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Ringo Starr glad to be heard better on White Album reissue

Ringo Starr thanked Giles Martin, producer of the recently released expanded version of the Beatles' White Album, for making it possible to hear his drumming more clearly in the 1968 LP and its accompanying bonus material. He says that, with the new mixes, fans were able to better enjoy the power and energy Starr injected.

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Untold Beatles stories emerge as White Album climbs charts

More secrets of the Beatles' White Album are emerging as it again climbs charts around the world. Producer Chris Thomas and engineer Ken Scott recall John Lennon's surprising choice of favorite songs, why Ringo Starr walked out at one point, and how George Harrison came into his own and stood up to George Martin.

Related Articles  Source: Forbes
Rosanne Cash to receive John Lennon award for gun violence activism

Rosanne Cash has been named the recipient of the "John Lennon Real Love Award," to be presented at the 38th Annual John Lennon Tribute concert on Nov. 30 in New York City. Cash has been an outspoken advocate for gun control and instrumental in encouraging fellow artists to stand up to the National Rifle Association.

Source: Rolling Stone
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Man who tried to sell stolen John Lennon diaries charged in Germany

A 59-year-old man was charged in Germany on Monday on suspicion of trying to sell stolen diaries and other items that belonged to John Lennon. The suspect commissioned an auction house in Berlin in 2014 to sell the items, which were stolen from Yoko Ono and included letters, a Beatles concert recording and a pair of Lennon's glasses.

Source: Reuters News
Paul McCartney pays tribute to the late Stan Lee

On his official website, Paul McCartney has paid tribute to Stan Lee. He said, "I was lucky enough to meet him. He came over to my office and we sat around for a while chatting about comic books and my admiration for his work. Actually he was suggesting making a superhero who would wield a Hofner bass guitar."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Stella McCartney launches first bridal collection, Meghan Markle inspired

Leading up to Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry, it was widely believed that British designer Stella McCartney might have designed the wedding dress. McCartney was Markle's choice for the evening reception portion of her wedding, and now she's launching her first-ever bridal collection, a 17-piece line entitled "Made with Love."

Source: The Knot
Monday, November 12, 2018
Ringo Starr announces 2019 tour and new book

Today Ringo Starr announced tour plans for 2019 with his All Starr Band, begining in March with one U.S. show at Harrah's Resort Southern California. Also, this month, Another Day In the Life, Ringo's third book with Genesis Publications, will be released in a limited edition, while the hardcover will available in wide release in April.

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Beatles tribute to go on despite loss of much-loved Liverpool musician

This December Beatles4Food, a charity concert in Liverpool, will go ahead, despite the sudden death of organiser and much-loved musician Trevor Townsend. The concert was originally planned to bring back an old tradition of Beatles tribute and beat acts performing a Christmas charity show, but now it will honour Trevor's memory.

Source: Liverpool Eho
Live and Let Die pays tribute to music legend Paul McCartney

Tony Kishman often sees the magic from his vantage point on stage. Audience members of his "Live and Let Die," Paul McCartney tribute show, will often sing or move to the music. "They associate the songs with events in their lives. It's a cool thing," said Kishman, who brings his show to the Hardin Auditorium in Evans, Georgia, on Friday.

Source: Augusta Chronicle
The Beatles rooftop concert detailed in new book

On a chilly January 30, 1969, afternoon, the Beatles stepped onto the roof of their London headquarters to shoot the ending for their last film. The former manager of Apple Records in America, Ken Mansfield remembers it all, with great personal detail in his book The Roof: The Beatles' Final Concert, which comes out tomorrow.

Source: Den of Geek
The Beatles White Album: Facts and trivia

The Super Deluxe 50th anniversary edition of The White Album is a deep behind-the-scenes look at how that 30-song, double-album masterpiece came to be. Many of its tracks are the work of a sole Beatle, but other tracks, and much of what we can now hear on the six-CD edition, display a quartet that still enjoys making music together.

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Beatles White Album 50th reissue is #1 seller

One day after the Nov. 9 release of the 50th Anniversary editions of The White Album, the 7-disc Super Deluxe edition vaulted to #1 on Amazon in the U.S. In addition, the 3-CD edition was at #1 in the U.K. and #3 in the U.S. Within hours of the initial Sept. 24 announcement, pre-orders for the Super Deluxe edition put it at #1.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018
Man reveals how he once turned offer to manage The Beatles

Irish TV legend Gay Byrne has revealed how Paul McCartney once asked him to manage The Beatles, but he turned the band down. The 84-year-old made the startling revelation as he unveiled a plaque in Dublin yesterday where the Fab Four played their only Irish concerts 55 years ago. He joked he might not have been rock'n'roll enough.

Source: The Irish Sun
50 Years Ago: John and Cynthia Lennon's tumultuous marriage ends

On Nov. 8, 1968, John and Cynthia Lennon's divorce became official. It brought to an end a tumultuous romance, all within the growing shadow of Beatlemania. They met in 1958 at the Liverpool College of Art. While she had suspicions of John's infidelity over the years, Cynthia ignored the whispers regarding affairs.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
ELO cellist Hugh McDowell dies at 65

The cello player at the heart of many early Electric Light Orchestra live performances, Hugh McDowell, has died, according to several online reports. His passing, on November 6, was confirmed by his former ELO bandmate, Mel Gale. McDowell was 65. He performed on the band's recordings throughout the mid-to-late '70s.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Beatles release new video for Back In The U.S.S.R.

A new video for Back In The U.S.S.R. has been unveiled to mark the upcoming anniversary of The White Album. Flicking rapidly through various locations, including Moscow's Red Square, the clip ends with the group taking off in a plane. The video features the 2018 Mix of Back In The U.S.S.R., which will be included in the upcoming release.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Beatles producer Giles Martin to join YouTube White Album panel

Producer Giles Martin, who recently helmed the 50th anniversary edition of the White Album, will join a YouTube livestreamed panel discussion about that classic LP on November 7. It will include commentary about the newly remixed and expanded White Album, including the individual songs and its influence on modern music.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
10 great cover songs of the Beatles White Album

The White Album contains countless sublime moments. It's the record where George Harrison proved himself to be Lennon and McCartney's songwriting equal, and where each Beatle's impact on the group is crystal clear. But most importantly, it contains a ton of great songs that countless other artists have been moved to perform.

Related Articles  Source: Consequence of Sound
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Father and son fans can't believe McCartney is playing Nagoya

Takushi Takeyama and his son traveled abroad twice to see Paul McCartney in concert and were even called up on stage to meet him. Now, they only have to be day trippers to see their idol perform in their hometown. For the first time ever, McCartney will hold a live concert in Nagoya on Nov. 8, as part of his ongoing Japan tour.

Related Articles  Source: The Asahi Shimbun
Introducing George Harrison: The Ultimate Music Guide

Change has always been George Harrison's modus operandi. Not so much "the quiet one" as "the restless one", he always seemed to be looking for the next thing. You can read about many of those next things, Beatles, solo, Wilburys and more in the latest bookazine from Uncut, dedicated to his journey from The Beatles to Brainwashed.

Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
Joe Walsh Interview: Paying it back for veterans

Joe Walsh has a long family history of military service, and he felt it was time to pay that back. Years in the making, VetsAid was launched last year with a concert which poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into veterans organizations. In this interview, Walsh talks about how he's honoring his own father and other veterans.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, November 2, 2018
Digging into the Beatles' 50th anniversary White Album box set

The 50th-anniversary White Album offers the deepest dive yet into the Beatles archives of Beatles material. The bonus tracks are generating at least as much excitement among Beatles enthusiasts as the upgraded sonics of the original album. The set includes three discs with 50 tracks, the majority never previously released.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Seattle's Apple Jam's White Album that could have been

Seattle-based Beatles tribute band Apple Jam's new album, "Off the White Album", is a collection of songs written by the Beatles during the White Album era that they didn't end up releasing themselves. The songs include McCartney's sweet "Goodbye," later recorded by Mary Hopkins and Lennon's somewhat pensive "Child of Nature".

Source: Record Collector
Paul McCartney defends Linda's singing skills

Paul McCartney has defended his late wife Linda McCartney's singing abilities and praised her "distinctive" voice. Linda withstood a lot of criticism for her questionable vocals when she was part of her husband's post-Beatles band Wings, but he has dismissed the backlash. Paul said, "I really love Linda's voice. It's very distinctive and she sings well."

Source: The List, UK
Klaus Voormann's work celebrated in 80th birthday exhibition in L.A.

Veteran musician, graphic artist and lifelong Beatles pal Klaus Voormann returned to Los Angeles this week for the opening of a career-spanning exhibition of his artwork. Titled "It Started in Hamburg," it's the first major exhibition of artwork by Voormann, best known for his Grammy-winning design for the Beatles' 1966 album Revolver.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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