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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.




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.



'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.




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


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.

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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.




Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard said Saturday directing a movie in the Star Wars universe was as daunting as making his Beatles documentary thanks to the intense fan love.

Howard, 64, who made the acclaimed The Beatles: Eight Days a Week ( 2016 ) about the peak years of the Fab Four, told a news conference in southern California he felt just as much pressure on Solo: A Star Wars Story.

"The level of anticipation is unlike anything that I've done. You fall into it and it's amazing. It was a little bit like the Beatles documentary that I took on," said Howard, who won directing and producing Oscars for A Beautiful Mind ( 2002 ).

"I could tell from the moment it was announced, 'Ron, don't (mess) this up.' So I immediately felt the same thing with this. The fans care, and they should care."

Solo, which gets its US release on May 25, charts the adventure-filled past of smuggler Han Solo -- made famous in four Star Wars movies by Harrison Ford -- before he was the galaxy's most adored scoundrel.

The second of three planned spin-offs from Disney-owned Lucasfilm, it follows Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the second highest grossing movie worldwide in 2016.

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The song doesn’t specifically mention mothers, but John Lennon wrote “Julia” about his own mother, Julia Lennon, who died in 1958 when Lennon was 17 years old. Although a Beatles song, “Julia” just features Lennon singing and playing the guitar, making the song even more poignant. He sings, “Half of what I say is meaningless / But I say it just to reach you, Julia.”

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HariSongs is a new record label founded by the George Harrison estate to celebrate the Indian classical music which the former Beatle believed would "help as a balance towards a peaceful daily life."

Harrison died, aged 58, in November 2001 in Los Angeles after battling lung cancer. His remains were cremated and the ashes scattered according to Hindu tradition in a private ceremony at the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. He left an estate of almost £100 million (€113m).

HariSongs recently issued its first reissue releases in honour of the legendary Indian musician Ravi Shankar’s birthday - he was born on April 7 1920 - and Ali Akbar Khan’s birthday - born April 14 1922.

Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan’s In Concert 1972 and Shankar’s Chants of India, are now available for the first time via streaming outlets, as well as to download.




 From Carlsbad to Santa Barbara, the Southern California coast is peppered with pepper — Pepperland Recording Studios, Pepperdine University, Pepper Lane in Montecito, the Pepper Tree Inn in Santa Barbara just up the road from the Granada Theatre, where choreographer Mark Morris' "Pepperland" had its California premiere Thursday night.

An eveninglong dance program based on parts of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Pepperland," of course, felt very much like it belonged. Indeed, in an extraordinary nod to California, Morris even found a way to pepper George Harrison's Indian raga-inspired "Within You Without You" with an Indonesian gamelan lick in the style of the late Californian maverick composer Lou Harrison.

The dance was originally commissioned by the city of Liverpool, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' historic album, along with a host of other international presenters, including UC Santa Barbara's Arts & Lectures series. For the next couple of years, it will tour the world. Or maybe even across the universe. It's that dazzling. (Upcoming local performances will be at the San Diego Civic Theatre on Saturday, and at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in details

After the girls in the family moved out, my grandparents’ front sittingroom didn’t get used too often. The old venetian blinds cast strips of sun across the carpeted floor where I could be found surrounded by my aunt’s Beatles records. I was eight or nine. I already knew a lot of their albums, but this was the first time I had played Revolver. The arm lowered itself on to the record and then, after the crackle on the outer grooves, came a strange, slow, garbled voice – “One, two, three, four . . .” – followed by electric-guitar stabs that sounded like nothing I’d heard before.

Revolver was when The Beatles stopped being a pop group and became a studio band. The influences of drugs and the avant-garde were finding their way into songs such as I’m Only Sleeping, Doctor Robert and She Said She Said. John Lennon’s Tomorrow Never Knows must have horrified the “typists down at the Cavern”, as the poet Philip Larkin remarked, but I loved it. The jagged guitars and the obtuse lyrics struck a chord with me. And to balance that out there were two of McCartney’s finest ballads, Here, There and Everywhere and For No One.



Paul McCartney has topped the 30th annual Sunday Times' Rich List

Topping the 30th annual Sunday Times’ Rich List in the UK music industry, the former Beatle has now seen his wealth rise by a staggering 925 per cent since the list began back in 1989.

The new figure makes him the richest musician in the history of the Rich List, pushing ever closer to the £1billion mark, thanks to the never-ending royalty stream from The Beatles back catalogue, still strong nearly 50 years after the group disbanded.

But the valuation of his fortune has further been bolstered as it also includes the assets of his wife Nancy Shevell, 58.

She is heiress to the huge American trucking concern, New England Motor Freight, which has annual sales of around £330 million.

Sir Paul, 75, who collected his Companion of Honour medal at Buckingham Palace last week for his contribution to music in the UK and worldwide, has further benefited from a 2015 deal that allowed The Beatles’ 13 albums to be available on streaming services.

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