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Brighton author dons headphones, dives into the Beatles - Saturday, January 24, 2015
There are Beatles lovers. There are Beatles fanatics. And then there are guys who spend months scrutinizing every Beatles track over and over, meticulously taking notes, and writing about the experience.

You can figure out where self-described Beatles freak Ted Montgomery fits.

With his new book, "The Beatles Through Headphones," the Brighton resident and University of Michigan staffer set out to log the "quirks, peccadilloes, nuances and sonic delights of the greatest popular music ever recorded," as the subtitle declares.

There was plenty for Montgomery to sink into. On their 13 studio albums and assorted other releases, the Beatles were as playful as they were creative, toying with new instruments, layering sounds, and tucking odd noises and chatter into the mix like Easter eggs for careful listeners.

Virtually every pop-culture topic is ripe for obsessive dissection — you can find masters theses on Britney Spears and fan clubs for long-extinct sitcoms. But with their game-changing fame and music, the Beatles have attracted more scrutiny than most.

Montgomery, 56, was already a decades-long Beatles fan, hooked since his vinyl copy of "Magical Mystery Tour."

"I was so amazed at how colorful it was," he said. "Not just the packaging, but the music — it was just so dense."

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How Does Paul McCartney Feel About College Courses on The Beatles' Music? - Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Paul McCartney thinks that college courses based on popular music, especially those that focus on his band The Beatles, are "ridiculous, and yet very flattering." Maca said this during a Q+A on his website.

He is so humble, and he should all be like, "Yes, I am da shit."

He furthered, "Ridiculous because we [The Beatles] never studied anything, we just loved our popular music: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc. And it wasn't a case of 'studying' it. I think for us, we'd have felt it would have ruined it to study it. We wanted to make our own minds up just by listening to it. So our study was listening. But to be told – as I was years ago now – that The Beatles were in my kid's history books? That was like 'What?! Unbelievable, man!' Can you imagine when we were at school, finding yourself in a history book?!"

The world's greatest living songwriter did note that you can't really learn to be a great songwriter by taking these courses, though. He said, "To think that you can go to a college and come out like Bob Dylan? Someone like Bob Dylan, you can't make."

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Four puppies named after The Beatles in need of a family - Thursday, January 15, 2015

Four American Bulldog puppies named after The Beatles are in need of a new home on Merseyside.

Fab Four John, Paul, George and Ringo are seven weeks old and being looked after by Dogs Trust.

Aimee Best, supporter relations officer at Dogs Trust Merseyside, said: “These puppies are a total delight, and very sweet. They have a lovely temperament, and love nothing more than cuddles with their carers.

“As they are American Bulldogs, they are going to be a large breed, so any new potential owner must be aware of that.

“They will require puppy training classes and lots of socialisation. As they are still so young, their owner must be around for most of the day to be with them.”

If you can give these very special puppies a loving home, drop in to the Dogs Trust centre Whiston Lane, Liverpool, L36 6HP or give them a call on 0300 303 0292.

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Paul McCartney Reboots Beatles Catalog for Neil Young’s Pono Music Player - Monday, January 12, 2015

All you need is cash: I am told that Neil Young’s high end music player and library, Pono, has scored a coup. They’ve secured the Beatles catalog for download in what’s known as loss-less digital.

Paul McCartney himself is said to be supervising the transfer of the Beatles’ crown in the jewel recordings so they can be added to the Pono catalog which can then be purchased and downloaded into the $399 Pono player.

This could be huge for Pono, which is already offering a wide selection of music on its site at 192 khz. But the Beatles will kick it over the top. Even last night when I ran into the Black Eyes Peas’ will.i.am the first thing he said to me about Pono was “Wait til you hear Sgt. Pepper on Pono. It’s going to blow your mind.” The Pono people have already played the classic 1967 album for him on their device. One thing he did tell me was that you don’t need very expensive head phones to enjoy it. “Just regular good headphones.” (Me, I have Grado and Sennheiser.)

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No plans to sell music publishing business, says Sony CEO - Monday, January 12, 2015

Sony has no plans to sell the music publishing business that controls rights to songs from the Beatles and Taylor Swift, as was suggested by leaked e-mails, Sony Entertainment chief executive officer Michael Lynton said.

Sony's music-publishing business, the largest in the world, has a catalogue of more than 2 million songs. Music publishers collect songwriting royalties from album sales, use on TV and other performances.



E-mails and documents released in the cyber-attack on Sony mentioned a 'top secret' plan to sell the music publishing business because it had few growth prospects, it has been reported last month. Top management at Tokyo-based Sony was concerned about the complex ownership and governance of the business.
In a January 8 interview, Lynton said a sale isn't under consideration.

Music publishing accounts for 14 per cent of Sony's music revenue, with recorded music generating the larger part. The business includes Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a joint venture with the estate of Michael Jackson, and EMI Music Publishing, in which Sony has a 30 per cent stake.

Sony/ATV chief executive officer Martin Bandier said in a memo to staff on January 9 that he's been advised by Sony that the venture isn't for sale, the New York Post reported. Sony/ATV was established in 1995 in partnership with Jackson, who had acquired rights to the Beatles songs a decade earlier.
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Ringo: New album on the way - Sunday, December 28, 2014

Beatle Ringo Starr has completed his 18th studio record, ahead of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

The drummer and singer-songwriter informed his fans in a video update. “I’ve finished my record, mixed the record and, next year, it will be out on Universal Records,” he says.

He also suggests that the All-Starr Band may tour in February and March. The Liverpudlian's most recent album, Ringo 2012, was released in January 2012.

Some weeks ago, Ringo was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the last of the Beatles to be elected for their solo careers.

 “I think it’s good,” he said. “I didn’t know that George and John were in it. I’m not keeping up with it all the time. It means recognition.

"And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, even though we were the biggest pop group in the land, though now it all looks funny in black and white.” The induction ceremony will take place on April 18.Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joan Jett and Lou Reed were also elected.

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Cirque performer recovering after hurt during LOVE show - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

LAS VEGAS — A performer was hurt during a Monday evening performance of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles LOVE at the Mirage.

According to a spokeswoman for the company, Cirque said it followed protocol and "had the artist transported to a local hospital where they (the performer) have since been released in good condition."

While the show would not confirm what happened, a show attendee said the performer fell.

It's not the first time a performer has been hurt during a Cirque show. Sadly, one performer also died in 2013 after falling 50 feet.

  • Nov. 13, 2007 -- During the “Zumanity” show at New York-New York, two performers reportedly fell 15 to 35 feet from a white drape. One unnamed performer suffered serious injuries while the other performer, Alan Jose Silva, was treated for minor injuries.
  • June 26, 2013 -- An acrobat slipped from a slack rope and fell head first to the stage during a preview performance of “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay, reportedly suffering a mild concussion.
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Beatles Radio Review of 50 Things You May Not Know About The Beatles by "Lovely Rita" - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

David Roberts establishes himself as a long time Beatles fan in the introduction to this e-book and offers up his list of list of trivia apparently hoping there are still people interested enough in these facts ( or fictions ) who haven't already heard them or some version of them. The Internet is littered with such lists and many of the entries are, in this reviewers opinion, irrelevant or in some cases second hand gossip that has been circulating for years. There is a disclaimer from the publisher at the beginning stating that no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information presented and since there are no citations for resources, we must proceed with caution.

 

There are, however, some fun facts and interesting stories included. One of my highlights would be the number 7 entry which tells the tale of the missing cardboard cut-outs used for the Sgt. Pepper album cover. It is not a new bit of information for me but every time I come across this I am astonished that none of these props have turned up to be auctioned, pawned, or sold on e-bay. Of course, if I personally was in possession of any of them, I would not part with them for the world, so I guess it's understandable that whoever has them is keeping it hush-hush.

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Beatlemania" seizes Mexican capital for 20th Beatles Festival - Tuesday, December 23, 2014
 A boy looks at the book "The Beatles on the Road" in Mexico City, where fans of the legendary band can view all kinds of memorabilia at the 20th Beatles Festival. EFE/File

Mexico City, Dec 22 (EFE).- The Beatles never had a concert in Mexico, but "Beatlemania" cast a spell on the country that lives on at the 2014 Beatles Festival.

Fans of the "Fab Four" from Liverpool will be able to enjoy concerts, movies, conferences and an exhibition at the Futurama Cultural Center in Mexico City until next Sunday.

The 20th edition of the festival features special guest Freda Kelly, who was The Beatles' secretary and will attend the daily screenings of "Good ol' Freda," a 2013 documentary about her work with the band.

Kelly will hold Q&A sessions with the audience.

"The best part is to be with her, to talk with her and share her feelings as a Beatles fan that shine in her eyes," Ricardo Calderon, president of the All Together Now fan club, told Efe.

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Singer/songwriter Joe Cocker, who covered Beatles classic 'With a Little Help from My Friends', dies after cancer battle - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Singer Joe Cocker after losing his battle with lung cancer. Sheffield-born musician Joe Cocker has died at aged 70.

His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed the news and said, "It is with the heaviest hearts we heard that our beloved Joe Cocker passed away last night."

"He was without doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain - and remained the same man throughout his life."

"We loved him and it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts."

The Sheffield-born star reached number one back in 1968 when he covered The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends".

The singer then shot to fame as a blues and rock singer in 1964 before he covered the Fab Four's hit single.

In a statement to the ECHOs sister paper the Mirror, Paul McCartney said, " "It’s really sad to hear about Joe’s passing. He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and like many people I loved his singing.

"I was especially pleased when he decided to cover With A Little Help From My Friends and I remember him and Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Saville Row and playing me what they’d recorded and it was just mind blowing.

"He totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful for him for doing that.

"I knew him through the years as a good mate and I was so sad to hear that he had been ill and really sad to hear today that he had passed away. He was a great guy, a lovely guy who brought so much to the world and we’ll all miss him."

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Prague Wall Dedicated To John Lennon Painted Over - Friday, December 19, 2014

Prague's colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over, leaving just a single message: "Wall is over!"

The wall, located at the heart of the Czech capital in the picturesque Little Quarter neighborhood, began to be painted with Lennon's images and related graffiti after the Beatle's assassination in 1980.

Under the communist regime, it became a symbol of freedom and opposition to communism and young people used to meet there to light candles and lay flowers.

After the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution, it turned into a tourist attraction.

Recently, messages in support of democracy protests in Hong Kong appeared on the wall, while another Lennon wall sprang up in Hong Kong itself.

A group of art students claimed responsibility for painting the wall white on Monday and leaving the message, an apparent play on the words of the Lennon hit "Happy Xmas (War is Over)."

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Marissa Mulder Performs 'In My Life' By The Beatles - Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marissa Mulder Performs 'In My Life' By The BeatlesMarissa Mulder puts her spin on a Beatles classic!

Rising cabaret star and BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Performer Of The Year, Marissa Mulder persuasively performs The Beatles standout "In My Life" in a new clip now available to hear.

"There are places I remember / All my life," Mulder captivatingly sings in the new clip captured at an exclusive live concert.

The clip was recorded live earlier this year at vaunted NYC jazz and cabaret venue the Metropolitan Room, where Mulder has presented multiple shows including TOM... IN HIS WORDS and more.

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Paul Visits The Daily Show - Discusses His New Video Game Track - Wishes He Was On Ellen's Show Instead - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Paul and Jon got together this week to talk. Jon as in Jon Stewart of the Daily Show.

The legendary Paul McCartney stopped by the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on December 16th to talk about the decent (if super cheesy,) song he wrote for the new video game, Destiny. The pair talked about "Hope For the Future," and why it made sense for the former Beatle to write a song for the game, given the blockbuster nature of the industry today.

They also discussed topics like when Paul knew that music would be his future, grandchildren, and playing video games. Paul said that he does not play video games but when he does try he gets killed in only a few seconds.

There was a very funny moment when Jon Stewart told of his own kid and how he likes to watch the talk show "Ellen" instead of his show. Paul made a comment asking if Ellen has giveaways like CDs and Stewart accused him of wishing he was on Ellen's show instead.

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Official Bumper Beatles Bundles Christmas Contest - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As a special promotion for the Christmas holidays, the Beatles official website is conducting a daily giveaway now through Dec. 25. During “The 12 Days of a Beatles' Christmas,” which began Dec. 13, the website is giving away bags of Beatles goodies “straight from Apple Corps HQ” each day.The website says the prizes include records from the mono vinyl box set and more. Just clear the snow from the Advent calendar window each day to enter. One lucky winner will be selected daily. Winning names will be published on the website.

Julian Lennon announced the release of two new charity singles he's involved with on Dec. 15: “Sleep for England” with Stephen Emmer and “All Together Now”  by the Peace Collective, which also features Leo Sayer, Englebert Humperdinck, David Gray, Suzi Quatro, Clean Bandit, Paul Potts, Dionne Bromfield and others. “All Together Now” is not the Beatles' single but a new recording of the Farm's 1990 single and can be ordered on CD from Amazon.co.uk  or digitally from iTunes  and “Sleep for England” can be ordered from iTunes .

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Jazz Legend Who Used To Be More Famous Than The Beatles To Perform Concert - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A BONA fide jazz legend who formed a close friendship with The Beatles and has had his music played at Anfield is bringing an evening of world class jazz to Crawley.

jazzlegendThe Big Chris Barber Band, described as Europe’s finest traditional jazz and blues band, are coming to The Hawth in January.

The band turned professional in 1953 and played the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, which will forever be associated with The Beatles, soon after it opened in 1957.

Before Beatlemania gripped the world The Big Chris Barber Band were headlining concerts in Liverpool and meeting the famous four for drinks afterwards.

Band leader Chris Barber said:

“The Cavern started as a popular jazz club and we were performing there and at the top of other concerts.

“The Beatles were an interval band in bars at this time that we would go to after our shows.

“Both being involved in music I would buy them drinks and got to know them very well.

“Paul McCartney was always straight talking and easy to get on with, whereas I found John Lennon to be too intense.

“It was George Harrison I got to know very well, though. He was an incredible man.”

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Effective Content Marketing the Beatles' Way - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Great recognition on myriads of deeds, ideas, concept or a work of art that is posted online surely have a lot to learn from how the greatest rock band of all time, The Beatles, managed to spur undying support from millions of fans around the world with their 292 shows in a span of two years; where marketing strategies mainly depends on live performances.

Advancement in several technologies in this generation makes content marketing of products and services much easier and faster. Yet, not all does leave a lasting impression to every person, which most generational brands were able to grasp for some time. People might be able to upload and share their video on various Social Media, however, the fact that it was posted online the question still remains if it is worthy of everyone's time.

Making a video content that is highly sharable would probably lift any business ventures, leading new prospects back to the site and increasing conversion. It was like winning a virtual lottery where the prizes are the people who got 'infected' by the viral video which leads to increase in the bottom line.

But to reap such hefty benefits from viral video contents, some things in regards to effective content marketing should be done The Beatles' way, such as;

Generating Numerous Content Feeds: Before The Beatles was discovered by Brian Epstein, a record store manager in Liverpool, the rock band were just a group of teenagers living and performing at a Hamburg night club for 6 hours per night, everyday. Since they were resident musicians, they managed to create and experiment a lot of sample materials with the time in hand. Therefore, in a business context, producing a lot of sample materials or content related to the business franchise would make a great difference. Hiring a digital marketer to design those content would greatly improve the sales.

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John & Yoko’s 1969 “Peace for Christmas” Concert and WAR IS OVER! Campaign - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On December 15, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched their global WAR IS OVER! campaign, protesting the Vietnam War.

On that day, they performed with the Plastic Ono Band at UNICEF’s “Peace for Christmas” concert in London.

(Getty Images)Apparently, UNICEF arranged the performance without telling the performers. John and Yoko were surprised to hear the show announced in November, but they agreed to it because UNICEF’s mission was in line with their own peace campaign.

Other acts included the Young Rascals, Desmond Dekker and the Aces, Blue Mink and Black Velvet, and Emperor Rosko, but the highlight was the Plastic Ono Band – Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Alan White, Billy Preston, and of course, John and Yoko – and their special guests, Keith Moon, Bobby Keyes, Jim Gordon, and George Harrison.

This marked the first time that Lennon and Harrison performed together in a scheduled concert since The Beatles‘ last show in 1966.

And even that wasn’t planned. The Plastic Ono band was booked, but the day of the show, Eric Clapton showed up with most of the members of The Delaney and Bonnie Band, which included George Harrison.

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Ringo Starr on Hall of Fame Induction: 'Finally, the Four of Us Are In' - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ringo Starr first learned he was receiving the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence when Paul McCartney called him up about two weeks ago. "He said, 'Would you accept the award?'" Starr says. "I said, 'Sure, man.' He said he'd been talking to Dave Grohl and other people and they were stunned that I wasn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he needed something to do that night and he's going to give me the award." Rolling Stone spoke to the affable drummer about his reaction and why he'll still be drumming.

Congratulations on the big news.
Yeah, the big news! My goodness! I'm so excited.

What was your first reaction?
I think it's good. I didn't know that George and John were in it. I'm not keeping up with it all the time. We'll have a very nice evening and it'll be my pleasure to receive the award.

So this isn't something you thought about much?
No. I didn't think about it much or expect it. This year has been quite busy. I've been touring a lot. I got the humanitarian award from GQ. I became a male model for John Varvatos, so my life is busy anyway. This came out of the blue. I didn't expect it. I got the call from Paul two weeks ago. He said, "This could happen. Do you want to do it?" I said, "Sure."

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Elvis Presley's Connection to The Beatles and Nixon featured in New O2 Exhibit - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Two famous meetings that The King of Rock and Roll had, first with The Beatles, and later with President Richard Nixon, are featured in the new London exhibit, "Elvis at the O2, The Exhibition of His Life," which opened on Friday.

In August 1965, The Beatles finally got to meet their idol, Elvis Presley, at his home in Los Angeles. It's no secret that Elvis was a huge influence on The Beatles to play rock and roll starting in their teenage years. "Nothing affected me until I heard Elvis. Without Elvis, there would be no Beatles," John Lennon said.

During the meeting, Elvis pulled out a white Fender bass guitar to play, much to Paul McCartney's delight. Meanwhile, Ringo Starr took up a game of pool with members of Elvis' entourage at Elvis' pool table, now referred to as the world's most valuable pool table.

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Paul And Nancy Return To The US After Promoting New Video Game - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Flying solo? Bundled up in her camel coat, Nancy walked ahead of Paul while he was escorted through

They may have caught the same flight but Sir Paul McCartney, 72, and his 53-year-old wife Nancy were strides apart when they touched down at JFK International Airport, New York on Sunday.

After a long haul flight in from London, the married duo walked separately as they were escorted through arrivals, former Beatles singer Paul keeping a low profile a few paces behind in tinted shades. 

The hipster, after 44 years in the industry, was taking a new direction with his musical offering having accepted an offer to pen a track for new video game Destiny. Hope For the Future.

Paul cut a smart image with youthful touches including a padded jacket and black plimsolls, while his wife kept her ensemble hidden beneath a camel overcoat.

The video accompanied for the track sees McCartney immortalised as a hologram, as he returns after 25 years out of the music business and 34 years since he reconciled with The Beatles.

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