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George Harrison's extraordinary musical career will be feted this coming Saturday at New York City's Beacon Theatre by the Fab Faux, dubbed "the greatest Beatles cover band" by Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke. Legendary rock critic and Sirius XM radio host Dave Marsh enthused, "Amazingly, they're so good at it you learn new things about the originals."

The band, a labor of love born in 1998 when neighbors Jimmy Vivino (bandleader/guitarist for Conan O'Brien) and Will Lee (bassist for Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman) came up with the idea during a communal elevator ride in their apartment building. Jimmy and Will are joined by lead-singing drummer/producer Rich Pagano (Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, sugarCane cups), guitarist Frank Agnello (Marshall Crenshaw, Phoebe Snow), and keyboardist/guitarist Jack Petruzzelli (Joan Osborne Band, Rufus Wainwright). Harrison would have been 70 years old this past February.


A few months ago, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr collected some of his personal pictures for the e-book Photograph. Now, that book is being printed in a limited edition physical version, but it won't come cheap. It's due out on November 22 throughGenesis Publications.

Bound with leather and featuring gold foil, the tome costs a whopping £345 ($581.91). The books are hand-numbered, with each one signed by Ringo himself. Those who are considering forking out the cash for the book can console themselves by knowing that the money goes to a good cause, since Ringo is donating all of his royalties to the Lotus Foundation. It's available to pre-order here. Photograph features more than 250 rare and never-before-seen images, which chronicle Ringo's early life, his time in the Beatles, and more. Starr said in a statement, "I love pictures put together, showing different times of your life. At the time, I never thought that there would be a whole book of my photographs."


John Lennon's life is celebrated again! Theatre Within, the grassroots non-profit behind the annual celebration of John Lennon in NYC, announced the line-up for the 33rd Annual John Lennon Tribute, set for Friday, December 6 at 8PM at Symphony Space in New York City. 

Steve Earle will top a stellar line-up including Raul Malo (lead singer of the Mavericks), Marc Cohn, Teddy Thompson, Dana Fuchs ("Sexy Sadie" in the hit film Across the Universe), and returning fan favorites Joan Osborne, R&B great Bettye LaVette, Toshi Reagon, Rich Pagano (of The Fab Faux). Lennon Tribute creator and MAD Magazine Senior Editor Joe Raiola will be appearing for his 33rd consecutive year. Plus, The Buffers, an a cappella group from Hamilton College, N.Y., has planned a special all vocal medley honoring the music legend. "It's beautiful that Theatre Within continues to honor John's memory and have such a powerful and positive impact with its annual Tribute to him," sa details

For Paul McCartney, the decision to fill most of the Beatles’ albums with songs composed alongside John Lennon — rather than those of George Harrison and Ringo Starr — came down to productivity.

“There’s only four people,” McCarney told Howard Stern. “So you’ve got to go: ‘Well, two of us will do this.’ Or you’ve got to say: ‘We’re all going to write equally.’ Well, in that case, Ringo better up his game a bit — because John and I were writing; George and Ringo weren’t.”Over time, of course, Harrison began grow by leaps and bounds as a songwriter. By 1969, he’d crafted a No. 1 single for the Beatles in “Something.” “He’d written a couple before that on some of the earlier albums,” McCartney says. “They were really good. He was starting to shape up. But he’d never seemed that interested — I suppose, because John and I were kind of dominating it.”

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Some revolutions have been hatched in neighborhood pubs; others in the streets. Fifty years ago this week, in a downstairs basement in London, Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "I Want to Hold Your Hand." They recorded it the next day. While they hoped it would reach No. 1 on the charts, neither artist dreamed it would become the seminal song of a generation.

Most historians believe the Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964, marked the turning point in popular culture. To the uninitiated, that's mostly true. John, Paul, George and Ringo's performance that winter night was watched by a record-breaking 40 million people coast to coast. I was one of them. Another person who watched that fateful night was Jack Paar, the legendary host of "The Tonight Show." Paar had introduced the lads from Liverpool to America three months earlier when he aired a tape of them entertaining British audiences. Despite being only a sophomore at Cubberley High School at the time, I still remember watching Paar's clip like it was ye details

Brian Wilson thinks Paul McCartney is the best musician around today and branded the musician as the most ''gifted'' singer he's ever listened to. The Beach Boys singer branded the former Beatles musician as the most ''gifted'' singer he's ever listened to and praised the 'Let it Be' singer for his innovative sounds.

When asked by whom he rates today, he replied: ''Gee, that's a hard question to answer. I think Paul McCartney, you know? ''Because he's probably the most gifted musician I've ever known and he brings new and beautiful things to people.'' Brian admitted he initially felt self-conscious about being deaf in his right ear, but claims the disability motivated him to write The Beach Boys 1966 album, 'Pet Sounds', recognised as one of the most influential records in the history of popular music. The 71-year-old musician mused: ''Well, I mean, I felt a little bit inadequate about my right ear so I think I overcompensated when I wrote Pet Sou details

Berlin - "For her lasting artistic and peace-promoting political work," Yoko Ono, Japanese artist and widow of John Lennon, has won a prestigious German peace prize — the Theodor Wanner Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award recalls the German manager and patron Theodor Wanner (1875-1955), on whose initiative the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IFA) was founded in 1917. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle watched as Ono received the prize near Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate. 80-year-old Ono said to the watching crowd:"This prize is a message to me from you that what I've been doing was understood by you." "Now is time for action and action is peace. Think peace, act peace, spread peace, and let's make it all together." The award included 10,000 euros ($13,700), which Ono immediately handed to Boniface Mwangi, who runs an organization that helps young artists in Kenya.

It is one of those popular Beatles songs that appeals across generations. Octopus's Garden, like Maxwell's Silver Hammer or Yellow Submarine, have the sort of merry tunes and simple lyrics that please music lovers from nursery to nursing home and all those in between.

When I play the song, from the 1969 Abbey Road album, to my three-year-old son Leo, the story-like lyrics captivate him. And now those lyrics, conjured up by Ringo Starr in 1968 while holidaying in Sardinia on Peter Sellers' yacht, have been turned into the words of a children's book. The children's fantasy journey sees them hide in giant whelk shells, swim with a blue whale and ride on the back of a fleet of turtles before joining the octopus in his garden and adorning him with jewels. The book comes with a CD featuring a reading by Ringo Starr and a never-before-heard version of the song.


Sir Paul McCartney has given an impromptu gig in Covent Garden during the lunchtime rush. "Good afternoon," he told that assembled crowd of more than 2,000 fans. "Welcome to Covent Garden." "We're just going to do some songs from our new album so get your phones out... As if they weren't already," he added.

The 71-year-old sang four songs from his latest album, New, from a truck parked on the piazza. It follows a similar stunt in New York last week. The London gig began at 1330 BST, about an hour after Sir Paul announced it on Twitter. "I'm getting ready to pop up in Covent Garden," the former Beatle tweeted. "Oh baby!" "Alright! Busking!" he joked after taking to the stage, watched by his daughter, Stella. "This is a change from the '60s because we would just have been coming in from the clubs right now." The singer opened with his current single, also called New, and closed with the same song approximately 20 minutes later, telling the audience: "Thank you very much. OK now, back to work!"

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A RARE set of Beatles autographs, featuring all of the Fab Four, will go under the hammer at a Wareham auction next month, it has been announced. The autographs, collected by a fan after the band performed on the Thank Your Lucky Stars television show in 1963, will form part of a sale at Cottees Auctions.

Signed Beatles photographs containing all four members have sold for thousands of pounds at auction, as they remain the most sought-after items of Beatles memorabilia. Auctioneer John Condie said: “The autographs are contained in a personal scrapbook compiled at the time.“Together with the set of autographs are two publicity photographs of the group at Thank Your Lucky Stars, a fan club autographed card and various black and white publicity cards which will be offered at the same time.”

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