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Monday, December 8, 2014
Imagine Peace Tower 40 years in the making

It all started with Yoko Ono's 1964 book, Grapefruit, where she talked about her artistic concept of creating a lighthouse. Forty years later on October 9, 2007, the Imagine Peace Tower was launched by Yoko Ono in collaboration with the city of Reykjavík, Iceland. It shines every year between October 9 and December 8.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, December 5, 2014
Beatles EP proves vinyl sales can make dent in Billboard 200

The release of The Beatles' Long Tall Sally EP proves that vinyl sales are doing enough to at least make a dent in the Billboard 200, even during the busiest of sales months. It went to no. 1 on the British vinyl charts and moved enough copies of the 7" release in the United States to land on the overall album charts.

Source: Music Times
Paul McCartney unhappy about shift to lo-fi listening habits

In an interview promoting "Hope for the Future," his new song included in the video game Destiny, Paul McCartney expressed distaste for the way young people consume music on cell phones. "A lot of kids listen to music on their smartphones through these tiny little speakers. Argh, I spent hours making that high-fidelity sound!"

Source: Rolling Stone
In Pictures: Mike McCartney's images of Liverpool's Jacaranda revealed

Mike McCartney never goes anywhere without a camera. And now the photographer and Scaffold performer has uncovered some 50-year-old negatives of images he captured with his Rolleiflex camera at Liverpool's famous Jacaranda coffee bar, where the Beatles, then the Silver Beetles, played on a number of occasions.

Source: Liverpool Echo
McCartney's willingness to fail made Band on the Run enduring masterpiece

More than four decades later, Paul McCartney's Band on the Run still represents the creative highpoint of his solo career. No other album so completely underscores his difficult quest for freedom, and none is more personal. It always sounded the most to me like something the old band might have put together.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Paul McCartney admits he made video game song for his kids

Paul McCartney says he recorded the theme tune for new game "Destiny" and agreed they could use "Hope for the Future" because it's the only way he can now get his family to listen to his music. ''I know from my kids and my grandkids, they just bury themselves in a game and I don't think they've got time to listen to my music."

Related Articles  Source: Contact Music
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion to close Off-Broadway

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon, will play its final performance at The Union Square Theater Jan. 11, 2015. The production, officially opened Oct. 15, was originally scheduled for a 20-week limited engagement. A national tour is scheduled for fall, 2015.

Related Articles  Source: Playbill
Couple keeping Lennon's sailing spirit alive

The sailing boat on which John Lennon voyaged to Bermuda in 1980 is still in immaculate condition 34 years later. Every summer Stephen Fuller and his wife Susan sail it between Washington, DC and Maine. A plaque on board commemorates the journey Lennon took from Newport, Rhode Island to St George's in June 1980.

Source: The Royal Gazette
Curtiss A reflects on his Twin Cities John Lennon tribute

"They're still Beatles songs. They still make you feel good. They're still what I'd want to listen to if I get sent to the moon by myself," said Curt Almsted, better known as Curtiss A, who returns to First Avenue in The Twin Cities on Monday for his 35th annual John Lennon tribute concert. "I'm still happy to play any of these songs."

Source: Vita.mn
Video: When One Direction sang The Beatles

With all their career successes it's only logical that some people may try to compare One Direction to The Beatles, their global popularity, their close relationships to each other. Except for viewing online, much of the U.S. audience hasn't seen their uptempo rendition of All You Need Is Love since it was only aired on TV in the UK.

Source: The Examiner
The creepiest Beatles conspiracy theories ever

If you're a Beatles superfan then you should already know about the theory that Paul McCartney died in 1966. But did you know that every member of The Beatles died and was replaced, except for Paul McCartney? Or that the Beatles allegedly conspired to kill their original drummer, Pete Best? Here's the "proof."

Source: News.com Australia
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Video: Prince's impromptu Beatles cover at jazz club

On Sunday night at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Prince was in the audience watching a Jazz Night event when he decided to take the stage for a cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends. He is dressed like a wizard and taking an absolutely fantastic extended guitar solo, just another Sunday night for Prince.

Source: Death and Taxes
Beatles autographs from 1963 to be auctioned

A young Beatles fan named Denise was so impressed when she saw them play live in Southampton that after the show she sent them a gift, and they responded by sending her their autographs. Denise is now selling her Beatles autographs and they are expected to fetch between £1,200 and £1,500 in London on Wednesday.

Source: The Daily Echo, UK
Unreleased demos to be included in book about Apple Records

"a is for apple" is a four-volume series that will take an extensive look at the history of Apple Records. A newly released video clip from the authors of the books contains excerpts from some acetates by Apple Records artist Jackie Lomax, who died last year, including a previously unheard demo of "Is This What You Want?"

Source: Beatles Examiner
Astrid Kirchherr: The woman who gave The Beatles their style

She is the photographer most readily associated with The Beatles and is credited with creating their moptop haircuts but whatever happened to Astrid Kirchherr? Astrid sold all her equipment during the 1970s and no longer owns a camera. Now 76, she lives alone in Hamburg, happy but nursing memories of Stuart Sutcliffe.

Source: The Express, UK
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Paul McCartney announces official release of video game theme

Paul's new song "Hope For The Future" will be globally released on Monday, December 8. The song was written by Paul for the video game "Destiny," and until now has been exclusively available within the game itself. Produced by Giles Martin, the original version of the track alongside four special mixes will be available digitally.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Ringo Starr puts Colorado ranch up for sale

Ringo Starr's Colorado ranch, nicknamed Shoot N' Star Ranch, is now for sale. Listed for $3.85 million, the 15.8-acre property is located along the banks of the Roaring Fork River about 25 minutes north of Aspen. Starr and his wife Barbara Bach have retreated here since 1991, when they bought the place for $1.164 million.

Source: Today
Rolling Stones penned song for the Beatles that the Fab Four rejected

Everyone knows the Beatles wrote a song, I Wanna Be Your Man, for the Rolling Stones, but Richie Unterberger's "The Unreleased Beatles," which is just out in revised form in an ebook version, tells that the Stones did the same for the Beatles. According to Unterberger, Mick Jagger revealed the existence of the song in 1965.

Source: The Examiner
John Lennon candlelight remembrance in Hollywood announced

The John Lennon Annual Public Memorial Candlelight Remembrance will take place Monday, December 8, at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. Lennon and Beatles fans are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around the star. Fans are also invited to perform music and poetry and share remembrances.

Source: The Examiner
Rolling Stones sax legend Keys dead at 70

Bobby Keys, the saxophonist who played on some of the Rolling Stones' biggest and best songs, has died. He was 70 years old. He first met the Stones in 1964, Keys played the tenor sax on hits like "Brown Sugar"and "Can't You Hear Me Knocking." Keys joined John Lennon, both in music and in drug use, during his "Lost Weekend."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, December 1, 2014
New study finds Paul McCartney second richest recording artist

Wealth-X just released the latest survey of World's Richest Recording Artists, and Paul McCartney comes in at number two, behind Madonna. McCartney's $660 million net worth was a few bucks shy of Madonna at $800 million, but well ahead of Bono, who placed #6, and Elton John, at #9. At 72, McCartney is the oldest on the list.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Rare pictures of pre-fame Beatles on holiday go up for sale

Rare pictures showing three of the four Beatles on holiday before Beatlemania took hold have emerged for sale and serve as a "time capsule" before they shot to super stardom. The color photographs of a youthful looking Paul, George and Ringo, were captured in Tenerife by Beatles friend Astrid Kirchherr in 1963.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The top Beatles albums, books, collectibles and movies for 2014

This year marked a huge milestone in Beatles history: the 50th anniversary of when the Fab Four reached American shores, played Ed Sullivan, and kicked off Beatlemania. Numerous books, DVDs, CDs, and other collectibles hit the market celebrating this historic event, thus making 2014 a very special Christmas for Beatles fans.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Fans gather for George Harrison memorial in Hollywood

Fans paid tribute to George Harrison on Saturday outside Capitol Records in Hollywood, on the 13th anniversary of his death in 2001. L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge greeted the fans and said that George's tree in Griffith Park will be reseeded very soon. Zane Suarez, Jason Berk, and a duo named Jewels and Johnny Nation performed.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, November 28, 2014
Original Beatles microphones to be sold at auction

Some of the Beatles' microphones are up for sale. Three mics, all Reslo ribbon mics from the Cavern Club in Liverpool are listed in the auction of music memorabilia, which also includes other Beatles items, including handwritten lyrics. Starting bid is $2,500, with an estimated value of over $5,000.

Source: Gizmodo
Beatles ashram now becoming lost in India wilderness

George Harrison died on November 29, 2001. But in a nondescript ashram, overrun by creepers of Uttarakhand's Rajaji National Park, one of the defining legacies of Harrison and The Beatles continues to live on. Today, a few Beatles devotees, mostly Western tourists, seek out the ashram to pay their respects.

Source: The Times of India
John Lennon makes his last concert appearance 40 years ago today

Dual legends surround John Lennon's Nov. 28, 1974 appearance on stage with Elton John at Madison Square Garden, that he only appeared after losing a bet, and that a backstage moment marked Lennon's reunion with Yoko Ono, after his "Lost Weekend." One turns out to be true, while the other most certainly is not.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Badfinger falls apart with last album failure 40 years ago today

"Wish You Were Here," the last album to feature all four of Badfinger's classic-era members, is a prime example of this star-crossed band's woes. Released in November 1974, is, it failed to even crack the Billboard Top 100. Within months, Badfinger was essentially over.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Julian Lennon announces Christmas single

Julian Lennon is releasing a version of Stephen Emmer and Neil Crossley's Sleep For England in time for Christmas. The song was inspired by Christmas songs such as Jona Lewie's Stop The Cavalry and Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon. All proceeds from the single go to Julian's charity The White Feather Foundation.

Source: Entertainment Focus
Interview: Stella McCartney says her famous parents opened doors

She's the daughter of a Beatle, fashion designer of everyone from Madonna to the British Olympic team and recipient of a medal from Queen Elizabeth. Fame has followed the second child of Paul McCartney and American photographer wife Linda from the moment she was born, and it's been both a blessing and a hindrance.

Source: CNN
Video: Morgan James covers The Beatles

Musical standout and notable rising Broadway player and Epic Records recording artist Morgan James performs a new cover of Come Together by The Beatles in a brand new video now available online. James recently performed a special solo show at intimate NYC cabaret venue SubCulture earlier this Fall.

Source: Broadway World Music
Beatles fan's dream comes true as she meets Paul McCartney

Wannabe singer Debbie McLean from Scotland was one of a handful of people lucky enough to meet Paul McCartney at an event in London last week. A huge Beatles fan, she was one of around 30 McCartney devotees chosen to attend a songwriting masterclass after seeing the event publicized on a website.

Source: Dunfermline Press, Scotland
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Book Review: Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions by Luca Perasi

Luca Perasi's essential song-by-song guide, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions [1969-2013], offers an exhaustive, detailed and largely opinion-free guide that retraces every step with all of the specificity fans require. All songs written by Paul McCartney and featured under his name, Wings or the Fireman were included.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Cavern Club to open its doors to rising musicians with Rock School

Liverpool's Cavern Club is opening its doors to budding musicians with their new Rock School program. The cellar club's tuition program will help musicians learn their craft in the place where The Beatles learned theirs in the early 1960s. The Cavern Club has been providing live music since it opened as a Jazz Club in 1957.

Source: Liverpool Echo
George Harrison's former doctor to pay $2.5M for Medicare scam

Gil Lederman, who became infamous for pushing late icon George Harrison to sign a guitar, has agreed to fork over $2.5 million to pay for bogus Medicare billings between 1996 and 2003 related to his oncology practice, prosecutors said Monday. Lederman has denied any wrongdoing.

Source: NY Post
John Lennon returns his MBE to The Queen 45 years ago today

Along with the rest of the Beatles, John Lennon was made a Member of the Most Honorable Order of the British Empire on Oct. 26, 1965. According to Lennon, he had to be talked into accepting it by Brian Epstein. By the late '60s, he'd become increasingly savvy about how to leverage his celebrity to further his favorite causes.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, November 24, 2014
John Lennon guitar misses out on £400,000 reserve at auction

A classic guitar used by John Lennon, during the recording for Paperback Writer, in 1966, failed to sell at auction when it did not reach its £400,000 reserve (about $628,000). Bids for the Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Nashville model hollow body guitar reached £380,000 at Le Méridien Hotel, in Piccadilly, London.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Unused Abbey Road photos sell for $282,700

Unused photos from the Abbey Road photo shoot have sold at auction for £180,000 in London. The shots were taken on August 8, 1969 by photographer Iain Macmillan, who had only 10 minutes to complete the entire shoot. Six photos were taken in all, including the photo that eventually made the final cut.

Source: NME, UK
John Lennon performer takes a look at himself in new music

Tim Piper has spent the last 30 years as John Lennon, in Beatles tribute bands and his iconic portrayal of Lennon in the stage show "Just Imagine." His latest new release "Ordinary Life" points the spotlight at himself, a melodic understated ballad with a simple piano based arrangement with a soulfully written lyric.

Source: The Examiner
Video: Liverpool bid for statue to Beatles Manager

In Liverpool it seems like you can't turn a corner in Liverpool without happening upon some kind of tribute to the Beatles. But there isn't one for their manager Brian Epstein, he died aged just 33 in 1967. Now a new project is underway to get a statue of the man built and put on display in Epstein's home city.

Source: ITV, UK
Musician covers Across The Universe out of noises from a comet

Musician and singer Andrew Huang has reimagined the Beatles' Across the Universe using sound footage of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, the first to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on the surface of a comet. The track features a variety of undulating and gurgling noises from the far reaches of outer space.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Mary Hopkin releases a new single for Christmas

Former Apple recording star Mary Hopkin is making a Christmas comeback after taking a 30-year break to raise her family. Hopkin has recorded a traditional Christmas carol with her son and daughter as backing singers. She knocked the Beatles off the Number One slot in 1968 with her debut single Those were the Days.

Source: BBC News

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