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Friday, May 15, 2015
Book about Beatles manager Brian Epstein to be adapted for big screen

A big-screen version of the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle is in the works, producers announced at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. The movie will be a collaboration of writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell. The producers said they anticipate bringing a director on board shortly, no casting has been announced yet.

Related Articles  Source: UPI
New Let It Be and other videos appear on Beatles YouTube channel

Over a dozen assorted new superb quality videos by The Beatles, including several from the movie Let It Be which has yet to appear on DVD, plus Help! and other projects, popped up suddenly on the Beatles' official YouTube channel this morning. Could the long-awaited Let It Be movie be finally on the way on DVD?

Source: Beatles Examiner
Beatles guitar headlines NY music auction

A guitar played by George Harrison in the Beatles' early days, previously on display in a British museum, goes on auction in New York today, valued at $400,000 to $600,000. Harrison borrowed the guitar while his was under repair and was photographed and filmed playing it at the Cavern Club in the early 60s.

Source: Yahoo! News
Residents win right to rename their street after Beatles song

A group of residents in Exeter, Devon, have renamed their street after the Beatles song Blue Jay Way, written by George Harrison, following a lengthy battle. Their choice of name was inspired by the song from the Magical Mystery Tour album, the film of which was made largely in Devon. Their new street sign was unveiled on Thursday.

Source: Western Morning News, UK
Video: Candlestick Park demolition nearly complete

For several months crews have been tearing down San Francisco's storied Candlestick Park so houses, a hotel and a shopping center can be built on the site of the former Giants and 49ers stadium, and where the Beatles held their last live concert in 1966. Recent video shows just how little is left of the old stadium.

Source: KRON TV, San Francisco
How McCartney II foretold the sound of 1980s pop

McCartney II, Paul McCartney's quirky, synth heavy second solo album, released 35 years ago this weekend, has the feel of an album ahead of its time. In 2011, McCartney said, "I really just was fascinated with these things called synthesizers which had appeared on the scene, particularly with sequencers, I loved them."

Source: NME, UK
Musicians remember blues legend BB King, dead in Las Vegas at 89

Blues legend BB King passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on Thursday, he was 89. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists including Eric Clapton and John Lennon. Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless BB King peace and love to his family."

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Unseen Beatles photos to be auctioned this month

Thirty unpublished photos of the Beatles taken in 1963 as they were about to release their second album are to be put up for auction. The black and white negatives of the band were taken by a local photographer as they played the ABC Cinema in Ardwick, near Manchester. The collection has an estimated price of 5,000 to 7,000.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Paul McCartney: Will rap for food

Working with UK chef Jamie Oliver, Ed Sheeran has written a song calling on people to sign up to a "Food Revolution." Paul McCartney, Alesha Dixon and Hugh Jackman also lend their vocals to the track, now online. The Food Revolution Day project is aiming to get millions of children around the world eating healthily.

Source: Pirate FM, UK
NYC hammer attacks reminiscent of Beatles song

Yesterday, David Baril, who "dreamed of completing a college degree in biology," was arrested wielding a hammer at a police woman, after attacking four people in NYC with his hammer. Was he influenced by the Beatles' song about Maxwell Edison, who majored in medicine, and bangs people on the head with his silver hammer?

Source: The Examiner
Pops puts a classical spin in program devoted to Beatles music

On Wednesday night, the Boston Pops devoted a program to the Beatles. For the first of two nights, Symphony Hall was the site of, as Pops conductor Keith Lockhart put it, "a British Invasion of classical music." After some classical pieces, the orchestra launched into A Hard Day's Night, without attempting to replicate its famous opening chord.

Source: Boston Globe
Ringo Starr home owner Margaret Grose passes away aged 91

Margaret Grose, who died last week at the age of 91, had lived on number 10 Admiral Grove, the former home of Ringo Starr, since the seventies. Instead of tiring of the hordes of Beatles fans showing up at her front door, Margaret opened up her home to fans, raising 10,000 through collection boxes for the Linda McCartney Centre.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Paul McCartney performs at Robin Hood Foundation benefit in NYC

Paul McCartney was in New York City on Tuesday to headline the annual benefit concert for the Robin Hood Foundation. The event, which was attended by more than 4,000 of the charity's supporters, raised over $101 million. McCartney and his band played Beatles songs and solo hits, including Let It Be, Band on the Run and Hey Jude.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Paul McCartney urges Oasis reunion should happen

Oasis are the Beatles' biggest fans but we never knew the feeling was mutual. Now Paul McCartney says the brothers Gallagher should put their feelings to one side for the sake of their music. McCartney, who thinks they are "pretty cool guys" said, "My advice to them? Just get together and make some good music!"

Source: The Mirror, UK
Japanese picture sleeve first in Apple's new series of 45 RPM lithos

The cover of the Japanese single release of The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue makes up the first in a new series of lithographs taken from the covers of The Beatles 45 RPM singles that went on sale on Monday. The new lithographs will each be limited to a worldwide edition size of only 400 per print.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Sgt. Pepper's is on the test! Help!

Britain's biggest exam board is to make Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band a central theme of a refreshed GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) music course, requiring all students to study three songs from the album, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, With A Little Help From My Friends and Within You Without You.

Source: The Independent, UK
900 kid dancers in Columbus to tell the story of the Beatles

If you're a Beatles fan with a free hour in Downtown Columbus, Ohio this Friday, you won't want to miss Imagine: A Celebration of John Lennon, a free performance featuring about 900 elementary-school children dancers set to a live professional band. The high-energy dancing tells the story of both John Lennon and the Beatles.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch
Beatles tribute returns to Lake Tahoe this weekend

The Fab Four, a tribute to the Beatles, will perform at Harrah's Lake Tahoe South Shore Room this weekend, playing songs from throughout the storied band's varied career. The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is known their precise uncanny attention to detail, making you think you are watching the real thing.

Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Audio: Basketball fan creates Beatles song parody

NBA Golden State Warriors fans think of Steph Curry as an underdog, having has no scholarship offers before attending college, and now he's the humble, honest, dazzling superstar that has the Warriors on the cusp of the Western Conference Finals. He's got fans so worked up that they're parodying Beatles songs in his honor.

Source: CBS Sports
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Beatles photos sell at auction for $5,845

Beatles autographs and pictures are went under the hammer at Eastbourne Auction Rooms on Thursday. The four black and white images of the Beatles recording Within You Without You in 1967 and a small leather note book with the signatures of three of the Beatles were estimated at between 2,000 and 3,000 but sold for 3,750.

Source: Eastbourne Herald, UK
Most memorable Beatles-related appearances on David Letterman

When David Letterman moved from NBC to CBS in 1993, he brought life back to the Ed Sullivan Theater and the famed stage where The Beatles made their U.S. television debut back on February 9, 1964. During his 33-years on late night TV, Dave brought Ringo Starr on his show several times and Paul McCartney on his show once.

Source: The Examiner
Beatles' 1965 Spanish concert to be released for 50th anniversary

The audio of a concert performed by the Beatles in Madrid in 1965 will reportedly be released only in Spain to celebrate the concert's 50th anniversary, according to a report May 11 by a Spanish news site. The concert was recorded on July 2, 1965 at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventras bullring at Plaza Las Ventas in Madrid.

Original Article  Source: Beatles Examiner
New Beatles Museum in Japan to feature 2,500 items

The Beatles Museum in Nakatsu, Japan, is expected to open later this year with thousands of items related to the Fab Four, including a piano played by John Lennon and a Japanese "happi" coat he wore during the group's visit to Japan in 1966. It will be Japan's first museum to feature a permanent display of Beatles related articles.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun, Japan
The White Album tops NME Abbey Road poll

The Beatles' The White Album has topped a new poll of the best projects recorded at London's fabled Abbey Road Studios. The Fab Four's 1968 album, which featured the songs Back In the U.S.S.R. and Dear Prudence, has beaten out The Zombies' Odessey and Oracle from the same year on the NME's new countdown.

Source: NME, UK
NY's MoMA explores Yoko Ono's influence through her early art

"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City includes about 125 early art pieces, works on paper, films, installations, performances and audio recordings. "It's really good to know that everything you do is being recognized by people," Ono said at the show's press conference.

Source: Reuters
Tom Robbins on the Beatles and Hey Jude

Tom Robbins, 82, best-selling author of 11 books, remembers the time in 1968 when the DJ on the car radio announced a new single by the Beatles. "I don't know what I was expecting but certainly nothing as disorienting as "Hey Jude." Like in an East Indian raga, it enveloped you, and eventually it just dissolved into nonverbal ecstasy."

Source: Wall Street Journal
Monday, May 11, 2015
Video: Tampa wedding band Phase5 jams with Sir Paul McCartney

It was, in almost every respect, a carbon-copy weekend gig for Josh Walther and his wedding band, Phase5, except for the part where Paul McCartney showed up. And hopped on stage. And grabbed the microphone. And sang I Saw Her Standing There. And left Walther and his band reeling from the musical memory of a lifetime.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Video: Extended trailer for HBO's Rock Hall 2015 special

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony won't air on HBO until May 30, but they have unveiled an extended trailer from the all-star event. It includes concert footage and interview clips of Paul McCartney and Ringo, who says, "You can't get in until 25 years after you've had your first hit. Well I'm way passed that."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Grandfather's appeal over George Harrison guitar mystery

A Beatles fan is appealing for help from any experts who can tell him whether a guitar bought he 50 years ago might have belonged to George Harrison. Bob Blowes, 75, bought a Saxon jumbo acoustic guitar in Liverpool in 1962, and the sales person told him one of the Beatles had brought it in and exchanged it for an electric guitar.

Source: Liverpool Echo
May Pang and artist Tim Bruckner at private Lennon exhibit in Seattle

A private gathering was hosted by Krab Jab Studios in Seattle, Washington on Friday to welcome May Pang and artist Tim Bruckner to Seattle for the opening of "Lennon" An Exhibit Celebrating the Music of John Lennon. Attendees also included Alan White of Yes (former Plastic Ono Band member) and Apple Jam member Johnny Jones.

Source: The Examiner
Death ruled unlawful of former security guard of George Harrison

Scottish security guard Paul McGuigan was unlawfully by his colleague Danny Fitzsimons in Iraq, a coroner ruled today. Fitzsimons had been dismissed from the Army and the security firm took him on without vetting him properly. McGuigan had previously worked as a bodyguard for George Harrison.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Pictures: Inside 20 Forthlin Road

Mary and Jim McCartney and Paul and his brother Mike moved to 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool in 1955. Now within the ownership of the National Trust, the house has been meticulously restored using photographs and eyewitness accounts to restore original fixtures and fittings, and source identical items of furniture.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beijing Beatles very true to the music

The Beijing Beatles are known for playing very faithful covers of the Fab Four's hits. In a new interview, Beijing Beatles' guitarist Nico Toresse talks about his long-time love of the Beatles, what goes into recapturing The Beatles' sound, his favorite Beatles songs, and what kind of audiences they attract in China's capitol city.

Source: The Beijinger, China
Friday, May 8, 2015
Liverpool Echo Arena: Macca gets back to where he once belonged

Paul McCartney is set for a spectacular sell out gig as he brings his Out There world tour home to Liverpool later this month, but it's not the first time he's come home. He played there with Wings several times in the 70's, the Let It Be Liverpool charity concert in 1990, and a performance live on the internet from The Cavern in 1999.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Album proves best Beatles songwriter wasn't McCartney or Lennon

The John Lennon and Paul McCartney songwriting duo has been so lionized throughout history it's difficult to consider them anything besides creative divinity. However, after the Beatles broke up, neither achieved a comparable level of artistic mastery. But a third Beatle did: George Harrison, with his solo debut, All Things Must Pass.

Source: Mic.com
Let It Be: Not technically The Beatles' final album

On May 8, 1970, The Beatles' "final" album, Let It Be, was released. "Final" is in quotations because it wasn't technically the final album recorded by the band. Yes, it was the last album released by the band, but the last album recorded by them before they broke up was Abbey Road, which was recorded one month after Let It Be.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
50 years ago, the British nearly took over the U.S. charts

Last year, almost one in eight albums sold in the U.S. were British, as artists like One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and more have achieved a growing piece of the U.S. music sales pie. 50 years ago on May 8, 1965, the Brits almost took the top 10 completely, nine out of 10 songs on the Billboard list were by British artists.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Beatles photographs and autographs go under the hammer in the UK

Beatles autographs and pictures are going under the hammer today in Eastbourne, Sussex, England. The four black and white images of the Beatles recording Within You Without You in 1967 were taken by a small camera of the man who was driving Indian musician Amrat Gajjar to the recording studios.

Source: Eastbourne Herald, UK
Photos from Beatles first US tour to be auctioned online

Photographs from The Beatles first US tour have hit the auction block. Most of the photos were taken in one session during the Beatles first ever US tour in 1964. Some of the photos feature The Beatles' train ride from New York to Washington D.C., as well as The Beatles' dress rehearsal for the Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: FDRMX
Charity plans All-Star Tribute to Paul McCartney

On Saturday May 30, a unique gathering of musicians will perform in New Jersey for a once-in-a-lifetime All-Star Tribute to Paul McCartney. Artists include internationally touring and recording artist Dana Fuchs and musician and producer Mark Hudson.

Source: New Jersey Stage
Yoko Ono's cups will make your coffee sad

Yoko Ono has created "Yoko Ono: Mended Cups," to be released in conjunction with her upcoming show at the Museum of Modern Art. The cups are inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi, where cracked pottery is repaired with lacquer mixed with gold, and each one bears a message reminding of you some tragic historical event.

Source: A.V. Club
Interview: Roger McGough

Roger McGough, 77, is one of Britain's best-loved poets. He was one of the Mersey Sound poets in the 1960s, found chart success with The Scaffold and worked with the likes of The Beatles. He appears at the Campden Literature Festival this Saturday. In this interview he talks about his poetry and influences.

Source: Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, UK

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