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Friday, January 6, 2017
Book Review: When They Were Boys by Larry Kane

How much do stars owe to those who helped them become stars? That is the central question in Larry Kane's latest book on The Beatles, When They Were Boys. Kane traveled as part of the press entourage attached to The Fabs in 1964 and met many of the key players in the background of what is historically called Beatlemania.

Source: Scholars and Rogues
Vinyl records make more money than digital downloads

Technology has taken the world by storm in the digital age, but at the same time, people are also nostalgic about devices popular in the past. Many suggest that the rise in popularity of vinyl records is due to the "truer" sound and better sensory experience which vinyl records provide and which is missing in digital downloads.

Source: The Asian Age
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lennon's forged Beatles newspaper autographs sell at auction

An old newspaper with autographs of the Beatles that were forged by John Lennon has sold at auction for £2,000 (about $2,460). The photographer of the photo on the front page of the newspaper sent it off to the Beatles to be autographed, but John Lennon signed it on behalf of all four band members.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Unseen Beatles photographs unveiled in new exhibition

The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus features many previously unseen photographs, is a fascinating and deeply candid insight into The Beatles during a historic occasion taken at EMI Studio 1 in Abbey Road, the recording of All you need is Love. The exhibition opens at Proud Chelsea in London on March 16.

Source: Artlyst
Life of Beatles' first manager to be celebrated at Cavern Club

Details have been released for the funeral service of Allan Williams, the first manager of The Beatles, who died last week aged 86. Allan will be remembered at service next Thursday in Liverpool. A celebration of Allan's life is also being planned at The Cavern Club on what would have been his 87th birthday, February 21.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Newspaper with John Lennon-forged Beatles signatures to be auctioned

An old newspaper that John Lennon used to forge the autographs of the rest of the Beatles is expected to sell for £1,500 (about $1,850). Originally believed to all be genuine signatures, auctioneers uncovered the truth. But because they were faked by Lennon they are still worth about the same as if all four had signed them.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Allan Williams
How Allan Williams sparked rock's greatest myth Warning: Page opens with sound

Any Beatles scholar will tell you that 18 months of very hard work in Hamburg made the Beatles "the Beatles." And AllanWilliams, the Beatle's first manager, is largely responsible for bringing the Beatles to Hamburg. But "Hamburg," the reality that Williams made possible, is also an essential rock myth, any place where a band paid its dues and learned its craft.

Related Articles  Source: The Oberserver

George Martin
Remembering Sir George Martin

January 3 would have been Sir George Martin's 91st birthday. Renowned Beatles producer, the man who was often referred to as the "Fifth Beatle," George Martin earned virtually every music-related honor in his lifetime including six Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to name a few.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Beatles scholar to speak on Sir George Martin at TEDx event

Kenneth Womack, PhD, a world renowned authority on the Beatles and their cultural influence, has been selected as a speaker for the TEDxNavesink conference on May 20, 2017 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. His presentation topic will be, "Finding Your Life's Work with Sir George Martin and the Beatles."

Source: Beatles News
Yamaha celebrates John Lennon Educational Tour Bus 20th anniversary

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, and founding sponsor Yamaha Corporation of America has reaffirmed its longstanding support with sponsorships and an expanded participation in the Lennon Bus' music education efforts, including new acoustic and electric guitars and amplifiers.

Source: PR Web
Ferry Across The Mersey director Jeremy Summers dies at 85

Director and screenplay writer Jeremy Summers died on December 14 at age 85. Summers began working as a runner at Elstree Studios in London when he was 16. He made the 1964 musical Ferry Cross the Mersey with Gerry and the Pacemakers, the first film to be shot on location in Liverpool after the Beatles' global success.

Source: St Albans & Harpenden Review, UK
Remembering Beatles early days with the late Allan Williams and Sam Leach

Not only did The Beatles' community lose George Martin in 2016, but also two businessmen that helped The Beatles in their early days, Allan Williams, The Beatles' first manager, and Sam Leach, Liverpool concert promoter. Both were involved in The Beatles career in the early 1960s just before Brian Epstein came onto the scene.

Related Articles  Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
Paul McCartney announces Tokyo gigs in April

Paul McCartney will be returning to Japan in April, playing three concerts in Tokyo on April 27, 29 and 30. McCartney made the announcement in a surprise video message on Japan's NHK TV on New Year's Eve. McCartney last performed in Japan in 2015, when he played at the Budokan, his first time there since the Beatles' 1966 concert.

More: PaulMcCartney.com  Source: Japan Today
Monday, January 2, 2017
Ringo Starr is an Alabama fan, apparently

How Liverpudlian Ringo Starr became a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide is unknown, but he obviously likes them enough to take time out of his New Year's Eve to tweet, "Roll Tide peace and love" with a picture of himself wearing an Alabama Crimson Tide t-shirt, as Alabama advanced to the College Football Playoff final.

Source: CBS Sports
Lancaster University professors share their love of the Beatles

Lancaster University Professors of Poetry Paul Farley and Paul Muldoon will share their readings and thoughts on the hit poetry anthology, "The Mersey Sound" this month at Lancaster Town Hall. First published 50 years ago at the height of Beatlemania, "The Mersey Sound" is one of the best-selling poetry anthologies of all time.

Source: The Visitor, UK
Imagine an alternate universe where The Beatles never existed

Can you imagine music, culture or life in general without the past century's defining moment in music history? No Beatles: no British Invasion. No British Invasion: no Stevie. No Brucie. No Byrds. Bob Dylan doesn't plug in. A roundtable with several music history experts tries to picture our world without the Beatles.

Source: Crixeo
Video: Paul McCartney makes surprise New Years Eve appearance

Popular American indie-rock band The Killers was performing at the annual private New Year's Eve party thrown by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich at St. Barts in the West Indies, when Paul McCartney unexpectedly joined them onstage. "Let's do it. Happy new year!" said Macca, and then they launched into Helter Skelter.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 30, 2016
Happy birthday to studio where Paul McCartney recorded Warning: Page opens with sound

Strawberry Studios in Manchester, England, where Paul McCartney, The Stone Roses, Neil Sedaka, 10cc, and The Smiths recorded, is about to be celebrated with a new exhibition. For more than 25 years, Strawberry Studios was one of the most important recording facilities in Manchester, and one of the few in the UK outside London.

Source: Manchester Evening News, UK
Paul McCartney reveals info about unheard Christmas CD

On his official website, Paul McCartney, in a fan Q&A about Christmas, has described a CD of Christmas tunes that he multi-tracked in the studio for his kids. Recorded in the 70's, it contains about a dozen Christmas tunes. He's often thought it might be fun to release it, but joked you'll have to wait until next year to find out.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Beatles first manager Allan Williams passes away at 86

Allan Williams, first manager of The Beatles, had died, aged 86. He has been credited with discovering the Fab Four, and booked their first gigs in Hamburg. After parting company with Beatles, Williams remained a key figure in Liverpool and founded The Jacaranda club. The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool said they were "shocked" at news of his passing.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Revamped Let It Be show imagines the Beatles re-united

What if the Beatles had reunited 10 years after their break-up? "Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles" answers that question, and brings you the show that you never got to see. While the first half of the show is comprised of favorites from the Beatles career, an all new second half imagines a world in which the Beatles re-united.

Source: New Jersey Stage
Paul McCartney makes Europe's Top-Earning Celebrities 2016 list

The 10 highest-paid celebrities in Europe made a total of $697.5 million last year. The list is dominated by musicians, One Direction topped the list with $170 million, even though they split in 2015. The Stones pulled in $66.5 million last year, U2 earned $55 million and Paul McCartney made the list at $56.5 million.

Source: Forbes

Motown exhibit gives VeeJay founder her due

Vivian Carter-Bracken started in local radio, owned a record store and founded the once-famous VeeJay record label with her husband, James, which went on to become the country's biggest independent, black-owned record label. In 1963, after the Beatles were turned down by Capitol Records, VeeJay released Please Please Me and From Me To You.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Beatlefan magazine uncovers story behind forgotten Beatles album

The latest issue of Beatlefan magazine looks at the story behind one of the least-known Beatles albums, A Collection of Beatles Oldies. Bruce Spizer and Ken Orth tell how the album issued outside the U.S., and its colorful cover design, came to be. Plus, Brad Hundt looks at why 20 Greatest Hits didn't have nearly the impact of the 1 collection.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Paul McCartney wants you to skip meat once a week

Paul McCartney wants people to banish meat from their diets once a week. McCartney, who has been a vegetarian for around 40 years, has released a booklet for his Meat Free Monday campaign, which he started in 2009 and encourages people to skip animal products for at least 24 hours each week, for a healthier, greener diet for 2017.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon pays a touching tribute to Carrie Fisher

On his Facebook page, Sean Lennon said yesterday, "I can honestly say that Carrie was one of the best and closest friends I've ever had in my life. She was the smartest, funniest, kindest, and most generous person I have ever known. My heart is completely and permanently broken. This is the kind of loss that you never recover from."

Source: Daily O
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Beatles DJ marks end of 2016 with special Beatles contest

Beatles DJ Ken Michaels is featuring a big Special Contest on his website. Beginning this Thursday, Dec. 29, the contest will offer 5 prizes all in one package, including The Beatles 1 CD & DVD, Eight Days A Week Deluxe BluRay, The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl CD, and Pure McCartney double-CD.

Source: Beatles News
Global Music Rights and top radio groups reach temporary agreement

Global Music Rights will offer temporary licenses that will allow radio stations to play hundreds of artists, as they go to court over radio rates for songwriters. The performance rights group boasts a roster of hundreds of top artists including the Beatles, Adele, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon's Austin Princess to be auctioned in January

John Lennon's 1956 Austin Princess will go up for auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 14. The car, used in the Imagine documentary, includes John Lennon's original, signed registration, and was personally selected by Lennon because the doors opened to a wider angle, allowing for a quick escape from throngs of adoring fans.

Source: Yahoo! Finance
Monday, December 26, 2016
How do you follow The Beatles? Paul McCartney reveals how Wings soared

In a new exclusive interview, Paul McCartney charts the rise of Wings from humble beginnings to the monster Wings Over America tour. Paul remembered, "It was a very exciting time and the Wings Over America tour was the culmination of a lot of hard work. When I think back to that era it was very happy."

Source: Team Rock
London musician remembers appearing on Beatles Christmas show

John Beecham was the trombonist in the Mike Cotton Sound, he remembers the time they appeared with the Beatles on Another Beatles Christmas Show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, December 1964, a follow-up to their successful production a year earlier. They'd shared the bill at the Cavern with the Beatles a few years earlier.

Source: The Guardian, UK
George Michael saved John Lennon piano so it would stay in Liverpool Warning: Page opens with sound

Fans of George Michael have paid tribute by publicizing his secret acts of extraordinary kindness on Twitter. One generous act being discussed is the time he bought John Lennon's piano from a private collector for a whopping £1.45m, so that it would stay in the UK. He then donated it to the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Paul McCartney leads tributes to George Michael

Following his surprise death yesterday, Paul McCartney wrote on his website, "George Michael's sweet soul music will live on even after his sudden death. Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humor made the experience even more pleasurable."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, December 23, 2016
List of songs that changed the world includes John Lennon and the Beatles

Resurgence, the UK's longest-running magazine for the environmental movement has turned 50 with 300 issues, and has compiled a list of 20 songs it says changed the world. Topping the list is John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Give Peace a Chance. Revolution by the Beatles is listed at number four.

Source: Plymouth Herald, UK
Beatles Tech: How to sound like the Beatles on guitar

The Beatles weren't just great songwriters. With the help of George Martin, they were innovators in the studio, too. The sounds they were able to wring out of the gear available to them influenced nearly everything that followed in pop music recording. Recreating the actual rigs they used is, let's just say, out of reach for most.

Source: Reverb

11-year-old gets the full Beatles experience

It is one thing to talk about The Beatles' enduring music, it is another thing to live it. Seeing a Beatles tribute band, there is something special in seeing them all back together again, performing, even if it is only your imagination. Then John Lennon reached out during the final song to give the singing 11-year-old boy in front of him his Fab Four guitar pick.

Source: Aberdeen News, South Dakota
Ringo was a genius and the Beatles were lucky to have him

Many might suppose that She Loves You opens with just those words, sung in chorus. In fact, it kicks off on a fantastically propulsive Ringo Starr tom-tom. Such percussive glee was a band war cry as, from 1964 into 1965, the Beatles shook the world. "He was the most influential Beatle," Yoko Ono recently claimed.

Source: The Spectator, UK
Thursday, December 22, 2016
The Dead Daisies stream cover of John Lennon Christmas classic

Hard rock supergroup The Dead Daisies have given their fans a Christmas gift in the form of a stream of their rendition of the John Lennon classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". On their YouTube post, they wrote, "This is a gift for you, the best fans in the world. Happy XMas & Happy Holidays from The Dead Daisies!"

Source: Anti-Music
Which Beatle has the worse Christmas Song?

Put on any radio station and within one hour you'll hear both "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney and "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon. They are not good songs. It's okay, you can admit it. But the real question here isn't even so much "Are the songs bad?" as it is "They are bad but which one is worse?"

Related Articles  Source: Uproxx
Yoko Ono joins cast of Wes Anderson's next animated film

Last night, legendary director Wes Anderson announced that he has cast Yoko Ono in his next film called Isle of Dogs. Anderson is currently in London working on the animated film, which will be set in Japan. It follows a boy's journey to find his lost dog. Other celebs in the film include F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray.

Source: Laredo Morning Times
Video: Chris Martin sings Beatles' Yesterday

On Wednesday night, Coldplay singer Chris Martin played a surprise set in New York City to benefit the Bowery Mission, an organization that helps the homeless and hungry. He did a few Coldplay hits, but most of the show was devoted to classic rock covers, including the Beatles' Yesterday, aided by pair of singers from the Mission.

Source: Rolling Stone
Interview: Beatles photographer Harry Benson

Harry Benson has photographed each US president since Eisenhower, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Martin Luther King and Civil Rights marches, Michael Jackson at Neverland Ranch, Muhammad Ali and the Beatles as they first arrived in the US. He said, "I've basically followed a camera all my life. I follow it and it's fun."

Source: Interview Magazine

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