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Museum gears up for its 'Hard Day's Night' screening on July 6 Pattie Boyd to be Interviewed after the the film is shown COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM all from within the group itself. Is there any way to describe the excitement surrounding the Beatles in 1964? Obviously, there was huge excitement, because they were a very new and very different band. When they went to America, we didn't realize they were actually so famous as they were. Really the main excitement, I think, came from America first. Obviously, there was excitement here (in London) but it wasn't as prolific and huge as it was in America. Brian Epstein has only recently been inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and a major movie on his life is about to be released. I know you've been involved in some of the event commemorating his involvement with the Beatles. It looks like he's finally receiving his due. How would you describe his influence? You were with the Beatles on a retreat when they heard of Brian's death; can you describe that moment? His influence was quite enor- mous and not to be forgotten at all. If it hadn't been for Brian, I don't think they would have got as far as they did. He orchestrated their career in such a really good and cool way. They really needed him and looked up to him as a father figure. Of course when he It will be exactly 50 years on Sunday, July 6th since the Beatles' hit movie, A Hard Day's Night, premiered to excited crowds in London. To celebrate the moment, the Catalina Island Museum will be showing a newly released print of the film in the Avalon Casino Theater. In attendance will be Pattie Boyd, an aspiring model in 1964, who acted in the film and even- tually married George Harrison. Immediately following the screen- ing, Boyd has agreed to a rare interview with the museum's Executive Director, Dr. Michael De Marsche. After the interview, a hosted wine reception will take place in the theatre lobby, where attendees will have the chance to meet Boyd, who wilt be signing her New York Times best-selling book and other Beatles-related material on Sale. The Catalina Island Museum recently spoke with Pattie Boyd about her memories of the Beatles and being part of their inner cir- cle. The Beatles were a phenom- enon that we are probably never going to see again. It seemed to push every cultural button imag- inable. Music, of course, but hairstyles, clothes, slang, even literature--after John Lennon published "In His Own Write." You were there and witnessed it The Beatles in a scene from "A Hard Day's Night," above left. Seen above are Pattie Boyd and her then husband George Harrison in their rose garden in 1968. died, I think they just went into a complete meltdown. Their innovator had gone. Although as creative as they all were--the four of them they still needed that one person who was not in the band, to kind of direct them in a way. They would all go to him individually with problems or questions or things" that needed answering; and Brian was always there. Without a Brian figure, there was nobody else, really, that they respected on that same level. Although George is often credited with introducing the other Beatles to India and the Maharishi, what most people don't know is that you actu- ally introduced George to Transcendental Meditation. Can you describe that introduc- tion and the circumstances sur- rounding it? I was at home when they, were all on tour. I think they were in Photos courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum Australia. I was sort of seeking some other meaning to life or a meaning to life. A girlfriend and I saw an advertisement in the Sunday Times for teaching medi- tation. So I said, let's go and find out what this was about, which we did. We went, and we had lots of lessons. We had an initiation into transcendental meditation. And, then, when George got back, I told him all about it, and he was very interested. Oddly enough, Paul had heard that Maharishi was coming to London and was going to be giving a talk. So it is one of those situations that is meant to be. It was meant to hap- pen. It ended up with all of us going. That is, all of the Beatles and their girlfriends or wives. How does it feel to be the subject of three of the most famous songs in rock history: "Something" by George Harrison and "Wonderful Tonight" and "Layla" by Eric Clapton? .... 4TH OF JULY Fireworks Celebration " t at the Catalina Caszno. Well, I'm deeply impressed and flattered. And, as you can imagine, can't understand why, but there we are. I can accept it gracefully. It is really wonderful. I always feel such great joy when I hear any of those songs on the radio or anywhere really. I am quite lucky. Ringo, by the way, will be celebrating his birthday on Monday. Do you stay in contact with him or Paul and any of the other people involved with Apple and the Beatles? Yes, I text with Paul. I see Ringo, occasionally. We don't live too far away from each other in the countryside in England. It is great that they are still working and enjoying it. Schedule 7:00 pm - Screening of A Hard Day's Night 8:30 pm- Interview with Pattie Boyd followed by questions from the audience. 9:30 pm - Hosted Wine Reception in the Casino Theatre Lobby (meet Pattie Boyd who will be signing her book and other Beatles-related material on sale). Tickets are selling fast! Tickets may be purchased at the museum, by phone at 310-510-2414 orby vis- iting the A Hard Day's Night event page at www.CatalinaMuseum. org. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital theater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at CatalinaMuseum,org. ? ;i!;iii;;zlii : ii!ilU % Annual 4th of July Celebration at the World Famous Avalon Casino Ballroom. USC Marching Band, Buffet Dinner, and Fireworks from the Casino Balcony. SCHEDULE 6:15pm Doors open 6:30 - 8"3Opm Dinner Buffet 7:30 - 8:3Opm USC Marching Band 9:OOpm Fireworks TICKETS Adults: $45 Children (ages 3 -11): $25 Tickets include Buffet Dinner, Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Band, and Fireworks Purchase tickets now at the green pier ticket booth, tour plaza ticket booth, or at the Casino ticket window. SANTA CATALINA' F ISLAND COMPANY 877.778.8322 - visitcatalinaisland.com THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, July 4, 2014 ! A7