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This is no ordinary tourist guide to Bermuda. Lennon Bermuda, by Scott Neil, tells the largely untold story of John Lennon setting sail on a 43-foot yacht from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda for his last summer holiday with his young son Sean, before the singer was shot dead later that year.

Bermuda was the place that inspired John to write 30 new songs – the first in five years, including "Woman". He named his last album Double Fantasy after a freesia flower he saw in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Inside the book are unseen photographs of John and Sean, then four years old, thank-you notes from John for a starfish, and hand-written lyrics of songs, even his customs declaration form stamped by Bermuda immigration, as well as places he visited and people he met along the way.

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Source: The Independent

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When Paul McCartney returns to Memphis this weekend to perform at FedExForum, the crowd will be considerably older, the females less frenzied than the first time he played here 47 years ago as a member of the Beatles. Although Sunday’s stop on McCartney’s “Out There” tour marks only his second Bluff City concert (he also played solo in 1993 at the Liberty Bowl), everyone in town, it seems, has a story to tell about the legendary musician.

For Memphians of a certain age, few memories are as vivid as those concerning the Beatles’ appearance at the Mid-South Coliseum on Aug. 19, 1966.

“It’s a day that will live in infamy for me anyway,” says Jody Stephens. He is the longtime manager of Midtown’s Ardent Studios and a bit of a legend himself as the drummer for Big Star, a group considered to be the Beatles of power-pop and the kings of all cult bands. Back in details
The Horse That Birthed the Beatles - Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nearly everyone of a certain age can muster memories of "The Ed Sullivan Show" on one Sunday evening in February 1964. The Beatles had arrived in New York City for this live broadcast and rendered the crowds of screaming teenage girls waiting for them at the airport senseless with adoration. Then 73 million more people joined the madness from our living rooms, twisting our televisions' rabbit ears in unison to bring the Beatles into our homes. We had no social media to alert us to something momentous trending on Ed Sullivan's show. But we sensed a cultural shift.

What could this have do with goings-on down in the Bluegrass horse country of Kentucky and the beginnings of a global shift in the horse industry? At the time no one could have made the connection except for Pete Best, and he was not immediately heard from: In late 1962, the Beatles had fired Mr. Best as their drummer, replacing him with Ringo Starr. Few, if any, Americans knew about the importance of Pete Best—and none could have guessed the role a horse pla details

IT WAS the location of one of the most significant encounters in popular music history and now a group of students from Chester is making an appeal for information that will help to tell the full story of the place where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met.

The team of eight history students from the University of Chester has been asked to research and produce a guide for St Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool, one of the essential stop offs for fans on The Beatles’ tourist trail.

On July 6, 1957, The Quarrymen skiffle group, John Lennon’s band at the time, played at the garden fete of St Peter’s Church.

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MUSIC students from South Tyneside College have followed The Beatles with their own tour of the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.

They gigged at the venue made legendary by the Fab Four and from where Beatlemania was first sparked in the early 1960s. To mark the special occasion, they performed Helter Skelter, a track from the band’s 1968 White Album. The show was one of four played during a week-long mini-tour as a requirement of their two-year foundation music degree.

In all, 18 students in four groups also wowed crowds at Liverpool’s historic Adelphi Hotel as well as music pub The Brierfield, in Bolton, before rounding the tour off with a performance at the Customs House, South Shields.

Music lecturer Brian Morton said: “The Cavern is a fantastic venue to play, and is something they will always remember.

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Paul McCartney has written a letter in support of Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina, who has announced that she is going on hunger strike after being refused the right to attend her own parole hearing.

The former Beatle has also written another letter in support of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was last month denied parole. The letters have been sent to Russian officials, asking them to consider releasing the two incarcerated women.

Excerpts from the letters have been posted at PaulMcCartney.com. His letter concerning Alyokhina reads:

" My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world. In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case."

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Tom Jones does a cover of an obscure Paul McCartney song on his new album, Spirit in the Room -- but he almost had a huge hit years back with what would become one of The Beatles' biggest hits.

Sir Tom, who also tackles tunes by Bob Dylan and Paul Simon on his 40th studio album, tells us that he was wowed by "(I Want to) Come Home," which Macca recorded for the 2009 film Everybody's Fine and decided to take a crack at it.

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A KEY piece of Beatles memorabilia has been discovered in the garage of an Ascot house.

John Lennon's 1967 Sgt Pepper's Gypsy Caravan has been hidden from public view for more than 40 years.

But the Ascot News can exclusively reveal that the remains of the legendary caravan - which was bought by Lennon in 1967 for his then, four year-old son Julian's birthday - has been acquired by Alan Carr, a well-known Ascot resident and charity fundraiser.

He is hoping the caravan can be restored to its former glory.

Mr Carr has been made the charitable guardian of the remains of the caravan, which is in a considerable state of disrepair, to sell it to raise money for the charities supported by the Ascot Lawyers' Foundation, of which he is fundraising director.

He said: "This caravan is a piece of rock 'n' roll history and represents the spirit of its time. Ideally, I would like to see it take pride of place in a cultural museum in Liverpool - the Beatles' birthplace - where experts can decide if it should be returned to its or details

Lennon artefacts given to nation - Thursday, May 23, 2013

Handwritten lyrics to songs such as Strawberry Fields Forever by Liverpool music legend John Lennon, as well as letters from the former Beatles star, have been given to the nation.

The manuscripts and documents - some of them unseen in public - have been donated to the British Library by the Fab Four's biographer Hunter Davies who wanted to ensure his collection was kept intact.

The lyrics to She Said She Said and In My Life are also among the items handed over as the British Library became the first place to benefit from the new "cultural gifts scheme".

Hunter Davies, the acclaimed Beatles biographer and current owner of the documents, had loaned some of the items to the British Library in the past and they were displayed in the "treasures gallery".

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The British Library has become the first institution to benefit from the Government’s new “lifetime giving” scheme after receiving manuscripts of the lyrics to The Beatles’ hit songs “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “She Said She Said” and “In My Life”, handwritten by John Lennon.

The manuscripts and other Beatles rarities were donated to the Library by Hunter Davies, The Beatles’ biographer, under the new Cultural Gifts Scheme.

The scheme allows individuals or companies to donate “pre-eminent” items to the nation during their lifetime in return for a reduction in their UK tax liability.

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