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Beatles Help! jackets to be auctioned - Saturday, February 15, 2014

Jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr in The Beatles' 1965 film Help! are being put up for sale. The jackets also appear on the iconic album cover of the film's soundtrack. The comedy drama was directed by Richard Lester and the jackets are from his private collection.

They are part of an auction of more than 200 lots of rare Beatles memorabilia and are expected to be sold for more than £50,000 by Omega Auctions in Liverpool next month. The Help! film saw the group come up against an evil cult and fleeing to the Austrian Alps to seek refuge and Harrison and Starr wore the jackets throughout the five days of filming that took place in the Alps. Lester, 82, also directed The Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: "As Beatles clothing goes, these have got to be amongst the Holy Grail for any Beatles collector. "They feature on one of their most recognisable album covers and I have a feeling these could really fly off the block." The sale, which will also include a large details

Too much of The Beatles isn't enough, apparently. After the hoopla in the U.S. celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band's first performance in the U.S., comes word from auction house Coys that it'll sell the 1964 Bentley S3 owned by the "Fifth Beatle."

That's Brian Epstein, the group's manager, who was able to buy the car with his 25% of what the band was paid. It replaced the used Bentley S1 Epstein had been driving. The sale is planned for March 11 in London. Coys forecasts a selling price between 40,000 and 70,000 British pounds -- about $66,000 to $115,000 at a recent exchange rate. Epstein ordered the car in late 1963 and picked it up when he and the band returned from their famous 1964 U.S. sally 50 years ago, highlighted by the seminal "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance that rocked America and rocketed the band. From a collectible viewpoint, the car's especially valuable because its ownership and repairs have been well-documented, providing proof it's original.

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I was meant to be going to Uganda to do a big news story for the Daily Express but, at the last minute, the paper called and said they wanted me to shoot the Beatles in Paris instead. I considered myself a serious journalist, so I managed to talk them out of it. I knew who the Beatles were, but it was early in 1964 and they had yet to have their big breakthrough. I wasn't interested in running around with them.

Five minutes later, the editor called and told me I was going whether I liked it or not. So I caught up with them in Fontainebleau, where they were doing a warm-up gig before the big Paris show. I went out to my car to get an extension for my flash and, when I got back, they were playing All My Loving. It was sensational. I thought: "Christ, this is it – the breakthrough." The music story had become a news story. From then on, I made sure I stayed close to them. When we were in their hotel suite later, one of them said: "That was some pillowfight we had the other night." When I suggested photographing them having an details

Having changed the world once with The Beatles, at the beginning of the 1970s John Lennon wanted to do it all over again. But, this time, in line with his personal vision of global concord.

Desperate to consign the Moptops to history, he escaped to America with the love of his life, Yoko Ono, and plunged into his new world of activism and giving peace a chance. But if New York welcomed him with bright eyes and open arms, Washington didn't want him around.Richard Nixon was seeking re-election and had a long list of enemies drawn up; Lennon rose rapidly up that list. The Yippie leaders Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin hoped Lennon would lead a movement that would gather momentum around the country. But the partnership never really went beyond planning. The couple did, however, throw themselves into a variety of local causes and Lennon's songs developed a new political directness. This meant that the authorities remained on their case and, while Lennon enjoyed the relative anonymity that New York afforded him ( details

As the long period of celebrations in honor of the Beatles’ stateside arrival 50 years ago wrapped on this week, we’d seen Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, Olivia and Dhani Harrison. But where was Julian Lennon? Not at any of these gala events, but instead about as far away from the Grammy-type hub bub as he could be — in Kenya and rural Ethiopia, working to help restore clean water to the region.

“To me, the last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybody else,” Lennon told Brooklyn Vegan, “clapping my hands and being filmed in front of millions while watching a Beatles karaoke session.” This water campaign is a key effort for Lennon’s White Feather Foundation, which is collaborating in Africa right now on various humanitarian and environmental projects with Millennium Villages and Charity: Water. Even if he wasn’t so busy, it doesn’t sound like Lennon is all that interested in hearing Beatles mus details

Dave Grohl has never hidden his admiration for the Fab Four – and after playing The Beatles’Hey Bulldog during a TV special for the band the Foo Fighters frontman claims he wouldn’t even be on stage but for Lennon, Macca and co.

His praise comes hot on the heels of the Grammys at which Grohl labelled Paul McCartney a “groundbreaking visionary”. The cover which Grohl played alongside Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne was performed in front of McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono who each appeared to thoroughly enjoy the performance. Speaking after the show to Rolling Stone Grohl beamed: “If it weren’t for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. From a very early age, I loved their groove and their swagger, their grace and their beauty, their dark and their light. The Beatles knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as rock and roll, for my parents, for me and for my daughter, too.

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Recently, as the world saw, Ringo Starr joined Paul on stage at the GRAMMYs for a performance of 'Queenie Eye'. is publishing an exclusive look behind-the-scenes shot at the rehearsals featuring Paul and Ringo practicing 'Queenie Eye'.

The clip includes interviews with both musicians and sees Paul say that "…playing with [Ringo] is very special". He also tells how the first time Ringo played with The Beatles "…the band lifted to what it was about to become." Ringo goes on to say of his lifelong friend, "Paul McCartney is the finest". CBS will tonight broadcast 'The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles' at 8pm (EST); the same time and date of the now legendary first TV appearance by the band on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles tribute was filmed on Monday 26th January, the day after Paul took home five GRAMMYs, his most successful details

All hail Ringo, for 50 years the unsung Beatle - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dear Ringo, Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of your appearance with the lads on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” I know you’re aware of the media din surrounding Sunday night’s CBS special commemorating the event.

They’re calling it “The Night That Changed America,” since we all know how Feb. 9, 1964 not only impacted the Baby Boomer generation but the entire pop-culture landscape. You were a huge part of that seismic sociological shift. And, hey, with you and Paul “reuniting” for the telecast (we’ll ignore your 2009 and 2010 reunions for now), it’s an exciting night. So savor the moment. Soak it all in. After all, you are The World’s Most Famous Drummer. But people forget that, don’t they? So I’m here to help set the record straight. Consider it a letter from me to you, from one Starr to another. (Yeah, I know, privately you prefer to be called Richy in deference to your birth name, Richard Starkey.) Sure, everyone is falling over themselves to praise you — now — but what befal details

On Sunday CBS aired a tribute to arguably the most influential rock and roll band of all time, titled The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles. That night, of course, was February 9, 1964, when the Beatles made their debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

During GRAMMY week, caught up with music icons who were around when the Fab Four hit our shores for the first time, some of whom were parked in front of the TV the night of the original broadcast. Here's what they told us about their impressions of that night, and the Beatles' role in the changing tides of popular culture. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy: "I certainly saw them [perform] many, many times! Their impact on me was very big! First of all, they did three of our songs on their second album, so I loved them after that. Recently, Paul McCartney came to the Motown Museum, and refurbished an old piano we had." [Note: 1963's With The Beatles featured "Please Mr. Postman," "You Really Got A Hold On Me" and "Money (That's What I Want)."]


On a frigid February night 50 years ago, a cavernous sports arena in Washington D.C. became sacred ground. Two days before, the Beatles had performed on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” inaugurating one of the most frenzied, hysterical fan phenomena of all time. Then the foursome hopped a train to Washington, D.C., for their first live concert in America.

Mike Mitchell, barely older than the crowd, was tasked with documenting the moment when John, Paul, George and Ringo took the stage of the Washington Coliseum. He was mesmerized by the experience, and then horrified when he saw how his photographs were used. It was a conflict that captured the growing divide – and in some cases hostility – that the 60s forged between younger and older generations of Americans. But 50 years later, Mitchell is getting the last laugh – and a whole lot more – from the iconic photos he rediscovered and restored. “I was driving down the road in my green ‘55 Chevrolet. I heard, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ on the radio, and I got it imm details

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