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The copy of “Double Fantasy” John Lennon signed for his killer hours before his death is up for auction.

The record John signed for Mark David Chapman on Decemeber 8, 1980 was found outside the Dakota apartment building in New York City.  The album was used as evidence against Chapman, then returned to the man who found it.  The album was last up for sale in 2003, when it went on sale for $525,000—or 327,357 pounds.

Chapman was denied parole for a seventh time earlier this year.

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McCullough is Reportedly Doing Much Better - Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough is reportedly doing much better after suffering a heart attack in early November.  Examiner.com reports that McCullough’s former Wings bandmate, Denny Seiwell, says he has been in contact with the family, and they report that Henry is improving, and there is hope he will recover completely.

In the immediate wake of the heart attack, there had been erroneous reports that McCullough had died.

McCullough was part of Wings for 18 months starting in 1971, and it’s his guitar solo on “My Love” from the Red Rose Speedway album.

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Paul McCartney is set to fulfill a “personal ambition” and appear in the final print edition of British comic, The Dandy.

When he learned that the comic would only be available online after the December 12th issue, Paul wrote a letter to the comic’s creators, saying, “The Dandy was a favourite comic of mine when growing up in Liverpool and each week I would look forward to the exploits of Desperate Dan and his other comic book colleagues."

 

He continued: "In 1963, when asked what my personal ambition was, I replied – to have my picture in The Dandy! I hope it's not too late!"

 

Print Editor of The Dandy, Craig Graham, said: "When the decision was taken to stop printing The Dandy and take it online earlier this year, it really was a case of now or never.  Sir Paul wrote a lovely letter to us, wishing The Dandy well and hoping it wasn't too late to make an appearance.  How could we refuse?"

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Ringo Starr’s website reports that he and Dhani Harrsion’s group, thenewno2, are contributing previously-unreleased tracks to a Hurricane Sandy relief effort, focused on the hard-hit community, Red Hook, in Brooklyn, NY.

"Songs After Sandy: Friends of Red Hook for Sandy Relief" is being sponsored by the not-for-profit group, Green Ground Zero, which was founded to help communities rebuild after disasters. They  also advocate for green restoration which creates a more sustainable environment , to address the root of the problem of global warming.

Friends of Red Hook includes(in alphabetical order): Adam Acuragi, Joseph Arthur, Brendon Benson, Eric Burdon, Ben Folds Five, Ben Harper, Roger Hodgson, Kaiser Cartel, Emmanuel Jal, Matt Lenny, Eli Lieb, Toby Lightman, Jeff Lynne, Joan Osborne, Amanda Palmer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd featuring Buddy Flett, Smitty, Ringo Starr, thenewno2, Bow Thayer, These United States, Joe Walsh, Bob Weir and Jesse Malin, Edgar Winter.  Harper has worked both with R details

Unconventional clothing designs by Yoko Ono--given as a wedding gift to John Lennon—have been turned into a menswear line. 

Says Yoko: I was inspired to create Fashions for Men, amazed at how my man was looking so great. I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod."

The collection of menswear for Opening Ceremony is available the company's U.S. stores in New York, Los Angeles and London now, and its Tokyo flagship store on Dec. 9. The collection includes jersey blazers, suit pants and hoodies, starting at $75.

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Paul to Guest on "SNL" Dec 15th - Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Paul McCartney will make his fourth appearance as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" in the US on December 15th--the series' Christmas episode.  Perhaps he'll be singing his version of "The Christmas Song", from the compilation Holidays Rule.  That song is also being released as a single called Christmas Kisses, with 1979's "Wonderful Christmastime" as the flip side.  The single is due in independent record stores in the US December 4th.

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Sean Scores Another Film - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sean Lennon has provided the score for another independent film—this time acting in it, as well.  In the quirky superhero romantic comedy, Alter Egos, Sean plays a super-villain called Electric Death.  Sean has released the soundtrack to the film on his personal label, Chimera Records, and the songs are also available for download.  The album will not be in stores until January 15th.

 

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In a pre-Thanksgiving show at New York's Madison Square Garden, Sean Lennon joined Aerosmith to play "Come Together".  John's younger son traded vocals with Steven Tyler and guitar licks with Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. The band recorded the song for the 1978 movie, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band", which starred Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees.  John himself famously played the song on statge at Madison Square Garden for the One to One benefit concert in 1972. 

Julian Lennon appears on Aeorsmith's new album, Music from Another Dimension.

 

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Paul Speaks of "Real" John Lennon - Sunday, November 25, 2012

 

In a new interview with The Independent in the UK, Paul McCartney says that John Lennon's public image as tough and sarcastic is a very incomplete picture of the man. Says Paul: “There is this period of John which is all pre-Beatles, pre-huge fame, pre-drugs – and it is another John completely – that was always there right until the end. He got much sweeter, too, once he settled in New York. Once he was reunited with Yoko, and they had Sean, he became this sweet personalty again then when he was more comfortable with himself. But the acerbic John is the one we know and love, you know, because he was clever with it, so it was very attractive. But, for me, I have more than a slight affection for the John that I knew then, when we were first writing songs, when we would try and do things the old songwriters had done. I slightly regret the way John's image has formed, and because he died so tragically it has become set in concrete. The acerbic side was there but it was only part of him. He was also such a sweet, lovely man – a really sweet details

Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis has dropped plans to remake Yellow Submarine in 3D. 

While promoting his current film, Flight, starring Denzel Washington, Zemeckis told The Hollywood Reporter: "I'm not going to do Yellow Submarine. My champion to do it was [former chairman of the Disney studio] Dick Cook. And I don't want to do any remakes. You're behind the eight ball from the get-go. And how many movies have I got left in me, really? I'm getting kind of old. So I don't think I should take those years out of my life and do a remake."

The potential for a remake of the 1968 animated film has been around since 2009, when Zemeckis was first mentioned as wanting to employ the technology he had used in movies such as Beowulf and The Polar Express to update the Beatles' muscial tale.

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