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Noted author and researcher to appear at Beatles Symposium 

The first in a series of revealing interviews with the presenters for the 2018 Authors and Artists Symposium for Beatles at the Ridge. Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series, interviews author and educator, Sara Schmidt about her upcoming return appearance at The Ridge, her presentation and her current work.

Source: Beatles News
Dhani Harrison scores new documentary 

This past weekend, MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A., the long-awaited M.I.A. documentary, remiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Recently, Variety shared a new poster for the film. The poster revealed that the movie was scored by Dhani Harrison (George Harrison's son) and Paul Hicks, Dhani's bandmate in Thenewno2.

Source: Pitchfork
Teen band Red Letter Day wins John Lennon Songwriting Contest 

Los Angeles-area rock band Red Letter Day was chosen as a winner of the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest for their original song, "202." The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus announced that the winning band will perform at the 2018 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, California on Jan. 28.

Source: PR Web
Archive Interview: Paul McCartney on his life as a bassist 

In an interview from the personal research archive of noted guitar writer Tony Bacon, Paul McCartney talks about Elvis, his left-handedness, how he switched to bass after Stu Sutcliffe failed to show up, how his sound changed around Rubber Soul, Beatles songs like Michelle and Taxman, and his time with Wings.

Source: Reverb
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Monday, January 22, 2018
Pattie Boyd reveals George Harrison was her true love

Pattie Boyd, the sixties model who was married to George Harrison and had an affair with Eric Clapton, has spoken of what it was like to be at the heart of music's most toxic love triangle. In an interview, she was asked, who was the love of her life. She replied, "I think George. He was always very loving."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Still Waters run deep in John Lennon show

Renowned British-born performer John Waters will bring his long-running show, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion with singer and pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, to Mounties in Sydney, Australia, on February 9. The show is set to be packed with John Lennon fans and features some of The Beatle's greatest hits sung by the two artists.

Source: Liverpool Champion, Australia
Visiting the site of Cuba's made-up Lennon legacy

In Parque John Lennon (John Lennon Park), a lone guard stands under the merciless sun, next to the figure on the bench. Surprisingly, the figure turns out to be a pretty good bronze likeness of John Lennon, looking relaxed, one leg crossed over the other. Despite the very expensive statue, neither Lennon nor the Beatles ever performed in Cuba.

Source: Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C.
Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family announces Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose last October, his wife and daughter announced in a Facebook post Friday. The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday that Petty's cause of death was a "multisystem organ failure" due to mixed drug intoxication. His family said Petty suffered from "many serious ailments."

Source: CBS News
Friday, January 19, 2018
John, Paul, George and Ringo get to visit Beatles exhibit free

This weekend, If your name is John, Paul, George or Ringo (Richard) you can use valet parking for free and enter The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition and the Destiny USA Muzium in Syracuse for free. Female variations of the names also work. For example, Johanna, Georgette or Paulina.

Book Review: Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin

On first meeting, The Beatles had Martin down as "posh," yet, as the book Maximum Volume by Kenneth Womack reveals, his origins were very much working class. When Martin joined the mighty and competitive EMI group, the Parlophone label was very much the poor relation to the more successful Columbia and HMV imprints.

Source: Lancashire Post, UK
Theatre Review: Cilla - The Musical

Cilla - The Musica honors the legacy of Cilla Black. The story of the loveable Liverpool girl's rise to fame is told heartwarmingly and vocals are delivered without fault across the cast. Andrew Lancel gives a strong performance as Brian Epstein, who portrays with great presence Epstein's struggle at balancing his demons with his work.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Stella McCartney could make next royal wedding dress Warning: Page opens with sound

Meghan Markle is a fan of Stella McCartney. Prince Harry's fiancée wore a black coat by the designer to an official engagement in Cardiff, Wales on Thursday, just two days after McCartney revealed that she would be delighted to make a wedding dress for the former actress. It wasn't the first time Meghan has worn Stella McCartney.

Source: IBTimes, UK
Eggs Up! A Back to the Egg-stravaganza

I remember clearly walking to a local Chicago mall and stumbling on the "Getting Closer" 45 in a small blue sleeve with the songs title written in pink as well as the new Wings album it was from, "Back to the Egg". Little did I know this was a rare release of this 45 as this particular sleeve I guess wasn't that common.

Source: Records and Music blog
Single's A-side reveals rift in the Beatles

Hello Goodbye by the Beatles was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago today. It was written by Paul McCartney. John Lennon wasn't a fan, he dismissed it as "three minutes of contradictions and meaningless juxtapositions." He wanted I Am the Walrus to be the A-side of the single, but was overruled by McCartney and George Martin.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
Jan 18, 1964: Beatles first US chart appearance

On January 18, 1964, I Want To Hold Your Hand debuted on the Hot 100 Singles Chart at #45. The Beatles' impact in America cannot be overstated: When the song hit #1 two weeks' later on February 1, 1964, it became the first of seven #1 singles they achieved in a one-year period, launching Beatlemania and the British Invasion.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Beatles author Kit O'Toole debuts Key Notes brand

Renowned writer and music journalist, Dr. Kit O'Toole, author of "Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles' Lesser-Known Tracks," is launching a new brand for her business called, "Kit O'Toole's Key Notes." The update will include a revised website, logo, and an enhanced direction for her presentations.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Video: Paul McCartney joins Muse members in Helter Skelter cover

Some lucky fans at an intimate gig on Tuesday night got to see Muse singer Matt Bellamy and drummer Dominick Howard jam out on Helter Skelter with Paul McCartney. It was the latest gig by the occasional supergroup Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band, which also includes vocalist Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets.

Source: Billboard
Pictures: Beatles reunite for Stella McCartney show in Los Angeles

Stella McCartney held an epic, music-filled fun fest fashion show onTuesday night in Hollywood with a performance by none other than dad Paul McCartney. Held at the iconic SIR Studios in Hollywood, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Paul McCartney greeted old pal Ringo Starr with a hearty hug.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Concert For George Harrison gets massive reissue

To honor George Harrison on his 75th birthday, the legendary 2002 Concert For George is being released as a Limited Edition Deluxe 10-disc Box Set and made available for the first time on vinyl, as a 4-LP Box Set, on Feb. 23. The Deluxe Box Set, limited worldwide to 1,000, features the complete sound and film recordings from the concert.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Paris Jackson cried like a baby meeting Paul McCartney

Paris Jackson, the daughter of music legend Michael Jackson, met Beatles icon Paul McCartney this week in Los Angeles at his daughter Stella McCartney's fashion show, and it was a very emotional moment for her. "I cried like a god---- baby," Jackson wrote next to the photo of her meeting McCartney for the first time.

Source: News
Photographer who got only picture of John Lennon with his killer has died

Paul Goresh, who famously snapped the only photo of John Lennon with his killer, one of the last pictures of the legendary Beatle, has died. Goresh was forever haunted by the photo he took on Dec. 8, 1980. Goresh had been sick for some time, his cousin Rosanne Taylor wrote on a John Lennon Facebook fan page. He was 58.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Demolition work to begin at Strawberry Field

Demolition work will begin this week at Strawberry Field as part of ambitious plans to create a new visitor centre at the famous South Liverpool site. The visitor experience will be a place where the public can learn more about John Lennon, his connection to the site, as well as an opportunity to explore spirituality.

Source: Your Move, Liverpool
New book about The Beatles causes excitement with Beatles fans

A new Beatles book, Walkin' Blues-Beatles At The Crossroads, by Jackie Lane, is set to take fans of the Beatles on a remarkable journey. It looks at the rise, fame, fortune, and the worship of The Beatles, taking Beatles fans on a journey that will answer questions that have been going around in people's minds for years.

Source: Social Articles Tracking & PR
Review: Fender George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster

Almost 50 years since The Beatles brought London's West End to a standstill with a free concert on the roof of their Apple building, and where George Harrison debuted an unusual dark-brown Telecaster, Fender is issuing a limited edition model to honor George, the gig and that guitar, which has become hugely collectable.

Source: Music Radar
Replica of the Beatles' Cavern Club in Milwaukee

The original Cavern Club in Liverpool was demolished in 1973 and rebuilt in 1984. Milwaukeeans might not realize it, but in an unassuming office building, local technology entrepreneur and veterans' rights activist Dave Meister has built his own replica of The Cavern Club, and the result is quite astonishing.

Source: OnMilwaukee

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