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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
First Beatles management contract sells at auction for $347,000

The very first management contract signed by The Beatles and Brian Epstein on Jan. 24, 1962, sold for $347,875 at a Sotheby's auction this week in a sale benefiting the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation. The contract guaranteed Epstein a 10% fee that would rise to 15% if the band's income exceeded $150 a week.

Source: Billboard
Thursday, June 13, 2019
First Beatles contract could fetch 300,000 at auction

The Beatles' first contract with manager Brian Epstein, signed on January 24, 1962, marking the start of their transformation into world-conquering pop band, is going under the hammer. The paperwork could fetch 300,000 (about $380,500) in Sotheby's English Literature Online sale which runs from July 1-9.

Source: The Irish News
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
George Harrison's guitar expected to auction for $380k

A guitar played by George Harrison while The Beatles were in Hamburg is set to fetch 300,000 (about $379,700) at auction in London on June 12. Harrison recalled going, aged 16, with Paul McCartney to buy the guitar in Liverpool in 1959. His mother had to sign the purchase agreement which was later paid off by Brian Epstein.

Source: Metro News, UK
Monday, May 13, 2019
Best Motown Beatles covers: When Motown met the Beatles

The four Beatles all loved Motown, and would search the racks of Brian Epstein's NEMS record shop for hidden treasures from the Detroit label, hoping to find unheard gems. As the 60s became dominated by Liverpool's Fab Four, Motown's finest paid tribute to The Beatles, with a string of top class covers of their songs.

Source: UDiscover Music
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Beatles symposium to host new Beatles author

Beatles at the Ridge is proud to welcome author Patricia Gallo-Stenman to their 2019 Symposium line-up. Stenman was selected as a teen reporter on the Fab Four during the 1960s in her local Philadelphia area, and in her 25-year career as a journalist, has written about The Beatles for Discover and The Sunday Bulletin Magazine.

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Long-time Beatles insider Joe Flannery dead at 87

Joe Flannery, one of the key figures at the birth of The Beatles, has died at the age of 87. Described as the "Secret Beatle", Flannery was the Beatles' booking manager from 1962-63 and was a lifelong friend and close confidant of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who he had known from childhood.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, August 31, 2018
2018 Liverpool International BeatleWeek was a fantastic seven days

Highlights of the 2018 Liverpool International BeatleWeek included something for everyone, from Beatles' VIP Guest Speakers Patti Boyd, the 75th Birthday celebration of George Harrison, a London Westend Musical Choir, the Analogues band making history by playing the complete White Band, to a "Scousechella" and much more.

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Friday, August 24, 2018
Champagne Wishes and Beatles Dreams

Robin Leach, English entertainment reporter, famous for being the host of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," passed away this morning in Las Vegas. He was a big Beatles fan, and part of their inner circle in the early days of Beatlemania, having worked with their friend Derk Taylor, and was in NY for the Beatles' first appearance on Ed Sullivan.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, July 16, 2018
Noted authors to co-chair 2018 Beatles at the Ridge Symposium

In its sixth year celebrating The Beatles, the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium has recruited a highly-distinguished panel of Beatles authors, artists, filmmakers, and musicians for the September 14-15, 2018 event. And at the helm this year are symposium co-chairs Jude Southerland Kessler and Lanea Stagg.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, October 9, 2017
Speakers selected for Beatles at the Ridge 2018 Symposium

In celebration of John Lennon's 77th birthday, Lennon expert and biographer, Jude Southerland Kessler announced the Beatles at the Ridge guest speakers for the Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium 2018 in Walnut Ridge, AR. Slated for September 14-15, 2018, it is the educational component for the two-day music festival.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, July 18, 2016
Good Ol' Freda documentary to be screened at Beatles festival

On Saturday, Sept. 17, Beatles at the Ridge 2016 will feature the award-winning film "Good Ol' Freda," the story of Freda Kelly, the official Beatles Fan Club Secretary for the duration of The Beatles' career. The film was released in 2013 to great acclaim at South By Southwest, and since then, it has won award after award.

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Monday, April 18, 2016
NY Metro Fest for Beatles Fans educates and entertains

Last weekend, the largest Fest for Beatles Fans since the 50th Anniversary New York Metro fest in 2014 rocked on in Rye Brook, NY. Record crowds, jamming the highway exits for 45 minutes on Saturday morning, flocked to the Fest's lovely new location to take part in comfortable annual rituals and exciting new offerings.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, January 25, 2016
Beatles Fan Club Secretary to speak at Beatles symposium

Freda Kelly, the official Beatles Fan Club Secretary for the duration of The Beatles' career will be the Honored Guest of the symposium presented by GRAMMY Museum of Mississippi and Delta State University. The film "Good Ol' Freda," will be shown on Saturday, 2 April and Ms. Kelly will speak to attendees and answer questions.

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Monday, August 31, 2015
The Beatles and Elvis Presley

Shortly before 6 p.m. on August 27, 1965, I got a call from Beatles road manager Mal Evans. "Get over to the house right away-we're going to see Elvis." The historic visit was to take place at Elvis' mansion in Bel Air. But then he added the disappointing kicker: "Brian says no photographers or tape recorders. Everything is off the record."

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Liverpudlians reveal new Beatles stories at Beatlefest panels

At the Los Angeles Fest for Beatles Fans held October 10 thru 12 at the LA Airport Marriott hotel, there were several panel discussions that offered new stories into the early days of the Beatles in Liverpool as experienced by a diverse group of Liverpudlians, including Julia Baird, John Lennon's half-sister and Angie and Ruth McCartney.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, June 30, 2014
Epstein actor unveils Blue Plaque celebrating life of Beatles manager

TV and stage actor Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street and The Bill) joined special guests in London on Sunday to unveil a prestigious Heritage Foundation Blue Plaque to celebrate the life of Beatles' Manager, Brian Epstein. The invite was particularly poignant for the Southport actor who resumes the role of Brian...

Source: Beatles News Blog
Beatles historian honors Brian Epstein at Blue Plaque unveiling

Brian Epstein was honored on Sunday in London with the unveiling of a Blue Plaque on the building from which he managed the Beatles between 1964-1967. Keynote speaker for the event was humorist/producer and Beatles scholar Martin Lewis, who ran the 15-year campaign to get Epstein into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, May 9, 2014
Beatles scholar Martin Lewis quits as emcee of Beatlefest conventions

After 22 years and 56 conventions, producer/humorist and Beatles scholar Martin Lewis, who was a protege of Beatles publicist Derek Taylor, has stepped down from his role as Master of Ceremonies of the Beatlefest conventions held in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston and Orlando.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
New video clip presents entire Brian Epstein Hall of Fame Induction

A video clip newly-posted on YouTube gives admirers of the Beatles and Brian Epstein an opportunity to hear first-hand the induction of the Beatles manager into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th. It is highly probable this will be truncated when shown on HBO, making this the only unedited record of the historic event.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Pattie Boyd Harrison remembers night Beatles heard Brian had died

At today's "A Salute to Brian Epstein" discussion panel at the NYC Fest for Beatles Fans, Pattie Boyd Harrison talked about the evening she found out Brian had died. She said, "They as a group would never be the same. I'll never forget the look on the Beatles face's that they would have to look after themselves."

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Man who brought Beatles to America to be remembered in NYC

On Wednesday, February 12, family, friends and artists will come together to celebrate the life of and to pay tribute to Sid Bernstein, the legendary promoter also known as "the man who brought The Beatles to America" and "The Father of the British Invasion" at The Cutting Room in New York City.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, January 10, 2014
Fans to share evening of intimate conversation with Beatles friends

On Thursday, February 6, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first weekend in America, New York's 92nd Street Y will present an evening of intimate conversation with some of the Beatles' friends - Peter Asher, Donovan, Billy J. Kramer, Freda Kelly and Vince Calandra, moderated by Beatles scholar Martin Lewis.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Beatles scholar on the recognition finally of Brian Epstein

I am thrilled and delighted that 15 years after the campaign was launched to have Brian Epstein honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it is finally going to happen. The most under-sung hero across the Beatles' universe, without Brian Epstein's passionate belief in them, the Beatles' genius might well have gone undiscovered by the world.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013
New book reveals Lennon never forced to choose between mum and dad

Acclaimed Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn has changed the course of Beatles history in his new book, "Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years," that goes places no other Beatles book has ever gone before, changing the way you see the Beatles in so many ways, providing answers for questions long asked by Beatles fans.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Gerry Marsden appears at hotel that honors Brian Epstein

Last Tuesday, Channel 5's The Hotel Inspector TV series featured Epstein House, a charming 8 room hotel in Anfield, right behind Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Gerry Marsden and Sam Leach were in attendance. Also attending the event was the Liverpool Lord Mayor Gary Millar who took a strong interest because he co-owns a recording studio and has produced several albums. Epstein House features one of the largest private collections of Brian Epstein memorabilia outside of the Epstein family.

Source: Beatles News Blog

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