Ringo Starr's Facebook page posted the first look Aug. 23 at the upcoming “Octopus' Garden” children's picture book announced in June. The book will be first published in October in the UK and in January in the U.S. The illustration is by artist Ben Cort, a Beatles fan, whose work will be featured in the book.
The new book, to be published by Simon and Schuster Children’s Books, will be packaged as a hardback with a CD when it first arrives. The CD will feature Ringo reading the story and also singing a previously unheard song.
According to Simon and Schuster, “Octopus’s Garden” will be published in hardback first in the UK Oct. 24 , then as a paperback in 2014. The North American version will be out in January.
The book, of course, recalls Ringo's former role as conductor on "Thomas the Tank Engine." A set of his shows are available on DVD.
“A HARD DAY'S NIGHT" DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY DIES: Gilbert Taylor, who was director of photography for “A Hard Day's Night”, and also worked on “Star Wars,” “Dr. Strangelove” and “The Omen” in his long career, has died at age 99, the BBC reported Aug. 23. Taylor told American Cinematographer magazine in 2006 the difficulties of shooting the train station scene in "A Hard Day's Night." “There was very little lighting of any sort, as the authorities would not allow us to control the station in any way. We also had a very limited budget and couldn’t afford generators, so any fill was coming from a small, handheld, battery-powered lamp. They wouldn’t have let us bring generators or cables onto the platform anyway.”
"MY SWEET GEORGE": Two Beatles week events in Liverpool this weekend will honor George Harrison. Tonight, Joey Molland from Badfinger and others will do a musical tribute at the city's Philharmonic Hall. An art exhibition in tribute to George Harrison will be held Sunday at the Adelphi Hotel, reports the British Beatles Fan Club.
ROCK AUTOGRAPH SHOW: The upcoming Rock Autograph Show Sept. 13-15 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport will have a wide range of guests, including several with Beatles links. Some of the guests, both with and without Beatles connections, will include May Pang, Billy J. Kramer, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Donna Loren, Gary Lewis, former Ringo All-Starr Band member Mark Farner, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Spencer Davis, Mackenzie Phillips, the Angels (“My Boyfriend's Back”) and more. The complete guest list is here.
TV ALERT: “Rockshow” with Paul McCartney and Wings premieres on Palladia at 9 p.m. ET tonight, then repeats at midnight. (Check local listings.)
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