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An exhibition by Yoko Ono is the first in a new gallery at Leeds Arts University. But it’s not the only time her work has been seen in the city, writes Chris Bond.

Back in 1966, a young experimental artist from Japan performed in Leeds. Many of those in the audience had probably never heard of her before, but by the end of the decade she was one of the most recognisable women on the planet. Her name was Yoko Ono.
Patrick Hughes, a surrealist artist, recalls the performance in the Vernon Street building at Leeds College of Art (now Leeds Arts University). “Yoko Ono visited with her then husband Anthony Cox, and their three-year-old daughter Kyoko. When we came into the lecture theatre, Yoko and Anthony were hidden in a large black bag on the dais and a full auditorium of students and staff looked at the bag for an hour.

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Anand shared a collage of three images, one of our martyrs wrapped in the tricolour, one of United States of America President Donald Trump delivering a speech and another of the United Kingdom flag vis-a-vis European Union flag amid the Brexit row
Starting with lines from one of John Lennon’s popular songs ‘Imagine’, Anand wrote that three countries were going through 'testing times', but it was important as citizens 'to hold our peers and and leaders to the highest of standards, challenge political agendas and practice positive prayer/visualization of oneness'

Sonam K Ahuja’s husband Anand Ahuja posted an important message for the citizens in the aftermath of the dastardly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama that claimed the lives of 40 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force. Sharing lines from legendary singer John Lennon, the entrepreneur added that not just India, but even United States of America and United Kingdom were facing ‘testing times’, but it was important as citizens to hold our peers, leaders to the highest standards, challenge political agendas and work towards unity.



Beatlemania to take over Belfast in April - Sunday, February 17, 2019

Beatlemania is set to rock the world once more and its coming to Belfast.

'All You Need is Love' is a spectacular multi-media concert featuring over 40 of the Fab Four's greatest hits performed alongside The National Philhamonic Concert Orchestra.

The nostalgic catalogue of songs will get its world premiere in 2019 on a 10-date UK and Ireland tour.

The concert will showcase in the Waterfront Hall on April 13.

All You Need is Love will give fans the chance to celebrate with live performances of classic tracks including Love Me Do, Twist and Shout and Hey Jude.

The tour coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' albums Yellow Submarine and Abbey Road.

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Paul McCartney has announced plans to release an Egypt Station Traveller’s Edition box set, which is set to feature previously unreleased tracks. Egypt Station Traveller’s Edition, a deluxe limited edition box, will release on May 10. The Beatles legend released his 17th solo album Egypt Station via Capitol Records last year The album became McCartney’s first number one album in the U.S. since 1982. The strictly limited deluxe edition of Egypt Station will be a one-time-only pressing limited to 3,000 numbered cases. The Traveller’s Edition will “come in a vintage style suitcase and contain exclusive previously unreleased tracks, hidden rarities and all the essentials needed on your journey to Egypt Station and beyond,” McCartney’s website revealed.



Fifty years ago, the Beatles entered their final year as a working rock ’n’ roll band. And in the ensuing decades, the reasons for their eventual disbandment have been debated ad nauseam. Was it Yoko Ono’s constant presence in the studio? Paul McCartney’s increasingly controlling nature? John Lennon’s rage to break free of the partnership that he had brokered with McCartney after their meeting in a Liverpool churchyard in July 1957? Or simply Ringo Starr’s apathy or George Harrison’s need to strike out on his own and fulfill his promise as a songwriter in his own right?

In truth, although each of the above was a contributing factor, by January 1969 a much darker force had made its presence known in their world. During that fateful year, the Beatles suffered, as so many families do today, from the daily pain and bewilderment of an opioid addiction.

Although we have slowly come to recognize the opioid epidemic as the Western world’s most perilous health crisis, we have yet to turn the corner in terms of stemming its tide.



Ringo Starr features in Rolling Stone's latest episode of 'The First Time'. From recalling the moment he decided to be a drummer, to meeting John, Paul and George in Liverpool, the video highlights lots of 'first times' for the former Beatle.

Ringo reminisces about the first time he meditated with the Maharishi in India, in 1968. "He gave some lectures and then gave us a mantra that we could mediate on. That was the first time for me. And the last time I mediated was this morning. Peace and love!"




Paul McCartney will include three previously unreleased tracks on a new deluxe version of his latest solo album, Egypt Station. The “Traveler’s Edition” will be limited to 3,000 copies and is set to arrive May 10th via Capitol Records.

Fans will be able to access pre-orders by signing up for a mailing list by 9 p.m. ET today, February 14th. Unique links providing first access to pre-orders will be sent out at 9 a.m. ET Friday, February 15th.

The Egypt Station Traveler’s Edition will include the original album, pressed on 180 gram vinyl, as well as “Egypt Station II,” pressed on “Night Scene” blue vinyl. The latter record boasts three previously unreleased cuts – “Frank Sinatra’s Party,” “Sixty Second Street” and an extended version of the single “Who Cares” – as well as four live performances of Egypt Station songs recorded at Abbey Road, the Cavern Club, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and Grand Central Station.




The Beatles were one of the biggest musical acts in history. Fisher-Price is cutting them down to size.

Sixty years after the debut of the famed Little People toys – which are designed, engineered and marketed out of the company's East Aurora headquarters – the Fab Four will be the subject of a Collectible Line that will debut this fall.

Each of the band members – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr – will be featured in a $19.99 four-pack in the style and costume of 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine.

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Danny Boyle’s new movie Yesterday imagines a world where nobody has ever heard of The Beatles. What sort of world would we be living in if the Fab Four hadn’t shaken things up 50 years ago?
1. The “mythology” of a band

Band meets at school, learn their chops, take over the world, get self-indulgent, split acrimoniously. The Beatles story is the greatest showbiz tale of all. It has comedy, tragedy, triumph and defeat. Liam and Noel Gallagher sniping at each on Twitter is all very well, but John and Paul wrote and recorded actual songs about how much they disagreed with each other. The Beatles did everything: sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll, even religion and meditation!




Drummer Denny Seiwell discusses his time with Paul McCartney and Wings, his friendship with McCartney over the years and much more …

When The Beatles imploded, Paul McCartney, by all accounts, was shattered. Without a band, or the friends that had traveled that remarkable road together with him, he retreated with his new wife Linda to his Scottish farm, with its barebones living quarters, and, depressed, he drank himself into a stupor.

“I think I was just trying to escape in my own mind,” McCartney said in 2012. “I had the freedom to have just have a drink whenever I fancied it. I over did it, basically, I got to a point where Linda had to say ‘look, you should cool it’.”

He released the homespun McCartney, recorded largely at his London home (though the best bits, like the instant classic “Maybe I’m Amazed,” were recorded at Abbey Road Studios), but, although it’s now considered a classic, it was met with derision by both the public at large and his bandmates.

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George Harrison may have been known as the shy, quiet one when The Beatles sat at the peak of their popularity. However, once the group broke up, it became clear he had plenty to say.

His triple-album All Things Must Pass (1970), released soon after the breakup, hinted at just how much Harrison would say in the coming decades. The massive work was a huge success, eventually selling six million copies and earning George his first Grammy nominations as a solo artist.

Nearly two decades later, he could be seen starring in MTV videos with Bob Dylan and Tom Petty in their super-group, The Traveling Wilburys. After eight years of touring and recording with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Harrison wasn’t fazed in the slightest.

Though George died much too young (at 58 in 2001), he left behind an impressive recording output and imposing fortune. Here’s a look at his career in music and how much the guitar legend was worth at the time of his death.






Was John Lennon’s masterpiece a product of his imagination, or was the Sgt Pepper track based on real life events?

On Easter Monday, 2 April, Radio X will be counting down the Top 100 Best British Songs Of All Time - as voted by YOU. Will this classic track be on there? Find out more!

A Day In The Life is - to put it simply - The Beatles’ masterpiece. But it was based on not just one, but a number of true stories.

The awesome finale to the classic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album from 1967, this was the perfect example of the John Lennon and Paul McCartney songwriting team.

The world-weary verses were Lennon’s, while the upbeat, down to earth section was pure McCartney.




Do you judge your favorite actors and films by how many Oscars they win? No, no one does, but it’s nice to be recognized. For some reason, the Academy frequently does a poor job of awarding some deserving artists every year.

The same goes for every awards show, and it’s not hard to figure out why. There’s just no exact science to these things. Just look at the person who’s racked up the most Grammy Awards in history: George Solti.

The most common response will be, “Who? ” It’s a good question. The answer is: a Hungarian classical conductor who lived from 1912-97. He won 31 Grammys. Behind him is a two-way tie between Quincy Jones and Allison Krauss.

If you’re looking for your favorite rock band — say, The Beatles — that’s also the most popular recording artist of all time, don’t. They only won seven, and a mere handful while they were together.




George Martin begged off. Even Paul McCartney said he was unsure at first. Producer Jeff Lynne, however, was thrilled at the prospect of a '90s-era Beatles reunion.

He'd been working with George Harrison for some time, producing his 1987 comeback album Cloud Nine and collaborating in the Traveling Wilburys. "One day, George said to me, 'You fancy doing it, then – the Beatles one?'" Lynne told the San Francisco Gate in 1995. "And I said, 'Uhhhhh, yes, please.'"

John Lennon's involvement came in the form of an old unfinished demo, recorded in 1977 for a planned musical called The Ballad of John and Yoko that was put aside in the wake of his murder. Yoko Ono provided the tapes that also included rough early versions of "Real Love" (which they later completed), "Grow Old Along With Me" and "Now and Then" (which they passed on).




Actor Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody movie, has shared a photo of himself with The Beatles bassist Paul McCartney on Twitter. He wrote:

” ‘You do your Freddie, I’ll do my Beatle.’

I will treasure this @PaulMcCartney. Thank you @maryamccartney”

During a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Rami has revealed the story behind his photo with Paul McCartney, and said:

“I got taken backstage as if I was Freddie Mercury. And then Paul goes ‘I’m going to do my best Beatles pose, you do your best Freddie Mercury pose and let’s take a photo’, and my fist just went straight up into the air.”

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How do you celebrate the 50th anniversary of a cultural landmark like “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”? The Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool threw a 2017 “Sgt. Pepper at 50” festival that commissioned everything from DJ Spooky and Judy Chicago to a John Cage Trust event at Aintree Racecourse. Kicking off the celebration was Mark Morris Dance Group’s “Pepperland,” a riff on the album that, this weekend, has made its way to the Shubert Theatre, courtesy of the Celebrity Series. It’s a romp, but it has nothing new to tell us about either Morris or the Beatles.

The problems start with the music. The 12 songs (plus a shortened reprise of the title number) on “Sgt. Pepper” run 40 minutes. “Pepperland” incorporates just five of them: the title number (with reprise), “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Within You Without You,” and “A Day in the Life.” No “Lovely Rita,” no “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” As a bonus, we do get “Penny Lane,” which was intended for “Sgt. Pepper” before ending up as the flip side of th details

It was 55 years ago today that The Beatles went on “The Ed Sullivan Show” to play.

And to further paraphrase the title track of the British band’s “Sgt. Pepper” album, they’ve never gone out of style and they still manage to raise a smile.

The Beatles’ performance drew 73 million viewers, a record at the time, and came three months after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy shattered the nation.

“The Beatles came along at just the right moment,” says Paula Bishop, a musicologist and professor at Bridgewater State University.

The band became a worldwide phenomena with the help of mass media, a growing rock ‘n’ roll industry and youth market with money to spend on records and other Beatles memorabilia.

But Bishop said the band’s lasting popularity is also due to their talent as musicians and songwriters. They wrote, recorded and performed their own songs, paving the way for others to follow suit. Most stars at the time performed songs written by others.

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Brian Epstein took The Beatles from underground Liverpool clubs to being the biggest musical act in the world.

Brian Epstein had a vision: To turn a rough, local musical act called The Beatles into the biggest band in the world. Bigger than Elvis. And he brought that vision to fruition. So essential is Epstein to the history of one the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands ever that Paul McCartney once remarked: “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”

“His story an against all odds kind of thing and he is essential to why we know The Beatles at all. It was unbelievable good luck on their part to connect with him.” says Robert Rodriguez, author of Revolver: How The Beatles Reimagined Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the podcast, Something About The Beatles.

Born in Liverpool in 1934, Epstein was the son of Harry and Queenie Epstein who were of Eastern European Jewish origin and had built a successful retail business selling furniture, appliances and records. Dapper and erudite, the creative Epstein had dropped out of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to return to Liverpool and work at the family business where he showed a flare for fashioning visual displays and details

We’ve seen the screaming fans, heard about the packed concerts, and know everyone listened to The Beatles. (Everyone still does.) But once in a while, it’s interesting to check in on the staggering numbers the band posted over the years.

Even compared to the rock giants Led Zeppelin that followed in the next decade, The Beatles’ record sales stand tall. In fact, the British group claims the top spot in the history of record sales — and the number keeps going up every year.

So it’s easy to see how the famed songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney made a fortune while The Beatles recorded and toured. McCartney continues to do so and ranks among the richest men to ever write a song.

However, it’s a safe bet that, had he lived, Lennon would have become the richest musician to ever walk the earth. Here’s a look at his successes and his net worth at the time of his murder in December 1980.




50 years since The Beatles broke up - Friday, February 08, 2019

We were pretty good mates until The Beatles started to split up and Yoko came into it.”

— Paul McCartney

“I just got so fed up with the bad vibes. I didn’t care if it was The Beatles; I was getting out.”

— George Harrison

When you talk to Beatles fans about the breakup of the world’s most popular music group, they will almost universally point to Paul McCartney’s April 1970 announcement that he was done with the group as being the “official” end of The Beatles. In reality, the end came much sooner, and this past Wednesday, Jan. 30, marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last public performance.

The band’s last tour had been in 1966, and the members had increasingly gone in different directions musically, with Paul continuing on a more mainstream pop music course, John moving into more experimental music, George pursuing more songwriting and eastern influences, and Ringo developing his acting career.

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The Beatles made their first American tour in February 1964. Here is a collection of photos from the band's visit to the U.S., 55 years ago:




In a recent interview with Jonesy’s Jukebox, former The Beatles producer Eddie Kramer has revealed a story about one the recording sessions of The Beatles song.

Here’s the story:

“I was very lucky to work with The Beatles. I did ‘All You Need Is Love’ and ‘Baby, You’re a Rich Man,’ which was really a lot of fun. Want a story?”

He continued:

“We actually recorded another song. My boss Keith Grant, who was the chief engineer at Olympic, one night we got a call, ‘The Beatles are coming in.’ We’re all shaking because you know, royalty, and they’re actually in doing, helping The Stones with backup vocals.

In those days, bands just used to do that, hang out. There was no competition, it was just camaraderies, but when The Beatles came in to do a session it’s like, ‘Okay.’ So we did a song called ‘Baby You’re a Rich Man’ – started at 7, finished at midnight, maybe a bit later than that, the whole thing. Recorded it, dubbed it, mixed it.

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Forty years ago, two of music's biggest stars walked into BBC Radio 1 and sat down to review the week's new releases.

Michael Jackson and George Harrison spent the next 90 minutes discussing singles by Foreigner, Nicolette Larson and The Blues Brothers, as well as the stories behind their own songs.

The BBC discarded the show, keeping only a short clip. But now a rare recording has been found and restored.

Excerpts will be broadcast in a special documentary this weekend.

Listeners will hear Jackson, just months before releasing Off The Wall, discuss how Motown refused to let him write his own music; while Harrison explains what it was like to work in the songwriting shadow of Lennon and McCartney.

At one point, Jackson turns to the former Beatle and says: "Let me ask you a question, did you guys always write your own stuff from the beginning?"

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A fan of The Beatles has created a mash-up that sees their seminal movie A Hard Day’s Night combining with Korean horror The Train To Busan for an unexpectedly terrifying result.

The cult Korean movie was released in 2016 and follows the terrifying string of events that occur after a zombie apocalypse breaks out on a train to the city of Busan.

But in the newly created version, it seems that the zombies aren’t the threat at all. Instead, it appears that four recognisable lads from Liverpool are causing everyday Koreans to mount a desperate battle for survival.

As the scenario plays out, we see terrifying footage from The Train To Busan being cleverly combined with a famous scene from the 1964 film where the Fab Four cause chaos on a train from Liverpool to London.

The result is pretty chilling – and it’s unlikely that we’ll ever watch A Hard Day’s Night in the same way ever again.

Although the latest clip is just a parody, it was announced last week that The Beatles will head back to the big screen in a new documentary directed by Sir Peter Jackson.

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Jennifer Leptien was the kindergartener singing the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album word for word. After watching John Lennon’s “Live in New York City” performance, she was the seventh-grader walking the hallways in her army jacket.

Today, Leptien, director of Iowa State University’s learning communities program and a Ph.D. in human development and family studies, has translated her love of the Beatles into a one-credit seminar course within the Honors Program. The idea became a reality in 2013, after Susan Yager — Morrill Professor of English and previous faculty director of honors — heard the Beatles cover band Rain was coming to Iowa State. She asked Leptien if she had ever considered turning her lifelong passion into a learning opportunity for students.

“The Beatles were the soundtrack to my childhood,” Leptien said.

The story is similar for her counterpart teaching the seminar, Jason Chrystal, academic adviser in political science with a Ph.D. in history. His mother’s Beatles fandom turned into his own — unless they were in his father’s car, where the Beach Boys and Elvis Presley dominated the stereo.

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