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It was 50 years ago today... give or take six months or so. A concert programme signed by all four Beatles at their first Sheffield show has been uncovered – selling at auction for £4,200. The programme for one of two City Hall gigs on Saturday March 16, 1963 wasn’t even in mint condition.

True, the item had been signed not once but three times by John Lennon, together with signatures from John, Paul and Ringo all on the same double page spread – a collector’s dream. But the rest of the programme had been cut up to remove two further individual signatures by Harrison and Starr. It seems the snips had been made to share the precious scribbles between the group of friends who had clubbed together to buy the programme – and who presumably waited patiently for the band after the show.

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While this isn't one of the places where the late-music icon John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono staged one of their famous bed-ins for peace or posed naked for the cover of their 1968 album "Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins," we can think of no finer name-dropping, stop-the-dinner-conversation point than being able to say "Lennon used to live in this house."

The home is currently owned by Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ian Thorpe, who just listed the Hollywood Hills bungalow for $999,000. Thorpe bought the 960-square-foot home for $879,000 in 2006. Located in Laurel Canyon, the listing notes that the retreat was built in 1961, sits on a hillside treed lot, and has lots of charming features including wall-sized windows, built-ins and a Japanese-inspired master bedroom that we assume Yoko Ono had nothing to do with.

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A drum kit featuring various drums that Ringo Starr used when The Beatles played their historic Shea Stadium concerts in 1965 and 1966 currently is on display for a limited time at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store on 59th St. in New York City.  The kit includes the bass drum Starr played at his old band’s August 15, 1965, show at the now-demolished ballpark, as well as the floor and rack toms he used at the August 23, 1966, concert at the stadium.

The drums are being displayed in conjunction with the new line of Beatles-themed clothing and accessories Bloomingdale’s is selling that were created as part of a new campaign celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary and British culture in general.  The kit can be viewed on the store’s Men’s Department, located on the main floor at the Third Avenue entrance.  In early 2014, the “Shea Stadium Kit” — as the drum kit is known — will be exhibited at Bloomingdale’s Century City location in Los Angeles.


Paul McCartney will answer questions from fans Thursday in his first-ever Twitter Q&A to celebrate the launch of his upcoming album New. Where Does Paul McCartney Rank on Our 100 Greatest Singers List?

The LP marks the former Beatle's first studio album of new solo material in six years, and features songs produced by Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns, Paul Epworth and Giles Martin. The singer last month shared a lyric video for the song "New," and last week offered a peek at the album's neon-light cover art by visual artist Ben Ib, who was inspired by the work of sculptor Dan Flavin.

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Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler has announced that the upcoming release of her third book has been delayed to coincide with Beatles anniversary. The much anticipated third book She Loves You, in the highly acclaimed John Lennon Series, which was due to be released on October 9, 2013 has been pushed back by its author Jude Southerland Kessler. The new release date will be February 7, 2014 when the book will make its formal debut at the Beatles Conference in Altoona, Pa.

Several factors have played into Ms. Kessler’s decision to delay the release of her third book. First and foremost was her desire to put out the best product possible without having to rush to finish it.

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It’s a good day to be a squirrel. First comes the trailer for The Nut Job, and now the news that the squirrel-centric children’s book “High in the Clouds” is being adapted into a feature film. Of course, squirrels can’t actually watch movies, read news on the internet, or even understand the concept of language, but I’m sure they’d be pleased were it explained to them in squirrel terms.

But “High in the Clouds” is no ordinary children’s book. It’s one written by Sir Paul McCartney; formed Beatle and current writer of books about squirrels. The story will feature a squirrel on a journey to find Animalia, a legendary animal sanctuary. But the story’s not really what’s important – what’s important is McCartney’s involvement, and that he’ll be writing several songs for the film. That’s all but guaranteed to be the big selling point for High in the Clouds.

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A reel-to-reel radio relic that preserves a long-lost Canadian interview with John Lennon, discovered recently in a former New York broadcaster’s attic is set to be auctioned Thursday. We ended up in Montreal, which turned out to be a good thing. The interview vividly recalls the musician’s December 1969 peace mission in Canada that culminated with a private meeting between the pop superstar and then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

The 90-minute recording with Village Voice music columnist and radio host Howard Smith captures the Beatles legend candidly describing the production of the group’s last album together, Let it Be, as “hell” and “torture,” presaging the biggest band breakup in rock ‘n’ roll history. And echoing other public comments made at the time, Lennon explains how Canada — initially a second-choice destination for the singer’s ’69 anti-war campaign after a previous marijuana conviction prevented his entry into the U.S. — turned out to have ideal “vibrations&rdquo details

Fifty years ago, Beatlemania shocked the world, drawing hostility and pity from press and public alike. But the screamers were neither the first nor the last to be starstruck… The first time Scottish concert promoter Andi Lothian booked the Beatles, in the frozen January of 1963, only 15 people showed up. The next time he brought them north of the border, to Glasgow Odeon on 5 October, they had scored a No 1 album and three No 1 singles, and it was as if a hurricane had blown into town.

The night almost unravelled when nervous local police insisted Lothian bring the Beatles on early to satisfy rowdily impatient fans, even though his bouncers were still in the pub. "The girls were beginning to overwhelm us," remembers Lothian, now 73 and a business consultant. "I saw one of them almost getting to Ringo's drumkit and then I saw 40 drunk bouncers tearing down the aisles. It was like the Relief of Mafeking! It was absolute pandemonium. Girls fainting, screaming, wet seats. The whole hall went into some kind of state, almost like collective hypnotism. details

A signed copy of With the Beatles has seen some of the highest bids in RR Auction's online sale, which closed on September 26. The album, signed by all four members of the band and in superb condition, sold for $40,726. A rare UK stereo first pressing, first cover edition complete with the original record, it is described by the auction house as "virtually nonexistent", such is its rarity.

The album was signed on December 7, 1963, a very busy day for the band, who had taped a special edition of the BBC's Juke Box Jury show that morning, before giving a special northern area fan club concert at the Liverpool Empire.Following this, they went to the Odeon Cinema to give two more live performances, performing a 10-song set as part of the UK winter tour. The fan met the band backstage at the Liverpool Empire.

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The home where John Lennon began his life after his birth in 1940 at 9 Newcastle Road in Liverpool is up for auction and Donna Jackson of the British Beatles Fan Club said in an interview Sept. 28 that the home in many ways hasn't changed from when John Lennon and his mother Julia lived there.

“The house needs some work before it's fully habitable but it's got really great potential,” she said by email. “There are lots of original features that would have been there when John lived there, and they're really lovely. The ceiling roses are gorgeous, and the original pantry is still in the kitchen. It's not at all hard to imagine John living there, and crawling on the floors and holding on the bannister struts (the originals are still in the house) as he clambered up and down the stairs. There's also a really nice 'feel' to the house. I absolutely loved it!”

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