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Beatles almost didn’t happen - Monday, November 25, 2013

Are some people destined for success, or is the whole idea of destiny a myth, a comforting tale that we tell ourselves? When artists or political leaders become household names, are they just lucky?

You might think that the Beatles, probably the most successful popular musicians in the last 50 years, were bound to succeed. But an astonishing new book, "Tune In," by Mark Lewisohn, suggests otherwise. Without explicitly saying so, Lewisohn’s narrative raises the possibility that without breaks, coincidences and a lot of luck, none of us would have ever heard of the Beatles. As Lewisohn describes in detail, the young group became quite popular in local clubs in Liverpool, yet they struggled to attract wider attention. Lacking a manager, and with only modest prospects, they apparently came close to splitting up in 1961, fearing they weren’t going anywhere. Eventually they asked two young secretaries, who were helping to run their Liverpool fan club, to manage the group. But the secretaries found it hard to get them bookings. The group’s initial break details

This documentary explores the evolution of the Beat Generation to the ʼ60s counterculture in England—an underground revolution sparked by LSD and led by Paul McCartney and the Beatles.

With innovative songs like “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Strawberry Fields Forever,” McCartney is credited with exploring electronic sounds that helped take these cutting-edge concepts to the next level. Key players and scenesters of the time tell the story, including Barry Miles, editor of the International Times and a longtime friend of McCartney’s; John “Hoppy” Hopkins, founder ofInternational Times and organizer of the UFO Club (perhaps the British counterpart to the Avalon Ballroom); Joe Boyd, founder of the UFO Club and producer of Pink Floyd; and Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt, just to name a few. This revolution, led by a loose collective of young radicals who introduced new social, sexual and aesthetic perspectives, helped produce the most creative period the world has ever seen in popular music!  details

"My dad interviewed John Lennon in bed" - Sunday, November 24, 2013

It’s 50 years since the Fab Four first played in our capital. Nathan Bevan talks to one fan who is keeping the rock ‘n’ roll spirit going. This year marks a half century since The Beatles first played Cardiff – a momentous, cacophonous riot of a gig in which South Wales’ Fab Four fanatics packed the city’s Capitol Cinema to become part of music history.

And, while almost a decade would pass before Julian Pugsley was born, that short but historic seven-song set would go on to make an indelible impression on his life. Well, that and his father getting into bed with John Lennon. “The Beatles had split before I’d even arrived in this world, but I’ll never forget my journalist dad Calvin telling me about the time in ‘69 he got to interview Lennon in bed at the Amsterdam Hilton,” says the frontman with tribute act All You Need Is The Beatles. “John and Yoko had just started staging their two-week lie-in in opposition of the Vietnam War.” And how did he feel to have been present at such a signi details

Beatles memorabilia worth more than £2,500 have been bought by a colourful former councillor and pirate radio DJ. Colin Dale, 74, successfully bid for a gold disc commemorating one million single sales of We Can Work It Out and a velour cloth previously owned by Michael Jackson at an auction in Liverpool. Colin, a Wendover resident for 25 years, said:

“I saw an advert in the Antiques Traders Gazette and decided to go for it. I only buy good stuff. “I was up against a few from Liverpool but sorry boys it’s gone south!” Bidding for the framed gold disc, which celebrates the 1965 double A-sided single with Day Tripper, began at £350 before Colin secured the item for £1,620. The 5ft by 4ft velour cloth, one of only five made, previously belonged to Beatles manager Brian Epstein, then Michael Jackson and now Colin for a cost of £744. He said: “I did rather well there. “But it’s so big I’m thinking where does it go?” Colin, who has always been passionate about antiques, bought 12 Rolling Stones details

A BOOK autographed by The Beatles has been sold at an auction in Wareham for more than £3,000. Previously owned by a young fan who met the fab four backstage during a recording of Thank Your Lucky Stars, the scrapbook has now been sent on to an anonymous American bidder who paid £3,200 for it on November 12.

It also contained magazine and newspaper clippings, and several publicity photos and postcards of the group, featuring Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The winning bidder said: “I have never bid in an auction before, but have loved the Beatles since I was three. “I will never sell them and intend to leave them to my niece if anything happens to me.” Before the auction, the un-named owner spoke to the Daily Echo to say that the item had been her ‘pride and joy for many years.’ She added: “A friend gave me a second set of autographs from the official Beatles fan club that were signed by Neil Aspinall, the road manager who died a few years ago.” It is believed that signed Beatles p details

The Beatles, JFK and Nov. 22, 1963 - Saturday, November 23, 2013

The connection between the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the eruption of Beatlemania in the U.S. a little more than two months later when the group showed up on “The Ed Sullivan Show” has long been established.

The joy in the group’s new sound and look, played out on the faces of Sullivan’s audience full of screaming teenagers, gave a grieving nation a much-needed reason to smile once again. What’s less well-remembered is that the Sullivan show was not the group’s first TV exposure in the U.S. In fact, before that historic night, even before talk-show host Jack Paarshowed a performance clip of the Fab Four on his show a month before they arrived in the States to play live for Sullivan, Mike Wallace and CBS News were the first to tell a national audience about the phenomenon of Beatlemania then sweeping England.


The album beat off competition from Keane and Wooden Shjips to land the top spot.The Official Record Store Chart reflects sales in the UK's independent record shops.

It was launched as part of last year's Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record shops. Elsewhere in the Top 10 there is a new entry for Celine Dion's latest album 'Loved Me Back To Life', which arrives at Number Four in its first week on sale. Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP', meanwhile, is new at Number Eight. Elsewhere, albums from Eminem, Arcade Fire and Cate Le Bon stay strong in the Top 10 alongside Cliff Richard's 'The Fabulous Rock 'N' Roll Songbook' and 'Muscle Memory' by Jamie Lenman. 

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Julian Lennon appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday November 21, 2013. Debuting his new album "Everything Changes"

Although his appearance was  brief , Jullian sang a song from his new album called Someday. Julian had a full band with him including violins and a cello, Julian was playing a beautiful Acoustic Guitar with the most amazing graphics on it. The song was sang and played wonderfully. Everything Changes is a stunning achievement. It's stately and intimate, and thoughtfully paced. Lyrically, it covers romance, introspection, and humanitarian concerns with artistic concision, mixing clever wordplay with emotional directness. The poignancy and poise of "Everything Changes" opens the album and sets a universally spiritual tone. The beautifully crafted lead off single "Someday" features mystical Eastern melodic motifs and boasts guest vocalist Steven Tyler.

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A Beatles expert has called for the auction of the John Lennon school detention records to be called-off until ownership rights can be properly established.

Documents revealed the Fab Four icon's antics at Quarry Bank High School, now Calderstones in Allerton, Liverpool where he was dubbed the "class clown". Teachers noted that Lennon was punished for fighting in class, being a nuisance and showing "just no interest whatsoever". The documents will go under the hammer on on Friday but an expert is urging for the auction to be called off so the ownership rights can be established. Phil Coppell, who is a leading Beatles Tour Guide in Liverpool, said: "These documents were clearly the property of the school authorities and how they got into private hands should be the subject of a proper investigation. "If the current keeper of the documents claims to have found them, or rescued them when they were being thrown away, that does not mean that he automatically owns them and can sell them at auction. 
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Plans for a permanent memorial to George Harrison at a community hospital in Oxfordshire are under way. Townlands Hospital in Henley-on-Thames is undergoing an £8.7m upgrade after campaigners fought to keep it open.

A spokeswoman for the late Beatle's family said it was in talks with the hospital's League of Friends to "create a lasting memorial to George Harrison within the proposed redevelopment". Harrison lived in the town until his death in 2001. The spokeswoman added: "It will very much be something to support and aid the local community rather than a statue or plaque." A petition started by resident James Lambert in 2012 to erect a statue in the town was halted after a response from the star's widow, Olivia. Mr Lambert said: "The Harrison family were reticent to have a more formal landmark, but what better initiative to get involved in than the redevelopment of Townlands. "It's great news, and it will be very welcomed and embraced by the whole of Henley.

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