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 Another year, another Beatles 50th anniversary remix box set.

This time, it’s the Fab Four’s sprawling 1968 double album “The Beatles,” a.k.a. the White Album, that’s getting a sonic freshening up, to be accompanied in the seven-disc “super deluxe” box set by dozens of demo recordings and alternate takes of songs — more than 100 tracks in all — from what is the bestselling title of all the fabled quartet’s original studio releases.

It follows last year’s half-century anniversary edition of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which was greeted by near universal acclaim for the updated stereo mix, accompanying surround sound version archival recordings that never previously had seen the light of day.

The forthcoming 50th anniversary White Album, out Nov. 9, brings out even more alternate takes and unreleased material because the Beatles spent even more time working up the 30 songs that made the final cut for the groundbreaking 1968 album released on Nov. 22, 1968.

Source: By Randy Lewis/LA TImes


One night in New York, John Lennon got very drunk at a party, took a girl into a room and had sex with her.

Unfortunately, all the guests’ coats had been heaped on the bed. So when people wanted to go home, they couldn’t retrieve them — and everyone, including his wife, Yoko Ono, realised what was going on.

That, in a nutshell, was what Yoko told me some time later. ‘It was,’ she said, ‘very embarrassing.’

Of course, ‘embarrassing’ isn’t the word most wives would have chosen to describe the situation. But most wives aren’t Yoko.

She’d long known that when John got drunk, he’d behave irrationally and could sometimes be violent, and for this reason she always limited the amount of alcohol in their apartment.

But, on that particular night in 1973, there’d be no limit on drinks and drugs.

Other party guests said that they’d tried to calm John down, that he was blabbering and shouting and pushing them away before he disappeared into the bedroom with his conquest.

Source: Daily Mail


DEVASTATED London commuters have created a petition to save an odd message graffitied on a bridge — even when no one really knows what it means.

RANDOM graffiti doesn’t usually ignite so much passion in people, but for many weary Londoner’s on their commute home via the M25 motorway, a message emblazoned across a railway bridge became iconic.

The graffiti — written on the Chalfont Viaduct bridge in Buckinghamshire, in Greater London — reads: “GIVE PEAS A CHANCE”.
No-one knows for sure what exactly the phrase means — there has been speculation it was a message of support for a prolific London graffiti artist named ‘Peas’ after he got arrested, or a pun on the title of John Lennon’s 1969 protest song, “Give peace a chance” — but either way, it became a comforting reminder for many commuters they were almost home. Until it was recently ruined.




Put on your Beatlemania garb and head to the Manship Theatre on Sept. 28 where Of Moving Colors will be celebrating the Fab Four in dance.

"It's the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' White Album and also the 50th anniversary of the animated version of 'Yellow Submarine,'" says Garland Goodwin Wilson, the contemporary dance company's artistic director. "We're commemorating it by looking at the Beatles' history."

The show is titled "Come Together," named for the opening song of the Beatles' 1969 "Abbey Road" album. In telling the story, the company will be using more than the Beatles' top hits.

“As we dove into a catalog with too many iconic songs to even hope to reference, I realized that we were holding the unique and almost selfish ability to pick whatever music we would like to work with,” Wilson says. “I saw a responsibility to choose songs that didn’t just come from Kasey Kasem’s Top 40 Countdown but rather that touched on the many eras, phases and cultural dialogues that are so prevalent in the Beatles’s overarching collection of music."



Why do we blame Yoko? - Sunday, September 23, 2018

Summers at my house are soundtracked by the oldies. It’s something that I credit most of my random music history knowledge to, just my family sitting with each other around the pool, talking about songwriters from the ’60s and ’70s, listening to soul and rock and, of course, The Beatles. There is a shirt my dad occasionally wears to these parties, partly as a joke and partly for its shock factor. He bought it as a gag, I imagine at an airport, or in Venice, CA., where jokey t-shirts hang from store vendors like bananas off a tree. Sometimes, my stepmom will steal it from him and parade through the house in her pajamas, but its slogan isn’t serious to them. I always question the words, and they laugh and throw their heads back, saying, “It doesn’t really matter, does it? It was all their faults.” On the front, in big white letters, the t-shirt says one thing: I blame Yoko.

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Did Lennon really make this famous joke at the expense of his Beatle pal? Let’s find out…

It’s one of the standing jokes in the music industry. And it reportedly came from the mouth of John Lennon himself:

“Ringo wasn’t the best drummer in the world… Let’s face it, he wasn’t even the best drummer in The Beatles”

Now Lennon was known for his caustic wit, and this is a prime example of how biting he could be - even having a pop at his former Beatle colleague.

But did John Lennon actually make that joke?




Most hardcore fans know that the Beatles broke up before the album Let It Be was actually released. And, most rock historians would agree that the accompanying documentary film (also called Let It Be) pretty much showed a band populated by people who couldn’t stand each other, regardless of how good the music was. The film itself hasn’t been publicly available since the 1980s, though that may suddenly change. And, if a rebooted Let It Be movie is released, it might change people’s perceptions of the break-up of the most famous rock group of all time.

“I think there may be a new version of it,” Paul McCartney said in a recent interview on Radio X.

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John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird is warning music fans to ‘get ready to dance’ when The Mersey Beatles hit the stage at Whitchurch Civic Centre in November.

After sold out shows in the USA, Asia and Europe, the world renowned Liverpool-born tribute band are retracing The Beatles’ footsteps on their ‘Get Back UK Tour’ which visits the same towns, cities and original venues the Fab Four rocked in the 1960s.

The Beatles famously played Whitchurch’s former Town Hall Ballroom – located on the site of the Civic Centre – on January 19, 1963.

This was the same day as the band’s important appearance on TV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars, playing their new single Please Please Me.




No one could have been surprised that, to paraphrase one of Paul McCartney’s earliest lyrics, hearts went boom — again.

From the moment Sir Paul took the stage Thursday night to face a sold-out Bell Centre and launched into A Hard Day’s Night — as perfect a musical representation of Beatlemania as he and John Lennon ever wrote — the belief in yesterday was evangelical in its fervour.

And yet one surprising thing about a McCartney show is that the glorious past is approached faithfully, but not reverently — at least in terms of sequencing. Immortals like Lady Madonna and Eleanor Rigby are placed side by side in the set list with more debatable efforts like the recent Fuh You and his 2015 collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, FourFive Seconds.

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Today we have some incredible, never-before-seen footage of John Lennon recording his seemingly cutthroat song, "How Do You Sleep?" It's a song he released in 1971 and directed at his former Beatle bandmate Paul McCartney. Here's just a sample of the lyrics:

A pretty face may last a year or two
But pretty soon they'll see what you can do
The sound you make is muzak to my ears
You must have learned something in all those years

This previously unseen video, which includes the raw studio mix of the audio, completely unadorned, comes ahead of the Oct. 5 release of a 6-CD box set, Imagine - The Ultimate Collection. John Lennon's second solo album, Imagine, was released in Sep. 1971, just about two years after The Beatles went their separate ways. John Lennon said that this song was a response to lyrics on Paul McCartney's own solo album, Ram, that Lennon felt were directed at him. (Give a listen to "Too Many People" and "Back Seat of My Car" and you'll hear what Lennon was referring to.) Yoko Ono, who sat in on and co-produced these recording sessions, wrote to us to say that "John wrote many great songs, some tender and some mean... ... people thought this was about Paul, and Paul seems to have tho details

Join The Dark Horses for a tribute to George Harrison this Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. on the Railroad Green.

This is the final concert in the Village of Warwick Summer Concert Series for 2018.

“A Concert for George” is a celebration of Harrison’s 75th birthday. The Dark Horses is a band comprised of Glenn Arnowitz, Michael O’Brien, Paul Binotto, Mike Hickey and Gerard “Gee” Mancini with Gloria Esch, Christy Hickey and the Warwick Valley Chorale.

The band came together for this purpose – to pay tribute to Harrison and the music he wrote at the Warwick Summer Concert Series. The original concert date was rained out back in July.

The band will perform all of the songs Harrison wrote for the Beatles, including “Something,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and “Here Comes the Sun.”

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The legendary musician has embarked on a short series of dates across Canada in support of his latest album ‘Egypt Station‘. In a four-star review, NME said: “McCartney’s always been about inclusivity and openness, but this latest glimpse into his life feels like a particularly enlightening one.”

Last night’s show at Quebec City’s Centre Vidéotron was the first proper tour date McCartney has played on this record, following a series of secret shows at London’s Abbey Road, Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and New York’s Grand Central Station. During the 39-song setlist, he dug from all corners of his back catalogue, treating fans to cuts from The Beatles, Wings and his own solo career.



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Paul McCartney has said he can now “rationalise” The Beatles’ decision to split in 1970.

The now-solo artist, who just released his 17th solo album Egypt Station, was 28-years-old when The Beatles parted ways.

Speaking to NME, he said he had “mixed feelings” at the time but “I can look back on it and go, do you know what, even though it was really sad, and really crazy times, we made bloody good albums’.”

“You work out your problems through music,” he continued. “And the thing about The Beatles is we were always a great little band. I don’t even notice it now, I just listen to the songs and think, ‘That was a good one.’”

Asked what advice he would have given to his younger self he said: “What I first thought of was: listen to people’s opinions more, particularly within the group. But I did listen to people’s opinions and what would happen was I would feel like I had to give my opinion and not get too nervous, because you’ve got to be strong in those situations.

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The 1968 track’s title was appropriated by the American cult leader

Paul McCartney has revealed that Charles Manson put him off playing 1968 track ‘Helter Skelter’ live for a long time.

American cult leader Manson, whose followers were responsible for the Tate/LaBianca murders in 1969, appropriated the song title for his prophecy of an apocalyptic race war between whites and blacks.
“He was quite certain that The Beatles had tapped in to his spirit, the truth – that everything was gonna come down and the black man was going to rise,” said Catherine Share, one of Manson’s followers, in 2009.

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Paul McCartney is the talk of the town this month, and his new album is getting a lot of buzz, too. McCartney’s recently released Egypt Station — described as “loose, randy, and a little political” by Craig Jenkins in his Vulture review — premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making it the former Beatle’s first chart-topping project since April 1982’s Tug of War. Tug of War, his first post-Wings album, featured “Ebony and Ivory,” his hit duet with Stevie Wonder.

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He was famous as a Victorian circus owner and was then immortalised in a song by The Beatles.

And Pablo Fanque now lends his name to the new student accommodation which has been completed in All Saints Green - just around the corner from where he once lived.

As a young man Fanque, born William Derby, lived in Ber Street. He joined a circus where he trained and handled horses. But he was also skilled as a tightrope walker and trapeze artist.

He struck out on his own in the early 1840s, becoming the first black circus owner in the country. His circus primarily performed in the north of England.
It was a poster for one of his shows which was the inspiration for John Lennon when he wrote Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite!The song, which features on the Fab Four’s 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, includes the lyric: “The Hendersons will all be there/Late of Pablo Fanque’s Fair.”

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Paul McCartney is celebrating the release of his new record, 'Egypt Station'.

Sir Paul McCartney has cracked the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in nearly four decades with his new record Egypt Station.

It’s the eighth time that the legendary musician has reached the coveted spot but the first time a solo record of his has debuted at number one.

The last time Macca made it to #1 was in 1986 with Tug Of War -- the album that featured the “Ebony And Ivory” duet with Stevie Wonder and was made by Beatles producer George Martin.

Source: Michaela Morgan/Daily News



As a young girl, Rosanne Cash became a die-hard Beatles devotee — even serving as president of a Fab Four fan club.

Now the four-time Grammy winner will be honored with the “John Lennon Real Love Award,” acknowledging her decades of work as both artist and activist.

Cash, in an interview with the Daily News, said Lennon has remained a guiding light across the decades since she first saw him on “The Ed Sullivan Show” with his fellow moptops.

“He’s still alive in so many ways,” she said from Nashville. “Musically, as an activist, as just this enormous heart. That we got to be on the same planet at the same time as John, that in itself is a gift.

“He still resonates with so many of us today. He’s still a constant inspiration, from when I was 8 years old to right now.”

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"I sometimes will just think, oh right, OK, Beatles session, writing session with John, and I say, ‘What do you think of that?’"

Paul McCartney has revealed that he still judges new songs by imagining how John Lennon would react.

McCartney spoke to NME about the release of latest solo album ‘Egypt Station’ and confirmed that he still judges new material by imagining what the Beatles would have said about it.
He said: “You know, you do sometimes, particularly if you’re wondering about a line and you think, is this any good or is it crap, I sometimes will just think, oh right, OK, Beatles session, writing session with John, and I say, ‘What do you think of that?’ And he’ll either say, ‘It’s great, keep it,’ or, ‘No, it’s no good, re-write it.’“So you often, you know, look to the past for reference. But I don’t do it all the time. That’s just occasionally if I’m wondering if it’s going to work, remembering things like when I’m writing ‘Hey Jude’ and playing it to John for the first time; I said I’d change the line ‘The movement you need is on your shoulder’ details

McCartney spoke to NME about his set list preferences

Paul McCartney says he’ll never play a Beatles album in full on stage because it would be “too limiting.”

The Beatle, who has just released his 18th solo studio album ‘Egypt Station’, sat down with NME to talk about his career and latest record.

And when it came to choosing songs from his huge backcatalogue to play live, McCartney shot down the idea of dedicating a full set to one album.

When asked by NME’s Dan Stubbs in this week’s Big Read whether he’s ever thought about playing a Beatles album in full on tour, he replied: “No. I think that’s kind of a cool idea but I’m not tempted at all to do that. It’d be too limiting.”

But McCartney went on to explain that while he’d never do it himself, he applauds others for trying it.

He added: “It’s the kind of thing other people do, and I wish them well with it, but to me if I’m doing one album and ‘Hey Jude’ isn’t on it, and I’m in a crowd of 40,000 people, I’m going to want to do ‘Hey Jude’ because it brings people together.”


Calling the Beatles "influential" to rock and roll is an understatement. They were as essential to music as oxygen is to life. I was seven years old when John Lennon was taken from the world, forever ending any chance of a Fab Four reunion. As time marched on, seeing at least one Beatle perform live had become a "bucket list" item. Thanks to Ringo Starr, that box is finally checked.

At 78 years of age, you might think Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band would be a show that relies on nostalgia over musicianship. Rest assured, Ringo, aka Sir Richard Starkey, is still the infectiously charming performer he's been since the Beatles early days. As a drummer he's been immensely influential and inconceivably still underrated by "experts" in such matters. All of Ringo's many talents were on display as the thirteenth iteration of the All-Starr Band played a lively show at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.



Ads on The Beatles illustrated in book - Sunday, September 16, 2018

Title of book and publisher: “Advertising The Beatles,” HenschelHAUS Publishing, Milwaukee

Synopsis of book (plot): A colorful and historic journey through the Fab Four’s earliest releases in Great Britain and the U.S. based on record advertisements. These ads usually ran in trade magazines for one week and then were gone forever. Compiled here for the first time in book format by Beatles enthusiast Ray Zirkle, these promotional materials show the group’s musical evolution through the years until they ultimately disbanded in the early 1970s.

Is this your first book? It’s my first published book. I also had another self-published book featuring my photography.

Why did you write the book? I originally did it for myself just to see if it might be something people would like. After showing the self-published prototype to people and getting great response I started searching out local publishers. My hunch was right judging by the response I received at the last Beatles Convention in August.



Three years before writing his political anthem ‘Gimme Some Truth’, John Lennon had a stark warning for the public about politicians when he was interviewed at The National Theatre in 1968: “I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives, and I think that’s what I sussed when I was 16 and 12, way down the line. But, I expressed it differently all through my life. It’s the same thing I’m expressing all the time, but now I can put it into that sentence that I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends. If anybody can put on paper what our government, and the American government and the Russian, Chinese, what they are actually trying to do and what they think they’re doing… I’d be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing, I think they’re all insane!”

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Paul McCartney appears set to return to San Diego for his first concert here since his rousing Petco Park show in 2014, according to a reliable source — McCartney himself.

On Thursday, the veteran solo star, Beatles co-founder and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee wrote on his Facebook page: “San Diego! We’ve heard rumours that Paul is bringing his #FreshenUpTour to town in 2019…Get your tour laminate album bundle here! Each laminate comes with a code that could allow access to pre-sales.”

Of course, it’s more than possible McCartney, 74, has a staff member who is assigned to regularly tend to his social media posts for him. But it is more than unlikely McCartney or his management would not have known about — or approved — the San Diego “rumours” post.

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The event, scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. ET on the steps of City Hall, will feature Starr and Ono coming together with actor Jeff Bridges, photographer Henry Diltz, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and others to inspire "student activism" in honor of Yoko and her late husband John Lennon's famous non-violent protests promoting world peace.

The gathering, which will mark the launch of a monthlong residency in New York City for the Lennon bus, will feature speeches by student activists, a group sing-along of "Give Peace a Chance," and a variety of creative activities.

Celebrating its 21st year, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a state-of-the-art mobile recording facility providing students with the chance to learn how to use audio and video gear and technology. During its New York residency, the Lennon Bus visit schools around the city, and will offer a newly devised curriculum titled Come Together encouraging students to converse and take part in creative activities focusing on topics such as peace, empathy, immigration and activism.


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