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Latest Beatles News as of Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Record Store Day's Black Friday includes two Paul McCartney discs

The famed Record Store Day, where indie record stores offer up hundreds of new and limited edition titles each April, has its fall iteration this Black Friday, Nov. 24. Paul McCartney releases two 7" discs, one on red vinyl and one on green, both featuring a new version of his song Wonderful Christmastime, with the help of The Roots.

Source: Pollstar
Director Julie Taymor ready to bring Across the Universe to Broadway

Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor is ready to bring her 2007 Beatles movie musical Across the Universe to the stage. "I've wanted it for so many years. Hopefully in the next two years, we finally get to see [it] onstage," she told She said she hopes the show can inspire today's youth with its story of 60s activism.

Sir Peter Blake reveals new Sgt. Pepper-inspired mural

Sir Peter Blake is working on a new version of his Sgt. Pepper album cover on the side of a Tube tunnel in Chiswick, England, to celebrate the west London neighbourhood's show business history. The mural will feature singers, actors, comedians and music hall artists who performed at the now demolished Chiswick Empire Theatre.

Source: London Evening Standard
The day the BBC banned The Beatles for saying knickers

The Fab Four were not so fabulous in the eyes, or ears, of the BBC in 1967, as the band released I Am The Walrus, including the lyrics "Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess / Boy, you've been a naughty girl you let your knickers down." The obvious reference to sex, as well as the word "knickers", was all too much for the BBC airwaves.

Source: IBTimes, UK
November 22, 1968: The Beatles release The White Album

The Beatles' ninth studio album, the White Album, was a sign that it was the beginning of the end. Each Beatle worked on their own songs separately and only worked with their band mates when necessary. Despite this divide and tension, The Beatles still managed to deliver one of the boldest albums in the history of rock.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Broadway Sings The Beatles moves theatres and updates line up

The lineup is complete for the next installment of the Broadway Sings concert series, honoring the most influential rock act with Broadway Sings The Beatles. The one-night-only concert, held December 4, will feature completely new arrangements of the Beatles hits, accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra playing original orchestrations.

Source: Broadway World
More Info: German police recover stolen John Lennon diaries

German police on Tuesday presented diaries, pairs of glasses and other items belonging to John Lennon that were stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006 and eventually ended up in Berlin. Police suspect that the items were stolen by Ono's former driver and then taken to Turkey, and were discovered by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters, UK
Eight Days a Week: The Beatles' touring history in 8 concerts

For those of us who weren't lucky enough to attend a Beatles concert, Ron Howard's Eight Days a Week just might be the next best thing. The 2016 documentary debuts this Saturday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. on PBS, and People Magazine put together a detailed look at the Beatles' touring career, told through eight of their concerts.

Source: People Music
How the Beatles' music influenced Charles Manson's 1969 murders Warning: Page opens with sound

According interviews Manson gave during his life and testimony he gave at his 1970 trial and conviction for nine murders, he said hidden lyrics in songs on the album The Beatles White Album inspired his family's murderous acts. "This music is bringing on the revolution, the unorganized overthrow of the establishment," he said.

Source: Newsweek
Monday, November 20, 2017
German police recover John Lennon diaries

German police today arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon's estate, including his diaries. The items were stolen from Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in New York in 2006. A second suspect, who lives in Turkey, "is unattainable for us at the present time," according to the police.

Related Articles  Source: Expatica Germany
Fans hope Ringo Starr gives some more love to Israel

Since 1989, Starr has toured with different variations of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. There is now a rumor that Ringo is in advanced negotiations to perform in Israel next year. The news about a possible late spring performance by Ringo was reported by the Israel Hayom daily, and couldn't be confirmed with any local promoters.

Source: The Times of Israel
First casting announced for Lennon's Banjo in Liverpool

The new play, Lennon's Banjo, will premiere at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre next spring. Today producers revealed the first four cast members who will appear in this fascinating romp through Beatledom to find the holy grail of pop memorabilia, the first instrument John Lennon learnt to play, missing for 60 years and now worth millions.

Source: Broadway World
Soon, rare photos of Beatles to be put up at Rishikesh ashram

Almost two years after it was opened to visitors, fans of The Beatles will get a chance to go through rare photos and documents at Rishikesh's Chaurasi Kutia where the Fab Four stayed in the '60s. The Beatles visited the ashram, now a tiger reserve, in February 1968 to learn transcendental meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Related Articles  Source: Hindustan Times
Country songwriter says he was inspired to write music by the Beatles

Hit country songwriter Bob DiPiero was honored as an icon by the performing rights organization BMI on Tuesday. In an interview, DiPiero said he was inspired by the Beatles to play guitar and write songs. "They are writing songs. I am going to write songs," DiPiero said. "I grew up and just immersed myself in this stuff."

Source: The Columbian
Friday, November 17, 2017
Beatles Christmas ad accused of plagiarism by children's author

Children's book author Chris Riddell took to Twitter yesterday to point out some unusual similarities between the new John Lewis Christmas advert in the UK and a book he published in 1986, called Mr. Underbed. The ad's soundtrack includes a cover of the Beatles' 1969 song Golden Slumbers recorded by rock band Elbow.

Related Articles  Source: Entertainment Daily, UK
Paul McCartney Archive Collection in stores today

The first eight Archive Collection titles are now available in stores released as single CD digipack, 180 gram black vinyl, and limited edition 180 gram colour vinyl. All vinyl LPs in the Archive Collection will feature a download card and fully restored artwork. Every release in the ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection is supervised by Paul himself.

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Yoko Ono wins in court against Hamburg bar named Yoko Mono

The Hamburg district court decided on Thursday a bizarre lawsuit by Yoko Ono against the owner of the "Yoko Mono" bar. The operator may no longer call his pub "Yoko Mono". It was an unauthorized name presumption, the court ruled, and one might think that Ono had something to do with the small bar. (Page translated into English.)

Original Page in German  Source: NDR, Germany
Painting from collection of Yoko Ono sells for nearly $11 million

A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the collection of Yoko Ono has sold for $10.9 million. Sotheby's says the work, titled "Cabra", was sold Thursday night in New York to an unidentified buyer. The pre-sale estimate was $9 million to $12 million. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Spirit Foundations, founded by Ono and John Lennon.

Source: Voice of America
Conversations with George Martin, Geoff Emerick, and Ken Townsend

On the occasion of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band first release on CD in 1987, a year that also marked the album's 20th anniversary, noted guitar writer Tony Bacon interviewed producer George Martin, engineer Geoff Emerick, and technical engineer Ken Townsend about the making of this most celebrated of Beatles records.

Source: Reverb
Video Interview: Bob Eubanks

Bob Eubanks has done everything from KRLA disc jockey, hosting The Newlywed Game, to bringing The Beatles to Los Angeles. He appeared on Good Day LA this morning to talk about the upcoming DMS11 Wells Fargo Thanksgiving Calif. Championship next weekend, and talked about the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965.

Source: FOX 11, Los Angeles
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Video: Radiohead's Phil Selway joins Ringo Starr for Beatles classic

Radiohead drummer Phil Selway joined Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band for a performance of the Beatles' classic With a Little Help From My Friends at the Beacon Theater in New York City Wednesday. Selway struck a characteristically stoic pose behind the kit, his steady playing style a sharp contrast to the flash of Gregg Bissonette.

Source: Rolling Stone
Gary Clark Jr. puts The Beatles' Come Together back on the charts Warning: Page opens with sound

A cover version of "Come Together" is on the charts, nearly 50 years after the Beatles' original release. Gary Clark Jr. is the voice and guitarist behind the new rendition of the Beatles' 1969 hit, which is part of the soundtrack for the superhero film "Justice League." The track is climbing up the rock radio charts.

Source: Huffington Post
Photo journalist Harry Benson receives award in St. Louis

Some of the most famous photographs of past celebrities were taken by one, man, Harry Benson. The multi-award winning photo journalist will be awarded in St. Louis and inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. In a new interview, he talked about his experiences, including photographing the Beatles.

Source: KBIA FM, Columbia, Mo.
Los Angeles rock radio station signs off forever by playing the Beatles

After spending the morning saying goodbye, Classic Rock KSWD The Sound, Los Angeles, left the airwaves at 1pm PT today. The station was sold to Educational Media Foundation and has flipped to Christian Contemporary programming. The station signed off with side two of The Beatles' Abbey Road, as radio station KMET had in 1987.

More Information  Source: OC Register
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
John Lennon's former Surrey mansion hits the market for 8.9m

The Surrey home where John Lennon penned some of the Beatles biggest hits has listed for 8.9m (about $11.7m). Purchased by Lennon and his first wife Cynthia in 1964, at the peak of Beatlemania, Kenwood sits in 1.5 acres on the St George's Hill estate in Weybridge. John wrote I Am the Walrus in the home's attic.

Source: The Spaces
All-star New Orleans tribute to George Harrison's All Things Must Pass

On Saturday in New Orleans, local blues and roots music guitarist Marc Stone will serve as music director for an especially ambitious live performance of a All Things Must Pass, the 1970 triple-LP that established George Harrison's post-Beatles bonafides as a credible solo artist. A cast of 18 musicians will recreate the intricate album.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate
Baby you can drive Paul's Aston and Ringo's Mini

If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks. Consigned to Bonhams' auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr's.

Source: Carscoops
Venue where Beatles played goes up for auction

Birkenhead's former Majestic Ballroom, famous for its ties to The Beatles, is due to be sold at auction next month. Built as a cinema in 1916, the property's dance hall and music days gave The Beatles a stage to perform their debut single Love Me Do for the first time. The fab four returned and played at the venue 17 times in the 1960s.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Steve Miller reveals Paul McCartney role in 'pompatus of love' lyric

In a new interview, Steve Miller talks about his famous nonsense coinage "pompatus of love." Miller says he was talking to Paul McCartney in 1969 about writing lyrics and Paul told him to do "whatever works." Funny or good, "it's okay, it's not that heavy. Things that feel spontaneous have a much longer life," Miller says he's learned.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
eBay says Beatles sales surge as music buyers get physical

A survey done for eBay says The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd are leading artists getting a boost as music buyers get physical in preference to digital streaming and downloads. The survey comes as a surprise after reports about the digital revolution, with many teenagers said never to have bought a physical album.

Source: Forbes
Beatles fans have serious problem with the new Christmas ad

Beatles fans far and wide have taken to Twitter to express their frustration with the new John Lewis Christmas advert. It's not the cuddly 7 ft monster they have a problem with, it's not even the soundtrack's cover of Golden Slumbers by Elbow. Instead, Beatles fans have been left dissatisfied with how the song ends.

Related Articles  Source: The London Evening Standard
Ribbon cutting for The Yellow Submarine in Georgia

A Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting cermony was recently held at The Yellow Submarine in Dallas, Georgia, a submarine sandwich shop which opened in June of this year. Store owner Dani Gudinas said that "my husband Mike came up with the name, which is, of course, a clever play on words that show our love of The Beatles."

Source: Dallas New Era
Jeff Lynne's ELO announces 2018 tour

Jeff Lynne's ELO announced yesterday the first dates of a U.S. tour as well as their return to the U.K. and Europe, for an extended run of shows in 2018. The shows will see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee perform in the U.S. in August and across the continent in September and October.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, November 13, 2017
Footage of the Beatles on location for Help! to go on sale

Unseen footage of the Beatles filmed more than 50 years ago is to go on sale. The Fab Four were caught on camera by actor Leo McKern while on location in the Austrian Alps for the 1965 movie Help! The film captures the Beatles being transported by snowmobile to a rehearsal of Ringo's ski-lift scene, and tobogganing and playing curling.

Source: AOL, UK
Bob Dylan's Bangladesh guitar sells for $396,000 at auction

The guitar Bob Dylan played at the Concert for Bangladesh and during his Rolling Thunder Revue, a 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar, sold at auction Saturday to an anonymous buyer for $396,000, nearly $100,000 more than its expected top bid. Bob Dylan's guitar repairman bought the guitar from Dylan 1977 for $500.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney and other celebs selling shoes for charity

Paul McCartney and many more artists are auctioning off shoes for charity. Each pair is signed by the artist and some have additional messages or markings. The auction, run by Charity Stars, benefits the UK-based Small Steps Project, which provides emergency aid to individuals living on landfills and garbage dump environments.

Source: Pitchfork
John Lennon music bus challenges local teens to imagine peace

When the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus pulled up at Hialeah Gardens High School, many students didn't know much about the famous late Beatle. But when the educators who drive the bus-turned-recording-studio-on-wheels played the 1971 song Imagine and other Beatles tunes, the kids understood the peace messages.

Source: WLRN, Miami
Video: Ohio State halftime show tribute to the Beatles

During halftime of the game against Michigan State on Saturday, The Ohio State University Marching Band celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. While playing Beatles hits, the band formed a replication of the iconic walk across Abbey Road and The Beatles' famous Yellow Submarine.

Source: Ohio State News
35 Years Ago: George Harrison looks inward on Gone Troppo, then disappears

Gone Troppo was a notable flop. The project, actually, could be favorably compared with the pastoral joys of John Lennon's earlier Double Fantasy, though it never is. Instead, Gone Troppo, which Harrison never toured behind, sunk to the bottom of his discography as the last, ever-forgotten album on a miserable contract with Warners Bros.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, November 10, 2017
Audio: Elbow covers The Beatles' Golden Slumbers for Christmas ad

English rock band Elbow has announced a new best of compilation, fittingly titled "The Best Of," and shared its bonus track, a cover of The Beatles' Golden Slumbers from Abbey Road. The cover is also featured in a new holiday commercial for the British department store chain John Lewis. The video of the sweet and touching ad is also now online.

Related Articles  Source: Under the Radar
Touching video of 10-Year-Old boy with autism singing Imagine Warning: Page opens with sound

10-year-old Calum Cull from Essex, England has high functioning autism, so he doesn't need extreme care, but he struggles socially and academically. Calum has been singing since the age of four, his singing has been getting progressively better over the last few years. His powerful performance of John Lennon's Imagine is now online.

Source: 92.3 Amp FM, Los Angeles

The Point
Harry Nilsson's overlooked masterpiece

One day I came across the movie, "The Point." My mother said, "Oh, you'd love this! It's about a boy who gets bullied because he's the only person without a pointed head." As a child with undiagnosed autism who was bullied relentlessly, I had self-esteem issues, so my mom thought it would help me out. Plus Ringo Starr narrated it, and that was a bonus.

Source: Splice Today

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