Sue Baker was Pals with The Beatles! What the Hell`s a Psychedelic Bungalow?

July 16, 2010 by  
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Mister Bucks Burnett linked this story on Facebook. It was in the Daily Mail and tells how Sue Baker, a fan of the Fab Four,  would casually pop by The Beatles` houses anytime she liked to and have friendly conversations with John, Paul, George and Ringo. She conducted these visits openly and freely for several years-1965, 1966 and 1967. But I suspect one photo of her with George and her brother Philip, is from 1968. George`s hairdo is the give away! *(See pics in White Album kit!)

Sue Baker will auction off her collection of photos and memorabilia next month. Sue will certainly get a pretty penny for these priceless memories of a more innocent age, but I`m not so sure she should do this? She should retain the rights to these pics and maybe have a picture book published. Sue would haul in more MOOLAH by doing this!

The Daily Mail piece emphasizes that this was a much more innocent time. The Beatles liked it when Sue dropped by and they weren`t pretentious or paranoid whatsoever. And can you imagine living in a psychedelic bungalow where no Tea Party assholes were around to harass you? Boy, we`ve come a long way since 1968-NOT!

I want to view all these pics that Sue Baker took sometime. I want to remember what a happy world it once was, when a young lass could make a bit of change on a paper route, then use it for train fares to go and visit her English buddies on the weekend and have a bit of a chat. *(That`s my pic of Sue`s pic of George`s psychedelic bungalow.) You can drop by my psychedelic crash pad condo sometime, if you like?  TGIF

‘Boy You`re Gonna Carry The Weight!’ The Abbey Road Pic Forty Years Later

August 10, 2009 by  
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“She`s so HEAVY!” At 11:30 AM on August 8th, 1969 a fortunate photographer, Iain Macmillan, a friend of a friend of Yoko Ono, ran with Warhol`s 15 minutes in the limelight to shoot the iconic pic of The Beatles, that was used for the “Abbey Road” album cover. What is so great about the photo anyway? Much of this past weekend has been a head scratching session of this very question, as fans, writers, and even rock historians’ attempt to simulate the precious moment in time. Forty years later, it maybe looks like (to me) that the faithful were reading more into this snapshot than it really warrants-even this hypothesis will undoubtedly be turned upside down, and samples will be taken to a chemist laboratory for analysis! Huh? It`s possible, don`t you think?abbey-road

I doubt if anyone has been able to give a definitive answer to what is so special about this photo, maybe it`s just four comic lads walking the zebra stripes at 4 Abbey Road, a silly brush with the camera`s eye? “Oh that magic feeling, know where to go.” I`ll give ya a few silly syllabic bites that express its importance, if only in an intuitive way. This was the end of The Beatles, though no one knew it at the time. Then there is the ‘Paul Is Dead’ rumor; notice that Paul is barefoot, and the license plate of the Volkswagen reads: 28IF. The wide stride of The Beatles on the zebra stripes is a nifty design from a good-eye-art-perspective. Also, John is in the lead in all white, which has a messianic ambience. “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 all good children go to heaven.” Paint your own picture!

Walter Cronkite (1916-2009): “And that’s the way it is”

July 28, 2009 by  
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It has been almost two weeks since the passing of Walter Cronkite, who brought fairness, empathy, and compassion in journalism — covering the assassination of JFK, Watergate, Vietnam, and was the first ever to interview the Beatles.

He even showed excitement and joy in 1969 when man made one giant step for mankind on the moon.

People called him “the most trusted man in America”, for he was one of the rare breed that brought truth, honor, morality, and humility in this field. Though not as glamorous as most journalists, Walter Cronkite was as real as they come because he did what he loved doing best: reporting the news to the world every night, and he did it without compromising neither his principles nor the principles of journalism.

And that’s the way it is on July 28, 2009.

George Harrison Becomes a Star Again

April 16, 2009 by  
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Late, great Beatle George Harrison has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this past Tuesday.  Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Harrison widow Olivia Trinidad Arias, and Tom Hanks were among those attending.  

The ceremony took place in front of the Capitol Records Building, where on that same day, EMI/Capitol Records announced of a new album spanning the career of Harrison, who was one-quarter of the Fab Four known as the Beatles, who took the world by storm in 1964.

That year, over a dozen of their songs reached the Billboard Top 100, and six of them went straight to number one.   After the band broke up in 1970, Harrison went to have a successful solo career, joined the Traveling Wilburys, and became a producer in both film and music.

Known as “the quiet Beatle”, Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.