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Ram special on the radio this wednesday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 05/21/12 6:52 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Wednesday night Ken Michaels weekly radio show "Every Little Thing" will celebrate the release of the new remaster for Paul and Linda McCartney's Ram album by featuring an hour of music from the album, mixed with bonus tracks and material from the deluxe edition, along with an interview with Denny Seiwell, the drummer in the first lineup of Wings who began his relationship with Paul McCartney when he drummed on the Ram album.

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About the Ram remaster Ken says, "It's the best I've ever heard the album. And I especially love the bonus tracks. It's been my experience that most Beatlefans I talk to are more passionate about the Ram album than most of Paul's solo-works. Many think it is his best album. To me, Paul's released great albums through all the decades, and Ram is certainly one of his best. It's arguably his best vocal album. For powerful, ballsy, screaming vocals, you don't get much better than Monkberry Moon Delight."

Ken will be spotlighting music from Ram and giving away copies of the Special Edition CD on both the live show on WNHU and his website for the next several weeks. Ken just celebrated his 30th Anniversary hosting radio programs on the Beatles, and, in addition to the live broadcast on WNHU, "Every Little Thing" is now syndicated as a one-hour show on 16 other radio stations.

The special Ram edition of "Every Little Thing" will be broadcast 8-10pm (est) on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, and can be streamed at www.wnhu.net. For more info, check out Ken's website at www.kenmichaelsradio.com.

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Auction Update: Lennon suitcase to be sold on Thursday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 05/21/12 5:21 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A suitcase which once belonged to John Lennon is now up for auction. The black leather suitcase has two brass clips and a gray, white, burgundy and black tartan wool lined interior.


It is accompanied by an Antler vanity case with a lilac moir?lined interior that was owned by John Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon. John and Cynthia were married between 1962 and 1968, before Yoko Ono caught John's eye.

The suitcase last appeared for auction in 1996, when it was sold by Cynthia Lennon. Online bidding at www.pfcauctions.com is open now and will end this Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 7:00pm BST.

Abbey Road on the River offers free admission for military
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 05/18/12 3:41 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

It has been announced that members of the U.S. military and their families can now get free tickets to the largest Beatles-inspired festival in the world, which will take place at Belvedere Park and Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky from May 24-28th.

Over 60 international bands will "come together" in Louisville at the WHAS 11 Abbey Road on the River, where guests will enjoy indoor and outdoor concerts, film screenings, a Beatles merchandise market, a display from Gretsch Guitars, and much more, including an encore of the LOVE concert and the 45th Anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper album show.


After kicking off the summer in Louisville, the festival will once again travel to Washington, D.C. to close the summer with a 5-day show over Labor Day Weekend, August 30th -September 3rd. The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor will host thousands of fans celebrating the Fab Four on the banks of the Potomac River.

Festival producer Gary Jacob commented, "I was inspired by Memorial Day and the one year anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama's Joining Forces campaign, so I wanted to share some peace and love with any of our military who want to come and enjoy to this event."

To redeem the free tickets, just show a valid military I.D. at the box office upon arrival. Family members with a dependant I.D. can also get tickets (limit 4), which are valid for all five days of rock-n-roll Memorial Day weekend event. For more info, check out www.arotr.com.

Rare signed Liverpool Echo Beatles edition up for auction
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 05/10/12 6:14 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A copy of the Liverpool Echo newspaper signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison will feature at the PFC Auctions May sale in Guernsey, England. The newspaper is from February 22/23, 1964, following The Beatles' return to England after their first tour of America.

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The paper includes an insert "The Beatles in America" which features photographs of The Beatles in Central Park, in Washington, D.C. and on Miami Beach, as well as photos showing the band on The Ed Sullivan Show and arriving at London Airport on February 22, 1964.

Auction spokesperson Kylie Whitehead said, "This unique piece of memorabilia beautifully captures Liverpool's pride and admiration for The Beatles. This is a delightful set of signatures that we are sure will excite Beatles collectors around the world."

Online bidding at www.pfcauctions.com will end at 7:30pm BST on May 24, 2012.

Beatles book great companion to new documentary
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 05/09/12 5:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Pop culture author Garry Berman believes his book "We're Going To See The Beatles!" will entertain and fascinate readers who may have missed it the first time around, and who are eager to see "The Beatles: The Lost Concert" soon to be in theaters.

The new documentary is about the birth of Beatlemania in America and includes complete footage of the Beatles first U.S. concert at the Washington D.C. Coliseum. Mr. Berman's book is filled with firsthand accounts from fans who followed the Beatles across New York from the moment they landed at Kennedy Airport for their historic first visit, and beyond.

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We're Going to See the Beatles! is the oral history of Beatlemania as told by over 40 individuals from all across the country who contributed their stories and photos and were caught up in the Beatles hysteria during the 1960s. The contributors reminisce about throwing Beatles parties, trying to sneak into hotels, concert venues, and press conferences to catch a glimpse of the Fab Four, and attending over twenty of the Beatles concerts held throughout the U.S. between 1964 and '66. The Beatles story didn't end there, and neither do the stories by the fans who continued to follow them.

We're Going to See the Beatles! with a foreword written by famous Beatles concert promoter Sid Bernstein, is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

For more information on Garry Berman, go to www.GarryBerman.com, at his Facebook page or on Twitter at @Garry_Berman.

New documentary covers the genesis of music in Liverpool
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 05/08/12 2:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Famous chronicler of Beatles history Bill Harry tells us here at Beatles News about a new documentary about the music of Liverpool that is coming out soon.

Bill Harry told us, "Garry Popper, a documentary producer and fellow Liverpudlian approached me in 2008 with his concept of a film about the Mersey music scene and its origins. There had been three other producers he'd discussed such a project with in the past and none of them were able to take it past the ideas stage. Garry did."

Garry wanted to create the definitive film of the Mersey musicians, most of who hadn't really been recognised internationally, due to the huge focus on the Beatles every time Liverpool music was discussed. The documentary is called "The City That Rocked The World" and was helmed by well-respected Liverpool director, Roger Appleton.

Bill Harry with the Beatles

Bill says, "I was part of the team as Associate Producer and, when my book 'Liverpool - Bigger Than The Beatles' was published, it became obvious that the documentary should cover the music scene from the Fifties to the present day. Sound City's managing director Dave Pichilingi was brought in as Associate Producer dealing with the music scene from the Seventies onwards."

"This is the first dynamic film of why Liverpool became known as 'The World Capitol of Music' in the Guinness Book of Records, why it was voted Britain's No. I music city by English Heritage, and why it has no less than 50 No.1 records to its credit."

"The City That Rocked The World" will be a film for theatres, a television special, a DVD with lots of extras as there has been over 100 hours of filming, with 89 interviews and lots of live performances by various Mersey artists.

Italy to host Beatles art exhibit in May
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 04/26/12 3:25 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Compagnia Artisti in Sansepolcro, Italy, is organizing an art collection dedicated to the Beatles.

Created and supervised by Silvia Chialli, Italian and international set and interior Designer, the exhibition will involve many italian and foreign artists. Young artists with promising careers who have had exhibitions in many galleries will be arriving from all over the country to take part in this collection of art, combining to make it one of the most innovative exhibitions of the contemporary art world.

The Beatles in Italy, 1965

The works of art will reflect the legendary story of the English rock band from Liverpool between 1960 and 1970, which, more than any other band, marked an era in music, costume, fashion and even in pop art of global proportions. The history, events, faces, places, logos, related characters and the legendary Beatles LP covers are the images that will be on display in this collection.

The exhibition will take place in Brescia, Italy on "Beatles Days" which is organized by the Fans Club "Beatlesiani D'italia Associati", on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2012, at the prestigious Garda Exhibition Centre of Montichiari.

Beatles tribute to perform Help in its entirety this weekend
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 04/25/12 5:57 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Nationally touring Beatles tribute, Abbey Road, will perform the iconic Help! album in its entirety this Sunday, April 29 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solano Beach, CA, at 8 pm.

The band will also play a full set of other Beatles hits. A string quartet will accompany the band on ballads like Yesterday and Imagine.

Abbey Road

John Lennon would later dismiss the music he wrote with the Beatles, but the song "Help!" was one that he was always very proud of. "The only true songs I ever wrote were 'Help!' and 'Strawberry Fields,'" he stated in December of 1970. In 2004, "Help!" was ranked number 29 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

The Belly Up is located at 143 S. Cedros in Solana Beach. Tickets are $12/$14 and may be purchased online at www.bellyup.com or by calling the box office at (858) 481-8140. You can check out the band at facebook.com/abbeyroadtribute.

Beatles author lowers her book prices during tough times
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 04/17/12 6:46 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Times are tough all over. And no one knows that better than world-acclaimed Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler and her husband, who have endured two lengthy job layoffs in the past 3 years. Now, with her husband settling into a new job, Jude is recognizing that so many others are still struggling. So, she has lowered the price of the first two books in her John Lennon Series.


Kessler's expanded biographies on the life of John Lennon, Shoulda Been There and Shivering Inside, were originally priced at $29.95. They are both now $19.95 if bought through her website, which has also been recently updated with a new name to be the official website for her nine book series on the life of John Lennon, www.JohnLennonSeries.com.

Jude has spent over 20 years and made seven trips to Liverpool to research her comprehensive and thorough biographies on the life of John Lennon. Her first book Shoulda Been There, covers Lennon's life from 1940 to December 1961 when the Beatles hired Brian Epstein as their manager. Jude's second novel in the series, Shivering Inside continues Lennon story from December 1961 to April 1963 when John's son Julian was born. She is currently working on her third book, She Loves You, which is due for publication in October 2013.

Jude said, "Not many people can afford an expensive book in this economy. I thought this might help."

Award-winning Pete Best film to hit YouTube later this month
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 04/06/12 10:58 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The summer of 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles replacing original drummer Pete Best with Ringo Starr before the recording of Love Me Do, the Fab Four's first hit record.

To commemorate this, the critically acclaimed short film The Beatles at their Best, best documentary winner at the 2011 New England Underground Film Festival, will be offered free to the public via YouTube for 100 days beginning June 24th. The release date was chosen to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closing of the legendary Casbah Coffee Club, launch pad of The Beatles and the Merseybeat sound, forever changing the face of popular music.

Pete Best takes the mike at the Cavern Club

Paul McCartney said, "I think it's a good idea to let people know about The Casbah. They know about The Cavern, they know about some of those things, but The Casbah was the place where all that started."

The film, The Beatles at their Best, is made primarily from photos, video clips and interviews all found on the Internet, many only recently available. It gives fans a chance to Meet The Beatles at the time they were at their best, a time when it's possible that the groups most popular member wasn't John, Paul, George or Ringo.

John Lennon said, "We were at our best when we were playing in the dance halls of Liverpool and Hamburg. The world never saw that."


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