Paul McCartney guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray each posted a tribute Oct. 27 on their Twitter accounts to the late Lou Reed. Rusty Anderson posted “RIP Lou Reed. a truly inspired and influential visionary.” Fellow Brian Ray also noted Reed's death, writing, “Long live Lou Reed.” Reed's death was reported on Sunday,
NEW AUCTION FOR FLOOR PIECE: Another charity auction for a piece of floor from St. Peter's Church in Liverpool is now underway is now on eBay, Donna Jackson of the British Beatles Fan Club told us Oct. 27. The floor block is being sold on behalf of Cavern Mecca, with all proceeds to go to the Linda McCartney Centre. The sale closes Nov. 1.
BRUCE SPIZER INTERVIEW: Our latest “Things We Said Today” radio show, which went online Oct. 27, features an interview with author Bruce Spizer discussing his ebook version of “Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles on Vee-Jay Records.” You can hear it here.
STILL TIME TO VOTE: Voting will end soon for the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards, which have nominated “Good Ol' Freda” for an audience award. The second round of voting begins Nov. 8 and will feature the top five films from round one. The winner will be announced at the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards on Dec.2.
MARK LEWISOHN IN SAN FRANCISCO: Mark Lewisohn ends his West Coast swing with several events this week to promote his book “Tune In.” The final one will be a Q&A and book signing at 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at Bloomingdale's in San Francisco. We're honored to say we'll be the host and will be asking Mark questions before opening it up to the audience. If you're in the area, come by. It'll be a lot of fun.
NEW BEATLEFAN: Beatlefan editor Bill King the new issue of Beatlefan #204 features his review of Paul McCartney's “New” album and an on-scene report from the Hollywood Boulevard concert, plus part one of an interview with Henry Grossman, who photographed the Beatles from 1964-68. A sample issue is available for $7 in the U.S. or $10 abroad from P.O. Box 33515, Decatur GA 30033.
MUST HAVE EVERYTHING?: A new National Enquirer magazine special called “Crimes of the Century” that lists short recaps of the most notorious crimes (over 60!) with pictures (250!) to go with them features a column-long look at John Lennon's assassination on page 37. No revelations, but two pictures (one old, one recent) of his killer and Yoko's statement against his release. It's available now in your grocery store, probably next to the kitty litter. You can read more about it here.
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