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One month after the Beatles receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys, another institution is honoring them: Vans will be releasing its first-ever footwear collaboration with the Fab Four on March 1st. The collection, which contains four pieces, all feature artwork from the Yellow Submarine album and film and retail between $65 and $75.

The most expensive of the bunch, the Sk8-Hi Reissue, features stylized portraits of all four Beatles running up the ankles apropos to cartoon portraits of each as they were animated for the film. The other shoes each feature psychedelic tableaus from the film. The Classic Slip-Ons play off the movie's Sea of Monsters, showing trippy marine life swimming in an ocean of pink. The Era shoes depict all four band members, some wearing rainbow pants, hanging out in a yellow garden. And the final pair, a model called Authentic, is adorned with a pattern that reads "Allyouneedislove" running over and over again and into itself in purple, yellow and green.


The Beatles never really were the squeaky-clean boy band many Americans embraced 50 years ago on their debut tour of the United States, but their continued sampling and open use of drugs throughout the 1960s led many to think they tarnished their decent boys-next-door image.

What is clear is that the foursome was fond of certain drugs for years before the famous 1964 trip brought them to Ed Sullivan’s studio in New York City and on stage at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C. — and that, after their splashy U.S. debut, they weren’t squeamish about trying some more. READ: John Lennon, Rebel Beatle Only the most iconoclast of cultural critics will blame the band for single-handedly making drug use cool. Even prominent members of today’s socially conservative movement say that they are lifelong fans who view the Beatles’ drug use in a historical context, though some critics contend that it had a lingering impact. Still, the debate continues: was their years-long trip arou details

Famous Louisiana lithographer – Enoch Doyle Jeter will be having a one man art show at PSU Altoona’s Beatles Conference of his 14 lithographs created for new Beatles book.

Jan. 23, 2014 - MONROE, La. -- Enoch ‘Doyle’ Jeter has announced that he will unveil his latest collection of artwork at the Penn State Altoona Beatles Conference to be held February 6-9, 2014.  Doyle, aninstructor in Fine Arts Printmakingat the University Of Louisiana at Monroe, LA, and has produced a series of 14 original lithographs expressly for Jude Southerland Kessler’s 3rd book, She Loves You,on the life of John Lennon.  Each print represents a song from the Beatles first album, ‘Please Please Me’.  This is the first time these works will be shown in public. Along with his art exhibition, Mr. Jeter has been elected to jury the Student Beatles Art Exhibition and will be doing a Q&A for the students and a walk-through of his details

The US Ambassador to Japan and Yoko Ono, the wife of legendary Beatles frontman John Lennon, have added their names to the growing list of high-profile opposition to Japan's annual dolphin cull in the rural town of Taiji. Friday, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy said in a tweet that the US government opposed the annual "drive hunt" and that she is concerned about the issue.

"Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing," Kennedy wrote. "USG opposes drive hunt fisheries." A drive hunt refers to the practice of corralling dolphins into a cove or otherwise inescapable area, where they can be trapped or killed. Japan's whaling and dolphin-hunting programs have long been a controversial subject, and the nation frequently faces criticism for the practice. Japan, however, claims that hunting marine mammals is part of its cultural heritage. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday that the Taiji dolphin cull was done in accordance with Japanese laws. "Dolphin fishing is a form of traditional fishing in our country," details

Having changed the world once with The Beatles, at the beginning of the 1970s John Lennon wanted to do it all over again, but this time in line with his personal vision of global concord. Desperate to consign the Moptops to history, he escaped to America with the love of his life, Yoko Ono, and plunged into his new world of activism and giving peace a chance.

But if New York welcomed him with bright eyes and open arms, Washington didn't want him around. Richard Nixon was seeking re-election and had a long list of enemies drawn up; Lennon rose rapidly up that list as he began to make himself at home. His first achievement, according to James A Mitchell, was to get the White Panthers leader John Sinclair out of jail. The Detroit activist was two years into a 10-year stretch for giving two joints to an undercover cop, but days after Lennon headlined a John Sinclair Freedom Rally he was released. It wasn't all down to the Fab One, of course – Mitchell doesn't mention the ruling by Michigan's Supreme Court that the state's marijuana statutes were unconstitutional &ndash details

Beatles 50 is getting a big push this week. Sources tell that CBS’s special scheduled for February 9th–and being taped this Monday at the Los Angeles Convention Center– could end up being three hours long.

Right now the show–which will 50 years to the day that the Beatles debuted on American TV on CBS’s “Ed Sullivan Show”–is set from 8 to 10 pm. The Eurythmics are re-uniting for the event, and contemporary artists are lined up to perform Beatles songs. But Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as some other unannounced guests, will be on the bill. And frankly, if Paul and Ringo wanted to do an hours’ worth of Beatles songs, everyone would be very very happy indeed. McCartney and Starr are also performing on the Grammys on Sunday night, January 26th as well. And on Saturday afternoon they will be there with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison at the Grammys’ Special Merit ceremony to receive their Lifetime Achievement Awards. And there’s more: both Paul and Ringo are expected on David Letterman as part of &l details

The Ticket to Write playwriting contest - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Ticket to Write playwriting contest – launched as a Beatles-themed Festival – is  now open for entries for the third year when the selected plays will be performed at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre on July 15 and 16. 

The 2014 Festival has two new exciting changes: Plays need not just have themes on The Beatles – they can include the wider Mersey Music scene of the 60s. Plays entered should now be one-act 40 – 45 minute dramas rather than 15 minute offerings. As usual the plays can be about the people, stories inspired by songs and song-titles or any genuine connection with The Beatles or the Mersey Scene of that period. The winner gets a tasty £150 and it costs £20 to enter. Entries must be in by Friday April 18. All plays will be assessed anonymously by a theatre professional and three will go forward to be performed on both nights of the final when the audience vote will count towards the final result. All entries will receive a considered written critique from the as details

Ringo Starr has gotten an honor in Los Angeles — less than a week before The Beatles get a tribute at the Grammys. Starr was given the Lifetime of Peace and Love award from the David Lynch Foundation.

There was a tribute concert for Starr — and he called the praise "overwhelming." Starr closed the show by taking the lead on "With a Little Help From My Friends," joined onstage by Jim Carrey, Sheila E. and Edgar Winter as the crowd got on its feet for the sing-along. Paul McCartney and Starr will perform separately at the Grammys on Sunday.

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WONDERWALL BLU-RAY - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shout Factory has announced the upcoming Blu-ray release of Joe Massot'sWonderwall (1968), starring Jane Birkin and Jack MacGowran. The film was released on by Rhino on DVD in 2002 (with handmade edition in 2004), but has since gone out of print. Shout Factory's release will offer the first Hi-def edition of the movie.

George Harrison provided the soundtrack, which fused electric and traditional Indian instruments in a kaleidoscope of sound. Harrison recorded theWonderwall Music album between December 1967 and January 1968, and it was the first solo Beatles record and first release on the band's Apple label (personnel included Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Peter Tork of The Monkees, and members of The Remo Four). From the press release: "Jack MacGowran plays Oscar Collins, an eccentric butterfly scientist who becomes obsessed with his neighbour, Penny Lane ( Birkin) after discovering a secret peephole in the wall between their flats. Penny is a young and beautiful fashion model, who spends her days in her rain details

Few events in John Lennon’s brief life were as traumatic and painful than the death of his mother, Julia, when he was 17. Although Julia had abandoned John to be brought up by her sister, Mimi, the event proved important in cementing his close working partnership with Paul McCartney, whose mother had died from an embolism when he was 14.

The road accident that killed Julia -- with an off-duty policeman at the wheel -- confirmed Lennon in his distrust of anyone in authority. Lennon’s first son, Julian, is named after his mother. But most of all Julia’s death was a musical inspiration. Both his gentle ballad to his absent mother on the White Album (1968) -- “Half of what I say is meaningless,/ but I say it just to please you, Julia” -- and “Mother,” his anguished recollection of her death that opened his first single album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970) -- “Mother, You had me. I details

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