Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Beatles - Doctor Who connection

Here's a Fabs story I hadn't heard before: Turns out Paul McCartney nearly collaborated with electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire on an arrangement of "Yesterday."

Derbyshire, working in the BBC Radiophonics Workshop, created the original theme to "Doctor Who" back in 1963.
Sir Paul said of their encounter: "I even found out where Miss Derbyshire lived, and went round to visit her. We even went into the hut in the bottom of her garden.

"It was full of tape machines and funny instruments. My plan in meeting her was to do an electronic backing for my song, Yesterday.

"We'd already recorded it with a string quartet, but I wanted to give the arrangement electronic backing."

Vintage Audrey Hepburn pictures

Friday, March 22, 2013

Coming soon: Creepy Presents Steve Ditko

A collection of Steve Ditko-illustrated stories for Creepy will be out this summer from Dark Horse Comics.

Out Aug. 20, 2013
Making a lasting mark on comics as the co creator of Spider-Man, Steve Ditko veered away from the mainstream and into darker territories at the end of the sixties. His work in Creepy and Eerie proved that this superhero maestro also excelled at short-form horror, collaborating with Archie Goodwin on fifteen tension and terror-filled stories. A must for fans of the enigmatic Ditko, his deluxe hardcover collection not only finds the artist at his pen-and-ink finest, but also showcases some rarely seen ink wash work from a storytelling maestro and features a new introduction from comics historian Mark Evanier. Warring wizards, paranoid goons, persistent heroes, and otherworldly domains dominate the sixteen diverse tales in this handsome hardcover collection!

Fab Friday: Rare Beatles pics