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Historic guitars that belonged to The Band 's Robbie Robertson and the late George Harrison both sold at a New York City memorabilia auction over the weekend for more than $400,000.

Robertson's 1965 Fender Telecaster , which Bob Dylan played frequently during his 1966 "going electric" tour, fetched $490,000 on Saturday at the "Music Icons" sale organized by Julien's Auctions and hosted by the Hard Rock Café. The guitar also was used by Dylan and Robertson at various famous recording sessions and was played by Robbie at Woodstock and other historic concerts.

Meanwhile, a Hofner Club 40 model guitar that belonged to Harrison from 1959 to 1966, and was the first electric guitar that he ever owned, went for $430,000 after being estimated to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.

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Rob Sheffield's book Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World is a celebration of the band, from the longtime Rolling Stone columnist. It tells the weird saga of how four lads from Liverpool became the world's biggest pop group, then broke up – yet somehow just kept getting bigger. Dreaming the Beatles, out in paperback on June 19th, follows the ballad of John, Paul, George and Ringo, from their Sixties peaks to their afterlife as a cultural obsession. In this section, Sheffield explores one of the Beatles' unheard treasures – the May 1968 Esher demos they recorded at George Harrison's pad, preparing for the White Album, not suspecting their friendship was about to turn upside down.

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Beatlemaniacs are in for a treat … in the form of rare photographs.

As the story goes, one fine summer day back in July 1968, British photographer Tom Murray photographed Paul, John, George, and Ringo throughout the streets of London. The shoot took place quite literally on the run, so as to avoid screaming Beatles fans in hot pursuit. This frenzied dash around the city was the inspiration for the collection of images: “The Mad Day: Summer of ’68.” These images would prove to be the final publicity shoot for the Fab Four together (they broke up in 1970), and are often hailed the most significant color photos of the band.

Here’s where it gets interesting.

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A pro-dairy and meat journalist has blasted ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney for saying that 'meat-free is the new rock and roll'.

Writing for Dairy Herd website, veteran writer Dan Murphy accused McCartney of 'waxing ridiculous on vegan food'.

He was responding to an interview published by The Daily Telegraph, in which the musician talked about his late wife Linda's impact on the veggie food scene. During the interview, vegetarian campaigner McCartney talked about eponymous food line launched by his wife Linda.

He said: "I remember going out to a dinner with my then father-in-law [Lee Eastman, Linda McCartney’s father] at Claridge's. I said 'I'm vegetarian', and they looked puzzled.

"They brought me a plate of vegetables – just steamed veg. They couldn't think beyond that. We thought, hmm, we've got to try to do something to remedy this."

Source: Maria Chiorando/plantbasednews.org

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VICENZA, Italy — When you live in Europe, a long weekend can find you in any number of fabulous locales. From Venice, you can be in Paris in about an hour, Barcelona in two, and Dublin in less than three.

Consider Liverpool, England.

Liverpool may have never been on your “To Go” list, but if you want to explore the United Kingdom outside of London, eat some fish ‘n’ chips, and see where the Fab Four grew up, it just may be perfect for your next weekend getaway.

The excitement starts when you see the yellow submarine at the John Lennon Airport.

Home to The Beatles and proud of it, this maritime city in northwest England has John, Paul, George and Ringo and a whole lot more to offer a traveler. Arrive, get settled, and then head out to explore the U.K.’s fifth largest city on the River Mersey.

The Albert Dock area on the river boasts many of the city’s attractions; if you can find a place to stay nearby, it’s an excellent starting point.

In that area, visitors will find The Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum, and contemporary art haven, the Tate Gallery. For a weekend visit, select two or three & details

Alan Loveday, from Palmerston North, was a world-renowned violinist, who also played on one of The Beatles' most beloved recordings.

It's one of the most recognisable choruses in pop music, and a Kiwi can be found among its 'nah nah nahs'.

The Beatles' Hey Jude is turning 50 this year, but a milestone of a more classical kind will honour the late violin virtuoso from Manawatū who took part in its recording.

Alan Loveday, recognised as one of the finest classical violinists of the 20th century, will be honoured with a tribute concert by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra soloists in his home city of Palmerston North in June.

But it is his contribution to one of pop's enduring classics that will likely resonate most with Kiwis.

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It was 55 years ago this week when four young lads headed into Norwich to make music... and they had been “taught” how to play rock ‘n’ roll in Germany by a city-born rebel rouser.

When they played the Grosvenor Ballroom, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, on May 17, 1963, I doubt if anyone realised their links with one Norwich man.

Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity, known as Tony Sheridan, never got the credit he deserved. When it came to playing the guitar he was the one they all looked up to.

The boys who called him “The Teacher” were The Beatles who went on to become the biggest pop group the world has ever seen.

Mention his name to many of the top names from the music scene in the late 50s/early 60s and they will say: “Tony Sheridan. The guitarist. What a character. I never know he came from Norwich.”

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The first thing that catches your attention in Across the Universe: The Beatles in India, written by Ajoy Bose is the bright cover with illustrations of the four members of the Beatles sharing cover space along with sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, Maharishi and all the others that were relevant to the Beatles story in India. However, the back cover art is a real classic that is inspired by Abbey Road and it shows the four band members on Lakshman Jhula. While there is hardly anyone that didn’t know of the long affair that the Beatles had with India, it was about time that an Indian should write about the Beatles episode in India. And, so it came from a veteran journalist, Ajoy Bose. He has authored two books before, one on the Emergency and the other on Mayawati, both extremely political in nature. Thus, it was quite a surprise to see Bose writing on the Beatles.

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The fifth Beatle, Derek Taylor - Sunday, May 20, 2018

t happened quickly, Derek Taylor’s transformation. You can see it in three pictures, ­captured over four years. The earliest comes from 1964 when Taylor was The Beatles’ press officer. Accompanying the band on their first full American tour, the one stoked by Beatlemania, he was more like a circus ringmaster than a PR. The snapshot, taken during a Dallas press conference on 18 September, shows him dressed immaculately and negotiating the ensuing chaos – police officers, reporters and fans all pushing and grabbing. This was a timeless look, though the tab-collar shirts, thin-lapel Italian suits, mid-length hair now epitomises the Sixties. Taylor – then a 32-year-old whose background included national service and an educational stint on Fleet Street as a reporter – is in the eye of the storm with his long-haired charges, a solid phalanx battling as best they could.

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Yoko Ono, widow of slain Beatle John Lennon, and their son, Sean Lennon, were VIP guests at a new exhibition which opened in Liverpool Friday.

The exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool is the first in the world to tell the story of Lennon and Ono in their own words.

Ono, who is 85, was loudly applauded as she, aided by her son Sean Lennon and using a walking stick, told of her affection for Liverpool, birthplace of the former member of the Beatles.

The groundbreaking exhibition, Double Fantasy -- John & Yoko, runs until April 22, 2019 and is expected to attract visitors from across the world.

It celebrates the meeting of two of the world's most creative artists and reveals how they expressed their deep and powerful love for one another through their art, music, film and ongoing "Imagine Peace" campaign.

The exhibition has opened just a day before in the 50th anniversary of the couple's first night together (May 19, 1968), when they worked through the night and produced their first album, Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins.

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After months of speculation, the designers behind Meghan Markle‘s wedding dresses have finally been revealed. The royal bride-to-be turned to two trusted female British designers to create her elegant, effortless and timeless wedding day looks that will remain inspirational to brides for decades to come.

After wearing a timeless, custom Givenchy design by the label’s Creative Director Clare Waight Keller featuring three-quarter length sleeves, Meghan decided to take a turn in a sexy direction in a silky, slinky halter Stella McCartney gown featuring an open back.

McCartney is the daughter of rock n’ roll royalty Sir Paul McCartney (who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth alongside the other surviving Beatles in 1997!) and the late musician Linda McCartney. She flew under the royal wedding dress radar, with British brands like Ralph and Russo, Burberry and Erdem all being touted as front runners.

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There’s no question that The Beatles introduced new styles of writing, performing, and especially recording music in the early 1960s. Much of their success comes from the hands of George Martin, the record producer who crafted the inimitable sound of The Beatles. Otherwise known as the “fifth Beatle,” Sir George Martin was the first producer who helped shape the Beatles’ incredible body of work over the course of seven years. Last year, author Kenneth Womack released Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, the first-ever biography about Sir George Martin, tracing his early life and career. The second book of two is ready to hit shelves on September 4, 2018, called Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016.

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A free exhibition celebrating the meeting of John Lennon and Yoko Ono is launching to the public today (18 May) at the Museum of Liverpool.

The arrival of ‘Double Fantasy – John & Yoko’ coincides with this year’s LightNight and the eve of the 50th anniversary of the couple’s first night together on 19 May 1968, when they produced their first album ‘Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’.

Made possible with the permission of Yoko Ono Lennon, who attended a special preview yesterday, the display draws from Yoko’s private collection and features personal objects alongside art, music and film produced by the world-famous couple. Some of the items on show have never been displayed before.

Open until 22 April 2019, the exhibition uses interviews, quotes and lyrics to tell the story of John and Yoko’s personal and creative relationship along with their political activism and peace campaigning in their own words.

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'I love you John!' - Saturday, May 19, 2018

A frail-looking Yoko Ono was spotted visiting two of John Lennon's childhood homes on Friday after traveling from her New York home to Liverpool.

The artist, who was married to Lennon from 1969 until his death in 1980, was in the city to open a museum show dedicated to their relationship, filled with exhibits from her own private collection.

While in Liverpool she visited Mendips, the home where Lennon spent most of his childhood, and took a photo of herself in his bedroom.

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The Beatles were at the heart of the cradle in which our contemporary world was nurtured. And George Harrison was the Beatle whose output was sidelined to the benefit of his peers Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Two documentaries on Netflix offer a chance to assess their relative contributions to popular culture. Do we thank Hitler for the dank irony that his twisted vision of a tyrannical Reich created the perfect climate for the great wave of cultural change that followed in its wake? Would the Sixties have been what they were without him? And the Twenties. A decade you would have loved to have lived through were it not for the knowledge that it was sandwiched, more or less, between the two world wars. Would the Flapper era and the Jazz Age now so closely associated with F Scott Fitzgerald have been what they were without the draconian mayhem that had been their precursor? And does this have any meaning for our current mess of a world?

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"He say one and one and one is three..." Abbey Road by the Beatles is playing through my Bluetooth headphones, sent from my iPhone, music streaming from Amazon Prime, over satellite WiFi, on the commercial jet that is taking me from Phoenix to Long Beach. So much innovation and world-changing disruption in one event. It’s one moment in our modern world.

It got me thinking about the pace and crazy enormity of the changes in our world. The amount of change, and the new industries created by them are so familiar now that I think we take it for granted. Such pretentious deep thoughts are the sort of thing that I enjoy contemplating while trying to ignore the guy in the seat next to me, who is hogging far more than his fair share of the armrest.

The Beatles are a great example of the revolution that is our new norm. Usually, we think about technology chips, machines, and software that turn the world upside down. But the Beatles did the same thing to popular music.

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George Harrison’s life had transformed through his immersion into Indian music and spirituality. However, he experienced issues with maintaining a balance between a simple life versus a “rock star” hedonistic lifestyle. This struggle is chronicled in “It’s All Too Much,” a track from the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine that represents one of Harrison’s most psychedelic compositions.

He wrote the song “in a childlike manner,” Harrison says in I, Me, Mine, and his lyrics drew inspiration from “LSD experiences” that were “later confirmed in meditation.” He cites certain lines that support his assertion: “As I look into your eyes / Your love is there for me / And the more I go inside / The more there is to see.”

In a June 19, 1999 Billboard interview, Harrison explained that he wrote “It’s All Too Much” on the organ, and played it on the recording. During that discussion, he added that he wrote the songs for reasons other than those he gave in I, Me, Mine: “I just wanted to write a rock ’n’ roll song about the whole psychedelic thing of the time.”

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If we've learned anything over the past several years, it's that getting people to agree on anything is hard. Whether it's science, politics, religion, Laurel or Yanny or the geometry of the Earth, we are divided now more than ever.

As far as art and music go, we all agree that it's a matter of taste. But how do a person's musical tastes correlate to their political views? A new study called Tuning In To Politics by TickPick sought answers, and the results are fascinating — perhaps even encouraging!

A survey of over 1,000 Americans who identified themselves as either Democrats, Republicans or Independents found that one thing they agree on, no matter their politics, is classic rock! And two British classic rock bands stood atop the heap in terms of being universally revered: The Beatles and Queen.

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Festival organizers don’t often traffic in superlatives or absolutes. Much as sports coaches prop up the team over contributions of any single player, they’re more likely to stress the value of the whole package.

Amy Corbin, head of C3 Presesnts’ concert division, has that down when discussing the lineup she booked for this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. “Two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers,” she says of Paul McCartney and Metallica, but she’s quick to add: “And it’s a nice balance with Childish Gambino and Arctic Monkeys and Travis Scott and Odesza — there’s literally something for everybody.”

When pressed about McCartney, though, she admits that getting the legendary Beatle was an above-and-beyond coup. Would she call Sir Paul THE biggest act ever booked to play ACL Fest?

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George Harrison always knew there was something special about muse, fashion model and photographer, Pattie Boyd. She was married to the Quiet Beatle from 1966-77 and then to his best mate and guitar God, Eric Clapton from 1979-89. She was the inspiration for many great love songs, including Harrison’s “Something” and Clapton’s “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” She has lived an exotic and glamorous life with rock stars and this charmed existence is the subject of a speaking tour and exhibition at Sydney’s Blender Gallery this May.

Boyd will chat with Rockwiz’s Brian Nankervis in Sydney and Melbourne this week. Some fortunate Sydneysiders also got a taster of these events when Boyd appeared at the Blender Gallery on Saturday. She spoke about her photographs, including ones she took herself and others from her private collection and was generous in answering lots of different questions.

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John Lennon’s sister is leading a campaign to offer Beatles fans the chance to own a part of Strawberry Field, and support a benefit campaign in the process.

Immortalized in the 1967 track “Strawberry Fields Forever,” the real Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army children’s home that was demolished in the ‘70s. The campaign aims to raise funds for a new support hub and visitor experience to be built on the site. Bricks from the original building are being sold for approximately $100 each, complete with a presentation box, limited-edition numbered to 2,500, and an embossed hologram.

“We want to open it to the public for the very first time, so that visitors can celebrate and enjoy it now and forever,” the Salvation Army said on the Strawberry Field website. “The visitor experience will tell the story of the Salvation Army, the children’s home that once stood here and the part that Strawberry Field played in the life of John Lennon and the Beatles. We will create a new training and work placement hub for young people with learning disabilities, where they can learn skills, gain work experience, grow in confidence and achieve. You can help us bring Strawberry F details

Because of his work on 2001: A Spacey Odyssey, The Shining, Dr. Strangelove and Paths Of Glory, to name but a few, Stanley Kubrick is rightfully regarded as one of the best directors of all time.

That’s despite the fact that he only actually directed 13 feature films during his illustrious 46 year long career. Kubrick had many more unrealized ideas, scripts and projects, though.

I recently had the chance to speak to Kubrick’s former right-hand man Leon Vitali for the documentary on his career “Filmworker.” Vitali met the director when he was cast in "Barry Lyndon," but then put his acting career to one side so that he could work as Kubrick’s filmworker up until his death.

During this time he was privy to a lot of information and secrets regarding Kubrick, especially when it came to his unproduced films. Vitali was more than happy to open up about these projects to me, so I started things off by quizzing him about the rumors The Beatles’ wanted Kubrick to direct them in an adaptation of "The Lord Of The Rings."

“That was true. That was true,” was Vitali’s emphatic response. “They came to Stanley’s office to talk about it. I don&rsqu details

SOCIAL MEDIA THREAT

O'Sullivan said that Facebook tops the Son of God in terms of size scale and influence as Fianna Fail TD James Lawless says the withdrawal of advertisements for abortion referendum the beginning of a long war

FACEBOOK is now bigger than Jesus and the Beatles, an expert claimed today.

John Lennon once claimed the Fab Four were bigger than the Son of God, but Digital Media expert Barry O’Sullivan, who is Director of Data Analytics at University College Cork, believes Facebook alone could be bigger than both.

O’Sullivan says Facebook’s role in society is as big as Christianity

The Professor made his claim at an Institute of European Affairs seminar where, speaking on the role of social media in society, he said: “In terms of size scale and influence, Facebook is akin to Christianity.”

Panellists considered the possibility of regulation in this area in the context of increased public scrutiny concerning the use, or misuse, of consumers’ personal data and following the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Source: John Drennan/thesun.ie

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It wasn’t always easy being vegetarian, even for rock stars. Sir Paul McCartney, who ditched meat and fish from his diet back in the mid Seventies, groans at the memory. “You wouldn’t have believed it.”It’s true: we’ve forgotten how alien a meat-free diet seemed to most people in the last millennium. These days, vegetarians have never had it so good.

Even if we aren’t all committing to removing meat from our diets completely, it seems that – call it flexitarianism, reducetarian, or simply cutting back – a significant chunk of the population will willingly go without some of the time. More than a quarter of evening meals in the UK are now meatless, and the supermarkets and suppliers are falling...

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George Harrison's first electric guitar has emerged for sale for £220,000.

The legendary Beatle acquired the Hofner Club 40 model in the summer of 1959 as a 16-year-old after trading it for another guitar.

He kept hold of the instrument for seven years as the band went from playing youth clubs to stadiums.

Harrison once described it as "the most fantastic guitar ever", but was persuaded by manager Brian Epstein to give it away to promote their 1966 Germany tour.

His guitar was offered as the star prize for the winners of 'The Best Beat Band in Germany' organised by German music venue Star Club where the band had played in the early 60s.

The competition was won by local band The Faces and the instrument was presented to Frank Dostal, its singer and guitarist.

Dostal kept hold of it until his death last year but his widow Mary Dostal, a former member of Liverpool band the Liverbirds, has consigned it for sale with US based auction house Julien's Auctions.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

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