03:37 AM EDT 08/24/2014
Originally posted 07/22/2014 11:30AM
Beware of darkness … and also tree beetles.
Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge told the Los Angeles Times that a pine tree planted near Griffith Park's Observatory in 2004 to honor late Beatle George Harrison has died after an infestation of – wait for it – tree beetles.
As the paper notes, "Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony."
Originally posted 04/29/2014 04:00PM
Originally posted 03/02/2013 06:00PM
Capturing the Beatles' casual, off-duty moments never felt like work for Henry Grossman.
"We were friends," says the former photographer for both Life and PEOPLE, now 76. "I almost didn't know them as performers."
His new 500-page photo book, Places I Remember, features nearly 1,000 never-before-seen photos taken at the height of the band's fame, between 1964 and 1968. Why did it take him so long to share?
"I had pictures I didn't know had never been seen," says Grossman.
Originally posted 12/12/2012 07:00AM
Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitarist and composer whose collaborations with Western musicians – both classical and rock – made him a familiar concert name by the late '60s and earned him the title "godfather of world music," died Tuesday in a hospital near his home in Southern California, his family said. He was 92.
Shankar's foundation said in a statement that he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery last week, reports the Associated Press.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also confirmed Shankar's death, calling him a "national treasure."
But it was his daughter, singer Norah Jones, who honed in on his legacy: "My Dad's music touched millions of people. He will be greatly missed by me and music lovers everywhere."
Originally posted 03/24/2008 01:30PM
Neil Aspinall, a longtime friend and member of The Beatles' business enterprises, died of cancer in New York City, surviving members of the band announced Monday, the Associated Press reports. He was 66.
British newspapers reported over the weekend that Paul McCartney, 65, visited the hospital where Aspinall, who was a Liverpool school chum of McCartney and George Harrison's, was being treated.
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