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Paul McCartney has written a letter in support of Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina, who has announced that she is going on hunger strike after being refused the right to attend her own parole hearing.

The former Beatle has also written another letter in support of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was last month denied parole. The letters have been sent to Russian officials, asking them to consider releasing the two incarcerated women.

Excerpts from the letters have been posted at PaulMcCartney.com. His letter concerning Alyokhina reads:

" My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world. In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case."

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Tom Jones does a cover of an obscure Paul McCartney song on his new album, Spirit in the Room -- but he almost had a huge hit years back with what would become one of The Beatles' biggest hits.

Sir Tom, who also tackles tunes by Bob Dylan and Paul Simon on his 40th studio album, tells us that he was wowed by "(I Want to) Come Home," which Macca recorded for the 2009 film Everybody's Fine and decided to take a crack at it.

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A KEY piece of Beatles memorabilia has been discovered in the garage of an Ascot house.

John Lennon's 1967 Sgt Pepper's Gypsy Caravan has been hidden from public view for more than 40 years.

But the Ascot News can exclusively reveal that the remains of the legendary caravan - which was bought by Lennon in 1967 for his then, four year-old son Julian's birthday - has been acquired by Alan Carr, a well-known Ascot resident and charity fundraiser.

He is hoping the caravan can be restored to its former glory.

Mr Carr has been made the charitable guardian of the remains of the caravan, which is in a considerable state of disrepair, to sell it to raise money for the charities supported by the Ascot Lawyers' Foundation, of which he is fundraising director.

He said: "This caravan is a piece of rock 'n' roll history and represents the spirit of its time. Ideally, I would like to see it take pride of place in a cultural museum in Liverpool - the Beatles' birthplace - where experts can decide if it should be returned to its or details

Lennon artefacts given to nation - Thursday, May 23, 2013

Handwritten lyrics to songs such as Strawberry Fields Forever by Liverpool music legend John Lennon, as well as letters from the former Beatles star, have been given to the nation.

The manuscripts and documents - some of them unseen in public - have been donated to the British Library by the Fab Four's biographer Hunter Davies who wanted to ensure his collection was kept intact.

The lyrics to She Said She Said and In My Life are also among the items handed over as the British Library became the first place to benefit from the new "cultural gifts scheme".

Hunter Davies, the acclaimed Beatles biographer and current owner of the documents, had loaned some of the items to the British Library in the past and they were displayed in the "treasures gallery".

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The British Library has become the first institution to benefit from the Government’s new “lifetime giving” scheme after receiving manuscripts of the lyrics to The Beatles’ hit songs “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “She Said She Said” and “In My Life”, handwritten by John Lennon.

The manuscripts and other Beatles rarities were donated to the Library by Hunter Davies, The Beatles’ biographer, under the new Cultural Gifts Scheme.

The scheme allows individuals or companies to donate “pre-eminent” items to the nation during their lifetime in return for a reduction in their UK tax liability.

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Source: The Independent

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John Lennon returns for one last concert, and you are there! Tim Piper's very special John Lennon tribute show, "Just Imagine," returns to Los Angeles starting in June.

"Just Imagine" transports you to another place and time, putting you "one on one" with the musical legend who shook the world. Experience Lennon's timeless musical genius as Tim Piper takes you through John's life from tumultuous childhood to worldwide pop music superstar to groundbreaking social icon that influenced generations.

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Source: Beatles News.Com

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One of the Government’s flagship free schools is to be backed by former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and will have the aim of giving primary school children the chance to flourish in the performing arts.

The proposal for a new primary school in Liverpool is one of more than 100 being given the go ahead by Education Secretary Michael Gove to open in September 2014 - bringing the total number of free schools to almost 300.

It has been put forward by the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts - co-founded in 1996 by Sir Paul and the college’s principal Mark Featherstone-Whitty which has gained an international reputation for training new artists and their technological supporters.

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Source: The Independent

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You most likely have heard of The Beatles’ Paul McCartney. Now, his son, James, is also getting into the music industry; and, he took some time to talk with YNN on his current tour. Our Vince Gallagher has more.

HUDSON, N.Y. -- "Dad thought it would be a good title. So, I kind of went with that, but ‘Me’…. you can read whatever you want into it,” said musician James McCartney.

James McCartney talks about his dad, former Beatle Paul McCartney, on suggesting the title of his new CD release, simply called "Me." He's currently on tour and we caught up with him at the Helsinki Club in Hudson.

"It's going good. There's been ups and downs; but generally overall, it's been good,” said James McCartney.

Music has always been part of McCartney's life. Now, he’s striking out on his first full American tour at age 35.

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Yoko Ono thinks Sir Paul McCartney is ''sweet'' for saying she didn't cause The Beatles' break up. The 80-year-old widow of John Lennon thanked his former bandmate for insisting she ''could not be blamed for anything'' to do with the group's split in 1970.

Speaking in a BBC interview, Yoko - who met John in 1966 while he was still married to first wife Cynthia, before tying the knot with him in 1969 - said: ''Yes, I think [Paul] was sweet to say that [I wasn't to blame] and probably he needed courage to say it. That's why he couldn't say it until now.''

Paul previously said John - who was assassinated in 1980 by a crazed fan - was ''definitely going to leave the band in 1970''.

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Louise Harrison says she plans to document the 50th anniversary of George Harrison's visit to the U.S. the year before Beatlemania hit. "We're thinking about making a DVD telling the story about 1963, when I first came to the United States and started trying to move heaven and earth trying to get the Beatles records played in this country," she said.

“We'll put some pictures and talking about my mum sending me 'From Me To You' and then George bringing 'She Loves You.' And I can have my band (Liverpool Legends) sing on it.

“We're hoping to have it ready for the 50th anniversary of George's visit in '63, which is coming up in September. We'll be talking about 1963, what I was up to and what he was up to.”

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Source: Examiner

Credit: Liverpool Legends

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