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Friday, January 15, 2021
Yoko Ono settles lawsuit with John Lennon's former assistant

Yoko Ono has informed a federal judge in New York that she has reached a settlement with her late husband John Lennon's former personal assistant that would end her lawsuit that alleged copyright infringement. The deal ends 20 years of litigation and requires Frederic Seaman to pay $5000 and stop speaking about Lennon.

Source: ABC News Radio
Mary McCartney to direct Abbey Road Studios documentary

Abbey Road Studios will be the subject of a new documentary, directed by celebrated British photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney. The feature length film, If These Walls Could Sing, is described in the official announcement as "the untold story of the world-famous" London studios. A release date has not yet been disclosed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Olivia Harrison in hospital with Covid-19

Earlier this week, Olivia Harrison revealed that she is hospitalized with Covid-19 but is on the mend. In a post on January 10 to her Instagram, the 72-year-old widow of George Harrison said, "Redesigning my hospital room curtain. Unlucky to get covid but on the mend. Gratitude to all the selfless carers."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, January 8, 2021
Pattie Boyd memoir, My Life Through a Lens, delayed

A book described as an "extraordinary visual memoir" is coming from perhaps the most famous muse of all time, Pattie Boyd. But Pattie Boyd: My Life Through a Lens has been delayed again to "later in 2021 due to the current lockdown restraints," she says. It was originally scheduled for April 7, 2020.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Antiques Roadshow estimates high value for helmet worn by John Lennon

Antiques Roadshow star Marc was on hand to help a guest, who had brought along the police helmet which had belonged to their late father. Lennon wore it when they performed at the Birmingham Hippodrome in 1963, and it seems the BBC show expert thought the headpiece was worth a lot more because it was worn by a Beatle.

Source: The Express, UK
The Beatles song Paul McCartney wrote as a parody of The Beach Boys

With The Beatles, Wings and his solo material, Paul McCartney has been able to traverse genres, themes and societal changes to remain relevant. Given that Paul McCartney and the legendary Brian Wilson often looked across at one another for inspiration, it seems right that their song material should overlap.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Paul McCartney leads tributes to Gerry Marsden

With the news of the passing of Gerry Marsden, the leader of Gerry and the Pacemakers, the singer was being mourned by the music world. Tributes to the popular Liverpool performer were led by Paul McCartney. "Gerry was a mate from our early days in Liverpool," wrote McCartney. "He and his group were our biggest rivals on the local scene."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, January 1, 2021
Paul McCartney's new album sets a Billboard record that spans six decades

The release of McCartney III, just a few days before Christmas, helped McCartney usher in a Billboard record that spans over six decades. McCartney has reportedly become the first and only musical act to have a new record reach at least the top two slots for Billboard 200 chart's album sales in each of the last six decades.

Related Articles  Source: Uproxx
Paul McCartney says he speaks to George Harrison through a tree

Paul McCartney says he's been talking to George Harrison, as he believes his spirit has inhabited a tree at his home, which Harrison gave to him as a gift. Paul said, "George was very into horticulture, a really good gardener, so he gave me a tree as a present...George has entered that tree, for me. I hope he's happy with that."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Ringo Starr posts new video message reflecting on 2020

Ringo Starr looks back at 2020 and welcomes the New Year in a video message to fans that he posted Yesterday on his social media pages. The clip begins with the former Beatles legend behind his drum kit, where he smashes a cymbal and then wishes everyone "Peace and love." Ringo will release a new EP on March 19, 2021, called Zoom In.

Source: WXHC FM, New York
George Harrison's guitar sold for staggering sum after Antiques Roadshow

A rare guitar that was owned by George Harrison sold for a huge price, following an appearance on the Antiques Roadshow. The fretless guitar made by Bartells of California was a prototype and is believed to be the only one that was ever made. At auction, it sold for 240,000 (about $328,200) to an unknown bidder.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band at 50

John Lennon's debut solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, turns 50 this month. The album was therapy in its purest form: raw and self-referential, and apart from Lennon and Ono, the only other musicians were Ringo Starr and bassist Klaus Voormann, along with former Beatles roadie Mal Evans, pianist Billy Preston and Phil Spector.

Source: Grammy.com
Monday, December 21, 2020
Beatles release sneak peek from revealing Get Back documentary

The Beatles have offered a "sneaky preview," as director Peter Jackson puts it, of the upcoming documentary, The Beatles: Get Back. Jackson introduced the roughly five-minute clip as a "preview of what we've been working on. It's not a trailer; it's a montage of what we have to give you a sense of the spirit of the film that we're making."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 18, 2020
Strawberry Field inundated with help after wreaths stolen from iconic gates

Two giant Christmas wreaths stolen from the gates of Liverpool's famous Strawberry Field have now been replaced. The Salvation Army centre in Woolton, immortalised in John Lennon's famous song, posted on Facebook to share the news of the theft. The theft was described as "disgraceful" and "shameful" by dozens of people on Facebook.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney expects Glastonbury 2021 to be cancelled

Paul McCartney, this year's would-be Glastonbury headliner, does not expect the festival to go ahead in 2021. McCartney told BBC Radio 4, "100,000 people closely packed together with flags and no masks you know, talk about super-spreader. I'd love it to [happen], but I have a feeling it's not going to."

Source: The Guardian, UK
Listen: McCartney III solo album unveiled

Paul McCartney has released his new solo album, McCartney III, recorded in the isolation of "Rockdown," as he calls it. McCartney calls the album, "an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs." The new release has 11 songs; there are an additional four tracks on a Japanese edition. McCartney performed all the instruments himself.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020
Paul McCartney to host Twitter listening party

Paul McCartney is set to host a Twitter listening party for new album McCartney III. Out tomorrow, December 18th, the record was constructed during lockdown at his home studio, with the Beatles icon playing every instrument himself. It takes place on Monday December 21st and closes with a listen to his festive classic Wonderful Christmastime.

Related Articles  Source: Clash Music
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Video: Paul McCartney teases new documentary series

Two days before the December 18 release of his new solo album, McCartney III, Paul McCartney has released the trailer of an upcoming documentary. The clip, on YouTube, is currently identified as Paul McCartney x Rick Rubin - A Documentary Series Event. McCartney's website notes, "Keep your eyes peeled in 2021 for more information."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Ringo Starr releases great new song featuring Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr has released a terrific new song, "Here's to the Nights," available today, as a single. The song of peace, love and friendship was written by Diane Warren, and is the best thing he's done in years. It features his friends including Paul McCartney and Joe Walsh. You can listen to it online, a video will be released on Friday.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 11, 2020
Paul McCartney on how Elvis inspired The Beatles to quit touring

After their final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966, the Beatles began to ask themselves what they could do as they didn't want to go out on tour again. In an interview, Paul McCartney said, "And what happened was we'd heard that Elvis Presley had sent his gold-plated Cadillac out on tour. He didn't go with it, he just sent it out!"

Source: The Express, UK
How George Harrison and Ravi Shankar collaborated

The Beatles broke up in 1970, after which many of them collaborated with famous artists, one of the least likely collaborations came between George Harrison and the sitar player Ravi Shankar. George and Ravi met in London in June 1966, and later that year George went to India to learn sitar from the master.

Source: The Express, UK
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
John Lennon fans gather at Central Park's Strawberry Fields

A small but ardent collection of fans both old and new came together Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of Lennon's murder, gathering in the stretch of Central Park in New York named for one of his Beatles classics, Strawberry Fields, to play guitars, sing and remember the rock star now dead as long as he lived.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Mark remember John Lennon

Today the 40th anniversary of John Lennon's death. In honor of the late music legend, his surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, have paid tribute to Lennon, with his widow Yoko Ono and sons Julian Lennon and Sean Ono Lennon also marking the sombre anniversary. Yoko said, "After 40 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him."

Fan Content Warning  Source: Exclaim!
Monday, December 7, 2020
John Lennon: I was there the day he died

Forty years ago, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot dead as he returned to his home at the Dakota apartment building in New York. The BBC's Tom Brook was the first British journalist to report live from the scene. Living in New York, he says he is constantly reminded of John Lennon, of both his life, and death.

Fan Content Warning  Source: BBC News
Author revisits his three weeks with John Lennon 40 years later

In the summer of 1980, 24-year-old writer David Sheff went to New York City on the biggest assignment of his career, an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Playboy Magazine, spending three weeks with them. The Playboy interview hit the stands Dec. 6. of that year. The very next day, Lennon was killed outside his apartment.

Source: The News-Herald

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