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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, February 22, 2019

Sean Lennon on how Yoko taught him to embrace the weird 

Asked about making futuristic, outside-the-box music, Sean Lennon replied, "I've been doing that my whole life. Some of my mom's songs were just crickets, field recordings or the sound of a heartbeat. For me, that was always natural. I was raised in an environment in which music was inherently experimental."

Source: Billboard
Rare Professor Longhair show for Paul McCartney gets new vinyl release 

The live album by New Orleans blues giant Professor Longhair that was recorded at the release party for Paul McCartney and Wings' Venus and Mars will be reissued on April 5. First released in 1978, the album was recorded on the Queen Mary cruise ship on March 24, 1975, while the vessel was docked in Long Beach, California.

Source: U DIscover Music
Beatles White Album certified 24x Platinum 

More than 50 years after its 1968 release, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced that The White Album has now been certified 24x Platinum, making it the fourth top-certified album of all time, trailing only Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, Michael Jackson's Thriller and Eagles Hotel California.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith pay tribute to Peter Tork

Soon after the news arrived that Peter Tork had died at 77, the two surviving Monkees, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz, shared their grief of his passing. Nesmith said,"As I write this my tears are awash and my heart is broken." Dolenz tweeted, "Heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork."

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Peter Tork of the Monkees is dead at 77

Peter Tork, best known for his role in the 1960s sitcom The Monkees, has died. The Washington Post, which broke the story, said that it received confirmation from Tork's sister Anne Thorkelson. She did not give any details on the cause or place of death. Tork's Facebook page also confirmed his passing. He was 77.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
A&E preps John Lennon, Yoko Ono doc special

A&E will premiere the two-hour special John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky next month as part of the network's "Biography" series. The film follows the making of John Lennon's 1971 solo album Imagine, exploring the politically divided time in which he recorded it. The special features interviews with Yoko Ono and Julian Lennon.

Source: Real Screen
Blu-ray Review: Backbeat

Backbeat, the story of fifth Beatle Stu Sutcliffe's short tenure in the band during a seminal moment in the Greatest Band in the World's creation, is out on Blu-ray. The 1080p transfer brings out the murkiness of Liverpool and Hamburg and with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound the music really comes out at you during the club scenes.

Source: Inside Pulse
How the Beatles bailed out the British government

The Beatles reached its peak somewhere in the mid 1960s. They were popular all across the world, including the United States, and became a huge economic force. By earning dollars, the Beatles saved the British government because the British economy as a whole wasn't earning as many dollars as it needed to at that point of time.

Source: India Times
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Ringo to headline Woodstock 50th at original site

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts announced today the first acts that will perform at their edition of the festival's 50th anniversary on August 16 to 18. Ringo Starr will perform, as will several of the artists that played the legendary festival there in '69, including Santana, Arlo Guthrie and Edgar Winter.

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John & Yoko's Wedding Album to be reissued

Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music are re-releasing Yoko Ono's musical output from 1968 to 1985. Yesterday, on Yoko Ono's 86th birthday, they announced the latest release, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album will be reissued on March 22, two days after Ono and Lennon's 50th wedding anniversary.

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Author says Danny Boyle's Beatles film plot has similarities to his book

Australian Nick Milligan claims the new trailer for Danny Boyle film Yesterday has a similar plot to that of his own novel "Enormity", which depicts the tale of a deep space traveler who lands on a planet similar to Earth. There, he begins to notice a difference, in that the people on this planet have never heard of The Beatles.

Source: Far Out Magazine
John's sister reveals biggest misconception about Yoko and Beatles

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird has shared her thoughts on biggest misconception about Yoko Ono. When asked in her opinion is it unfair to blame the breakup of the Beatles on Yoko, Julia said, "Absolutely, it is very unfair. I don't think she was the cause of the breakup in my mind, and I think many fans don't think that either."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Famous Liverpool pub to reopen this weekend

A striking old sign has been revealed on The Grapes pub in Mathew Street as renovation work begins, and the building's owner has confirmed the famous pub will reopen this weekend. The Grapes, in the heart of the Cavern Quarter, is one of Liverpool's most famous pubs and was once a haunt of The Beatles in their Cavern days.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, February 15, 2019
Beatles superfan puts more than $300,000 of memorabilia up for auction

A Beatles superfan will put more than $300,000 of the band's memorabilia up for auction, including unseen and autographed photographs, Ringo's signed, but broken, drumsticks, and a very rare UK copy of the Beatles White Album, numbered "01". The memorabilia will go under the hammer in Dallas on March 16.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
UK dance group sets Sgt. Pepper album to dance

Pepperland, a new production from the acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group, includes six reinventions of songs on the Sgt. Pepper album with an innovative score by American composer Ethan Iverson. The New York-based dance company was asked to create the piece by the City of Liverpool to mark the 50th anniversary of the album.

Source: Telegraph and Argus, UK
Fisher-Price adds Beatles to Little People toys

Mattel's Fisher-Price went a little radical with news today that their "Little People" line would be taking a walk on the wild side with the additions of some familiar faces from The Beatles and the WWE. While popular, not exactly what you think of when it comes to marketing to kids, but if you're going after their parents?

Source: Bleeding Cool
Paul McCartney, Little Steven Beatles cover in new box set

Paul McCartney and Little Steven's cover of the Beatles' I Saw Her Standing There, from 2017 appears on Van Zandt's new box set "Soulfire Live!" They had tried to play it together at a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band gig in Hyde Park in 2012 before the town pulled the plug midway through because they went past curfew.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Jenny Lewis unveils new song featuring Ringo Starr

Jenny Lewis has shared the second single from her forthcoming solo album, On The Line, scheduled to arrive on March 22. The new song, "Heads Gonna Roll", features musical contributions including Ringo Starr on drums, Don Was on bass, and former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench on organ.

Source: Live For Live Music
Paul McCartney's expanded Egypt Station includes three new songs

Paul McCartney has confirmed the release of an Egypt Station Traveller's Edition, coming May 10 via Capitol Records. The box set will include exclusive, previously unreleased songs and other rarities. The limited deluxe edition will be a one-time-only pressing of just 3000, and will come in a vintage style suitcase.

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Why the Beatles were accused of plagiarism so often

The Beatles had their share of plagiarism charges in their day. From the lawsuit over Come Together, to the $587,000 George Harrison paid over My Sweet Lord, The Beatles fought, and sometimes lost, their copyright battles. As the rulings confirmed, even songwriting titans like The Beatles will wear their influences on their sleeve.

Source: Cheat Sheet
John and Yoko took over The Mike Douglas Show on this day in 1972

On this date in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono took over as hosts for a week on The Mike Douglas Show. John and Yoko brought a modern, hip edge to the program. They performed on the program on each day and also welcomed a variety of guests, including one of Lennon's personal musical heroes and influences, Chuck Berry.

Source: Creative Loafing
Record exec who worked with Beatles dead at 77

Don Grierson died recently in Los Angeles at age 77. He was honored during Sunday's Grammy Awards. While at Capitol Records, he was was instrumental in promoting The Beatles' first four Apple Records singles. He also worked with artists including The Jacksons, Tina Turner, Heart, Bob Seger, Gloria Estefan, and Cyndi Lauper.

Source: Deadline Hollywood
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Trailer now online for new film that imagines world without the Beatles

A film based on the premise that a struggling musician is the only person who remembers The Beatles is coming to theaters on June 28. Yesterday stars Himesh Patel as the musician, Kate McKinnon, Lily James and superstar musician Ed Sheeran. A trailer for the film was released today, it can be viewed online.

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Company launches sunglasses inspired by John Lennon

Eight Mulberry sunglasses styles inspired by eight British style icons, including John Lennon, will be released with their spring/summer 2019 collection. Priced from 190-220, the sunglasses will be available to purchase at Mulberry.com and in their flagship store starting tomorrow, during London Fashion Week.

Source: Vogue Magazine
International Beatles On The Beach Festival this April

The International Beatles on the Beach Festival returns to Delray Beach, Florida on April 25 to 28. Beatles fans from around the world will experience South Florida hospitality and live entertainment in over 20 venues, including many bands and performers, and a large interactive area showcasing artists creativity, live and on demand.

Source: Boca Raton Tribune

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