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Rare George Harrison acetate for auction on eBay 

An unreleased 1969 acetate featuring a jam with Beatle George Harrison and keyboardist Billy Preston went up for auction on eBay today. It's an Apple Studios acetate recorded during the sessions for Preston's "That's The Way God Planned It" LP. The original was originally owned by drummer Ginger Baker of Cream.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Hundreds of celebrites chime in: John or Paul? 

The question of "Are you a John Lennon person or a Paul McCartney person" has been asked ever since the Beatles first became famous. A new video seeks to get a definitive answer with the help of 550 celebrities. Among the classic rockers asked were Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith and members of Black Sabbath.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
John and Yoko's Happy Xmas a cause for celebration 

In October 1971, John Lennon recorded "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," a vigorous and engaging protest song calling for an end to the war in Vietnam, all the while wishing the world happy holidays. Although not a Top 40 hit in the United States, it quickly became prominent on the airwaves during the 1971 Christmas season.

Source: Like The Dew
Video: Marissa Mulder performs In My Life 

Rising cabaret star and award winner Marissa Mulder performs The Beatles classic "In My Life" in a new clip now available online. The clip was recorded live earlier this year at vaunted NYC jazz and cabaret venue the Metropolitan Room. Frequent collaborator Mike Rosengarten accompanies her on electric guitar.

Source: Broadway World
Newspaper photographer who snapped Beatles dies aged 89 

Photographer Jane Bown, known for her portraits of famous people including the Beatles and the Queen, has died aged 89. Bown joined the Observer in 1949, her other subjects included ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, Samuel Beckett and artist Francis Bacon. Several of her pictures are in the National Portrait Gallery.

Source: BBC News
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Joe Cocker 

Paul McCartney has led tributes to rock and blues singer Joe Cocker, who has died at the age of 70. He was perhaps best known for his cover of With A Little Help From My Friends, which reached number one in the UK in 1968. Paul said, "It's really sad to hear about Joe's passing." Ringo said, "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker."

Source: Belfast Telegraph
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Friday, December 19, 2014
John Lennon to be honored in concert in Orlando

Joseph Martens and an assortment of Orlando's best musicians will honor John Lennon's music and humanitarian spirit on Tuesday in downtown Orlando.

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Turner Classic Movies to show A Hard Day's Night on New Year's Eve

This New Year's Eve, Turner Classic Movies, the cable TV channel showing 24/7 all genres from the Golden Age of Hollywood and beyond, will feature two musicals, two documentaries, and two new presentations for their classic rock films night, including the beloved Beatles musical comedy A Hard Day's Night at 9:45 p.m.

Source: The Examiner
Why The Flaming Lips covering The Beatles is just wrong

Having released the much talked about With A Little Help From My Fwends, a cover album of the groundbreaking Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles, critics and fans alike seem to be at a divide. Whilst some have blessed the it with favourable seven-to-eight-star reviews, others have been more damning of the record.

Related Articles  Source: Fortitude Magazine
The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music by Hunter Davies

The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music, a handsome coffee-table book by Hunter Davies, manages to shed new light on the creative process behind such songs as Eleanor Rigby and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. Even fans who think they know it all already will treasure this forensic exploration of the Beatles' songs.

Source: The Irish Times
Restaurant Review: Blakes Restaurant in Liverpool

The appeal of Blakes at the Hard Days Night Hotel is obvious, just round the corner from Mathew Street and the Cavern. Between noon and 2pm, Tuesday to Thursday, 6pm and 8pm, Monday to Thursday, and noon and 7pm, Friday and Saturday, Blakes offers an unbeatable menu at 11.95 for two courses or 14.95 for three.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, December 18, 2014
George Harrison to receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recording Academy announced its annual Special Merit Awards recipients earlier today. It was announced that George Harrison will be honored with The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2015.

Source: NME, UK
Video: Paul McCartney with Jimmy Fallon

Paul McCartney joined The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday to talk about Starr being enshrined in the Rock Hall, and revealed his favorite Ringo solo hits, Back Off Boogaloo and It Don't Come Easy. Fallon then shared his spot-on Beatles impressions, although Fallon admitted he can't do George.

Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles cataloge released as higher quality SHM-CDs, but only in Japan

Universal Music Group in Japan announced yesterday it has released all of the Beatles albums as limited editions in the SHM-CD (Super High Quality Material) format, including reproductions of the original artwork and jackets. Available only in Japan, they may be available in the US from Amazon as imports.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Mary McCartney reveals she didn't know how sick Linda was

Mary McCartney has admitted she didn't know the severity of her mother's condition, so her death came as a shock. The daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney, in a new interview she says she knew that her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer but wasn't prepared for her sudden passing in April 1998, aged just 56.

Source: Female First
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Photos: Paul McCartney mobbed by fans as he leaves Daily Show studios

Paul McCartney was mobbed by fans offering him album covers to sign, with the Abbey Road LP a firm favorite, as he left the Daily Show studios in New York City on Monday night. Ever generous with his time, Macca signed a multitude of autographs in rainy Manhattan with an assistant holding an umbrella over the star.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Video: Paul McCartney talks about Destiny on The Daily Show

Paul McCartney appeared on Comedy Central's The Daily Show last night to talk about "Hope for the Future," his song for the Destiny video game. During the course of his funny back-and-forth with Jon Stewart, McCartney talks about how he got involved with the project and revealed that he's not very good at video games.

Related Articles  Source: Game Spot
Smokey Robinson still thrilled by George Harrison's long-ago tribute

George Harrison's "Pure Smokey," a 1976 tribute to Smokey Robinson, gave credit to an artist who had been part of the Beatles' musical foundation, Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me" appeared on 1963's With the Beatles. These hat tips from one of rock's biggest bands didn't go unnoticed by the Motown legend.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Parents fight plan to expand Beatles' old school

Dovedale Junior School, off Penny Lane in Liverpool, has remained virtually unchanged since John Lennon and George Harrison were pupils there in the late 1940s and early 1950s. But parents today launched a campaign to halt a plan that would see the present school, built in the 1930s, expanded to accommodate 840 pupils from 630.

Source: Liverpool Confidential
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Ringo Starr to receive special Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honor

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees, and Ringo Starr will be given the Award For Musical Excellence. Starr was inducted as part of The Beatles in 1988, though his three other bandmates have since entered the Hall of Fame as solo artists. "This means recognition to me," he said.

Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles autographs sell for 1.5k at auction

Rare autographs of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, collected by a fan who spotted them staying in Newquay in Cornwall, England during their Magical Mystery Tour almost 50 years ago, sold at a London auction house for 1,500 (about $2,350) last week. They would have been more valuable had Ringo also signed.

Source: Cornish Guardian, UK
Paul Mccartney reveals he shuns Beatles anniversaries

Paul McCartney says he never takes notice of The Beatles milestones, insisting he has no interest in marking important anniversaries or birthdays. He said, "Someone says, 'Oh, this is the 50th anniversary of when you walked in Abbey Road or the 50th anniversary of your first single'. The truth is, I'm not counting!"

Source: Contact Music
Inside the Beatles: The Beatles Christmas Records

While they may have initially been seen as throwaways, today the Beatles Christmas records reveal how the Beatles were evolving creatively and developing separate artistic identities. In addition, these recordings provided a rare glimpse into their comedic roots, namely Liverpudlian humor and Goons-style banter.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, December 15, 2014
Guitar signed by Paul McCartney stolen from West Vancouver store

West Vancouver police are looking for a suspect after someone broke into a store last Thursday and made off with a framed Peavey electric guitar bearing the signatures of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and others. It is possible someone was hired explicitly to steal that piece, as more expensive pieces in the store were ignored.

Source: Vancouver Sun
Pictures: Paul McCartney and wife Nancy arrive at JFK

Paul McCartney kept a low profile in tinted shades as he arrived with wife Nancy Shevell at JFK International Airport in New York on Sunday. Paul was returning to the US after promotion of his new single, Hope For The Future, for which the music video debuted on Monday, and included McCartney immortalized as a hologram.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Elvis Presley's connection to the Beatles featured in new exhibit

In August 1965, The Beatles finally got to meet their idol, Elvis Presley, at his home in Los Angeles. Elvis pulled out a white Fender bass guitar while Ringo Starr took up a game of pool with members of Elvis' entourage. This famous pool table is now on display at "Elvis at the O2, The Exhibition of His Life," which opened on Friday.

Source: The Examiner
The day Paul McCartney found the Devil in Atlanta

In 1999, the McCartneys visited Atlanta to support Heather McCartney as she unveiled her line of houseware items. Paul and his son, James, went out to explore the side streets of Atlanta, and there, in "the funky side of town," stopped in front of Miller's Rexall Drugs and saw something intended to ward off Satan.

Source: Like The Dew
John and Yoko launch War Is Over! campaign 45 years ago today

On December 15, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched their global War Is Over! campaign, performing at UNICEF's "Peace for Christmas" concert in London. George Harrison also performed, it was he first time that Lennon and Harrison performed together in a scheduled concert since The Beatles' last show in 1966.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Friday, December 12, 2014
Pictures: Beatles-themed hotel goes up for sale priced at 1.3m

A Beatles-themed hotel is on the market for more than 1m (more than $1,571,000). The 13-bedroom Liverpool Boutique Hotel in Allerton has a Fab Four theme throughout, every room in the hotel is named after either John, George, Paul, Ringo or one of their favorite songs and pictures of the band adorn the walls inside.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool and London tours feature Beatles insider Tony Bramwell, offering escorted group travel to Beatle historical sites in Liverpool and London has announced an exclusive "Bramwell's Beatles Britain Tour." Guest Apple recording exec and real-life longtime Beatle friend Tony Bramwell will travel with the group to share his Beatles stories and adventures with tour members.

Source: PR Web
Hong Kong protesters to rebuild Lennon Wall

Pro-democracy protesters have vowed to rebuild the famous "Lennon Wall" which sat at the heart of Hong Kong's main protest camp, after it was swept clear by police. The wall was inspired by the original in Prague, a focal point for dissidents in the 1980s, often using images and lyrics inspired by John Lennon and the Beatles.

Source: Sinchew, Malaysia
John Lennon book review: All you need is love of wordplay

When they were first published in 1964 and 1965, John Lennon's slim volumes of offbeat prose and poetry went straight to the top of the bestseller list. They may only be a footnote in the history of the Beatles, but there's still enough here to entertain anyone with a liking for John Lennon's off-the-wall humor.

Source: The Independent, UK
Yoko Ono to have MoMA solo show in 2015

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City announced it will mount a solo show of Yoko Ono's work in May 2015. The exhibition will survey the works from the tumultuous decade that led up to her 1971 performance art action, including objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films.

Source: Artnet News
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Audio: Paul McCartney lines up female singer for film role

Paul McCartney has told XFM in the UK he's making an animated movie called "High In The Clouds" featuring a female singer, and he dropped a heavy hint about who he wants to play her. He said, "I'm writing the music for characters in the film, one of whom is a female rock star who kind of rules this city."

Source: XFM, UK
Video: Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl track featured in new Polo ad

A commercial for the new Polo Red fragrance features "Cut Me Some Slack," the Grammy-winning collaboration between Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear. The track was written for Grohl's "Sound City" documentary in 2012.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Rare and unseen photos of John Lennon go on display in Liverpool

An exhibition by legendary rock and roll photographer Bob Gruen opened last week in Liverpool, featuring many rare and unseen photos of John Lennon's time in New York, the first time the collection has been exhibited outside of London and New York. Guest of honor at the launch event was Julia Baird, John Lennon's sister.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's sketches released though exclusive US exhibitions

Prints of three of John Lennon's rare sketches from the Bag One Arts program will be released through exclusive exhibitions across the US. Yoko Ono and Epic Rights have partnered to launch prints of Lennon's original artwork love and communication, in exclusive exhibitions in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Wings over America remains a pinnacle for Paul McCartney

Recorded in the summer of 1976, Wings Over America, arrived on December 10 of that year feeling like a triumphant musical summation for Paul McCartney. McCartney hadn't at this point toured America in 10 years, and so Wings Over America was greeted with what can only be described as unfettered joy.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Controversial John Lennon artwork to be auctioned

An artwork by John Lennon depicting himself is going up for auction. "The Shroud" was created in the autumn of 1966 after Lennon commented that the Beatles were more popular. The piece is estimated to be sold for 75,000 in London on December 15.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Bob Geldof explains Paul McCartney's omission from Band Aid 30

Bob Geldof has defended his decision not to include Paul McCartney in the latest version of Band Aid. "Macca's always done stuff. He was in the band in 2004, him, Radiohead and Damon," Geldof said. "But look, on this we've got from the newest to the hippest to the oldest, and he hasn't made the cut, what can I tell you?"

New book claims John Lennon needed help

Liverpool writer Francis Kenny, author of the new painstakingly researched and detailed book The Making of John Lennon: The Untold Story of The Rise and Fall of The Beatles, believes Lennon was all but emotionally destroyed by his Aunt Mimi. "All the evidence is already out there, but I'm looking at it in a Liverpool light," he says.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The John Lennon song by Bob Dylan

It's not the best song of 2012, not even the best song on Tempest, the Bob Dylan album it concludes. But "Roll on John" has staying power, similar to the spirit of its subject, John Lennon. Dylan pays tribute to the great man, taken from us in 1980, now gone twice as long as he and Lennon were friends.

Source: Like The Dew

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