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A BIDDING was has erupted over a piece of Beatles history.

John Lennon's gypsy caravan, which was discovered in an Ascot garage, has attracted interest from prospective collectors across the world, since we revealed its whereabouts.

The 1967 Sgt Pepper's caravan has been hidden from public view for more than 40 years but it was acquired by Ascot resident Alan Carr, fundraising director of the Ascot Lawyers' Foundation.

n an exclusive interview, Mr Carr said: "I have been delighted with the international response so far from many major collectors of Beatles memorabilia.

"They have told me this is the moment they have all been waiting for."

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All Together Now - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Too many Beatles books? In my house there’s always room for one more, and this week’s addition is All Together Now (Matador, £9.99), an ABC of Beatles’ songs by registered Fabs geek David Rowley.

This is his third book on the subject, for like many repeat offenders, Rowley has spent more years writing about the Beatles than the Beatles spent being the Beatles. His competition is Ian McDonald’s legendary Revolution in the Head, a chronological, rigorous and shamelessly tendentious analysis of the songs that irritates some readers by being just a bit too much like the old NME.

This is a much simpler book, less stylishly written for sure, but factually sound and, with its alphabetical structure, more of a lucky dip: the Beatles loo book, if you like.

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Source: The Spectator

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Yoko Ono shows no signs of slowing down. In her New York home, the curator of Meltdown 2013 discusses her art, love, John Lennon and political activism.

Sitting at her kitchen table, sipping green tea, Yoko Ono looks much the same as she did when I met her 20 years ago. Dressed in a black top and trousers and peering intently over tinted spectacles, her face bears little trace of the passing of time and her diminutive form exudes utter calmness.

Having crossed the famous threshold of the Dakota building, and been ushered through the interior of possibly the most exclusive address in Manhattan by her assistant, then instructed to leave my shoes at the door, I do feel like I have been granted an audience with a grand historical figure. Which, in a way, I have.

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Source: The Gurarian / The Observer

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Paul McCartney made his first visit to Elvis Presley's grave and left one of his guitar picks behind.

According to the official Twitter account of the former Beatle, McCartney said the pick was 'so Elvis can play in heaven'.

The lifelong Elvis fan toured Graceland mansion Sunday.

McCartney was in Memphis to play a show on the North American leg of his 'Out There' tour, which has seen him perform in Brazil, Poland, Italy and Austria before drawing to a close in Seattle in July.

His set lists have included rarely performed songs such as Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite, All Together Now and Eight Days A Week, which he played live only once before the tour began, with The Beatles in 1965.

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Paul McCartney’s weekend in Memphis began with a trip to Elvis’ home at Graceland, and ended with a visit to FedExForum, as the Beatles legend left a capacity crowd buzzing with his first performance in the Bluff City in 20 years on Sunday night.

Sandwiched in between a pair of Grizzlies playoff games, McCartney’s concert at the arena reaffirmed his place as the popular champion among his ‘60s rock survivors. While he may lack Bob Dylan’s inscrutable air of mystery, or the visceral outlaw excitement of the Rolling Stones, McCartney is an unapologetic people pleaser. He delivered a nearly 40-song, three-hour set of Beatles classics, rarities, tributes and favorites from his Wings and solo catalog, a truly epic and awe-inspiring performance from a man just a few weeks shy of his 71st birthday.

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Source: Go Memphis

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Many years ago, when the world was young and vinyl ruled, I used to sit in the Abbey Road studio, watching the Beatles at work.

At the end of a session, I would pick up their odd scraps of paper - the lyrics of a song they had been working on, scribbled on the back of an envelope or a telephone bill. I would ask if I could have it, as it might be useful to me in writing the band's biography (the only one they would ever authorise, as it turned out). They always said yes, as the cleaners would just burn the scraps along with the other bits of rubbish left on the floor.

The Beatles showed little interest in their own jottings because their only concern was the recorded song. Don't forget that this was between 1966 and 1968 - from Revolver to the White Album - and John, Paul, George and Ringo were still in their 20s. You tend not to think ahead at that age, and certainly not about phoney concepts such as posterity.

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Eric Clapton - the musician, a living icon, talked about his music, his memories of John Lennon, his influences and a lot more in candid chat with TOI. Excerpts:

What inspired you creatively to cut this new album?
I think when I was making this album I wanted to have everything that belonged to an era when I was a kid, until now. I wanted to get the memories back through the songs. Moreover I wanted this album to have songs dedicated to my family. So all these thoughts actually led to the way this album was cut out and nothing related to any specific creative planning.

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This is no ordinary tourist guide to Bermuda. Lennon Bermuda, by Scott Neil, tells the largely untold story of John Lennon setting sail on a 43-foot yacht from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda for his last summer holiday with his young son Sean, before the singer was shot dead later that year.

Bermuda was the place that inspired John to write 30 new songs – the first in five years, including "Woman". He named his last album Double Fantasy after a freesia flower he saw in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Inside the book are unseen photographs of John and Sean, then four years old, thank-you notes from John for a starfish, and hand-written lyrics of songs, even his customs declaration form stamped by Bermuda immigration, as well as places he visited and people he met along the way.

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When Paul McCartney returns to Memphis this weekend to perform at FedExForum, the crowd will be considerably older, the females less frenzied than the first time he played here 47 years ago as a member of the Beatles. Although Sunday’s stop on McCartney’s “Out There” tour marks only his second Bluff City concert (he also played solo in 1993 at the Liberty Bowl), everyone in town, it seems, has a story to tell about the legendary musician.

For Memphians of a certain age, few memories are as vivid as those concerning the Beatles’ appearance at the Mid-South Coliseum on Aug. 19, 1966.

“It’s a day that will live in infamy for me anyway,” says Jody Stephens. He is the longtime manager of Midtown’s Ardent Studios and a bit of a legend himself as the drummer for Big Star, a group considered to be the Beatles of power-pop and the kings of all cult bands. Back in details
The Horse That Birthed the Beatles - Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nearly everyone of a certain age can muster memories of "The Ed Sullivan Show" on one Sunday evening in February 1964. The Beatles had arrived in New York City for this live broadcast and rendered the crowds of screaming teenage girls waiting for them at the airport senseless with adoration. Then 73 million more people joined the madness from our living rooms, twisting our televisions' rabbit ears in unison to bring the Beatles into our homes. We had no social media to alert us to something momentous trending on Ed Sullivan's show. But we sensed a cultural shift.

What could this have do with goings-on down in the Bluegrass horse country of Kentucky and the beginnings of a global shift in the horse industry? At the time no one could have made the connection except for Pete Best, and he was not immediately heard from: In late 1962, the Beatles had fired Mr. Best as their drummer, replacing him with Ringo Starr. Few, if any, Americans knew about the importance of Pete Best—and none could have guessed the role a horse pla details

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