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What started as a neighbor-vs.-neighbor tiff over a tree has grown into a months-long, only-in-New York legal battle pitting actress Marisa Tomei’s parents against the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Gary and Addie Tomei, who live in a stately town house at 155 W. 13th St. in Greenwich Village, say in their $10 million lawsuit that Sean Lennon, owner of 153 W. 13th St., won’t give peace a chance.

Instead, the lawsuit says, he’s “arrogantly” demanding that the Tomeis alter the entrance to their landmarked brownstone in Greenwich Village’s historic district so he can save a diseased ailanthus tree on his property that has encroached on their house.

“To suggest that [the Tomeis] forever transform their 170-year-old property so that [Lennon] may temporarily enjoy viewing its tree is absurd,” the couple’s lawyer, Gerald Walters, says in court papers filed this week in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The Tomeis are asking a judge to force Lennon, 40, to remove the 24-inch-diameter, 60-foot-tall rotting tree from in front of his home. They say the roots have cracked their stoop, crept into their basement and compromised their foundation.

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Looking good doesn’t have to ruin the environment.

That’s the message of a new video featuring fashion designer Stella McCartney, who’s partnering with environmental nonprofit Canopy to push clothing companies to stop sourcing fabric from ancient and endangered forests.

The video, which dropped this week, explains how producing fabrics like viscose and rayon, which is made from wood pulp, pose a serious threat to ancient forests across the globe. And it describes how major fashion brands and designers, like McCartney, are working with Canopy to stop sourcing materials from imperiled woodlands.

When we think about fabric, we tend to think cotton, wool, polyester. But ballooning cotton prices have caused wood-based fabrics to make a comeback. That’s a problem, environmental groups say, because around 30 percent of the rayon used in clothing comes from ancient or endangered forests.

“These man-made cellulosic fabrics like rayon, viscose and lyocell, are created from trees cut down exclusively to feed dissolving pulp mills,” Nicole Rycroft, founder and executive director of Canopy, told The Guardian in 2014.

The result? “Ancient and endangered rainfor details

There's nothing quite like a princess bride!

Five years ago on July 1, 2011, South African beauty Charlene Wittstock wed Monaco's Prince Albert. For the grand royal wedding – a four-day, $70 million extravaganza – Charlene asked her friend, musician-photographer Julian Lennon, to join her in her final moments before she faced the world stage.

An estimated 150,000 spectators flooded the principality's streets eager to see the bride in her jaw-dropping Giorgio Armani gown with its 66-ft. silk tulle veil and train, with millions more watching on TV and online around the globe.

Just minutes before, Lennon photographed Charlene at Monaco's Hermitage Hotel as she made her last preparations to walk down the aisle.

"She appeared so serene," he says of the shot he took of her in hair rollers. "I think for a second she was able to block the world out of her head, eyes and ears, and just observe herself in that moment. The future Princess of Monaco. A natural beauty."

But that's not to say there were no wedding-day jitters. Lennon recalls being "entitled to no more than 10 minutes" – with Charlene, who was practically due to leave the hotel as he entered the suite. As he first sat details

Last week’s ‘Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket’ featured ‘Dear Boy’ from RAM and one of Paul’s most elegant and precise counterpoint arrangements. This week we’re stripping it right back with the song ‘Warm And Beautiful’ taken from the 1976 Wings album At The Speed Of Sound.

We rediscovered this ‘deep cut’ ourselves back in 2014 when At The Speed Of Sound was reissued as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, and it’s been a favourite ever since. As we were putting together that release, we also discovered that it’s one of Paul’s favourites too who commented in the liner notes for the reissue: "I like 'Warm and Beautiful' very much, I think it’s one of my very good songs.”

The ‘Warm And Beautiful’ arrangement is so different from ‘Dear Boy’ that apart from Paul’s singing and piano, the listener gets halfway through the song before any other instrument is heard. Here’s Paul again,

"I find it a very emotional melody, and in the middle there’s a sort of slide guitar in the instrumental thing where it suddenly goes into harmonies. And it’s funny I always think details

After the break-up of The Beatles in 1970, Paul forged ahead of the frontman of Wings, and apparently wanted to emulate his old group's on-screen success with films like A Hard Day's Night and Help!

An avid fan of the Star Trek TV series, the musician decided to hire its creator to write a science-fiction epic that would feature Wings as part of an intergalactic battle of the bands competition.

In a new book about the history of Star Trek, The Fifty Year Mission, serialised in The Hollywood Reporter, Gene's assistant Susan Sackett reveals, "Paul contacted him and was a Star Trek fan. He invited us to a concert, which was great, and we met backstage.

"Paul hired Gene to write a story about the band and it was a crazy story. Paul gave him an outline and Gene was supposed to do something with it. It was bands from outer space and they were having a competition."

At a loose end after the cancellation of the Star Trek TV series in 1969, Gene accepted the opportunity to turn the rocker's bizarre movie idea into a script. However, the possibility of returning to Star Trek scuppered the collaboration as Susan explains, "Gene was open to things at this point; Star Trek wasn't happening and he wasn't getti details

George Harrison's elegant Beatles ballad "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" comes to life in a new video created by Apple Corps Ltd. and Cirque du Soleil. The hypnotic clip is based on a 10th anniversary re-staging of "Gently Weeps" for LOVE, Cirque du Soleil's theatrical production at Las Vegas' Mirage Hotel & Casino. 

The video – directed by Dandypunk, André Kasten and Leah Moyer – highlights elements from the LOVE performance. Dandypunk's hand-drawn illustrations depict Harrison's lyrics falling off the page into the air, transporting LOVE performer Eira Glover into a series of fantastical locations. Projection mapping – and no CGI – was used to create the clip.

This orchestral version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," arranged by legendary Beatles producer George Martin, was recorded at Air Studios in 2006. The track appears on the corresponding LOVE LP, which mashed up and remixed the Beatles' music. Those sessions marked Martin's final studio work prior to his death in March at age 90. 

By: Ryan Reed

Source: Rolling Stone 


Unseen! The Beatles In Tokyo, 1966 - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Beautiful shots of the Fabs on their bittersweet final world tour star in new Genesis Publications tome.

MARKING 50 YEARS since The Beatles’ history-making 1966 Tokyo concerts, Genesis Publications are releasing a book of rare photos of the trip. Hello Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 features pictures, taken by Japanese photographer Shimpei Asai, that have never before been published outside Japan.

On the June 29 1966, The Beatles arrived in Tokyo, to face controversy over the five shows they’d booked at the legendary Nippon Budokan. The venue had been previously reserved for traditional Japanese entertainment, and had been built to commemorate the lives of Japan’s lost soldiers.

Meanwhile, the group were struggling to cope with the demands heaped upon them as a touring combo and they were only two months away from their retirement from the circuit after their San Francisco show at Candlestick Park.

However, through Shimpei Asai’s intimate lens, The Beatles seem relaxed in the eye of the storm. His beautifully presented Genesis collection captures the quartet on stage, chilling out, in Noh theatre masks, playing kotos in kimonos. Ever wanted to see John in his pants, o details

So where did Paul McCartney land on Brexit? The legendary former Beatle told The Washington Post that, in the end, he couldn’t decide whether the United Kingdom should stay or go. Sounding more torn about his decision than outspoken, McCartney said he couldn’t get to the polls to vote on whether to remain or leave the European Union because of his ongoing tour.

But he said that even if he had been in town, he likely wouldn’t have voted anyway.

“I think like a lot of people, I was very confused,” McCartney said Monday from a tour stop in Denmark.

“I was actually doing concerts and I physically couldn’t get to it,” he said from his current European tour, which moves to the states next month. (McCartney plays a pair of shows at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center in August.) “But even if I had have been able to, I was so confused. You were hearing what seemed to be good arguments on both sides.”

The turmoil in England and elsewhere has been well-documented since Britain voted to leave the E.U. by 52-to-48 percent last week. There appears to be a similar split among celebrities: Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and actor Michael Caine s details

At the height of Beatlemania in the 1960s, fans were desperate to get their hands on anything related to the Fab Four.

Today, of course, pop stars’ most devoted tribes of followers—Beliebers and Directioners, Swifties and Sheerios—can access thousands of candid photos and news updates about their idols with the swipe of a smartphone screen.

But in the pre-internet era, celebrities—even megastars like the Beatles—had much more control over the images and information they released to the public, which made every candid photo and gossipy tidbit that much more precious.

Music publisher Sean O’Mahony understood this from the earliest days of Beatlemania. In August 1963, he launched The Beatles Book, the only fanzine ever authorized by the Fab Four. The magazine, chock full of the latest Beatles news and photos, served as an exclusive portal into the private lives of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

The magazine’s photographer, Leslie Bryce, traveled with the group throughout the 1960s, giving him unparalleled access to the band. He took plenty of concert photos, but he also snapped hundreds of intimate shots of the Fab Four killing time in their dressing rooms, r details

Paul Minett got three of the Fab Four to sign the inside cover of the famous album after spending hours waiting outside their Abbey Road recording studio in 1967. Unfortunately drummer Ringo was not there and so his name remained absent from the LP. But patient Paul finally completed the set when he was able to get Ringo to sign it in 1997.

It is thought there are just 10 Sgt. Pepper albums signed by all four Beatles that exist in the world. Paul's album has been valued by auctioneers at a whopping £40,000. It is believed that without the crucial fourth signature it would fetch just £15,000.

Had Ringo been in attendance that night in 1967 and signed alongside his band mates, the record would now be worth up to £80,000. Paul, a 68-year-old semi-retired scriptwriter from Aylsham, Norfolk, has had the LP gathering dust in a draw for a number of years and has now decided that now is the time to sell up. He said: "I had always thought it was a shame that I didn't get Ringo's autograph all those years ago and knew that it would be of great value with him in addition.

"They were great to interact with, as long as you were polite they were very easy going." The album remained more or less untou details


In his introduction to the George Harrison The Apple Years box set, Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers says, “The record…hangs on the wall of my studio, just next to my own Moog modular, beaming inspiration straight to my brain.” Rowlands had bought a second hand copy of the LP from a Japanese record shop in the mid 1990s and was amazed by what he heard.

Recorded in November 1968 and February 1969 George’s Electronic Sound was released in May 1969, it was the second, and final, record released on The Beatles’ Apple Records subsidiary label, Zapple Records. It was yet more proof that George was ahead of his time and in many respects the most musically enquiring of the four Beatles.

Electronic Sound is made up of two long pieces of music, originally one on each side of the LP, that are performed on the Moog synthesizer; the Moog IIIc modular system was purchased by George from its inventor, Robert Moog. The record was made against a background of musical exploration that characterised London and Los Angeles in 1968 …Avant-garde was everywhere.

Side 2 of the album ‘No Time or Space’ was the first to be recorded and was done in Los Angeles in November 1968 details

A shirt stained with John Lennon's blood from the night he was murdered has emerged for sale 36 years later.

Concierge Jay Hastings was wearing the white shirt as part of his uniform at the Dakota building in New York when Lennon was shot by deranged fan Mark Chapman. As the former Beatle stumbled through the door and collapsed Mr Hastings rushed to help him.

While he tried to give him aid some of Lennon's blood soaked into his shirt which is still visible today on the chest and sleeves. Mr Hastings covered Lennon's chest with his uniform jacket, took off the star's glasses and called the police. The macabre piece of memorabilia is still owned by the former porter and is now being sold at auction for an estimated £7,000. Mr Hastings had a good working relationship with the Lennon and Yoko Ono and also included in the sale is a copy of the album Double Fantasy signed 'To Jay, Love John Lennon Yoko Ono'.

There is also a Thanksgiving card from the family dated 1978 with a printed message, doodle and signatures from John, Yoko and Sean, and a typed letter from Yoko Ono two weeks after her husband's death thanking the staff for their support, in its original envelope with 'Jay Hastings' written on details

The Ludwig drum kit used for the recording of the Beatles’ first American single “Love Me Do,” will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on June 30. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online, Art Daily said.

Andy White, known as the “Fifth Beatle,” replaced Ringo Starr on drums during the recording of the Beatles’ first single “Love Me Do” for their first album, “Please Please Me.” The album was released on March 22, 1963. Ron Richards, an assistant to British record producer George Martin, who continued to work with the Beatles for decades, asked White to re-record the song with Ringo Starr shifting over to the tambourine.

“Love Me Do,” with White on the drums being auctioned, was the #1 song in the United States when it was released and prompted the Beatles into superstardom. The album “Please Please Me” gave the Beatles a national audience in the United Kingdom that launched Beatlemania.

Three renditions of “Love Me Do” were recorded at EMI in London in 1962. Each rendition featured a different drummer. The first rendition on June 6, 1962 featured Pete Best on drums; it is featured on the details

More than 180 members of the music industry are voicing support for the Democrats' efforts in Congress to pass gun control measures, courtesy of Billboard magazine. The editors of the publication reached out to the people they covered asking them to sign an open letter to Congress asking for two measures – expanded background checks and banning people on the no fly list from buying guns – to be passed.

Joan Jett was the first to sign the letter, quickly followed by Lady Gaga. Soon, the remaining members of the Beatles – Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – had signed on, along with Hillary Clinton supporters Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry and Demi Lovato and pop princesses Shakira and Britney Spears. 

The group Everytown for Gun Safety aided the effort. 'As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change,' the letter began. 'Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences – going to school or church or work – now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country,' it continued. 'The details

THE promising artist and so-called fifth Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe would have been 76 today and to mark the occasion, a damning school report card has gone on show in Liverpool, denouncing his future abilities.

The Prescot School, where Sutcliffe was a pupil from 1951-1956, has loaned the recently discovered archive document to The Beatles Story. In it, teachers doubt Sutcliffe's academic abilities describing him as an average boy possessing "some imagination but little evidence of future distinction".

Sutcliffe, who died of a brain haemorhage at the age of 21, spent the last months of his life studying under renowned sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi at Hamburg Art College. In a somewhat contrasting "school report" Paolozzi wrote: "Sutcliffe is very gifted and very intelligent. In the meantime he has become one of my best students"

Sutcliffe was born in Edinburgh on 23rd June 1940 before the family relocated to Liverpool when he was three. He attended Park View Primary School before moving on to Prescot Grammar School, which is now The Prescot School academy.

At the age of 16, Sutcliffe was accepted into Liverpool College of Art, where he met John Lennon. Lennon encouraged him to purchase a Hofner bass gu details

It was 50 years ago today -- more or less. In late June 1966, the Beatles landed in Tokyo to play five concerts at the Budokan, the home of Japanese martial arts. Two months later, they stopped touring entirely. That November, they recorded the groundbreaking "Strawberry Fields Forever."

If the Beatles were moving fast, so was Japan. Like China today, it was at the tail end of a turbocharged period of economic growth that had generated massive urbanization and a vibrant consumer culture. The population was young and thirsty for the latest overseas trends, while the student movement was becoming increasingly militant.

Into this maelstrom came the Beatles, a symbol of youthful hedonism and the crumbling of traditional values. Prime Minister Eisaku Sato objected to their presence on the hallowed ground of the Budokan. On TV talk shows, the kimono-clad Ryugen Hosokawa, a former Asahi Shimbun journalist, dismissed the Fab Four as "beggarly entertainers."

At the time, terrorist threats from the extreme right were still a reality. Six years earlier, the head of the Japan Socialist Party had been murdered by a fanatical rightist. In 1970, famed novelist Yukio Mishima was to commit seppuku during a theatrical att details

Beatles autographs come to the market quite frequently; but not often are they accompanied by three handwritten letters to one of their fans from George Harrison's mother and sister. 

The pair would often reply to Beatles fans letters and when the vendor of a set of autographs brought them in to be sold at Cottees Auctions in Poole, she also included three handwritten letters which show an interesting insight into the Beatles lives at the beginning of their careers. 

One letter, written by Louise Harrison, George's sister, described how "the boys are very busy with the film" and that she had "Just returned from 3 weeks in Jamaica and boy it was lovely (George's idea and birthday present to me). Returned to 4000 letters. Ugh!"

Another from George's mother, also called Louise, is addressed from Mackets Lane in Liverpool: "The usual system of the boy's when they are going to play anywhere is to practice in the afternoon prior to the show", she writes.

"Dear Sal", says Louise in another letter. "George is a very happy and kind person, I think he is kind of interested in Patti (Boyd, George's wife between 1966-1977) as she is also quite a jolly person."

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Rock and roll arrived in Canada, and was received, much the way it was across white North America. “This music works on a man’s emotions like the music of the heathen in Africa,” Rev. W.G. McPherson of Toronto’s Evangel Temple warned Maclean’s magazine in 1956.

When the Beatles came along, however, The Man was more bemused than concerned. “34,000 Beatles fans pay $100,000 to hear themselves,” a Toronto Daily Star headline wryly observed of their first shows in the city: matinee and evening performances on Labour Day 1964, when no one in Maple Leaf Gardens reported hearing a note over the screaming.

To someone born 12 years later, who is still in awe of the band, it’s astonishing how quickly the mania faded. The Beatles’ 1965 shows barely made the front page of the Star. In 1966, the paper declared Beatlemania eradicated.

It’s all relative of course. Mayor John Tory, who was 12 in 1966, recalls “complete chaos” in the floor seats and barely hearing anything above the screaming. “As we left, there was a long row of chairs along the wall of MLG, each … occupied by a fan who had been brought out in a completely overwhelmed s details

Before The Beatles set out on their blitz tour of Germany in June 1966, "Beatlemania" hadn't yet infected Germany. They swooped in for six short shows - and the hype surrounding the English musicians proved contagious.

The Fab Four arrived in Germany in June 1966, brought to the country by the German youth magazine "Bravo." it was their first visit since 1962 and this time, Beatlemania infected not only the fans, but also the media which had long been covering the ascention of the "four choirboys from Liverpool" with more suspicion than curiosity. Still, there was a bit of fascination. And exactly that mix determined the way in which the band's three-day visit to Germany was received: with mass hysteria throughout the country. Beatlemania had arrived in Germany.

It was no longer possible to simply ignore the masses of long-haired teenagers that had emerged from fusty post-war Germany and were considered crazy. Newspapers interviewed psychologists to help explain the bizarre behavior of these youngsters, reassuring readers that they shouldn't really be seen as a danger to society.

Fears of riots proved to unfounded. But in the eyes of many people, the conglomerations of screaming teenagers - most of them details

Many clubs have played a significant part in shaping popular music — Birdland and CBGB’s in New York; Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles; Ronnie Scott’s, the Marquee, the 100 Club in London; the Armadillo in Austin, Texas; Tipitina’s in New Orleans; Tootsie’s in Nashville — but none of them are as well-known or as influential as the Cavern. Without any fear of contradiction, I can say that the Cavern is the most famous club in the world and a letter simply addressed to ‘The Cavern, Liverpool’ will reach its destination.

This is the story of the Cavern.

The Cavern started as a jazz club in 1957 and for some years, the Merseysippi Jazz Band ruled the roost. They and their fans had little time for anything but jazz and it is fascinating to follow the changes that have taken place over the years. At first the jazz fans tolerated skiffle but hated rock & roll, but by 1961 the new manager knew that was the way forward. The Beatles had come back supercharged from Hamburg and offered a totally different and very exciting sound, but it didn’t take long for the other bands to realize that they would have to have radical transformations as well.

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On Saturday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m., a group of more than 60 children, including Broadway performers and friends, joined together in New York City in Times Square to raise their voices for peace in hopes to help end gun violence. They created a peaceful sing-in demonstration in front of the Walgreen's on West 42 Street and Broadway.

 The children sang John Lennon's Imagine while several played along on guitars, wore silver ribbons in remembrance of the Orlando shooting victims, and carried signs saying phrases such as "We deserve a better future", "Imagine a Better World", "Love is Love is Love is Love is Love", #EndGunViolence, #ImagineSingforPeace. A large crowd gathered around them with many joining in the singing. The ad hoc group of children was assembled via social media posts, emails and word of mouth, and they used their time and talent simply to be heard. With the power of social media, their hope is that their message to end gun violence will spread and be heard across the world.

The idea for the demonstration was sparked by a facebook post written by a 14-year-old Broadway performer, Sam Poon ( The King and I, Macbeth, Billy Elliot, Les Miserables). In response to the Orlando shooting at The Pulse details

"This is the greatest pheonomon of the century so far," opens the new trailer for the upcomign Beatles concert documentaryThe Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years. The Beatles are known as a studio phenomenon, bringing new chords, time signatures and sonic landscapes to rock and roll and creating rock music. But the band started off as a wild, leather-clad, north of England stage act. Cursing and smoking on stage when John Lennon wasn’t peeing on nuns’ heads or wearing toilet seats and making fun of spastics. Then Brian Epstein put them in collarless Pierre Cardin suits and unleashed them on the unwitting south.

Ron Howard’s documentary on The Beatles concert years, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years film will debut Sept. 17 on Hulu. The documentary will hit select U.S. theaters on Sept. 16.

There have been several Beatles documentaries in the past, but Academy Award-winning director Howard promises extensive coverage. For those of us who have been collecting bootlegs for all these years, we can only hope he uncovers something we haven’t seen. White Horse Pictures and Apple Corps’ The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years covers t details

George Harrison All Things Must Pass - Monday, June 20, 2016

Given his own studio, his own canvas, and his own space, George Harrison did what no other solo Beatle did on All Things Must Pass:

He changed the terms of what an album could be.

In 1970, the year the Beatles officially called it quits, divorce was on the American mind. One year earlier, California then-Governor Ronald Reagan had signed the nation’s first no-fault divorce law, freeing couples from the burden of having to produce evidence of wrongdoing in order to legalize their separation. From 1965 to 1970, the number of divorce filings nearly doubled, and in the wake of similar laws pending in other states, the rate would surge through the beginning of the next decade. By the time Kramer Vs. Kramer won Best Picture in 1980, the number of divorces had nearly doubled again. But 1970 remains a mysterious fulcrum point: Whenever a new study is issued on separation rates, our progress or regression is always measured “since 1970.”

Like everything else the Beatles did, their dissolution in that year invented a new way for a band to be—in this case, painfully and publicly splintered. In their death throes, the group would become rock music’s proxy divorcees for the ensuing decad details

"My original idea for the cover was better – decapitate Paul," John Lennon once cracked while discussing Yesterday and Today, a 1966 collection of assorted recent Beatles tracks cobbled together for the North American market. Joking aside, his concept is almost tame compared with the photo that ultimately graced the LP upon its release that June. Fans seeking the aggressively inoffensive hit "Yesterday" name-checked in the title were shocked to find a grotesque tableau starring the group, clad in white butcher coats, snickering like naughty (murderous, even) schoolboys while draped in slabs of raw meat and cigarette-burned doll parts. Lennon could have drawn and quartered his bandmates and it might have inspired less outrage. 

Half a century later, the image of a cheerful Fab Four posing post-baby-slaughter remains unspeakably bizarre. Though the cover was immediately withdrawn, the fact that it was produced at all is a testament to the band's unprecedented status. You couldn't show a toilet seat on an album cover in 1966, and it would be a decade before punk rockers approached this level of public provocation. Yet there sat the Beatles, gleeful among the carnage.

The so-called "butcher" cover vaulted details

Originally published in December of 1989 upon Paul's return to touring after a long haitus.

For a subatomic fraction of an instant, in a narrow gray cinderblock room so spartan that he must place his tea and biscuits on the middle cushion of the couch, Paul McCartney frowns.

So yes, those famous rising eyebrows move inward as well. The smiling mouth also turns down. How about that? A moment to remember, this, because for 25 years, in tiny gray rooms and on great floodlit soundstages, Paul McCartney has looked as unfailingly cheerful as one would expect from a man who once addressed a whimsical love song to his Old English Sheepdog.

But at this moment he’s preparing to shoo away something rather less pleasant: Paul, The Cute Beatle. “I’m comfortable with people still seeing me as ‘The Beatle,’” he says. “It’s like, once Greta Garbo, always Greta Garbo. You want to be alone, you’re still Greta Garbo. Once Brigitte Bardot, always Brigitte Bardot, even when you’re saving baby seals. “But I’m not comfortable with being ‘The Cute Beatle.’ I’ve never really thought I was ‘cute,’ though I guess some people think details

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