Beatles documentary on the way

THE BEATLES:  Documentary planned on group's visit to India

A documentary will be made on The Beatles' 1968 trip to India. Filmmaker Paul Saltzman, a Canadian who spent time with them at the Maharishi's ashram in 1968, first caught our attention in 2005 when he published a book of photos he took. Now he plans a full length movie, with rare footage and interviews.

While dealing with a personal crisis in 1968, Saltzman traveled to the Maharishi's compound. He wasn't aware that The Beatles -- joined by Donovan and Mike Love -- were there until he arrived.

Paul Saltzman was going through a personal crisis when he attempted to get into the Maharishi's ashram in 1968:

"And the young man who came to talk to me in English, I said I've come to learn meditation. And he said, 'I'm sorry. The ashram is closed because The Beatles and their wives are here and we're doing a course for TM teachers. So that's when I found out The Beatles were there. I had no idea. I slept in a tent outside the gates for eight days. Anyway, after eight days, he said, 'Come on in. Taught me meditation. Took five minutes, said, 'Before you meditate on your own now, you're now welcome to spend your days in the ashram and eat with us. There's no extra beds, so you'll have to sleep in a tent.' I said, 'Great'."

According to ScreenDaily.com, Saltzman’s credits include Prom Night In Mississippi, which was screened at Sundance in 2009, and The Last White Knight—Is Reconciliation Possible?, which premiered at Toronto in 2012.

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PAUL SIMON:  Does expect to play shows after his farewell tour

Paul Simon says the death of his guitarist of three decades was part of his decision to do a farewell tour.

Simon posted a note to his Facebook page that says, "Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, Vincent N'guini, who died last December. His loss is not the only reason I've decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor... Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife [Edie Brickell] and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing. I'd like to leave with a big Thank You to the many folks around the world who've come out to watch me play over the last 50 years."

Simon adds that the Homeward Bound tour isn't the last time he'll perform. "After this coming tour, I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall, and to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically."

BOB DYLAN:  Not officially a party of Super Bowl festivities, but not missing

Bob Dylan is one of the most famous musicians ever to come out of Minnesota, but it's pretty safe to say he wasn't considered for the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday in Minneapolis.

But Jimmy Fallon made sure to acknowledge the troubadour on his special Sunday night edition of The Tonight Show by impersonating him in a reworked version of "The Times, They Are A-Changin'" that poked fun at President Trump.

 

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