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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
George Harrison video trove now available online

With little fanfare, dozens of George Harrison videos have been posted to YouTube, including live performances, videos for studio recordings, interviews, rehearsals and more. Though there is no explaination why the videos have been posted at this time, the date they were uploaded, today, marked the 15th anniversary of his death.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Listen: Albert Hammond Jr. combines Christmas and George Harrison Warning: Page opens with sound

Albert Hammond Jr. has reimagined "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot" as part of Amazon's annual Indie for the Holidays music series. Midway through the track, the Strokes guitarist segues into the chorus from George Harrison's 1970 hit My Sweet Lord, and then veers back into the original song structure.

Source: Rolling Stone
Video: Ringo Starr plays Yellow Submarine in bed

Each year, children with cancer spend their holidays in bed. To show solidarity and raise funds, the Bedstock online music festival has recruited A-list stars to perform songs from their own beds. This year, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band sung Yellow Submarine while in bed, ending with Ringo wishing everyone Peace and Love.

Source: Radio.com News
Virginia Beach Beatles-themed pub celebrates 35 years

The Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant in Virginia Beach, Virginia, turns 35 this year, with a celebration on Dec. 17. A giant mural based on the Abbey Road album cover can be seen in the pub's parking lot, and inside, memorabilia can be found in every nook and cranny. There are album covers and posters, ticket stubs and more.

Source: The Virginian-Pilot
Uncut Special Edition: The Beatles: A Life In Pictures

Uncut Magazine's next special is The Beatles: A Life In Pictures, an extravaganza of rare and in some cases totally unseen photographs. This is the life of the Beatles, in 100 pages, from their residencies at disreputable Hamburg clubs, to recording their hits, to charming a whole new medium, TV, and conquering America.

Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
Monday, November 27, 2017
Listen: Dhani Harrison on NPR's World Cafe

On World Cafe on NPR, Dhani Harrison shares happy memories of his dad sending dad jokes by fax to his friends (apparently a dad joke is still a dad joke, even if your dad is a Beatle). He also shares a harrowing memory from the hospital on the night an attempt was made on his parents' lives. And he performs live music from In///Parallel.

Related Articles  Source: NPR
People are finally recognizing Ringo Starr as one of rock's great drummers

For decades, he was a figure of fun. But of all the things you might think of Ringo Starr for, wry comic relief, cute off-key singing on Yellow Submarine, his ability to get along with everyone in a group that eventually disintegrated, you might not think of him as a drummer, the same way you'd think of Keith Moon or Charlie Watts as a drummer.

Source: LA Weekly
The Beatles Story sales boosted by record visitors

Record visitor numbers have helped drive turnover past the 5m mark at The Beatles Story in Liverpool. During the year, The Beatles Story secured worldwide publicity when John Lennon's letter to the Queen handing back his MBE went on show at the Albert Dock tourist attraction after being valued at 60,000.

Source: Insider Media
2017 in Review: Best of the Boxed Sets & Collections

The list of most essential boxed sets, reissues and other historical collections of 2017, includes Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Editions and The Beatles Christmas Records Box. The various Sgt. Pepper packages, including a new stereo mix by Giles Martin and 34 previously unreleased recordings are amazing.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Today in Rock History: George Harrison's solo masterpiece

On this date in 1970, George Harrison released his first solo album after the dissolution of The Beatles, the 3-LP masterwork, All Things Must Pass. Produced by "Wall of Sound" producer Phil Spector, including the hits My Sweet Lord and What Is Life, it revealed how deep Harrison's talents ran and resulted in substantial record sales.

Source: Creative Loafing, Tampa
50 Years Ago: Beatles make a semi-soundtrack, Magical Mystery Tour

Six weeks after Sgt. Pepper came out in 1967, the Beatles released All You Need Is Love backed with Baby, You're a Rich Man. Those two songs, along with a pair of tracks recorded at the start of the Sgt. Pepper's sessions, ended up on the U.S. edition of Magical Mystery Tour LP, which was released on Nov. 27, 1967.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, November 24, 2017
Perth fans to get a chance to chat with Paul McCartney Warning: Page opens with sound

Paul McCartney will answer questions from fans at an intimate Q&A session in Perth next Thursday. Fans are invited to record a video of themselves asking Macca the question they have always wanted to ask, then upload the video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Lucky fans will be picked from the uploads to attend the Q&A live.

Source: The West, Australia
Eight Days a Week: A must-see for Beatles fans

Eight Days a Week, The Touring Years presents The Beatles as a young band circling the globe at a feverish pace, from their early club gigs in 1962 to their final show in 1966. Director Ron Howard's film manages the neat trick of bringing the pop-cultural gods known as Ringo, Paul, John and George down to human scale.

Source: Newsday, NY
The Recording Guitarist: 'Sgt. Pepper's' Lonely Solo Button

As most Beatles geeks know, Sgt. Pepper was created on 4-track tape machines, mixing down to two tracks to be able to record more tracks. But what if some of the music's magic didn't occur despite these primitive techniques, but because of them? This is discussion what the newly released Sgt. Pepper outtakes reveal.

Source: Premier Guitar Magazine
Dhani Harrison, the caretaker of dad George Harrison's legacy

It was only after his after his dad died in late 2001 that Dhani Harrison turned to music as more than an avid hobby. He and ELO leader Jeff Lynne oversaw the completion of 2002's "Brainwashed," and the same year saw Dhani act as a driving force in the all-star "Concert for George" tribute show at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Source: San Diego Tribune
Parsing the Beatles' most nonsensical song

My parents had John Lennon's In His Own Write on the shelf, and I recognized a kindred spirit. Lennon too must have grown up cherishing the surreal, imagistic language of Lear and Carroll. But his greatest work of nonsense was not on our bookshelves, it was over in the record cabinet, on the Magical Mystery Tour LP, I Am the Walrus.

Source: The Atlantic
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Record Store Day's Black Friday includes two Paul McCartney discs

The famed Record Store Day, where indie record stores offer up hundreds of new and limited edition titles each April, has its fall iteration this Black Friday, Nov. 24. Paul McCartney releases two 7" discs, one on red vinyl and one on green, both featuring a new version of his song Wonderful Christmastime, with the help of The Roots.

Source: Pollstar
Director Julie Taymor ready to bring Across the Universe to Broadway

Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor is ready to bring her 2007 Beatles movie musical Across the Universe to the stage. "I've wanted it for so many years. Hopefully in the next two years, we finally get to see [it] onstage," she told Broadway.com. She said she hopes the show can inspire today's youth with its story of 60s activism.

Source: Broadway.com
Sir Peter Blake reveals new Sgt. Pepper-inspired mural

Sir Peter Blake is working on a new version of his Sgt. Pepper album cover on the side of a Tube tunnel in Chiswick, England, to celebrate the west London neighbourhood's show business history. The mural will feature singers, actors, comedians and music hall artists who performed at the now demolished Chiswick Empire Theatre.

Source: London Evening Standard
The day the BBC banned The Beatles for saying knickers

The Fab Four were not so fabulous in the eyes, or ears, of the BBC in 1967, as the band released I Am The Walrus, including the lyrics "Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess / Boy, you've been a naughty girl you let your knickers down." The obvious reference to sex, as well as the word "knickers", was all too much for the BBC airwaves.

Source: IBTimes, UK
November 22, 1968: The Beatles release The White Album

The Beatles' ninth studio album, the White Album, was a sign that it was the beginning of the end. Each Beatle worked on their own songs separately and only worked with their band mates when necessary. Despite this divide and tension, The Beatles still managed to deliver one of the boldest albums in the history of rock.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Broadway Sings The Beatles moves theatres and updates line up

The lineup is complete for the next installment of the Broadway Sings concert series, honoring the most influential rock act with Broadway Sings The Beatles. The one-night-only concert, held December 4, will feature completely new arrangements of the Beatles hits, accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra playing original orchestrations.

Source: Broadway World
More Info: German police recover stolen John Lennon diaries

German police on Tuesday presented diaries, pairs of glasses and other items belonging to John Lennon that were stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006 and eventually ended up in Berlin. Police suspect that the items were stolen by Ono's former driver and then taken to Turkey, and were discovered by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters, UK
Eight Days a Week: The Beatles' touring history in 8 concerts

For those of us who weren't lucky enough to attend a Beatles concert, Ron Howard's Eight Days a Week just might be the next best thing. The 2016 documentary debuts this Saturday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. on PBS, and People Magazine put together a detailed look at the Beatles' touring career, told through eight of their concerts.

Source: People Music
How the Beatles' music influenced Charles Manson's 1969 murders Warning: Page opens with sound

According interviews Manson gave during his life and testimony he gave at his 1970 trial and conviction for nine murders, he said hidden lyrics in songs on the album The Beatles White Album inspired his family's murderous acts. "This music is bringing on the revolution, the unorganized overthrow of the establishment," he said.

Source: Newsweek
Monday, November 20, 2017
German police recover John Lennon diaries

German police today arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon's estate, including his diaries. The items were stolen from Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in New York in 2006. A second suspect, who lives in Turkey, "is unattainable for us at the present time," according to the police.

Related Articles  Source: Expatica Germany
Fans hope Ringo Starr gives some more love to Israel

Since 1989, Starr has toured with different variations of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. There is now a rumor that Ringo is in advanced negotiations to perform in Israel next year. The news about a possible late spring performance by Ringo was reported by the Israel Hayom daily, and couldn't be confirmed with any local promoters.

Source: The Times of Israel
First casting announced for Lennon's Banjo in Liverpool

The new play, Lennon's Banjo, will premiere at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre next spring. Today producers revealed the first four cast members who will appear in this fascinating romp through Beatledom to find the holy grail of pop memorabilia, the first instrument John Lennon learnt to play, missing for 60 years and now worth millions.

Source: Broadway World
Soon, rare photos of Beatles to be put up at Rishikesh ashram

Almost two years after it was opened to visitors, fans of The Beatles will get a chance to go through rare photos and documents at Rishikesh's Chaurasi Kutia where the Fab Four stayed in the '60s. The Beatles visited the ashram, now a tiger reserve, in February 1968 to learn transcendental meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Related Articles  Source: Hindustan Times
Country songwriter says he was inspired to write music by the Beatles

Hit country songwriter Bob DiPiero was honored as an icon by the performing rights organization BMI on Tuesday. In an interview, DiPiero said he was inspired by the Beatles to play guitar and write songs. "They are writing songs. I am going to write songs," DiPiero said. "I grew up and just immersed myself in this stuff."

Source: The Columbian
Friday, November 17, 2017
Beatles Christmas ad accused of plagiarism by children's author

Children's book author Chris Riddell took to Twitter yesterday to point out some unusual similarities between the new John Lewis Christmas advert in the UK and a book he published in 1986, called Mr. Underbed. The ad's soundtrack includes a cover of the Beatles' 1969 song Golden Slumbers recorded by rock band Elbow.

Related Articles  Source: Entertainment Daily, UK
Paul McCartney Archive Collection in stores today

The first eight Archive Collection titles are now available in stores released as single CD digipack, 180 gram black vinyl, and limited edition 180 gram colour vinyl. All vinyl LPs in the Archive Collection will feature a download card and fully restored artwork. Every release in the ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection is supervised by Paul himself.

More Information  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Yoko Ono wins in court against Hamburg bar named Yoko Mono

The Hamburg district court decided on Thursday a bizarre lawsuit by Yoko Ono against the owner of the "Yoko Mono" bar. The operator may no longer call his pub "Yoko Mono". It was an unauthorized name presumption, the court ruled, and one might think that Ono had something to do with the small bar. (Page translated into English.)

Original Page in German  Source: NDR, Germany
Painting from collection of Yoko Ono sells for nearly $11 million

A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the collection of Yoko Ono has sold for $10.9 million. Sotheby's says the work, titled "Cabra", was sold Thursday night in New York to an unidentified buyer. The pre-sale estimate was $9 million to $12 million. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Spirit Foundations, founded by Ono and John Lennon.

Source: Voice of America
Conversations with George Martin, Geoff Emerick, and Ken Townsend

On the occasion of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band first release on CD in 1987, a year that also marked the album's 20th anniversary, noted guitar writer Tony Bacon interviewed producer George Martin, engineer Geoff Emerick, and technical engineer Ken Townsend about the making of this most celebrated of Beatles records.

Source: Reverb
Video Interview: Bob Eubanks

Bob Eubanks has done everything from KRLA disc jockey, hosting The Newlywed Game, to bringing The Beatles to Los Angeles. He appeared on Good Day LA this morning to talk about the upcoming DMS11 Wells Fargo Thanksgiving Calif. Championship next weekend, and talked about the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965.

Source: FOX 11, Los Angeles
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Video: Radiohead's Phil Selway joins Ringo Starr for Beatles classic

Radiohead drummer Phil Selway joined Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band for a performance of the Beatles' classic With a Little Help From My Friends at the Beacon Theater in New York City Wednesday. Selway struck a characteristically stoic pose behind the kit, his steady playing style a sharp contrast to the flash of Gregg Bissonette.

Source: Rolling Stone
Gary Clark Jr. puts The Beatles' Come Together back on the charts Warning: Page opens with sound

A cover version of "Come Together" is on the charts, nearly 50 years after the Beatles' original release. Gary Clark Jr. is the voice and guitarist behind the new rendition of the Beatles' 1969 hit, which is part of the soundtrack for the superhero film "Justice League." The track is climbing up the rock radio charts.

Source: Huffington Post
Photo journalist Harry Benson receives award in St. Louis

Some of the most famous photographs of past celebrities were taken by one, man, Harry Benson. The multi-award winning photo journalist will be awarded in St. Louis and inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. In a new interview, he talked about his experiences, including photographing the Beatles.

Source: KBIA FM, Columbia, Mo.
Los Angeles rock radio station signs off forever by playing the Beatles

After spending the morning saying goodbye, Classic Rock KSWD The Sound, Los Angeles, left the airwaves at 1pm PT today. The station was sold to Educational Media Foundation and has flipped to Christian Contemporary programming. The station signed off with side two of The Beatles' Abbey Road, as radio station KMET had in 1987.

More Information  Source: OC Register
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
John Lennon's former Surrey mansion hits the market for 8.9m

The Surrey home where John Lennon penned some of the Beatles biggest hits has listed for 8.9m (about $11.7m). Purchased by Lennon and his first wife Cynthia in 1964, at the peak of Beatlemania, Kenwood sits in 1.5 acres on the St George's Hill estate in Weybridge. John wrote I Am the Walrus in the home's attic.

Source: The Spaces
All-star New Orleans tribute to George Harrison's All Things Must Pass

On Saturday in New Orleans, local blues and roots music guitarist Marc Stone will serve as music director for an especially ambitious live performance of a All Things Must Pass, the 1970 triple-LP that established George Harrison's post-Beatles bonafides as a credible solo artist. A cast of 18 musicians will recreate the intricate album.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate

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