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Friday, December 9, 2016
Vaults would love to work on music with Paul McCartney

The British electronic group Vaults, who are signed to Virgin EMI Records, recorded a song for an ad for a department store at London's iconic Abbey Road Studios. Barney Freeman of the group told BANG Showbiz, "I'm probably the biggest Beatles fan in the group. I'd love to meet Macca. I'd work with him, if he fancies a bit of bass."

Source: Sunday World
Never before seen John Lennon doodles

In 1976, a man hoping to meet John Lennon, sent a note into him at the Dakota through the doorman. A month later, James received an unexpected letter with a return address of 72nd Street and Central Park West. Enclosed were doodles that John had constructed as his response to this young man's very thoughtful lyrical "message."

Source: TGNR Review
John Lennon's brush with late-night television

Imagine John Lennon with his own Saturday night TV talk show. It almost happened in 1972. ABC wanted a Saturday night show, the producer was asked, "If there's anyone in the world I cold give you, who would it be?" He replied, "John Lennon." It looked like it was going to happen, that is, until Yoko said she wanted to be involved.

Source: NJ 101.5
Remembering John Lennon: Sean Lennon's touching song about his father

John Lennon was in the middle of a career renaissance after he had devoted years away from music to help raise his son, Sean Lennon. While Sean hasn't spoken too much publicly about his father over the years, he did pen a heart-breaking song about John called "Listen," and while it was never officially released, a version leaked.

Source: JamBase
Fans remember John Lennon in Central Park

Fans of John Lennon gathered in Central Park to remember him on the 36th anniversary of his death. Dozens paid tribute by singing Beatles songs and leaving flowers at "Strawberry Fields," the section of the park dedicated to Lennon. "I grew up with him. I loved him, loved the Beatles since they came out in 1964," said one fan.

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George Harrison's estate posts throwback tribute to John Lennon

To celebrate John Lennon's life, the estate for George Harrison posted a tribute photo of the two former Beatles from the group's early days. On Thursday, 36 years after Lennon was murdered, Harrison's estate-maintained Twitter account tweeted a black-and-white photo of the two men together as young lads.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Paul McCartney receives three 2016 Grammy nods

Paul McCartney's Tug of War reissue has been nominated for the 2016 Grammy for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package. Paul also receives a tip of the hat for The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years and Timo Mass and James Teej's reworking of Paul McCartney and Wings' Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five.

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Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh attracts more Indian than foreign tourists

On Thursday, the Ashram of the Beatles Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in Rishikesh, marked one year being reopened to the public. Over the year, more Indian tourists than foreign visitors toured the spiritual camp where the Beatles composed over 50 songs during their stay in 1968. Officials never expected such a local response.

Source: The Statesman, India
John Lennon's 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL is up for auction

A 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL belonging to John Lennon is set to go under the hammer at Worldwide's Scottsdale Auction. Specially ordered right hand drive and automatic transmission by John Lennon, the car was delivered to John in London in 1965. John's Mercedes will hit the auction ramp on January 18.

Source: Pursuitist

She has one job: Guard John Lennon's glasses Warning: Page opens with sound

The busload of tourists descends onto Havana's John Lennon Park. Aleeda Rodriguez Pedrasa scurries toward the bronze statue of the Beatles legend, and places a pair of spectacles on the bridge of Lennon's nose, seconds before the first of the tourists moves in for a picture. It's her job, Pedrasa is the keeper of John Lennon's glasses.

Source: CNN
Yoko Ono tweets anti-gun message on Lennon death anniversary

Today marks one of the most tragic days in rock history. Thirty-six years ago, John Lennon was murdered outside of The Dakota, the New York City apartment building in which Lennon lived with Yoko Ono. As she's done many times before, Yoko's using the anniversary of her husband's murder to call attention to gun violence in America.

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Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies

Guitarist Greg Lake of the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer has died. Lake was a founding member of King Crimson before he met Keith Emerson and eventually drummer Carl Palmer to form Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Gregg also toured with Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band. His death was announced on his website.

Source: WSB TV
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
John Lennon memorial to be held tomorrow in Hollywood

A John Lennon Public Memorial Remembrance will be held on Thursday, December 8 to honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and Beatles member at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. The event will include special guest speakers, including journalist Ivor Davis, author of The Beatles and Me On Tour.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Eight Days a Week doesn't make Academy Awards documentaries list

Yesterday, the Academy announced one of their long lists, whittling down the Best Documentary Feature contenders to just 15 finalists, from an initial listing of 145 titles. Director Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years did not make the cut in somewhat surprising fashion.

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Ron Howard reacts to the Grammy nomination for his Beatles documentary

"It's a blast!" Ron Howard said enthusiastically after he got the news of that the Grammy Awards' music film category includes a nod for The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years. "They've grown up hearing the music, but don't have the context...hopefully for both audiences, we've helped show them what it was like to be on that journey."

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YouTube's $1bn royalties are not enough, says music industry

YouTube has said it has paid the music industry $1 billion in royalties this year, but record companies claim it is not enough. They say YouTube does not pay a fair rate to musicians and record labels. Artists like Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, and Ed Sheeran have all written to the US Congress asking for Copyright laws to be changed.

Source: BBC News, UK
Liverpool John Lennon Airport enters final phase of face-lift

The 4m project to revamp the departure lounge of Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has started in the final phase of upgrading its facilities. The airport has undergone work for the past 18 months and the renovation is the final step in its terminal upgrade to improve services for departing passengers.

Source: Liverpool John Moores University
45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney debuts Wings with unimpressing Wild Life

Wings eventually sold millions and millions of records, but Paul McCartney's '70s-era band didn't exactly start out on a roll. Wild Life, which arrived as their debut on Dec. 7, 1971, remains their lowest-charting album, and the only one that's failed to earn gold-selling status or better in McCartney's native U.K.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Ron Howard Beatles documentary nominated for Grammy

The list of nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards was announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy. In the Best music film category, the nominees include The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years. The Grammys will be awarded on Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, hosted by James Corden.

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New book by LIFE photographer John Loengard includes rare Beatles pics

Former LIFE photographer John Loengard's latest book is a survey that takes a closer look at a variety of the many iconic images he has created during the last 60 years. Pictured on the cover of the book is the famous photo of the Beatles in a swimming pool at Miami Beach in 1964. This photo was originally in the back of a LIFE magazine.

Source: Time
Getting into the Beatles' studio with The Masters of Sgt. Pepper

On the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, the engineers of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Geoff Emerick and Richard Lush will be appearing a once in a lifetime Q&A event and exhibition named The Masters of Sgt. Pepper. The event takes place on Friday, February 24, at Planetshakers Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Source: Happy
Book Review: Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year

In most Beatles history books, the section chronicling their activities in 1966 might take up a few dozen pages. But given how important and unique that year was compared to any other year of their existence, it should get its own book. And in the new book, Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year by Steve Turner, it does.

Source: Houston Press
Monday, December 5, 2016
John and Yoko releases package included in charity auction

Studio for Schools is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing music and film to schools that don't have the funding. A message that many can get behind, artists and labels have released various catalog to be auctioned of for this charity of the arts, including Yoko Ono. The auction launches on their website today.

Source: Groove Volt
Stella McCartney's new pet handbag under fire from animal lovers

She is a vegetarian and campaigner for animal rights. So fashion designer Stella McCartney may be bemused to find that her latest creation has upset animal welfare groups. They have criticized her 1,245 (about $1,580) pet carrier, a faux-leather bag made to transport dogs or cats, claiming it can do lasting damage to the animal.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Photo insight with Paul McCartney photographer Harry Borden

In a new article, photographer Harry Borden looks back on a memorable shoot with iconic solo musician Paul McCartney, and recalls how he nearly turned the job down. "I phoned my agent and mentioned that I'd turned down the offer... He said, Are you mad? Phone him back now and tell him you'll do it!"

Source: Amateur Photographer, UK
Concert Review: The McCartney Years transports audience back decades

On Saturday night at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, The McCartney Years transported the crowd back to 1973 with some of the greatest hits from Paul McCartney and Wings, and even threw in some favorites from his "other" band, The Beatles. The audience was on its feet, begging for more at the end of the show.

Source: Bradford Era, Pittsburgh
Online petition seeks to save infamous Beatles venue in Manilla

An online signature campaign is hoping to save the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex amid reports that the mayor of Manila plans to convert the coliseum into a mall. Built in 1934, the complex was the site of a performance by The Beatles in 1966, a visit which infamously ended with them almost not making it out of the country alive.

Source: ABS-CBN News
Olivia Harrison reveals new plans for family archive at Friar Park

Olivia Harrison wants to build an archive at the home she shared with George for 30 years. The development would remove temporary storage and utility units at Friar Park and erect new buildings, including one for the storage of family papers and objects which are currently stored in "unsuitable conditions" around the estate.

Source: Henley Standard, UK
Friday, December 2, 2016
Beatles songs provide perfect soundtrack for Christmas story

Paul McCartney says "Let It Be" was not religious, but there's no denying his tune and the Beatles' entire songbook is rich in drama and emotion. Naperville church's first production of "Let It Be Christmas" was staged in their auditorium/gymnasium, the show has evolved over the years, adding scenes, story detail and more Beatles songs.

Source: The Daily Herald, Chicago
The story behind one of the most famous Beatles photos

A new documentary, Harry Benson: Shoot First, gives an in-depth look into a storied career that has spanned more than 60 years, including how the photographer got up close and personal with The Beatles in Paris in 1964, capturing some of the most intimate photos ever taken of the band with his famous "Pillow Fight" picture.

Source: People

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Beatles' cartoonist still draws on his Fab Four career

Ron Campbell will bring his "Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show" to Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts in San Diego Dec. 9-11. The show features 50-plus works inspired by The Beatles, the TV cartoon series Campbell directed, and Yellow Submarine the 1968 feature film, for which Campbell supplied animated sequences of Blue Meanies and Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles.

Source: San Diego Tribune
The spirit of the Beatles still thrives in Mexico City Warning: Page opens with sound

There are Beatles fans all over the world, but there seems to be something special about Mexicans who love the group. Small towns in Mexico have named streets after them. Mexico City's top classic-rock radio station dedicates two hours every weekday to Los Beatles, and the city is home to more than 50 Beatles tribute bands.

Source: NY Times
Look Back: Beatles dominate top radio hits of 1970

The Top 40 radio hits of 1970 as featured on Miami's WQAM is one of the best annual lists we've seen. At #19 was John Lennon's great Instant Karma! the first single by a member of The Beatles to sell a million copies. George Harrison's My Sweet Lord chants was at #9. And 1970's #1 single? None other than The Beatles' Let It Be.

Source: Best Classic Bands
25 Years Ago: George Harrison tours for the last time

George Harrison solo U.S. tour in 1974 was plagued by vocal issues, drug problems and a rock press that seemed more interested in his past as a Beatle than his present solo work. So, after 1974, he would quickly beg off any tour plans. That is, until 1991, when longtime buddy Eric Clapton made it a little tougher for George to say no.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, December 1, 2016
No, the Beatles did not film Help in Asbury Park

A photoshopped pic of the Beatles on the beach in front of the Asbury Park Convention Hall making the rounds online has a lot of people thinking they did come to the resort city to film their movie Help. But a giveaway that the photo's not real is that the Asbury Tower on Ocean Avenue is visible in the background, it was built in 1973.

Source: My Central New Jesey
Rare Beatles poster to be included in auction this month

A rare Beatles poster is part of a two-day auction planned for the weekend of December 17-18 in Lynbrook, NY. The poster is from 1961 and advertises their debut appearance at Hambleton Hall in Huyton, England. The group has top billing, as "The Sensational Beatles" and the poster is exceedingly rare.

Source: Art Fix Daily

Every song on Sgt. Pepper ranked from worst to best

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band marked the moment pop music made the quantum leap from being frivolous fluff to serious artistic endeavour. George Martin not just allowed, but encouraged the Beatles to let their intuitive compositional genius run riot, and cutting-edge techniques made a record that's still regularly lauded as the greatest of all time.

Source: Team Rock

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Laurence Juber brings Beatles influences to Morro Bay show

While Laurence Juber's Beatles days are behind him, guitar fiends and music lovers alike can look forward to Juber performing in Morro Bay on Dec. 8. With the recent release of his new Christmas album Holidays and Hollynights, Juber will perform solo pieces as well as play with his bandmates in The Laurence Juber Trio, plus his take on the sounds of The Beatles.

Source: New Times, San Louis Obisbo
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The Brilliance of Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime

Paul McCartney's simple, repetitive synth-laden ode to the holiday season has become loathed in recent years, perhaps because it is played over and over and over and over again once the holiday season arrives. But it's important to resist this urge to hate it, no matter how many times the song hits your ears this December.

Source: City Paper, Baltimore
Paul McCartney fantasizes about what Dylan song he'd cover

On his website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "If you were to cover one of Dylan's songs, which would you choose?" Paul replied, "Singing Dylan songs can be difficult because something like 'Like A Rolling Stone', it's so Dylan that it would be hard to get the spirit that he puts on it."

UK pirate radio DJ legend pens autobiography

The autobiography of DJ Tony Prince will be released tomorrow. It tells Prince's story from both sides of the Iron Curtain, as a DJ on Radio Caroline followed by his involvement at Radio Luxembourg after the Russian invasion. In the book he tells of his meeting Elvis Presley and singing with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Source: Oldham Chronicle, UK
How Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr survived the '80s

By the time the '80s arrived, the Beatles had been broken up for a decade. All four members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, had embarked on successful careers as solo artists or, in McCartney's case, with his new band Wings. Yet, the shadow of the boys' former band continued to loom large.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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