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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
Cavern Club to open its doors to rising musicians with Rock School 

Liverpool's Cavern Club is opening its doors to budding musicians with their new Rock School program. The cellar club's tuition program will help musicians learn their craft in the place where The Beatles learned theirs in the early 1960s. The Cavern Club has been providing live music since it opened as a Jazz Club in 1957.

Source: Liverpool Echo
George Harrison's former doctor to pay $2.5M for Medicare scam 

Gil Lederman, who became infamous for pushing late icon George Harrison to sign a guitar, has agreed to fork over $2.5 million to pay for bogus Medicare billings between 1996 and 2003 related to his oncology practice, prosecutors said Monday. Lederman has denied any wrongdoing.

Source: NY Post
John Lennon returns his MBE to The Queen 45 years ago today 

Along with the rest of the Beatles, John Lennon was made a Member of the Most Honorable Order of the British Empire on Oct. 26, 1965. According to Lennon, he had to be talked into accepting it by Brian Epstein. By the late '60s, he'd become increasingly savvy about how to leverage his celebrity to further his favorite causes.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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Monday, November 24, 2014
John Lennon guitar misses out on £400,000 reserve at auction

A classic guitar used by John Lennon, during the recording for Paperback Writer, in 1966, failed to sell at auction when it did not reach its £400,000 reserve (about $628,000). Bids for the Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Nashville model hollow body guitar reached £380,000 at Le Méridien Hotel, in Piccadilly, London.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Unused Abbey Road photos sell for $282,700

Unused photos from the Abbey Road photo shoot have sold at auction for £180,000 in London. The shots were taken on August 8, 1969 by photographer Iain Macmillan, who had only 10 minutes to complete the entire shoot. Six photos were taken in all, including the photo that eventually made the final cut.

Source: NME, UK
John Lennon performer takes a look at himself in new music

Tim Piper has spent the last 30 years as John Lennon, in Beatles tribute bands and his iconic portrayal of Lennon in the stage show "Just Imagine." His latest new release "Ordinary Life" points the spotlight at himself, a melodic understated ballad with a simple piano based arrangement with a soulfully written lyric.

Source: The Examiner
Video: Liverpool bid for statue to Beatles Manager

In Liverpool it seems like you can't turn a corner in Liverpool without happening upon some kind of tribute to the Beatles. But there isn't one for their manager Brian Epstein, he died aged just 33 in 1967. Now a new project is underway to get a statue of the man built and put on display in Epstein's home city.

Source: ITV, UK
Musician covers Across The Universe out of noises from a comet

Musician and singer Andrew Huang has reimagined the Beatles' Across the Universe using sound footage of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, the first to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on the surface of a comet. The track features a variety of undulating and gurgling noises from the far reaches of outer space.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Mary Hopkin releases a new single for Christmas

Former Apple recording star Mary Hopkin is making a Christmas comeback after taking a 30-year break to raise her family. Hopkin has recorded a traditional Christmas carol with her son and daughter as backing singers. She knocked the Beatles off the Number One slot in 1968 with her debut single Those were the Days.

Source: BBC News
Friday, November 21, 2014
Beatles announce exclusive vinyl release for U.K. indie stores

The Beatles are among the artists who have vinyl releases scheduled for Universal's "12 Days of Christmas" promotion. The promo sees 12 artists dripping exclusive records at indie retailers in the U.K. The Fab Four will release a seven-inch version of Long Tall Sally. Other artists include The Who, Bon Jovi and Imagine Dragons.

Source: RTT News
The Quarrymen on mission to tour Australia

As this month Britain celebrates the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion of music on the world, there is renewed interest in people like drummer Colin Hanton and fellow musician Rod Davis and their first-hand accounts of the band that changed music. They played with John Lennon and other school friends as The Quarrymen.

Source: News.com Australia
Orchestra combines baroque, Beatles music for sake of peace

he Miami Symphony Orchestra celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in Miami with a concert highlighting their iconic works, including a tour through the sections and instruments of a traditional orchestra in The Beatles' music, Penny Lane with live trumpets and a rendition of Eleanor Rigby on violins.

Source: The Miami Hurricane
Rare Abbey Road zebra crossing photos go on auction today

Beatles fans, if Abbey Road is your favorite album, you need to get to the Bloomsbury Auction house in London today. A full set of six photos taken for the Beatles' eleventh studio album, featuring John, Paul, Ringo and George striding over Abbey Road, are expected to fetch up to $100,000 (approximately £63,000).

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Thursday, November 20, 2014
George Harrison Collection to be released in HD digital audio

Released on CD in September, the new George Harrison collection, "The Apple Years 1968-75," which includes Harrison's first six solo studio albums, will make its global high definition digital audio debut November 24. It was mastered in hi-res 96kHz/24bit digital resolution for the first time from the original master tapes.

Source: All Access
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
Flaming Lips reunite with Yoko Ono to cover Merry Xmas (War Is Over)

A few weeks ago, The Flaming Lips released With a Little Help from My Fwends, a full-length tribute to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and today, the psych-rockers have shared another tribute, a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Christmas classic Merry Xmas (War is Over), which is now online.

Related Articles  Source: Music Times
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
Hotel where She Loves You was written to be turned into student flats

Plans have been submitted to convert Barclays House in Newcastle into a hall of residence. Formerly the Royal Turks Head Hotel, it is claimed it is where Paul McCartney and John Lennon were inspired to write She Loves You after a concert in Newcastle while on tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry & The Pacemakers.

Source: The Chronicle, UK
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
Lennon wall in Prague painted over but new graffiti starting to appear

Prague's colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, a tourist attraction since 1980, has been painted over. A group of art students have claimed responsibility for painting the wall white and leaving a single message: "Wall is over!" New messages, including "the wall is never over", immediately began to appear.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
The Cavern to be recreated onboard Norwegian Cruise Line

Liverpool's Cavern Club will set sail for the first time when a replica of the home of The Beatles is installed on a giant cruise liner next year. Cavern Club bosses hailed the deal with Norwegian Cruise Line for the "Cavern at sea" as having a "foot in the past and a hand in the future", and will assist in finding suitable talent to play in it.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler creates new blog

Beginning this month, Beatles expert, author and radio show host Jude Southerland Kessler will be writing a bi-monthly blog for the Fest for Beatles Fans website, on the 1st and 15th of every month. Kessler is the author of the John Lennon Series, a nine volume biography of the life and career of John Winston Lennon.

Source: PR Log
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.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com

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Good Ol' Freda Kelly's signature is now the one fans seek

The irony is not lost on Freda Kelly. These days, because of the documentary about her time with the band, she's signing lots of posters, DVD cases of the movie and anything else fans offer up to her. It was her job back in the day to present item after item to George, Paul, John and Ringo to get their signatures for the fans.

Related Articles  Source: Gulf Coast News Today
Sgt. Pepper's show bombs on Broadway 40 years ago today

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road: A Rock Spectacle" debuted Off-Broadway at New York's Beacon Theater on Nov. 17, 1974. Produced by Robert Stigwood and directed by Tom O'Horgan, the musical included 29 songs, primarily from the Sgt. Pepper's and Abbey Road albums. The critics were brutal.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, November 14, 2014
Ryan Adams to score new John Lennon-inspired film

Ryan Adams has been recruited by veteran film composer Theodore Shapiro to co-write the music to the film inspired by John Lennon, "Danny Collins," which follows an aging rock star, played by Al Pacino, who attempts to change his life and make amends with enemies after finding a personal letter written by Lennon.

Source: WNAX, SD
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
New book reveals secret messages between John and Paul in Beatles songs

A new book out today, Lennon vs. McCartney, lifts the lid on how the Beatles' song lyrics contain secret conversations between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Varying between strong affection and outright hostility, these hidden messages clearly mirror the fluctuations the two Beatles' personal relationship at the time.

Source: Beatles News
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.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Music exec threatens to pull artists including John Lennon from YouTube

Many works composed by popular musicians including John Lennon could soon be removed from YouTube. Just as Google announced the coming launch of KeyMusic, industry heavyweight Irving Azoff claimed YouTube hasn't made all necessary deals for its new service and is prepared to take his clients off their system.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Yoko Ono secretly buys John Lennon's childhood home

Yoko Ono has secretly bought the former home of John Lennon, according to sources in Liverpool. Yoko is said to have bought the house as an anonymous "over the phone bidder" in an auction at the Cavern Club last year. Valued at just £150,000, it ended up selling for £480,000 as two bidders from the US fought it out.

Source: Breitbart
Rare Yoko Ono 45 sells for nearly $2,000

Found while looking through a record collection on the street outside a bodega on First Avenue in New York City, a Yoko Ono "Open Your Box" 45, of which only six copies are known to exist, has sold for $1,703.99. It was pressed at Ono's request either for her, someone in the Beatles, or someone at Apple.

Source: The Village Voice

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Louise Harrison to appear at book fair in Kentucky

Louise Harrison, sister of George Harrison, will speak at the 33rd Annual Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, Kentucky, this Saturday. Billed as Kentucky's "premier literary event" and expected to attract up to 5,000 book lovers, all the symposiums are free, and the fair runs from 9:00 am to 4:30 Saturday at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Source: WUKY FM, Lexington
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
Yoko Ono advises it's easy to change the world

Tuesday night at New York's Paley Center, Yoko Ono participated in a lengthy discussion about her path as an avant-garde artist. A video montage highlighted the radicalness of Ono's experimental film projects, including "Cut Piece, 1965," featuring Ono sitting on a stage as individuals came and cut off her clothing little by little.

Source: Rolling Stone

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