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Monday, April 23, 2018
Tommy Chong teases unreleased George Harrison outtakes

Among the many notable music names who contributed to Cheech & Chong's comic 1973 hit "Basketball Jones" was the late George Harrison, who played lead guitar on the session. Tommy Chong told Billboard, "We've got a ton of outtakes, where he's trying different things." He did not give specific plans for releasing the Harrison material.

Source: Billboard
Portraits by John Lennon depicting himself as Hitler going for $54K

A portrait by John Lennon depicting himself as Hitler is being sold for $54,000. The crude sketch, which the Beatle did at art college in the 1950s, shows Lennon on a podium with his hand raised in a Nazi salute and the words "Heil John" repeated several times, as if being chanted by an audience below.

More Pictures  Source: Page Six
Julian Lennon urges kids to heal the planet in new book

For Earth Day, Julian Lennon hopes to lay the foundation for a whole new crop of environmentalists. He just has to wait a decade or two before they bloom. The firstborn son of the late John Lennon is the coauthor of "Heal the Earth," the second in his picture book series teaching kids as young as three years old ways to help the planet.

Source: The Inquirer
The everlasting appeal of the Concert for Bangladesh

George Harrison was one of the main coordinators of the Concert for Bangladesh, held at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971, to raise international awareness and funds for Bangladesh's liberation war. Part of the record's beauty is that Harrison staged a concert worthy of his purpose in every respect.

Source: The Daily Star
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Stella McCartney does not dispel rumors she designed royal wedding dress

Since Meghan Markle announced her engagement to Prince Harry, fans have been wanting to know who will design her royal wedding dress. Now, in an interview with The Guardian, Stella McCartney played coy when asked about designing the dress. When asked if she was, she replied, "How many designers have you said that to today?"

Source: Stylecaster
Video: Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard covers The Beatles

Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard has covered The Beatles' And I Love Her for the album "Universal Love". Appearing on Conan last night, the Death Cab member gave a stirring live airing of the cut. The rendition forms part of an album of wedding song covers, which sees classic tracks reimagined to be more inclusive of the LGBT community.

Source: NME, UK
Ringo Starr releases details of his 10th Peace & Love celebration

On July 7, 2008, Ringo Starr joined fans in front of Hard Rock Cafe Chicago to celebrate his birthday, inviting everyone everywhere to say, think or post #peaceandlove at noon. Today, Ringo announced this year he will return to Hard Rock Cafe, celebrating his birthday and joining fans in Nice, France, where he will be with his All Starr Band.

Official Page  Source: Best Classic Bands
Monmouth University to host symposium on The Beatles White Album

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the double album The Beatles, commonly referred to as The White Album. Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, will host an academic symposium on the album, November 8 through 11. Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn will be the keynote speaker at the symposium.

Source: NJ Arts
How the Beatles influenced the Rolling Stones

The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1960. The Rolling Stones formed in London two years later. Both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones shared many similar qualities, however, since the Beatles erupted into the music scene two years prior to their London peers, they had a profound influence on the Rolling Stones both musically and visually.

Source: SFC Today, Brooklyn
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Stella McCartney concerned that only 1% of clothing is recycled

Ahead of a new V&A show, fashion designer Stella McCartney has talked about reclaiming her name, the joy of nature and the trouble with fast fashion. She said, "1% of clothing is recycled! Only 1%. I mean, what are we doing? Everything comes from nature. I mean, where does color come from, if not from nature?"

Source: The Guardian, UK
Klaus Voorman rejects honor amid German Music awards racial controversy

Winners at this year's Echos, Germany's top music awards, including Klaus Voorman, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award, have returned their trophies to protest rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang for anti-semetic lyrics. The audience gave an artist who criticized the rappers a standing ovation.

Related Articles  Source: Hollywood Reporter
Paul McCartney remembers Linda on the anniversary of her passing

Paul McCartney took a moment Tuesday to remember his late wife, Linda, on the 20th anniversary of her passing. McCartney posted a color photo of Linda on his Twitter and Instagram, one that appears to have been taken in the early 1970s. "Remembering Linda with love today," McCartney wrote.

Source: WFJA FM
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
John Lennon's MBE rejection letter is up for auction in New York

John Lennon's MBE rejection letter to Queen Elizabeth II is on the auction block for an upcoming The Beatles memorabilia sale in New York. It has been valued at around $86,000. The letter was discovered tucked away inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection picked up for just $14 two decades ago.

Source: Ace Showbiz
Stunning book Visualizing The Beatles due May 1

Visualizing The Beatles, by John Pring and Rob Thomas, is a magical "history" tour of the Beatles career, arranged chronologically beginning with the band's pre-Beatles days through to Abbey Road and Let It Be. In the book, Pring and Thomas use data and infographics to present a new way of looking at the Fab Four's career.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll Discovery Day arrives at Hard Rock Cafe New York

Following the success of previous events held in Liverpool and London, The Beatles Story and Julien's Auctions will bring Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll Discovery Day to Hard Rock Cafe New York in May. The event will give fans and collectors the chance to have their Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia appraised for free by experts.

Source: Arts and Collections
Remembering Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney died 20 years ago Tuesday after a three-year battle with breast cancer. Photography, horses and animal rights were among her interests outside of music. She also inspired a number of songs, most of which were composed by her husband Paul McCartney. But the first one was written when she was just a little girl.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
Monday, April 16, 2018
Ed Sheeran rumoured for film about The Beatles never existing

Ed Sheeran is reportedly set to make an onscreen cameo in a new film set in a world where The Beatles never existed, and also provide music for the soundtrack. The Mail On Sunday reports that the singer-songwriter will appear in the new musical comedy project thought to be tentatively titled All You Need Is Love.

Source: NME, UK
Klaus Voormann honored with Lifetime Achievement award

At the German Echo Music Awards in Berlin on Thursday, Klaus Voormann received the lifetime achievement award. The two-time Grammy winner and "fifth" Beatle played with Manfred Mann, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Eric Clapton, and won a Grammy for designing the artwork for the Beatles' Revolver album.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Pattie Boyd says she neglected herself in her rock star marriages

Pattie Boyd was both muse and wife to Clapton, and to George Harrison before him. She kept a record of the wild years, portraits and reportage style snaps taken with a Polaroid and, later, on a Hasselblad. Boyd had the inside track, hanging out with The Beatles and friends, at home with George, on tour with Eric.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Friday, April 13, 2018
DiG issues re-imagined Imagine

DiG, the on-going collaborative project between Minneapolis based Flipp front man/guitarist Brynn Arens and Winston-Salem North Carolina singer/songwriter Clay Howard, has released their new recording of John Lennon's classic 1971 plea for peace, Imagine, as their response to today's climate of heated political discussions.

Source: Yes Weekly
Liverpool to transform Beatles Street into official zone to attract global fans

Liverpool's Cavern Club is to become the centerpiece of an official Beatles Quarter to develop its global tourism appeal, the city's mayor announced Friday. Mathew Street where the club is located at, famed for the rise of the Beatles, is already a mecca for thousands of fans, earning the city nearly 130 million U.S. dollars a year.

Source: Xinhaunet, China
April 13, 1974: McCartney's Band on the Run hits #1

In 1974, Paul McCartney was on a roll. His 1970 debut, McCartney, was a chart topper, as was 1973's Red Rose Speedway. In between, his 1971 set Ram had come close, at #2. Band on the Run was released in December 1973, entering the U.S. chart during Christmas week. It finally claimed the top spot on this day in 1974.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Pete Best looks forward to role in upcoming play

The Beatles' original drummer will appear in a stage adaptation of a novel which tries to unravel the mystery of what happened to the first instrument played by John Lennon. Pete Best, a member of the band until 1962 when he was replaced by Ringo, will play himself in the comedy Lennon's Banjo, at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool from April 24 to May 5.

Related Articles  Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Boston Pops announces Beatles tribute band as special guest

"RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles" will be the special musical guest for the annual Boston Pops on Nantucket concert in August. "RAIN" is a popular, long running show that includes a wide variety of selections including some of the complex compositions the Beatles never performed live. The show will benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Beatles music festival returning to Connecticut

The popular New York/New England regional Beatles-themed festival, known in past years as "Danbury Fields Forever," and now dubbed the "Fab 4 Music Festival," is returning to Wallingford, Connecticut, on Saturday, June 9. There will be two stages of performances, enabling twice as many acts to perform during the festival hours.

Source: Wallingford Patch

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