Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Beatles Recording From Hamburg Strip Club Going to Auction

A rare recording of the Beatles performing at a Hamburg, Germany strip club in December 1962 is set to hit the auction block starting February 27th. Auction house Ted Owen & Co. will offer up the original master recording tape of the small Star Club gigs, recorded between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve 1962, with a reserve price of £100,000, or roughly $150,000, the Guardian reports, but they're expected to fetch much higher at auction. Read More - Rolling Stone





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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Interview: A look inside the book 'John Lennon: The Collected Artwork'

Late last year, Insight Editions released “John Lennon: The Collected Artwork,” a 204-page coffee table book that, for the first time, collects 200 pieces of his artwork beginning from his childhood days through 1980, the year of his death. According to Scott Gutterman, who wrote the text featured in the book, some of the drawings in the book, including the childhood sketches, have not been seen before. Read More - National Beatles | Examiner.com





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Thursday, February 5, 2015

1965: In the wake of The Beatles' first tour, a rock awakening took place in Pittsburgh

Although it may not have impacted Pittsburgh directly, a major cultural shift in 1965 resulted from the meeting of the Beatles and Bob Dylan the previous year. The Beatles would take a page from his poetic lyrics and gypsy folk style late in the year on “Rubber Soul,” and Dylan would famously plug in at the Newport Folk Festival a few months after releasing his first electric rock on “Bringing it All Back Home” and right after releasing “Like a Rolling Stone.” Read More - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette





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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West to Perform at the GRAMMYs

Sir Paul has been a part of a few epic collaborations at the GRAMMYs over the years. For instance, at the 48th annual ceremony in 2006, he performed his solo song “Fine Line” followed by the Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter,” but later on joined Linkin Park and Jay Z for their medley of “Numb/Encore,” which went into the Beatles classic “Yesterday.” Read More - CBS New York





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Monday, February 2, 2015

Why George Harrison was happier out of the spotlight

In “George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door,” author Graeme Thomson quotes singer Peter Frampton in 1971: “I said, ‘Can I put on some Beatles tracks and ask you about them?’ And [Harrison] said, ‘Sure.’ I’d put on ‘Paperback Writer’ and say, ‘I love the guitar part on that,’ and he’d say, ‘Oh, that’s Paul.’ I was embarrassed. I said, ‘I’m sorry,’ and he said, ‘It’s OK, it’s OK.’ He was very sweet about it, but it wasn’t until that particular moment that I realized he was stifled.” Read More - New York Post





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Friday, January 30, 2015

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr plans new album, USA tour

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr is set for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but first he plans a new album and tour of the United States and Latin America. The drummer for the Fab Four announced yesterday the release of his 18th studio album, “Postcards from Paradise,” on March 31. The release comes just before Starr, who is already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beatles, is inducted in his own right at an April 18 ceremony in Cleveland. - Read More - Malay Mail Online





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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

John Lennon's mum's 'House of Sin' home to go under the hammer

The former home of John Lennon’s mum, dubbed the “House of Sin” by his aunt, is up for auction. The semi-detached home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton’s Springwood estate, was where Lennon’s mum Julia lived when he was a teenager and is due to go under the hammer at Liverpool Town Hall on March 31. The Beatle’s sisters Julia and Jackie lived in the three-bedroom council house with his mum and her new partner John ‘Bobby’ Dykins. Read More - Liverpool Echo





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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Paul McCartney's Star-Studded MusiCares Headed to Video

The star-studded Paul McCartney tribute concert, honoring the former Beatle as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year, will soon be available on Blu-ray and DVD. The concert, A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney, included Beatles and solo songs as performed by Neil Young and Crazy Horse ("I Saw Her Standing There"), Coldplay ("We Can Work It Out") and Alicia Keys ("Blackbird"), as well as several songs by McCartney. The evening ended with a medley of the Beatles' "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight" and "The End" featuring the former Beatle playing with Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl. Read More - Rolling Stone





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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ringo Starr Finishes Work on New Album, Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr has built up quite an extensive solo catalog in the last few decades, and next year, the former Beatle will release his seventeenth studio album. To put that achievement in perspective, his erstwhile bandmate Paul McCartney has released sixteen solo albums. So let it never be said that drummers are slackers! Starr broke the news about his as-yet-untitled new album with a video update posted to his website. Read More - Rock Square





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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ringo Starr's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction means all Beatles finally honoured

When Ringo Starr is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, he will make history with The Beatles. The drummer - who was honoured collectively with the Fab Four in 1988 - will be the last of the legendary group to be recognised individually at the prestigious event Ringo will be presented with the Award for Musical Excellence, meaning the Merseyside rockers will finally be included in full both as solo stars and a group. John Lennon was the first to be inducted in 1994 - 14 years after his tragic death - while Sir Paul McCartney was honoured five years later. Read More - 3am





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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Give Peace a Chance: John, Yoko, Canada and the Genesis of Rock

1967 witnessed the anti-war and civil rights movements' convergence through developments such as the International War Crimes Tribunal and Muhammad Ali being denied his boxing license for refusing his army induction -- "no Viet Cong ever called me n----r." Turning 100, Canada was defining its complex identity, while the Beatles' kaleidoscopic-looking and psychotropic-sounding Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band was redefining Rock & Roll, and Mondovision was catapulting "All You Need is Love" to one sixth of humanity. In 1968, the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group and the first International Conference on Human Rights, in Tehran, were born. On the civil rights front, Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, while Tommie Smith and John Carlos received their Olympics medals through the Black Power salute and shoeless -- symbolizing black poverty. Read More






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Friday, October 31, 2014

Yoko Ono on Art, New York and John Lennon

For the past 60-plus years, Ms. Ono has followed that advice, channeling her experiences and encounters into conceptual art—first with the avant-garde Fluxus movement in New York, then with her own much-misunderstood “instruction” paintings, often bearing a single word, which invited the viewer to interpret and take figurative ownership of the artworks. Later, with John Lennon, she attracted notoriety—and animosity—when they staged their “Bed-in for Peace” protests in 1969. Read More - WSJ






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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love' Back in Top 10, Thanks to Dave Koz

Not traditionally considered a holiday song, Koz thought that its message is a perfect fit for the season. It's the lone non-Christmas standard on Dave Koz & Friends: The 25th of December, which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart earlier this month. The set became his 15th top 10 in an impressive chart history that dates to 1991. Read More - Billboard






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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

John Lennon’s Solo Material Added to Spotify

Spotify just landed another Beatle. Today brings news that the streaming service has picked up John Lennon‘s eight-album-deep discography and three official compilations, spanning from 1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to his posthumous album, Milk and Honey, released in 1984. Read More - 100.7 WZLX






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Sunday, September 28, 2014

George Harrison's Unusual Friendship With Eric Clapton Animated (a top story

On Monday George Harrison's Unusual Friendship With Eric Clapton Animated was a top story. Here is the recap: (Radio.com) Radio.com's latest Minimation is taken from a 1987 WNEW-FM interview with George Harrison, where he discusses how his unusual friendship with Eric Clapton. Read More - ::antiMusic.com






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