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On The Road Again - McCartneys come home to Liverpool
We hope all of you had a great start to the New Year and enjoyed some love on Valentines Day, survived the Grammys and the Oscars. So, grab a cup of tea.
Here's what happened...
The Trip to the U.K. At long last...ta Da the Book!
First off, all we would like to thank all the people at ROK Books who made the trip possible and all the folks and family who made us so welcome in Liverpool.
You know who you are! So, before we get into our travel notes, we would like to present to you, at long last, Angie's Book: "Angie McCartney - My Long and Winding Road - The first 82.9 years".
The Book is now available in the US and in the UK /Europe. Either store will also ship to the rest of the world for just a few more pennies...please select your store to order:
The tony Churchill Hyatt hotel is centrally located on Portman Square and the service was impeccable.
The best thing - besides the fabulous breakfast - was the shower, powerful and strong. Special thanks to Pat Roxworthy and Leila for organizing our stay.
After 22 hrs on the road and in the air, a nice cuppa tea and a hot shower were the most important things! We had a brisk afternoon walk down Oxford Street, Regent Street and found a cozy little scruffy pub with a roaring fire where a local pint of beer and small glass of wine wound up to be the equivalent of $28. London is very expensive and as Ruth compared prices of things such as eggs, bread and orange juice in grocery stores, calculated it to be about 3 times the price of stuff at home here in Southern California.
Monday Jan 28th: We made the drive from London to Liverpool in style - in a Maybach of all things - and arrived at our first hotel, the thrifty but fabulous Base2Stay on Seel Street. The books were finally delivered to a warehouse in Liverpool, and tomorrow somewhere between jetlag and the crack o'dawn, we'll take a taxi up there to help the ROK crew pack the gift bags containing Oval Vodka, ABK Bier from Munich and some lovely Paul Mitchell products. Better get some sleep. That's in about 4 hours.
Tuesday Jan 29th: Breakfast delivered to Base2Stay. Picked up by Terry from FabFour Taxi Tours and off to the storage place in Old Swan. Gift bags - CLEAR! Then a quick dash to the Town Hall to meet the Lady Lord Mayor Sharon Sullivan and Deputy (soon to be Lord Mayor) Gary Millar for a private tour of the Town Hall and a photo on the famous balcony where the Beatles received their keys to the City.
Great kick off dinner at the Hope Street Hotel's London Carriage Works Restaurant. Ruth talked to Chef Paul Askew over the holidays and they created a "Fab Four Tasting Menu" inspired by various countries in Beatle songs and travels... an inspired gourmet experience. Rain. Sleet. 4 degrees Celsius. Took Angie and Ruth to the Cavern Club tonight, brought tears to my eyes. We were joined by our old friend from Munich, composer and producer Andreas Slavik... he sort of became Angie's "date".
Wednesday Jan 30th:
Hotel move and 2 radio interviews. Checked in to the gorgeous renovated Hope Street Hotel. Then off to sound check. Visited the box office at the Philharmonic with our guest list...tickets selling well. Special thanks to Rob Jessup who was a one-man promo team around town handing out flyers, talking to people, literally everyone in Liverpool knew about this show! (We think Rob might have had clones).
First interview was with Paul "Salty" Salt of Radio Merseyside sitting in for the scouse institution Billy Butler. Then a quick dash in the rain to Radio City and the legendary Pete Price. It must have been strange for Angie to be sitting in the Radio City Tower, where her voice is broadcast from every Tuesday night via link from Playa del Rey!
Change of show format. More music, less interviews. We're expecting a younger crowd tonight so the idea is to mix it up for people who want to get up and dance in the aisles. In case you missed the live event, you can still download the app and watch the entire show on your smart phone.
Click on the graphic on the right to download the event in the app store.
We had the good fortune to run into Roger McGough at the Hope Street Hotel. He was presenting his one-man show at the Liverpool Playhouse.
Then, Pete Price organized a lovely trip 'round the Wirral to visit all the girls' old haunts. Ruth's childhood home, and still Paul's house to this day - Rembrandt, then off to the famous Nicholls in Parkgate for the world's best ice cream, which I have now developed a craving for - thanks Pete! Then we visited Ruth's old Grammar School - the place of her nightmares and due to new security in place, she actually got locked in! We visited Angie's birthplace at 19 Grosvenor Road in Hoylake, then it was off to West Kirby for a fab fish 'n chips lunch at the old post office which is now a gorgeous bistro called The WRO. From there we went to see the view across to Hilbre Island, then the German WW2 submarine at the Ferry Terminal in Birkenhead, then home to the lovely Hope Street Hotel. All, as you may have guessed, in the rain!
Saturday Feb 2nd:
Boo picked us up in the stupendously amazing Maybach and we drove back to London for our last night at what we were expecting to be "just another airport hotel". But let me tell you, the Hilton at Terminal 5 Heathrow is a truly outstanding property. Great service, and on the concierge floor we were treated to happy hour, gourmet snacks and in the morning, a full cooked English Breakfast. We whisked ourselves off to Heathrow and United delivered us in record time to Chicago and on to LA. It was only then that I realised Ruth had booked travel day on Superbowl Sunday aaaaargh! Thank heavens for that power outage, as at least I got to see the last 40 minutes of the game at home sweet home in Playa del Rey with all our kitties. Thanks to Antonis of Mativision.com, the world's unique 360 web and app. technology for staying with our furry boys and girls while we were on the road - there always has to be someone at the homestead with so many mouths to feed!
To sum it all up, we want to thank EVERYONE at ROK Books for their amazing hard work, support and sense of speed to get this all turned around in such a short time - especially their fearless leader Jonathan Kendrick.
Yes, at 83, she's got a gig-calendar, with many more in store...
February :: Liverpool - March :: La Mirada - April :: NY and Britweek Santa Monica - May :: Palm Springs - June :: Phoenix - July :: Flagstaff - August :: Chicago - September :: Munich - October :: Tokyo and many more to be announced.
Recently she attended The Liverpool Legends multimedia extravaganza at The La Mirada Theater as part of her book and autograph signing. Special thanks to Louise Harrison, George's sister and Mentor of Liverpool Legends, Steve Monistere and Devis Andrade from La Mirada for a truly great night! And a special thanks to all 1300 sold-out Beatle fans who keep the dream alive.
We recently developed a brand new web site for household known actor, funnyman, producer and writer Fred Willard.
Four time Emmy nominee Fred Willard, radiates a unique charm that has established him as one of our generation’s most gifted comic actors. A master of sketch comedy, Fred is most heralded for his quick wit and improvisational expertise, which he has exemplified in over 100 appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. An alumnus of The Second City, Fred was a founding member of the classic improv group, the Ace Trucking Company. The Ace Trucking Company were regulars on The Tom Jones Show and opened for Tom Jones in Las Vegas. Fred has appeared in over seventy films. Fred’s work in Waiting For Guffman earned him an American Comedy Award nod for Funniest Supporting Actor. For his performance in Best in Show, he won the Boston Film Critics Award, the American Comedy Award, The Sierra Award and a tribute from AFI. Some of his other film work includes; This Is Spinal Tap, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, the Academy Award nominated Monster House, and the Academy Award winning short film, Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall. Fred starred as the only human in the Academy Award winning film, WALL-E and was honored by AFI for contributing to America’s Cultural legacy. The New York Times named WALL-E the best film of the decade.
Fred has appeared in over a thousand TV episodes. From Get Smart to his recent appearances on Modern Family. He co-starred with Martin Mull in the cult classic, Fernwood 2 Night. He was a regular on Sirota’s Court, D.C. Follies (again the only human) Maybe It’s Me, A Minute with Stan Hooper, and Back To You. Fred garnered three Emmy nominations for his performance as Amy’s Dad on Everybody Loves Raymond. For What’s Hot, What’s Not he received a daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host. He received his fourth prime time Emmy nomination for his performance as Phil’s dad on ABC’s Emmy winner, Modern Family. His recent TV work includes a turn as Santa Jack in The Closer, Raising Hope and Franklin and Bash. In December he appeared on Hot in Cleveland. And as Phil’s dad on Modern Family in January 2013. He is part of the Christopher Guest troupe in currently shooting for the new HBO series, Family Tree. Fred and Mary run a weekly sketch writing workshop in Los Angeles, The MoHo Group. The MoHo’s appear monthly at the Second City Hollywood. Fred and his wife Mary were honored for their charity work with Big Brothers / Big Sisters in 2011. In November of 2012 Fred was honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the Olympia Film Society in Olympia, Washington. Fred also devotes his time to Actors and Others for Animals, LA’s Best, and dozens more charities. Fred received a commendation from the City of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for “outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic work helping to further the goal of making the City of Los Angeles a better place.”
The mobile revolution continues to grow with new statistics stating that there are 4 times as many mobile web views than desktop/internet views every single day. So if you're not marketing on mobile, you're missing out!
We're partnered with CEO Paul Reitz in our Texas company www.connectcode.mobi, which is a turnkey marketing platform solution. What does that mean in plain English? Well, if you have a web presence, it probably doesn't translate to the small screen (i.e. smart-phone). People want the Cliff Notes. Hence, at ConnectCode.mobi we've created a point and click, and best of all CHEAP way for you to create a mobile site in minutes, plus we even give you a free QR code so that smart phone users can just scan the code with any free app. for iPhone or Android and be delivered straight to your mobile site.
If you've seen these codes just about everywhere and haven't downloaded a FREE code reader to your phone yet, here's what we want you to do.
Take out your iPhone, Blackberry or Android and go to its App. store (or Google Play or Blackberry Appworld).
Search the following "free QR code reader". There are tons...some will push ads to the bottom of your screen but choose any one you like the look of.
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Please scan the codes below to see how Big Brithers Big Sisters of Greater LA and commercial Real Estate giant NAI Global are using our technology to raise secure donations.
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National Lampoon rides again!
SKETCHES FROM THE NATIONAL LAMPOON
SKETCHES FROM THE NATIONAL LAMPOON, is National Lampoon's first live stage production in over 25 years. Featuring the most hilarious and classic monologues, sketches, songs and other humor derived from the best known comedy company in entertainment history and written by over thirty writers during the 1970's and 1980's including Michael O'Donoghue, Doug Kenney, John Hughes, and PJ O'Rourke. SKETCHES FROM THE NATIONAL LAMPOON will take an irreverent look back at the best of the best in Lampoon history. The show is being produced by National Lampoon founder Matty Simmons, who created, not only the humor magazine, but also the radio shows, albums, theatre and such films as "National Lampoon's Animal House" and "Vacation" series. The show is also being co-produced along with the new President of the National Lampoon Alan Donnes, CEO Jerry Daigle and Patti Browne.
It was a very special treat staying at the Hope Street Hotel and enjoying their excellent service and staff. Where else in the world can you get an appetizer (giant chips) at 4 A.M ?
Chef Paul Askew is bringing food tourism to Liverpool and did an outstanding job on the four course Fab Four tasting menu for Angie's book launch.
The McCartney Dinner
George : Back in the USSR - A winter warming Borscht beetroot soup with rye toasts and dill creme fraiche.
Paul : Penny Lane - Some of the best fish 'n chips in the City! Miniature cod with Cain's Raisin Beer batter and chunky twice-cooked chips.
John : New York City - Home-cooked salt beef brisket with cabbage and parsley potatoes.
Ringo : Sie Leibt Dich - Traditional apple strudel with homemade honeycomb ice cream.
Copy from their site:
The London Carriage Works: modern international food, complemented by the use of local, organic and fresh seasonal produce.
The London Carriage Works opened in December 2003, quickly establishing itself as one of Liverpool's leading restaurants, enjoying rave reviews and critical acclaim. It was voted one of the top ten restaurants outside London in the 2005 Harden's Guide and also voted Restaurant of Overall Excellence at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival Awards 2010. It has been awarded AA 2 Rosettes 2010, 2011 and 2012 and won The Mersey Partnership Annual Taste Award for 2011.
The London Carriage Works acquired its name when during construction works the original sign above the restaurant doors became apparent in the stonework. The building, built in the 1860s in the style of a Venetian Palazzo, was once the home of a coach and carriage builders.
Slash and Mativision launch the world's first 360 Facebook App
Mativision, the premium 360-degree music video service, developed a Slash 360 Facebook app, the worlds first fully integrated 360 Degree video on Facebook, broadcasting a fully interactive performance of Slash’s US hit single ‘Standing in the Sun’. The Mativision Facebook Optimised Player puts the user in complete control of their view of the action and enables them to direct their own music video. Users can now seamlessly switch between different cameras, whilst also being able to rotate and zoom in/out, all in real time on Facebook. Visit Slash’s official Facebook page, choose the Slash 360 and enjoy Slash’s 360 performance.
McCartney NetWork News - (because it's all about YOU)
Kim Cooper - The Life of PI
Congratulations to our dear friend Kim Cooper for working tirelessly (for years) on the Life of PI, which received 11 Oscar nominations and came home with 4 trophies.
Best Achievement in Directing WINNER
Ang Lee for Life of Pi (2012)
Michael Haneke for Amour (2012)
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (2012)
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Best Achievement in Cinematography WINNER
Life of Pi (2012): Claudio Miranda
Anna Karenina (2012/I): Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained (2012): Robert Richardson
Lincoln (2012): Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall (2012): Roger Deakins
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score WINNER
Life of Pi (2012): Mychael Danna
Anna Karenina (2012/I): Dario Marianelli
Argo (2012): Alexandre Desplat
Lincoln (2012): John Williams
Skyfall (2012): Thomas Newman
Best Achievement in Visual Effects WINNER
Life of Pi (2012): Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott
The Avengers (2012): Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Daniel Sudick
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
Prometheus (2012/I): Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012): Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Phil Brennan, Neil Corbould, Michael Dawson
Our client Callan McAuliffe is in South Africa shooting with Samuel L. Jackson. Callan is set to star alongside Jackson in Kite, about a young girl, Sawa, taken by her father's partner to train in order to gain revenge against those that murdered both her parents. The film has started production this month.
McAuliffe will be taking on the role of Oburi, a twenty-something street smart guy filled with innocence, though his past is anything but positive. His only wish is to save someone's life as a tradeoff, and he chooses Sawa to achieve that goal.
Callan’s current movie Blue Potato is set for release soon.
Carol Welsman was nominated for a Canadian Juno Award for her
CAROL WELSMAN is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She has sold over 60,000 CDs in Canada alone, something few jazz artists in Canada have experienced.
See Carol in action once and you'll never forget her. Tall and blonde, she sits poised at the piano, head back, fingers stretched over the keys, her slender body arched in a seductive curve. Then the music flows, a combination of voice and piano that seems symbiotically linked. Like bossa nova icon Joao Gilberto and his guitar, Carol's honey and whiskey sound and her crisp, rhythmically articulate piano lines seem an integral part of each other.
At a time when female jazz singers have been arriving in waves, she is that rarity -- an authentic vocal/instrumental artist who brings an irresistible blend of musicality and lyrical insight to everything she touches.
From their web site:
"Our main priority is to please our diverse clientele by bringing the best jazz talent to Hollywood and continue to do so far for many years to come" said club owner Catalina Popescu. This supper club, with its Old World charm provides a warm and inviting environment for its guest, while enjoying a superb meal and great live jazz.
Catalina Bar & Grill has certainly lived up to its slogan "Nothing But The Best In Jazz" by presenting a veritable Who's Who of jazz legends such as Dizzie Gillespie, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Ray Brown, Joe Williams, Max Roach, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Benny Carter,Tony Williams, Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Scott and many more.
Shelly is a proud, self-proclaimed Beatles nerd who has hosted radio shows about the Fab Four in the U.S. and England and has been invited to lecture about their influence on music and culture throughout the U.S. She recently ghost-wrote a story about Paul McCartney & Wings’ 1971 University Tour of the U.K., about which Sir Paul said, “Yeah, this was great! You really got it right!” In 1995, she wrote and produced Intimate Portrait: Yoko Ono for Lifetime. In 2003, she wrote a tribute to George Harrison, hosted by his wife Olivia, for UNICEF.
Freda Kelly's Documentary Good Ol' Freda
Directed by Ryan White
Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her.
History notes that The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band's circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles' devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges of the greatest band in history.
In Good Ol' Freda, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music.
Good Ol' Freda will have its world premiere at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX.
Following the premiere, the film will be featured at various other festivals across the country.
SXSW: Austin, TX - Ticket Info
World Premiere 3/9 at 5:00 pm - Vimeo Theater
3/12 at 9:15 pm - Topfer Theater at ZACH
3/16 at 4:00 pm - Stateside Theatre
Atlanta Film Festival: Atlanta, GA - Ticket Info
3/16 at 9:15 pm - Druid Hills Baptist Church
Cleveland Film Festival: Cleveland, OH - Ticket Info
Gala Screening with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame + Museum 4/11 at 7:20 pm
4/12 at 7:45 pm
4/13 at 12:20 pm
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to schedule a screening of Good Ol' Freda at your local theater or film festival.
Recipe of The Month
Spaghetti with Italian Meat Sauce
In this edition I am going to show you how easy it is to make a good Italian Spaghetti Meat Sauce.
Method: - click the image for the video how to.
Crusty French bread, a nice Chianti and of course your honey boo boo!
Angie's One Liners
You can't stay young forever, but you can be immature for the rest of your life.
As you get older, your secrets are safe with your friends, because they can't remember them either.
I'd be unstoppable, if I could just get started.
The quickest way to get a child's attention is to sit down and look comfortable.
There's always something to be thankful for - right now I'm sitting here thinking how great it is that wrinkles don't hurt.
Featured Artist - The Knack The Knack
Doug Fieger, Berton Averre, Prescott Niles and Bruce Gary were The Knack. Their hit single “My Sharona” went Gold in thirteen days and was the #1 song of 1979. Their debut album Get the Knack sold over six million copies worldwide. Their signature combination of pop melodies and irresistible rock beats broke the stranglehold of Disco and changed the course of popular music for the next decade.
iFanz Records is proud to have the distribution for newly released re-records of the 2 classic tracks: "My Sharona" and "Good Girls Don't (2001 Studio Bootleg)"