Not like another Beatles' doc needs much introduction, but Ron Howard (that lovable kid from The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, the Academy Award winning actor-cum-director, is coming full circle with his obsession with John, Paul, George and Ringo in a new still-untitled documentary spanning the band's career from 1960-66.
It's a popular fact: George Martin coined himself the composer on most of the Beatles more orchestral arrangements.
A revelation to music culture reaching far beyond his few years with The Beatles as a band proper, John Lennon surpassed stardom to become an icon for peace. Lennon, thus, may be the most famous hippie you've ever known, and now pieces of his talent are available for your collection.
Earlier this month, Brit rock 'n' roll's pretty boys celebrated the 50th anniversary of their universally lauded February 16, 1964 Ed Sullivan debut.
OK, so Alarm Will Sound started it. Their orchestrations of the Beatles' "Revolution 9" and various numbers from Aphex Twin to the Shaggs put them on a unique comp-meets-indie map pretty much their own. But now, Asphalt Orchestra--a 12-piece ensemble that's best described as some sort of Calvino-esque marching band--plans on recording a full version of the Pixies' seminal 1988 album Surfer Rosa.
With only two Beatles still surviving, it's near impossible for either Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr to stay out of the limelight. Macca, aged 71, is still as prolific as he was in his 40s, yet Ringo, 73, remains ever more humble and tame (especially since Harry Nilsson died back in 1994). However, it was the strong, near silent drummer who received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Peace & Love at the David Lynch Foundation's gala.
Not many modern composers have made it into the wider consciousness. Sir John Tavener, who died yesterday aged 69, was one of the few. What does one mean by "the wider consciousness?" Western cultural circles, certainly--the kinds of people who would go to art galleries or plays, but not necessarily many concerts, would still have heard of Tavener. And he even shined his light into the lives of those who rarely (or never) crossed the door of a classical music venue. His Song for Athene, when played at the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997, was a comfort to a nation's grief.
The Royal Opera House's music director, Sir Antonio Pappano who described Beyoncé as 'amazing,' claims that children don't' know about The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who which is connected to having no sense of music history.