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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Book Review: How Allen Klein landed both Beatles and Rolling Stones

He entranced The Stones and beguiled three-fourths of The Beatles. Allen Klein managed the careers of them all for a good spell, making him one of the most important money men in the history of the music business. Until Fred Goodman's well-researched new book, however, no one had the full skinny on the guy.

Source: NY Daily News
Wanted: Your memories of iconic Liverpool bar The Jacaranda

This week sees the launch of The Jacaranda's new coffee shop and vinyl record emporium, and the Liverpool Echo is asking for fan's photos of it through the years. The historic Liverpool bar, which reopened last November, will now function as a coffee shop and record store during the day, becoming a bar and events space at night.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Top 5 Beatles cover versions of other artists' songs

Before Lennon and McCartney became prolific songwriters, The Beatles sang several cover versions of other people's songs. During live performances and on early records, they sang songs by artists that inspired their musical development, it wasn't until Rubber Soul where The Beatles permanently stopped recording covers.

Source: The Examiner
Interview: James Taylor on his early years at Apple

Former Apple Records recording artist James Taylor has hit the road to promote his new album "Before This World." Capping off a week which saw his appearance with Jimmy Fallon and a satellite concert from New York's Apollo Theater, JT was on hand to do a Town Hall session for Sirius XM radio and a rare in-store signing appearance.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan
Monday, June 22, 2015
Ringo Starr calls for peace and love on his birthday

Ringo Starr would like you to celebrate his birthday by thinking or saying "peace and love," like he has done every year since 2005. If you happen to be in Los Angeles that day, you can say it with him. Starr will give a peace-and-love salute on July 7 at noon Pacific Time in front of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles.

Source: KWTX TV
Video: McCartney dedicates Long and Winding Road to Charleston

During Delaware's Firefly Festival on Friday night, Paul McCartney was among the many artists who paid tribute to the Charleston, South Carolina victims. "Let's take a moment to pray for peace and harmony amongst people of different colors in the world," McCartney told the audience.

Source: Music Times
Paul McCartney rules night at Firefly Music Festival

Beatlemania roared in Delaware on Friday night as Paul McCartney, whose birthday was Thursday, unfurled a dizzying, career-spanning marathon show packed with timeless hits at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover. McCartney greeted the crowd, "Good evening, Firefly. I got a feeling we're going to have a bit of a party here tonight."

Related Video  Source: Delaware Online
Toronto gallery to present Bob Gruen exhibit

Whether hanging out on a roof with John Lennon, on a runway with Led Zeppelin, or on a subway car with the Ramones, rock photographer Bob Gruen has always had a knack for capturing the moment. Toronto's Liss Gallery is hosting an exhibition of his most-famous work beginning Tuesday and running to July 11.

Source: Metro News, Canada
An engineer's tour through the history of Abbey Road

"Number 2 studio has been called the Sistine Chapel of recording and I can't argue," British engineer Ken Scott says about Abbey Road. "Every time I'm there I'll stand at the top of the stairs, looking down at where so many great performances have been captured so perfectly, and the hair on the back of my neck stands up."

Source: Vice Noisey
Simon Cowell's Beatles movie gets major music backer

Simon Cowell's "The Fifth Beatle" film project is picking up steam. The project's executive producers have just acquired music rights from publisher Sony/ATV, and they say that the project will include a soundtrack sung by the actors who are chosen to star in the project. The producers are still searching for a director.

Source: NY Post
Friday, June 19, 2015
Video: James Taylor recalls nervous Beatles audition for Apple Records

In 1968, James Taylor signed a contract with the Beatles' new label, Apple, making his self-titled debut LP the company's first release from a non-British artist. But securing that lucrative deal was intimidating for the then-unknown singer-songwriter, who auditioned for Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon UFO link to North Wales extraterrestrial mystery

A leading expert on one of North Wales's greatest UFO mysteries claims to own a rare sketch John Lennon created to record an alien encounter he allegedly experienced in America. Russ Kellett is known for investigating the 1974 UFO Berwyn Mountains incident involving theories of an extraterrestrial craft crashing in the area.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Post, North Wales
School Girls recreate Abbey Road cover

Four school girls from The Kingsley School in Royal Leamington Spa in central Warwickshire, England stepped out on a local zebra crossing similar to how The Beatles did on the cover of their 1969 Abbey Road album. The aim of the stunt was to attract attention to the difficulty the school has been having to find a crossing patrol person.

Source: ITV, UK
New photography exhibition by Mike McCartney to open in Liverpool

Celebrated photographer Mike McCartney will stage a new exhibition at St. George's Hall in Liverpool this Autumn. Entitled "Mike McCartney Luvs St George's Hall," the exhibition runs from September 5 until October 18, and features 60 fascinating images depicting the Liverpool landmark that span more than half a century.

Source: Broadway World Art
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Seven facts you might not know about Paul McCartney

Today Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney celebrates his 73rd birthday. Macca was born on June 18, 1942 at Walton Hospital, to parents Mary and James "Jim" McCartney. To celebrate Macca's birthday, The Liverpool Echo takes a look back at his life in pictures and reveals seven things you might not know about the star.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney's buried treasures

Part of Paul McCartney's genius is the way he makes records. Sometimes the arrangement and the recording transcend the actual song. On his birthday, this is a list of little-known Paul McCartney songs, buried away on b-sides, or as CD bonus tracks, or hidden away on soundtracks, or issued under a pseudonym.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Hard Days Night Hotel creates birthday cocktail for Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney celebrates his 73rd birthday, and to mark the occasion, Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool has launched a limited edition birthday cocktail in his honor. The Macca cocktail will be served at the hotel's Bar Four for today only, and is inspired by Tiger Jack, known to be one of McCartney's favorite drinks.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Musicians on playing the lost-and-now-found John Lennon guitar

"I can honestly say it was one of my life's high points," said Bart Mendoza of the Shambles, after strumming a Lennon/McCartney tune on the guitar that has since been confirmed as John Lennon's 1962 Gibson J160e. "To be able to play one of the instruments that changed the world, it's an unbelievable feeling that I will always carry with me."

Source: San Diego Reader
Former Beatles and Elvis venue could be saved

Though the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis was in disrepair and needed serious renovation to be used for any kind of contemporary purpose, it has deep connections to the area as Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones performed there, and citizens have overwhelmingly backed the idea of preserving the Coliseum.

Source: Memphis Flyer
Roberta Flack selling her apartment in the Dakota

Legendary singer Roberta Flack has put her apartment at the famed Dakota building on the Upper West Side of New York City on the market for $9.5 million. Flack has lived at the building for nearly 40 years and once counted John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Leonard Bernstein and Lauren Bacall among her neighbors.

Source: NY Daily News
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Paul McCartney's birthday adds to flavor of tribute show

The McCartney Years Paul McCartney tribute band didn't plan to book a rare hometown gig on Sir Paul's birthday, but they did and that means it's going to be a party at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, on Thursday. The McCartney Years crisscrosses North America to play about 70 dates a year, but only one or two in London.

Source: Norwhich Gazette, Ontario
Video: It's Official: Ringo Rocks

In a video tribute which was put together for the Hall of Fame salute to Ringo Starr, Dave Grohl, Stewart Copeland, Max Weinberg, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Jim Keltner and other famous rock drummers play drums like Ringo describe why his drumming was so special and like no other drummer.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Source: Sonic State
Review: Lennon Box Set

John Lennon never wrote an autobiography, but given that he said of his songwriting "I like to write about me, 'cause I know me," the new Lennon vinyl box neatly serves as a memoir of his last decade. Aside from Imagine and Rock 'n' Roll, the other albums are out of print on vinyl. Now they're back, using the remastered 2010 CD mixes.

Source: Paste Magazine
Stevie Wonder's Cavern contract goes on display at the Beatles Story

A contract for Motown star Stevie Wonder to play at the Cavern Club has been loaned to the Beatles Story in Liverpool. The artifact is dated January 7, 1966, when Stevie was aged just 16 and known as "Little Stevie Wonder." Also on display are a Cavern Club pendant and leather chain, an autograph book and an original Cavern Club T-shirt.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The best Electric Light Orchestra album you've never heard

When Jeff Lynne released Zoom in 2001, following the defection of almost every former Electric Light Orchestra member, there wasn't exactly a huge demand, even the appearances of both George Harrison and Ringo Starr couldn't stoke up much interest, and it disappeared so quickly that a planned tour was eventually scrapped.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
New musical to be based on The Beatles' Abbey Road sessions

A new stage musical based on The Beatles' recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios is set to be made. A replica of the iconic building's Studio Two will be built at Royal Albert Hall for the production, which is set to open next April. The musical is expected to show how the Fab Four's albums were made at the studio.

Source: NME, UK
Video: Lady Gaga performs John Lennon's Imagine in Azerbaijan

Lady Gaga helped open the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan last Friday, as she walked out into the Olympic Stadium in a flowing white dress to perform John Lennon's classic ballad Imagine. The performance was a stripped-down affair, with Gaga simply singing the track over her piano, which was covered in flowers.

Source: Digital Spy
Plan to sing Imagine in Arabic raises furor at French school

John Lennon's song of peace, Imagine, which contains the lyrics "Imagine all the people living life in peace", has provoked a storm of controversy at a French primary school. Pupils were set to sing the song in five different languages at a school fair on June 26th, but some parents complained because one of the languages would be Arabic.

Source: The Local, France
Sean Lennon wants neighbors lawsuit tossed

Sean Lennon issued a blanket denial in response to legal claims by his neighbors, the parents of actress Marisa Tomei, that a 24-inch-diameter, 60-foot-tall, rotting ailanthus tree on his property is invading their Greenwich Village townhouse. It's the Tomeis' own fault because it's invading their property, not his, claims Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: NY Post
Replica Beatles guitars go on show at Beatles Story in Liverpool

Höfner has loaned four one-off replicas of instruments used by Paul McCartney and John Lennon to the Beatles Story. The 1964 Vintage 500/1 Bass, Paul McCartney 500/1 Backup Bass, Jubilee 500/1 Bass and the Club 40 John Lennon re-issue guitar are on display at the museum as part of its 25th birthday celebrations.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Hard Days Night Hotel named Wedding Venue of the Year

Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool has been named as Wedding Venue of the Year in the 2015 Eat, Drink, Sleep Awards. The hotel has become a wedding venue of choice due to its quirky interior, grand architecture and central location, and has also been awarded with a TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence for the fourth year.

Source: Hotel Industry Magazine
Students touch important piece of Beatles history

A fourth-grade class in Carmel Valley, CA., recently ended a unit of study inspired by John Lennon's "Imagine" by singing the song as it was played on a guitar he once owned. Each of the students was then photographed holding the instrument, which had been missing for more than 50 years. "I touched a piece of history," a student said.

Source: The Coast News, CA
Monday, June 15, 2015
Paul McCartney endorses World Meat Free Day

Designed to raise awareness of the unsustainability of the meat and livestock industry around the globe, the not-for-profit initiative World Meat Free Day is asking people to pledge to go meat free for just one day. The Meat Free Monday founders, Paul McCartney, Mary and Stella McCartney, are backing the campaign.

Source: Longevity Live
Reward offered after original Beatles photo stolen from Toledo-area fan

Police in Perrysburg, Ohio, are asking for help after an original picture of The Beatles was stolen, and are looking at places where the photo might be for sale. Signed by each member of the band in 1963, it was stolen sometime between May 14 and May 25. The owner is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for its return.

Source: Toledo News Now
Beatles' Hamburg set list to be revealed in next Record Collector issue

The conclusion of a two-part series in Record Collector magazine on the Beatles in Hamburg will include the first complete version of the group's set lists during the Star Club sessions. For the first time, the questions about what the Beatles played during the sessions will be answered with the complete running order of the original tape.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Video: Mumford & Sons covers With a Little Help From My Friends

Mumford & Sons delivered a whopping 20-song set at Bonnaroo on June 13, and closed out their encore with an all-star rendition of With a Little Help from My Friends. Mumford & Sons have a well-documented history of covering the Beatles, they last covered With a Little Help from My Friends at Glastonbury in 2013.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney on how Beatles broke the Motown mold

The Beatles memorably covered the Motown classics You Really Got a Hold On Me, Please Mr. Postman and Money, but that doesn't mean they fashioned themselves after Detroit's hitmaking juggernaut. Instead, Paul McCartney recently said, it was quite the opposite, the Beatles wanted to smash the Motown model.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, June 12, 2015
Paul McCartney wows fans at Paris concert

A week before his 73rd birthday, Paul McCartney wowed concert-goers at the Stade de France in Paris on Thursday, belting out a series of songs that were peppered with Beatles hits. Clad in a jacket and white shirt, McCartney put on an energetic performance that included Hey Jude, and Yesterday as well as songs from Wings.

Related Articles  Source: CTV News
Plans for first staging of In His Own Write gets support from Yoko

A effort in Scotland to present the first ever complete stage version of John Lennon's first book, "John Lennon: In His Own Write" has received the full support of Yoko Ono. The play will include rare film footage of Lennon, and it is the first time "In His Own Write" will be presented on stage in its entirety.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Yoko Ono to design permanent art piece for Chicago park

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will appear with Yoko Ono today to announce a public art installation titled "Sky Landing," to be installed next year in Jackson Park. The installation will be Ono's first permanent public art installation in the Americas. Emanuel said he hopes it to become "a place of congregation and contemplation."

Source: Chicago Tribune
Audio: Strawberry Vibrations is live Beatles and Beach Boys mashup

Gearing up for the summer release of new album Pet Peppers, Brooklyn-based Hellbirds have released their first single via YouTube, a live, completely re-recorded mashup-up of the Beatles' Strawberry Fields and the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations. Hellbirds frontman Jasno Swarez call it "postmodernist music."

Source: Vanyaland
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Firefly Music Festival planning for crowd of 90,000

The organizers of Delaware's Firefly Music Festival are expecting up to 90,000 attendees this year. The festival, scheduled from June 18-21 on the grounds of the Dover International Speedway, has 119 announced bands, including headliners Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon and The Killers. Last year about 80,000 people attended.

Source: WJZ TV, Baltimore

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