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Classic Rock Art Show features a Who’s Who of rock stars - Friday, December 05, 2014

McCartney, Springsteen, Zeppelin, The Stones, The Who & Clapton reside at the Montgomery Mall as Classic Rock 102.9 ‘MGK presents the 102.9 ‘MGK Classic Rock Art Show & Sale, Friday, Dec. 5 through Wednesday, Dec. 24 .

The Classic Rock Art Show features artwork created by rock stars, Famous rock photographs, album artwork, gold records, concert posters, animation art and more.

The show is at the Montgomery Mall, 230 Montgomery Mall in North Wales. Beatles animator Ron Campbell will be on hand on Friday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 14. He will be exhibiting his original Beatles cartoon art as well as painting new works at the show. In addition to his Beatles past, Campbell has been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby Doo, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Ed, Edd & Eddy and dozens more.

Paul McCartney opens about John Lennon's death on The Jonathan Ross Show: 'His killer is the jerk of jerks' - Friday, December 05, 2014

As the 34th anniversary of John Lennon's death approaches on December 8, his former Beatles band mate Sir Paul McCartney has branded his murderer Mark David Chapman "the jerk of jerks".

The 72-year-oOn this day in 1970 Paul McCartney announces the official split of the Beatlesld admitted the Beatles had an 'acrimonious' relationship at times but the death of one of his closest friends left him reeling.

"There was acrimony in The Beatles. But when he got killed we were friends. We used to call each other up and swap bread recipes," he revealed on The Jonathan Ross Show, airing on Saturday night on ITV.

"I was at home when he died. I got a phone call. It was so horrific. I could not take it in that he was gone. It was a very big shock. I was so sad that I was not going to see him again."

Blasting Chapman, he added: "And the guy who did it was the jerk of jerks. He was not politically motivated."

The musician also spoke of his wife Nancy Shevell, whom he married in 2011. 

George we miss you:1943-2001 - Saturday, November 29, 2014

We miss you

George Harrison, MBE, was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
Born: February 25, 1943, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Died: November 29, 2001, Beverly Hills, CA

Children: Dhani Harrison

Spouse: Olivia Trinidad Arias (m. 1978–2001),

Pattie Boyd (m. 1966–1977)

Finding PowerPoint Inspiration In Beatles Lyrics And A Notepad - Friday, November 28, 2014

As you head off for the holidays don’t forget to bring a small notepad. You never know when inspiration will strike.

John Lennon found his inspiration for “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” while riding in his Rolls-Royce. He grabbed a few pages from an address book that belonged to his driver to write down the lyric that popped into his head. This is just one of many stories in Hunter Davies’ new book, The Beatles Lyrics. Davies, the only authorized Beatles biographer, has access to more than 100 draft manuscripts of Beatles songs and he tells the story behind each one.

The book also teaches us something about creativity. You’re more likely to come up with your best ideas when your out of the office, which is why I recommend that people brainstorm and storyboard their PowerPoint presentations before they open up the software. To me a great presentation or speech is like a song; it has a hook, a catchy title, memorable lines, and an infectious story. If musicians don’t write their best lyrics while sitting in front of a piano wishing for the words to come,  why do think that your best business stories will come to you while you’re staring at a blank PowerPoint slide?

16 Strange And Surreal Myths About The Beatles Investigated - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Last week marked 36 years since the release of the Beatles' 'White Album', a record dogged by rumours of containing subliminal messages that, when played backwards, seemed to suggest Paul McCartney was dead. The cult of myths surrounding the Fab Four goes far beyond 'Paul Is Dead' conspiracy theories, however. Here's that and 14 other strange, suspicious tales about the Beatles blown op

The Beatles' unused 'Abbey Road' photos sell for £180,000 - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Unused photos from The Beatles' 'Abbey Road' photoshoot have sold at auction for £180,000 at Bloomsbury Auctions in London.

The shots were taken on August 8, 1969 by photographer Iain Macmillan, who had only 10 minutes to complete the entire shoot. Six photos were taken in all, including the photo that eventually made the final cut, as well as a scenery shot of the Abbey Road sign.

"This set of photographs has triggered a brilliant reaction from the market," said Sarah Wheeler of Bloomsbury Auctions. "It has been a pleasure to share them with the public at our sale rooms, even for a short time, and a delight to see them attain such a worthy price today."

Edward Dimsdale, Senior Lecturer of Photographic Theory at London College of Communcation, UAL, added: "Encapsulating a significant cultural moment, it is an image that launched a notorious conspiracy theory, and that clearly still provides a touchstone for fans. The opportunity to see the image in close relation to the only other frames originally shot by the photographer is undoubtedly instructive. By judgment or serendipity (or more likely a bit of both), Macmillan was able to seize upon an instant that continues to have the power to resonate, 45 years on."

The sale was made over the phone to an overseas buyer. The collection was originally given a sales estimate of between £50,000–£70,000.


Plan to turn historic Newcastle building into student flats - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Music-loving students coming to Newcastle could soon get a chance to live in accommodation with a notable pop history.

Plans have been submitted to convert Grade II listed Barclays House on Grey Street into a hall of residence.

The building was formerly the Royal Turks Head Hotel where, it is claimed, Paul McCartney and John Lennon were inspired to write She Loves You after a Beatles concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle as part of their tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry & The Pacemakers.

So it is possible that students could sleep in the very same room where the hit was penned.

The Beatles 
In an interview McCartney said: “There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time, Forget Him, and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another,” said Paul. “We were in a van up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

“I’d planned an ‘answering song’ where a couple of us would sing ‘she loves you’ and the other ones would answer ‘yeah yeah’.

“We decided that was a crummy idea but at least we then had the idea of a song called ‘She Loves You’.

“So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it — John and I, sitting on twin beds with guitars.”

However in 2003, plans to install a plaque at the hotel were stalled after it turned out neither Paul McCartney nor Ringo Starr, the surviving Beatles, could recall whether it was the Imperial Hotel in Jesmond or the Royal Turk’s Head where the group had stayed.

Paul McCartney performs to smallest audience in years in the back of a shop - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BBC handout photo of Sir Paul McCartney performing live at Maida Vale for BBC Radio 6

Sir Paul McCartney swapped stadiums for the back of a London shop as he entertained one of his smallest audiences for years - a crowd of little more than 30 people.

The star was aiming to give inspiration to musicians and aspiring songwriters after they assembled to hear him give a 42-minute talk about composing, as well as take taking questions about his experiences.

The superstar was appearing at the invitation of model Lily Cole, and decided to return a favour after she appeared in the video for his single Queenie Eye.

He agreed to speak at the small gathering run by Cole’s community website Impossible which encourages people to share their time and skills with others.

Guests gathered at an anonymous shopfront in Berwick Street, Soho, before taking their places inside to hear the former Beatles star discuss his art - just a stone’s throw from where he had performed an intimate show at the 100 Club, a little under four years earlier.

How John Lennon changed immigration policy - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nixon tried to deport John Lennon for his political views, but Lennon's case is tied to today's immigration debate. John Lennon's legendary attorney joins Lawrence. watch

John Lennon's Beatles guitar expected to fetch $1m at action - Monday, November 17, 2014

A guitar owned by Beatles legend John Lennon is expected to raise more than £400,000 at auction.John Lennon's guitar

The Gretsch 6120 model was played by Lennon when the band recorded Paperback Writer at London's famous Abbey Road studios in 1966.

 The Gretsch 6120 model was developed in the 1950s in the United States

It is described on auction website as "one of the most significant of John's guitars to come on to the market in the last 30 years".

The website says it was played "whilst the group were approaching the peak of their recording powers".

The guitar comes with photographs of Lennon playing it with the rest of the band.

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