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Friday, October 17, 2014
Michigan coffee shop houses trove of Beatles memorabilia

Brad Wilderman and his wife have turned their coffee shop, Beatles and Beans Coffee Emporium, in Bay City, Michigan, into a shrine to the Fab Four. The walls are covered with Beatles records and photos. Some are vintage, others are reproductions or home-made memorabilia, collected over 25 years from all over the world.

Source: Interlochen Public Radio
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Liverpudlians reveal new Beatles stories at Beatlefest panels

At the Los Angeles Fest for Beatles Fans held October 10 thru 12 at the LA Airport Marriott hotel, there were several panel discussions that offered new stories into the early days of the Beatles in Liverpool as experienced by a diverse group of Liverpudlians, including Julia Baird, John Lennon's half-sister and Angie and Ruth McCartney.

Source: Beatles News
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
Dhani Harrison on his father's incredible archives

Since George Harrison's passing, his son Dhani has been active in the archiving and release of his father's solo legacy. In a new interview, Dhani says Wonderwall is his favorite album in the new The Apple Years box set, and admits he is still surprised by his father's music, even records as familiar as All Things Must Pass.

Source: Rolling Stone
John and Cynthia's wedding reception venue to be luxury apartments

A former ballroom where Beatle John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia held their wedding reception is being redeveloped into luxury apartments. The Reeces Ballroom, one of the city's landmark Beatles locations, hosted the iconic reception in 1962. It remained a popular dance and music venue up until the 1980s.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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
BBC Beach Boys tribute contains hidden Beatles message

There are so many music legends in the BBC's God Only Knows video, 32 at the last count, that it's hard to spot every one. But the creator behind the super-lavish promo has revealed there's an extra reference which has so far remained secret: a nod to The Beatles which he's challenging Insider readers to find.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Even for a pro, playing with a Beatle is a heady experience

Earlier this year, Steve Lukather played guitar in the band that was backing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the Grammy Salute to the Beatles. "I was standing there looking at Paul, looking at Ringo, and all of a sudden they start to show a clip of Hard Day's Night and it hit me really hard," Lukather said recently.

Source: Florida Weekly, Ft. Meyers
Review: Lennon's spirit shines through in Glass Onion

In "Lennon: Through a Glass Onion," John R. Waters effectively channels John Lennon's spirit, imagining that Lennon had survived and is now 74 and performing solo acoustic shows in intimate venues. Waters began performing a version of the show in Sydney 22 years ago, and he's clearly comfortable in his subject's skin.

Source: NY Post
Dream Weaver Gary Wright was best friends with a Beatle

Some of the best passages in Gary Wright's book "Dream Weaver" describe his deep and lasting friendship with George Harrison since Wright played on All Things Must Pass. Initially bonding over music, the two began to talk about more religious and spiritual matters, in particular Hinduism and guru teachings.

Source: Houston Press
Unused Abbey Road photos up for auction

Unused photos from The Beatles Abbey Road photoshoot are set to go on sale at auction. The shots were taken on 8 August 1969 by photographer Iain Macmillan, who had only ten minutes to complete the entire shoot. The collection will hit auction on November 21, with a sales estimate of between 50,000-70,000.

Source: NME, UK
Beatles to be featured at film fest in New Jersey

Friday night's opening reception of the Cape May Film Festival which takes place this weekend will feature Beatles cover band, "Love Me Dudes" preceding the feature film "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" hosted by Beatle Historian Denny Somach. Also, more seldom-seen Beatle films will be presented on Saturday morning.

Source: Shore News Today
Reissued mono White Album reveals new layers to the glass onion

Recorded and released as they began to fall apart, the White Album is the longest and most eclectic album John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr ever made. It is still capable of great surprise, even discovery, in the right circumstance. In this case: freshly pressed monaural vinyl, especially via headphones.

Source: Rolling Stone

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon joins the family business 30 years ago today

With his debut album, "Valotte," John Lennon's eldest son Julian proved he was more than just a famous surname. but vocally and melodically, he can't help but sound a lot like his dad. "It's not a conscious effort to sing like that. When you sing, you sing. It was just what came natural," he said in an interview with Creem magazine in 1986.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Video: Beatles fan returns Billy J. Kramer's sock after 50 years

A video of author Dee Elias now online shows you know how far a teenage girl during the very height of Beatlemania in the mid 1960s would go to get close to their favorite stars. In the video, Elias finally gets to meet Billy J. Kramer at the 2014 Beatlefest, 50 years after she stole his sock from his hotel room while he slept.

Source: Beatles Freak
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
Audio: The Band that made The Beatles

In October 1957 John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed together for the first time in The Quarrymen, which went on to become The Beatles. Rod Davis played banjo in The Quarrymen, and in this program from the BBC now available on line, he speaks about the origins of the most famous group in the world.

Source: BBC
George Harrison childhood friend Geoff Nugent dies aged 71

The Undertakers' guitarist Geoff Nugent passed away on Sunday at the age of 71. Nugent was born in Liverpool in 1943 within a couple of days of George Harrison, the two were childhood friends growing up in Speke, where they learned to play guitar together. Over the years he raised many thousands of pounds for charity.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, October 13, 2014
Beatles exhibit now on display in Miami

HistoryMiami's newest exhibit will give Beatles' fans a chance to enjoy memorable moments and cool swag from the Fab Four. The exhibition is titled "Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!" which derives from the opening line Ed Sullivan used to introduce the group back in 1964 during his show on Miami Beach.

Source: CBS Miami
Ringo's childhood home in Liverpool is now worth less than 600

Accounts show that Ringo Starr's childhood home, the terraced house on Madryn Street, worth 60,000 in April 2013, now has a value of just 525. The property is one of hundreds in the Welsh Streets area of the Dingle that were all together worth around 17m when bought by the council but are now worth around 1m.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: San Antonio fan has massive Beatles memorabilia collection

Redbone Guitar Boutique owner Richard Turner has one of the largest, if not the largest collection, of Beatles memorabilia and collectibles in San Antonio, Texas. It is part of the shopping experience at Redbone that includes a mural of the famed Abbey Road crosswalk and a small reproduction of Liverpool's Cavern Club.

Source: KSAT TV, San Antonio
Letter reveals John Lennon's efforts to boost Yoko's music career

John Lennon tried in vain to boost the popularity of Yoko Ono and revive her failing music career by getting her onto TV, a newly-surfaced letter has revealed. Lennon wrote to popular talk show host Joe Franklin in 1971 to try to help promote Ono's album, Fly, which he described as "free form music," despite critics hating it.

Source: The Express, UK
L.A. Fest for Beatles Fans was three days of fun and music

The Fest for Beatles Fans ended shortly after midnight on Sunday as a very enthusiastic crowd watched many of the Fest's special guests jammed to end what had been a wonderful three-day celebration of the Beatles in Los Angeles. The jam included Billy J. Kramer, Joey Molland, Denny Seiwell, Denny Laine and Laurence Juber.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Video: Pearl Jam covers two John Lennon songs for his birthday

Last Thursday night, veteran rockers Pearl Jam treated fans in Lincoln, NE to two John Lennon covers in honor of Lennon's birthday. The show included Eddie Vedder going solo on The Beatles tune You've Got to Hide Your Love Away and Lennon's hit Imagine. In July, Vedder performed Imagine during a solo show in Portugal.

Related Articles  Source: Music Times
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Audio: His friends sing Happy Birthday to John Lennon

In audio from "John Lennon Unbootlegged 08 Get That Fly" from Lennon's 31st birthday party on October 9th, 1971, Ringo and Maureen Starr, Yoko Ono, Jim Keltner, Allan Ginsburg, Phil Spector, and Klaus Voorman sing Happy Birthday to John. In another clip, Janis Joplin recorded her own birthday message for John in 1970.

Related Articles  Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Image: Fans remember John Lennon at Strawberry Fields

In a photo by Andrew Burton thanks to Getty Images, fans of John Lennon sing songs performed by Lennon and The Beatles around the "Imagine" tile mosaic in the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park to honor his birthday on October 9, 2014 in New York City. Today would have been lennon's 74th birthday.

Related Articles  Source: Getty Images
Lennon's lyrics more important than ever as fans celebrate his 74th birthday

John Lennon's lyrics were more important now than ever before, said a fan on what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. John James Chambers, laying flowers at Lennon's statue in Liverpool, said, "We want Liverpool to lead the way and show the rest of the world that we can learn from John Lennon's song Imagine."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon stars in new comic book

Bluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling legendary musician and songwriter, John Lennon. Writer Marc Shapiro said, "We all know the importance of John Lennon as part of The Beatles. But I felt it was more important to concentrate on his post Beatles' life and career."

Source: Galleycat
Video: Author's book chronicling his experience with The Beatles

Author Art Schreiber visited the FOX 13 Studio Thursday morning to talk about his book "Out of Sight" and his experience as a radio reporter who was one of two American journalists who traveled with the Beatles on their first U.S. tour in 1964. Schreiber will speak Friday night at Salt Lake Community College.

Source: Fox13, Salt Lake City
Beatles Tech: Abbey Road console emulation now available

Waves Audio and Abbey Road have announced the EMI TG12345 plugin, which brings to life the legendary console that epitomized the sound evolution of the late '60s and early '70s. The first-ever solid-state console created by EMI, the original TG12345 desk helped shape classic recordings by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and many others.

Source: Sonic State
Lennon and Nixon: Imagine that

Few people who embraced Lennon's "Imagine" as an anthem of sorts. Still, Lennon managed to rile the most defensive conservatives. The line declaring there be nothing to kill or die for was a case in point. It seemed an appealing vision to the many thousands headed to fight it out in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

Source: Like The Dew
Theatre Within gives free concert for John Lennon's birthday

In celebration of John Lennon's 74th birthday, Theatre Within will give a free concert of Lennon and Beatles songs this afternoon at the Children's Hospital in the Bronx, New York. The concert for children and their families is part of the John Lennon Real Love Project, celebrating Lennon and furthering his vision for a better world.

Related Articles  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Liverpool author coming to Los Angeles for Beatlefest

On what would have been John Lennon's 74th birthday, the school friend who told him to start a band is unveiled for the first time in new book on The Beatles. Quarry Bank School classmate Geoff Lee reveals for the first time how he suggested to Lennon that, because of his great singing voice, he should start a skiffle group.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Deborah Harry to headline John Lennon tribute concert

It has been announced that Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. Other performers include Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Joan Osborne, Marshall Crenshaw and Ben E. King. The event will be held Dec. 5 at Symphony Space in New York City.

Source: NY Daily News
Very special John Lennon show Just Imagine back in LA

Musician/actor Tim Piper brings his stage show Just Imagine back to the Los Angeles area on October 9th, the anniversary of John Lennon's birthday. The show tells the "what if" story of Lennon coming back to speak about his life and its failures and successes in a loving tribute by Tim and his band Working Class Hero.

Source: Mid Valley News
Renowned John Lennon author appearing at Beatlefest this weekend

After a 14 year absence, the Fest for Beatles Fans is returning to Los Angeles this weekend, and Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler will be there, her first appearance in California with the first three books in her John Lennon Series, a nine volume narrative biography of the life of John Lennon.

Source: PR Log
Study shows Rubber Soul might have been better without marijuana

The Beatles Rubber Soul album is regarded as one greatest albums in pop music history. But a new study suggests it could have been even better if the band had not written it while high on cannabis. Dutch scientists have discovered that smoking pot does not make people more creative. In fact, it has the opposite effect.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Fun facts: 9 things you didn't know about John Lennon's glasses

Do you know the actual term for the small round sunglasses John Lennon wore? Do you know what other celebrities wore similar glasses? Did you know you can see the glasses he wore when he composed "Imagine" in person? Or that there's a statue of John from which the glasses are constantly being stolen?

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
John Lennon's full catalog now on Spotify

All of the studio albums that John Lennon released between 1970 and 1984, including Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Mind Games, are now available for streaming on Spotify alongside three Lennon 2010 compilations. Also, a collection of Lennon's singles includes non-album cuts like Give Peace a Chance and Cold Turkey.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon childhood photo to be auctioned next month

A a typical family album snap of its era, a 1952 picture of John Lennon in blazer and cap, with his aunt Harriet and cousin David Birch, is one of several being auctioned next month. Another shows a young Lennon pulling a funny face while on a holiday with cousin David and relatives in Edinburgh in 1952.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
In L.A. this weekend for Beatlefest? Take the Beatles Magical History Tour!

John Lennon's birthday is this week, and fans in L.A. this weekend for Beatlefest can make their visit complete and celebrate John's birthday with Gillian Lomax on her Magical History Tour. No place in the U.S. has as much combined Beatles history as Los Angeles, and Gillian has spent a lot of time researching her tour.

Source: Beatles News Blog

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