Days In The Life

Just a few brief notes from the lives of the boys:

Lucky got a mandolin. He’s been playing night and day, and he’s ready to help the real Bob put together the next volume of the Bootleg Series – BOTTapes!

Jack wrote a slim volume of poetry. He thinks he might win the Nobel Prize, but Billy thinks they never were the kind of singer that would win any of those…

Renaldo is going on his favourite tour (again).

Johnny’s still in the basement… more about that soon.

Johnny’s In The Basement

It’s been a while – things have been going a bit basemental at the Fate household – but I’m still here, and so is Johnny. He’s not been introduced yet, so here he is, straight out of the Basement where he’s been digging up the Tapes (and mixing up the medicine).

He travelled back to Woodstock to discuss his treasures with the real Bob. Bob said just to put ‘em all out – use the Basement as storage space for the future Bob’s paintings and metalwork. So we’re listening back to the Tapes, again and again… might have a review coming up of all that Basement noise.

Johnny is an artist, too. He loves to paint and draw, and he has his own art studio now.

Stay tuned…

Basement Tapes Fun with Jack & Sid!

Here are a few pictures from Classic Album Sundays event on Tuesday. Well….I don’t mind,  Tuesday evening is fine too!   It was at the very swanky Bag O’Nails  Club in Kingly Street, Soho. It was great to see so many people there who wanted to listen to the Basement Tapes, the 1975 Double Album set.

But we had extra… Preview tracks from the new 6 CD set, The Complete Basement Tapes out on 3rd November.

The host of the evening were Colleen Murphy and Sid Griffin. Both were well informed and enthused for an exciting Q&A Session on the cultural and social significance of the 2 Album set released in 1975. It was highly informative and well pitched. Sid has an enthusiasm, which is infectious and Colleen was asking insightful  questions.
At first it was very unusual to sit in complete silence and not be able to talk, in a room full of people… but this definitely had to be done to get the best appreciation but a few very quiet whispers crept in eventually. One was telling me to get out Jack Fate who, as usual, cause a bit of a stir and got a lot of attention between disc one and dics two! He came out in the break a got passed around a few nearby people for photos and sat on the Music stand with the LP.

 

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and then again at the Q & A session.

I asked question to which Sid replied… Great question ..answered a bit then stopped,  stood up and come over and said .. from the lady who makes these fabulous knitted Bob dolls.. This one is Jack Fate.
He and grabbed Jack and held him up for the audience.  I think they got a big cheer! Here’s a picture…..
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Just like old friends, you see it’s not the first time they’ve met. This was in the Summer. I was lucky  to hear a few of the some from Sid’s great solo Album, live… the Trick is to Breathe. I love it. I hope to hear more again soon.

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 Rolling Thunder kids!

I was asked to pose for a picture with Sid. This was a pleasure. I had a copy of Sid’s Rolling Thunder Revue book, Shelter From The Storm, which I have read….  all the way through. I love the Rolling Thunder Revue Era. Lets hope the rumours of a feature film release are  true… and soon!
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I’d like t say Thank You very much to Jo Kemp, who took  these great pictures & send them over to. The ones from my  proper camera & phone were completely unusable! You did  great job in very low light conditions. You’d do well at a Bob show!

Beatles Day! Sunday 19th October.. lots of pictures

Well… We had a great day at the Beatles Days event yesterday. The dipslay looked good…. Very colorful! As was my psychedelic dress. I think people may have needed sunglasses before approaching the display.

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It was great to get such a positive reaction to the Woolly Rockers!  I took…

The Unravelling Woolberys!
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Abbey Road Beatles…

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Help & Sgt Pepper Beatles…. & Jack was there too!
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Random bits of merchandise I made: Applique cushion covers, Zip purses with Beatles fabric
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The Big O with the Wilburys. It was a real shame that Glen had the lurgy… but Dave, Please share the pictures!

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The best thing about it was meeting so many great people! I was in the Authors/Performance room sitting between Jenny Boyd & Hunter Davies.

Hunter Davies.. gave a in interesting talk in his new book and the evolution of Bealtes songs based on the original manuscripts. Shame I forgot my original copy of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush for him to sign. I was on the next table so I was taking a lot of pictures on people with Hunter.
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Jenny Boyd (Phd) was so lovely! I cant wait to read her book. It’s Not Only Rock & Roll based on her Phd study on Musicians and creativity.
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She has a set of Fleetwood Mac WoollyRockers

The Fab twins.. lovely harmonies & acoustic guitar
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Panel discussion with two of the original Quarrymen Len Garry and Rod Davis
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The Tremmbling Wilburys … Not bad at all ….with just the one stunning guitar player. Get well soon Glen!!!
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I think I did a pretty good job getting the details for Roy!!  Two great look alikes!
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There was some great vintage merchandise available. We came home with another Yellow Submarine…
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It was a fabulous opportunity to show off, so thank you very much Steve & Gloria at Beatles Days!!!

Anyone fancy a game of Flip Your Wig!!?

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Making The ‘Uravelling Woolburys’

It’s taken all day but the Wilburys are finally finished. Here are three of them!

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Then the tricky bit…..

 

Graduated shades printed onto sticky vinyl, which was then mounted on to a plastic film. Cut out glasses shape, with a tab on the side with a hole in it to sew through and attach.  Looks simple but it was tricky to cut out.. Mark did it with a scalpel.

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It worked…..All finished.

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The sunglasses worked out well. In this picture they look Photoshopped on.. but they are definitely not!

ps. Here are the Sgt. Pepper Beatles with their fab new backdrop.
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Sunday is Beatles Day

I’m excited to be displaying some Beatles on Sunday at the next London Beatles Day.

The back ground I think are what doing to make them stand out and look great. Thank you so much to Mark Morgan for finding the Abbey Road cover (with just Paul and Ringo) and painstakingly clone stamping out Paul & Ringo! It makes it look very realistic and properly three-dimensional.

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The Sgt Pepper guys have one too!
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… and the Wilburys!
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I have two days to finish all five of the Wilburys. There are a couple tricky details to master which I haven’t done before, but I’m hoping to get dark sunglasses to work!
Wish me luck!
Liz x

Somebody got Lucky

Please welcome Lucky (he can’t help it) Blood On The Tracks Bob!

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He’s a bit shy, but if you are real quiet, you can hear him play and sing beautiful songs.

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Two weeks ago, when Jack & Renaldo & Billy & I were visiting Liz, I unexpectedly got to adopt Lucky and his brother, Johnny (in the Basement, recording the Tapes). (No, we don’t get paid for mentioning the Basement Tapes.) Anyway, that’s five beautiful Bobs living with me now! One stage can hardly hold them all now.

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