Stevie Nicks to be Honored as BMI Icon at the 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards

Hollywood, CA:  March 31, 2014

BMI, (Broadcast Music Inc.) the global leader in music rights management, will bestow the BMI Icon Award to Stevie Nicks at its 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards, slated for Tuesday, May 13, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The invitation-only ceremony will also recognize the songwriters 291221and publishers of the past year’s most-performed pop songs in the United States. The BMI Pop Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year will be named during the ceremony. The evening will also include an all-star musical tribute to Nicks.

BMI Icons are selected because of their unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. As a BMI Icon, Stevie Nicks will join elite ranks that include Paul Simon, Carole King, David Foster, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, the Jacksons, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Bee Gees, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Dolly Parton, and others.

“Stevie Nicks is an extraordinary songwriter and pedigree artist of stunning genius and unwavering grace, on and off the stage. She has defined an era of pop and rock culture around the world with her brilliance and unforgettable magnificence,” said Barbara Cane, BMI Vice
President & General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations, Los Angeles.

The legendary Stevie Nicks has an instantly recognizable voice that rises above all others. It is at once haunting, romantic, filled with mystery and completely unforgettable. Her spectacular talent has brought joy to her millions of fans for generations. With her incomparable songwriting ability, she has received 12 BMI million-performance citations, along with 12 BMI Pop Awards, a BMIUrban Award and a BMI Country Award for such hits as “Dreams,” “Rhiannon,” “Leather and Lace,” “Landslide” and “Gypsy,” among others. With songs such as “Edge of Seventeen” and “Stand Back,” Nicks has earned a top spot among a pedigree of timeless pop rock icons. From thestart of her career as a solo artist with the release of her five million-selling debut, Bella Donna, up to her current critically acclaimed album, In Your Dreams, Nicks continues to bedazzle audiences around the world. As a member of the legendary Fleetwood Mac, whose Rumours album was one of the biggest selling records of all time.

Nicks’ four-decade career includes induction into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, multiple GRAMMY awards and numerous gold and platinum records. Collectively, these achievements add up to one of themost successful female artists in pop rock history.

The 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards will be hosted by BMI President Del Bryant and BMI Vice President & General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations, Los Angeles, Barbara Cane.

Stars Share “Beatles Stories” in new DVD Release

Los Angeles: September 28, 2012

October, 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ first single, Love Me Do, that launched the Fab Four’s stellar career. Nearly five decades later, The Beatles are still captivating audiences everywhere and are considered the most influential musicians of all time, according to Rolling Stone.  Along with their musical legacy, The Beatles left behind personal stories with those lucky people who were able to share a moment with these legends.

On October 2, 2012, to mark the anniversary, Cinema Libre Studio is releasing BEATLES STORIES, a documentary that captures cherished stories from famous fans – and the not so famous – about their unique encounters with these often imitated, but never duplicated, international stars.  To coincide with the DVD/digital release date, the film will make its official theatrical premiere on Tuesday, October 2nd at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, with future showings to be announced.

Director/ Producer Seth Swirsky, an accomplished singer-songwriter and best selling author, grew up in the 60s and fell in love with The Beatles.  They greatly influenced his decision to pursue a career in music where he is known for writing the international #1 hit Tell it to My Heart by Taylor Dayne and Love is a Beautiful Thing by Al Green.

In 2004, Swirsky was invited to perform at The Cavern Club, which the Beatles made famous so many years ago.  While in Liverpool,

Seth Swirsky

Swirsky began asking the locals about The Beatles. To his surprise, these strangers shared their fondest recollections about the band; treasured stories he had never heard before, which he captured on his hand held video camera.  Swirsky then wondered, “How many more stories are out there that people have never heard before?”  That was the moment that BEATLES STORIES was born!

Over a period of eight years, Swirsky traveled around the world filming an exceptional array of people – many themselves celebrities – who wanted to share their stories.  Some of the stars he managed to sit down with include Sir Ben Kingsley, Smokey Robinson, Brian Wilson, Henry Winkler, Jon Voight, Art Garfunkel, Davy Jones and Graham Nash.

The DVD release also contains additional interviews with the likes of Peter Tork, Denny Doherty, Alan Livingston and Paul Tennant as well as an extended interview with Norman “Hurricane”Smith, the Beatles’ first recording engineer.

For more information on the October 2nd screening, visit www.egyptiantheatre.com or to purchase tickets, please visit: www.fandango.com

Website: http://beatlesstories.com

BEATLES STORIES

Seth Swirsky’s One Degree of Seperation

Like many of us, singer/songwriter, Seth Swirsky has always loved the Beatles. As a youngster, living in Long Island, New York, he and his little brother happily bounced on their beds to the sounds of the Fab Four. As an adult, with kids of his own, Swirsky decided five years ago to embark on a journey to interview people who have met the Beatles during their heyday and beyond. After conducting over 100 interviews, 55 of them made the final cut of Swirsky’s 75 minute documentary, “Beatles Stories” that had it’s world premier at the European Independent Film Festival in Paris on April 3, 2011.

Many of the recollections are compelling. Graham Nash talks about his invitation to the TV broadcast of the Beatle’s new song, “All You Need is Love” and being a part of a magical, star studded experience. Peter Noone, of “Herman’s Hermit’s” fame tells about being a15 year of up-and-coming pop star, and having John Lennon covertly slip him alcohol at a London night club. Ray Mazarek of “The Doors” remembers the day he realized that like himself, Lennon was also a “stoner.”

George Harrison’s first girlfriend, from before he was in the band, talks about how sweet George was as a 14 year old. Henry Winkler recounts a random meeting with Paul McCartney on a New York street where the Beatle was as happy to meet “The Fonz” as Winkler was to meet him.

Former head of Apple Records, Jack Oliver, remembers waking Paul McCartney to ask if he was okay after rumors that McCartney was dead flooded the media. McCartney told Oliver to F-off, proving that, yes, he was still very much alive.

Artist/bass player, Klaus Voormann, talks about how everyone was speechless when they first saw his artwork for the Beatles album, “Revolver.” It was only when John Lennon said it was brilliant that the praise began to pour, with Beatles manager, Brian Epstein even shedding a few tears.

On the technical side, Beatles engineer, Norman “Hurricane” Smith discusses various recording techniques used by the band. Smith worked with the Beatles from the day they auditioned for their record deal, (June 6, 1962) through their ”Rubber Soul” album. He engineered every Beatles song from, “Love me Do” to “Michelle,” just under 100 songs in all. His contribution to this fine film is alone worth the price of admission.

Other interviews include Sir Ben Kingsley, Smokey Robinson, Brian Wilson, Jon Voight, former First Daughter Luci Baines Johnson, Donovan, Art Garfunkel, Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick, Chris Carter, host of Breakfast with the Beatles, Susanna Hoffs from The Bangles and Joey Molland from Badfinger.

Swirsky’s subjects recount sincere, fond recollections of “being in the presence” of the greatest rock band ever. With this documentary Swirsky gives the viewer the chance to be a fly on the wall from those magical days gone by. This is a must-see film for anyone who loves the Beatles, or for anyone who wished they could have been there in the swinging 60’s, living the life that so few got to experience.

“Beatles Stories” next screens at the 2011 Gold Coast International Film Festival in New York.

For more info visit: www.BeatlesStories.com