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Paul McCartney offering fans the chance to sing with him for charity

Paul McCartney will give away a VIP experience giving one winning bidder and a guest the opportunity to sing his classic song "Get Back" with him in front of a small audience during soundcheck before his Sept. 21 concert at Barclays Center in New York City, part of a new charity initiative launched at the Omaze fundraising platform.

Source: WFJA 105.5 FM
International Beatles Week: Everything you need to know

Thousands of Beatles and music fans locally and across the world are heading to Liverpool for International Beatles Week today through August 29. Bands and fans will celebrate all things Fab Four at the event which is organised by the Cavern Club. The Liverpool Echo put together everything that you need to know about this year's event.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox to receive George Harrison Global Citizen Award

It was announced today that Annie Lennox would be this year's recipient of the now-annual George Harrison Global Citizen Award. She will be honored for her humanitarian efforts at an event on Sept. 18, at NYU, as part of the 2017 Global Citizen Festival, will hold a concert with Stevie Wonder and Green Day in New York's Central Park on Sept. 23.

Source: Best Classic Bands

Brian Epstein
Brian Epstein exhibit opens at The Beatles Story in Liverpool

A new exhibit dedicated to the life and times of Brian Epstein has opened at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The launch of the exhibit comes almost 50 years after the untimely death of the man who has often been referred to as the real "Fifth Beatle". Items going onto permanent display include Brian Epstein's original wool and cashmere coat.

Source: U Discover Music
Revamped homes in Welsh Streets snapped up in 24 hours Warning: Page opens with sound

Merseysiders have been rushing to rent homes in the Welsh Streets , with a first phase of 24 properties going in a day. Houses in the Welsh Streets were empty for more than a decade during a long row about whether they should be demolished. The controversy went global as one of the streets, Madryn Street, includes Ringo Starr's birthplace.

Source: Liverpool Echo
How to replicate Beatles-style pitch and varispeed techniques

Cutting and splicing was used by the Beatles most famously on Strawberry Fields Forever, where John Lennon favoured the first part of Take 7 but the latter part of Take 26, recorded at slightly different tempos and were also marginally out in pitch, but speeding up the slower track neatly aligned the keys at the perfect tempo.

Source: Music Radar
Ex-reporter recalls the day The Beatles came to Bangor

Mark Roberts was an eighteen-year-old newspaper reporter at the time and managed to unknowingly sneak his way on to the same train as the "Fab Four". He said, "It was an amazing chance of luck. In Bangor there was almost a no interviews media lock-down and yet I'd accidentally become part of the Beatles team and their minders."

Source: North Wales Chronicle, UK
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Beatles Fan Club historian to speak at Beatles festival

Sara Schmidt, author of Happiness is Seeing The Beatles: The Beatles in St. Louis, will be one of the guest authors for Beatles at the Ridge Symposium, Sept. 15-16 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Schmidt will talk about new book she is writing about Beatles Fan Clubs and share the true story of George Harrison's days in Benton, IL in 1963.

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Paul McCartney to write column for new magazine

Paul McCartney is set to pen a "Last Word" feature for Good Taste magazine, which has been created and edited by former Liverpool Echo entertainment writer Jade Wright. The magazine aims to cover Merseyside's hospitality sector and will go to print for the first time next month. McCartney will write about his cause, Meat Free Monday.

Source: Hold The Front Page, UK
Rare John Lennon commemorative guitar sells for 9,000

An incredibly rare guitar, one of only 75 ever made, has just been sold off for 9,000 (about $11,600) in Truro city centre in Cornwall, England. The Martin D-28 John Lennon 75th anniversary edition, steel-strung guitar arrived at renowned rock and roll music shop Modern Music last week and was immediately snapped up by a "big fan."

Source: Cornwall Live, UK

Yoko Ono may launch John Lennon bus down-under

Whether or not John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono potentially visits Australia to launch the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus down-under will depend on her fitness at the time, but fingers are crossed she can make the long journey from New York. Australia politician Glenn Sterle discussed the topic when he met Yoko on a visit to New York last year.

Source: Walcha News, Australia
John Lennon's studio designer honored for audio industry contributions

Acoustician and studio designer Eddie Veale has been honoured with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of West London. Veale introduced the Moog and ARP synthesisers to Europe, and built the UK's first professional home recording studio at Tittenhurst Park where John recorded his legendary Imagine album.

Source: Audio Media International
Beatles tribute band turns back time to help YMCA camp

A concert by the Liverpool Legends formed the backdrop for a weekend reunion of past campers and counselors at YMCA Camp Tippecanoe in Ohio, a concert fundraiser for capital improvements at the camp. Managed by Louise Harrison, the group is the only Beatles Tribute Band with a direct family link to the original Fab Four.

Source: North Neighbor News, Ohio
Classic Interview: Paul McCartney on his favorite basses and influences

I met Paul McCartney for this interview in November 1994 at his studio in East Sussex, for research for a book, and McCartney could not have been more generous, entertaining, and candid in the few hours we spent together. I started by asking about my favourite period of his bass work with the Beatles, during the making of Sgt. Pepper.

Source: Music Radar
Monday, August 21, 2017
Handwritten Eleanor Rigby score goes on auction

The original handwritten score for the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby is to be sold alongside the grave deeds of the supposed muse. The piece of memorabilia, handwritten and signed by Paul McCartney and their late producer George Martin, is expected to fetch 20,000. It includes handwritten notes that mention Abbey Road Studios.

Related Articles  Source: Sky News, UK
The deeds to Eleanor Rigby's grave to be sold at auction

It was announced today that the deeds for the grave of Eleanor Rigby, thought to have inspired Paul MCCartney's timeless song, will go on sale at an auction next month. The site is where Paul McCartney met John Lennon for the first time, at a church fete in 1957. They're expected to reach between 2,000 and 4,000 (about $5,160).

Related Articles  Source: The Sun, UK
Bid to bring iconic Strawberry Recording Studios back to life

The famous studio where The Stone Roses and 10CC recorded is to be brought back to life, with the public's help. Strawberry Recording Studios in Stockport, England, closed in 1993 but is to be restored for two days only by a group of music enthusiasts. Other artists who recorded there include Paul McCartney.

Source: ITV, UK
Rare Beatles display marks Liverpool Shankly Hotel birthday

Previously never-before-displayed Beatles memorabilia, a telegram signed by all four Beatles, will be showcased at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool as it celebrates its second birthday. The Fab Four sent the good luck telegram to Bill Shankly and Liverpool FC ahead of the club's first-ever FA Cup triumph in May 1965.

Source: Click Liverpool, UK

The day the Beatles decided to stop touring

For many musicians, playing live is the best part of the job, but even at their peak, the Beatles often found the experience a painful slog. On Aug. 21, 1966, they decided to do something about it: quit as soon as possible. The day before, their show in Cincinnati had to be called off due to rain, the only time they ever missed a scheduled show.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Dick Gregory passes away at 84

Comedian and activist Dick Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week. He was 84. He befriended John Lennon and was among the voices heard on Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance," recorded in a Montreal hotel room at Lennon and Yoko Ono's "bed-in" for peace.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, August 18, 2017
Film soundtrack for Vietnam war documentary includes the Beatles

US network PBS will begin airing the new 10-part series, "The Vietnam War," directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on September 17, and two companion soundtracks will be released, the original score, and "The Vietnam War: The Soundtrack," which includes many of the iconic songs representing the era, including the Beatles.

Source: U Discover Music
Vintage photos from the Beatles' out of control world tour

Photographer Harry Benson was right in the thick of the Beatles' first ever world tour in 1964 that catapulted them from England's national sweethearts to global superstars. Benson spent nearly two years on and off with the band. His photos of the Beatles are now featured in the new book "The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966."

Source: CNN

Ron Howard
Ron Howard on capturing Beatlemania in Emmy-nominated doc

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard wanted to capture The Beatles concerts at the height of Beatlemania. A Beatles fan, but not an "encyclopedic," he said he wanted to show hard-core and casual fans what it was like for the band to perform in sold-out arenas packed with so many high-pitched concertgoers they couldn't hear themselves play.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Video: Beatles-loving toddler IDs 21 songs in 2 minutes

The video starts with the familiar sounds of a harmonica. "Wuv, Wuv Me Doooo!" 3-year-old Beatles fan Walter Jude Bolin calls out before nailing 20 more songs. At Walter's request, his parents make up Beatles bedtime stories in which John, Paul, George and Ringo come to their home and ask Walter to join the band.

Source: The Gainesville Sun
Fangirls bond over Beatles

A dreamer's handwritten printed notes surrounded by immature teenage doodles on pages of vintage issues of 16 Magazine led a millennial woman to search for the teenage girl who owned the magazines 50 years ago. Finally, a response on Facebook said, "If you could confirm my childhood address, I think these are my magazines.'"

Source: Victoria Advocate, Texas
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Ringo's black suede boots to go under the hammer

Ringo Starr's stage boots are among the items going under the hammer at the annual auction of Beatles memorabilia organised by The Beatles Shop in Liverpool. The size 7 black suede boots, used by Ringo on stage in 1963, are estimated to fetch between 4,000 and 5,000 (about $6,400), are worn but in good condition.

Source: ITV, UK

Listen: Ringo Starr shares country song from upcoming album

Ringo Starr's has shared a new song from his upcoming LP, the country-sounding track "So Wrong For So Long." The song was co-written with Dave Stewart, who performs the song with him. Starr says it was the first song written for the album when he and Dave Stewart had planned to make it a country LP. The new album is due out Sept. 15.

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Paramore's Hayley Williams reimagines John Lennon's Imagine

The current onslaught of bad news swirling across America was apparently enough for Paramore singer Hayley Williams to revisit the John Lennon classic, Imagine, for a lighthearted cover version she shared on Twitter. "Remember to take a break from the news at some point so your head doesn't fall off your body," she tweeted.

Source: Anti-Music
How photographer spent his teenage days with the Beatles

Paul Berriff had two paper rounds when he was 12, and wanted to be a photographer for Picture Post or Life Magazine. In 1963, as a trainee editorial assistant, photographing the pop stars of the day, he came into contact with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies and Marianne Faithfull. His pictures are now on exhibition in York, England.

Source: The York Press, UK
Hamburg and The Beatles' gritty roots

For the longest time, The Beatles Story started with manager Brian Epstein stumbling upon the group in Liverpool's Cavern Club in November 1961. But they would readily admit that it was in a North German port city that they cut their teeth. As John Lennon would famously quip, "I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg."

Source: Happy
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Man didn't know Beatles played in his living room

Naaman Member has been living in his house in Preston, Elngland, for almost 30 years, unaware that one night in 1963 The Beatles played in his front room. The revelation came to light after roadie David Parkes spoke about his experiences on the road. It happened after a vehicle breakdown on the way back from a gig.

Source: Lancashire Post, UK

George Martin
The early years of the man who became the Fifth Beatle

No one has a more legit claim to the imaginary title of "Fifth Beatle" than Sir George Martin. According to a new book, far more than just a studio knob twiddler, George Martin's deep knowledge of all sorts of music as well as recording techniques helped to infuse the band's music and drive the Beatles into directions even they didn't think they would go to.

Source: Houston Press
On working with John Lennon Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas

Jack Douglas, the producer of John Lennon's final sessions and his Double Fantasy album, has produced new American act Silverplanes. "Jack really helped me to shape the songs," says Aaron Smart of Silverplanes. "What originally made me want to work with him was knowing that he recorded Imagine with John Lennon."

Source: Noise 11
Elvis Presley: What they said about the King

The influence of Elvis Presley on his fellow singers and musicians is incalculable, and many of them have gone on the record to say so. John Lennon said, "If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been a Beatles." Paul McCartney said, "When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted to be was Elvis Presley."

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
George Harrison immigration files released

A telegram, a terse protest of the bombing of Cambodia, addressed to then-President Richard Nixon and sent to the White House by George Harrison on August 16, 1973, is one page of 90 released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Harrison's records help complete a story of Nixon's government paranoia.

Source: The Kansas City Star

Louise Harrison
Interview: Louise Harrison on her parents' influence on George

In a new interview, Louise Harrison talks about George Harrison and his dad. "My mum had died in 1970 and so at that point, dad started accompanying George on a lot of things he was doing...His calmness and strength was great for George, especially when he was doing things like the Bangladesh concert...He needed Dad's strength."

Source: Rebeat
Car Seat Headrest invoke spirit of John Lennon on new single

American indie rock band Car Seat Headrest have released a new single, "War Is Coming (If You Want It)," which made it's debut on on Beats 1 on Apple Music today. It's impossible to escape the allusion to John Lennon's classic "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) from the title, the band says the song is about "not murdering people."

Source: Uproxx
Video: Beatles at Shea Stadium 52 years ago today

On August 15, the Beatles played an unprecedented concert at Shea Stadium in front of a record 55,600 fans, at that time a staggering number for a pop music performance. The show kicked off the Beatles' second full tour of the United States, 16 concerts in 10 cities, including a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Source: Inquisitr
Monday, August 14, 2017
Sgt. Pepper box set still in the top 40 albums after almost 3 months

The Beatles released their Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary box set back on May 26th. It went straight to number 1 and then hung on in the top 10 for about a month. Almost three months later, Sgt. Pepper is still rocking! It sold 4,749 copies last week, up 6% from the previous week, and finished 34th out of the top 50.

Source: Showbiz 411
Bulldozers threaten Beatles monument in Mongolia

A statue of the Beatles in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar could be at risk amid an alleged land grab. Residents are protesting against plans to build commercial properties in an area known as Beatles Square, where the bronze bas-relief monument commemorates the former Soviet satellite's transition to democracy in 1990.

Source: NY Daily News
John Lennon peace website launches to celebrate new Imagine picture book

People from around the world are writing messages of peace to celebrate John Lennon's iconic Imagine lyrics, which will be published as a picture book on the UN's International Day of Peace, September 21. A new website has launched today to allow people of all ages to share their messages in a global display of solidarity.

Source: Amnesty International

Why Cirque du Soleil Love remains one of the best stage shows

Since it debuted, Cirque du Soleil's Love in Las Vegas has become a show loved by Beatles obsessives and the un-educated Beatles curious alike, due to the spectacular mix and excellent visuals. The 2016 update of the show made quite a few significant changes to the production, including an updated soundtrack and a refitted speaker system.

Source: The AU Review

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