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Oct.1, 2012 file photo Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell leave after the presentation of his daughter British fashion designer Stella McCartney's ready to wear Spring-Summer 2013 collection, in Paris.

Paul McCartney remains Britain’s wealthiest musician, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

The newspaper estimated Thursday that the ex-Beatle shares a 680 million-pound ($1.05 billion) fortune with his third wife, Nancy Shevell, whose family owns a U.S. trucking company.

McCartney has topped the musicians’ list every year since it was first compiled in 1989.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is ranked second, with an estimated 620 million-pound fortune.

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How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin - Thursday, April 11, 2013

KIRKUS REVIEW

An exhaustive and exhausting look at the Fab Four’s impact on the Soviet Union.

British documentarian Woodhead (My Life as a Spy, 2005, etc.) was on the Beatles’ story early: He shot historic footage of the band at Liverpool’s Cavern Club in 1962. Also a minor Cold War–era spy, the author spent more than three decades researching the group’s impact on the Soviet psyche. His early chapters recount the Stalin regime’s ambivalent, ultimately repressive relationship with jazz; saxophones were actually banned by the despot. The rise of the Beatles led to a vast underground market for the Beatles’ music behind the Iron Curtain: Fans etched the quartet’s banned music on X-ray film, traded clandestine reel-to-reel tapes and fashioned electric guitars with parts from gutted pay phones.

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This is a mature, fully integrated effort that takes in both the obvious influences that DNA hath wrought, and everything that Lennon has slowly built into his own songwriting craft in the interim — from his tandem opening reading with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler of a line from the Beatles’ “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” set amidst swooning strings, to his gimlet-eyed philosophizing about community in this unmannered age: “It’s not about right or wrong,” Lennon sings, “or how far down the road we’ve gone: It’s just about holding on.”

Lennon, as his father did before him, is advocating that we pull together, that we love each other as one — even as he qualifies all of it with the song title’s one-word, brutally realistic retort: “Someday.”

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At the time, McCartney explained that the breakup was a result of "Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family."

Remarking on the future of the band, he added, "Temporary or permanent? I don't really know."

For years, many believed that Lennon's wife Yoko Ono was the reason for the band's split. Just last fall, McCartney shot down the idea, saying, "She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up."

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A collector has paid more than $5,300 on eBay for an ultra-rare early stereo pressing of the Beatles‘ ‘White Album,’ which may — or may not — have once belonged to John Lennon.

Low numbers from the individually sequenced 1968 two-record set, featuring an otherwise blank design created by Richard Hamilton, have become treasured collectors items over the years. The story has always gone that the first four copies were given to members of the Beatles. None of those editions, of course, have ever made their way onto the open market.

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Included is a poignant handwritten letter by Marilyn Monroe to acting coach Lee Strasberg. There is a reference to suicide is there not? Auction director Marsha Malinowski says there is. Monroe's letter reads, "There is only concentration between the actor and suicide. As soon as I walk into a scene I lose my mental relaxation. My will is weak, but I can't stand anything, I think i'm going crazy."

Malinowski says of Marilyn, "A very troubled soul who was losing her concentration because of her alcohol and barbiturate intake."

Also revealed, a scathing letter John Lennon wrote to Paul and Linda McCartney just before the Beatles breakup in 1970.

There is a lot of profanity sort of sprinkled throughout, but the part we can read without offending reads, "DO YOU REALLY THINK MOST OF TODAY'S ART CAME ABOUT BECAUSE OF THE BEATLES? I DON'T BELIEVE YOU'RE THAT INSANE-PAUL- DO YOU BELIEVE THAT? WHEN YOU STOP BELIEVING IT YOU MIGHT WAKE UP!"

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Its creator, apparently dipping into the wonders of Auto-Tune for this version he released in late January, agrees. He says on the video's YouTube page, "I reworked it to minor key, and it became almost entirely new song."

The mashup artist, whose group goes by the name "The Rumbeatles," might have taken an uplifting song and made it sadder.

He added, "Sad, beautiful, melancholic — embodying what all of us feel about this outstanding phenomenon of The Beatles, and the fact that it will never happen again."

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The Beatles were just beginning to create the buzz which would later turn into full-blown Beatlemania and took to the stage of the Rialto in Fishergate to a rapturous reception.

Mr Hattersley-Colson, who turned 80 yesterday, was 29 at the time and remembers the band as being friendly and polite.He recalls they arrived by a big Austin Princess car, and stopped for a drink at the Edinburgh Arms.

He said: “They were nice young lads, there were no airs and graces with them. They were ordinary Lancashire lads like me.

“The show was fantastic, it went very well indeed. People who went never forgot it.

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This printed interview appeared on April 9th 1970 as a press release in advance promotional copies of Paul McCartney's first solo album entitled 'McCartney.'

There have long been misconceptions that Paul had written the questions himself. Paul told the Canadian magazine 'Musical Express' in 1982, "That's one thing that really got misunderstood. I had talked to Peter Brown from Apple and asked him what we were going to do about press on the album. I said, 'I really don't feel like doing it, to tell you the truth,' but he told me that we needed to have something. He said, 'I'll give you some questions and you just write out your answers. We'll put it out as a press release.' Well of course, the way it came out looked like it was specially engineered by me." This was also confirmed in Peter Brown's book 'The Love You Make.'

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The Beatles, ‘Taxman’ - Monday, April 08, 2013

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when we sort through all of our receipts and forms and pay more than our fair share to Uncle Sam. As we’ve been trying to figure out just how much we owe, one song in particular has been going through our heads repeatedly, ‘Taxman’ by the Beatles.

Written by George Harrison, ‘Taxman’ kicked off their 1966 album ‘Revolver.’ The lyrics are a scathing comment on Britain’s high rate of taxation. While its opening line “Let me tell you how it will be / Here’s one for you, 19 for me” may seem hyperbolic, it was actually quite true. At the time, the wealthiest in Great Britain were taxed at 83 percent, with a “surtax” that added an extra 15 percent. The surtax was abolished in 1973.

As Harrison, who came from an impoverished background, began to make millions of pounds, he soon found out about the unfairness of these policies and lashed out about them in song.

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