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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Rift tearing apart the family of Fifth Beatle Sir George Martin

The family of the late Sir George Martin is being torn apart because of a dispute over his will, it has been reported. Alexis Stratfold, one of two children from Martin's first marriage, has described her inheritance as "a pittance," the bulk of Martin's estate going to his 87-year-old widow, Judy Lockhart Smith, mother of Giles.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Rare Beatles photo portfolio to go on sale online

A rare portfolio of 10 images taken by Rowland Scherman at the first American Beatles concert will be sold on online auction platform Paddle8, for the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania's final live concerts. Scherman worked for LIFE, TIME, and Newsweek in the 1960s, but most of these 10 pictures have never been published.

Source: Blouin Artinfo

Donovan's fingerstyle that became the Beatles' White Album

Donovan Leitch, who's gone by his first name only for more than five decades, wrote and recorded hit songs like Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy Man, yet his influence as a songwriter and musician reaches beyond his own music. As George Harrison noted in the 1995 documentary The Beatles Anthology, "Donovan was all over the White Album."

Source: Westword
Monday, September 19, 2016
The Beatles a chart-topper in crowded movie weekend

A competitive weekend on Specialty screens saw The Fab Four land the top spot, as Ron Howard's doc The Beatles: Eight Days a Week The Touring Years bowed with a mix of one-nighters and traditional engagements, grossing over $615K in its slated week-long engagements via Abramorama.

Source: Deadline
Ed Sheeran tribute cut from Beatles documentary

British musician Ed Sheeran is a devoted Beatles fan and has grown friendly with Paul McCartney in recent years. As a result he jumped at the chance to appear in director Ron Howard's new film about the band. However due to time constraints, Howard says Sheeran's talking head segment didn't make it to the final cut of the movie.

Related Articles  Source: TV3, Ireland
Ringo Starr to drum on new Jon Stevens recording

Australian singer Jon Stevens is getting by with a little help from his friends, Ringo Starr and Eurythmics guru Dave Stewart. Stevens is working on a new album with Stewart in the US, and Starr has joined them to play drums. The trio performed together at Starr's 76th birthday celebration in Los Angeles in July.

Source: The Courier Mail, Australia
Garden City schools to give course about the Beatles

Garden City Public Schools Continuing Education in Long Island, New York, is now offering a five week course entitled "The Beatles Story." Historian and life long Beatle fan John Ellis Kordes will explore the origins of the group in Liverpool, England, and how they struggled in the early years before exploding on the world scene in 1964.

Source: The Garden City News

Paris Jackson honors John Lennon with new tattoo

18-year-old Paris Jackson, the daughter of late King of Pop Michael Jackson, had John Lennon's image inked onto her arm. Paris, who recently opened up about being a victim of cyber bullying, had words from Lennon's song Imagine, "Imagine all the people living life in peace," inked under the image of his face. She showed off the new tattoo on social media.

Source: Irish Examiner
Friday, September 16, 2016
Pictures: The McCartneys party after Beatles film London premiere

He may be well into his seventies, but Paul McCartney proved he can still party like the best of them as he left an after-show party for the new Beatles documentary on Thursday night. Paul's fashion designer daughter Stella McCartney was also on hand, as was son James. Paul paid plenty of attention to his fans, giving them high-fives.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Pictures: Die-hard Beatles fan Liam Gallagher at Beatles film premiere

He is an enormous Beatles fan, even naming his son Lennon. So it was no surprise to see Liam Gallagher arriving at the world premiere of director Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years, in London on Thursday night. Liam and his older brother Noel have made no secret of their love of the 1960s band.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul and Ringo appear together for emotional Beatles film premiere in London

Last night at the premier in London of The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Paul McCartney said looking back at footage from the Beatles' touring years was "emotional and very special." He said, "We're getting great memories obviously of playing with John and George. So that's very emotional and very special to see that again."

Related Articles  Source: London Evening Standard
New film shows how the Beatles helped fight segregation

Music aside, the true power of The Beatles wasn't the volume of their fans or the popularity of their hairstyles, it was the pull of their politics. The band's refusal to play to segregated American audiences in 1964 is one striking example explored in a new documentary about the band's tireless years on the road in the 1960s.

Related Articles  Source: NY Times
8 reasons even non-Beatles fans should watch their new feature-length doc

A Beatles film? In 2016? Why should anyone bother? Because, incredibly, there's still plenty to say half a century on. "But I don't like The Beatles!" Even so. The Digital Spy website has put together eight reasons why, Fabs fan or not, you have to watch Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years.

Related Articles  Source: Digital Spy
Larry Kane: The reluctant Beatles fan

Eight Days A Week, Ron Howard's new documentary about the Beatles' touring days in the 1960s, has contributions from familiar faces such as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Less expected is Larry Kane, who as a young journalist at the Top 40 music station WFUN Miami accompanied the band on every date of their first two US tours.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Beatles symposium speakers to raise money for local fire department

Guest speakers for the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium, taking place this weekend, have offered to donate proceeds to a worthy cause in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas where the symposium is being held. "We want to make a difference and leave Walnut Ridge a happier place when we go," said journalist and author Ivor Davis.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
How new Beatles film reunited the Fab Four

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are back to where they once belonged, sharing a joke at Abbey Road. Paul McCartney said, "I started to see photos and footage of us all just as mates, that's all we were, just mates and it was great to be reminded of that. We kind of get reunited with John and George again. Which is very special."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul and Ringo haven't seen new documentary yet

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr say they haven't yet seen the band's new tour film documentary Eight Days A Week. In a Facebook Q&A, Paul and Ringo said the first time they will watch the movie will be at tonight's London premiere. McCartney said, "We haven't seen it, so we're looking forward to tomorrow night's premiere."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Video: How Beatles created strange sound of Tomorrow Never Knows Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years features fascinating archival footage and some new interviews. In a new clip now available on the internet, Paul and Ringo talk about just how they managed to create sounds that no-one ever heard before, including the tape loops on Tomorrow Never Knows.

Related Articles  Source: Contact Music
Apple says Shea Stadium footage lawsuit is frivolous

Sid Bernstein Presents LLC is suing apple over the rights to footage of the Beatles at Shea Stadium concert footage. The suit is entirely frivolous, Apple Corps' lawyer said in an interview. Bernstein's agreement with the Beatles at the time explicitly barred him from any filming rights and a copy of the deal will prove it easily, he said.

Related Articles  Source: Bloomberg
George Harrison to receive first George Harrison Global Citizen Award

Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello and Colbert Show bandleader Jon Batiste will curate this year's Global Citizen: The World On Stage event, where Paul Simon will present the inaugural George Harrison Global Citizen Award to the late Beatle posthumously, for his deep commitment to promoting world peace and ending poverty.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon's missing Rolls-Royce rides again

John Lennon's white 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V is back on the road this summer for the first time in more than 30 years. It was made custom for Lennon, who wanted everything white, the interior, upholstery, the carpets and even the steering wheel. It was seen recently at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club annual rally in England.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Paul McCartney renews agreement with ASCAP for his songs in the U.S.

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, today announced that Paul McCartney has renewed his agreement with the organization for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog in the US. McCartney has been represented by ASCAP for performing rights in the US for multiple decades.

Source: Market Wired
Eight Days A Week: How Ron Howard brought the Beatles back to life

Eight Days A Week strips away layers of myth to give us back the Beatles who made the whole world scream. It puts us inside the bubble of their skyrocketing fame, an experience that these four men alone shared, and which only they fully understood. It was all about being four boys in a band. Until suddenly it wasn't.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
The eight Beatles films you probably haven't seen

No one had too much hope for the Beatles' movie debut, but, like the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night exceeded all expectations. It was quickly followed up by Help! and Yellow Submarine. But there were other Beatles film projects, too, some solo, many bizarre. A few, like Ringo's "Caveman" comedy, were even hits.

Source: NJ.com
Documentary about George Harrison's time in Benton coming to DVD

Filmmaker and Beatles aficionado Bob Bartel released "George Harrison: A Beatle in Benton, Illinois" in 2005. The film documents Harrison's visit to see his sister, Louise, in Benton in 1963. Bartel is rereleasing the DVD, now with more interviews and rare footage. The film has recently gone into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Source: The Southern Illinoisan
Judge quotes Beatles in ruling against John Lennon's son

The judge said, "No one I think is in my tree," as a long, drawn-out lawsuit between Sean Lennon and his New York City neighbors over an intrusive tree came to an end on Tuesday. Sean was ordered to remove a 60-foot tree in front of his Greenwich Village townhouse after his neighbors said it was damaging their front stoop.

Related Articles  Source: Patch, New York
Ivor Davis recalls his experiences on the road with The Fab Four

In the Summer of 1964 as a young America-based foreign correspondent for the London Daily Express, Ivor Davis flew to San Francisco and was introduced to the Beatles who were about to embark on their first American tour. For the next five weeks and 25 concerts, he had a front row seat watching them change rock 'n' roll.

Source: Heat Street
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Sold-out Desert Trip to release more tickets

Organizers are releasing more tickets for the Desert Trip concerts at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, on Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16. The concerts feature an appearance by Paul McCartney. The additional passes will go on sale at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at their official website DesertTrip.com.

Related Articles  Source: The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, CA
Stevie Van Zandt's foundation to host NYC Beatles documentary premiere

This Thursday, September 15th, Stevie Van Zandt's non-profit Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will host the New York City premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years. Van Zandt's foundation offers extensive educational materials free-of-charge to middle and high school teachers.

Source: Morning Ticker
Apple Corps is sued over Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium film rights

The Beatles' Apple Corps was accused in a lawsuit on Monday of infringing copyrights of a master recording of the group's famous 1965 concert in New York's Shea Stadium by Sid Bernstein Presents LLC, which claims to own the recording. Sid Bernstein, who died in 2013, was a promoter who helped bring the Beatles to America.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters, UK
How Stella McCartney changed the face of fashion as we know it

Stella McCartney may be the daughter of a world-famous Beatle, but she has undoubtedly carved her own inimitable path in the world of fashion. Having launched her eponymous label in April 2001 under the Gucci Group, the designer not only introduced her infamous tailoring to fashion critics but her committed animal rights support.

Source: Grazia Daily
Monday, September 12, 2016
Ron Howard wants to make second Beatles film

Ron Howard wants to make a follow-up to his rock documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years. Howard says he was so taken with the subject he'd love to make another film about the history of the Fab Four. "I found this to be so fascinating that I'd be very open to that," he tells British newspaper The Times.

Related Articles  Source: TV3, Ireland
Album Review: Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl

The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl LP hit stores in May 1977, then fell out of print and never officially made it to compact disc. Now, the retooled The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, produced by Giles Martin, is a new "demix" (splitting mono tracks into different parts), made from better quality tapes located in Capitol Records' vaults.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Controversy surrounding Toronto debut of Fifth Beatle documentary

"The Sixth Beatle," which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night, opened with an unusual and lengthy disclaimer stating that author Mark Lewisohn, one of the world's foremost Beatle historians, felt that "many of the comments" made in the film "allege matters that are factually erroneous."

Source: SF Gate
Beatles at the Ridge celebrates band's legacy

When the Beatles stepped foot in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, in September 1964, to the delight of several hundred fans, they created a legacy to be celebrated in the town decades later. Beatles at the Ridge, which takes place Sept. 16-17, pays tribute to the moment the Fab Four landed in Walnut Ridge on their way to a Missouri vacation.

Source: Arkansas Online
A behind-the-scenes look at the Beatles and A Hard Day's Night

"The Beatles A Hard Day's Night: A Private Archive," a newly released photobook by Phaidon that features a trove of previously unseen publicity stills from the Fab Four's 1964 debut movie of the same name, as well as collected ephemera from their ascent to the global cultural pantheon and rare behind-the-scenes moments.

Source: NY Times
Friday, September 9, 2016
No Beatles in Yoko Ono's upcoming memoirs

Much has been written about Yoko Ono and The Beatles, she was even dubbed the woman who broke up the group, but she says somewhat disappointingly that her forthcoming memoirs won't mention the band at all. She says, "they're my very best friends still and I just don't want to invade their privacy."

Source: The Daily Express, UK
Donovan to be honored with John Lennon Real Love Award at tribute concert

Folk-rock legend Donovan will become the third recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award at the 36th annual John Lennon Tribute Concert on Dec. 2 in New York City. Donovan, who accompanied the Beatles on a trip to India in 1968, will perform a set of Beatles songs and his own at the concert and dedicate them to Lennon.

Source: Yahoo! Music
New Play: The Beatles Present The Lord Of The Rings: The Musical

In the late 1960s, the Beatles contacted Stanley Kubrick, asking him to direct them in a musical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Kubrick declined. That's pretty much where this epic dream died... Until now. The Beatles Present: The Lord of the Rings, The Musical rewrites history as the band decides to pursue the project anyway.

Source: Broadway World
45 Years Ago: John Lennon reclaims his legacy with Imagine

Imagine, which was released on Sept. 9, 1971, in the U.S., a month later in the U.K., became John Lennon's first No. 1 album as a solo artist. But more important, it allowed him to reclaim his legacy with a record that, by toning down Plastic Ono Band's abrasiveness, sounded more like the Lennon fans fell in love with in the '60s.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 8, 2016
George Harrison's I Me Mine book to be released in expanded edition

George Harrison's I Me Mine, a collection of the late Beatles guitarist's handwritten lyric sheets and written commentaries and memories first published in a limited edition in 1980, is getting re-release in an expanded edition. I Me Mine - The Extended Edition will be available in the U.S. October 18 with a retail price of $55.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Sean Lennon stands up for his mom's meeting with Kim Kardashian

John Lennon's son Sean defended Yoko Ono in a lengthy Facebook rant after haters took over his page on Tuesday, slamming his mother for meeting and taking a photo with Kim Kardashian. It quickly ignited hate from social media users who felt Ono should not associate herself with "attention seeker" Kim and "shameless" Kanye.

Source: NY Daily News

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