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The Voice contestant from Henley will be among the 12 bands and 14 musical acts performing at Music on the Meadows on Saturday, June 1 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

The free festival has been organised by the youth of Henley for the youth of Henley. Members of the youth club and the Be There Henley group have been among those involved in the planning.

Henley Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak, chairman of the organising committee, said: “The whole event is for families but we think the first part will be especially enjoyed by a younger audience. Later on, it will become like a proper pop festival for young people.

“I urge people to come along and bring a picnic and help make it a fantastic event for the community.”

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Source: Henley Standard

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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Beatles’ second feature film, 1965’s Help!, is on the way on Blu-ray. On June 24 (June 25 in North America), Help! makes its eagerly awaited Blu-ray debut in a single-disc package pairing the digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of extra features, including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene, and original theatrical trailers and radio spots. An introduction by the film’s director, Richard Lester, and an appreciation by Martin Scorsese are included in the Blu-ray’s booklet.

“You've Got To Hide Your Love Away”

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In 1966, John Lennon, in an interview with the London Evening Standard, spoke about his belief that Christianity was dying out, saying of the Beatles, “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” At the time was this true.?

The quote was taken out of context in the US, prompting an enormous backlash that centered — surprise! — in Alabama, where two disc jockeys initiated a boycott of the Beatles that included burning their records.

Some say the statement could have destroyed the career of the most important rock group of all time — details

I wanted to actually start off a little bit by asking you, because, you have such actually have quite a bit of history with rock music with American Idiot and everything like that.  Is there something about rock music that draws you to this, or what was it about the Beatles story that made you want to do this?

Well, I grew up in Manhattan, and virtually since my mother allowed me out of the house on my own, I was going downtown to places like CBGB’s and the old Ritz and it was a great time to grow up in the city.  At that time, it was 16 and up to get in, 21 to drink, so if you didn’t care about drinking (which I almost often didn’t), you could see anything.  And it was New York City, so every band passed through New York City, so it was a really really wonderful time to be exposed to music.

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MUSIC fans are in for a real treat later this month when one of the original members of The Beatles comes to Cumbria. Pete Best was the Fab Four’s original drummer and toured with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as they honed their craft in Liverpool and Hamburg at the start of their rise to become the greatest band in the history of popular music.

He will be in the Lake District on Tuesday, May 28, as part of Carlisle Music City Week and will also appear earlier the same evening at Meet Pete — a question and answer session — 50 years after The Beatles’ last performance in Cumbria.

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Source: The Westmorland Gazette

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The year was 1964, and the Beatles had just become internationally famous, traveling the world doing live performances. What an awful time to find out you have a ‘secret’ sister. John Lennon was informed by his Aunt Harriet that in 1944, when he was four years old, his mother Julia had an affair while his father Alf was at sea, and got pregnant.

The baby was born June 19, 1945 at Elmwood, a Salvation Army Hostel in North Mossley Hill Road in Liverpool. Julia named her Victoria Elizabeth Lennon, giving the baby her own married name, and not mentioning the biological father on the birth certificate. Six weeks later, Victoria was adopted by a friend of Julia’s, Margaret Pedersen, who was married to a Norwegian sailor. Julia had the impression that they took Victoria to Norway,

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Joe Flannery's just-published book on The Beatles, “Standing in the Wings; The Beatles, Brian Epstein and Me,” will be launched Tuesday in Liverpool with an event at the Beatles Story, it was announced Monday. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the museum's Cavern replica.

Those confirmed to attend include Lee Curtis, Joe's brother; Julia Baird, ("The Private John Lennon"), John Lennon's half-sister; Roag Best, Pete Best's brother; Freda Kelly, longtime secretary of the Beatles Fan Club; author Philip Norman (“John Lennon: The Life,” “Shout: The Beatles in Their Generation”), who wrote the foreward to Flannery's book.

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Source: The Examiner

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A group of Everton supporters have reportedly started an online petition in a bid to get Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney to buy the club.

The supporters are thought to be keen on having the 70-year-old singer run the club as opposed to rumours of a consortium led by Ukrainian billionaire Oleg Bakhmatyuk.

"We, the fans, have started a petition to appeal to Beatles legend and Liverpool native son Paul McCartney to purchase our illustrious football club," the Daily Star quotes the petition as saying.

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Source: Sports Mole

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first number one single, the live concert show The Magic Of The Beatles is coming to Derby’s Assembly Rooms.

In 1963, the single Please Please Me launched John, Paul, George and Ringo’s chart-topping career. It announced the arrival of a band that was to become the biggest-selling recording artists in the world.

During the Sixties, the Fab Four’s live shows saw fan hysteria never seen before or since – leading to the coining of the phrase “Beatlemania”.

”The Magic of the Beatles superbly recreates these legendary live performances, and more,” said show producer Michael Taylor.

The show promises to transport music fans from The Beatles’ Mop Top roots to the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper and beyond, from Love Me Do to Let It Be.

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Yoko Ono is nothing less than a cultural icon. From her early years in New York's artistic avant-garde, to her marriage and collaborations with Beatle John Lennon, to her creative activism promoting peace, Ono has made, and continues to make, a powerful impact on our world.

Sean Lennon--Ono and John Lennon's son born in 1975--is a creative musician in his own right, and has been performing with and directing his mother's Plastic Ono Band for years. Spinning On Air host/producer David Garland invited Sean to create a playlist of his mother's music, and present it with her on Mother's Day.

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Source: WNYC

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