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John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band 50th anniversary book due

The 50th anniversary of the album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, will be commemorated this fall with the release of a book, John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band. The book, credited to authors John Lennon and Yoko Ono, is scheduled to be published on Oct. 6, and is now available for pre-order in the U.S. and the U.K.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Barber who cut Macca's hair hanging up his scissors after 65 years

Britain's longest serving barber who cut Paul McCartney's iconic Beatles' mop-top is hanging up his scissors, after 65 years. Brian Higgins, 79, has been cutting hair since he was 14. Undoubtedly his most famous customer was Paul McCartney who nipped in for a trim after playing a gig in Worcester in the 1960s.

Source: One News Page
First, Sir Paul McCartney, now Chief Paul McCartney?

Paul McCartney could become the next Chief for Walpole Island First Nation, a reservation on an island bordering Michigan and Canada. The indigenous community's director of operations said Paul, along with Ryan Reynolds, have been nominated by two eligible electors over the weekend, making them official nominees.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, August 10, 2020
Why Paul McCartney had his shoelaces tied by an aide at Glastonbury

Paul McCartney reportedly had one of his assistants crouch down and tie his shoelaces before he performed at Glastonbury, because he had a bad back. Paul is said to have had some help by the aide ahead of his set at Worthy Farm in 2004. Black Eyed Peas star revealed he saw the interaction happen while standing backstage.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
New 22m university facility to be named after Yoko Ono

The University of Liverpool is to name its new teaching and performance facility The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre. Work is already under way on the 22.1m centre, which is set to open late next year. The announcement of the name marks a significant step towards realising the dream of providing a new cultural landmark for the Liverpool City Region.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney on how Jeff Lynne got Ringo Starr on Flaming Pie

Paul McCartney joined forces with his former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr on his 1997 solo album, Flaming Pie, which marked one of their most significant collaborations together since the band split up in 1970. In a new interview with The Sun, McCartney revealed how Lynne was the mastermind behind the collaboration.

Source: NME, UK
Paul McCartney recalls what Keith Richards told him about the Beatles

During a conversation with GQ, Paul McCartney looked back on The Beatles, how the guys met, their massive impact, and the magic he still feels after all these years. He said, "I remember Keith Richards saying to me, You had four singers. We only had one! I think, Wow. That is pretty uncanny. And writers. Not just singers, but writers."

Source: Ultimate Guitar
Friday, August 7, 2020
Paul McCartney jokes he turns into tour guide when returning to Liverpool

Paul McCartney says he insists on driving himself around when making the trip to his hometown Liverpool, and enjoys showing his friends around the streets where he grew up. He said, "I like driving and I don't want to be driven around Liverpool. On my way I pass all the old haunts and it's like a guided tour, with me as the tour guide."

Source: The Irish Examiner
The Beatles song John Lennon wrote to confuse their fans

Beatles fans meticulously pawed over songs and albums trying to find hidden insights. John Lennon knew this and, on The White Album, he made sure he left a few red herrings ensured to send fans and Beatles aficionados into overdrive. He filled one song, Glass Onion, to the brim with false information or deliberate intrigue.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
The reason why the BBC banned A Day In The Life

The Beatles song A Day In The Life, was once dramatically banned by the BBC following its release in 1967 in controversial circumstances. The decision showed that the corporation was run by an iron fist and, even if you were the biggest band in the world, if your music was deemed offensive then it would not be given air time.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Virtual Fest for Beatles Fans this weekend

For 44 years, we've Fested in New Jersey and Chicago (and at times, in downtown New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas)... but now via the wonder of modern technology, we can be "all together now" this weekend (Aug. 7-9) at the Virtual Fest for Beatles Fans! Speakers include Freda Kelly, Mark Lewisohn, Billy J. Kramer and Laurence Juber.

Source: Virtual Fest for Beatles Fans
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Echo and the Bunnymen's cosmic cover of Ticket to Ride

Taking a look back at the wonderfully unique dream-like cover of The Beatles Ticket to Ride by Echo and the Bunnymen, who, born and raised through the Beatles hysteria in Liverpool, have the Fab Four deeply engrained within their music psyche despite having taken their own sound down a somewhat darker post-punk path.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Audio: Freda Kelly recalls nobody knew how famous they would be

Growing up in 60's Liverpool, Freda Kelly was one of The Beatles earliest fans, watching the Fab Four perform far before international stardom. From there, she began work as manager Brian Epstein's secretary and the rest is music history. She shares her first-hand account of the rise and fall of The Beatles now on the internet.

Source: WGN, Chicago
Paul McCartney says Vegas is the rockers' graveyard where you go to die

Paul McCartney has slammed Las Vegas as the rockers' graveyard "where you go to die" and "nothing attracts" him about the idea of playing there. Elton John and Rod Stewart have earned tens of millions of dollars playing at the Nevada city, but Paul has no intention of taking up a residency on the famous strip.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul found it hurtful when he was blamed for breaking up The Beatles

Paul McCartney revealed he found it "pretty hurtful" when he was blamed for breaking up The Beatles in 1970. Paul spoke candidly with British GQ on Tuesday about how he felt at the time. Saying people believed the band "hated each other" after their split, he said that the group simply had "disputes" like any other family would.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The untold story of the Beatles' desegregation rider

On June 5, 2020, McCartney posted a reminder of the historic stand the Beatles took regarding the proposed segregation of a concert they performed in the South. He stated, "In 1964, the Beatles were due to play Jacksonville and we found out that it was going to be a segregated audience. It felt wrong. We said, We're not doing that!"

Source: Culture Sonar
Monday, August 3, 2020
Linda McCartney Retrospective arrives this month in Liverpool

Linda McCartney was an exceptional photographer of huge range, with a portfolio that boasted portraits of some of the most iconic artists and moments from the 1960s. Her photography captured the world as Linda experienced it, representing the people, places and landscape around her in her inimitable spontaneous and experimental style.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Beatles caricatures from 1963 sell at auction

Worldwide interest meant the hammer fell at 7,500 (about $9,800) on caricatures of John, Paul, George and Ringo which the Liverpool lads autographed ahead of a Dundee Caird Hall gig in 1963 at the start of their meteoric rise to fame. It was estimated that the autographed caricatures might fetch up to 15,000.

Source: The Courier, UK
Dave Grohl reveals the one Beatles song that reminds him of Kurt Cobain

Grohl, on BBC Radio 2 to mark the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, revealed that the 1965 Beatles song In My Life holds a special place in his heart. "It means a lot to me, because it was the song that was played at Kurt Cobain's memorial," Grohl explained. "Everyone got to celebrate Kurt's love of The Beatles one last time together."

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
The photo of how Eric Clapton fell in love with Pattie Boyd

A photo of blues guitarist Eric Clapton and lead guitarist of The Beatles George Harrison, taken by Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd, who turned out to be the biggest love of Clapton has been posted to Instagram. As you might know,Clapton and Harrison were the parts of a love triangle with English model and photographer Pattie.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, July 31, 2020
Your last chance for taking a role in McCartney's upcoming fan video

Paul McCartney has made the last call to his fans to take part in the "Great Day Fan Video" project which will premier in McCartney's YouTube channel. He has announced the chance to star in a special video to his followers on Twitter. He asked his fans to submit a video of themselves having fun with the people they love.

Source: Metalhead Zone
And in the End: Last Days of the Beatles, new book due

An in-depth look at The Beatles' final year is the subject of a new book from author Ken McNab, a lifelong fan of the band. And In The End: The Last Days of The Beatles, according to the book's publisher, is "a detailed account of the breakup featuring the perspectives of all four band members." The book arrives August 18.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Hamburg celebrates 60 years of the Beatles

It was 60 years ago in August of 1960 when the Fab Four played their first venue, The Indra Club. Although American Beatles fans or business travelers can't currently travel to Hamburg to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance, Hamburg will be traveling to them via a live streaming event.

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Here's why Liverpool's music scene will bounce back

With the Liverpool's live music circuit, recording studios and grassroots music organisations coming to a sudden halt, as lockdown lifts it's good to see the music scene coming back to life. Now, record shops are back open, and brand new Future Yard opens in September with a series of socially-distanced and streaming shows.

Related Articles  Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Friday, July 24, 2020
Beatles Yellow Submarine retro duvet sets

If you are a fan of the Fab Four, then you might like The Beatles Yellow Submarine retro duvet sets in your bedroom. Take your pick from the wonderful collage of animated characters at the top of the page or go for one that focuses solely on the Submarine. There is also one based on the promotional artwork for the movie.

Source: Retro To Go

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