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Film soundtrack for Vietnam war documentary includes the Beatles

US network PBS will begin airing the new 10-part series, "The Vietnam War," directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on September 17, and two companion soundtracks will be released, the original score, and "The Vietnam War: The Soundtrack," which includes many of the iconic songs representing the era, including the Beatles.

Source: U Discover Music
Vintage photos from the Beatles' out of control world tour

Photographer Harry Benson was right in the thick of the Beatles' first ever world tour in 1964 that catapulted them from England's national sweethearts to global superstars. Benson spent nearly two years on and off with the band. His photos of the Beatles are now featured in the new book "The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966."

Source: CNN

Ron Howard
Ron Howard on capturing Beatlemania in Emmy-nominated doc

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard wanted to capture The Beatles concerts at the height of Beatlemania. A Beatles fan, but not an "encyclopedic," he said he wanted to show hard-core and casual fans what it was like for the band to perform in sold-out arenas packed with so many high-pitched concertgoers they couldn't hear themselves play.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Video: Beatles-loving toddler IDs 21 songs in 2 minutes

The video starts with the familiar sounds of a harmonica. "Wuv, Wuv Me Doooo!" 3-year-old Beatles fan Walter Jude Bolin calls out before nailing 20 more songs. At Walter's request, his parents make up Beatles bedtime stories in which John, Paul, George and Ringo come to their home and ask Walter to join the band.

Source: The Gainesville Sun
Fangirls bond over Beatles

A dreamer's handwritten printed notes surrounded by immature teenage doodles on pages of vintage issues of 16 Magazine led a millennial woman to search for the teenage girl who owned the magazines 50 years ago. Finally, a response on Facebook said, "If you could confirm my childhood address, I think these are my magazines.'"

Source: Victoria Advocate, Texas
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Ringo's black suede boots to go under the hammer

Ringo Starr's stage boots are among the items going under the hammer at the annual auction of Beatles memorabilia organised by The Beatles Shop in Liverpool. The size 7 black suede boots, used by Ringo on stage in 1963, are estimated to fetch between £4,000 and £5,000 (about $6,400), are worn but in good condition.

Source: ITV, UK

Listen: Ringo Starr shares country song from upcoming album

Ringo Starr's has shared a new song from his upcoming LP, the country-sounding track "So Wrong For So Long." The song was co-written with Dave Stewart, who performs the song with him. Starr says it was the first song written for the album when he and Dave Stewart had planned to make it a country LP. The new album is due out Sept. 15.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Paramore's Hayley Williams reimagines John Lennon's Imagine

The current onslaught of bad news swirling across America was apparently enough for Paramore singer Hayley Williams to revisit the John Lennon classic, Imagine, for a lighthearted cover version she shared on Twitter. "Remember to take a break from the news at some point so your head doesn't fall off your body," she tweeted.

Source: Anti-Music
How photographer spent his teenage days with the Beatles

Paul Berriff had two paper rounds when he was 12, and wanted to be a photographer for Picture Post or Life Magazine. In 1963, as a trainee editorial assistant, photographing the pop stars of the day, he came into contact with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies and Marianne Faithfull. His pictures are now on exhibition in York, England.

Source: The York Press, UK
Hamburg and The Beatles' gritty roots

For the longest time, The Beatles Story started with manager Brian Epstein stumbling upon the group in Liverpool's Cavern Club in November 1961. But they would readily admit that it was in a North German port city that they cut their teeth. As John Lennon would famously quip, "I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg."

Source: Happy
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Man didn't know Beatles played in his living room

Naaman Member has been living in his house in Preston, Elngland, for almost 30 years, unaware that one night in 1963 The Beatles played in his front room. The revelation came to light after roadie David Parkes spoke about his experiences on the road. It happened after a vehicle breakdown on the way back from a gig.

Source: Lancashire Post, UK

George Martin
The early years of the man who became the Fifth Beatle

No one has a more legit claim to the imaginary title of "Fifth Beatle" than Sir George Martin. According to a new book, far more than just a studio knob twiddler, George Martin's deep knowledge of all sorts of music as well as recording techniques helped to infuse the band's music and drive the Beatles into directions even they didn't think they would go to.

Source: Houston Press
On working with John Lennon Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas

Jack Douglas, the producer of John Lennon's final sessions and his Double Fantasy album, has produced new American act Silverplanes. "Jack really helped me to shape the songs," says Aaron Smart of Silverplanes. "What originally made me want to work with him was knowing that he recorded Imagine with John Lennon."

Source: Noise 11
Elvis Presley: What they said about the King

The influence of Elvis Presley on his fellow singers and musicians is incalculable, and many of them have gone on the record to say so. John Lennon said, "If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been a Beatles." Paul McCartney said, "When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted to be was Elvis Presley."

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
George Harrison immigration files released

A telegram, a terse protest of the bombing of Cambodia, addressed to then-President Richard Nixon and sent to the White House by George Harrison on August 16, 1973, is one page of 90 released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Harrison's records help complete a story of Nixon's government paranoia.

Source: The Kansas City Star

Louise Harrison
Interview: Louise Harrison on her parents' influence on George

In a new interview, Louise Harrison talks about George Harrison and his dad. "My mum had died in 1970 and so at that point, dad started accompanying George on a lot of things he was doing...His calmness and strength was great for George, especially when he was doing things like the Bangladesh concert...He needed Dad's strength."

Source: Rebeat
Car Seat Headrest invoke spirit of John Lennon on new single

American indie rock band Car Seat Headrest have released a new single, "War Is Coming (If You Want It)," which made it's debut on on Beats 1 on Apple Music today. It's impossible to escape the allusion to John Lennon's classic "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) from the title, the band says the song is about "not murdering people."

Source: Uproxx
Video: Beatles at Shea Stadium 52 years ago today

On August 15, the Beatles played an unprecedented concert at Shea Stadium in front of a record 55,600 fans, at that time a staggering number for a pop music performance. The show kicked off the Beatles' second full tour of the United States, 16 concerts in 10 cities, including a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Source: Inquisitr
Monday, August 14, 2017
Sgt. Pepper box set still in the top 40 albums after almost 3 months

The Beatles released their Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary box set back on May 26th. It went straight to number 1 and then hung on in the top 10 for about a month. Almost three months later, Sgt. Pepper is still rocking! It sold 4,749 copies last week, up 6% from the previous week, and finished 34th out of the top 50.

Source: Showbiz 411
Bulldozers threaten Beatles monument in Mongolia

A statue of the Beatles in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar could be at risk amid an alleged land grab. Residents are protesting against plans to build commercial properties in an area known as Beatles Square, where the bronze bas-relief monument commemorates the former Soviet satellite's transition to democracy in 1990.

Source: NY Daily News
John Lennon peace website launches to celebrate new Imagine picture book

People from around the world are writing messages of peace to celebrate John Lennon's iconic Imagine lyrics, which will be published as a picture book on the UN's International Day of Peace, September 21. A new website has launched today to allow people of all ages to share their messages in a global display of solidarity.

Source: Amnesty International

Why Cirque du Soleil Love remains one of the best stage shows

Since it debuted, Cirque du Soleil's Love in Las Vegas has become a show loved by Beatles obsessives and the un-educated Beatles curious alike, due to the spectacular mix and excellent visuals. The 2016 update of the show made quite a few significant changes to the production, including an updated soundtrack and a refitted speaker system.

Source: The AU Review
Friday, August 11, 2017
John Lennon's letter to first wife sells for $30,000 at auction

The letter John Lennon wrote to his first wife Cynthia, urging her to stop talking to the press about their romance and split, has sold at auction for over $30,000. The note, in which the late Beatles star dismisses rumours Yoko Ono ended his marriage in 1968, sold as part of an online auction event on Wednesday.

Related Articles  Source: TV3, Ireland
Beatles' museum to be developed at Mahesh Yogi's Rishikesh ashram

The Uttarakhand Tourism department is contemplating a Beatles' museum at the abandoned ashram of spiritual Guru Maharshi Mahesh Yogi at Rishikesh, where members of the The Beatles stayed in 1968. Opened to the public in 2015, the ashram situated in the Rajaji National Park has been attracting thousands of visitors.

Source: National Herald, India

Liam Gallagher
Video: Liam Gallagher channelling John Lennon on new track

Liam Gallagher's new song "For What Its Worth" is the most Lennonish song the former Oasis member has ever recorded. Oasis made their fame and fortune by using Beatles ingredients on their albums, from the first few seconds Liam's new song is 100% Lennon and it doesn't let up. Liam's new album "As Your Were" is due on October 6.

Source: Noise 11
Whipkey covers Beatles for PledgeMusic campaign

Omaha singer-songwriter Matt Whipkey is releasing is new album "Driver" with the support of fans via PledgeMusic. Whipkey has nearly hit his fundraising goal, but he has only four days to hit his goal and is making a final push to get all the way there. His cover of The Beatles' Drive My Car is now available streaming on the internet.

Source: Omaha World-Herald
Fest for Beatles Fans lands in Chicago

The Fest for Beatles Fans descends on the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, today and runs through Sunday. A notable roster of special guests will star at the event this year, including Neil Innes, Louise Harrison, Mark Rivera and Mark Hudson, in addition to shopping, showing of Beatles video clips, films, discussions and more.

Source: Northwest Indiana Times
The Beatles were so great because of something called skiffle

Without skiffle music, The Beatles might not have happened. Popular in Britain in the 1950s, John Lennon's skiffle group the Quarrymen played a now-famous set at a Liverpool church fête in July 1957, when the future Beatle was just 16 years old. In the crowd was another skiffle enthusiast named Paul McCartney.

Source: New York Post
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Ringo Starr talks new LP, future deluxe Beatles albums

In a new interview, Ringo Starr talks about working on his new upcoming LP, working with his friends including Paul McCartney, and his involvement with the remastering of Sgt. Pepper. Asked about releasing deluxe editions of the other Beatles albums, Ringo said, "I hope they do the White Album and Abbey Road."

Source: Rolling Stone

Why Southern California is where rock music was born

The next time you hear an electric guitar, remember that the first was built in Southern California. On Aug. 10, 1937, a patent was issued to Electro String Instrument Corp. for electrical stringed musical instruments. The Electro String company is now known as Rickenbacker, based in Santa Ana, who's guitars were made famous by the Beatles.

Source: Orange County Register
Paul vs. Faul: Who's the real Dop-Paul-Ganger?

If you were caught up in the 50th anniversary frenzy of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper, you neglected to also observe the 50th-anniversary of the great Beatle hoax you've known for all these years. It was the first major dumping of Paul is Dead clues following his car crash of November 1966 and his subsequent replacement by a body double.

Source: Tuscon Weekly
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Paul McCartney We All Stand Together
Paul McCartney gives thumbs-up to charity record

Paul McCartney has given the green light for an album to feature a choir version of his 1984 hit, We All Stand Together. Sung by 10 Choirs with Purpose, a selection of singers including Britain's Got Talent finalists, the Missing People Choir, and the NHS Choir, it will also be released as a Christmas single, with proceeds going to the choirs' charities.

Source: RTE, Ireland
Video: Glen Campbell performs medley of Beach Boys hits

Glen Campbell was in his earlier years an in-demand studio musician as a member of the fabled group known as the Wrecking Crew. He even, for a brief time, was a member of the Beach Boys. Campbell relived his time with the Beach Boys in this video clip from the 80's, in which he performs a medley of the hits that he cut with them.

Source: Rolling Stone
Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson pay tribute to Glen Campbell

Musicians and singers and many other stars paid tribute today to Glen Campbell, who died yesterday following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ringo Starr called him "the real rhinestone cowboy." Brian Wilson tweeted, "I'm very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person."

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Japanese fashion designer releases Beatles-inspired clothing

Chitose Abe has sprinkled a bit of Beatlemania over her new Sacai clothing line, titling her collection, "A Day in the Life." Abe transposed the Beatles' song title onto a sweater. She said, "This is a sweater embroidered with one of the collection's themes, 'A Day in the Life,' a song by the Beatles that I took inspiration from."

Source: Vogue

Charles Manson
How Charles Manson was inspired by twisted Beatles obsession

Charles Manson had an easy explanation for why he ordered the LaBianca and Sharon Tate murders at the hands of his "Family" nearly half a century ago. "It's the Beatles, the music they're putting out," he told the district attorney who sent him to death row. "These kids listen to this music and pick up the message. It's subliminal."

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Ryan Tedder: Working with Paul McCartney was my favorite week

OneRepublic star Ryan Tedder says getting to share a studio with Beatles legend Paul McCartney is the highlight of his life so far. He said, "I'm really excited about the Paul McCartney stuff...it's probably my favourite session ever. I'd go as far as saying my favourite week in my life was working with Paul McCartney."

Source: The List, UK
Beatles statues have found a new home

Four concrete lads from Liverpool are currently standing in the backyard of one of Houston's most popular breweries. This week 8th Wonder Brewery took custody, albeit temporarily, of renowned artist David Adickes' famous Beatles statues that once stood outside his SculpturWorx workshop. They are for sale as a set for $350,000.

Source: Houston Chronicle
Museum opts for hippy love bugs, not honesty

Based around the eponymous Beatles song, the Revolution exhibition at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts purports to be a fresh exploration and celebration of "the decade that changed everything." But, devotees of the museum expect far better than Revolution's intellectually lazy merchandising of 1960s mythology.

Source: The Bulletin, Montreal
Monday, August 7, 2017
Author to debut new cookbook at Fest for Beatles Fans

Lanea Stagg, author of the Recipe Records cookbook collection, is set to debut her latest in the series, the Rolling Stones-themed Let's Spend the Bite Together, at The Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago this weekend. The Stones and the Beatles were both breakout acts from England in the '60s, often pitted against one another by the press.

Source: Beatles News
Video: Arcade Fire covers John Lennon at intimate Chicago gig

Arcade Fire mashed up John Lennon, Radiohead and David Bowie during an intimate show in Chicago on Saturday night. In their second encore, they began by playing Lennon's "Mind Games" before adding in a section of Radiohead's "Karma Police", then plthe chorus of Bowie's "Oh! You Pretty Things" before circling back to "Mind Games."

Source: NME, UK
John Lennon letter to ex-wife Cynthia after marriage breakdown unearthed

An open letter John Lennon wrote to his ex-wife Cynthia slamming her for making details of their marriage breakdown public has been unearthed after 41 years. In the letter, Lennon says Cynthia had an "impaired" memory of their marriage, that their relationship was over long before Yoko Ono arrived on the scene. It will now go up for auction.

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK

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