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Interview: Stella McCartney says her famous parents opened doors 

She's the daughter of a Beatle, fashion designer of everyone from Madonna to the British Olympic team and recipient of a medal from Queen Elizabeth. Fame has followed the second child of Paul McCartney and American photographer wife Linda from the moment she was born, and it's been both a blessing and a hindrance.

Source: CNN
Beatles fan's dream comes true as she meets Paul McCartney 

Wannabe singer Debbie McLean from Scotland was one of a handful of people lucky enough to meet Paul McCartney at an event in London last week. A huge Beatles fan, she was one of around 30 McCartney devotees chosen to attend a songwriting masterclass after seeing the event publicized on a website.

Source: Dunfermline Press, Scotland
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Book Review: Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions by Luca Perasi

Luca Perasi's essential song-by-song guide, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions [1969-2013], offers an exhaustive, detailed and largely opinion-free guide that retraces every step with all of the specificity fans require. All songs written by Paul McCartney and featured under his name, Wings or the Fireman were included.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Google vitrual reality app puts you onstage with Paul McCartney

The free Google Cardboard app Paul McCartney does more than give you a front-row concert seat, it puts you onstage. It starts off with you "standing" just a few feet away, then your view shifts to in front of the front row. Google Cardboard is the dirt-cheap virtual reality headset made out of cardboard and your smartphone.

More Information  Source: CNET
John Lennon telegram up for auction

A 1963 telegram in which John Lennon apologizes to legendary Cavern Club DJ Bob Wooler for punching him during a Paul Mccartney birthday party is among the Beatles memorabilia up for auction next month. It reads, "Really sorry Bob terribly worried to realise what I had done stop what more can I say = John Lennon."

Source: Contact Music
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Paul McCartney performs to smallest audience in years in back of a shop

Paul McCartney swapped stadiums for the back of a London shop as he entertained a crowd of little more than 30 people. Macca was aiming to give inspiration to musicians and aspiring songwriters after they gathered to hear him give a 42-minute talk about composing, as well as taking questions about his experiences.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Al Pacino plays an aging rocker transformed by John Lennon

In his latest film, Al Pacino is an aging 1970s rocker who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager uncovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.

Source: Indiewire
Review: Art of McCartney is world's worst tribute album

The world's worst tribute album has just been released, called "The Art of McCartney." Sir Paul McCartney is the world's most successful songwriter across the last 40 years, the best of his post-Beatles work deserves celebrating, but here, McCartney's music sounds, for the most part, truly dire, insipid and bland.

Source: Stuff, New Zealand
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Reconsidering the solo Beatle albums

In the mid-'70s albums like Band on the Run and world-conquering tours, as captured on the live album Wings Over America, saw Paul McCartney rise again to rock's top echelon. The records were better, if still uneven at times, for every Maybe I'm Amazed or Jet, there was a Cook of the House, making for a convenient target for critics.

Source: Beatle Fan Blog
Review: Allen Toussaint's funky tribute to Paul McCartney

Of the many guest stars on the Art of McCartney tribute album, none perhaps makes more true-fan sense than Allen Toussaint, who worked with Paul McCartney on his just-reissued Venus and Mars project in 1975. Toussaint adds something very special to Lady Madonna, his finger-licking piano punctuates it in a whole new way.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, November 17, 2014
Paul McCartney cover bombs Collector's Edition book

A "cover bomb" is an artwork, drawn by hand, directly on top of a book cover. Collector's Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics is a new book by Stuart Tolley released in August. The author invited 10 globally recognized musicians, artists and designers to draw directly onto the cover of the book, including Paul McCartney.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Stella McCartney tribute brings together Paul, Yoko, and Dhani Harrison

At Alice Tully Hall for Lincoln Center's second annual Corporate Fund gala, designer Stella McCartney was honored with a Q&A and dinner gala, which became a Beatles reunion of sorts that had Yoko Ono getting hugs and kisses from Paul and Nancy McCartney, Olivia Harrison and her son Dhani, after which Dhani performed.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sign piano for charity auction

A century-old, donated piano has been transformed into a celebrity work of art, to be auctioned to help raise money to build veterans' homes in New Orleans. It was refurbished and painted with colorful Beatles artwork, then made complete with the addition of the autographs of both Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Memphis guitarist produces Paul McCartney tribute

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles, Robert Johnson has produced "Music for Linda," a limited edition CD featuring Paul McCartney classics for the "Alan Aldridge Beatles Illustrated Collective Set," an 18-month calendar with illustrations Aldridge painted for "The Beatles Illustrated" songbook in the 1960s.

Source: The Commercial Appeal, Memphis
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Video: Original promo video for Silly Love Songs

Filmed during the 1976 Wings over the World tour, the original promo video for Silly Love Songs is now online. Taking an affectionate and fun look at life on the road with the band, the satin and feathered hair, so often on display in the "Rockshow" film, is back, as is Paul's Rickenbacker bass guitar, a favorite among fans.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Art of McCartney tribute album now streaming online

All 34 tracks of The Art of McCartney, the compilation featuring all-star musician covering songs Paul McCartney wrote with the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist, is now streaming. The compilation will come out officially on Nov. 18 and will also be available in an expanded deluxe edition with an additional eight tracks.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Paul McCartney paid $1 million to perform at conference

Paul McCartney was over paid $1 million to perform at billionaire Ron Baron's New York investment conference on Friday. McCartney and Carrie Underwood, who also collected a large fee, headlined the company meeting at the Metropolitan Opera. A spokesperson said, "It was fabulous. Paul McCartney put on a great show."

Source: NY Post
Friday, November 7, 2014
Photos: Linda McCartney Retrospective opens in South Korea

South Korea's first ever exhibition of works by Linda McCartney is now open to the public. Combining images of top musicians from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles with shots of precious moments in her everyday life, Linda's reputation for unembellished images offers candid glimpses into the emotions of her subjects.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Remastered Listen To What The Man Said now available online

Issued in 1975, Venus And Mars finds Wings grappling with then-current trends, shades of funk and disco make appearances, while also staying true to McCartney's love of classic songwriting. Spruced up by the award-winning team at Abbey Road, the newly remastered Venus And Mars has rarely, if ever, sounded better.

Source: Clash Music
Video: Billy Joel's cover of Maybe I'm Amazed

Nov. 18 will see possibly the biggest tribute yet to Sir Paul's compositional talents with the release of The Art of McCartney, a massive collection of covers by some of the biggest musicians of the past 50 years. Billy Joel contributes two covers to the collection, Live and Let Die and Maybe I'm Amazed, which is now available online.

Related Articles  Source: Entertainment Weekly
Beatles fan's novel gets back to Paul is dead craze

Aaron Mermelstein's new novel "Octopus' Garden" is about the "Paul is dead" phenomenon, a conspiracy theory circulating in the late '60s that claimed Paul McCartney had died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike. "People who worked in college radio go absolutely nuts for the book," said Mermelstein.

Source: St Louis Light
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Lost Paul McCartney track released on the web

With extras-stuffed reissues of Wings' Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound now out, Paul McCartney isn't finished cleaning out his vaults just yet. The latest previously unreleased nugget from his past to see the light of day is a 75-second track called "Love My Baby," recorded for the 1974 TV special "One Hand Clapping."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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Stella McCartney launches exclusive clothing line in Brazil

Stella McCartney launched an exclusive range for Brazilian consumers at Sao Paulo Fashion Week on Wednesday, saying she was targeting a "cool and sexy" market. "For me, Brazilian women are cool and sexy I have to say, and they are definitely aware when it comes to fashion," Stella said as she launched the apparel for C&A.

Source: Global Post
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Paul McCartney and Wings classic albums rereleased today

The official reissues of Wings' classic albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed of Sound are out today, both available as a 2 CD Standard Edition and a 3-disc (2CD, 1DVD) Deluxe Edition with hardback book featuring unpublished photographs, new interviews, material from Paul's archives and expanded track-by-track information.

Related Articles  Source: Broadway World Music
Chrissie Hynde streams her cover of Let it Be

Due Nov. 18, the Paul McCartney tribute album "The Art of McCartney" collects more than 40 covers of songs originally recorded by the former Beatle, including a new version of Let It Be performed by Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde. Her take on the song now has its own lyric video which is now streaming online.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, November 3, 2014
Unseen photos of Paul McCartney's Kintyre hideaway

He once sang that his desire was always to be there, but previously unpublished photos taken by Linda McCartney reveal that life was not always so idyllic on Kintyre for Paul McCartney. The images show the former Beatle practicing on his bass guitar in a chilly converted barn in front of an electric fire, next to an old curtain.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
Win Paul McCartney and Wings reissues deluxe editions

Paul McCartney is reissuing two of his bestselling Wings albums of the '70s, Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound, and Ultimate Classic Rock will be giving away copies of the expanded three-disc sets which includes a hardback book with unpublished photographs and a bonus DVD with never-before-seen video.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, October 31, 2014
Billboard names Paul McCartney to 2014 Touring Award finalists

The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards were announced yesterday, and Paul McCartney was among the finalists. The award recognizes artists with outstanding achievement in the touring world, and is based considerably off of Billboard's Boxscore chart data reflecting gate receipts for live shows.

Source: Hypebot
Paul McCartney signed guitar to be auctioned on November 23

An ESP electric guitar signed by Paul McCartney in black marker pen is to be sold by UK based Tracks Auction. The guitar was a prop in a promotional video that McCartney commissioned to promote Appreciate, a track off his 2013 album, New.

Source: Digital Journal
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Paul McCartney offers exclusive track free download

Next week the remastered classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound will be reissued. To celebrate, Paul McCartney's official website is giving fans an exclusive extended and remastered version of "Letting Go" to download. The track received its worldwide premiere this morning on BBC Radio 6 Music.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Collector's Edition of Paul McCartney's New out today

Paul McCartney's New is to be released today as special 2CD & DVD Collector's Edition in a hard bound book featuring bonus content including behind the scenes footage, music videos, live recordings, album documentary and previously unreleased tracks, packed full with exclusive content that tells the story of the making of the album.

Source: Broadway World Music
Monday, October 27, 2014
Paul McCartney surprises college students in Florida

Paul McCartney surprised students at a Florida college, the event was kept secret until the last minute. McCartney spoke to around 100 students at the Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College in Winter Park about songwriting and his fame as a member of The Beatles, then treated them to a performance of Blackbird.

More Information  Source: Contact Music
Friday, October 24, 2014
McCartney signed guitar sells for $23,877 on eBay

A vintage bass guitar signed by Paul McCartney has fetched $23,877 on eBay. The signed left-handed-bass, a 1964 Hofner 500/1 handmade in Germany, included a black hard shell case and brown leather guitar strapset. Paul signed it while backstage during rehearsals for his performance at this year's Grammy Awards.

Source: What Sells Best
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Paul McCartney meet and greet to be up for auction

The "Wheely Good Time" fundraiser to benefit Wheelchairs 4 Kids has announced that the event's silent auction will now include a meet-and-greet with Paul McCartney and two tickets to a concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Oct. 30, the last of his stops in the United States before heading to South America.

Source: The Suncoast News, FL
McCartney stumbles badly with Give My Regards to Broadstreet 30 years ago

Any album that finds Paul McCartney collaborating with David Gilmour, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Dave Edmunds, members of Toto and Eric Stewart of 10cc. should have worked. Any album featuring both George Martin and Ringo Starr should have worked. But Give My Regards to Broadstreet stalled at No. 21 on Billboard.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, October 20, 2014
George Harrison's childhood home sells for 156k at Liverpool auction

The former childhood home of George Harrison has sold for 156,000 at auction, to a bidder who tried to buy John Lennon's home last year. The modest three bedroom mid-terrace is where George, Paul McCartney and John Lennon held some of their first rehearsals before achieving worldwide success as the Beatles.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul Mccartney debuts Bonham song during Twitter chat

During a live chat on Twitter today, Paul Mccartney debuted a previously unreleased version of Wings' Beware My Love featuring late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The 1976 track will feature on the upcoming reissue of Wings at the Speed of Sound. Bonham also played on two tracks on Back to the Egg in 1979.

Source: Contact Music
Friday, October 17, 2014
Video: Paul McCartney plays pool in lost Wings TV ad

By June 26th, 1975, Wings' Venus and Mars had been out for a month, and its lead single, Listen to What the Man Says, was continuing to climb the charts. To give the record some additional push, however, the label debuted a television commercial that featured the band engaged in a loose game of snooker.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Photos: Paul McCartney is amazing in Atlanta

Paul McCartney made up for lost time on Wednesday night at his sold out concert at Philips Arena in Atlanta that had been postponed from June by putting on a show that defied superlatives. To say that Paul McCartney playing live was amazing would be an understatement. His show is everything you'd expect and much more.

Source: Atlanta Live Music Examiner
Photos: Inside the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Millions of tourists flock to Liverpool each year, eager to take in the birthplace of the Fab Four and see where it all began. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the history of the Beatles than with a tour of the childhood homes of John Lennon, Mendips on Menlove Avenue, and Paul McCartney, 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Paul McCartney adds three new tour dates in Brazil

Paul McCartney returns to Brazil with three new dates on his Out There Tour, starting with Vitoria on November 10, Brasilia on November 23 and Sao Paulo on November 25. Pre-sale tickets for Vitoria went on sale on Paul's official website today. Paul's first concerts in Brazil in 1990 broke attendance records.

Chelsea Clinton and Stella McCartney on defying parents while growing up

Chelsea Clinton and Stella McCartney have admitted they wanted to grow up completely "different" from their famous parents. In a new interview, Stella said, "I think that my slight rebellion was going into fashion and not music or photography or something directly related to what my parents did."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

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