George Harrison’s Final Performance
I rarely meet anyone who totally hates The Beatles. I loved the band. However, I think one of the best things to happen with the breakup is the fact that George Harrison was no longer limited to one or two songs per album.
I was never aware of the video I am going to share until I happened on it at Open Culture.
The Beatles on HD and Streaming Services
I am a Beatles fan. I have been since I was a small child. I actually remember the day Abbey Road was released. I was six years old. What was big news then is now history.
In case you missed it, they made what I believe will be, perhaps not historic, but at the least a milestone release on Christmas Eve. In the video below, a short 35-second mix of various Fab Four hits, announces that The Beatles are now available on nine streaming music services. (Source)
The Beatles are now streamable at:
- Apple Music
- Google Play
- Amazon Prime Music
- Microsoft Groove
- Slacker Radio
In case you noticed that Pandora and iHeart are not on the list, it is because The Beatles have always been available on those services. Tech Times has more details about why.
I think this is pretty awesome news. I also discovered that they have released many HD videos as well. I am going to share one of my favorites below and there will be a link to the Open Culture article which has many more videos at the bottom of this post.
The article at Open Culture also goes into how John, Paul, George and Ringo were ahead of their time. Obviously, these videos were not made any time recent. While a few other bands in that era did movies and videos, The Beatles and The Monkees were likely the most progressive regarding what we now call “music videos”. Most other videos of the time were more like documentaries or simply concert videos. Hopefully, more and more “main-stream” artist will get with the new media order and embrace what the listeners want and not treat new technology like a mobster.
The Beatles – Revolution
JIMI HENDRIX – 1967.12.22 “Christmas on Earth Continued”
Open Culture is one of my favorite feeds. Not only do they share where to find books but also video gems like the one below. Check out Jimi covering The Beatles.
- Vintage Advert Featuring Jimi Hendrix Dressed As Santa Claus (neatorama.com)
- Jimi Hendrix, the Uncut Story, watch free online (dphilosophy.com)
- Jimi Hendrix Unplugged: Two Rare Recordings of Hendrix Playing Acoustic Guitar (openculture.com)
“It was fifty years ago today…”
For the record, the famous Sullivan Show appearance actually occurred before I was born. Granted, only 6 days, but nonetheless still before. However, I would be a liar if I didn’t simply confess that I am a Beatleholic and do not consider Beatlemania an affliction but a blessing. As well as the Fab Four has done over the years, it is clear I am not alone.
Every now and then you run across something magical, perfection in music. Granted they used songs that were pretty spectacular to begin with, but they used them in a way that went beyond creative and dabbled in the realm of genius.
Watch and enjoy.
Hiroshima Day – 66 Years in the Post Nuclear War Era
Today is Saturday, August 6, 2011 and it marks the day that the United States of America became the first and only country to use nuclear weapons in warfare. Today is Hiroshima Day. A day that the world entered an new sad era. It marks the first time a country used a nuclear weapon against another. While historians shall forever argue whether it saved lives by ending World War II, I remind you all that World War I was “the war to end all wars”. Historically, in my opinion, it has only mad warfare scarier. Now, not only can we destroy a nation, but the planet itself.
While I agree that it seems unlikely to this vet that we can totally eliminate the need for armed forces for there will always be one war torn nut out there, I can not argue against the pacifist who claim that the only way to peace it to live, think and breath peace. Hopefully, this date will always be the only example of nuclear war in out history books.
So hippies and veterans alike, on this day let us just unite and listen to a track by a man I found over at Mevio‘s Music Alley, Lotzie Weaver’s “The Futility of War”. According to his bio at Mevio, former Beatles manager, Sam Leach said ‘John and George would’ve loved Lotzies songs’. There is no doubt it has a overly true message.
- A Day That Shook The World: Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima (independent.co.uk)
- 30 reviews of Should Harry Truman Have Authorized the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Japan? (rateitall.com)
- Greg Mitchell: 66 Years Ago: The Day the Nuclear Age Began With a Bomb and Prayer (huffingtonpost.com)
An article at The Wall Street Journal reports that, as many organizations do, nudist colonies are seeking young blood, or maybe better said, young flesh. Quoting the source article:
That’s good news to the nudist resort industry, which is desperate for young nudists like Ms. Bartoletti to augment its clientele of graying baby boomers.
Membership in the two big nudist umbrella groups has been flat or declining for years, prompting a youth-recruitment effort that includes reverse-strip-poker nights, volleyball tournaments, naked 5K road races and music festivals like Nudepalooza and Nudestock.
Well it is nice to see that the nudist colony marketers are willing to let it all hang out. On that note lets close this one with a song, The Bare Facts by Nuclear Bubble Wrap of The FuMP. You can find them and many more funny musicisians at thefump.com
- Nudist Push for Young Recruits (patspapers.com)
- Nudists seek out the young and the naked to up their numbers (dailymail.co.uk)
- Nudists Seek Out the Young and Naked (online.wsj.com)
- Nudist Movement Seeks Next Naked Generation (newser.com)