinyl release that is listed to come out Aug. 19.
Bayonets album is out: The Bayonets with Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray announced Wednesday that their “Crash Boom Bang!” album is now available through their website. The album features 10 songs and is available in two formats.
Genesis book upgrade: Genesis Publications announced July 31 it has added a Beatles special 50th anniversary commemorative solander slipcase to its limited edition book of rare photos focusing on the days of Beatlemania to celebrate 50 years since the Beatles came to America called “Mania Days.” The book features over 350 photos by Curt Gunther and the words of Derek Taylor, who was the Beatles’ press officer during the ’64 tour.
Gunther was one of the few photographers allowed on the first U.S. tour. “I think there was real, genuine affection between the Beatles and my dad. He was there on every plane ride and in every hotel room,” says Gunther’s son, Stephen, who is custodian of the Gunther Archive. The Collector’s Edition version is numbered and individually signed by Stephen Gunther and sells for £225 or $379 USD.
Nutopians celebrate Lennon: The Nutopians will be performing Aug. 22-23 at the Guthrie Center. 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, MA. The band, which was created by Elektra and RCA recording artist Rex Fowler of Aztec Two Step and Atlantic recording artist Tom Dean of Devonsquare, will feature songs from their great CD “Lennon Re-Imagined,” a 16-song compilation of originally-performed Lennon-composed masterpieces from his Beatles and solo careers, as well as from their debut “Imagined: Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon.”
More Lennon tribute: Theatre Within, the non-profit behind the Annual John Lennon Tribute in New York, will present “Songs of Love And Revolution – A Celebration of Music That Matters” Sept. 14 at City Winery, New York City. The charity concert, produced in association with Music Without Borders, will feature Bettye Lavette, Tom Chapin, Dana Fuchs (“Love Janis”, “Across The Universe”) and singer-songwriters Garland Jeffreys, Lucy Kaplansky and Guy Davis.
Proceeds will help Theatre Within cover production costs for its 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute charity concert, scheduled for Dec. 5 at Symphony Space, and also help Clearwater, the non-profit organization founded by Pete Seeger. Tickets are available online at TheatreWithin.org and by phone at 212-608-0555 (ext 2713).
Beatles were “hot to trot”: Thanks to Peggy Barry for this video on this page with this 1987 George Harrison clip in which he talks about their early days and how the group was “hot to trot.”