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Thursday, May 11, 2017
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus brings music into NYC public schools

June 9 will mark the culmination of a 15-week after school songwriting program created by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The special day will take place at New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Chelsea, where students will premiere an original song they created by performing it live in front of the high school.

Source: Global Newswire
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Angry John Lennon letter up for auction

An angry letter that Lennon wrote concerning the distribution of his and Yoko Ono's experimental album "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" is being sold at auction. In the handwritten letter, addressed to Martin George of Rock Ink & Roll Ink, Lennon expresses frustration with difficulty in getting the 1968 record out to the masses.

Source: Page Six
Apple Records artist Mary Hopkin to sell off 1960s memorabilia Warning: Page opens with sound

Sixties star Mary Hopkin is to auction off a collection of memorabilia from the height of her fame. The collection, which includes items worn at the height of her fame and a rare Beatles poster, is being auctioned off in Cardiff. Hopkin shot to fame in 1968 with her number one single, the Paul McCartney-produced Those Were The Days.

Source: BBC News, UK
Audio: Legendary Rolling Stone John Lennon interview

In December 1970, Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner sat down with John Lennon in New York City as the ex-Beatle prepared to release his solo debut. It became one of the most legendary rock interviews ever, thanks to Lennon's brutally honest thoughts on the Beatles' then-recent breakup and much, much more.

Source: Rolling Stone
The bar every Beatles fan has to go to, but there's a catch Warning: Page opens with sound

There is a bar that's been successfully celebrating the Beatles for more than 40 years, but it's not in Liverpool, it's in Barcelona. Every inch of wall space inside Garrafa dels Beatles is taken up with Beatles memorabilia, accumulated by the owners over the past 41 years. Every night you'll hear a live tribute to the Beatles from the staff.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Letter reveals the moment BBC banned the Beatles

A newly revealed letter reveals the reason why the BBC banned The Beatles' psychedelic masterpiece A Day In The Life. The remarkable letter from the BBC, shared by the Beatles on Facebook, explains, "We cannot avoid coming to the conclusion that the words "I'd love to turn you on"... could have a rather sinister meaning".

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Is $30K in cash hidden in John Lennon's Dakota apartment?

Secrets of the Dakota, the building where John Lennon lived, have been revealed by real estate heirs and philanthropists Toby and Larry Milstein. They claim that $30,000 in cash was allegedly hidden under the floors of John and Yoko's apartment by a former owner, but the co-op board refused to destroy the historic parquet to find it.

Source: Page Six
Take a Magical Mystery Tour of London's Beatles locations

They might've come from Liverpool, but The Beatles certainly left their mark all over London. The Londonist has list some of their favourite London locations connected to the band: take a trip around the sights, and indulge in your very own Magical Mystery Tour of the capital, including Abbey Road and Marylebone Station.

Source: Londonist
Review: George Harrison: The Vinyl Collection

Most hardcore Beatles fans agree that George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, released mere months after the band's world-shaking breakup in 1970, is the best solo album ever made by an ex-Beatle. With the recent resurgence of the vinyl LP, the timing is perfect to give George Harrison's catalog the full treatment.

Source: Relix
Abbey Road mixing desk to go on display at Pink Floyd exhibit

The mixing desk from Abbey Road's Studio 2 which was used by artists including Paul McCartney as well as Pink Floyd, who used it during the recording of The Dark Side of the Moon album, will go on show at the museum in London which is hosting The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains from Saturday, May 13.

Related Articles  Source: London Evening Standard
Monday, May 8, 2017
New beatles-themed book slated for release at Beatles festival

Author Lanea Stagg will be releasing a new Beatles-themed coloring book to be available for sale at the Ridge festival in September. "Little Dog at the Ridge" will follow the adventures of Ava, Stagg's famous "Little Dog," as she gets lost in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, where The Beatles landed on their 1964 North American tour.

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Paul McCartney adds second shows to his New York-area tour stops

Paul McCartney has just announced that he'll be playing a second show at each of the four venues in and around New York for which he'd previously confirmed dates. The new concerts will take place in Newark, New Jersey, Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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Daughter Beatrice spitting image of Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney's youngest daughter looked the spitting image of her dad during a rare public appearance over the weekend. Beatrice, 13, posed for a picture with her Macca backstage at a West End show and the family resemblance was clear to see, sporting a smart shirt and a quiff that evoked memories of her dad's time in the Beatles.

Source: The Sun, UK
Update: Ringo Starr recording new album

We know Ringo is back in the studio because he's tweeted out a pic with yet another guest musician. This time it's fellow percussionist Sheila E. We previously had learned that Paul McCartney would also be guesting on the forthcoming album. The album, when released, will be Starr's first since 2015's Postcard from Paradise.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Listen: Elvis Costello shares demo from Flowers in the Dirt

Paul McCartney's 1989 Flowers in the Dirt album received the deluxe treatment March 24. Last week, Elvis Costello shared the audio of the "Back on My Feet" demo, a composition he co-wrote with McCartney. The album, which reached #21 in Billboard, is the 10th release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.

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Party boat that hosted The Beatles left to rot into a sinking rustbucket

A once-thriving "booze boat" that hosted The Beatles, the Queen and Prince Philip has been left to rot into a sinking "rustbucket." The Royal Iris was a familiar sight on the Mersey for over 40 years, many acts from the Merseybeat scene, including The Beatles, performed aboard the vessel during river cruises in the 1960s.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Artist's tribute to Beatles manager Brian Epstein

Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller is to stage a haunting tribute to the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, in the run-up to events in Liverpool marking 50 years since the release of Sgt Pepper's. His posters that will go up around Liverpool will bear powerful slogans about Epstein's devotion to the Beatles.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Friday, May 5, 2017
Harry Styles faces backlash as fans compare his song to Beatles hit

With the release of a track from his upcoming album, Harry Styles finds himself at the heart of a musical backlash. On the track "Sweet Creature," Styles has been accused of copying The Beatles, as fans have been pointing out the similarities between his new offering and Paul McCartney's Blackbird on Twitter.

Source: The Mirror, UK
PBS celebrates 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper with new documentary

PBS will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beatles album with a new documentary, Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution, a look back at the creation and ongoing influence of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, released on June 1, 1967. This new documentary premieres Saturday, June 3 on PBS.

Related Articles  Source: Broadway World
How Paul McCartney saved classic rock from extinction

Perhaps the greatest record to emerge from the world of AOR in 1989 was Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt, the latest Macca LP to receive the deluxe-edition treatment as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. McCartney's eighth studio album is an absolute pleasure to rediscover today.

Source: Observer
Black Lips on recording with Yoko Ono

Atlanta, Georgia garage rock band Black Lips' forthcoming eighth LP was produced and recorded by Sean Lennon at his compound in upstate New York, and Yoko Ono guests on one track. Lead singer Cole Alexander said Yoko is "just very Zen, she'd say real esoteric things, but things that kind of made sense."

Source: Noisey
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Paul McCartney is the richest musician in the U.K.

According to the new edition of The Sunday Times Rich List, to be published this Sunday, Paul McCartney, with his wife Nancy Shevell, is the richest musician in the U.K., largely thanks to his continued live performances and online sales. Olivia and Dhani Harrison come in on the list at number 7, and Ringo Starr tied at number 8.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Sgt. Pepper's' revisited: Giles Martin takes on 'humbling' task Warning: Page opens with sound

Apple/Capitol unveiled the new 50th-anniversary remix of Sgt. Pepper's to a small invited audience of journalists during a morning playback at Capitol's Studio A on Tuesday. At the event, Giles Martin called the task of creating a new version of one of the most acclaimed and cherished recordings of all-time "humbling."

Related Articles  Source: Variety
7 Liverpool links to the Sgt. Pepper's album

1967 is seen as the golden year for classic albums, with Sgt. Pepper released on June 1. Even after 50 years it's a record which continues to influence music in 2017. Ahead of the Sgt. Pepper 50 celebrations in Liverpool here are just some of the reasons why the links between the album and the city remain as strong as ever.

Related Articles  Source: The Guide Liverpool
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Paul McCartney adds new tour dates in Brazil

On his official website, Paul McCartney has announced the addition of four dates in Brazil to his One-On-One tour in October. Paul will be visiting the cities of Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Salvador, Brazil. His first visit to Brazil was in 1990, he was last there in 2014. Tickets go on public sale on Saturday, May 8.

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Minor league baseball team celebrates Sgt. Pepper's with themed jerseys

The minor league baseball team the Toledo Mud Hens is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's with detailed theme jerseys. The jersey is designed to look like the uniform Paul McCartney wears on the cover the album. The team shared a look at the jerseys on Tuesday, they'll wear them in their game on June 16.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
New parody concept album mashes up Sgt. Pepper and Star Wars

"Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans" celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars flick, by changing the lyrics of the songs from the groundbreaking 1967 album to tell the story of the blockbuster 1977 sci-fi/fantasy movie.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA 105.5 FM
Trailer: Graphic novel recounting John Lennon's New York years

Much of John Lennon's story has been told from the outside looking in by critics and historians. Now, in a new graphic novel from writer Eric Cobeyran and French artist Horne, "Lennon: The New York Years", described as a "true biographical fiction," Lennon will tell the story of his life from his own point of view.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Magical Mystery Drum: The quest for Ringo's Ed Sullivan snare

Gary Astridge, The Beatles' drum archivist and gear curator, was finally able to solve a mystery that had been eating away at him since just about childhood: What's the full story behind Ringo's favorite snare? Any old antiques hunter would probably die empty–handed trying to find another snare that closely resembles Ringo's.

Source: Reverb
These rare Beatles photos will make you love them even more

On June 25, 1967, Our World, the first international television production broadcast by satellite, was closed out by a performance of All You Need Is Love by The Beatles. The photographer David Magnus, a friend of and regular collaborator with the band, was on hand to take pictures of the historic gig.

Source: Town and Country
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Paul McCartney books second show in Chicago

After selling out a July 25 show the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Paul McCartney has expanded his One on One tour with a second date at the venue the following day to meet a huge demand for tickets. Live Nation will announce additional details about the second show and ticket purchase in the near future, a spokeswoman said.

Related Articles  Source: Chicago Tribune
Satellite radio SiriusXM to debut Beatles channel

SiriusXM satellite radio said Tuesday it will debut a channel devoted to the Beatles later this month, achieving a long-sought dream to highlight the music of the pop music legends. Launching May 18 and backed by the band, the channel will feature music from the Beatles, its members' solo projects and artists who influenced them.

Related Articles  Source: New York Daily News
New toy company releases John Lennon collectable figure

Brand new collectables firm Molecule8 is making its debut in the toy industry, with the help of its first figure in the range, inspired by John Lennon. Overseen by Yoko Ono and the Lennon estate, the 1/6 scale recreation boasts intricate detailing, which has been molded individually and painted prior to production.

Source: Toy News
Cast announced for new fictional Beatles play

John Anthony Gorman has been cast as Billy Campbell in "Nowhere Man," a new fictional play about someone hired to be Paul McCartney's double in the 1960s. The story springs from the "Paul is dead myth" in which some fans became convinced that Paul McCartney died in a car accident. The show opens in June.

Source: Broadway World
Mad magazine Beatles cover art surpasses auction estimates

The cover art for the September 1968 issue of Mad Magazine featuring the Beatles has sold for $57,241.80 at auction. The cover pictures Mad icon Alfred E. Neuman as a guru hovering over the four Beatles, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru who invented the Transcendental Meditation technique, and Mia Farrow.

Monday, May 1, 2017
Preview: The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper reissue

Giles Martin met with a small press gathering on Friday at a plush studio in Manhattan to discuss the 50th Anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and play the new stereo mix. "Not a bad-sounding album and it did pretty well," joked Martin, son of the Fab Four's longtime producer George Martin.

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Sgt Pepper anniversary events you can attend for free in Liverpool

A number of free events will take place in Liverpool to celebrate 50 years of the release of The Beatles' album, Sgt. Pepper. The free shows open to the public to attend include city-wide events, a show inspired by Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite at Aintree Racecourse and another show inspired by the song Lovely Rita.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Two Sgt. Pepper turntables in time for the 50th anniversary

June 1 will mark fifty years since the Beatles released the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Along with a super deluxe box set, there are a number of other Sgt. Pepper products in the pipeline, including these two Beatles-themed high-end turntables from Pro-Ject, the largest manufacturer of record players in the world.

Related Articles  Source: A Journal of Musical Things
Beatle bucks to boost Chicago area hotels, restaurants

Paul McCartney's scheduled appearance in late July at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park is likely to be sweet music for the area's hospitality industry. Local hotels and restaurants will benefit from the thousands of people who'll descend on the suburban venue, tourism and marketing officials say.

Related Articles  Source: Chicago Tribune
Review and Set List: Paul McCartney at the Tokyo Dome

The first of Paul McCartney's three sold-out shows at the 50,000 seat Tokyo Dome's audience erupted with deafening screams of delight with each song from probably the greatest ever back catalogue in popular music. McCartney was in fine voice, and he happily tried to speak Japanese to his fans who lapped it up.

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Paul McCartney answers fan questions from Japan

On his official website, Paul McCartney has answered some questions from his Japanese fans, including how would he describe the Japanese audiences at his concerts compared to other countries, what impresses him about Japan, what would he sing at karaoke, and being vegetarian, what is his favourite Japanese food?

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Friday, April 28, 2017
NY Attorney General investigating ticket complaints for McCartney concert

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office confirms it's beginning to receive complaints about tickets to the Paul McCartney concert. Some tickets for McCartney's September show in Syracuse are listed for $10,000, and some are "speculative tickets," which the seller doesn't even have yet.

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