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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, May 26, 2017

The Beatles Empire Strikes Back!

An in-depth appreciation of Sgt. Pepper viewed through a socio-political-cultural prism from Beatles scholar Martin Lewis. His reflections ponder the juxtaposition between the album's relentlessly forward-looking music and the nostalgia-suffused lyrics that display the Beatles' affection for Britain's then fading Empire.

Related Articles  Source: Variety
Spotify ranks Sgt. Pepper's

For its golden anniversary, Spotify has compiled some facts about Sgt. Pepper's. Just a little over half of all Sgt. Pepper's listeners on Spotify are under the age of 40. There are 1,765,759 active playlists on Spotify which feature Sgt. Pepper's songs. The most popular Sgt. Pepper's song on Spotify is Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

Related Articles  Source: Mass Live
Review: Hear Sgt. Pepper's as you never have before

If you're like most Beatles fans, you've likely heard Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band a thousand times. But an immersion into the newly released Super Deluxe Edition 50th anniversary boxed set may have you reassessing this watershed work regardless. One spin and you will hear this music as you've never heard it before.

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How Paul McCartney's dad inspired When I'm Sixty-Four

Alongside Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Buddy Holly, it's important to cite Jim Mac's Jazz Band among Paul McCartney's formative influences. The obscure ragtime combo never cut a record, but it happened to be fronted by the future Beatle's father, Jim. A picture of Jim standing in front of a big bass drum inspired the Sgt. Pepper's cover.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Iconic Beatles album cover brought to life at Chiswick House and Gardens

Chiswick House and Gardens in London has add an installation celebrating 50 years since the release of Sgt. Pepper's. The display brings the cover of Sgt. Pepper's to life, including a range of hyacinths and peperomia plants, and figures of the four Beatles made from wire framed structures and covered in New Zealand Moss.

Related Articles  Source: Horticulture Week
Cuban artists to pay tribute to the Beatles

Cuban artists will pay tribute to The Beatles on the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper''s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a concert next Thursday at Havana's John Lennon Park, with the participation of 7 national bands. The concert was organized by Cuban musician and composer X Alfonso and musicologist Guille Vilar.

Related Articles  Source: Prensa Latina, Cuba
New book to tell story of the Beatles' hairdresser

The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles' Hairdresser Who Defined an Era by Leslie Cavendish will be published in September. Cavendish was the hairdresser of the Beatles and many more 60s celebrities including the Bee Gees, The Who, James Taylor, Peter Cook, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Source: The Bookseller
May 26, 1966: Beatles record Yellow Submarine

The basic tracks for the Beatles song Yellow Submarine were recorded on this day by engineer Geoff Emerick without producer George Martin who was suffering from a bout of food poisoning. Intended by Paul McCartney as a children's song for Ringo Starr to sing, the psychedelic number was subject to many later interpretations.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Hear the new Sgt. Pepper remix in theaters June 1

50th Anniversary Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band special listening parties will be held in select movie theaters on June 1, 50 years to the day after the original album's release. Cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Skokie, IL, Dallas, Clinton Township, MI, Washington, DC, Clinton Township, TX and Las Vegas.

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Paul McCartney answers questions about Sgt. Pepper's

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Paul McCartney's official website has posted a Q&A with him about Sgt. Pepper's. He reveals where the Sgt. Pepper's name came from, who was picked for the album cover collage and why, the meaning in the Sgt. Pepper's repeating inner groove, and how Ringo became Billy Shears.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Brian Epstein billboards appearing around Liverpool

Posters and signs dedicated to the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein are being spotted across Liverpool. Part of Liverpool's Sgt. Pepper at 50 festival, With A Little Help From My Friends is the name of the new artwork by award winning artist Jeremy Deller who was inspired by the Beatles' song about friendship, loneliness and love.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Sgt Pepper at 50: Ultimate guide to the Liverpool Beatles festival Warning: Page opens with sound

This summer Liverpool is celebrating Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with thousands of people expected to events taking place. The festival festival features 13 events, one to celebrate each track on the Beatles iconic album. These include street theatre, dance shows, musical performances by some of the world's leading artists.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
The unsung female artist behind the famous Sgt. Pepper's album cover

The cover of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band has etched itself into British pop culture. But its creator, Peter Blake, didn't work alone. His then wife, American artist Jann Haworth, says she was jointly commissioned by art dealer Robert "Groovy Bob" Fraser. But she's been largely left out of the history of the cover's creation.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
New doc shows how Lennon and McCartney brush off a controversy

Many pops star have faced a public controversy over the past five decades, but, arguably, none quite like when, in 1966, John Lennon casually announced that the Beatles were "bigger than Jesus". The documentary "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper and Beyond" shows how the Beatles handled it.

Source: Huffington Post
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Review: New Sgt. Pepper remix brings classic album into the 21st century

On May 26, The Beatles will release a new remixed version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on CD and vinyl, and this 50th anniversary edition is a vibrant achievement. Giles Martin and Sam Okell took the original master tapes and enhanced the sound to bring it up to date to the stereo standards of the 21st century.

Related Articles  Source: Daytrippin' Magazine

Mary Hopkin
Mary Hopkin's Beatles poster sells for 28k at auction

A rare color Beatles poster owned by singer Mary Hopkin has been sold at auction for 28,000 (about $36,275). The band's 1963 gig advert was expected to fetch between 400 to 800 as part of a collection of Sixties memorabilia auctioned off by the artist. Hopkin will next sell off a collection of her dresses that she wore on stage.

Source: BBC News, UK
Guitar George Harrison's mother gave to neighbor up for auction

George Harrison's cheap first guitar which has been gently weeping in a cupboard for more than 50 years could fetch tens of thousands of pounds when it is sold next month. The Beatles' guitarist learnt to play on the battered instrument which was given to a neighbour by Harrison's mother when his parents moved house in 1965.

Source: The Times, UK
How Keith Richards helped Paul McCartney land his Pirates cameo

Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer has finally revealed how and why Paul McCartney got a cameo in Pirates of the Caribbean. "Keith Richards, who was in a couple of previous 'Pirates' movies, was on tour and and unavailable," Bruckheimer explained, but luckily Johnny Depp had more rock icons in his phone book to call upon.

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! Movies, UK

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon remembers Andy Warhol like a dad

At a private cocktail party commemorating the 40th anniversary of Studio 54 and 30 years since Andy Warhol's death, Sean Lennon said of Warhol, "He was one of the parental figures in my life actually. Having grown up without a father, I had Andy...He always encouraged me to draw and would tell me to sign my drawings, which I found to be very odd."

Source: WWD
Paul McCartney pays tribute to Roger Moore

Paul McCartney posted a tribute to late James Bond actor Roger Moore on Tuesday via Twitter. "He had a heart of gold, a great sense of humour and will be missed by the many people who loved him," McCartney wrote. Earlier, McCartney had also expressed sympathy for the families of victims at the Monday night bombing in Manchester.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
George Harrison's Kinfauns house, Esher, to receive blue plaque

George Harrison is to be posthumously honored with a blue plaque on his former home Kinfauns, in Esher, England, where some demos for the White Album were recorded. Pattie Boyd, Harrison's first wife, who lived with him at Kinfauns from 1965 to 1970, will unveil the plaque this evening at the site of the original building.

Source: Surrey Comet, UK

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp says Paul McCartney is a great actor

Johnny Depp says he was happy to shoot with Paul McCartney for the fifth instalment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" which opens this Friday. He said, "Paul's a great actor. Clearly the guy is not lacking in the talent department. If I changed something up in the scene, he'd change something up in the scene. He'd make stuff up. He was amazing."

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Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dead at 89

For seven of the series' most popular films, from Live and Let Die, with title theme by Paul McCartney, to A View to a Kill, Roger Moore was James Bond. Moore was also known for his role as Simon Templar in the British TV series The Saint. Moore died early today after what his family tweeted, "a short but brave battle with cancer."

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Giles Martin
Update: Giles Martin clarifies his White Album remix statement

Last week Giles Martin revealed to the BBC that work had already started on an expanded deluxe edition of 1968's The White Album, with "a lot of stuff" available for bonus material. However, Martin tweeted, "Just to confirm...I said the 'White Album' is the next Beatles album. I promise that I'm not working on it. Enjoy Sgt. Pepper first!"

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Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary Box Set number 5 a week before release

One week before its release, the 50th anniversary edition box set of the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" ranks at number 5 on amazon. It's been there more or less every day for the last month. Capitol Records doesn't release pre-order figures, but at this rate the box could be the number 1 album the week it goes on sale.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney praises pot, slams fans on Fixing a Hole

Some people thought Paul McCartney's song Fixing a Hole was about heroin because "Fixing a Hole" was junkie slang for injecting smack. Other people thought the song was to be taken literally, knowing that Paul McCartney had purchased a rundown Scottish farm in 1966. As it turns out, neither story was completely correct.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
The day Jesus dropped by during the Beatles' Fixing a Hole sessions

In August 1966, John Lennon faced a media firestorm in the U.S. after he claimed that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." On the night the Beatles were to begin work on Fixing a Hole, one fan got in to see Paul McCartney by insisting he was the son of God. Wanting to keep an eye on him, Paul brought him to Abbey Road.

Source: Rolling Stone
Three endless debates about the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's album

Sgt. Pepper's is considered the most influential album ever. Many music historians buy the idea that Sgt. Pepper's inspired pop music to new heights of ambition. Many also accept the view that it elevated the importance of the album over the single. But after 50 years, there is huge dissonance over Sgt. Pepper's value and legacy.

Source: The San Diego Tribune
Friday, May 19, 2017
Hair, there and Everywhere: Beatles locks auction for more than $10k

Strands of hair belonging to all four Beatles have sold individually for more than $10,000. The hair, which yielded four times its estimated value, attracted the attention of online bidders from all over the world. The strands of hair were saved from the floor of the makeup department during the filming of the movie A Hard Day's Night.

Source: Music Universe
Liverpool filmmakers invited to share A Day in the Life

Aspiring filmmakers are being invited to take part in a unique challenge as part of Liverpool's Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary celebrations. They are being asked to submit short films based on A Day in the Life, that depict a day in their life on Thursday, June 1, 2017, 50 years to the day since the album's release.

Source: Prolific North, UK
Beatles expert's new book celebrates 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper

Beatles expert Bruce Spizer served as a consultant for the 50th anniversary reissue of Sgt. Pepper, which will be available May 26 in with a new, stereo remix by Giles Martin. Spizer's new book, "The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans' Perspective," is a collection of testimonials and essays about the landmark album's impact.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate
London's iconic Abbey Road studio recreated in China

As part of a deal between Universal Music and China's internet giant Tencent, a working replica of the Abbey Road studio in London will be built in China. The new studio will include a state-of-the-art recording and mastering facility. As part of the collaboration, both parties will also work together to find new ways to develop Chinese artists.

Source: China Daily
John Lennon's accidental 'Getting Better' acid trip

As the story goes, John Lennon swallowed the wrong pill the night he was supposed to record backing harmonies for Getting Better on Sgt. Pepper's. Obviously impaired, George Martin took him on the roof of Abbey Road to recover, then Paul and George Harrison sprinted up the steps, afraid Lennon might fall off the edge.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Paul McCartney postpones date of US tour kickoff by 2 days

Paul McCartney has anounced his One on One Tour in Miami originally scheduled for July 5 has been postponed by two days, moved to July 7 to accommodate "exciting production enhancements." It's not known what those "enhancements" will be, but interestingly, the Miami gig now will coincide with the 77th birthday of Ringo Starr.

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White Album to be next to get Giles Martin treatment

Speaking on BBC Radio 6, Giles Martin, son of The Beatles producer George Martin, has confirmed plans to re-mix the band's 1968 work, the White Album. Asked if there was more material in the Beatles' archive to remaster, he joked, "I kind of hope not," before adding, "White Album, which will be the next release."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Sgt. Pepper pop up shop coming to Liverpool during Beatles festival Warning: Page opens with sound

As part of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a special shop selling goods related to the seminal recording will appear on Mathew Street for the duration of the party. It will open on next Thursday, the day the anniversary edition of the Sgt Pepper album will be available to buy at midnight.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: English shoppers stunned by Beatles flash mob

A shopper-stopping performance stunned visitors to the Mill Gate shopping centre in Bury, England, last weekend as dementia awareness campaigners staged their own flash mob. More than 40 singers came together at the shopping centre to perform the Beatles hit, I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends.

Source: This is Lancashire, UK
Beatles dominate tracks on free rail station jukebox

There's a new retro-style jukebox at St. Pancras station in London, so commuters can play every top 40 hit from the past 50 years for free. Out of a whopping 57,000 tunes available, The Beatles claimed the most top 40 tracks on the music box, a huge 280. Other artists range from Frank Sinatra and David Bowie to Ed Sheeran.

Source: Timeout London
Audio: Take 1 of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

The Beatles worked on Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds over four days; rehearsing it, laying down instrumental backing, adding a piano at one point from producer George Martin. Take 1 lacks backing vocals, John is singing lead and Paul McCartney is at a Lowrey organ, a true collaboration, a bit of magic unfolding. It's thrilling to hear.

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Remembering the real Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

"I swear to God, or swear to Mao, or to anybody you like, I had no idea it spelt LSD," John Lennon insisted to Rolling Stone in 1970. Until the end of his life, Lennon maintained that Lucy in the Sky WIth Diamonds was actually inspired by a painting that his three-year-old son Julian had made of Lucy O'Donnell, his classmate at nursery school.

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How the Beatles wrote A Day in the Life

Fifty years after its release, Sgt. Pepper's A Day in the Life remains a testament to the group's ambitious songwriting. It's an elaborate production, filled with sophisticated George Martin and Geoff Emerick musical trickery. The track speaks to the way the daily unfolding of worldly events touches the private fragilities of ordinary people.

Related Articles  Source: The Atlantic
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Beatles Festival back in London, Ontario for second year

In a celebration of all things Beatles, the London Beatles Festival is returning to London, Ontario, Canada for its second annual event on September 8-10. The festival will include performances of The Beatles music by numerous tribute artists in the heart of downtown London, Beatles films, speakers and vendors.

Source: Blackburn News, Ontario

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