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Lennon Royal Court theatre, Liverpool - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I feel I am back in the 60s, in a packed Batley Variety Club, tucking into the ubiquitous chicken in a basket, watching the stars of the day. But no, this is 2013 and I’m at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre with a meal in front of me that Jamie Oliver would be proud to have cooked (sea bass with all the trimmings) and a night of Beatles music to follow on stage. No other theatre offers anymore.

The musical is ‘Lennon’, the story of the ex-Beatle told in the words of his songs, performed by a first rate live band and accompanied by backdrop of clips from photographs and newsreels of the time. The show was a big West End and off-Broadway hit in the 1980s and has now been revived by director, Bob Eaton. John Power, of The La’s and lead singer of Cast, plays the older Lennon magnificently, but looking as much like John Denver as John Lennon although Tom Connor bears a remarkable resemblance to a baby-faced Paul

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As inventor Flint Lockwood returns to the island of Swallow Falls to save the world again! he'll be doing it to the brand "new" beat from Paul McCartney as his single, "New," will be featured in the film.

"New," which is produced by Mark Ronson and now available for sale as a digital download, is the title track from McCartney's forthcoming "New" album, set for release on October 14 thin the UK and October 15 thin the US. Lia Vollack, president of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures, said, "We're thrilled and honored to have Paul's infectious and inspiring song in the film. The sequence in the film is about Flint Lockwood optimistically beginning what he thinks will be a new and exciting chapter in his life, so as soon as we heard 'New' we thought that everything about it was perfect."

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Only the most hardcore Beatles fans probably know the name Freda Kelly. They may have even received a letter from her. From the early 1960s through the band's dissolution in 1970, Kelly served as the Beatles' fan-club secretary. Fifty years later, she's finally telling her story with the documentary "Good Ol' Freda."

"When my grandson came along, I decided I wanted to do something," Kelly told HuffPost Entertainment about the impetus for the film. "Because over the years, I haven't done anything at all. I had actually six offers to do books, but I managed to shake them off. I sort of said, 'Oh, too many books out there [about The Beatles].' My grandson was the push I needed."

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Doncaster’s crumbling St James’ Leisure Centre is to shut for good - unless £2 million can be found to make it safe. Leisure bosses have announced today that the doors of the Grade II listed building will remain shut and staff will be redeployed to other leisure centres in the town.

And with neither the Trust which runs the venue or Doncaster Council having the cash available for repairs, the building, which dates from 1932 and which once played host to a concert by The Beatles, now faces an uncertain future. Condition surveys have identified the requirement for a minimum of £2million worth of capital investment to make the venue safe for public use.

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A rare photo book signed by Beatles legend John Lennon has reportedly sold on eBay. The book, a copy of Lennon's book In His Own Write, appeared on the auction site earlier this month and quickly racked up 46 bids, totaling out at $5,600.

The book was published in 1964 via Simon and Schuster and features a collection of short stories, photos, collages and anecdotes from Lennon. It was, in fact, the first solo material of any sort released by any of the Beatles, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

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Paul Remembers Sir David Frost - Monday, September 09, 2013

"I was very sad to hear that my good friend David Frost passed away recently. I have known David for many years. "We first met when he was doing a stand up comedy routine in the London night club Quaglinos. I also went to see him at The Blue Angel in London and we bumped into each other at many social events during the ‘Swinging 60s’.

He interviewed me several times, most recently for the Al Jazeera Network. He was always a most interesting interviewer and, as history has proven, had many famous encounters such as the Frost / Nixon series of interviews."On a personal level I send my deepest sympathies to his lovely wife Carina and their three sons Miles, Wilfred and George, who I first remember when they came downstairs during a party to say good night wearing rather stunning striped pyjamas!

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John Brower, a promoter of The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival held at Varsity Stadium on September 13, 1969, brings to Toronto a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the only authorized physical copy of artwork created by all four Beatles. ( -- September 5, 2013) Toronto, ON -- John Brower, a promoter of The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival held at Varsity Stadium on September 13, 1969, brings to Toronto a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the only authorized physical copy of artwork created by all four Beatles.

The original was given to the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 as a gift from The Beatles who were unable to attend. The magnificent example measuring 40 x 60 inches will be unveiled at The Hard Rock Cafe on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at an exclusive Film Festival party. Doors open @ 9 P.M. “This work of art was c details

The F-Stop: Beatlemania At The Leica Gallery - Sunday, September 08, 2013

You could call us a band of brothers, or maybe a sisterhood. What's a name for a group of men and women who have all been through the trenches together? Co-commiserators? Whatever you want to call us, photo editors at magazines have a connection.

A bond we share. So when then former photo director of LAM (Kathleen Clark) says to the current photo director of LAM (me) that she's helping out on a new show over at the Leica Gallery, you can bet I'm going to write about it!  For its second effort since opening in June, Leica is revealing 'The Early Beatles Collection,' shot by Astrid Kirchherr.

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A lost, decades-old interview with John Lennon sees the singer reveal that recording the final Beatles' album 'Let It Be' was "hell".
As the Telegraph reports, the audio interview – with Village Voice journalist Howard Smith – was recorded shortly after the Fab Four had finished work on the 1969 studio album. However, it lay forgotten in Smith's attic for nearly four decades but will now be put up for sale by RR Auction.

In the interview, Lennon – who was speaking to Smith along with his wife, Yoko Ono – says of working on the record: "We were going through hell. We often do. It's torture every time we produce anything. The Beatles haven't got any magic you haven't got. We suffer like hell anytime we make anything, and we got each other to contend with. Imagine working with The Beatles, it's tough."

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The musician son of the late Beatle John Lennon is unveiling his first photography exhibition in London - and said it is good to find an artform he can call his own.Julian Lennon, 50, said he had pursued his own musical career with “a little stubbornness” despite impossible comparisons to his father.

But his new-found passion was for photography partly because it was “completely and utterly” his own. “Photography allows me a new lease of life and so far the response that I’ve had has been just great. I’m loving it more than anything.” Lennon, the only son of Lennon’s first marriage to Cynthia Powell, was encouraged to show his pictures after friend and fellow photographer Timothy White saw some of his work. “Timothy said he thought there was something there that needed to be cultivated.”

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