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Monday, June 20, 2016
Paul McCartney among artists petitioning for digital copyright reform

Paul McCartney is among over 160 artists and record labels calling for digital copyright reform by way of petition. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) came into being in 1998, long before streaming services dominated the industry. Artists and industry figures are saying YouTube provides a "safe harbor" for infringement.

Source: NME, UK
Beatles Insider Tony Barrow: A tribute to one of the Good Guys

In a new article, Beatles historian Bruce Spizer remembers his friend Tony Barrow. He said, "He was truly one of the good guys, a class act who was a part of The Beatles' success. He kept fans informed through his credited and uncredited stories in The Beatles Monthly Book and left us with a wonderful book of his own."

Source: Something New Blog
Vegan diet keeps Paul McCartney young, fit and healthy at age 74

Paul McCartney recently turned 74, and looks as young and healthy as ever, thanks to an active lifestyle and a vegan diet. McCartney could easily pass for a decade younger, and credits his longtime vegan diet for his boundless energy. "When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that's why I can't eat it," Paul said.

Source: Celebrity Health & Fitness

50 Years Ago: Beatles cause controversy with Butcher Cover

When Yesterday... and Today was released with the infamous "Butcher Cover," stores balked at selling such a product, DJs thought that the picture was a rare misstep by the band and distributors were furious with Capitol. The label rushed a recall of all the LPs, and the family-friendly version of the album hit stores five days later, on June 20, 1966.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, June 17, 2016
The Beatles now available for streaming in India

As of today, the Beatles are now available for streaming the first time in India, from Indian music streaming service Saavn. Included are the Beatles' catalogue of 13 re-mastered British albums and six essential collections. The Beatles first became available through streaming services to much of the world last December.

Related Articles  Source: New India Express
Beatles were not under contract when they played with Tony Sheridan

German Beatles researcher and author Thorsten Knublauch says he has uncovered new proof that The Beatles were not bound by a contract and were only session players when they recorded "My Bonnie" and other Polydor tracks with Tony Sheridan. This ontradicts what has been written in endless Beatles books.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Paul McCartney at 74: A career spanning the Beatles to Kanye West

Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney may not look his age, but he is 74 years old tomorrow, June 18. His career as one of the world's most famous singer-songwriters has spanned six decades, has seen him evolve through a range of musical styles, and had artists all over the world and various genres aching to work with him.

Source: International Business Times, UK
Flashback 1989: Paul McCartney tired of being known as the Cute Beatle

"I'm comfortable with people still seeing me as The Beatle," said Paul McCartney in a 1989 interview. "It's like, once Greta Garbo, always Greta Garbo. You want to be alone, you're still Greta Garbo. But I'm not comfortable with being The Cute Beatle. I've never really thought I was cute, though I guess some people think so."

Source: NY Daily News
A brief history of Vox: The sound of the British Invasion

In the mid-1960s, young groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones led the British Invasion. While each group had its own idiosyncratic slant on the music, they all shared a powerful weapon: amplification courtesy of Vox. Vox amplifiers like the AC30 helped define the sound of these bands and the era that produced them.

Source: Reverb
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Beatles LOVE album available for streaming worldwide Friday

On June 17 at 12:01am local time, The Beatles' LOVE album is available for streaming worldwide to mark the show's 10th anniversary. The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil opened at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 30, 2006. It's lush soundscape was produced by Sir George Martin and Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios from the Beatles master recordings.

Source: Broadway World
Pictures: Ringo Starr rocks Staten Island with All-Starr band

Rock legend Ringo Starr took the stage with his "All-Starr Band" Wednesday night at the historic St. George Theatre on Staten Island. He danced, sang and pounded his way through some Beatles classics, Yellow Submarine" was a singalong standout, the group also played some of the All-Starr members' original songs.

Related Articles  Source: Staten Island Live
Stella McCartney has dressed dad Paul, and now has menswear designs

Designer Stella McCartney, whose creations have already been seen on the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna on the red carpet, is making her first foray into menswear. She as created menswear for the likes of her Beatles dad Paul McCartney, this marks the first time the eco-friendly designer will be debuting a men's collection.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Cleveland trio to offer informative take on Beatles White Album

Three Cleveland musicians, Mike Kearns, Jim Wilson and Bill Hoffman, kick off this summer's Wingenstock concert series this Saturday, with their "unique, energetic and informative" show called "Mike, Jim & Bill Do the White Album." It's a reconstruction of the Beatles' classic album with only guitars and vocals.

Source: Cleveland Scene

James McCartney
James McCartney to perform in Fort Wayne next week

Next week almost looks like a mini Beatles family reunion as Paul's son James McCartney takes to the stage for a performance in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Thursday night at 8 p.m., just two days after Ringo Starr's first appearance in Fort Wayne at Foellinger Theatre. James is touring the country to promote his second album called "The Blackberry Train."

Source: Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Ron Campbell
Beatles animator Ron Campbell to appear in Detroit

Though he hasn't gotten the credit that he deserves, Ron Campbell played an important role in Beatles history. The artist's biggest claims to fame would be his involvement as an animator for the classic film Yellow Submarine, and lending his talents as both animator and director to ABC's The Beatles cartoon series that ran between 1965 and 1969.

Source: Detroit Metro Times
50 Years Ago: The Beatles play their final TV show

On June 16, 1966, The Beatles appeared live on the BBC's Top of the Pops and mimed Paperback Writer and Rain. Apart from their performance in June 1967 of All You Need Is Love as part of the international Our World event, it was the Beatles' last live television appearance. No video exists of the performance.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band rock to a sold-out Pennsylvania crowd

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band brought a night of classic rock 'n' roll to the sold-out F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, PA., Tuesday evening. As soon as the lights dimmed, the entire crowd jumped to their feet. It is clear Starr is no longer performing for the fame or fortune, but for the love of music.

Related Articles  Source: The Citizen's Voice, Wilkes-Barre
Photos: Ringo Starr and All-Starr Band on the 2016 summer tour

Ringo took the stage at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in New Jersey last week dressed in black jeans, black sneakers a black tee shirt with red stars on the top and a jacket of black with silver stars on it. At the end of the show, Ringo ran back on stage to do his jumping jacks and tossed out a black shirt to the audience.

Related Articles  Source: The Examiner
Company signs licensing deal for Lennon/McCartney song catalog

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed Epic Rights as the licensing agent for the Lennon and McCartney song catalog. The Lyrics Written by Lennon & McCartney licensing program will incorporate the lyrics of many of the duo's most popular songs into licensed products across multiple consumer goods categories.

Source: Licensing.biz
You don't know the real Beatles until you've heard Sgt. Pepper's in mono

Throughout the 1960s, most major American and British rock and pop acts would release their albums in both stereo and mono versions. In mono, Sgt. Peppers' sounds like an urgent, anxious and sometimes alarming statement, it's not the over-large bouquet of sickeningly sweet aromatic flowers it appears to be in stereo.

Source: Observer

Imagine Peace: Yoko Ono's Wish Tree

If you should encounter a Wish Tree, Yoko Ono says, "Make a wish. Write it down on a piece of paper. Fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree. Ask your friends to do the same. Keep wishing until the branches are covered with wishes." Wishes are collected and stored in time capsules surrounding the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Source: The Examiner

Paul McCartney dons rainbow flag for Orlando tribute

Paul McCartney showed his support and solidarity for the 49 men and women who were shot and killed at gay nightclub Pulse on Sunday during his concert on Tuesday night in Berlin. McCartney walked out on stage for his encore carrying a huge rainbow flag. Holding it up for his fans to see, McCartney shouted, "We stand together with Orlando!"

Related Articles  Source: London Evening Standard
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Paul McCartney delights Berlin fans with open-air concert

Paul McCartney attracted a sell-out crowd for his one-off performance on Tuesday night, drawing fans stretching to the very edges of the historic Waldbühne amphitheatre. A simple "Guten Abend Berlin" from McCartney was greeted a huge cheer, and he launched into classics including Hard Day's Night and Can't Buy Me Love.

Related Articles  Source: Famagusta Gazette
New book on making of A Hard Day's Night coming

According to noted Beatles author Mark Lewisohn, a new book to be published in September will feature unseen photos and historical items from the making of the first Beatles' movie, A Hard Day's Night." The 284-page book will feature 325 color and black-and-white pictures taken on the set and between takes of the film.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Paul McCartney recalls discovering the meaning of life with Bob Dylan

In an episode of McCartney's new virtual reality documentary, he remembers when he discovered the meaning of life with Bob Dylan in his hotel room one night, and that he wrote it down. The next day, he found the words "there are seven levels" written on a piece of paper. McCartney said, "I think that was our first pot experience."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Classic Albums Live performs Beatles Revolver album

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its release, Classic Albums Live returns to Clearwater, Florida, performing the Beatles Revolver album on Friday. Classic Albums Live forgoes the gimmickry of costumes and impersonations, putting the music first. The attention to detail is staggering, every sound from the album is re-created live on stage.

Source: Tampa Bay Newspapers
Paul McCartney leads tributes to Henry McCullough

Paul McCartney has paid a glowing tribute to his late Wings bandmate Henry McCullough. "The solo he played on My Love was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his," he said. McCullough also played lead guitar on Wings' James Bond theme, Live And Let Die.

Source: AOL, UK

Henry McCullough
Paul McCartney and Wings guitarist Henry McCullough has died

Henry McCullough, who was a member of Paul McCartney and Wings on the "Red Rose Speedway" album, and also played with Spooky Tooth and the Grease Band, and backed Joe Cocker, Donovan, Leon Russell, Ronnie Laine and others, has died after a long illness, according to former Beatles associate and author Tony Bramwell.

Source: The Examiner
Monday, June 13, 2016
Singer dedicates John Lennon's Imagine to Orlando victims

On Monday night, on the first night of The Voice Australia's live shows for season five, contestant Adam Ladell didn't leave a dry eye in the room. While taking to the stage for his first sing-off, the 16-year-old dedicated his performance of John Lennon's Imagine to the victims of the Orlando shooting in a touching tribute.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Amid tragedy, Ringo Starr wants to spread more peace, love

Ringo Starr, who spreads a message of peace and love every year on his birthday in July, said he wants that message to hit home even harder this year in the wake of Sunday's Orlando shooting. Starr said in an interview Monday that he doesn't understand the attack that left 49 victims dead and more than 50 hurt.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul McCartney charity song one of Christina Grimmie's last recordings

Christina Grimmie, the young singer who was shot and killed after a concert in Orlando Florida on Friday, was one of the contributors to the Paul McCartney and Friends "Love Song to the Earth" charity single. It was one of her final recordings and according to Billboard her final recorded appearance.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, June 10, 2016
Review: Pure Paul McCartney is rich celebration of shared memories

Paul McCartney's collection of his post-Beatles work, compiled by Sir Paul himself, features all the well-loved songs of the past five decades. McCartney has always been refreshingly adventurous. His talent shone brightest immediately after The Beatles split up in 1970, but there are some relatively recent pearls, too.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
All Things Must Pass Orchestra returns to Henley

The All Things Must Pass Orchestra is returning to Henley, England. This amazing 10-piece group of Brighton musicians is the only touring band in the UK dedicated to playing the music of former Beatle George Harrison live. Their performance will include Beatles' classics and songs from Harrison's solo career.

Source: Bucks Free Press, UK
New study finds that Beatles brand will generate $600 million in 2016

Markets that have formed around the Beatles and their music, including tribute bands, art, conventions, memorabilia, album sales and music downloads, generate more than half a billion dollars annually according to a new study. Tribute bands and live performances of Beatles music generate about approximately 40% of the total.

Source: EconoTimes
George Harrison Twitter hacker attempts explanation

J5Z, an internet troll, has claimed the hacks on George Harrison, who he didn't know was deceased, among other music personalities. Now, in a bizarre turn of events, the alleged hacker is saying that the attacks are meant to raise awareness for internet security. "I never wanted to do this to ruin people's careers," the hacker says.

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! Music

30 Years Ago: Ferris Bueller sends Beatles back to the Top 40

Ferris Bueller's Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick, one if the era's most innately likable actors, and stuffed with an impeccably eclectic assortment of songs, was always destined to be a hit. The movie's soundtrack included the Beatles' cover of Twist and Shout. 20 years old when Ferris Bueller came out, the song took off all over again.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Paul McCartney joins Facebook in launching 360° photos

Facebook today is launching a new way of sharing those special moments with friends and family: 360 photos. To celebrate the launch, Paul McCartney is one of the first to share a 360 photo on Facebook. Paul's inaugural photo was taken during his recent concert in Cordoba, Argentina, and will be posting from Munich tomorrow.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon to write earth-friendly children's books

Musician and environmentalist Julian Lennon is going to be a children's book author. The son of Beatles musician John Lennon and Cynthia Lennon has signed a deal to co-author three bedtime story books, the first to be released on Earth Day in April 2017. Titled "Touch The Earth," it is inspired by Lennon's 2007 documentary film, Whaledreamers.

Source: Samaritan Mag
Iconic photographer Harry Benson in Connecticut this Saturday

Harry Benson's photographs of the Beatles are perhaps his best known images, but over the last five decades, Benson has captured riveting images of world leaders, artists and crucial historical moments. He will be in Connecticut this weekend for a special screening of a new documentary on his life at the Greenwich International Film Festival.

Source: Greenwich Post
Ringo Starr remembers George Martin, teases new music

On June 3rd, Ringo Starr launched a month-long summer tour across North America with his All-Starr Band. When he's not bringing music to the masses, he can usually be found in his home studio in Los Angeles, working on a new album with a little help from his rock-star friends. He said, "I play because this is what I do."

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney pretends to be someone else when recognized

Paul McCartney says he acts like someone else when he gets recognized in public. Macca says he enjoys traveling by public transport, but on the occasions where a fellow traveler spots him, he insists they are mistaken about his identity. He tells them, "Are you kidding? Do you think he'd be on the Underground?"

Source: Business Standard
Review: Beatle makes Pure McCartney mixtape for fans

The "Pure McCartney" compilation is McCartney's own mixtape, one version of how he sees his career. Just like the fans, McCartney has favorites among his hits and album cuts. Eight tracks from "Flaming Pie" and five from "New" while none from "Flowers in the Dirt" or "Driving Rain" indicate clear preferences.

Related Articles  Source: Associated Press

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