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John and Yoko released Happy Xmas (War is Over) December 1st 1971

Posted by jhochstat on December 1, 2008

And so begins the holiday season….

(Happy Xmas Kyoko
Happy Xmas Julian)

So this is Xmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Xmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Xmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Xmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Xmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so happy Xmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now

Happy Xmas


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John Lennon & John Entwistle shared the same birthday, October 9th

Posted by jhochstat on October 8, 2008

To both Johns:

Your time on our planet was brief but your contributions will live on for years to come.  Thanks again for all of the great music you made and the countless hours listening to your recordings since I can remember:

John Lennon (October 9th 1940 – December 8th 1980)

John Lennon (October 9th 1940 – December 8th 1980)

John Lennon – Jealous Guy

John Entwistle (October 9 1944 – June 27 2002)

John Entwistle (October 9 1944 – June 27 2002)

My Wife Live at the Royal Albert Hall

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John Lennon’s Imagine Released 37 Years Ago Today

Posted by jhochstat on September 9, 2008

As we approach John Lennon’s birthday (October 9th), we reflect on the music that John gave to the world before that fateful day on December 10th, 1980 when the whole world lost a musical genius, hero and man of peace and change.

On this date in 1971, John Lennon’s album Imagine was released. The list of players on Imagine is a look through music history.

Some of the artists who contributed to the album are:

George Harrison – Dobro, Guitar, Slide Guitar
Nicky Hopkins – Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Performer (Who played on the following Rolling Stones albums: Between the Buttons, Their Satanic Majesties Request, Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed .)
Jim Keltner – Drums (Who in addition to playing on the solo work of 3 of the 4 Beatles also played with Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Van Dyke Parks, the Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, Bill Frisell, Neil Young, Phil Keaggy, Steve Jones, Crowded House, Fiona Apple, Elvis Costello, The Bee Gees, Ry Cooder, Sam Phillips, Los Lobos, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Petty, Gillian Welch, the Steve Miller Band and Lucinda Williams among many others. He is featured on Carly Simon’s 1971 album, Anticipation and was also the drummer for The Traveling Wilbury’s.)
King Curtis – Saxophone (Who was Aretha Franklin’s band leader, played with Delaney & Bonnie, Duane Allman and countless others.)

Imagine was produced by legendary Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector.

Thank you John for all of the gifts of music you gave the world, your work and legacy will be felt for many many years to come.

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1969 John Lennon Interview with 14 Year Old Fan who Snuck Into His Hotel Room

Posted by jhochstat on July 8, 2008

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

Via: and

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See The Music-Volume V

Posted by T Rex on January 21, 2008

The gems continue from our Austria colleague Bean Bern…..

See the Music – Inspiring Shots and A Couple Ways to Get Them

Can you envision a photograph of a musician or performance that, once you saw it, it was etched indelibly in your mind? Bob Greun’s epic photo of John Lennon in his New York City shirt or Jim Morrison, arms out and chest bared, are images that are so well-known that the photographs themselves are iconic right along with the people they immortalize. What is it about these images that makes them last? Is it purely the subject matter or is it something else? As an aspiring professional photographer myself, these are things that I think about when going to shoot a show.

I have one photo in particular that has been my inspiration for a while now. I saw it online years ago and then saw an enlarged printed version at the Fillmore in San Francisco a few years ago. It has remained the most influential rock picture I have ever seen. Timing, perspective, exposure and spirit all combine to capture the moment perfectly. The photo I speak of is Michael Zagaris’ shot of the last note of the last song of the last show at Winterland in 1975. The band was The Who. In this shot you can almost hear the music, the crowd. You can feel the energy and you are transported back in time to a show that was played before you were even alive. It’s magic.



I have a few tricks that I employ to be in the right place at the right time and get my shot while still having fun shooting a show. I can’t promise that these will work for you but it is some food for thought.

1.Rocking always trumps pictures of rocking. This is my golden rule of photographing a show and it comes down to the simple concept of really paying attention to the show and respecting the people that are there to experience it. It means not using your gear, credentials or attitude to displace somebody dancing or feeling the music. Also important, “please,” “excuse me,” and “thank you” go a very long way when you do need to move somebody to get your shot.

2. Arrive early to do some recon on the venue and see where your passes will get you. This will allow you to find those places where you will want to shoot from and stage some shots. I tend to do some test shots from these perspectives to evaluate exposures so when the show is on I don’t have to waste time. Also, if there is an opener, go ahead and fire off some practice rounds on them…you never know, they may be the next big thing and you can certainly use the practice.

3. Take a peek at the set list, if possible, using a zoom so you can decide where you want to be for each song. For example, I know that when Ween plays Dr.Rock I want to be at the back of the room to capture the whole stage, the massive light show and the fists pumping in the air. I also know that when they play Fat Lenny I want to be as close to Deaner as possible to catch the rock faces and shredding close up. This can vary from band to band but I have found that it helps to pace me during a show.

4. Have fun! It seems like this is a gimmie, but it is easy to get carried away looking at the 3” screen on your camera and not at the show. Remember to step away from the lense and lose yourself in the music once in a while and it is certain that the pictures you take will reflect the spirit of the show and your experience.

If you’d like some more tips on how to shoot a concert, here are some helpful links that I have found quite helpful:

Concert Photography Masterclass on Boudist

Secrets of Killer Concert Photography Revealed on Popphoto

Concert, Stage and Low-light Photography by Steve Mirachi

Do you have a favorite concert photograph that you have taken or been inspired by? We’d love to see it! Post it in the comments below.

Thanks for reading and remember to See the Music,

Beana Bern

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