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Ringo Starr bought a Pentax in Japan the first time The Beatles toured there and has had an eye behind the lens ever since. One of his first solo hits, written with George Harrison, was “Photograph.” Credited as Richard Starkey M.B.E., he was the director of photography for the band’s surreal film Magical Mystery Tour. Now that he’s a knight, and a hard day’s one at that, he’s putting out a scrapbook, Another Day In The Life, capturing his photographic art.

“I love taking photos of random things, and seeing how they all fit together,” Ringo said in a statement. “Whether it is at home or on the road, certain things catch my eye – and when I see something that interests me, that’s the emotion of it, and I want to capture it. I am a photographer as well as a musician.”

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The Pepper Effect - Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Pepper Effect Combines the Spirit of the Beatles with the Classroom

Long-time school educator and self-proclaimed Beatles fanatic, Sean Gaillard, has just released The Pepper Effect, a new book that talks about how the band's secrets to success and creative collaboration can be applied not only in the schoolhouse, but to life.

"The creative and collaborative legacy of The Beatles does resonate in education," said Gaillard. "I wanted to share their inspirational story and describe how educators can transform a schoolhouse into a masterpiece as The Beatles did."

The Beatles' fabled Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, often considered their creative zenith, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The historic moment inspired Gaillard to conceive of (with a little help from his friends) a radio show called "The Pepper Mindset", a seed idea which became the framework for the book.

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Paul McCartney and CBS Late Late Show host James Corden gave fans a shock Saturday (June 9) when they showed up at several Beatles sites in Liverpool, England.

The pair were seen at the Beatles statue in Liverpool, McCartney's childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road and on Penny Lane at the roundabout mentioned in the Beatles song.

McCartney and Corden were all smiles when they posed for a selfie at the statue of the Fab Four.

While in Liverpool, he also made a stop at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, where he played a set with members of his band. The Liverpool Echo reported that tickets were being offered yesterday to locals for a "secret gig" with a global superstar.

Additionally, there's another mystery for McCartney/Beatles fans: his profile photo Twitter is now showing just a white box and all his Instagram photos have disappeared, indicating that an announcement of some kind could be on the way.

He has been known to have been working on a new album for some time, but rumors have also been flying about a special Beatles release to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles, or the "White Album."

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Beloved Beatle George Harrison died in 2001, just weeks after contracting lung cancer. But according to REELZ’s new docuseries, Autopsy: George Harrison, the famed guitarist spent years worrying about his death after a madman attacked him inside his mansion.

“So far in my investigation, I’ve found that George was a prolific smoker, which would’ve undoubtedly been a trigger for the cancer. I’ve also found that a scar to his lung following a knife attack might have created an environment in which the tumor could’ve grown,” says Autopsy’s Doctor Michael Hunter in the show teaser.

The attack took a toll on Harrison in more ways than one. As RadarOnline.com readers know, a crazed man stabbed the musician inside his own home on December 30, 1999, nearly killing him. His wife, Olivia Harrison, told pals that it only made him more paranoid, as he previously lost longtime friend and The Beatles bandmate, John Lennon to homicide.

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The official affidavit filed in 1970 by Paul McCartney to initiate the break-up of The Beatles is to be auctioned at Christie’s next week (June 14).

The legal document, which features annotations by John Lennon countering McCartney’s claims, is expected to fetch $100,000 to $150,000.

On the affidavit, filed on New Year’s Eve 1970, McCartney lists 25 reasons why he is seeking official dissolution of The Beatles’ partnership. Many of those points are countered by Lennon in handwritten annotations.
One of the key reasons cited by McCartney is the band’s decision to cease touring: “Whilst we had been touring the relationship between us was very close.” To this Lennon counters: “many fights on tour about leadership.”

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You open your first European tour in six years and another legend – in the same city for her own concerts – shows up and joins in on one of your signature songs. That’s what happened Wednesday night (June 6) In Paris when Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band opened their tour on the continent. During the finale – the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” – none other than Joan Baez joined the fun to sing along.

Baez is currently playing the same venue – L’Olympia – for a series of 10 concerts as part of her Fare Thee Well tour.

The 2018 All Starr Band includes Colin Hay of Men at Work, Steve Lukather of Toto, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey and new member Graham Gouldman of 10cc. On percussion and sax is Warren Ham and on drums Gregg Bissonette.

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Ed Sheeran reportedly turned up to shoot scenes for his debut movie while nursing a hangover.

The Thinking Out Loud singer has a small role in Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis' new comedy, which is inspired by The Beatles' music. Filming has been taking place in the band's hometown of Liverpool, England this week (end10Jun18), and Ed shot his first scenes on Tuesday. A movie insider told The Sun that Ed turned up on set with a sore head after spending Monday night drinking whisky.

"Ed rocked up on set with a seriously fuzzy head," they said, adding it wasn’t the best start after his poorly received cameo in Game of Thrones. The musician's role in Game of Thrones was mocked by fans of the fantasy show, but members of the crew on the new film apparently praised him as a "natural" actor. The Sun's source explained that Ed shrugged off his hangover and was very professional when the cameras started rolling.

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Ringo Starr reminisced about his first visit to Spain in 1965 with The Beatles, which he described as the best band on the planet, just hours ahead of a new European tour that kicks off on Wednesday in Paris, France and during which he is set to return to the Iberian country after more than half a century.

In an exclusive interview with EFE, Sir Richard Starkey (Liverpool, 1940), better known by his nickname referencing his lifelong penchant for wearing several rings, said he was excited to go back to Spain, since his memories of the first time _ when Spain was still under the brutal military dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco _ were not the sharpest.

"I'm afraid I was a young lad in those days and we were on tour, so it was busy," Starr said. "Didn't we go to a bullfight?"

"I became a vegetarian that day," he added with a chuckle.

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Sir Ringo Starr has today (June 6) announced the publication of a brand new book entitled, Another Day In The Life, which is due out via Genesis Publications this fall.

The third in Ringo’s series of books, following the sell-out success of Postcards From The Boys (2003) and Photograph (2013), will present a previously unpublished collection of his photographs, captioned with his own thoughts and anecdotes, in addition to contributions from Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh and a host of other friends.

Fans can also expect the book to include quirky observational images and behind the scenes photos taken during events such as Ringo’s acceptance of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and his return to New York’s Plaza Hotel, 50 years after The Beatles first visited the US.

Source: Juliette Jagger/celebrityaccess.com

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It has taken more than half a century, but the Holy Grail of the Beatles legendary gig at Birmingham’s Ritz Ballroom has last been unearthed.

Pop historians Bob Prew and Ken Whittakers have the Fab Four’s setlist for the July 5, 1963, concert at the famed Kings Heath venue. It was their third and final performance at the ballroom, sadly destroyed in a blaze.

And it was a concert Bob and Ken didn’t know existed – until one Sunday Mercury reader who attended the gig contacted our newsdesk.

It has been provided by 75-year-old Tom Harris who vividly recalls every detail of the night – right down to stepping excitedly on the Number 11 bus from Selly Oak to see a band yet to taste stardom.

Tom, who now lives in Exeter, left the Ritz with no doubt the Beatles would be big. Not even he could’ve imagined how big.

Source: Mike Lockley/birminghammail.co.uk

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