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Backstage with Paul McCartney's Son James - Saturday, April 13, 2013

James, 35 -- who over the years contributed by playing guitar and drums on solo albums by his father and late mother, Linda McCartney -- admits he's a bit nervous about launching a full-fledged career in the "rock and roll kind of lifestyle." But he also said it's exciting to be releasing his new album Me -- dropping May 21 -- which he describes as "intimate, deeply personal, and honest." The first single off the album, Strong As You, is currently available on iTunes.

James said that one of the best parts of the tour will be getting to see parts of the southwestern U.S. that were so beloved by his American mother. "Just enjoying music and traveling and going to the southwest of America, which I  details

On these shows the Beatles performed covers even more than their own compositions, and can be heard joking around with the DJs. For decades, this material was available only on bootlegs such as the Beatles at the Beeb and poor quality recordings like Youngblood. Fans finally got their wish in 1994 when Apple released the collection Live at the BBC, which featured remastered selections from their many BBC performances. One of the choice cuts from this compilation is “Honey Don’t,” a Carl Perkins cover that, unlike Beatles for Sale, has John Lennon on lead vocals.

“Honey Don’t” goes back to some of the Beatles’ 1962 shows; then, Lennon always sang lead on the cut. But when the group entered Abbey Road Studios on October 26, 1964, Ringo Starr had been chosen as the new vocalist. As Starr explained in the Anthology documentary, the song appealed to him because of his deep love for country music.


He also got Sheridan to candidly characterize the four Beatles, and also Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe. He says Paul McCartney exuded a "casual brightness," while John Lennon was "rude, crude, witty and unholy."

The book is not a long read at 119 pages, but is well worth it for Sheridan's historical perspective. The book is available through Mann's website and

Q: When did you and Tony Sheridan first meet?

Alan Mann: “As far as I can be certain, we met at around age 4 when we both went to the local Infants (Bignold) School in Norwich, which would have been circa 1943/4.

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Source: Examiner: BY: STEVE MARINUCCI
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Acorn, according to New York-based independent publisher OR Books, is an extension of the "intricate strands" Ono first wove together in Grapefruit, the "book of instructions and drawings" she published in 1964. The book, which comes out in June, is "classic Yoko", said the publisher, "full of intriguing and surreal exercises [which invite] the reader to uncover profound and often complex truths, in words and imagery that are playful and accessible".

"It's something I originally created for the internet," said Ono. "For 100 days, every day, a different instruction was communicated. Now it's being published in book form. I'm riding a time machine that's going back to the old ways! Great! I added my dot drawings to give you further brainwork."

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Source: The Guardian
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His list included former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who made a career out of being booed there by San Francisco Giants fans, and Huey Lewis and the News, who performed a great National Anthem every time they did it.

But we're really mentioning this because his list included a picture of the Beatles coming off the plane into the city and his suggestion of Ringo Starr, ahead of Paul McCartney, as a candidate to do the job.

His reason? “There's something about Ringo that seems like a better match for the Candlestick vibe,” he wrote.

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Source: Examiner
Credits:Steve Marinucci



The one time Beatles man lived in the property from 1955-1964 and learned to play guitar, piano, drums and the trumpet whilst living there, reports the Scotsman. 

The house was bought by the National Trust in 1995 but the windows, tiles and fittings were refurbished in the late 1970s, after which the original door was bought by singer Glen South, who then kept the item behind his sofa.

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Source: NME


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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Source: 680 News ALL NEWS RADIO
Photo Credit: Photo/Michel Euler 

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


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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Source: Huff Post Entertainment Canada
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