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Led Zeppelin’s music engineer, Glyn Johns spoke in an interview with SiriusXM and remembered the time when The Beatles guitarist George Harrison reacted to Led Zeppelin.

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“I was working with The Stones around the same time this record [‘Led Zeppelin’] was made. We were putting together [1968’s] ‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus,’ which was a TV show which had a lot of different artists on it.

Just after I’d finished this record [‘Led Zeppelin’], I was going to a production meeting for that [‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus’].

We were all kicking around ideas of who should be on it and I took this record and played it at the production meeting to Mick [Jagger]. ‘Jimmy [Page] put this band together with John Paul Jones. It’s gonna be absolutely huge!’ But Mick didn’t get one side of it. Probably still doesn’t.

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When the Beatles Let Their Freak Flag Fly - Sunday, January 13, 2019

For all of their obvious populism—the ootsy-cutesy singalongs, the exhortations to love everyone and everything—the Beatles, in their most beat-loving, insectoid hearts, were purveyors of oddities. Not to the degree of a Frank Zappa or a Syd Barrett, but they loved getting their weird on, going back to John Lennon’s youthful days as a Goon Show nut who liked nothing more than drawing figures copulating in the margins of his school books, then making his classmates giggle.

Sometimes Beatles oddness took the form of early covers, especially in the early days—a show tune like “Till There Was You,” a girl-group number like “Boys,” pronouns and gender notions be damned. This put them far ahead of their time, and it also set them up for sonic experimentation that no one was yet dabbling in—Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, obviously. Paul McCartney has cited 1970 B-side “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)”—the official cut a Beatles nut is most unlikely to know—as his all-time fave by the band, precisely because of the spirit it invokes, a mad hatter’s call of We Will Not Be Hemmed In.

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A run-down venue where the Beatles played their 'worst ever gig' to just three people has sold for just £1.

The historic Subscription Rooms in Stroud, Gloucester, hosted the Beatles in March 1962, a year before their big break.

The 183-year-old arts and entertainment centre has fallen on tough times and has been sold for a single pound by Stroud District Council to the Town Council, having been on the market for £600,000 nearly two years ago.
It was the group's first gig outside of either London or Hamburg and Sir Paul famously told the BBC it was their 'worst ever' performance.

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So you've decided to start again. Good for you. Maybe you've finally found the courage to step toward a career you've always dreamed of pursuing. Maybe you're learning to respect yourself and your own boundaries, or maybe you've learned to hold yourself accountable and become the best version of yourself possible. Maybe you just feel like pressing "restart" and getting back on track - or maybe you said "screw it" to any tracks at all.

Whatever the case, it's a new day and a new you, and you deserve a killer soundtrack to keep you motivated and remind yourself why these changes are a good thing. In that case, we've put together 10 of our favorite songs about starting fresh and embracing the new. From dance music gems to classic favorites, these songs about change and new beginnings will keep you from slipping back into old habits.

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Cuba Is Organizing a The Beatles Week - Saturday, January 12, 2019

Havana, (Prensa Latina) The Cinematheque of Cuba is organizing a The Beatles Week as of January 16 with a varied program in homage to the legendary English band.

According to a statement from that entity, the inauguration will be on January 16 at Cine 23 y 12, in downtown Havana, where the institution has its headquarters, and will be extended to the Charlie Chaplin hall until the 20th.

The Week will make available to the public records, images and books related to the life and career of the successful group formed in the city of Liverpool and recognized as the most praised by critics in the history of rock music.

Its influence on popular culture remains remarkable despite its disintegration and the passage of time.

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A new video uses Google Maps to take Beatles fans on a world tour, covering more than 25,000 miles, using the group's lyrics as a guide.

Produced by Vanity Fair, the nearly 13-minute clip begins in their hometown of Liverpool. In addition to obvious places like Penny Lane and Strawberry Field, Beatles songs that reference their parents (like "Julia" and "Let It Be") are matched with John Lennon's and Paul McCartney's childhood homes.

After three-and-a-half minutes, the video turns from Liverpool to Blackburn ("A Day in the Life") and the Scottish town of Kircaldy ("Cry Baby Cry") before flying to London, where Buckingham Palace ("Her Majesty"), the Royal Albert Hall and the House of Lords and Bishopsgate ("Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!") are acknowledged.

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Absolutely the Beatles' worst song - Friday, January 11, 2019

The critic Bill Wyman has ranked all 213 Beatles tracks from worst to best. You might be slightly surprised by his choice of the best.

And even more surprised that the worst is not by Ringo. At Beatles anniversary time, the stories write themselves. “It was 25/30/40 years ago today!” “The act you’ve known for all these years!” “A splendid time was guaranteed for all!” Last week’s 50th anniversary of the U.S. release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the most acclaimed rock album ever and the apogee of the Beatles’ cultural influence in the 1960s, is a time for all those chestnuts and more. But Pepper’s doesn’t make sense if it’s not put in context. And the only way to do that, given the weight of the Beatles’ presence, is to take a look at everything the band put on record over its eight-year recording career.

It turns out that ranking the songs recorded by the Beatles in the 1960s is easy; you put the worst one at the top, and the best one at the bottom.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1972. The former Beatle once told music writer Ray Connolly that his childhood ambition was “to write ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and be Elvis Presley.” Connolly was set to interview Lennon on Dec. 9, 1980, but the rock star was killed Dec. 8. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)

Why another biography of John Lennon? Surely, almost 40 years after his death, there can be nothing left to say about this endlessly famous man? Veteran British music journalist Ray Connolly thinks there is, and so it is that “Being John Lennon: A Restless Life” takes its place on an already very crowded shelf. After reading this likable and workmanlike but hardly revelatory book, whether he is right remains an open question.

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Picking the best song from every Paul McCartney album doesn't always mean checking the Billboard charts.

True, the former Beatles star went on to notch nine No. 1 songs as a solo star and leader of Wings. In all, he's claimed 23 Top 10 smashes, most recently with "FourFiveSeconds," a 2015 collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West that rose to No. 4. But, a scant four of those big hits made our list.

Elsewhere, we delve into treasured deep cuts, forgotten gems and also-ran singles. That so many praise-worthy tracks can be found that far off the beaten path speaks to McCartney's astonishing depth as a songwriter, and his astonishing longevity in an industry often governed by flashes in the pan.

Our focus was on McCartney's post-Beatles rock records, so some notable releases did not make the cut. We skipped his five classical albums, including 1991's Liverpool Oratorio; oddities like 1977's Thrillington and 2000's Liverpool Sound Collage; the first two ambient-instrumental Fireman collaborations; and Kisses on the Bottom, his 2012 collection of mid-century standards.

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Paul McCartney’s never-before-seen film, The Bruce McMouse Show, will play in select theaters around the world January 21st. The fabled project is a concert film crossed with an animated feature that centers around McCartney and Wings meeting Bruce McMouse, an animated mouse impresario. A teaser for the film is available to watch, and screenings will be held in 11 theaters across the U.S. A complete list of participating theaters, as well as ticket information, is available on the Bruce McMouse website.

The Bruce McMouse Show boasts footage from Wings’ 1972 European tour filmed during four shows in the Netherlands and Germany. After watching the footage, McCartney decided to blend it with a previous idea he had about a family of mice, and he worked with animator Eric Wylam to bring the McMouse family to life. Production on the film, however, took several years, and by the time The Bruce McMouse Show was finished in 1977, Wings’ line-up and musical direction had changed to such an extent that the decision was made to shelve the film.

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A collection of 26 vintage records by the Beatles has been stolen after a thief or thieves forced entry into a rural home on River Mill Line, Huron County OPP said in a statement Thursday.

The cache includes a 1964 Spanish Beatles album, ironically called Lost Beatles. On its own, that one record is worth $7,000, police said.

The entire stash of Fab Four discs is valued at $45,000, they added, describing it as a “high dollar” break-in.

The value of the collection reflects The Beatles’ status as arguably the most influential band in rock history.

According to police, the break-in and theft took place between noon on Jan. 4 and 1 p.m. on Jan. 8.

Also stolen was a Realistic brand record player equipped with a ruby needle, as well as tools and a mini-bike.

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Dean Ford, singer, songwriter and guitarist. Born 5 September 1946, in Airdrie. Died of complications from Parkinson’s disease 31 December 2018, in Los Angeles, aged 72.

Before the Bay City Rollers, before Simple Minds, before Franz Ferdinand, there was Marmalade, fronted by a “little guy with big ears” from Airdrie. And it was Marmalade who made history as the first Scottish group to have a UK No1.

Their singer was born ­Thomas McAleese, but found fame and fortune in the 1960s and 1970s as Dean Ford, helping steer Marmalade’s course from Glasgow’s Barrowlands to the top of the charts with a cover of the Beatles album track Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – Paul McCartney was a big fan of the group.

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Last month, Paul McCartney unveiled the official video for Egypt Station track “Who Cares” featuring actress Emma Stone. Today, McCartney shared a clip that takes viewers behind-the-scenes at the making of the “Who Cares” video.

Paul wrote “Who Cares” about bullying. He recruited Brantley Gutierrez and Ryan Heffington to direct the video, which was shot on 65mm Kodak Film with Panavision Cameras. “My hope is that if there are kids being bullied—and there are…Maybe by listening to this song and watching this video, they might just think it’s not as bad…That it’s the kind of thing you can just stand up to and laugh off and get through,” McCartney shared when the video was released.

Both McCartney and Stone discuss their roles in the “Who Cares” video and the sentiment behind the clip. Gutierrez and cinematographer Linus Sandgren also talk about how the video came together. Watch the behind-the-scenes video on the making of Paul McCartney’s “Who Cares” video:

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The city of Liverpool is almost synonymous with the Beatles. Almost 50 years after the band split up, the place is a sort of Beatles Disney Land: there's a Beatles-themed hotel, a Beatles museum and plenty of shops with all kinds of Beatles merchandise. Fans come from all over the world to see where the story of the Fab Four all started — and this Beatlemania is bringing around $104 million to the region every year.

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There are a lot of friendships out there in the Hollywood “community” that are definitely worth talking about. Hell, that are definitely worth celebrating. We’re ride or die for Nicole and Naomi. We’d take a bullet for Winona and Keanu. But, frankly, we’re going to need you to immediately forget every single BFF duo you know, because we have a new front-runner for Friendship of the Millennium: Septuagenarian rock icons Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh. Oh god, they are cute! In an effort of full transparency, Vulture was aware that they shared brother-in-law status for a while now, but in a fun interview with Rolling Stone last month, John Mulaney made us realize the full extent of their bromance while reflecting on the newest Rock Hall inductees. “You know who should be inducted? The friendship of Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr,” he said. “They are together so much, it warms my heart.”

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Never-before seen pictures of The Beatles have come to light after being kept in a drawer for more than 50 years.

They were taken in Cornwall during the filming of the 1967 TV movie Magical Mystery Tour, which was first broadcast on Boxing Day that year, Cornwall Live reports.

The candid pictures were taken by a travelling salesman who was staying in the same Newquay hotel as Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and who followed them to the beach.

The rep kept the 15 colour slide transparencies, as well as a letter signed by three of the band, in a drawer for decades.

But in October last year he decided to sell the rare items, which fetched £2,700 at auction on New Year's Day, more than the estimated figure of £1,000 to £2,000.

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Paul McCartney Releases New Single - Saturday, January 05, 2019

Sir Paul McCartney is one of a select group of musicians who have stayed relevant throughout the years. From his success with the Beatles, to his spin-off band Wings, to his successful solo career, the man just keeps evolving. And this time, he's grown perfectly into the modern world of music.

McCartney released his 17th solo album last year, for which he recorded this new single. That single never made onto the album, so Paul has released it separately. With the help of some current music stars, this song fits perfectly into the world of auto-tune, but still carries the McCartney style.

 

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Nearly 55 years after the Beatles landed at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Feb. 7, 1964, PEOPLE is taking a look back at the love affair between a band and a country in an updated Celebrating Beatlemania! The Beatles special issue.

“Thanks to generations of new fans joining the still-devout baby boomer Beatlemaniacs, the band is bigger now than it was during the Beatles’ meteoric decade-long career,” writes American Theater magazine editor Rob Weinert-Kendt in the foreword.
The 96-page special edition is filled with scenes from the band’s early years, from their debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (that 75 million Americans tuned in to watch!) to the mass hysteria that ensued during their 1965 show at Shea Stadium. Read about John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr‘s early lives and how they each began their musical careers.

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Maybe Paul McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds” session with Kanye West had more of an effect than it first seemed — McCartney has quietly dropped a new song called “Get Enough” that features some heavy autotune that actually at times recalls West’s work circa “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”

The song, which arrives just four months after McCartney’s latest album “Egypt Station,” is a collaboration with Zach Skelton and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and is actually quite different from the material on that album. It opens with McCartney singing a characteristic melody with a reverb-heavy vocal and piano chords that actually evoke John Lennon’s 1970 hit “Instant Karma” before the autotune kicks in and it heads into unfamiliar territory for the singer.

Then, a couple of minutes in, a new section begins that bears the hallmarks of Tedder’s work — a sweeping and stadium-sized melody with big production and the OneRepublic singer’s familiar high vocals. Otherwise, the song is largely a McCartney solo project, with him credited as playing bass, piano, acoustic guitar, harpsichord, synthesizer and synth-bass, whil details

The Best Bands Of All Time - Friday, January 04, 2019

Who are the best bands in the history of rock? From Arctic Monkeys to AC/DC, The Beatles to Biffy Clyro, here are the essential groups you need.

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John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr: four men from Liverpool who literally changed the way we understood and enjoyed pop music. They will live on forever.

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“Intolerable interference.” That’s how Paul McCartney described what Phil Spector did to his song “The Long And Winding Road.” McCartney used the phrase when he filed a lawsuit against the other three Beatles in 1971. McCartney was looking to dissolve the Beatles’ partnership. He gave six reasons for his case, and one of those reasons was the final version of “The Long And Winding Road” — a song inspired by the Beatles’ breakup that also happened to be the Beatles’ last American #1.

McCartney had written “The Long And Winding Road” in 1968, sitting at his piano at his farm in the Scottish countryside. He’s said that, when he wrote it, he was feeling “flipped out and tripped out,” a better turn of phrase than anything he’d write into the song. On paper, it’s a song about a romantic relationship dissolving. And maybe that’s partly what caused McCartney to write the song; he was, after all, ending one relationship and beginning another. But the meta-text — the story that everyone must’ve understood when they heard the song — is that the Beatles were moving away from one another and that the so details

A Beatles superfan has donated a rare and treasured collection of band memorabilia to a museum in Dublin.

Terri Colman-Black spent decades buying unique pieces from shops and newsagents around Dublin and went on to build up a treasure trove of relics dedicated to the Fab Four.

At the age of 14, Ms Colman-Black’s love for John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr was compounded after she went to their first and only concert in Dublin in November 1963.

Among some of the items on display at the Irish Rock N Roll Museum Experience in Dublin are the ticket and programme from their Irish concert, a George Harrison model kit and Beatles magazines.

The mother-of-two said she started to buy the collectables as she wanted to surround herself with the Beatles.

“In those days you didn’t have a lot of money, people didn’t think about memorabilia,” she said.

“I started to buy things because I just wanted them around me, to stick up on the wall, to put in my bedroom. More and more things became available, I got as many pictures as I could get.

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“What do you call that hairstyle you’re wearing?” asked the journalist.

“Arthur,” George replied.

Since George was George Harrison of the Beatles, the haircut was a moptop, which I suppose got its name because it was meant to look like somebody had jammed a mop into the top of your head. I thought Arthur was a much better name and tried calling it that but it never caught on.

Anyway, when you are a standard-issue loveable moptop, you are meant to be horsing around, having a lark, being a hoot. The Beatles did all that, probably so you wouldn’t notice they were singing nasty, rude, frankly erotic songs. “Sexual intercourse began in nineteen sixty three,” as Philip Larkin noted. “Between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles’ first L.P.” This was only 1964, so if you were going to usher in a sexual revolution in Britain, best do it politely, in tidy suits and schoolboy haircuts.

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It would be hard to describe the San Francisco Tape Music Festival as a pop event — except maybe this year, it might just be a little apropos. Included amid the usual profusion of diverse and unpredictable offerings is “Revolution 9,” the classic sonic collage from the Beatles’ so-called “White Album” that may still be the best-known example of “musique concrète.”

But that’s only one small slice of a four-concert annual event that bristles with prerecorded music of all shapes and vintages. This year’s lineup features a wealth of other works from the late 1960s by such composers as Morton Subotnick, Wendy Carlos and James Tenney.

From just the past year comes music by Brendan Glasson, Kristin Miltner, Larry Polansky, Kris Force and many more. It’s a testament to the variety that’s possible in this musical landscape.

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During in a recent interview with Sharyn Alfonsi from CBS News, The Beatles bassist Paul McCartney has revealed the behind his song called “Michelle”.

Paul said:

“Michelle… Which just meet me at the parties… Mainly an art school parties. John went to art school. And so me and John were the young kids crushing the party. So we weared black turtlenecks and try to look ‘very French’. I often take the guitar, sitting the corner and humming.

Thinking, you know some girl would say “WOW!” But never happened. Some day John said, “Remember that French thing you have you should finish that!” So I finished that.”

CBS wrote:

“McCartney said when Lennon attended art school parties, he and George Harrison would tag along. In an attempt to look more sophisticated, McCartney says he wore black turtlenecks and sat in a corner, where he strummed a guitar and sang in French. He hoped, unsuccessfully, to impress a girl.

The girl never came, but a new song did.

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