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Ringo Starr is coming to the iBookstore, or at least his latest collection of memorabilia, 'Photograph' will be as it hits the Apple [AAPL] iBookstore exclusively on June 12.

'No one else could have these'

Genesis Publications and Ringo Starr have put the ebook together as a precursor to the publication later this year of a physical book of the same name. The collection comprises an array of never-before-seen photos and other visual material taken from Starr's own collection and was assembled using Apple's iBookstore author software.

"These are shots that no one else could have," says Starr. "A good time was had by all in those days."

Beatles fans can take a look at photos of Starr's childhood, home, family vacations and all night parties, including some pictures that really should interest any music history buf details

Mecum Auctions, known for its collector car auctions, has announced its first celebrity auction taking place in July in Santa Monica. More than 2,000 items will be featured in the Mecum Celebrity Items Auction including personal items and artifacts from Steve McQueen, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Hunter S. Thompson and more.

Two high-profile items from ex-members of The Beatles were both consigned by their ex-girlfriends: A pair of John Lennon prescription sunglasses worn by Lennon in the mid-70s during his 'Lost Weekend' when he spent time with former girlfriend, May Pang; and a custom-made ring worn by Ringo Starr that was given to him in 1976 by his ex-girlfriend, Nancy Andrews.

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Little remains unknown about the Beatles – they're one of the world's greatest rock and roll bands and have likely been photographed more times than Bieber and Britney combined.

But now Ringo Starr is unveiling more than 100 never-before-seen images of the Fab Four that he took during their '60s prime. In a new e-book, Photograph, the Beatles drummer reveals intimate pictures of the group, including black-and-white and color photos of Starr, now 72, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison during their first U.S. tour, their fabled trip to India to meet the Maharishi, and their last days together as a band.

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Source: People

Photo Credit: Ringo Starr/Photography/Genesis Publications

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The George Harrison Memorial Garden at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate near Watford is now open to the public.

The Beatle – who passed away in 2001 – gave the site, formerly known as Piggots Manor, to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1973 after becoming a follower of the Hare Krishna religion. Following Harrison's death, a garden was created in his remembrance. His widow Olivia Harrison said: "I am grateful to the devotees for honouring George in the form of a garden. A manifestation in the material world of which he would be very proud."

Olivia and gardener Monty Don will both attend the garden's official opening. Don commented: "I am delighted and honoured to open the garden commemorating George Harrison at Bhaktivedanta Manor and that the public will be able to share George's great love of gardening and deep spirituality."

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Source: NME

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A BIDDING was has erupted over a piece of Beatles history.

John Lennon's gypsy caravan, which was discovered in an Ascot garage, has attracted interest from prospective collectors across the world, since we revealed its whereabouts.

The 1967 Sgt Pepper's caravan has been hidden from public view for more than 40 years but it was acquired by Ascot resident Alan Carr, fundraising director of the Ascot Lawyers' Foundation.

n an exclusive interview, Mr Carr said: "I have been delighted with the international response so far from many major collectors of Beatles memorabilia.

"They have told me this is the moment they have all been waiting for."

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Source: The Villager

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All Together Now - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Too many Beatles books? In my house there’s always room for one more, and this week’s addition is All Together Now (Matador, £9.99), an ABC of Beatles’ songs by registered Fabs geek David Rowley.

This is his third book on the subject, for like many repeat offenders, Rowley has spent more years writing about the Beatles than the Beatles spent being the Beatles. His competition is Ian McDonald’s legendary Revolution in the Head, a chronological, rigorous and shamelessly tendentious analysis of the songs that irritates some readers by being just a bit too much like the old NME.

This is a much simpler book, less stylishly written for sure, but factually sound and, with its alphabetical structure, more of a lucky dip: the Beatles loo book, if you like.

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Source: The Spectator

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Yoko Ono shows no signs of slowing down. In her New York home, the curator of Meltdown 2013 discusses her art, love, John Lennon and political activism.

Sitting at her kitchen table, sipping green tea, Yoko Ono looks much the same as she did when I met her 20 years ago. Dressed in a black top and trousers and peering intently over tinted spectacles, her face bears little trace of the passing of time and her diminutive form exudes utter calmness.

Having crossed the famous threshold of the Dakota building, and been ushered through the interior of possibly the most exclusive address in Manhattan by her assistant, then instructed to leave my shoes at the door, I do feel like I have been granted an audience with a grand historical figure. Which, in a way, I have.

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Source: The Gurarian / The Observer

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Paul McCartney made his first visit to Elvis Presley's grave and left one of his guitar picks behind.

According to the official Twitter account of the former Beatle, McCartney said the pick was 'so Elvis can play in heaven'.

The lifelong Elvis fan toured Graceland mansion Sunday.

McCartney was in Memphis to play a show on the North American leg of his 'Out There' tour, which has seen him perform in Brazil, Poland, Italy and Austria before drawing to a close in Seattle in July.

His set lists have included rarely performed songs such as Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite, All Together Now and Eight Days A Week, which he played live only once before the tour began, with The Beatles in 1965.

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Paul McCartney’s weekend in Memphis began with a trip to Elvis’ home at Graceland, and ended with a visit to FedExForum, as the Beatles legend left a capacity crowd buzzing with his first performance in the Bluff City in 20 years on Sunday night.

Sandwiched in between a pair of Grizzlies playoff games, McCartney’s concert at the arena reaffirmed his place as the popular champion among his ‘60s rock survivors. While he may lack Bob Dylan’s inscrutable air of mystery, or the visceral outlaw excitement of the Rolling Stones, McCartney is an unapologetic people pleaser. He delivered a nearly 40-song, three-hour set of Beatles classics, rarities, tributes and favorites from his Wings and solo catalog, a truly epic and awe-inspiring performance from a man just a few weeks shy of his 71st birthday.

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Source: Go Memphis

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Many years ago, when the world was young and vinyl ruled, I used to sit in the Abbey Road studio, watching the Beatles at work.

At the end of a session, I would pick up their odd scraps of paper - the lyrics of a song they had been working on, scribbled on the back of an envelope or a telephone bill. I would ask if I could have it, as it might be useful to me in writing the band's biography (the only one they would ever authorise, as it turned out). They always said yes, as the cleaners would just burn the scraps along with the other bits of rubbish left on the floor.

The Beatles showed little interest in their own jottings because their only concern was the recorded song. Don't forget that this was between 1966 and 1968 - from Revolver to the White Album - and John, Paul, George and Ringo were still in their 20s. You tend not to think ahead at that age, and certainly not about phoney concepts such as posterity.

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