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Linda McCartney's The Polaroid Diaries captures her intimate family life 

Before she married a Beatle, Linda McCartney was renowned photographer Linda Eastman, the first woman to shoot a cover for Rolling Stone. From the 1970s until her death in 1998, Linda turned her camera to her home life. The new book Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries features intimate snapshots of the McCartneys.

Source: Rolling Stone
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Monday, December 9, 2019
Beatles' Decca audition tape up for auction

In 1962, The Beatles travelled to London to record a demo at Decca's studio in West Hampstead. Decca famously rejected The Beatles. Beatles manager Brian Epstein was allowed to keep a copy of the tapes, one of them is currently up for auction at Sotheby's with an estimate of 50,000 70,000 (about $65,700 to $92,000).

Source: Uncut, UK
Stolen newspaper and plaque on Eleanor Rigby statue to be restored

A much-loved statue in Liverpool will soon be restored after being vandalised in October. The statue in Stanley Street consists of a bronze figure on a stone bench reading a newspaper with a shopping bag on her right and the bench is a popular spot for photographs to be taken. The statue was erected in 1982.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Sean Lennon shares family photo on 39th anniversary of his dad's death

Yesterday marked the 39th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon. His son Sean chose to share a photo marking the day of his dad's death. In a photo that Sean left captionless, his 5-year-old self is seen smiling with both his parents, who are equally thrilled. Several celebrities left comments on the photo.

Source: Little Things
Sunday, December 8, 2019
December 8, 1980: A day we can never forget

The date December 8, 1980, is one that millions instantly recognize. And it's a date we wish we could forget. It was on that night that the senseless murder of John Lennon took place. We won't even mention the name of his killer because he does not deserve the attention. We'll never know what John Lennon would have created had he lived.

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Friday, November 29, 2019
Parking ticket originally put on Ringo's car goes up for auction

A parking ticket issued to Ringo Starr is expected to fetch 1,500 (about $1,940) at auction. It was issued in April 1969 outside Apple records in Savile Row, central London. Alan Herring, who was the driver for Starr and George Harrison, kept the ticket along with a pair of John Lennon's round sunglasses.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Nov 29, 2002: Concert for George honors Harrison

Rock and roll royalty assembled at London's Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2002, for the Concert For George, one year to the day after George Harrison died. Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Lynne were the musical directors. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, fellow Traveling Wilbury Tom Petty, and Billy Preston performed.

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George Harrison remembered with brief video

On November 29, 2016, with little fanfare, dozens of George Harrison videos were uploaded to YouTube, on the 15th anniversary of his death. On November 29, 2019, a brief clip titled "Remembering George," of Harrison on the grounds of his home in Friar Park in 1999 was posted to the channel, on the 18th anniversary of his passing.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Abbey Road returns to number 1 in albums charts, setting new record

Celebrating its 50-year anniversary with a special edition release, the Beatles' classic album Abbey Road has returned to number one in the UK album charts. Setting a record in British music, it is now the album with the longest time between reaching number one on the official chart, at 49 years and 252 days.

Source: Daily Stock Dish
Dave Grohl reveals the first Beatles song he ever heard

Foo Fighters' singer and guitarist Dave Grohl has just revealed his first The Beatles song he ever heard in a recent radio appearance. He said he first heard Hey Jude at a sleepover at some friend's house when he was four or five years old. He said, "I don't think I'd ever listened to a rock 'n' roll record...it stuck with me ever since."

Source: Metalcastle
Yoko Ono's clash with Elton John after Lennon's death

Elton John has revealed he clashed with Yoko Ono a couple of years after John Lennon's death, saying he felt "terrible" about the situation. "She told me she'd found a load of tapes with unfinished songs," he says, but he "absolutely didn't want" to complete the songs, feeling it was "too soon" after his death.

Source: The Express, UK
Beatles icon's daughter reveals her biggest passions with astonishing photo

Paul McCartney's daughter and famous photographer, Mary McCartney has posted a special photo of herself on her verified and official Instagram account. She wrote, "This image unites two of my passions, #photography and #food From my study of the dancers at the Royal Ballet off stage."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Monday, November 25, 2019
Paul McCartney sings Beatles classic at Jersey City party

Paul McCartney sang I Saw Her Standing There last Saturday at the Hudson House in Jersey City, according to multiple social media posts. His wife Nancy Shevell danced by his side as McCartney took off his jacket and started to sing. McCartney and Shevell were the hosts of the party, according to a Hudson House social media post.

Source: USA Today
Paul McCartney adds to 2020 tour schedule

Paul McCartney has added dates to his 2020 tour schedule. On Nov. 25, McCartney announced 2020 concerts in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. On Nov. 19, he revealed two Italy performances, as he prepares to take his "Freshen Up" tour on the road again. Ticket pre-sales begin this week.

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Beatlessuperfan puts more than $300,000 of memorabilia up for auction

Unseen Beatles photographs, a rare copy of the White Album, signed broken drumsticks, an autographed tour book and more could fetch 326,000 at auction. Among the over 221 Beatles-related items up for grab is mysterious copy of The White Album, is marked "No.01", believed to be one of four in existence.

Source: Stock Daily Dish
Friday, November 22, 2019
New John Lennon project officially revealed

John Lennon's official Instagram page has revealed that John Lennon's Harp & Harmonica Hits is now online at the Spotify platform. The official announcement told fans new John Lennon Spotify Playlists are up on the website, johnlennon.com, and included a link to the new @Spotify playlist, bit.ly/JLharmonica.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Listen: Paul McCartney releases 2 new songs

Paul McCartney has released two new songs recorded during the sessions for his 2018 album, Egypt Station. The never-before-heard tracks, "Home Tonight" and "In A Hurry", were released digitally today, one week before a very limited edition of a double A-side 7-inch picture disc single for Record Store Day's annual Black Friday event.

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Beatles' first demo tape owned by Brian Epstein to be sold at auction

Brian Epstein's personal copy of The Beatles first demo tape will be offered for sale at Sotheby's next month. Recorded for Decca Records on January 1, 1962, this version of the demo recording is unique, with slightly longer versions of songs. It is expected to sell for 50,000 70,000, about $65,000 $91,000.

Source: Just Collecting
Elton John recalls how George Harrison helped him during drugs battle

Elton John has opened up about how George Harrison helped him during his long battle with drug addiction. In an interview with Cris Evans on Virgin Radio, Elton was asked what the "best piece of advice" was that Harrison gave him. "Stop putting that marching powder up your nose," John laughed.

Source: NME, UK
Joe Walsh's birthday dinner: Life's Been Good

Joe Walsh turned 72 on Wednesday, and from the looks of a photograph shared by Ringo Starr, Walsh enjoyed a memorable evening with friends. Ringo is Walsh's brother-in-law by marriage, the pair are married to sisters Barbara Bach and Marjorie Bach. Also o hand was Jeff Lynne, who himself will turn 72 on December 30.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Edition may be the perfect holiday gift

All these years later, the Beatles are still blowing our minds. Throughout the Abbey Road 50th anniversary edition, the vocals and instruments just pop more vividly, without disturbing the perfection of the Beatles' last, and finest, masterpiece. The demos and alternate takes are incredible versions in their own right.

Source: American Songwriter
Beatles lawsuit filed in South Florida alleges trademark infringement

A lawsuit filed in South Florida on behalf of a London company owned by former members of the Beatles is seeking damages and injunctive relief against a group allegedly profiting from products featuring trademarked phrases. The lawsuit seeks to quash the sale of counterfeit goods using the phrases "The Beatles," "Beatles" and "Yellow Submarine."

Source: WPLG TV
Paul McCartney setlist predictions for Glastonbury 2020

For many, seeing Paul McCartney at Glastonbury will be a once in a lifetime opportunity but just what songs is Paul McCartney likely to play when he takes to the Pyramid Stage next June? You're almost certain to hear the likes of Let It Be, Live and Let Die, Yesterday and a whole host of McCartney's most recognizable songs.

Source: HITC
Paul McCartney adds more dates to 2020 tour schedule

One day after the news of his headlining appearance at Glastonbury Festival 2020, Paul McCartney revealed more European concerts, two additional 2020 concerts, in Italy, as he prepares to take his "Freshen Up" tour on the road again. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10 a.m. local time.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Unique Liverpool version of Monopoly now available

A new unique Liverpool version of Monopoly will feature many buildings that can be recognized across the city. The brand new 2019 official version of Liverpool Monopoly comes exactly 20 years on from a first one, and where the original version had less Beatles landmarks, this time there is a full set.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool

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