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'Double Fantasy': The Link Between Bermuda and John Lennon

Where: Bermuda
July 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)


Bermuda's new art tribute to John Lennon

During the height of summer, all we want to think about are islands. All this week, Jaunted's transatlantic attaché Kai MacMahon will fill us in on what's up with Bermuda lately.

The 21-square-mile island of Bermuda lies a little over six hundred miles off the coast of the continental US, and it sits roughly level with the Carolinas. First discovered by the Spanish explorer Juan de Bermudez way back in 1505, you can see how the island got its name. The official language is English, as it was settled by the British a century or so after Bermudez peaced out.

The island is rich in history and lore, particularly when it comes to the famed Bermuda Triangle, an area that extends roughly from Bermuda in the north east, down to Puerto Rico in the south and Florida in the west. But we're not going to talk about the things that have mysteriously disappeared; instead, let's talk about someone who appeared on Bermuda decades ago: John Lennon.

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SXSW To Do List: The 'Beatles Complete on Ukelele'

March 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

For the third year in a row record producer Roger Greenawalt is returning to SXSW with his unique twist on the Beatles' catalog—.Beatles Complete On Ukulele.

On Thursday, March 15, Greenawalt will play all 185 Beatles song in one day with special guest musicians and singers joining in throughout the day. To kick off the festivities, everyone is invited to bring their uke and take part in the first three songs. The event is completely free and open to the public.

Beatles Complete On Ukulele will take place from noon to 6 pm at the Hickory Street Bar & Grill, 800 N. Congress Avenue in Austin, TX. For more information, visit the event's Official Facebook Page.

[Photo: austinukulelesociety.com]

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Here, There and Everywhere with The Beatles: John Lennon Peace Monument

December 8, 2011 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today, December 8, marks the 31st anniversary of the day John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment in New York City. While fans of Lennon and The Beatles will come together at Central Park's Strawberry Fields to remember him, we'll spend this week focusing on other places to visit to dip into Beatles history.

Today: The John Lennon Peace Monument in Liverpool, England.

This evening is the key moment this week, when Beatles fans and particularly those of John Lennon gather to remember him and meditate on peace. Sure, you can go to Strawberry Fields in Central Park or the Lennon statue near the Cavern Club, or any of a slew of other Beatles-related sites around the world to join in, but the newest gathering spot conveniently sits nearby The Beatles Story museum. It's the Lennon Peace Monument

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Here, There and Everywhere with The Beatles: The Liverpool Museum

December 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

This Thursday, December 8, marks the 31st anniversary of the day John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment in New York City. While fans of Lennon and The Beatles will come together at Central Park's Strawberry Fields to remember him, we'll spend this week focusing on other places to visit to dip into Beatles history.

Today: Liverpool's "The Beatles Story" Museum.

Love The Beatles' music, but not up on your Beatles history? This is where to come for something like Beatles 101, with a dash of Liverpool's own music past. The museum is divided into two buildings, one with a 4D film and the other with the bulk of the experience, which takes visitors from the start of The Beatles' fame with mock-ups of the clubs they played and the radio stations that played them, clear through to John Lennon's white piano.

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Here, There and Everywhere with The Beatles: The Cavern Club

December 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

This Thursday, December 8, marks the 31st anniversary of the day John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment in New York City. While fans of Lennon and The Beatles will come together at Central Park's Strawberry Fields to remember him, we'll spend this week focusing on other places to visit to dip into Beatles history.

Today: The Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Just around the corner from the newish Hard Day's Night Hotel in Liverpool sits the old Cavern Club, known better as the home club of The Beatles. It bills itself as "the most famous club in the world," and it pretty much is, since many lookalike clubs have sprung up around the world. The typical nightly crowd is a mix of Brits, older Beatles tourists and younger Contiki-type tour groups and, despite its enduring popularity and major place in music history, tickets to the nearly nightly live performances are nice and cheap, averaging £3 per person.

It's here at the Cavern Club that the members of the Fab Four first played, but with other groups like The Quarrymen and Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, before coming together as The Beatles. As The Beatles. they played the Cavern a staggering 292 times, but Beatlesmania forced them into larger venues and the Cavern went through its own period of weirdness before finally becoming the major tourist magnet it is today.

Naturally, we couldn't do a weekend in Liverpool without crossing the place off our bucket list...

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Here, There and Everywhere with The Beatles: Abbey Road Crossing

December 5, 2011 at 5:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

This Thursday, December 8, marks the 31st anniversary of the day John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment in New York City. While fans of Lennon and The Beatles will come together at Central Park's Strawberry Fields to remember him, we'll spend this week focusing on other places to visit to dip into Beatles history.

Monday: The Abbey Road crossing in London, UK

In 1969, four guys crossed a street in London and the resulting photograph is one of the most iconic album covers in history. It's The Beatles' Abbey Road, named for the place where the picture was taken, which just happens to be right outside EMI Studios. It's a standard crossing which still exists today (as do the Studios).

The crossing itself received historical status just last year, and of course it's open and free for fans to see and walk. There's even a webcam, in case you need to prove your visit to people watching at home.

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The Three Best City Webcams for Live-Bragging Your Travel

August 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes there's no better way to gloat about your travels than doing right in someone's face...virtually. This is why God made webcams (okay maybe also for security, weather and checking on traffic, but whatever). We've gather our three favorite major city street webcams together, for your future bragging pleasure:

· Abbey Road, London, UK
Hands down this is our favorite webcam on the internet. Not only is it huge with okay video quality and sound, but it's run by a legitimate website (Abbey Road Studios itself) and the thing has been around since at least 2003. We can vouch for it ourselves, having Beatles-walked across the zebra-stripe crossing a couple times, though we've yet to go barefoot a la Paul McCartney. In case you have no idea why this pedestrian crossing in the north of London is so famous, take a look at this.

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The British Invasion Moves to Argentina Thanks to New Beatles Museum

January 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we think of the Beatles we usually think of Liverpool—or lately iTunes—but it looks like Buenos Aires wants to be one of the top spots when it comes to checking out their mop tops.

Rodolfo Vazquez, who we can only describe as a super fan, has collected over 8,500 pieces of Beatles history and has put it all on display for the public to check out. Back in 2001, the people at Guinness paid him a visit to certify that he had the largest collection of Fab Four junk in the world, and since then his collection has continued to grow. Unfortunately, the new space is only able to accommodate about a quarter of what he owns, so you’ll have to come back every year and hope that he rotates the displays in and out.

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Obsess Over The Beatles 'Eight Days a Week' on The Tribute Cruise

February 3, 2010 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Were you curious about Oxford University's mini-program this summer featuring an entire class on The Beatles? but want something less academic and stuffy? The Beatles Tribute Cruise has come to your rescue.

The cruise will set sail on March 28 for one week, departing from Fort Lauderdale and making stops in Belize and Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico. And it's bound to be populated by the middle-aged versions of fanboys and girls.

The cruise will feature some of the most important people on the fringes of the Beatles stardom like May Pang, Yoko Ono's assistant who famously hooked up with John Lennon on his "Lost Weekend" in LA. Additionally, Paul Saltzman, the photographer who captured the Beatles during their retreat to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in India will be cruising as well as Shannon, the Beatles artist who did all the artwork at the Hard Day's Night Hotel in Liverpool.

And of course, a tribute band called BritBeat that hails not Liverpool, but from Chicago:

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Brush Up on Your Beatles Knowledge With Summer School at Oxford University

February 2, 2010 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (4)

You'll get schooled in the Beatles at Christ Church in Oxford.

While smarty-pants head to Oxford for serious academic study, you can go to become a Beatles scholar.

The University of Oxford's Continuing Education Department's 20-year-old Oxford Experience program will offer an intensive class on "The Beatles, Popular Music and Sixties Britain" from July 4 to 10. It may not sound like the rigorous courses that one would expect from the hallowed halls of Oxford, but this won't be a class you can sleep through—especially since classes don't have more than 12 students in them.

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California's Amoeba Records Stores Partying With The Beatles Tonight

September 9, 2009 at 1:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Its 9-9-09 and it might as well be the universe's Official Beatles Day. The entire catalog of The Beatles songs have been released on remastered CDs (the set is a hefty $260) and The Beatles Rockband is now in stores ($59 for the game, $249 for the game and Beatles-inspired instruments).

Brooklyn Nomad has put together a great list of places in the world that were important to The Beatles But if you're stuck in California and can't just hop on a plane to India, Liverpool, Montreal, Hamburg or London, then consider popping into one of the Amoeba Records stores in either Hollywood, San Francisco or Berkeley.

Amoeba is an old-school, independent record store that (we hope) will never go out of business. In Hollywood, it's located next to the ArcLight Theater on Sunset Boulevard. It's a two-storey building packed with new CDs, used CDs, some new vinyl, a lot of old vinyl and really, anything music-related. And don't think its just for hippies and rockers. They totally sell Mariah Carey CDs too. (Shhhh....)

And today, the stores are having an all-day long Beatles party!

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