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ORIGINAL drawings for the Beatles’ psychedelic animation film Yellow Submarine are being auctioned for £125,000. The collection boasts hand-painted scenes from the 1968 adventure in which the Fab Four travel in the Yellow Submarine to Pepperland to save it from the Blue Meanies.

One highlight of the collection is a rare scene of John, Paul, George and Ringo with instructions on the bold colours for their clothes and Ringo’s rings. The music-hating Blue Meanies also feature, as does their pet, a snarling four-headed bulldog. Many of the 80 cartoons for sale were drawn by German illustrator Heinz Edelmann. Most belonged to an anonymous collector who worked on the film. They will go under the hammer at Heritage Auctions in Los Angeles on November 20. Auction house director Jim Lentz said: “The animation was groundbreaking and that coupled with the fact that the film was all about the biggest band in the world is what made it so iconic.”

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Gerry Harrison, assistant director of the legendary Beatles’ film Magical Mystery Tour, looks back on his time with the group as a period of “great fun”. The assistant film director who lives in Co Clare, became friends with The Fab Four and went on to work with John Lennon and Paul McCartney individually.

Today he’s in Dublin for the opening of the inaugural Beatles Festival, which marks the jubilee of the group’s two performances in the Adelphi Cinema. He told how he was “very aware” that he was in the presence of geniuses back in the 60s. McCartney was “very much in charge” during the filming of Magical Mystery Tour, according to Gerry, and filming was done “on the hop, with no studios”. “Paul was very much in charge because Brian Epstein had just died and that had left a vacuum…There were tensions there as well.”


Schoolboy cashes in on Beatles gig - Saturday, November 09, 2013

Chris Hill was one of those who has vivid memories of the Fab Four’s concert in the Ritz Cinema 50 years ago today – memories which are immortalised thanks to an east European camera which he got for his birthday.

Then aged 16, the south Belfast youngster took a string of snaps of the group on stage, which he went on to sell to fellow schoolchildren across the city. Although he said none had ever been published before now, he estimated he sold as many as 800 of the prints, which he produced in his own dark room, netting him a sum worth about £3,000 today – but spent so much time doing so that he performed poorly in his mock O-level exams. About four weeks before the gig, he had got up at about 2am to cycle three miles from his Malone home to queue for the best seats in the house. “1963 was the year they broke through,” he said. “It was the biggest thing that ever happened in the life of a teenager.”


The Beatles top most-pirated list - Friday, November 08, 2013

The Beatles have topped a list of artists whose music is not being taken down from file-sharing websites (or at least not effectively) which has been complied by anti-piracy service MUSO.

As previously reported, MUSO provides services to help independent labels, including Beggars Group, Demon Music Group and Essential Music & Marketing, to monitor illegally shared files online and issue takedown notices for them. The company compiled its top ten by monitoring websites which are compliant with its takedown requests (so missed out the more bullish likes of The Pirate Bay, et al), thus meaning that the illegal files counted could easily be removed. Coming in first, The Beatles had 187,687 files available illegally on the sites surveyed, over 115,000 more than the number two act,

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THE BEATLES PLAYED their first and only Irish concerts fifty years ago this week; whipping up mass hysteria as they whistled through a series of short-sharp shows in Belfast and Dublin.

Much like the GPO in 1916 and U2′s Dandelion Market concerts in the late 70s — those who claimed to have been in attendance far outstrip the numbers who actually were. Believe it or not, the four-piece were on stage for only around 50 minutes when they played Dublin’s Adelphi Cinema on Middle Abbey Street in 1963 — completing two 25 minute sets in concerts staged at 6.30pm and 9 o’clock. Thirteen years earlier, screaming teenage girls were conspicuous by their absence when a seven-year-old George Harrison strolled along O’Connell Street sporting what looks like an early version of the Beatles mop-top haircut. The photo was taken by Arthur Fields — a Jewish-Ukranian street photographer who became a Dublin institution; it’s estimated he took over 180,000 images on and around O’Connell Bridge during his career before he retired in 1984. details

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first visit to New York, and the “Ed Sullivan Show” appearances that lit the fuse on Beatlemania in America, the New York Public Library and the Grammy Museum are collaborating on a multimedia exhibition, “Ladies and Gentlemen … The Beatles!”

It will run from Feb. 6 through May 10 at the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, at Lincoln Center, and will include tour memorabilia, historic film clips, video interviews with musicians, as well as interactive exhibits. The installation is primarily a traveling exhibition assembled by the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. But it is having its debut in New York — other cities have not yet been determined — and Bob Santelli, the Grammy Museum’s executive director, said that it would draw on the library’s archival holdings for material about the group’s stay in New York.

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Lennon in Bermuda app delayed (update) - Thursday, November 07, 2013

The highly anticipated John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes app will be available on November 14 in Apple's App Store.  It was originally supposed to be released this week but the launch date had to be pushed back a week.

The island should get some great free publicity as people download the app. The Bermuda Tapes follows Lennon’s trip to Bermuda and the music he recorded for his Double Fantasy album. People who download the app will be able to listen to demos of songs he recorded while in Bermuda. Some of those songs include:  Woman, (Just Like) Starting Over, Nobody Told Me, I’m Losing You and Dear Yoko among others. Bermuda plays prominently in the app as there are several interactive elements such as sailing to Bermuda from the US and visiting a disco and other places he visited while on the island. All the revenue from the sale of the app (price not available yet) will go towards WhyHunger’s Imagine There’s No Hunger campaign. 


Paul McCartney has revealed a bizarre fact about The Beatles' icon Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album - a sound only dogs can hear features on track 'A Day in the Life'.

Whilst speaking to Zane Lowe about vinyl (which he thinks is "the best"), McCartney said: "I asked my engineers whilst (vinyl) sounds good and they explained there are frequencies above and below that you can't hear." He continued: "We'd talk for hours about these frequencies below the sub that you couldn't really hear and the high frequencies only dogs can hear. We put a sound on Sergeant Pepper only dogs can hear. If you ever play Sergeant Pepper watch your dog." The high pitched whistle can be found on the final track on the album, 'A Day in the Life', which is named by many as the band's best song. Who knows, your dog may even become a fan, as the high frequency 15 kilohertz sound can be detected by canines but not the human ear.

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Car on iconic Beatles album cover for sale - Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The light blue 1967 Triumph Herald which was parked just metres from the Beatles as they walked across a Zebra crossing on their iconic 'Abbey Road' album cover is for sale – and it's right here in Ireland.

David Golding, a classic and vintage car dealer from Rathgar, Dublin, purchased the car in July from the South Western vehicle auctions in England. "It got me excited. It's not the sort of car I normally deal with. But I just thought if anybody is going to find out the history of this car – I'll be doing it, I love a challenge like that," David said. Now the fifth owner of the car, David went about tracing the owner of the car through its log book, to verify that it is the one pictured on the now-iconic Beatles album cover.

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Source: The Independent, Ireland

Rare Beatles 'Butcher' Fetches $15,300 - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The Beatles memorabilia dealer who sold the album, stated (in their **eBay listing) it was; "A simply stunning truly near mint mono original first state butcher cover version of the LP 'Yesterday and Today' in the original shrinkwrap!! (Capitol T-2553) what can I say, it's simply a beauty front, back and all around!"

In 1966, The Beatles 'Butcher' (album) cover was used in an early release of "Yesterday and Today." The album immediately drew criticism due to the image of The Beatles being covered in raw-meat and baby-doll parts. Things were so bad... When Capital Records first released the album, most stores would not carry it. Sears only carried the album for one-day before pulling it from their shelves. This led to a majority of albums being recalled so a less controversial image (sticker) could be placed over the original album cover, making the original (first-state) versions extremely scarce.

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