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Beatles Christmas ad accused of plagiarism by children's author

Author Chris Riddell took to Twitter yesterday to point out some unusual similarities between the new John Lewis Christmas advert and a book he published in 1986, called Mr. Underbed. The ad's soundtrack includes a cover of the Beatles' 1969 song Golden Slumbers recorded by rock band Elbow.

Related Articles  Source: Entertainment Daily, UK
Paul McCartney Archive Collection in stores today

The first eight Archive Collection titles are now available in stores released as single CD digipack, 180 gram black vinyl, and limited edition 180 gram colour vinyl. All vinyl LPs in the Archive Collection will feature a download card and fully restored artwork. Every release in the ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection is supervised by Paul himself.

More Information  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Yoko Ono wins in court against Hamburg bar named Yoko Mono

The Hamburg district court decided on Thursday a bizarre lawsuit by Yoko Ono against the owner of the "Yoko Mono" bar. The operator may no longer call his pub "Yoko Mono". It was an unauthorized name presumption, the court ruled, and one might think that Ono had something to do with the small bar. (Page translated into English.)

Original Page in German  Source: NDR, Germany
Painting from collection of Yoko Ono sells for nearly $11 million

A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the collection of Yoko Ono has sold for $10.9 million. Sotheby's says the work, titled "Cabra", was sold Thursday night in New York to an unidentified buyer. The pre-sale estimate was $9 million to $12 million. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Spirit Foundations, founded by Ono and John Lennon.

Source: Voice of America
Conversations with George Martin, Geoff Emerick, and Ken Townsend

On the occasion of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band first release on CD in 1987, a year that also marked the album's 20th anniversary, noted guitar writer Tony Bacon interviewed producer George Martin, engineer Geoff Emerick, and technical engineer Ken Townsend about the making of this most celebrated of Beatles records.

Source: Reverb
Video Interview: Bob Eubanks

Bob Eubanks has done everything from KRLA disc jockey, hosting The Newlywed Game, to bringing The Beatles to Los Angeles. He appeared on Good Day LA this morning to talk about the upcoming DMS11 Wells Fargo Thanksgiving Calif. Championship next weekend, and talked about the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965.

Source: FOX 11, Los Angeles
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Video: Radiohead's Phil Selway joins Ringo Starr for Beatles classic

Radiohead drummer Phil Selway joined Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band for a performance of the Beatles' classic With a Little Help From My Friends at the Beacon Theater in New York City Wednesday. Selway struck a characteristically stoic pose behind the kit, his steady playing style a sharp contrast to the flash of Gregg Bissonette.

Source: Rolling Stone
Gary Clark Jr. puts The Beatles' Come Together back on the charts Warning: Page opens with sound

A cover version of "Come Together" is on the charts, nearly 50 years after the Beatles' original release. Gary Clark Jr. is the voice and guitarist behind the new rendition of the Beatles' 1969 hit, which is part of the soundtrack for the superhero film "Justice League." The track is climbing up the rock radio charts.

Source: Huffington Post
Photo journalist Harry Benson receives award in St. Louis

Some of the most famous photographs of past celebrities were taken by one, man, Harry Benson. The multi-award winning photo journalist will be awarded in St. Louis and inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. In a new interview, he talked about his experiences, including photographing the Beatles.

Source: KBIA FM, Columbia, Mo.
Los Angeles rock radio station signs off forever by playing the Beatles

After spending the morning saying goodbye, Classic Rock KSWD The Sound, Los Angeles, left the airwaves at 1pm PT today. The station was sold to Educational Media Foundation and has flipped to Christian Contemporary programming. The station signed off with side two of The Beatles' Abbey Road, as radio station KMET had in 1987.

More Information  Source: OC Register
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
John Lennon's former Surrey mansion hits the market for 8.9m

The Surrey home where John Lennon penned some of the Beatles biggest hits has listed for 8.9m (about $11.7m). Purchased by Lennon and his first wife Cynthia in 1964, at the peak of Beatlemania, Kenwood sits in 1.5 acres on the St George's Hill estate in Weybridge. John wrote I Am the Walrus in the home's attic.

Source: The Spaces
All-star New Orleans tribute to George Harrison's All Things Must Pass

On Saturday in New Orleans, local blues and roots music guitarist Marc Stone will serve as music director for an especially ambitious live performance of a All Things Must Pass, the 1970 triple-LP that established George Harrison's post-Beatles bonafides as a credible solo artist. A cast of 18 musicians will recreate the intricate album.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate
Baby you can drive Paul's Aston and Ringo's Mini

If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks. Consigned to Bonhams' auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr's.

Source: Carscoops
Venue where Beatles played goes up for auction

Birkenhead's former Majestic Ballroom, famous for its ties to The Beatles, is due to be sold at auction next month. Built as a cinema in 1916, the property's dance hall and music days gave The Beatles a stage to perform their debut single Love Me Do for the first time. The fab four returned and played at the venue 17 times in the 1960s.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Steve Miller reveals Paul McCartney role in 'pompatus of love' lyric

In a new interview, Steve Miller talks about his famous nonsense coinage "pompatus of love." Miller says he was talking to Paul McCartney in 1969 about writing lyrics and Paul told him to do "whatever works." Funny or good, "it's okay, it's not that heavy. Things that feel spontaneous have a much longer life," Miller says he's learned.

Source: 2 Paragraphs
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
eBay says Beatles sales surge as music buyers get physical

A survey done for eBay says The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd are leading artists getting a boost as music buyers get physical in preference to digital streaming and downloads. The survey comes as a surprise after reports about the digital revolution, with many teenagers said never to have bought a physical album.

Source: Forbes
Beatles fans have serious problem with the new Christmas ad

Beatles fans far and wide have taken to Twitter to express their frustration with the new John Lewis Christmas advert. It's not the cuddly 7 ft monster they have a problem with, it's not even the soundtrack's cover of Golden Slumbers by Elbow. Instead, Beatles fans have been left dissatisfied with how the song ends.

Related Articles  Source: The London Evening Standard
Ribbon cutting for The Yellow Submarine in Georgia

A Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting cermony was recently held at The Yellow Submarine in Dallas, Georgia, a submarine sandwich shop which opened in June of this year. Store owner Dani Gudinas said that "my husband Mike came up with the name, which is, of course, a clever play on words that show our love of The Beatles."

Source: Dallas New Era
Jeff Lynne's ELO announces 2018 tour

Jeff Lynne's ELO announced yesterday the first dates of a U.S. tour as well as their return to the U.K. and Europe, for an extended run of shows in 2018. The shows will see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee perform in the U.S. in August and across the continent in September and October.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, November 13, 2017
Footage of the Beatles on location for Help! to go on sale

Unseen footage of the Beatles filmed more than 50 years ago is to go on sale. The Fab Four were caught on camera by actor Leo McKern while on location in the Austrian Alps for the 1965 movie Help! The film captures the Beatles being transported by snowmobile to a rehearsal of Ringo's ski-lift scene, and tobogganing and playing curling.

Source: AOL, UK
Bob Dylan's Bangladesh guitar sells for $396,000 at auction

The guitar Bob Dylan played at the Concert for Bangladesh and during his Rolling Thunder Revue, a 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar, sold at auction Saturday to an anonymous buyer for $396,000, nearly $100,000 more than its expected top bid. Bob Dylan's guitar repairman bought the guitar from Dylan 1977 for $500.

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney and other celebs selling shoes for charity

Paul McCartney and many more artists are auctioning off shoes for charity. Each pair is signed by the artist and some have additional messages or markings. The auction, run by Charity Stars, benefits the UK-based Small Steps Project, which provides emergency aid to individuals living on landfills and garbage dump environments.

Source: Pitchfork
John Lennon music bus challenges local teens to imagine peace

When the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus pulled up at Hialeah Gardens High School, many students didn't know much about the famous late Beatle. But when the educators who drive the bus-turned-recording-studio-on-wheels played the 1971 song Imagine and other Beatles tunes, the kids understood the peace messages.

Source: WLRN, Miami
Video: Ohio State halftime show tribute to the Beatles

During halftime of the game against Michigan State on Saturday, The Ohio State University Marching Band celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. While playing Beatles hits, the band formed a replication of the iconic walk across Abbey Road and The Beatles' famous Yellow Submarine.

Source: Ohio State News
35 Years Ago: George Harrison looks inward on Gone Troppo, then disappears

Gone Troppo was a notable flop. The project, actually, could be favorably compared with the pastoral joys of John Lennon's earlier Double Fantasy, though it never is. Instead, Gone Troppo, which Harrison never toured behind, sunk to the bottom of his discography as the last, ever-forgotten album on a miserable contract with Warners Bros.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, November 10, 2017
Audio: Elbow covers The Beatles' Golden Slumbers for Christmas ad

English rock band Elbow has announced a new best of compilation, fittingly titled "The Best Of," and shared its bonus track, a cover of The Beatles' Golden Slumbers from Abbey Road. The cover is also featured in a new holiday commercial for the British department store chain John Lewis. The video of the sweet and touching ad is also now online.

Related Articles  Source: Under the Radar
Touching video of 10-Year-Old boy with autism singing Imagine Warning: Page opens with sound

10-year-old Calum Cull from Essex, England has high functioning autism, so he doesn't need extreme care, but he struggles socially and academically. Calum has been singing since the age of four, his singing has been getting progressively better over the last few years. His powerful performance of John Lennon's Imagine is now online.

Source: 92.3 Amp FM, Los Angeles

The Point
Harry Nilsson's overlooked masterpiece

One day I came across the movie, "The Point." My mother said, "Oh, you'd love this! It's about a boy who gets bullied because he's the only person without a pointed head." As a child with undiagnosed autism who was bullied relentlessly, I had self-esteem issues, so my mom thought it would help me out. Plus Ringo Starr narrated it, and that was a bonus.

Source: Splice Today
Tailor who made the Beatles' first suits passes away Warning: Page opens with sound

The man who made the The Beatles' first suits has died aged 83. Walter Smith crafted thousands of bespoke suits at his shop, Craft Tailoring, in Liverpool. In 1962, one of his regular customers was Brian Epstein and one day that summer he walked into the shop looking for clothes for the four lads in his new up and coming band.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Beatles memorabilia exhibit to open in Syracuse

The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition opens Friday at the Destiny USA mall's new "Muzium." It takes visitors on a journey through the formative years of the Beatles in Liverpool and Hamburg, to the screaming fans across the world, and into the studio for the creation of some of the most groundbreaking music in history.

Source: Syracuse.com
Review: John Lennon is alive in the new novel Saint John Lennon

In the newly released novel "Saint John Lennon" by Daniel Hartwell, on December 8, 2020, 40-year-old John Lennon mysteriously appears in front of the Dakota in New York City to begin an intriguing adventure. Lennon re-establishes his relationships with Yoko, the Beatles Paul and Ringo, and most poignantly, with Sean and Julian.

Source: Broadway World

Mary McCartney
Mary McCartney slightly voyeuristic and personal photography

Mary McCartney has seen both sides of celebrity. As the daughter of a Beatle, there was no real way of escaping it. If you look at the cover of Paul McCartney's first solo album, you can see baby Mary peeking out from behind Paul's jacket. But in adult life, Mary moved to behind the camera, becoming a professional photographer like her mother, Linda.

Source: CBC, Canada
Bob Dylan's historic 1963 Martin Guitar goes on sale

A historic 1963 Martin that Bob Dylan played for over a decade, including his full set at George Harrison's legendary Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, is going on sale. The auction is being held on November 11 in Dallas. Only the second known Dylan guitar to ever go to auction, it is expected to fetch at least $300,000.

Source: Guitar World
Beatles records and Elvis autograph stolen in house burglary

Rare first edition Beatles records and a magazine signed by Elvis were stolen from a music lover in Dundee, Scotland, in the early hours of Tuesday. The garage door was forced open and various items of music memorabilia were stolen, including rare vinyl records. Police have asked anyone who is offered similar items for sale to contact them.

Source: STV, Scotland
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Video: Ringo Starr invites fans to be part of his next video

Ringo says he's celebrating people who Give More Love every day, and is inviting fans to share photos or short video depicting peace, love, and kindness using the hashtag #GiveMoreLoveContest. Ringo has announced he will choose his favorite photos and videos to be featured in the upcoming fan video for Give More Love.

More Information  Source: Ringo Starr Facebook page
Ringo Starr tweets Fort Lauderdale beach photo

There's a Beatle in Broward, and he's near the beach. A photo posted by Ringo Starr's official Twitter account Tuesday morning announced the legendary drummer's arrival in Fort Lauderdale, for two concerts this week. Ringo tweeted along with the photo, "Welcome to Florida Fort Lauderdale tonight. Peace and love."

Source: Sun Sentinel, Miami
Beatles Sgt. Pepper jukebox goes on sale

The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album has been immortalised in jukebox form. Officially licensed by Apple Corps Ltd, the jukebox has been produced by Sound Leisure and retails for 8,995 (about $11,900). It can hold 70 45rpm records (not included) and incorporates a Bluetooth receiver with the ability to stream digital music.

Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
Updated Sgt. Pepper cover features artists lost in 2017

British artist Chris Barker has shared a new rendering of the Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover honoring stars who've passed away this year. Among the artists featured include Tom Petty, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Glen Campbell. He produced one last year featuring Prince, David Bowie and Sir George Martin.

Source: KROQ, Los Angeles
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Paul McCartney guitar goes up for auction

A 1953 "Goldtop" Gibson Les Paul used by Paul McCartney as recently as 2012 will go up for auction next month in New York City. The auction on December 2 will put up for sale guitars, saxophones, session tapes and other music memorabilia associated with some of the most famous musicians of the 20th century.

Source: Reuters, UK
UK gallery to exhibit quintessential Beatles photography

Lucy Bell Gallery in Saint Leonards-on-sea, UK, is to present an exhibition of rare and unseen images of the Fab Four from The Getty Images Archives next week through January. The exhibition includes images of The Beatles from 1963 to 1970, featuring shots of the Beatles at work and behind the scenes, as well as historic images.

Source: Hastings Observer
Video: Tom Keifer performs acoustic With A Little Help From My Friends

Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer and his solo band stopped by the "Nights With Alice Cooper" video studio and performed an acoustic version of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends. The track is featured on "The Way Life Goes - Deluxe Edition", an expanded compilation of Keifer's solo album which was released on October 20.

Source: Blabbermouth
New Sgt. Pepper documentary screens on friday in New Hampshire

What was the original title of With A Little Help From My Friends? That and many more secrets about one of the most celebrated albums of all times is answered in the unique documentary film Deconstructing the Beatles: Sgt. Pepper. The film will be presented this Friday at the River Street Theatre in downtown Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

Source: Broadway World

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