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RIP Victor Spinetti

Victor Spinetti and Beatles
Victor Spinetti with John Lennon and Paul McCartney on the set of The Beatles’ Film, A Hard Days Night

Victor Spinetti, who was an established British film star in 1963 when he agreed to make a movie with a pop group called The Beatles died on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 in London, of cancer. He was 82 years old. Spinetti was the only actor besides the four Beatles to appear in the films A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and Magical Mystery Tour. Read more about the life and career of Victor Spinetti at the NYTimes official obit, found at This Link.

Gail's Netflix Queue Recommends: HELP!

HELP! is an amazing screwball comedy/adventure/musical film that was made in 1965. It stars The Beatles as themselves and is certainly one of my very favorite movies ever. I own a copy, of course, but if you haven’t seen it you should rent it. Because it rules.

Stories Behind The Beatles’ Album Covers


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Just when you think you know everything there is to know about The Beatles, Neatorama runs a post with a few cool stories behind different Beatles album covers. I especially love this one about HELP!, a film and album which already hold so many cool memories for me:

For the HELP! photo shoot, photographer Robert Freeman warmed up by shooting publicity stills of the band playing around in the Austrian snow. In the process, he realized that their arm motions reminded him of semaphore, a system of emergency naval communications using waving flags. Because the album title was conveniently four characters long, the photographer had each member of the group spell out a letter using the code. However, Freeman found that the arm motions for H-E-L-P were much less aesthetically pleasing than the positions for N-U-J-V, so he decided to use those letters instead.

Read more stories behind the covers for The White Album, Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road at This Link.

Happy 70th Birthday, Ringo Starr!

Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers in  a Scene From The Magic Christian

Former drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr, was born on this day in  in 1940. Wow! Happy Birthday Ringo. I loved you in Help! and The Magic Christian!

15 Albums That Changed My Life

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15 Albums That Changed My Life is one of the more interesting notes that are going around on FaceBook right now, and I felt compelled to share it on the ‘Gig. What you’re supposed to do is make a list of 15 albums, CDs, LPs (if you’re over 40) that had such a profound effect on you that they, literally, changed your life.  It wasn’t hard for me to think of that many. In fact, it was hard to limit it to just fifteen. The glaring omission of any album released after 1987 certainly says something about the lack of vital, ass-kicking, earth shaking rock released since that time. Sometimes it’s advantageous to be an old fart. Here’s my list, kind of in chronological order but undoubtedly with MANY omissions.

1. The BeatlesHelp! (Original Soundtrack)

2. Led Zeppelin 4

3. ELPWelcome Back My Friends

4. The Who Who’s Next

5. Peter FramptonFrampton Comes Alive

6. GenesisThe Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

7. Peter GabrielWet Windshield (First Solo Album)

8. QueenA Night at the Opera

9. Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits (original band)

10. BuzzcocksLove Bites

11. Generation XS/T

12. Julian CopeWorld Shut Your Mouth

13. The SmithsThe Queen is Dead

14. BlurPark Life

15. Guns & RosesAppetite for Destruction

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