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On the verge of last month's release of Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years, a Ron Howard-directed film showing live performances of The Beatles, a surprising lawsuit was filed by the company assigned Sid Bernstein's intellectual property.

Bernstein was a well known rock promoter in the 1960s, credited with bringing The Beatles to the United States, who passed away at the age of 95 in 2013. The lawsuit focused on the role he enjoyed for The Beatles' 1965 performance at Shea Stadium, which has been featured on ABC in 1967, in the 1995 television docuseries, The Beatles Anthology, a 2010 Billy Joel concert film called The Last Play at Shea, and last and not least, as supplemental material following screenings of Eight Days a Week. The footage is also streamed at the website.

After five decades, Sid Bernstein Presents is now claiming rights to both the footage from that Shea Stadium performance, and despite seeing the Copyright Office reject its copyright registration application in July, asserts infringement on the part of two Beatles-related companies, Apple Corps Limited and Subafilms Limited.

On Wednesday, defendants filed a motion to dismiss the complaint that rejects the "frivolous" not details

Paul McCartney is, of course, best known as a member of the Beatles and as a prolific songwriter. At the age of 74, he tours the world relentlessly playing songs old and new to the delight of fans young and old, mostly in ballparks across America. It’s not by accident though that he finds himself on second base for a two and a half hour show…

Here’s a portion of a interview conducted by the Boston Herald just prior to a concert appearance at Fenway Park in 2009: Herald: With two nights at Fenway and dates at New York’s Citi Field last month, you’re spending a lot of time at ballparks. Are you a baseball fan?

McCartney: Baseball to us is a game called rounders we played as kids. Actually, I accidentally broke a girl’s nose when I was a kid with my back swing. I still remember her name. Shirley Prytherch. P-R-Y-T-H-E-R, um, C-H, I think. I don’t know, but it sounds Welsh to me. It’s something like this that accounts for all the armor you guys wear now playing baseball. She didn’t have any and look what happened to her.

Does that mean you’re not really a baseball fan?

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It’s eerie: the voice on the other end of the phone line is a dead ringer for that of John Lennon. That’s no accident.

Daniel Taylor has masterfully taken on the vocal inflections of the late Beatle in the musical/play Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which comes to Club Soda on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Taylor — a Liverpudlian, like Lennon — has the late Beatle’s look and mannerisms down pat, too. So much so that the hair stands up on the neck of many a patron who catches the show. The resemblance, physically and vocally, is that uncanny.

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion has bowled over audiences in the U.S. and the U.K. The Club Soda date marks the show’s Canadian debut, before it moves on to cities including Toronto and Vancouver. And that’s only fitting.

Lennon, who was murdered in New York 36 years ago, had a special connection with this city. In 1969, he and bride Yoko Ono conducted a Bed-In for Peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Joined at their bedside by Timothy Leary, Dick Gregory, Tommy Smothers and Petula Clark, among others, Lennon and Ono recorded Give Peace a Chance, their protest against the Vietnam War.

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The cover photograph of the Beatles Abbey Road album is one of the most iconic images of pop history. Taken in 1969, it shows the group walking across a zebra crossing. Led by a white suited John Lennon, the Fab Four cross from left to right. Paul, of course, is barefooted.

But there are other versions, including the group crossing the other way, and there are even shots with Paul wearing sandals.

Now these rarely seen alternative takes are being put up for auction in New York next Thursday. In all there are six photos taken by Iain Macmillan, who only ever made a handful of sets of the images. For decades Macmillan, who died in 2006, just sat on the negatives, said Nigel Russell, director of photographs with Heritage Auctions, which is conducting the sale. This set was given to an executive with the Capitol record company, which had the US rights to the Beatles’ music at the time. It was sold onto a collector who has put them up for sale.

The whereabouts of the other remaining sets is unknown. “It doesn’t appear the rest were sold in a gallery, we think they were given away to others involved in the 1969 recording,” he said.

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Phil Collins blasts Sir Paul McCartney - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Phil Collins thinks Sir Paul McCartney is condescending. The 65-year-old star is former fan of the legendary singer, but his perception of Sir Paul took a sharp downward turn following an encounter at the Party at the Palace event at Buckingham Palace in 2002, which marked the Golden Jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

He said: "I've got to preface this by saying McCartney was one of my heroes. But he has this thing when he's talking to you, where he makes you feel ...[putting on a condescending Scouse accent] 'I know this must be hard for you, because I'm a Beatle. I'm Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.'"

Phil admitted he has "never forgot" the way he was treated by Sir Paul at Buckingham Palace. He explained to the Sunday Times newspaper: "I met him when I was working at the Buckingham Palace party at the palace thing back in 2002.

"McCartney came up with Heather Mills and I had a first edition of The Beatles by Hunter Davies and I said, 'Hey Paul, do you mind signing this for me?' And he said, 'Oh Heather, our little Phil's a bit of a Beatles fan.' And I thought, 'You f***, you f***.' Never forgot it."

Source: Hamilton Spectator


There are places I remember All my life, though some have changed. 

Some forever, not for better Some have gone and some remain.

All these places have their moments -- "In My Life" The Beatles

In February 1964, our somber nation, still reeling from the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, was invaded. Not by communists but by the British. Instead of arriving for battle as their forefathers had, these four mop-topped, 20-something Liverpool lads came in rockin' and played a role in a cultural revolution fueled by music. Soon on a first-name basis with America, John, Paul, George and Ringo made quite the first impression. Beatlemania swept the 50 states. And we were forever changed. "Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Beatles!" an interactive, artifact-driven traveling exhibit examining the phenomenon opened at the Clinton Presidential Center on Oct. 8 and runs through April 2. "It's really a look at the touring years," says Ben Thielemier, communications manager with the Clinton Foundation.

The exhibit of more than 400 items, including records, rare photos, instruments, clothing and tour artifacts, was curated by the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum and Fab Four Exhibits LLC. Th details

During the heyday of Beatlemania, there was a commonly agreed-upon way of keeping up with each of the Fab Four…

Paul is the cute one George is the quiet one Ringo is the funny one John is the smart one

By “smart” I’m sure the fans meant John was witty, clever and—since his name appeared first on almost all Beatles songs–the real brains behind the band. Of course, John was very witty; most Beatles press conferences left reporters in stitches as he would fire wise cracks with machine gun speed. He also was extremely clever and despite the arrangement of the words “Lennon/McCartney” being a bit overblown, he was a brilliant songwriter. But he was also “smart” in that he was sometimes an icy smart alec. Sometimes it was charming, like with this little shot during a concert in front of the freaking Queen of England…

Other times however, he could come off as entirely cruel. He used to mock disabled people and often showed contempt for political leaders in cities and countries he visited. There’s also the fact that he abandoned his first wife and son, and occasionally was violent against women. Interviews from friends and associates often details

Desert Trip has offered several surprises. And on Saturday night the bright light was Rihanna who joined Paul McCartney onstage to belt out FourFiveSeconds. They first performed the song together at the 2015 Grammy Awards. The 28-year-old beauty wore a baggy pin-stripped suit as she made her way through the hit with the 74-year-old on his guitar. 'We finally found someone under the age of 50,' McCartney joked after she left the stage.

FourFiveSeconds, which was also co-written by Kanye West, has been a regular song in both Rihanna and Paul's set lists since the single made its debut in January 2015. Neil Young was also on hand to perform A Day in the Life which was combined with John Lennon's Give Peace A Chance and Why Don't We Do It in the Road? Paul's daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney, and her friend Kate Hudson were in the audience. 

This comes after the Rolling Stones hit the stage for the second weekend on Friday. Mick Jagger, 73, took the stage in a bright pink and red jacket to belt out some of his oldies like Start Me Up and Angie. Paris Hilton and Alessandra Ambrosio shared their images from the event on Snapchat and Instagram. 

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John E. Carter doesn’t need the Internet in order to figure out which day of the week March 21, 1961 fell on. It was a Tuesday. Tuesday nights were when John’s band, the Bluegenes (which later morphed into the Swinging Blue Jeans), brought on a special guest at the Cavern in Liverpool. That particular night, he was on stage, introducing a local group making its nighttime debut in the popular, perspiration-drenched cellar club.

He did so reluctantly this time, and only at the insistence of club owner Ray McFall. “Our group didn’t want the Beatles on,” said John, 78, who played guitar with the Bluegenes, reminiscing at his home in Beaconsfield. “I’d seen the Beatles, and they were dirty. They were scruffy.” He had seen the not-yet-Fab Four play at a local church, St. Barnabas — where Paul McCartney had sung in the choir — and was put off by what he considered to be the group’s unprofessional attire, raw performance and rough demeanour.

After introducing the leather-clad quartet at the Cavern, John left the club for a pint. When he returned to resume his MCing duties, he was mildly shocked.

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A new Paul McCartney song, written and performed by the former Beatle, appears on the soundtrack for the Raymond Briggs adaptation Ethel and Ernest, the Telegraph can exclusively reveal.

The animated film, based on Briggs's moving 1998 storybook about the lives of his parents, premieres this afternoon at the London Film Festival.

Jim Broadbent voices Briggs's father, milkman Ernest, while Brenda Blethyn plays his mother Ethel, who worked as a lady's maid before meeting her future husband in 1928. The film tells the story of the couple, from their marriage to the birth of their son (Briggs, played by Luke Treadaway), to their experiences during the Second World War and post-war years.

McCartney's new song, titled In the Blink of An Eye, plays over the end credits of the movie. Getting one of the most famous names in pop music to write a track for your film might sound like a bit of a daunting challenge but Ethel and Ernest director Roger Mainwood says he had an advantage: McCartney was already a fan of Briggs's work.

"I knew that Paul McCartney was a big animation fan and I knew that Raymond Briggs's book Fungus the Bogeyman had influenced Paul's 1980s track Bogey Music," he explained.

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