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Friday, August 16, 2019
Beatles historian Kenneth Womack's new book is about Abbey Road

Beatles author Kenneth Womack has a new book, "Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles," documenting the technical side of the writing, recording, mixing and reception of The Beatles final studio album. The book comes around the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic Beatles album in 1969.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
San Diego musician named ambassador for Beatles museum

Ocean Beach resident Chris Leyva of the band Falling Doves has been selected as an official good will ambassador for the Magical Beatles Museum in Liverpool, England. The announcement was made in a press release by Roag Best, museum founder and CEO and, notably, the brother of original Beatles drummer Pete Best.

Source: San Diego Community Newspapers
Joel Paterson to release Beatles cover album

As a follow up to his holiday album Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar, Joel Paterson will release a collection of vintage instrumental, guitar-centric covers of songs from the Beatles' catalog, entitled Let It Be Guitar, out on September 20. A sneak-peak stream of the song Michelle was launched today via the label's site.

Source: Broadway World
Peter Asher on the song that The Beatles didn't want

When Paul McCartney moved in with Jane Asher, Jane's brother Peter heard Paul playing a song John Lennon didn't like. Peter and his friend Gordon had just signed a recording contract and needed songs for their first recording session. Peter remembered the rejected Beatles song and asked if Peter and Gordon could record it.

Source: ABC, Australia
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Thursday, August 15, 2019
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band show celebrates 30th anniversary

Last night at The Met in Philadelphia, music icon Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band took the stage for a sold out performance. The tour marks the 30th anniversary of the supergroup's debut back in August of 1989. With this run, Ringo and company are soaking up every moment of the celebration.

Related Articles  Source: The Rock Revival
Pattie Boyd to release new book next year

A book described as an "extraordinary visual memoir" is coming from perhaps the most famous muse of all time, Pattie Boyd. The model, photographer and author is, of course, the former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Pattie Boyd: My Life Through a Lens, is being published April 7, 2020, and is available for pre-order now.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Woman jailed for stabbing to death artist friend of the Beatles

A drug addicted former -prostitute has been jailed for the murder of her neighbor, an elderly artist, over 20 loan. Peter Flux, 74, worked at the Apple Record label in London and was friends with John Lennon and the Beatles. Police said, "Throughout his life, the victim was known for his generosity and kindness."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Beatle's son gets lift from ELO

George Harrison's son Dhani is now 41 and his performing career recently got a big lift when his five-man band opened as the front act for Jeff Lynne's ELO 20-city US tour that ended in Pittsburgh last Aug. 1. Lynne worked closely with George throughout his solo career and from 1987 to 1991 with the Traveling Wilburys supergroup.

Source: The Philippine Star
International Beatle Week to celebrate Abbey Road anniversary

The world's largest and longest-running Beatles festival returns to Liverpool this month, with special guests including John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Alan White. International Beatleweek 2019 will feature 70 bands from 20 countries and is worth an estimated 2.8m to the city's economy.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Drake infuriates Beatles fans with Abbey Road tattoo

Drake is apparently so impressed with all of his career milestones, he got John, Paul, George and Ringo from famous Abbey Road album cover tattooed on his arm, and placed himself walking in front of them. The new ink has caused Beatles fans to unleash on the 32-year-old Grammy Award winner on Twitter.

Source: Hip Hop DX
Interview: Designer of Abbey Road and Let It Be covers

Classic albums naturally start with the cover, and some of the most memorable covers were designed by John Kosh. He started off with a bang, the Beatles' Abbey Road was his first, and went on to provide the wrappings for some of classic rock's greatest gifts. Like Let It Be, Who's Next, and The Eagles' Hotel California.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, August 9, 2019
Ringo Starr makes his humble return to the Ryman

The history of the venerable Ryman Auditorium can humble even Ringo Starr. "When I was living in Liverpool, England," began Starr, who performed Wednesday night at the hallowed Nashville venue, "and listening to Ernest Tubb and Willie Nelson - when he wore a suit ... the idea I'm on this stage is mind blowing."

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Yesterday DVD and digital release dates UK

The Yesterday DVD, Blu-ray and digital release date is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated in 2019. It's already high up on the iTunes list of top pre-orders, and not just because it features so many Beatles hits. We're expecting it to come out on DVD and Blu-ray in mid-late October, following release on iTunes and Amazon Video.

Related Articles  Source: Tuppence Magazine, UK
Woman who inspired Dear Prudence on why kids today love the Beatles

Prudence Bruns is he daughter of film director John Farrow and actress Maureen O'Sullivan, as well as the younger sister of actress Mia Farrow. As a teacher and passionate advocate of Transcendental Meditation who studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, India, her fellow students included all four members of the Beatles.

Source: Parade Magazine
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Lost footage of the Beatles to be shown in Liverpool

The Cunard Building venue in Liverpool will showcase what has been hailed as the "Holy Grail" of lost tapes, footage of the only ever live appearance of The Beatles on Top of the Pops in 1966. It was believed only an 11-second silent clip existed, the new footage includes 92-seconds of The Beatles playing Paperback Writer.

Source: ITV, UK
Stella McCartney drops set of monogrammed utilitarian belt bags

Stella McCartney has put her sustainable spin on a pair of utilitarian belt bags for some of her latest releases this season. Offered in black and canvas versions, each style features all-over monogram details and a detachable strap for added functionality. Both items are available now at Stella McCartney's webstore.

Source: Hypebeast
Paul McCartney's bold list of demands for show revealed

Paul McCartney has announced a book reading in London, and he has a long list of demands in the ticket terms and conditions. Ticket holders will be asked to leave all bags, cameras and mobile phone devices in a bag drop, and McCartney will only be signing copies of the new book Hey Grandude!, no other items will be signed at this event.

Source: Alternative Nation
Fans flock to Abbey Road on album photo's 50th anniversary

Hundreds of fans gathered at London's Abbey Road to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles walking across its zebra crossing.The Beatles were photographed striding single file over the crossing on August 8, 1969, and the image went on to become one of the most recognized covers in music history for their Abbey Road album.

Source: ITV, UK
Abbey Road getting 50th anniversary releases

As they've done before with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and The White Album, The Beatles will release deluxe 50th anniversary expanded editions of their 1969 studio masterpiece Abbey Road. The long-anticipated announcement arrived this morning from Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe. The release is set for Sept. 27, 2019.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Paul McCartney contributes to Henry McCullough tribute single

Paul McCartney has contributed to a new Henry McCullough tribute single. The highly experienced Irish musician passed away in 2016, following a lengthy career that included a vital contribution to Wings. A tribute single has been arranged to salute his memory, and it features an all-star cast of musicians.

Source: Clash
New biography series inside story of McCartney solo hits

The first two volumes of a new definitive biography of Paul McCartney, McCartney Legacy, will be written by Allan Kozinn, a former music critic and culture reporter for The New York Times, and Adrian Sinclair, a renowned British researcher, and documentarian. It will be the first in-depth examination of McCartney's post-Beatles life and work.

Source: McCartney Legacy
Looking Back: The Concert For Bangladesh

It started with a plea from one friend to another. George Harrison had been close to the legendary Indian classical musician Ravi Shankar since the mid-'60s, when he first sought an expert to teach him to play the multi-stringed Indian sitar. Shankar, the acknowledged world master of the instrument, was from Bangladesh.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Paul McCartney admits he keeps forgetting how to play Beatles songs

Paul McCartney has admitted that he can't remember how to play all the Beatles songs, after penning some of the most celebrated songs in history. McCartney says he has to rely on bandmates and listen to some of the deeper cuts that he hasn't played in a while, with the Fab Four's back catalogue dating back some 55 years.

Source: NME, UK
John and Yoko Above Us Only Sky documentary to DVD

The John Lennon and Yoko Ono feature length documentary, Above Us Only Sky, is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The widely acclaimed film, which premiered earlier this year on A&E, arrives for home release on September 13. The film traces the untold story of the making of John Lennon's 1971 album Imagine.

Source: Best Classic Bands
John Lennon famous drug dealer finally revealed

The Beatles directly and indirectly addressed drugs in some classic songs, but in Doctor Robert off of their 1966 album Revolver, the title character was based on the real-life Dr. Robert Freymann, who supplied speed and other drugs to celebrities. Despite this, John Lennon himself took credit for having all of the drug pills on tour.

Source: Alternative Nation

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