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-Doreen Speight met the future Beatle at a Butlin's holiday camp when he was with his old band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes Love letters from Ringo Starr to a teenage girlfriend sold today for £16,250.

Doreen Speight met the future Beatles drummer on a Butlin’s holiday in Pwllheli, North Wales, in 1961, when she was 16 and he was with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Ringo wrote to her later in October 1962: “I got a phone call asking me would I join the Beatles and I said yes and I left Rory. “I am doing very well with the new group, we have a record out I hope you have herd (sic) it it is on (Radio) Luxembourg every night (also don’t forget to buy it).” Doreen, of Bredbury, Stockport, rediscovered the letters in a drawer. They were sold at a Bonhams auction in London to an anonyous UK collector. “He was known as Richard Starkey back then and we ended up spending the whole week together, having barbeques and beach parties after they had practised. “We would sit in Rory’s car and Ringo would ho details

THE BEATLES INSTITUTE - Thursday, June 26, 2014

Explore the dynamic decade of the 1960s at “ground zero for peace and love,” the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and National Council for the Social Studies present workshops that focus on in-depth exploration of the Beatles and ways to apply the decade in engaging ways within your community.

Workshops include:

  • How the Beatles Became the Beatles!
  • John Lennon and Racial Politics
  • Deconstructing the Beatles: Strawberry Fields by Scott Frieman
  • Many more to choose from! 

Additional components include:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of The Museum at Bethel Woods
  • Current technology for bringing the 1960s to life! 

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Arts- and history-based workshops connect teachers with subject area experts in these fields and combine content exploration with pedagogy and ideas for classroom implementation. Previous history workshops have been offered in association with Nat details

Paul McCartney has added another date to summer's hottest ticket: The 'Out There' world tour will touch down at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina—marking Paul’s historic first ever performance in the city of Greensboro.
Paul recently took a quick break from rehearsals for the tour, which resumes July 5 in Albany, NY, to film a special video message to his fans which can be seen below: The 'Out There' tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career - as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul's most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year. The McCartney live experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The&nbs details

A MICROPHONE used by The Beatles when they played live in Hull in 1964 has been sold for £7,500. An imitation tortoiseshell plectrum used by John Lennon at the same concert fetched £4,000. The Reslosound Ltd RBT/L ribbon microphone was owned and used by The Beatles in the early 1960s. It was given to a fan after their show at the ABC Theatre in Hull city centre on October 16,1964. 

Auctioneers Christie's said: "The vendor attended the Beatles concert in Hull and, following the show, he struck up a conversation with one of the band's technicians. "The vendor was keen to start his own band so the technician with whom he was speaking gave him the microphone, telling him that John Lennon thought it wasn't working properly any more so the band had no use for it. "Reslo microphones such as this example were used predominantly at the Cavern Club in the early 1960s and there are many photographs of The Beatles on stage at The Cavern using an identical microphone to the one in the auction." At the same Christie's auction, an imitation details

Paul McCartney uploaded a video to his YouTube page this afternoon (June 24th) with an update on how he’s feeling and details on rescheduled tour dates. 

After being hospitalized for a viral infection last month, which forced him to postpone a string of European and North American tour dates, we now know Paul McCartney is on the mend and “getting ready to rock” again. This all coming from his former Beatle-mate Ringo Starr, who gave an update on Paul’s health during an exclusive talk with Access HollywoodAccess Hollywood caught up with Ringo during a showing of his latest artwork at New York’s Soho Contemporary Art Gallery. He tells them that he checked in with Paul after learning about his illness, and says he’s doing much better after resting. “I spoke to him actually while he was in the hospital,” he said with a laugh. “Not knowing the time, I just sort of dialed and – hello? He picked up and we said hi and he said he’s doing okay.” He added that since tal details

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It’s hard not to go into a show like The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger without just a little bit of apprehension and a whole lot of awe.  The apprehension comes from the fact that this might be some kind of vapid vanity project, considering the two members are Sean Lennon, son of one of the most revered people in the history of people (John Lennon); the other is Charlotte Kemp Muhl, a model and Lennon’s girlfriend.  And the awe comes from the fact that you’re standing in the room with (only the slightest bit of hyperbole) “royal blood”. 

However, it doesn’t take long for the apprehension to disappear, in fact it happens somewhere around point that the first chord is strummed; and just like that the trepidation is gone, like the ghost of said elusive Saber Tooth Tiger.  And quickly the awe becomes the music that’s being made in front of you. Backed-up by the members of The Invisible Familiar, Sean, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his father in both visual aesthetic and vocal acumen, is truly a charismatic force on details

He has been in recovery after being struck down with a mystery illness during his tour of the Far East in May. So it’s no surprise Sir Paul McCartney opted to get away on a sunshine break as he was pictured enjoying a day at the beach in Ibiza on Sunday.

The 72-year-old was joined by his 53-year-old wife, Nancy Shevell, and a few pals as they lapped up the sunshine on the Spanish island. Paul was keen to make the most of the sunshine as he went for a quick dip in the Mediterranean Sea. The pair waded in the waves for a short while before making their way back up the beach to lounge with their fellow holiday makers. Ibiza isn't just for adolescent ravers and stag dos you know. The White Isle has something for everyone regardless of age, as Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell are demonstrating so beautifully. And they both looked in great shape as they enjoyed a bit of time in the sun.

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Lennon at the Royal Court, Liverpool - Monday, June 23, 2014

Any show that starts with Liverpool's favourite Beatles song was always going to be onto a winner. In My Life has topped each of our readers’  polls of favourite Beatles songs in the last few years, and it was a fitting start to a tale talking the life story of one of the city’s favourite sons.

John Lennon – who somehow managed to be both the funniest and the saddest Beatle, the one who struggled all his life despite huge talents – was a maddeningly complex character. In this show, which is returning to the Royal Court less than a year after its last run, John is played by Mark Newnham and John Power. They portray the different eras in John’s life – from the cheeky schoolboy through to the dad who begged the world to give peace a chance. They are aided by an excellent live band with the kind of harmonies and musicianship that would make lesser Beatles’ tribute bands weep. The early scenes are a lot of fun, showing the band’s development from the Quarrymen through to the Hamburg days.


Catalina Island Museum event celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night"

We are screening the film in the historic Avalon Theatre on Catalina Island on Sunday, July 6 at 7 pm. Pattie Boyd - former wife of George Harrison and later Eric Clapton - will be in attendance and has agreed to a rare interview immediately following the film. She met George on the set of the film and will share her memories of acting in the film, meeting the Beatles and her intimate view of the Beatles during the height of 'Beatlemania'.  Tickets are only $8 for members of the museum and $10 for general admission. More info can be found on our website: 

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Following England's hard day's night against Uruguay, members of the Three Lions squad have amusingly been mocked up as The Beatles on the front page of Brazilian newspaper Lance.

Using the Liverpool band's famous Abbey Road album cover, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and manager Roy Hodgson have been depicted as the scouse foursome. After defeat to Uruguay, England say Hello to Costa Rica on Tuesday but will likely have to say Goodbye to the tournament. However, the Three Lions will also need help from Italy if they hope to progress. On Thursday night, England defender Phil Jagielka was a nowhere man as Liverpool striker Suarez rose to head home. It seems all Wayne Rooney needed was love and a little help from his friends, though, as the striker scored his first World Cup goal to draw England level. England's day trippers twisted and shouted in the stands and had to come together to roar the team on.


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