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23 Remastered Beatles albums on vinyl to be available in installments 

The Beatles Vinyl Collection is a new collector's magazine that has a different album from the group in each issue, to make up a full set of 23 reissued recordings. Each 180g vinyl LP will be in an exact replica of the original record sleeve, and comes with an illustrated magazine. They will be available to buy online and on newsstands.

Source: Irish Examiner, UK
The Fest For Beatles Fans this weekend in Jersey City 

Paul and Ringo might be otherwise engaged, but it seems like pretty much everybody else who's ever been associated with the Beatles will be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jersey City this weekend for The Fest For Beatles Fans 2017. The Fest features a jam-packed schedule of live music, panel discussions, film screenings, and guest stars.

Source: NJ.com
George Harrison celebrated with two-part in the studio special 

Syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates George Harrison's birthday with a two part special featuring George speaking frankly on songwriting, collaborations, stage fright, touring Japan, his little known impish sense of humor, inspiration, friendships and more.

Source: Anti-Music
The link between A Hard Day's Night and several legendary films 

Gilbert Taylor, director of photography for A Hard Day's Night, had been involved in film production before any of the Beatles were even born. His black-and-white photography for Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove was released in January of 1964, the same month that the Beatles made their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: Something Else Reviews
I Want to Hold Your Hand... and then, America 

I'd heard She Loves You in the fall of 1963, and, while the buddy I first heard it with mocked the song, I'd been immediately smitten. Thereafter, when I listened to far away radio stations in big cities like Chicago and New York on my transistor radio at night when I was supposed to be going to sleep, I listened for She Loves You.

Source: Scholars and Rogues
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Laurence Juber premieres acoustic version of And Your Bird Can Sing

Today Laurence Juber premiered his new acoustic arrangement of the Beatles' And Your Bird Can Sing, from his new album, "LJ Can't Stop Playing the Beatles!" which will be released this Friday. The album is Juber's third collection of solo acoustic arrangements of Beatles tunes, produced at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.

Source: Guitar World
Student makes it to statewide competition with Beatles project

A fourth grade student at West Leesville Elementary School in Louisiana is heading to a statewide competition with her project about the Beatles. Isabella Cortez, who has a wide array of Beatles gear, said that through the research she conducted for this project, she liked learning about how the Beatles are still relevant today.

Source: Beauregard Daily News, DeRidder, LA
Video: UK Wrestling star records hilarious Beatles cover Warning: Page opens with sound

UK wrestling star Danny O'Doherty offered an open challenge to any opponent, by recording a hilarious new version of The Beatles' classic Let It Be. Taking to a keyboard and wowing with guitar skills, and accompanied by a picture of John Lennon, the foul-mouthed brawler reinterprets the Paul McCartney-penned gem like never before.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney answers fan question about Flowers in the Dirt song

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "Is the song 'Put It There' about your father, brother and you, or is it about your relationship with your children?" Paul answered his that was a phrase his father used the expression regularly, so it is about his father, but also the next generation, and parents and kids.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Why Tom Jones turned down chance to record a Beatles classic Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Jones, currently a coach on The Voice, UK, has revealed that he passed up the chance to record Long and Winding Road even though it was written especially for him. Jones explained it was because Paul McCartney wanted him to release the song as soon as possible, but Jones already had another single ready to go.

Source: Wales Online, UK
Lost piece of music history we're dying to see released

"Carnival Of Light" is said to be one of the longest, and most psychedelic of all music recorded by The Beatles. Consisting of distorted guitars, church organs, and screamed phrases from Lennon and McCartney, the track is certainly not something that would be found on any of the group's records, so naturally, we want to hear it.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, February 27, 2017
Autographed Please Please Me 45 may bring $40,000 at auction

A 45 rpm copy of the second single released in the United Kingdom by all four members of the Beatles is expected to sell for $40,000 at an entertainment & music memorabilia signature auction March 18 in Dallas. A photo of the Fab Four signed by all four members of the band also is expected to auction for $18,000.

Source: Fine Books & Collections
Author debunks claim Jimmy Nichol would be horrified by plans for biopic

The son of Jimmie Nicol has said his father would be horrified if a book about his time in the Beatles would be turned into a film. However, the author of the book about Nicol says he doesn't believe his son has seen or heard from him in over a decade, so really, we don't know what Jimmie would think about plans for a movie about him.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Fans scoff at scientist who claims Beatles did not influence music

The Beatles were an average group who did little to change the musical landscape, according to a scientist who claims to have the science to back it up. Not surprisingly, the heretical suggestions have drawn the ire of Beatles fans, including a music expert who blasts the scientist as preposterous and completely ridiculous.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Rumor: Fragile Yoko Ono hoping to see John Lennon in heaven

Yoko Ono is reportedly preparing for her end as she is confined to a wheelchair. Rumor has it, the 84-year-old Japanese multimedia artist is worrying that she only has a few months to live and hoping to see her late husband John Lennon in heaven. A representative for Yoko hasn't responded to a request for comment.

Source: Ace Showbiz
Video: Tedeschi Trucks Band pays tribute to George Harrison

Last night the Warner Theatre in Washington DC, the Tedeschi Trucks Band covered several songs in tribute to the late George Harrison on what would have been The Beatles guitarist's birthday. They performed Within You Without You, Wah-Wah from his landmark solo album All Things Must Pass, and the Beatles favorite Something.

Source: Jam Base
Paul McCartney marks birthday of George Harrison

George Harrison was born in Liverpool on Feb. 25, 1943. Paul McCartney marked the anniversary of his old bandmate's birthday on Saturday with a touching throwback photo of a recording session. "My lovely friend George," McCartney tweeted. "Still celebrating his birthday. Lucky to have had him in my life."

Source: Entertainment Weekly
30 Years Ago: The first Beatles CDs arrive in stores

On Feb. 26, 1987, a year-long campaign to issue the Beatles on compact disc began with the release of their first four U.K. albums: 1963's Please Please Me and With the Beatles, and 1964's A Hard Day's Night and Beatles for Sale. All four were released in mono, in keeping with the direction of the original pressings and studio approach.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, February 24, 2017
Paul McCartney shares studio footage from '80s-era Elvis Costello session

Paul McCartney has released a video featuring a demo of the track My Brave Face which he recorded with Elvis Costello in 1987. The song features on McCartney's Flowers In The Dirt, which is being reissued on March 24. About Costello, Paul said, "We did virtually what John and I did which was just make up a song a day."

More Info: Pictures  Source: Team Rock
McCartney guitarist Brian Ray debuts track at Guitar World

Brian Ray released a two-track digital-only single today. Brian Ray has been a guitarist in Paul McCartney's band since 2002. He was also musical director for Etta James for over a decade and written and performed with artists such as Smokey Robinson, Rita Coolidge, Michael Steele, Shakira and Adam Lambert.

Source: Broadway World
The Voice UK recreates The Beatles Abbey Road cover

The Voice UK coaches came together at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and have recreated The Beatles' classic zebra crossing from the Abbey Road album cover to promote two very special shows coming up, as all four coaches will be rehearsing with their teams at the same place where the Beatles recorded.

Source: Digital Spy
Santa Cruz high school students record inside John Lennon Bus

Students from Scotts Valley High in Santa Cruz, California, recorded in the mobile studio of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on Wednesday. In its 20th year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus provides young people with tours of the studios and participation in free digital media production workshops.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
It's Sgt Pepper's 50th birthday, and Liverpool is throwing a party

Jun 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Liverpool wants you to celebrate. The city has put a bunch of events under the title 50 Summers of Love, and later in the summer, there's the Mersey River Festival and the Liverpool International Music Festival.

Source: The List, UK
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Paul McCartney to auction off limited edition Shure microphone

The Shure SM58 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone has been used faithfully by the world's most influential musicians since 1966. To celebrate the strong connection of the SM58 to legendary musical artists, Shure has partnered with Paul McCartney to make available at auction a one-time production of 600 graphic painted SM58s.

Source: Music Instrument Professional
Band takes Beatles tributes back to the USSR

The Balalaikas are a Russian tribute act to the Beatles and perform all their hits in Russian. Musicians from Russian University Tomsk State use a balalaika guitar famously mentioned in the Beatles' 1968 hit Back in the USSR. As well as hearing The Beatles' songs in a new language, they also discuss the significance of the band in Russia.

Source: Blog Preston, UK
Why does a duck cross Abbey Road?

A large family of ducks have been pictured waddling across a zebra crossing in Australia as they headed to a nearby pub to wet their beaks on Wednesday, resembling the famous Beatles album cover. An amused passer-by captured the adorable moment on camera and posted it to Reddit, much to the delight of others.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
When the Beatles brought psychedelia to prime time

On February 25, 1967, promotional films for Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever debuted on ABC's Hollywood Palace. Fans had never seen films like these before, and they hadn't seen the Beatles look or sound like they did now, in full psychedelic splendor. WABC DJ Dan Ingram said, "That's not a song, that's an experience."

Source: Huffington Post
Beatles, Elton John and the Who illustrator Alan Aldridge dead at 73

Renowned artist Alan Aldridge, whose distinctive designs graced the covers of classic albums by the Who and Elton John and filled the bestselling book The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, has died at the age of 73. Aldridge also designed the Hard Rock Cafe's iconic logo. His daughter Lily poster on Instagram, "thank you for the years of magic."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Los Angeles Beatles tour remembers George Harrison this weekend

This weekend, February 25, would have been George Harrison's 74th birthday. To celebrate, Gillian Lomax will be taking Los Angeles Beatles fans on a special Magical History Tour this Sunday that will highlight many of the places in the Los Angeles area that were special to him, including Blue Jay Way and Lake Shrine in Pacific Pallisades.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Beatles number one on list of top 40 British artists of all time

The Beatles have been named the best British recording artists in history, according to a new poll. The Fab Four beat out famed rockers Queen to the number-one spot, with David Bowie taking third place on the list. Elton John and the Rolling Stones completed the top five. Paul McCartney came in as a solo act at number 20 on the list.

Source: The Sun, UK

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Beatles animator Ron Campbell to be showcased in Boise

Ron Campbell, the man behind some of the most iconic pop art of the 1960s, including the film Yellow Submarine, The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon series, will be in Boise in March to showcase some of his work at the LaBry Fine Art Gallery. Promoters say Campbell will also be painting some new works during the three-day appearance.

Source: Boise Weekly
Don't Bother Me made George Harrison Beatles' third song writer

John Lennon and Paul McCartney have long been ranked among the premiere songwriters of the 20th century. But the Fabs didn't have two great songwriters, they had three. The second most covered Beatles song is "Something," and the rest of George Harrison's catalogue is as impressive as those of John and Paul.

Source: Scholars and Rogues
Let It Be star talks about the challenges of portraying a Beatles reunion

Let It Be, a musical based on the career of the Beatles, attempts to create the concert the band would have given had it reformed on October 9, 1980, John Lennon's 40th birthday. Chris McBurney, who portrays Ringo Starr, said, "I try to look like Ringo and play like Ringo and move like Ringo as I try to inhabit his character."

Source: Cleveland Scene
A Hard Day's Night ... with Jimmy Page?

Before gaining worldwide fame as the guitarist, writer, and producer for Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page was a popular session player throughout the 1960s. Jimmy never contributed to any songs recorded by the Beatles, but in 1964, he did work at EMI studios with George Martin on the score for A Hard Day's Night.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Beatles filmmaker Cevin Soling to appear at Beatles symposium

Beatles at the Ridge 2017 has announced Cevin Soling will be its Featured Filmmaker for the "Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium" in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, on September 16. Soling will preview segments of his new film, "The Summer of Hate," about The Beatles and the backlash against them during their final tour in 1966.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Mary McCartney to repeat as BRIT Awards' Instagram videographer

Mary McCartney will be the BRIT Awards' official Instagram photographer and videographer for the second time. The 47-year-old daughter of Paul and late wife Linda McCartney will host an exclusive video portrait studio at this year's ceremony, directing short-form backstage films of the winners, VIP guests and artists for Instagram.

Source: NZCity
Stella McCartney apologises after leaving the scene of taxi cab crash

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has apologized after video emerged showing her leaving the scene of an accident involving a taxi driver. Paul McCartney's daughter issued a statement on Tuesday saying she was "very apologetic" about the accident after the driver released footage of the aftermath to the media.

Source: Huffington Post
John Lennon's voice features on record with Yoko Ono's permission Warning: Page opens with sound

A musician has used a sample of John Lennon on his debut album after getting permission from Yoko Ono. It's something of a coup for Gizmo Varillas, the Lennon estate very rarely grants permission for Lennon's voice to be sampled, but he managed to persuade Ono to allow him to sample a Lennon interview on his song No War.

Source: Wales Online, UK

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Yoko Ono: A rare interview, from the Dakota in 2003

In the summer of 2003, music journalist Jeff Tamarkin was invited to interview Yoko Ono for a now-defunct world music magazine, to take place inside of her apartment at The Dakota. At the time this interview was conducted, Ono's own music and art were only just beginning to enjoy greater appreciation, after decades of being misunderstood and often ridiculed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
A day in the life of the Beatles barber of Buenos Aires Warning: Page opens with sound

There's a barbershop in Buenos Aires where you can have any haircut you want - as long as it's a Beatles haircut. The most popular style is the John Lennon 1967 Sergeant Pepper cut. Hairdresser Gerardo Weiss has brought together his twin passions to create what he claims is one of only four Beatles-inspired barbershops in the world.

Source: CCTV
Monday, February 20, 2017
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite to record together in studio

Former Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited in the studio this weekend to record new music together, the drummer revealed on social media. "Thanks for coming over and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love," Starr wrote alongside a photo of him and McCartney in the studio.

Source: Rolling Stone
Another Kanye West Paul McCartney collaboration reported Warning: Page opens with sound

A song featuring Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig was allegedly recorded by Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, who revealed in a New York Times interview that FourFiveSeconds wasn't the only track laid down during the sessions with Kanye West.

Source: NME, UK

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