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Friday, November 30, 2018
Unseen Beatles Sgt. Pepper album artwork to sell at Sotheby's

A psychedelic painting created as the original album artwork for Sgt. Pepper is up for sale at Sotheby's. The unused artwork, by Dutch art collective The Fool, is expected to sell for more than $100,000 during an online auction which begins this week. The group also painted a three-story mural on the front of the Apple Boutique in London.

Source: Just Collecting
Audio: The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper reworked by jazz musicians

Released digitally today, a new album called A Day In The Life: Impressions Of Pepper features a number of "new jazz" artists, including Shabaka Hutchings and Onyx Collective, providing their interpretations of tracks from The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album will be released on vinyl in January.

Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
How Paul McCartney helped create White Album cover

Richard Hamilton's cover for the eponymous 1968 double album by the Beatles achieved a rare feat. Andrew Wilson, the senior curator of Modern and contemporary art at Tate Britain said, "I can't think of many other records where the title that people give them is actually a description of the design for the cover."

Related Articles  Source: The Art Newspaper
Thursday, November 29, 2018
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 of lung cancer at 58. Performers included his Beatles' mates, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, fellow Traveling Wilbury Tom Petty, Billy Preston and various members of Monty Python.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Unboxing the new Wings Red Rose Speedway reissue

The 11th and 12th classic works from the Paul McCartney catalog to be remastered, reissued and expanded, Wings' Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, will be released across multiple formats on Dec. 7. The unboxing video for the six disc numbered limited deluxe edition of Red Rose Speedway is now streaming on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Help Ringo Starr support the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF

You can help spread some peace and love by using the Ringo Starr Facebook Frame and tagging 2 friends. The George Harrison Fund is a joint undertaking between the Harrison family and UNICEF USA, and supports programs that provide lifesaving assistance to children, including health, education, nutrition and emergency relief.

Source: U Discover Music
Sustainability pioneer Stella McCartney to receive Global Voices award

The Business of Fashion will present the Global Voices Award 2018 to Stella McCartney for outstanding achievement in fashion and exemplary impact on the wider world. "It's all about excess," she says. "We wear things three times on average before we chuck them away. Why?" Voices 2018 takes place from November 28 to December 1.

Source: Business of Fashion
John Lennon joined Elton John onstage in NYC on this day in 1974

On this date in 1974, John Lennon joined Elton John onstage at one of Elton's record-breaking shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, performing a version of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and a fiery version of I Saw Her Standing There. Sadly, this was the last time John Lennon performed live in front of an audience.

Source: Creative Loafing
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Fab Four fans tuning in for new podcast

A new podcast dedicated to The Beatles has been launched, bringing fans the story of how the Fab Four shook the world and released some of pop's greatest hits. The podcast will feature a range of people, including former Beatles drummer Pete Best and manager Brian Epstein's secretary, Freda Kelly, who also ran the original fan club.

Source: JMU Journalism, UK
Author to bring his Beatles expertise to Louisiana library

Beatles fans from around the world celebrated the White Album at the White Album International Symposium held earlier this month at Monmouth University in New Jersey. As an internationally recognized authority on the Beatles, Bruce Spizer was a featured speaker at the four-day event, discussing the album's significance.

Source: nola.com
Monday, November 26, 2018
Paul McCartney to play charity concert for the homeless in Dublin

Paul McCartney's first Irish gig in nearly 10 years will be raising money for the homeless through an exclusive concert at Vicar Street in Dublin. Instead of selling tickets, guests will be asked for donations and all proceeds will be used to help the homeless. No date has been for the gig yet. His last concert in Dublin was in 2009.

Source: Dublin Live, UK
Ringo Starr shares Beatles stories, never-before-seen photos in new book

Ringo Starr is releasing a series of previously unpublished photos in a new coffee table book, Another Day In the Life, including candid views of his everyday life, as well as archival shots of Paul McCartney and other legends from his Beatles days. Ringo said, "I love taking photos of random things, and seeing how they all fit together."

Source: Parade Magazine
The most-streamed Beatles songs of 2018 in the UK

Here Comes The Sun has been named the most popular Beatles song of 2018, racking up more streams between January and November than any other, according to data about the UK's music streaming audience. Twist and Shout is in second place, Let It Be is third, Come Together is fourth and Hey Jude rounded off the top five.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
The Queen's pet peeves include John Lennon

According to Rachel Russell, a journalist for Express, Queen Elizabeth II hates a number of things, including that she found The Beatles' John Lennon "vulgar" after meeting him at a Royal Variety Show. In fact, the monarch was reportedly "delighted and relieved" when the singer returned his Order of the British Empire in 1969.

Source: International Buisness Times, UK
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Star-studded 2015 John Lennon tribute concert being released in January

On December 5, 2015, stars from various musical genres, including rock legends John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and Peter Frampton, came together in New York City to commemorate what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday. A CD, DVD and two-LP set documenting the event are scheduled to be released starting in January.

Source: WFJA FM
Paul McCartney releases Wild Life unboxing video

The 11th and 12th classic works from the Paul McCartney catalog to be remastered, reissued and expanded, Wings' Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, will be released across multiple formats on Dec. 7. A Wild Life unboxing video for the four-disc (3-CD, 1-DVD) limited deluxe edition has now been released on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Fake Glastonbury poster names Paul McCartney on the 2019 line-up

A 2019 Glastonbury line-up poster has been spreading across the internet with Paul McCartney and The Cure as headliners, but it's been pointed out it isn't genuine because of a few small errors, including incorrect dates that match the festival's 2017 schedule, suggesting it was made using a 2017 festival poster as a template.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Instruments from The Beatles are being exhibited in NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is teaming up with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a new exhibit dedicated to the instruments of rock & roll. Titled Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll, the exhibit spans the years 1939 through 2017 and explores the history of rock & roll and the tools that made the it possible.

Source: iHeart Radio
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
White Album returns to Top 10 on Billboard 200

The Beatles' White Album from November 1968 has re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 6 following its 50th anniversary reissue on November 9. Until this week, The White Album previously placed higher on the chart on March 29, 1969, when it ranked at No. 5, the final week in the top 10 of its initial chart run.

Source: U Discover Music
Ringo Starr says broccoli keeps him young

Ringo Starr has revealed the secret to "staying young" and maintaining high energy levels. Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, Starr commended his vegetarian diet for helping him stay "so young and active." Starr said he works out with a trainer, and he follows a vegetarian diet that includes broccoli "with every meal."

Source: Live Kindly
Wanted: Memories of the Beatles in Twickenham

Between 1964 and 1969 many of the Beatles' most well-known film and TV appearances, including A Hard Day's Night, Help! and Let It Be, were filmed in and around Twickenham Studios. Fifty years later, a new project is calling out for people's personal memories of the Beatles' association with Twickenham and the local area.

Source: St. Mary's University, London
Company to produce Yellow submarine instruments for kids

Caroline Mickler will produce a line of instruments and accessories for young children based on the Beatles-inspired film Yellow Submarine. The line includes a ukulele, junior half-size guitar outfit, outfit, including nylon strung guitar, carry bag, guitar strap, pitch pipe, spare set of strings and plectrum, for ages three and up.

Source: License Global
Monday, November 19, 2018
Listen: Paul McCartney shares John Lennon-inspired Dear Friend

Paul McCartney shared two exclusive versions of the John Lennon-inspired track "Dear Friend" to mark the upcoming release of his 11-disc archive collection of 1971's Wild Things and 1973's Red Rose Speedway on Dec. 7. He said, "I find it very emotional when I listen to it now. I have to sort of choke it back." The song is streaming now.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Signed Beatles memorabilia kept by the air stewardess up for auction

A collection of signed Beatles memorabilia amassed by the Fab Four's favorite air stewardess has emerged for sale for over 35,000 (about $44,900). Olga Fogwill met the band at the height of their fame as they were flying to Hamburg in Germany, and came to their aid when John, Paul, George and Ringo, had all forgotten their passports.

Source: Daily Mail,UK
John Lennon's killer says he feels shame as he's denied parole again

The man who murdered John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980 outside his New York City apartment told a parole board he feels "more and more shame" every year for gunning down the former Beatle. The board once again denied the killer's release in this year's hearing, whose transcript was released by New York prison officials on Thursday.

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