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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.

Source: Chris Bond/yorkshirepost.co.uk

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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.

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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.

Source: Christine Carrigan/belfastlive.co.uk

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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.

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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.

Source: salon.com

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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!"

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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.

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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.

Source: Dan Miner/wgrz.com

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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!

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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.

Source: Jeff Slate/rockcellarmagazine.com

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