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Entering the Parisian showroom where Stella McCartney recently presented her new men's collection, there’s no mistaking her inspirations for this season. A large-scale reproduction of the famous Beatles’ yellow submarine, a recurring motif in her latest Pre-Fall collection, dominated the room. Last summer, the animated film Yellow Submarine celebrated its 50th anniversary with a manually restored version, image by image, while the album of the same name, featuring the soundtrack from the film, was reissued. It had been remixed for the occasion at the well-known Abbey Road studio.

For Stella McCartney, it was the message of love and cohesion surrounding the universe of Yellow Submarine, with songs such as All together now or All you need is love, which inspired her, during a screening of the film which she attended with her father. "I think it’s so relevant to now, bringing the world together, the people together, breaking down barriers … [they were]modern, ahead of their time, these four young men,” she explained recently to Vogue.

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Apple Records partnering with Peter Jackson to direct a new Beatles documentary edited from the hours of footage recorded for the 1970 film, Let It Be is great news for the band's fans, but could this new edit of the Let It Be footage be rewriting the story of The Beatles' breakup?

Let It Be is a documentary about The Beatles rehearsing and recording the album of the same name. Filmed in the early part of 1969, the band would break up later that year before officially dissolving in 1970. It's notorious for including sequences that hint at the discord brewing between band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, building off tensions that first surfaced while The Beatles were recording "The White Album."
Let It Be has since become an incredibly tough film to find, which makes the news of Jackson's restoration especially exciting. However, seeing as it's an officially sanctioned re-editing of the material, there's a real chance the film might soften just how badly the individual Beatles come across in the footage. In which case, might the purpose of Jackson's new documentary be to rewrite the history of The Beatles' breakup in the same way Bohemian Rhapsody changed the story of Queen?


Paul McCartney biographer Barry Miles used the example of the former Beatle recently thinking approximately $2.50 would buy a bottle of whiskey to demonstrate that it was impossible for him to be the “normal person” he’d love to be.

Miles, who wrote the 1997 book Many Years From Now, said McCartney had always been keen to remain as ordinary as he could, but the trappings of fame and fortune meant it couldn’t happen.

“He desperately wanted to be a normal person,” Miles told the Express in a new interview. “Wherever possible, he would take a bus somewhere … and was very anxious to stay in touch with what he regarded as ordinary people. ... I remember just a few years ago when I was at his studio, he asked one of the roadies to go out and buy him a bottle of whiskey, because he had people coming over, and he gave him £2. And the roadie said, ‘Well, it’s gone up since then, Paul.’”




Everyone knows The Beatles right? Y’know four lads from Liverpool, the most successful and influential band of all time, responsible for some of the greatest music in history.

They’re also responsible for a whole wealth of films inspired by their career that stretch from touching and inspiring to downright bizarre. Almost as bizarre as the story of the band’s attempts in the 60s to obtain the film rights to JRR Tolkien's epic tale Lord Of The Rings in which they would star.

Unfortunately Tolkien declined but now over 50 years later The Beatles/Lord Of The Rings connection has resurfaced following news that esteemed Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson is to direct a brand new Beatles film based on their final album Let It Be featuring over 55 hours of unseen studio footage shot in 1969.

It will mark the latest celluloid chapter of The Beatles story to go alongside five of the most notable ones that we’ve highlighted below.

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The musical reputation of The Beatles LOVE is peerless. What other Las Vegas Strip production show boasts a customized soundtrack that has tallied three Grammy Awards? It’s difficult to believe today that when Cirque du Soleil and Apple Corps, the Beatles’ production company, teamed up to create and launch LOVE in 2006, their hopeful claim that it would run for a decade in Las Vegas was met with skepticism and even doubt. Twelve years later, it is nothing less than an institution on the Strip and around the world, one of the most popular productions in the city’s legendary entertainment history.

The iconic and beloved catalog of Beatles music has always been the foundation of the show and we’re all familiar with these songs. What you might not know is that the LOVE theater is built to be the best possible audio environment to consume those songs, and that ambitious claim comes straight from the band, their late producer Sir George Martin and his son Giles Martin.

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THE BEATLES star Paul McCartney was once denied entry to a French night club for not looking cool enough, says his official biographer in an exclusive interview.

January 30th marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ final live performance together, but some aspects of the band members’ lives might surprise fans. Speaking with Sir Paul’s official biographer Barry Miles, it turns out the music legend has always been desperate to be a regular guy – I wish which led to one incident where he was denied entry to a night club. Miles, who is working on The People’s Beatles Project, which aims to crowdsource an archive of Beatles’ fan pictures, said: “He desperately wanted to be a normal person. Wherever possible he would take a bus somewhere…and was very anxious to stay in touch with what he regarded as ordinary people.”

Miles, who has known Sir Paul since the mid-sixties, said: “There was one incident at the height of Beatlemania in 1965 when he actually drove right down through France to the south coast in disguise.

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THE BEATLES had a reunion last month with Sir Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney, and the latter’s official biographer has revealed what it would take to happen again.
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They broke up almost 50 years ago and half the band have sadly died, but that doesn’t stop Sir Paul and Sir Ringo occasionally teaming up. Last month Sir Paul performed his last live show of 2018 at The O2 Arena. The former Beatle has been on tour to support his latest solo album Egypt Station and surprised fans by inviting The Beatles drummer Sir Ringo – alongside The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood – onto the stage for a surprise five-song encore. The last time the two surviving Beatles performed live together was in 2015 when Sir Ringo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio – so it’s not exactly a common occurrence. Now Sir Paul’s official biographer Barry Miles, who is heading up The People’s Beatles project to archive fan photos from the sixties, has revealed what it takes to get the surviving Beatles back performing together.

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“C’mon, I’m not going to answer that,” Ringo Starr says, exhibiting an atypical testiness when I ask him about Paul McCartney’s recent candid confession that he, John Lennon, and three of Lennon’s friends participated in a group masturbation session. “I mean, I wasn’t even there. What am I supposed to say?”

But Starr did once say that “it doesn’t matter; whichever one of us does something, we all have to answer for it,” and we do have a bit of history, so I decide to press my luck.

The words “but Paul said…” are barely out of my mouth when Starr interrupts.

“Well, Paul says a lot of things,” Starr says, his irritation palpable. But then he lets out a hearty laugh, an indication that all’s well, but also that he’s ready to move on.

In fact, Starr has been moving on for nearly fifty years, since the demise of the most famous rock and roll band in history. He enjoyed a string of hits in the aftermath of the Fab Four—surprising everyone, including John, Paul and George—and was the only one of them to entice all three of the former Beatles to contribute to a solo project. He a details

Ken Mansfield on his front-row seat to the Fabs' last public performance.

It was a frigid day on the Apple Corps rooftop in late January 1969, but the Beatles showed up anyway -- to play to a smattering of staffers and a camera crew. The informal show was filmed for the end of that year's Let it Be, a multimedia project that sought to return the Beatles to their roots.

It was an ad hoc gesture -- and the band was fatigued. Five stories below, clothes shoppers and stockbrokers watched on in a mix of amusement and indifference. They made it through a few takes of "Get Back," "I've Got a Feeling," "One After 909" and more before the gig fell apart due to complaints about noise and traffic.

But during those now-iconic 42 minutes, John Lennon and Paul McCartney exchanged a look that has stuck with Ken Mansfield, then the U.S. manager of Apple Corps, for fifty years now.

In that glance, Mansfield saw an understanding. "'It doesn't matter what we're going through. We're mates,'" they seemed to communicate in that second, he recalls. "'We've stood by each other's sides. And right now, we're being who we are.'"

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The Beatles have announced a new film documenting their final days.

The project is a collaboration with acclaimed Academy Award winning director Sir Peter Jackson and is based around 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the recording studio during January 1969.

These studio sessions resulted in The Beatles' Grammy Award winning album Let It Be.

The filming was originally intended for a television special that became the documentary Let It Be and ended with The Beatles' legendary performance on the roof of the Apple Records London office, which took place exactly 50 years ago today.

In a statement on The Beatles website , Peter Jackson said, "The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about."

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