I think most fans still think of it as "Beatleweek" although the Council now call it the International Music Festival. How can anyone in the business of promoting such an event fail to realise the global marketing impact of the word "Beatles"? I can't think of any other city that would fail to utilize such an asset. Anyway, rant over. Regarding Paul being "Mr Entertainment" in my opinion, this is a very apt title. I was struck by two scenes [if I remember correctly from the Mark Lewisohn book] which, to me sum Paul up. In the first he is a young lad at a family party, joining in the communal singing, and having a great time. In the other, he is a member of what is becoming the biggest group ever, and he is on his way back from a gig, driving through the miserable winter weather. Forced to stop and find shelter he and I believe it was Neill Aspinall, make it to a little pub, where, stranded, Paul makes a beeline for the piano, and starts a sing-song; lasting several hours. Paul is a lot of things, singer, bass-player, composer..... but above all he's a consumate entertainer. Whether he's playing to a few people in a pub, or a vast arena audience; entertaining is what he does and who he is. Which is why he is still doing it now.
It's still officially called Beatleweeek. The International Music Festival is what replaced the Mathew Street Festival but Beatleweek is organised by Cavern City Tours. It's an event in its own right that has its roots in the Beatle Conventions that started in the Adelphi in 1981 (some may argue the first was 1978 that Bob Wooler organised although that wasn't in the Adelphi). I may have mentioned I have been to the 1982 Beatle Convention.
Anyway, I agree with you that the marketing strategy for the International Music Festival by Liverpool City Council is missing a great opportunity. I don't understand certain peoples attitude toward The Beatles in the Council (as well as the Liverpool public over the years) in as much as they want to distance themselves from what is clearly one of the most important things that has happened to the city.
The Council now probably has people on it that used to go to Eric's in its heyday. That would explain a lot!
I seem to remember another story about Paul in Peter Browns 'The Love You Make'. It was 1968 and Paul and Peter where in the country and popped into a pub. Paul again began to entertain the locals on the piano. He had just written Hey Jude but wasn't released yet and played it to all the customers. He then continued with the singalong with pub classics. I think that's how the story went but yes, he seemed to love doing this sort of thing and Mr Entertainment is an apt title although he had/has many guises.
Never been to the convention. About three years ago I went to the Mathew St festival, and watched at one of the stages, while cover bands went through every Beatles album. Very good, but I really hated being in the crowd.
I think you would really like the Convention in the Adelphi. Bands on in different rooms. A room dedicated to interviews and Spencer Leigh usually conducts the interviews every year. This year Mark Lewisohn was interviewed (which he has been a few times) and you get opportunity to ask questions during the interview or speak to the guest privately afterward. You name them, they have been interviewed.
There is a film room with rare footage as well as more well known stuff being shown. A massive market stall and other writers selling their books. And lots, lots more besides.
Post by bluemeaniepaul74 on Oct 26, 2014 15:27:18 GMT
I've just finished reading Alistair Taylor's book, "With The Beatles", and in it he too relates a story of he and Paul stopping off at a country pub where McCartney preceded to entertain the locals, this time on the drums?! Taking this and the other stories into account, perhaps we've inadvertently stumbled upon the real reason for the Beatles split, Paul was spending too much time in the pub singing 'Knees up Mother Brown'....
I listened to this interview on the radio [interview starts at 30mins] and was astonished to learn of just how much plagiarism [deliberate or unconscious] goes on in popular music. I will definately buy Clinton Heylin's book when it is published.
Anyone familiar with this book? I don't know if that's the real cover or just a mockup. What I seen of it is just a list of the tapes and what is on them. Are there any pics in the book of the recording sessions?
Today on local radio the author of The Making of John Lennon: The Untold Story of the Rise and Fall of The Beatles was interviewed by Sean Styles. You can hear the interview here [starts at the 1 hour mark] After listening I'm not sure that I'd want to read a book that was, basically, distilled from existing works, with no first hand sources being interviewed. I do accept the author's premise that many writers, especially those from overseas, fail to understand the Liverpool idiom and attitudes. However, the big exception is Mark Lewisohn, who completely gets the local slang, and has also written probably the most detailed and authoratative book yet.