Do crows raid black birds nests and steal their young ? i had black birds nesting in my back garden.they come back every year.their eggs hatched and then i saw a crow fly off with one of the babys,the nest is now empty and i havent seen the male or female adults for two days.have they gone somewhere else to nest? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Answers: Crows are omnivores not carnivores contrary to the second answer.
However like magpies they will steal eggs and very young chicks from unguarded nests.They don't usually put up much of a fight if challenged though-last year 1 got chased off by the blackbird hen who nests in my garden even though she was about a 3rd of the crows size.
Bill "All I need is love" Beedle "Holden"-Golden Boy.... Beedle-Holden's co-star was Barbara Stanwyck, who has been discussed in this board as having been imposter-replaced.... in Holden's debut "Golden Boy" his part as Joe Bonaparte was originally to be played by John Garfield (later blacklisted), but the studio chief replaced Garfield with the then-unknown Holden---
A.C. Lyles, who at the time was working in Paramount's publicity department, helped Holden move into the Hollywood Athletic Club. The two became fast friends. To read another post on A.C. Lyles click here.
After the release of Golden Boy, Holden was loaned out to Warner Bros. to work on the film Invisible Stripes. One night, after Invisible Stripes was released in theaters, Lyles and Holden had dinner at the Brown Derby restaurant on Vine Street. Above is an image from my postcard collection of the Brown Derby as it would have looked at the time. After dinner the two men drove down Hollywood Boulevard and as they came up to the Warner Theatre, Lyles noticed that the name "William Holden" appeared on the theatre's marquee.
Former Warner Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard
According to Bob Thomas's biography, "Golden Boy: The Untold Story of William Holden," Lyles commented to Holden, "That must make you feel very proud."
"It doesn't mean a thing to me," Bill replied. "That's another fellow up there on that theater. I'm Bill Beedle [Holden's real name], who is somebody entirely different. I'm grateful that they changed my name. I want to keep myself separated from that other guy."
"Peter Asher has been in the right place at the right time
MINNEAPOLIS - If Peter Asher were trying to condense his remarkable resume, he could simply write: the Forrest Gump of rock.
Since the 1960s, he's been nearly everywhere.
-John Lennon and Paul McCartney played their just-penned "I Want to Hold Your Hand" for him on his parents' piano.
-He introduced Lennon to Yoko Ono and Mick Jagger to Marianne Faithful.
-He discovered, produced and managed James Taylor.
-He won the Grammy for producer of the year in 1977 (for records by Linda Ronstadt and Taylor) and in '89 (for Cher and 10,000 Maniacs).
-In the '90s and '00s, he produced albums by Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Diana Ross and Morrissey, and managed Courtney Love and Clay Aiken.
-Oh, yeah, he also landed at No. 1 on the pop charts in 1964 with "World Without Love" as half of Peter and Gordon.
On his current tour, Asher, 67, will explore his career in song and conversation in a multimedia evening he calls "A Musical Memoir of the '60s and Beyond."
There's so much to cover, he probably won't talk about his current projects - including a Buddy Holly tribute CD ("Listen to Me") featuring Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett and Cobra Starship (his daughter Victoria is the group's keyboardist).
His next album production features the husband-wife guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. "Their records up until now have been just the two of them," he said. "This is a collection of their most popular tunes redone with Cuban musicians playing along."
From his Hollywood office, Asher shared some of his Gump moments.
-On "I Want to Hold Your Hand":
McCartney was dating Asher's sister, Jane, and staying at the Asher family home when the Beatles were in London.
"In some respects, it's quite ordinary when someone says 'You wanna hear a song?' and you sit down in a room in your own house," Asher said. "They sat side by side on the piano bench. There were no guitars. They played loud on the piano. Poor John sang loud; perhaps all of the German training, singing over raucous crowds and fights and cigarette smoke. They were really tough singers.
"There was something mysterious about hearing great art at the instance of its creation - which sounds kind of pompous because it's only a pop song."
-On getting "World Without Love" from McCartney:
It was "an orphan song" that the Beatles weren't going to record. McCartney offered it to Billy J. Kramer, who declined, Asher said. "It wasn't finished. It didn't have a bridge. Weeks or months later, Peter and Gordon got a record deal from EMI. They were thinking of us as a little more folky. They said, 'If you have any songs you'd like to suggest, by all means.'"
So Asher asked McCartney about "World Without Love." He said yes to the duo doing the song but "we had to nag him a little bit so he wrote the bridge shortly before the recording session."
-On having the Beatles as his boss when he was chief talent scout at Apple Records:
"They were very rarely unanimous but they were exciting bosses to have and they tended to allow each other a lot of room," said Asher, who met with them weekly to discuss Apple issues. "It was more like John would let Paul go ahead with his Mary Hopkin thing while John was off doing some crazy Yoko stuff.
"They were smilingly tolerant of each other's project until they weren't" - a dispute over management of the Beatles, which led to their breakup. "John could be quite grumpy about stuff. Paul tended to be more diplomatic."
-On the most lucrative recording he's worked on:
Probably "James Taylor's Greatest Hits." "That went on selling forever and forever," he said.
-On Taylor's drug problems:
"I didn't really know much. I learned as I went along. I just thought he was exceptionally moody because he could be great and charming and funny. Finally, you learn all about junkies and whatever they say, you can't trust them. It was tricky but I didn't realize that (addiction) was why it was tricky. I just thought he spent a lot of time in the bathroom."
-On which relationship led to better art: John & Yoko or Mick & Marianne:
"That's a hard comparison. Mick wrote 'As Tears Go By' after he met her at this party that I took her (and her husband) to. They wrote 'Sister Morphine' together and he wrote lots of songs about her. John and Yoko goes on until this day, in the sense that Yoko is still the carrier of the flame. There was lots of good songs there."
-On who was more challenging to manage: Courtney Love or Pamela Anderson
Courtney, he said without hesitation. "Pam was challenging but in the relative scale of craziness and unpredictability, Courtney wins. I like them both. But Courtney could be really nuts. Pam is still a friend and a neighbor." "
The “Get Back” Beatles exhibition at Trondheim’s Rockheim rock and pop museum featuring items involving Statoil is counterfeit, leading memorabilia experts claim
German-born Bavarian Beatles web-shop owner Frank Seltier, who has been working with Beatles memorabilia for 25 years, alleges most of the autographs on several album covers and guitars and framed photographs are “extremely bad forgeries.”
“The letters are completely different to how they should be. Some of the albums from the '60s are signed with a felt-tipped pen. I’ve never seen signatures by The Beatles from that period using this,” Mr Seltier, reportedly acknowledged as one of Europe’s foremost experts, says to Adresseavisen.
Comments on discussion forum autographmagazine.com point in the same direction. Moreover, American Roger Epperson who also works in the same field as Frank Seltier tells the paper, “The shape of the signatures is nowhere near being correct. Some are written with an unsteady hand.”
“Besides, Beatles autographs are easier to date, and many of the forgeries in the collection are from the wrong year in relation to when the record was released.”
Whilst the exhibition has been produced through Statoil’s Art Programme, the some 250-strong album collection’s owner is Statoil employee Einar Arne Iversen. He denies claims the signatures are forgeries, and Statoil is satisfied with his competence.
“It would be terrible if it should prove that everything is a fake. This means I have taken a wrong step, which I find a little hard to believe,” he said.
Mr Iversen continued, “There is wealth of opinions about what is real or not. In my eyes, I feel that much, if not everything that is hanging on Rockheim’s walls is genuine. I have the impression that my contacts have been honest people.”
The collector has now asked another Beatles world-expert, Frank Caiazzo, to verify the authenticity of his collection, adding he will recant if it turns out otherwise, and "apologise to all Beatles collectors worldwide.”
Rockheim writes in a statement, “The authenticity of signatures is a complex field and we, together with Statoil’s Art Programme (that has produced the exhibition), will investigate whether assessments that have come forth have any firm basis and thus shed new light on the collection on display.”
“We’re making no changes to our programme or exhibitions before we get a thorough clarification on the authenticity question - and will return with news on this as soon as we know more.”
"Screenvision Brings "The Beatles: The Lost Concert," A New Documentary About The Birth Of Beatlemania In America, To Cinemas Nationwide
Fab Four's First U.S. Concert, Unseen in Over 4 Decades, Comes to the Big Screen on May 17 & 22
Limited Engagement Features Interviews with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Chuck Berry, Duffy, Mark Ronson, Promoter Sid Bernstein, Louise Harrison and Many More
NEW YORK, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Screenvision, in partnership with Ace Arts, and multiple-award winning music documentary producer Iambic Media, brings one of the music world's true "lost treasures" to the big screen with the feature presentation of "The Beatles: The Lost Concert." The new 92-minute documentary charts the birth and impact of Beatlemania in America and includes, in its entirety, their first-ever full U.S. concert performance from February 11, 1964 at D.C.'s Washington Coliseum, the only complete Beatles' concert available to fans, one which has remained unseen by movie theater audiences across the nation for over 47 years. Rock superstar and American Idol judge Steven Tyler commented: "This blows away every performance I've ever seen, including Elvis!"
The story of their historic arrival in America and the impact they had is revealed through new interviews with more than 20 Beatles' associates, journalists, disc jockeys, concert attendees, historians and music luminaries and archival footage of the Fab Four. The list includes Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, rock pioneer Chuck Berry, super producer Mark Ronson, journalists Maureen Cleave, Larry Kane and Ed Rudy, concert promoter Sid Bernstein, Beatle George's sister Louise Harrison, The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi, chart-topping U.K. songstress Duffy, renown Beatles historian Bruce Spizer, and Mike Mitchell, whose recently unearthed photos of the event are seen throughout the movie.
On February 11, 1964, two days after their record shattering appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," The Beatles traveled by train through a snowstorm to Washington, D.C. to perform their first-ever concert before an American audience at The Washington Coliseum, before an overbooked audience of 8,092 screaming (mostly female) teenagers. Their 12-song set that lasted a little over a half-hour and included both chart-topping originals like "She Loves You" and high-energy covers like "Twist and Shout." Professionally filmed by an eight-camera crew and mixed live on location, the show was broadcast a month later via closed-circuit to movie theaters across America to two million teenagers. The film of the concert was then lost and remained unseen in its entirety by audiences for over 47 years! The original master tapes have now been restored and re-mastered and the entire concert, the ONLY complete Beatles concert available to fans, is included in The Beatles: The Lost Concert.
Sure to rekindle the fires of Beatlemania for both the generation who lived it and the younger ones influenced by it, the event will be shown in movie theaters across the U.S. in a limited engagement on May 17 and 22, 2012. In addition, a special World Premiere is scheduled at New York's landmark Ziegfield Theater on May 6 with two showings. For information, including detailed history, movie trailer and tickets, go to www.lostbeatlesconcert.com.
The resonating impact of the Beatles' in performance is illustrated in the raves given in interviews during the documentary. Commenting on them as musical competition for all who came in their wake, Mark Ronson, the producer behind hits from Amy Winehouse and Adele, adds: "You're always going to be standing in the shadow of The Beatles." U.K. pop sensation Duffy calls them "the Holy Grail of music," while Mike Mitchell, the young photographer who chronicled the show, adds: "The concert was like being in the delivery room at the birth of an entire generation." Tommy Roe, one of their opening acts that evening may have put it best: "This is history!"