Music Rich List 2012 is out!
The Sunday Times Rich List is out over the weekend and it’s music section has been released early to the press. This lists the top individuals by wealth within the music industry.
The top position goes to music businessman Clive Clader who made over £1bn from the sale of his record label Zomba to BMG in 2002.
Sir Paul McCartney has reversed what happened with his previous wife (the divorce cost him around £25m) and actually increased his wealth through his marriage to freight magnate Nancy Shevell by £150m.
Other people of note on the list include George Harrison’s widow Olivia and son Dani who are sharing £180m, while Ringo is in 13th place with £160m. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are also on the list, as is Sting, Sir Elton John and Sir Tom Jones.
1 Clive Calder - £1.35bn
2 Sir Cameron Mackintosh - £725m
3 Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell - £665m
4 Lord Lloyd-Webber - £590m
5 U2 - £514m
6 Simon Fuller - £375m
7 Simon Cowell - £225m
8 Sir Elton John - £220m
9 Michael Flatley - £192m
10= David and Victoria Beckham - £190m
10= Daniel Ek - £190m
10= Sir Mick Jagger - £190m
13= Olivia and Dhani Harrison - £180m
13= Sting - £180m
15 Keith Richards - £175m
16 Jamie Palumbo - £170m
17 Denis and Caroline Desmond - £165m
18 Ringo Starr - £160m
19 Sir Tim Rice - £144m
20 Sir Tom Jones - £140m
John Lennon joke immigration card to be auctioned
The Metro reports that a Japanese immigration formed jokingly filled out by John Lennon is to be auctioned.
The form shows that Lennon had lost none of his Scouse humour! I’ll let you readers see for yourselves below, but it’s expected to fetch £15,000 in an online auction.
If you’ve missed out not that, then fret not as 300 lots are going under the hammer at a Beatles convention in Liverpool this Saturday. You can read more about that here, but it includes signed seven inches, letters to Ringo Starr and a hat formerly worn by Lennon.
Ringo’s Childhood home - should it be saved?
We’ve been blogging for less than a week, but following the topics covered within the blog for a while. And this story has been around since before Christmas.
The Beatles are the quintiessential Music Heritage UK act. They’ve arguably had the most impact on society and culture out of any of the UK’s musicians and artists and changed the world forever, both in a musical and cultural sense.
Boys from Liverpool, the City has already done lots to promote Beatles tourism and has encouraged visitors from around the world to visit Beatles heritage sites - the homes where John Lennon and Paul McCartney lived are maintained by the National Trust, Penny Lane is visited on a daily basis by one of the numerous Beatles tours, the Cavern Club where they first played has been recreated, tourists stay in the Hard Days Night hotel, and the City even named their airport after Lennon.
But should Ringo’s childhood home at 9 Madyrn Street be saved and added to the list? Certainly Beatles fans think so and created an international campaign to preserve the home from redevelopment lead by . This call was heard by the country’s Housing Minister Grant Shapps who halted the scheme and asked that Liverpool City council reconsider the scheme.
Certainly commentators are mixed. Some say that the Beatles drummer is probably not deserving of this accolade, others point out the fact that the Beatles are already well represented among Liverpool’s heritage sites and that the drummer’s childhood home is a step too far. There are also some local residents/councillors who see the benefit of the original plan in demolishing the housing to make way for a modern development.
Ourselves at Music Heritage UK, we point to the economic benefits such music tourism can bring the area. Perhaps saving the home would help to regenerate a empoverished area of Liverpool, perhaps it could be added to the National Trust’s Beatles properties (leaving only George Harrison’s to complete the set!), perhaps as one commentator said, it should be turned into a Beatles B&B.
Whatever the solution it would be great if we could save this home for future generations. The Beatles came from the essentially working class Liverpool of the 1950s. Their music, personas and characters all came from an era which is long forgotten. One cannot understand the Beatles, nor the cultural impact that they had, without understanding the world in which they grew up. And this is ultimately why Ringo’s home should in some form, be kept for the good of our nation’s cultural heritage.
We wait and see what plans the City, Housing Minister and local residents come up with now. If you would like to lend your support for the ‘Save Madryn Street’ campaign then click here.