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Alan White, longtime drummer of progressive-rock titans Yes, who also played with John Lennon and George Harrison, died Thursday at his Seattle home after a short illness, his family and the band reported on social media.

No further details were immediately announced; he was 72.

His family added in a Facebook post: “Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world; band mate to a select few, and gentleman and friend to all who met him.”

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While best known for his decades-long stint with Yes, White began working with the former Beatles at an early age, appearing with Lennon at his famous ‘Live Peace in Toronto’ concert in 1969 (in a backing band that also included Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Yoko Ono) as well as several of Lennon’s albums and singles at the time, most notably the 1970 song ‘Instant Karma!’, where his whipcrack drumming is front and centre.

He also played on Lennon’s Imagine album as well as George Harrison’s 1970 masterpiece All Things Must Pass.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes in 2017.

Inductee Alan White of Yes onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2017.

The group had announced on Sunday that “due to current health issues” White would not be taking part in next month’s British tour and would be replaced on drums by his friend Jay Schellen.

White was born in 1949 in England’s County Durham into a musical family. Though the young White began piano lessons around age six, his uncle caught the rhythm in his piano style and convinced the young Alan’s parents to buy him an Ajax drum kit for Christmas at age 12.

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He joined his first band, the Downbeats, shortly afterwards, and the group’s repertoire of Beatles and Gerry & the Pacemakers covers eventually led to a stint with pop singer Billy Fury.

In 1969, Lennon saw White performing with a group called Griffin and recruited him as drummer for his Plastic Ono Band. White initially thought Lennon’s phone call was a prank but soon found himself flying to Toronto with Lennon, Ono, Clapton and Voorman for the hastily arranged gig, rehearsing songs in mid-flight by banging on a seat cushion.

The set, performed in front of some 20,000 people at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium on September 13, 1969, was later released as the album Live Peace in Toronto. It features the ad-hoc group playing some rock and roll covers, Lennon’s singles ‘Cold Turkey’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance’, and two rough rave-ups with Ono on vocals.

He would go on to perform with Lennon on ‘Instant Karma!’ and the Imagine album as well as the live album, recorded in 1969, included with Some Time in New York City. In addition to All Things Must Pass, he worked on Harrison-produced albums by Billy Preston, Doris Troy and the Radha Krsna Temple’s album.

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Tony Kaye, Chris Squire, Trevor Rabin, Alan White and John Anderson of Yes attend Rock Walk Induction Party on May 24, 1994 at Guitar Center in Hollywood, California.

White’s career took a turn into progressive territory when he joined Yes in 1972, replacing founding drummer Bill Bruford, who’d left to join King Crimson. White joined the group for its Close to the Edge album and also appeared on much of the live triple album Yessongs, and his playing (and drum kit) grew in complexity to suit the group’s long and musically elaborate songs.

His Facebook page states: “Alan joined Yes on July 27, 1972, and with only three days to learn the music, Yes opened their US tour before 15,000 fans in Dallas, Texas on July 30, 1972.”

He remained with Yes for most of its many incarnations over the years, including its blockbuster 1983 comeback album 90215 and the smash single ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’; with the death of co-founder and bassist Chris Squire in 2015, White became the longest-standing member of the group. Over the years he also performed with Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Terry Reid, the Ventures and Ginger Baker.

Yes Alan White, Jon Anderson, Hans Tonino Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, & Chris Squire, Golden Records, Ahoy, Rotterdam, 1-7-1984, Foto Rob Verhorst

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During his time with Yes, White even released a solo album, 1976’s Ramshackled, that featured the group’s singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe on ‘Spring-Song of Innocence’; all five members of the band released solo albums at the time.

According to White’s family Facebook page, he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rogena “Gigi” (née Walberg), his children, Jesse (Emily), their two children JJ and Ellie, and Cassi (Kela), and sister-in-law Andrea Holmqvist (Robert).

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
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