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Latest Beatles News as of Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mary McCartney to repeat as BRIT Awards' Instagram videographer 

Mary McCartney will be the BRIT Awards' official Instagram photographer and videographer for the second time. The 47-year-old daughter of Paul and late wife Linda McCartney will host an exclusive video portrait studio at this year's ceremony, directing short-form backstage films of the winners, VIP guests and artists for Instagram.

Source: NZCity
Stella McCartney apologises after leaving the scene of taxi cab crash 

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has apologized after video emerged showing her leaving the scene of an accident involving a taxi driver. Paul McCartney's daughter issued a statement on Tuesday saying she was "very apologetic" about the accident after the driver released footage of the aftermath to the media.

Source: Huffington Post
John Lennon's voice features on record with Yoko Ono's permisson Warning: Page opens with sound 

A musician has used a sample of John Lennon on his debut album after getting permission from Yoko Ono. It's something of a coup for Gizmo Varillas, the Lennon estate very rarely grants permission for Lennon's voice to be sampled, but he managed to persuade Ono to allow him to sample a Lennon interview on his song No War.

Source: Wales Online, UK

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Yoko Ono: A rare interview, from the Dakota in 2003 

In the summer of 2003, music journalist Jeff Tamarkin was invited to interview Yoko Ono for a now-defunct world music magazine, to take place inside of her apartment at The Dakota. At the time this interview was conducted, Ono's own music and art were only just beginning to enjoy greater appreciation, after decades of being misunderstood and often ridiculed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
A day in the life of the Beatles barber of Buenos Aires Warning: Page opens with sound 

There's a barbershop in Buenos Aires where you can have any haircut you want - as long as it's a Beatles haircut. The most popular style is the John Lennon 1967 Sergeant Pepper cut. Hairdresser Gerardo Weiss has brought together his twin passions to create what he claims is one of only four Beatles-inspired barbershops in the world.

Source: CCTV
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Monday, February 20, 2017
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite to record together in studio

Former Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited in the studio this weekend to record new music together, the drummer revealed on social media. "Thanks for coming over and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love," Starr wrote alongside a photo of him and McCartney in the studio.

Source: Rolling Stone
Another Kanye West Paul McCartney collaboration reported Warning: Page opens with sound

A song featuring Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig was allegedly recorded by Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, who revealed in a New York Times interview that FourFiveSeconds wasn't the only track laid down during the sessions with Kanye West.

Source: NME, UK
Washington state Imagines a John Lennon-inspired license plate

Washington state has 27 specialty license plates celebrating law enforcement, snow sports, firefighters, rhododendrons and more. Some lawmakers think using John Lennon to fight hunger justifies issuing a 28th. The new license plates would feature a self-portrait of the former Beatle with the word "imagine" across the bottom.

Source: The Olympian, Washington
George Harrison pop-up exhibition announced

To mark George Harrison's birthday and the publication of I Me Mine Extended Edition, Genesis Publications will be holding a pop-up exhibition and store in Los Angeles nex Sunday. The exhibition will include George Harrison's handwritten lyrics and personal commentary on his songs, and pictures from the family albums.

Source: Anti-Music
George Harrison's Porsche 928 rescued from the scrapheap

When Raj Sedha bought a battered old Porsche 928 S in 2003, he planned to strip it for parts. But he got a surprise when his wife flicked through the paperwork and spotted Beatles star George Harrison's name on the original registration document. It is expected auction for 20,000 (about $25,000) next month.

Source: Motoring Research
Painting copied for Paul McCartney could go on display alongside original

Sir Peter Blake's version of The Monarch Of The Glen, made for Paul McCartney in the sixties, could go on display alongside the 19th-century original. The National Galleries of Scotland is trying to secure the original, and if they do, they'd like to hang it along with Paul's copy, which been hanging for years in his office in London.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
45 Years Ago: McCartney's controversial Give Ireland Back to the Irish

In February 1972 Paul McCartney reacted to a horrific event by writing and releasing "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," an action that could have put his fledgling post-Beatles career on the line. Written and recorded in two days, McCartney was promptly phoned by the chairman of EMI, explaining that they wouldn't release it.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, February 17, 2017
John Lennon leather jacket sells for 10,400 at auction

A leather jacket worn by John Lennon sold for 10,400 (about $12,900) at an auction of pop memorabilia held in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. Other items sold at the auction included a pair of sunglasses once owned by Lennon which sold for 2,900, and a velvet smoking jacket once owned by Jimi Hendrix, for 8,000.

Source: BBC News, UK
Historic site of Strawberry Fields to be revived Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's Strawberry Field, inspiration for one of the Beatles' greatest hits, is to be revived. The former Salvation Army children's home, where John Lennon played as a child, is to open its gates under new plans to redevelop the historic site. Plans will include an exhibition on the song and John Lennon's early life around Strawberry Field.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Weird Al Yankovic releases long-lost Beatles parody

Unless you were an avid fan of the Dr. Demento radio show about 36 years ago, then you have likely never heard a non-bootlegged version of "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Pac-Man," a parody of the Beatles' "Tax Man." Beatles lawyers sent him a cease-and-desist letter back then, but it has been released finally as part of a new Weird Al box set.

Source: Nerdist
Pro-Ject reveals limited edition 1964 Beatles turntable

Audiophile equipment company Pro-Ject has revealed a limited edition, 1964 Beatles turntable. It's their second Beatles-related turntable, and four more special edition Beatles turntables are on the way. The design includes copies of original tickets for the band's concerts between 1962 and 1966.

Source: What Hi-Fi?

Beatles extended family charting Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary

June 1 will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. A new book called "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, the Beatles, and the World in 1967″ is due May 9. Otherwise, Olivia Harrison and other members of the Beatles extended family are talking right now about what they'll do to mark occasion.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney's secret instrumental cover of Ram

Back in 1971, Paul McCartney recorded an instrumental version of his just-released album Ram. Made under the name Percy "Thrills" Thrillington, and simply titled Thrillington, the record didn't see release until six years later. Nobody knew it was McCartney, and he wouldn't admit that it was his work until two decades later.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, February 16, 2017
George Harrison video trove released online You Heard It Here First

With little fanfare, 19 diverse George Harrison videos have been posted to YouTube recently, including live performances, standard videos for studio recordings, interviews, rehearsals and more. The collection provides an opportunity to revisit some of Harrison's best solo work and remember, once again, how much he is missed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Story about the man who replaced Ringo to be made into film

The movie rights for The Beatle Who Vanished, a book by Jim Berkenstadt about the life of drummer Jimmie Nicol who was a Beatle for 13 days, have been secured by Alex Orbison, son of Roy Orbison. The book, first self-published by Berkenstadt in 2013, told Nicol's story in detail and included many archival photos.

Source: Billboard
John Lennon's sunglasses which he stamped on in rage to be auctioned

A pair of John Lennon 's sunglasses which he stamped on and threw in the bin have emerged at auction. His uncle Charlie Lennon saved them had them repaired and they are now estimated to sell for 3,500 (about $4,375). His uncle, who passed away in 2002, said, "The boy had a temper, but I thought it was a silly waste of money."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Yoko Ono mocked for bizarre tweet about the World Cup

Yoko Ono has been widely ridiculed for a bizarre social media post on Valentines day which read, "Who will win the World Cup? A child who believes in a peaceful world." The 83-year-old artist and musician was soon met with a string of hilarious tweets from other twitter users, including one who said, "More chance than England."

Source: The London Evening Standard
Pics: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Tom Hanks spotted in Santa Monica

On Wednesday, former Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for a night out with pals Tom Hanks and Joe Walsh, as well as their respective wives at the lavish Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica. They were joined by Joe Walsh and his wife, who is Ringo's wife Barbara Bach's sister.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Museum in Vermont rocks out with Backstage Pass exhibit Warning: Page opens with sound

"Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography" at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, features work by famed rock photographer Bob Gruen, from photo shoots in the 1970s and '80s. It includes the famous photo of John Lennon wearing a T-shirt reading "New York City" with arms-folded in front of the Big Apple skyline.

Source: Burlington Free Press
Video: John Lennon and Chuck Berry jam out 45 years ago today

45 years ago today, 2/16/72, John Lennon performed with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show. Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, famously co-hosted the daytime talk show for a week in February 1972. One of Lennon's guests that week was his idol, rock pioneer Chuck Berry and the two had the rare opportunity to perform together.

Source: Glide Magazine
February 16, 1968: The Beatles in India

On February 16, 1968, George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives flew to India to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would join them, 4 days later. Also studying with the Maharishi were Donovan, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, actress Mia Farrow and her sister Prudence.

Source: KFVS TV, IL
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
40 year Beatles collection to be auctioned in France

Jacques Volcouve, a specialist of the Beatles, is letting go of his collection, a fourty year old compilation conceived thanks to his fervent passion for the band. Records, CDs, books, pictures, posters, videos, magazines, objects, etc. that mark the careers of the four icons and their extraordinary lives will be auctioned in in Paris in March.

Source: Drouot.com
Video Flashback: Paul McCartney jams With Chevy Chase on Spies Like Us

The 1985 Cold War spoof Spies Like Us doesn't get a lot of love these days. Much like Live and Let Die 12 years earlier, Paul McCartney was given the title of the movie, the basic premise and tasked with writing a theme song. Hard as it may be to believe, the song reached Number Seven on the Hot 100.

Source: Rolling Stone
45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono become TV hosts

In February 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted on The Mike Douglas Show. The idea, as Ono explained after their week-long stint ended, was to try and reach out to older viewers. "There's such a gap between the young generation and the old generation now," said Ono. But things didn't exactly go off without a hitch.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Historic Beatles disc goes on display

The record that launched career of the famous Fab Four has been unveiled this week at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The unique acetate disk features a Beatles recording of "Hello Little Girl" on one side and "Til There Was You" on the other, more than 50 years after it was cut as a demo as they searched for a record deal.

More Pictures  Source: JMU Journalism, UK
John Lennon's Leather Jacket appears at memorabilia auction

Ryedale Auctioneers in York, UK, is having a Pop Memorabilia & Pop Art Sale on Friday, which will include some very original & iconic items from artists including John Lennon, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix. A special preview of all the items is now open to the public, and includes John Lennon's leather motorcycle jacket.

Source: Yorkshire Coast Radio, UK

Freda Kelly
The Beatles' secretary to appear at film screenings

For more than a decade she worked with The Beatles, their manager and their families. Now Freda Kelly is coming to Southern Utah for two screenings of the documentary "Good Ol' Freda" which premiered in 2013 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. "I didn't think it would get the reaction it got," Kelly said in an interview.

Source: The Spectrum, UT
Theater to stage live music for first time since Beatles played there

For one night only Plymouth's treasured Reel Art Deco cinema, which has been threatened with demolition, will host a night of music, 50 years after The Beatles last performed there on their 1963 Autumn Tour. Back then the cinema was called the ABC theatre, and live shows were held there regularly during the 1960s.

Source: Plymouth Herald, UK
With The Beatles reveals legends in the making

If you're destined to become the biggest band in the history of rock 'n' roll, how do you follow your debut album? Only four months after their first UK album, Please Please Me, they returned to the studio to record With The Beatles, a fascinating glimpse into four musicians on their way to becoming legends.

Source: The Spectrum, UT
Monday, February 13, 2017
Beatles at the Ridge announces symposium 2017 headliners

In its fifth year celebrating the genius of The Beatles, the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium has recruited a highly-distinguished panel of Beatles authors, artists, filmmakers, and musicians for the "Summer of Love: 50th Anniversary" on September 15-16, including authors Bruce Spizer and Jude Southerland Kessler.

Source: Beatles News
Tom Petty remembers meeting George Harrison and Ringo Starr

Last night, Tom Petty was given the MusiCares Person of the Year Award in Los Angeles. During his speech, he told a story about the night he met George Harrison and Ringo Starr, working with Leon Russell in 1974. "The first session, in comes George Harrison and Ringo. They didn't need any words, those cats were so cool, you know."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison join Tom Petty at Heartbreakers reunion

Tom Petty got his band the Heartbreakers back together for a high-class gig to launch Grammy weekend. During the show, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison, joined Petty on "I Won't Back Down." Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh were in the audience. The Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour begins April 20 in Oklahoma City.

Source: CBS Local

Ron Howard
Why Ron Howard chose the Baftas over the Grammys

Director Ron Howard has said he chose to attend the Baftas rather than the Grammys because he was so gratified his nominated documentary about The Beatles has been received so well in the UK. His movie The Beatles: Eight Days A Week received nods for awards at both ceremonies, for best documentary at the Baftas and best music film at the Grammys.

Related Articles  Source: The Irish Examiner
Beatles documentary wins Grammy for Best Music Film

The Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years was named Best Music Film at the Grammys last night. It is the third Beatles-related film to win in this category, previously known as best music video-long form. They also won a Grammy for The Beatles Anthology in 1996 and The Beatles Love: All Together Now in 2009.

More at Amazon  Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Beatles fan publishes band memoir

"Postcards From Liverpool: Beatles Moments & Memoirs" by lifelong Beatles fan Mark Brickley traces The Beatles source sounds and songwriting influences. It includes eight backstories, including how the band struggled to record its first record, Love Me Do. It also looks back at The Beatles 1968 trip to Rishikesh, India.

Source: Carpinteria Coastal View, CA
Not the Best idea

Sometimes it's not a good thing to get sick and miss work. Ringo Starr appeared with The Beatles at Liverpool's Cavern Club 55 years ago this month, when their regular drummer, Pete Best, was taken ill. The Beatles, especially Paul McCartney, liked Ringo's playing and asked Ringo six months later to replace Pete on drums.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Friday, February 10, 2017
Photos: Beatles historic 1966 trip to Tokyo

Last summer marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first and only Japanese concerts. The limited-edition book Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 features photos by Shimpei Asai never before published outside of Japan, an intimate glimpse into the Beatles' behind-the-scenes world during their final year as a live band.

Source: Rolling Stone

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