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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


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


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


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''.


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


LIVERPOOL, England — When one thinks of momentous meetings that altered the course of history — Caesar and Cleopatra, Bonnie and Clyde, Hitler and Mussolini — one usually imagines them taking place in grandiose settings.

St. Peter Hall, the church recreation center in the village of Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, hardly qualifies as such. Yet it was here on July 6, 1957, that the most famous meeting in rock and roll history took place: 17-year-old John Lennon, who was performing at the village fair, was introduced to 15-year-old Paul McCartney.

The two could not have imagined they would become half of a foursome that would ignite a global fan base that, with the exception of Elvis Presley, had not been seen before or since.

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Source: Kentucky Com



Mike Geraghty says his tribute to George Harrison, “Still With You (Tribute to George Harrison),” while not a George Harrison song, reflects as much of him as he could put in it. And the end result is amazingly close to something George himself might have done.

“A little while after George Harrison's passing I wanted to compose a tribute to him and his music,” he said, discussing how the song came about. “I chose to approach the song as though George himself were writing it. What would he say to his family, friends and fans.

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Source: Examiner

Credits:Mike Geraghty

With a little help from his pens - Monday, May 20, 2013

Animator Ron Campbell, best known for directing “The Beatles” cartoon series and for working on “The Yellow Submarine” movie, will be appearing at the 102.9 WMGK Classic Rock Art Show at the Neshaminy Mall.

Ron Campbell’s back is aching. For two weeks, he’s been painting a 7-foot-long watercolor commissioned by the Beatles-inspired Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, England.

“It’s killing me,” he says in a telephone conversation from his home north of Phoenix. “My back is going out leaning over it all this time.”

Not that Campbell is complaining. Five years after retiring from a 50-year career as a TV and film animator, his paintings are still in demand at art shows around the country.

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