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Video: Paul McCartney's new video for Meatless Monday

Meat Free Monday recently invited fans to pick a lyric from Paul McCartney's song "Meat Free Monday" and represent that lyric in a creative way for their fifth anniversary video. They are included in a new video that also features Woody Harrelson, Joanna Lumley, Twiggy, Fearne Cotton and Sharleen Spiteri.

Stella McCartney's superhero Jaguars take the Paris streets by storm

Stella McCartney-designed XE Experience XE Jaguars will transport VIPs to the Paris Fashion Week next week. The Jaguars are limited edition and designed by Stella McCartney. She said, "It was interesting to adapt my playful superhero print for the XE. Jaguar is a British brand that's full of heritage and charm."

Source: Jewish Business News
Inside the long-unopened storage locker of the Beatles' American lawyer

Paul LaRosa, researching a new book on Brian Epstein, was allowed access to a storage locker that belonged to Beatles' lawyer Nat Weiss. He said, "I cannot tell you how exciting it was the first time we opened that locker. It was dark and the locker and cabinets were stuffed and the boxes of records were taped shut."

Source: Huffington Post
Ringo selling his English estate

Ringo Starr and his wife, former Bond girl Barbara Bach, have put their 200-acre abode in Rydinghurst in Surrey, south east England up for sale because they no longer spend enough time in the six-bedroom mansion. The house boasts several impressive features including two music rooms and a cinema.

Source: TV3, Ireland
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Friday, September 19, 2014
Album Review: George Harrison, The Apple Years 1968-75

The Apple Years 1968-75 box set gathers George Harrison's first six solo albums in a post-Fab career that had its share of ups and downs before Harrison passed away in 2001. The seven years were marked by creative indulgences that didn't always pay off, but were right up there with the best of the Beatles' solo material.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Beatles biographer reveals original Beatles song manuscripts

Maureen Cleave of the London Evening Standard was one of the first journalists to write intelligently and revealingly about The Beatles. John showed her the words of A Hard Day's Night, written down on an old birthday card given to his son Julian. This manuscript and others are on show today at the British Library.

Source: The Independent, UK
Beatles' Eleanor Rigby sculpted from 1m of bank notes

A sculpture of The Beatles' song character Eleanor Rigby, made from 1m of used bank notes, will be unveiled at the Museum of Liverpool later. Liverpool-born sculptor Leonard J. Brown said it was "to show people that money isn't the only way to make you happy." It will be on show at the museum until January 2015.

Source: BBC News
Top 23 John Lennon quotes

John Lennon wasn't just a songwriter, he was a man who inspired millions of people with his wisdom, he yearned for a peaceful world, where only love reigned. It is worth revisiting some of his most famous quotes. Very few modern performers entire back catalogue could match the impact of one of his quotes.

Source: The London Economic
Why Paul Rudd And Justin Long were terrified of playing Beatles

Justin Long has revealed that he was petrified when he was cast as George Harrison in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, even though the Beatles were a small part of the movie. "It was such a daunting task to play the Beatles, even though it was a comedic movie, we wanted to respect how sacred they are," he explained.

Source: Cinema Blend
Tyler Ritter remembers dad's Beatles influence

Three's Company star John Ritter's sons Tyler and Jason are now both successful actors. Tyler said of his parents, "They were both obsessed with The Beatles, which by the way is a great role model. You have All You Need Is Love, and the work ethic that The Beatles had, of just working hard every day."

Source: E! Online
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Paul McCartney asks fans to support Meat Free Mondays

Paul McCartney has teamed up with the Meat Free Monday campaign to bring awareness to the global footprint that meat production has on our environment. McCartney's says he's not telling fans to give up meat completely, but he'd appreciate it if they could turn into temporary vegetarians to kick off the week.

Source: Rolling Stone
Another unreleased George Harrison track hits internet

Next week, the first six solo albums from George Harrison will be released as a deluxe box set. An unreleased alternate take of The Inner Light from this set is now available on the net. Recored during the Wonderwall sessions, this version lacks Harrison's folksy vocals and more readily embraces the traditions of purer Indian raga.

Related Articles  Source: Consequence of Sound
Beatles recording engineer Ken Scott on The Beatles in mono

The Beatles In Mono is perhaps the most crucial Beatles release for those who were not around in the sixties. Mono is how the band wanted you to hear the majority of their work, but these analog mixes have been out of print for decades. Beatles recording engineer Ken Scott talks about the mono releases in a new interview.

Source: VH1
Paul McCartney to help shed light on unknown tunesmith

The Isley Brothers recorded "Twist and Shout" in 1962. It was written by Bert Berns, who died in 1967, unknown except for in the music business. But now, with a little help from their friend and patron Paul McCartney, Bert Berns' children are on a mission to vest their father's name in the pop music pantheon.

Source: Deadline
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Paul McCartney unveils expanded edition of New

Paul McCartney's New is about to get even newer. McCartney will be reissuing his 2013 solo album this fall in an expanded collector's edition that includes some extra tracks. Due out on October 28, this juiced-up version expands the album to a whopping three discs: two CDs which include two new tracks, plus a DVD.

Source: Exclaim
Album Review: Everything Changes by Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon's Everything Changes, released last year, got a deluxe box set this month, released on Sept. 10 to mark his mother's birthday. Everything Changes is an interesting title for the album, since it sounds like it could have been made decades ago. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you share Julian's taste in music.

Source: Celebrity Cafe
Ringo Starr on the future of rock music

Ringo Starr believes that bands will always be popular in music and has never believed that rock music is dying out. In a new interview, he told NME that he doesn't think the rock genre will disappear, and that bands will always "come through in the end". He said, "I think people wanna see people playing and singing."

Source: NME, UK
New series of books reveals deep history of Beatles' Apple Records

The first volume of "a is for apple," a series of exclusive books that goes deep into the history of the Beatles' Apple Records, is almost finished and can now be pre-ordered. Co-authored by Axel Korinth from Germany and Ed Dieckmann from The Netherlands, the book will be the first in a four-part "tetralogy."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Former Beatles girlfriends to appear at bookfair in Germany

Two former Beatle girlfriends are in Germany for a photo exhibit and book fair this week. May Pang, John Lennon's former girlfriend, and Nancy Lee Andrews, Ringo's former beau, will be guests at "Biography Days" in Nordwalde, Germany, along with former Beatles secretary Freda Kelly. Photos by Nancy and May will be on display.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Book Review: The Beatles Bible

Ever wake up in the morning wondering what the Fabs were doing on this calendar day decades ago? Turns out that there's an amazing online resource for this, The Beatles Bible, which has chronicled where the Fabs were playing, and anything else of Beatles importance, on nearly every day of their existence.

Also See...  Source: Business Lessons from Rock
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
All-star Sept. 28 George Harrison benefit moves to Fonda Theatre

An all-star tribute to the music of George Harrison scheduled for September 28 has sold out and will move from the original site at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles to the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, event organizers announced Monday. The move will allow 400 more tickets to be sold to the event.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Sneaked: Unreleased George Harrison track from new box set

George Harrison wrote "Dark Horse" in 1973, and in the following years, the track became something of a theme song for the ex-Beatle, he gave the same name to his subsequent album, as well as his tour with Ravi Shankar and his new record label. An early take of the song can now be heard on the Internet.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Linda McCartney photos to be exhibited in South Korea

Daelim Museum in Seoul, South Korea, will present "Linda McCartney Retrospective", Korea's first ever exhibition of works by Linda McCartney, from November 6, 2014 to May 25, 2015. The exhibition consists of around 200 of Linda's iconic photographs including images of some of the leading musicians and artists of this era.

Fans complain Ringo Starr sounds Irish in new Cilla biopic

Nearly seven million viewers watched the opening episode of the Cilla Black biopic starring Sheridan Smith on ITV in the UK on Monday night. But while the performances were hailed, some viewers claimed the accents left a lot to be desired, particularly Ringo Starr, played by Tom Dunlea, who viewers claimed sounded Irish.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Photo exhibit brings Beatles back to Royal Albert Hall

London's Royal Albert Hall is to host an exhibition celebrating NME's music photography. Opening on September 23, the "Behind NME Lines" exhibition is a retrospective of iconic covers from our 62-year history, profiling an array of music icons including the Beatles. The free exhibition will run until October 23.

Source: NME, UK
Susan Boyle fears Beatles backlash

Scottish singer Susan Boyle is expecting a major backlash from Beatles fans after covering John Lennon's iconic hit Imagine. She is to release her sixth album in November and the record includes covers of classic songs, which she admits is a "risk". Boyle admitted Lennon's peace anthem was the toughest to cover.

Source: The Express, UK
Wings restored to WKRP reissue but not Beatles

The music in classic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati was an integral part of its charm, but when music licensing expired, producers avoided expensive royalties by using generic "sound-alikes." Now, on the new DVDs, most of the original music has been restored, including a track by Paul McCartney and Wings, but not one by the Beatles.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Price of John Lennon's island in Ireland slashed by 100k

An island that was once owned by John Lennon has had its asking price slashed. Dorinish Island, which is located off the west coast of Ireland, was first listed for sale in 2012 with an original price tag of 300,000. After two years on the market, the island's price has been cut to a bargain price of just 200,000.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
Monday, September 15, 2014
Conan O'Brien to pay a week-long musical tribute to George Harrison

Next week, Conan on TBS TV will feature daily performances by artists including Beck, Norah Jones and Dhani Harrison to celebrate the music of George Harrison by singing one of his songs. George Harrison week coincides with the release of the box set, The Apple Years: 1968-75, also due out September 22.

Source: Rolling Stone
Did The Beatles really eat at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles?

In 1965, the Beatles wanted to eat at an authentic American diner. They got their chance when they were in Los Angeles for their concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. According to legend, The Beatles visited the Bob's Big Boy in Burbank. But there are no pictures of this visit, and it is hard to believe they weren't mobbed by fans.

Source: The Examiner
Pictures: Proud dad at Stella McCartney's Green Carpet Collection event

Being the daughter of a Beatle certainly has its perks, and Stella McCartney had plenty of famous faces in the house as she showed off her 2014 Green Carpet range at London Fashion Week on Sunday evening. Always a fan, Paul McCartney showed up to support his little girl. Stella said, "It's a very holistic approach for me."

Source: Gossip Center

Yoko Ono brings John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Harlem

"I love you and I'm so glad that I'm here today," Yoko Ono said at New York City's Patrick Henry Prep this morning. The 81-year-old visited the East Harlem school along with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile studio that lets kids learn about songwriting, recording, and music videos and lay down their own tracks.

Source: Billboard
Jeff Lynne hints at further dates for ELO

Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra performed at BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in London last night, marking their first concert return to the UK stage in 28 years. During the 75-minute set, Lynne, also known for being in The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, told the 50,000-strong crowd, "I'll do this again."

Source: NME, UK
Roxy Music bassist John Gustafson dies

John Gustafson, who collaborated in the '70s with Ian Gillan and Roxy Music, has died at 72. He had once been deemed the "second most important bassist ever to come out of Liverpool" for his work in the groundbreaking early '60s power trio the Big Three, which was recommended to sign with Brian Epstein by John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, September 12, 2014
Paul McCartney confirms video game track to get official release

Following positive response, Paul McCartney's original track, "Hope," from the biggest video game release of the year, "Destiny," will get an official release later in the year with more details to be announced in the coming weeks, according to his official website. This is the first time that McCartney has ever written for a computer game.

Artist creates quirky illustrations depicting Beatles tunes

Centenary College's Meadows Museum of Art in Shreveport, LA, will open a Beatles exhibition Saturday featuring illustrations by Enoch Doyle Jeter. The 14 prints interpret every song on the With the Beatles album. They're featured in the new John Lennon biography "She Loves You" by Jude Southerland Kessler.

Source: WWNO, New Orleans
Author recalls The Beatles 1964 New Orleans concert

Tuesday night, Sept. 16, New Orleans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' 1964 concert at City Park Stadium with a re-creation of the event starring The Fab Four. "It was an incredible night, but it was also kind of a scary night," said Ivor Davis, who covered The Beatles' entire 1964 North American tour.

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Ozarks Beatlemania Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago, the Beatles performed in an unscheduled stop in Kansas City during their second concert tour of America. Afterward, they took an unplanned vacation in the Ozarks. To mark the anniversary, there's an Ozarks Beatlemania Festival this weekend in Alton, Mo., in the southern part of the state.

Source: WDAF TV, Kansas City
Singer songwriter Bob Crewe passes away at 82

Bob Crewe, the veteran singer, songwriter and producer who penned a string of hits for Beatles contemporaries the Four Seasons, including Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man and Rag Doll, died Thursday at the age of 82. Crewe made an indelible impact on pop music and was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1985.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ringo Starr to rock for #PeaceRocks international day of peace

Ringo Star and An All Starr Band, which includes Edgar Winter, Gregg Bissonette, Richard Page and Steve Lukather, is slated to perform in front of the John Varvatos store in Hollywood to promote the #PPeaceRocks campaign. This continues the campaign that was launched by designer Varvatos on Ringo's birthday, July 7.

Source: Digital Journal
Forgotten George Harrison gems from The Apple Years

News of a forthcoming box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 led to renewed praise for charttopping early-period solo moments like My Sweet Lord and Give Me Love. But Harrison's catalog, even more than a decade after his early passing, is widely underappeciated outside of the radio hits, a grievous thing.

Source: Something Else Reviews

Lost sixties Beatles cartoon TV series now on YouTube

A cheaply made cartoon series called The Beatles ran on ABC TV from 1965 to 1969, and while its shabby production quality has resulted in it being missing from being on DVD and largely forgotten outside of hardcore Beatles fandom, a YouTube account called Beatles Planet has now made all 39 episodes available for curious viewers.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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