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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
How Peter Jackson's new Let It Be will shatter your view of The Beatles

If we've learned anything from reality TV, it's that if you put cameras anywhere, the egos involved will explode. That's what makes Let It Be project the one that the Beatles are most reluctant to revisit. So fans are getting understandably excited by the news that Peter Jackson is set to direct a new version of the film.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
A Hard Day's Night meets Korean horror film in new mashup

A YouTuber has unleashed a very funny mashup combining train scenes from A Hard Day's Night with scenes from the 2016 Korean horror film The Train to Busan, which revolves around a zombie outbreak on an ill-fated train ride. Throw in some horror-based musical themes, and you've got what could be the next great thriller!

Source: Live For Live Music
1966: The year in 40 classic rock albums

Until late 1965, rock and roll was still all about the 45 RPM single. Quite often, a band's latest album would consist of a hit single or two and nine or so songs that no one ever really bothered to listen to. Then came Rubber Soul. From that moment on, the rock album became a statement in itself, a measure of significance.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, February 4, 2019
Ringo Starr All-Starr Band celebrates 30 years this summer

Ringo Starr will be on tour with his All-Starr band this summer, the 30th anniversary of his outfit's start in 1989. Band members include Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Colin Hay, Hamish Stuart and Gregg Bissonette. Not only will this tour mark the band's 30th year together, but Starr will celebrate his 79th birthday in July.

Source: College Media Network
Beatles' pre-breakup letters on sale for $550,000

Two legal letters that foretold the eventual dissolution of the Beatles are now for sale. The letters from January and April 1969 were sent to John and Lee Eastman, the father and brother of Linda Eastman, future wife of Paul. The January letter is available for sale at $225,000, while the April letter has an asking price of $325,000.

Source: Rolling Stone
Feb 4, 1968: Teen fans sing on Beatles song

It was more than a dream come true for two of the so-called Apple Scruffs who regularly hung around the entrance to Abbey Road Studios, when Paul McCartney came out and asked if they "could hold a high note." On February 4, 1968, they were recording Across The Universe, and wanted to add high harmonies to its chorus.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, February 1, 2019
Choreographer talks inspiration behind new Beatles tribute

Next weekend, choreographer Mark Morris will bring the Mark Morris Dance Group back to Boston to perform "Pepperland," a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He says Sgt. Pepper was wonderful big mess of influences of other styles and cultures and points of view, which is what makes it interesting.

Source: WGBH, Boston
Beatles at war: The truth of the explosive rivalries that tore the band apart

When Paul McCartney announced in April 1970 that he had no plans for working with The Beatles, the world fell in on him. "Paul Quits Beatles," ran newspaper headlines around the world. And, overnight, the most popular of the four was demonised as the killer of the most-loved entertainment attraction ever.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The Beatles on film: How cinema viewed the Fab Four

The Beatles are responsible for some of the greatest music in history, but they're also responsible for a whole wealth of films inspired by their career that stretch from inspiring to downright bizarre, including Back Beat, centered on the band's original bass player Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Rutles, the gold standard of pop mockumentaries.

Source: Clash Music
The Beatles first U.S. #1 single on this day in 1964

On This Day, February 1, 1964, I Want to Hold Your Hand, which was released in the U.S. on December 26, 1963, became the first of seven number 1 singles the Beatles achieved in a one-year period, launching Beatlemania, the British Invasion and the classic rock era. It's hard to imagine that Capitol Records originally turned them down.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Sir Peter Jackson to make Beatles film with unseen Let It Be footage

Fifty-five hours of never-released footage from 1969 of The Beatles during the Let It Be studio sessions is being compiled into a new film by Academy Award-winning director Sir Peter Jackson. Announced today, it will be based around the unreleased footage of the group in the studio, shot between January 2 and January 31, 1969.

More: Audio  Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Beatles rooftop concert 50 years ago today

They could have done it anywhere, but planning out a huge gig would have involved too much effort. They just wanted to see what it was like to play live again. On January 30, 1969, the Beatles went to the roof of The Beatles' Apple Corps headquarters in London, to perform what would turn out to be their final public concert.

Source: Best Classic Bands
McCartney says there might be recordings of Beatles and Elvis together

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "Is it true there is a recording out there somewhere of a jam session that you had with Elvis Presley?" Paul said, "There is no recording of a jam session with Elvis - that I know of! I haven't got it and I don't remember that. But you know I suppose there's some slim possibility it's true."

Kent shop with Beatles connection is closing down after 140 years

Baldocks, a family-run shop in Tonbridge, in Kent, England, is due to close after 140 years. It is the last of nine Baldocks stores to permanently shut. Formerly known as Baldock E and Sons, the shop became the first to sell Levis jeans in this country. In the 60s, they sold a pair of jeans to then Beatle Ringo Starr.

Source: iTV, UK
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Mercedes-Benz 230 SL owned by John Lennon sells for $225,000

A 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL belonging to John Lennon has sold at auction in the U.S. for $225,000. Bearing the original U.K. registration numbers GCP 196C, this very special 230 SL was originally delivered to Lennon in 1965 and retains the original documentation and logbook, even bearing his signature on the registration.

Source: Car List
John and Yoko exhibition in Liverpool extended due to popular demand

The most intimate exhibition ever on the lives of John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono has been extended until November, National Museums Liverpool has announced. Open since May 2018, the exhibition "Double Fantasy" has become one of the Museum of Liverpool's most popular exhibitions, attracting more than 300,000 visitors.

Source: Xinhuanet
Liverpool shopping mall to celebrate anniversary of rooftop concert

To celebrate the 50th anniversary The Beatles' Apple HQ rooftop performance, the Liverpool ONE city centre shopping centre will be hosting their very own version on the roof of Starbucks on Wednesday, January 30. Students from LIPA Sixth Form College will take to the roof to sing Beatles songs for Liverpool audiences.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles-themed event to raise money for children's museum

The Chico Children's Museum's second annual fundraiser, "With a Little Help From My Friends." Inspired by the Beatles and the 1960s, folks are encouraged to come and hang out in their mop-tops, and groove to the Decades band. Raffles and a live auction will provide fun and local prizes to lucky winners.

Source: Chico Enterprise-Record
Beatles-inspired piano concert returns to Victoria

Pianist and composerChristopher Donison thinks the Beatles deserve the same musical recognition as Mozart. After his performance Abbey Road, In Concert last December, due to audience demand, he decided to return for an additional performance on Jan. 31, and to do an additional show called Sergeant Pepper, In Concert on Feb. 1.

Source: Victoria News, Canada
Monday, January 28, 2019
Ringo Starr adds 2019 tour dates

Ringo Starr has added U.S. dates to his 2019 All Starr Band tour, including Harrah's Resort Southern California and performances in Fukuoka and Osaka, Japan. August 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Ringo and His All Starr Band and the celebratory tour concludes September 1 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Beatles at the Ridge 2019 symposium speakers selected

John Lennon expert and biographer, Jude Southerland Kessler, and Recipe Records Series cookbook author Lanea Stagg announce the Beatles at the Ridge guest speakers for the Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium on September 20-21, 2019. The Symposium serves as the educational component for the two-day music festival.

Source: Beatles News
How Paul McCartney earned his $1.2 billion net worth

Paul McCartney is one the richest entertainers in the world. As a Beatle, a member of Wings, and a solo artist, his music catalog, much of which he wrote and composed, continues to earn royalties. One of the most successful composers and performers of all time, more than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song Yesterday.

Source: Celebrity Net Worth
Grateful Dead covers Beatles in concert on this day in 1987

32 years ago tonight, the Grateful Dead played their first show of 1987 with a hometown performance at San Francisco Civic Auditorium. Unbeknownst to the band and their then-growing legion of Deadheads at that time, the performance heard the band cover The Beatles' Get Back for the first and only time in their career.

Source: Live For Music
Friday, January 25, 2019
Paul McCartney's Red Rose Speedway was meant to be a double album

Paul McCartney's 1973 Red Rose Speedway was originally planned as a double album. It was discovered by McCartney's researchers who went to work tracking down what would have been the double album version. The double album version will debut in 2019 as part of the new expanded Red Rose Speedway box set.

Related Articles  Source: Noise 11
1968 letter reveals some thought new Apple label was pornographic

A newly-discovered letter has revealed that Hey Jude was almost never a hit, because the vinyl's apple label was dubbed pornographic. Distributors feared the picture of an apple cut in half on one side looked liked part of the female anatomy. But the single was launched in August that year and went on to be a four times platinum seller.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Source: The Daily Mail, UK

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