Paul McCartney dips into the vault and pulls out a new (old) Beatles track
LONDON: Paul McCartney says it's time an experimental Beatles track saw the light of day. McCartney says he wants to release "Carnival of Light," a 14-minute experimental track the Fab Four recorded in 1967 but never released. The band played the recording for an audience just once, at an electronic music festival in London. It reportedly includes distorted guitar, organ sounds, gargling and shouts of "Barcelona!" and "Are you all right?" from McCartney and John Lennon.
McCartney said that, during a recording session at Abbey Road studios, he asked members of the band to "just wander round all of the stuff and bang it, shout, play it. It doesn't need to make any sense." "I like it because it's the Beatles free," he told the BBC in a radio interview to be broadcast Thursday.
Extracts of the interview were published yesterday in The Observer newspaper. McCartney said "Carnival of Light" was inspired by experimental composers John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Kroft on the Obama beat
NEW YORK : The first time Steve Kroft went to Barack Obama's house to interview him, two weeks before his presidential campaign kickoff, Obama's daughter Sasha answered the door. Life has changed for the Obama family, as Kroft learned Friday in Chicago when he conducted the first postelection interview with Obama. It was for CBS' 60 Minutes.
The interview was a major coup for Kroft, who's marking his 20th year with the CBS News program in the middle of the year's biggest stories - the presidential campaign and the economic crisis. Kroft was backstage with Obama when the Democrat accepted his party's nomination for president, and met him at other points in the campaign. Linda Douglass, a former television journalist who was a spokeswoman for Obama's campaign, said she wasn't a part of the decision to give Kroft the first interview. But she said Obama feels like Kroft asks intelligent questions that allow him to get a message across.
Underwear comes out
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. : Victoria's Secret's angels have descended upon Miami Beach. Singer Usher kicked off the Victoria's Secret show Saturday, which featured 35 supermodels, some wearing angel wings. Models including Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima strutted down the runway at the newly renovated Fontainebleau Miami Beach during the show, which coincided with the opulent reopening of the hotel. "The theme of the show is a return to glamour," said company CEO Sharen Turney. "Victoria's Secret is about sexy and the new sexy is glamorous for this season."
The catwalk glittered and two silver palm trees adorned the stage. Models showed 68 outfits, including the $5 million Black Diamond Fantasy Miracle Bra worn by Lima and designed by jeweler Martin Katz. It is decorated with white and black diamonds and rubies, and will be for sale in the company's catalog, Katz said. "You could wear it as an open top," he said. "It looks like a finished top." Lima said she was excited to be wearing it.
"I always wanted to wear the Fantasy Bra," Lima said.
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