November 27, 2012

Visual Art of the Human Body by Cecelia Webber

Look carefully - these are all people.

Creative and beautiful art by Cecelia Webber!

Still shots can also been seen here.

Many thanks to Jenny for sending me this!

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This Fake Rembrandt Was Created By An Algorithm  

Fore-edge Painting: Artists Hide Paintings Along The Edges Of Old Books  

Insanely Realistic Pencil Drawings

Found: A Missing Paul Gauguin Painting

Royal Academy of British Art Coming To Town

Australia and the UK Battle Over Historic Paintings Of A Kangaroo And A Dingo

Finally: A Digital Home For Lost Masterpieces

America: "Painting a Nation" Exhibition in Art Gallery of NSW

Chauvet Cave Paintings: Cave Women Left Their Artistic Mark

London exhibition of Australian art holds up a mirror to our nation: more iconic images
500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Some Fascinating Pictures featuring Alyssa Monks

Visual Art of the Human Body by Cecelia Webber

Ronnie Wood: His Art and The Rolling Stones

The lost Van Gogh: Painting found in Norwegian attic is confirmed as priceless work by Dutch master

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Charles Dellschau: Secrets of An Undiscovered Visionary Artist

Tom Pinch: Time - Lapse Portraits of Paul McCartney and John Lennon

How JMW Turner Set Painting Free 

The Curious Case Of The Renaissance Cockatoo

Images On Andy Warhol’s Old Computer Discs Excite University Students

Human Ingenuity: From the Renaissance to the Age of the Internet - The Sistine Chapel

Katsushika Hokusai: Japanese Artist

Picasso's "Women of Algiers" Breaks Auction Record

Looted Treasures Open Door To The Dark Nazi Past

Long-lost Caravaggio Masterpiece Found In French Attic

Frederic Remington: The Man Who Helped Bring The West To Life 

Loving Vincent: The World's First Fully Painted Film 

Vincenzo Peruggia: The Man Who Stole The Mona Lisa And Made Her more Famous Than Ever

The Isleworth Mona Lisa: A Second Leonardo Masterpiece? 

 Optical Illusions In Art

MC Escher: An Enigma Behind an Illusion                           
Hidden Degas Portrait Revealed

First Faberge Egg Created For 99 Years Goes To Doha  

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Woman in Gold: Another Biopic For Dame Helen Mirren 

Australia and the UK Battle Over Historic Paintings Of A Kangaroo And A Dingo

Finally: A Digital Home For Lost Masterpieces

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Artemisia Gentileschi - Her Biography And Her Art

John Constable Painting Sold By Christie's For £3,500 In June 2013 Will Now Go To Market To Sell For £2 million

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Images On Andy Warhol’s Old Computer Discs Excite University Students

Human Ingenuity: From the Renaissance to the Age of the Internet - The Sistine Chapel

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David Bowie's Personal Art Collection Auctioned Off For $30 Million

November 22, 2012

For Sale: Beatles Recording That Led To The Biggest Mistake In Music History

George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Pete Best and John Lennon playing at the Cavern club in Liverpool circa 1961.

This picture from an old EP I have showing Tony Meehan on the drums.

Oh dear! Luckily someone used their brains eventually!

I also noticed the mention of the late Tony Meehan as a producer for Decca Records

He was the drummer in Cliff Richard’s first band “The Drifters” who later became “The Shadows”. Obviously Decca didn’t get the deal. 

I still have all my VERY old early Beatles recordings on vinyl, and they are on the Parlophone label.

by Simon de Bruxelles

FIFTY-ONE years after a record company executive turned down the Beatles because "guitar groups are on the way out", the demo tape made by the world's most successful pop group has come to light. 
A Decca A&R man, Dick Rowe, passed on the band and signed the Tremeloes instead, a decision described as the biggest mistake in the history of music. The recording may have failed to impress Decca but it won the Beatles a contract with EMI and a ticket to superstardom.

It has emerged for sale just over half a century since it was recorded, on New Year's Day 1961, with three of the Fab Four. 

Shortly after signing with EMI the original drummer Pete Best, who played on the demo, was sacked and replaced by Ringo Starr. 

The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, held on to the tape he had paid to make and later gave it to an executive associated with EMI. It was sold privately in 2002 to a dealer in rock memorabilia who is now selling it with a pre-auction estimate of 30,000 pounds ($46,000).

Bootleg versions of the recording session at the Decca studios in West Hampstead, London, have been circulating among collectors for years but few if any have heard the original "pristine" master tapes. Sadly for the purchaser the tapes do not come with any rights to the 13 tracks on the recording.

Ted Owen, the managing director of the Fame Bureau, which is selling the demo tape in London on November 27, said: "Apple, the company set up by the Beatles, holds the copyright to their voices and if anyone tried to release the material without their permission they would certainly be sued."

The band made the recording after a ten-hour drive from Liverpool to London when the driver got lost.

The following day they were auditioned by the Decca producer Tony Meehan. 

Epstein chose ten covers the Beatles had previously performed including Money (That's What I Want), Like Dreamers Do, Take Good Care of my Baby, and Crying, Waiting, Hoping. The sale also includes a photographic negative of the band that they took with them to use for an album cover.

The rejection may have gone down in history but it did little harm to Rowe's career.

He made amends by signing the Rolling Stones for Decca. Rowe died in 1986.

Mr Owen said that he based his estimate on prices realised by other unreleased tapes by artists including Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. 

He said: "This has never officially been released. It is unique and the sound quality is crystal clear. We have spoken to various experts and this is the best quality recording of this session there is."

With many thanks to News Limited – The Australian - for the article and top picture.

See also - Rejected Beatles audition tape discovered – With thanks to The Telegraph UK

More on The Beatles in no particular order:

George Harrison's Apple Years Box Set To Be Released

The Art of McCartney Project

The Beatles: Good News For Fans This week

Paul McCartney: Destiny Game Song "Hope For The Future"

Beatles Lyrics Reveal Enduring Words Of Love And Life

Glyn Johns: Defining That Classic-Rock Sound

The Traveling Wilburys: Their History

George Harrison and The Bee Gees To Receive Recording Academy Honors

John Lennon or Paul McCartney? Matt Schichter Documentary Offers 550 Answers

Sir Paul McCartney To Induct Ringo Starr Into Hall Of Fame

'American Pie' Lyrics Sell For $1.2 million In New York

 Penny Lane: Original On The Block, Minus The Fanfare

Lost Beatles US Concert Movie Blocked From Release

The Three Lennon-McCartney Hits That Went to No. 1 Without Lennon or McCartney 

 Beatles’ First Recording Contract to Be Auctioned For An Estimated $150,000 

The Beatles 1 To Be Reissued With 50 Videos 

George Harrison's Catalogue Is Now Streaming   

John Lennon's Long-Lost Gibson J-160E Guitar Sells for Record $2.4 Million

Ringo Starr Reflects On His 35 Year Marriage

George Harrison: Tribute GeorgeFest Is Coming

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The Beatles Anthology: Streaming Now.

Long Lost Live Beatles Exhumed!

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