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In early February, a half century after The Beatles created a frenzy upon North American shores, Love Me Do became the top-selling CD at Walmart stores in Canada.

The reason why might be partly tied to Canadian copyright law. Until recently, sound recordings were only protected for 50 years. As a result, early '60s recordings by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and others have fallen into the public domain up north to go alongside works like Ian Fleming's James Bond character that have also become subject to a lesser copyright term.

Taking advantage of this fact is a company called Stargrove Entertainment, which began producing CDs full of public domain recordings and then selling them at retailers like Walmart for five bucks each. The cheap Beatles albums introduced to the Canadian market earlier this year were a hit.

But what happened next, according to Stargrove's 408-page filing on Tuesday with the Canadian Competition Tribunal (read in full below), was interference by vertically integrated music giants, Universal and Sony.

Although the recordings were free to be exploited by anybody, a Beatles album embodies compositions necessitating the clearance of publishing rights. This u details

Ringo Starr in Conversation: One Night Only - Friday, September 04, 2015

The rise of social media has led to a proliferation of posted personal photos, and the usual comments that appear below, including occasional observations that show a lack of understanding about the story behind the snapshot.

Now imagine being famous, very famous, and having countless people interpret your experience, even though you and your bandmates are the only ones who truly know all the details. Yes, we did say "bandmates" and yes, we are referring to Ringo Starr, who is pictured above, and who just happens to be a Beatle and a most excellent photographer.

Mr. Starr and his trusty Pentax captured many behind-the-scenes snaps of The Fab Four, and friends, and his travels over the years, and he'll appear for one night only at the El Rey Theatre to chat about his passion and new book, which is called "PHOTOGRAPH."

The moderated on-stage conversation will burble with anecdotes, memories, and such, and "rare and unseen photographs drawn from his personal archives" will give Mr. Starr a few fun and surely emotion-filled prompts for starting another lively tale from his past.

Genesis Publications will release "PHOTOGRAPH" on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Look for it in bookstores from here to every other Bea details

He's enjoying a break from his epic Out There world tour, which he recently added new US dates to.

And Paul McCartney had the perfect summer retreat, heading off the the Hamptons with his wife Nancy Shevell and family.

The 73-year-old stripped off to enjoy the East coast sunshine during a sailing trip, while Nancy, 55, kept busy at the gym.

The Beatles star showed off his sailing skills as he hit the water near his home in the exclusive holiday spot.

Sir Paul went shirtless, stripping down to a pair of checked shorts for his relaxing afternoon. A baseball cap kept him cool in the sweltering temperatures as he made the most of some solo time. 

Nancy meanwhile was spotted in her workout gear during the break, looking svelte in leggings and a bright green vest and coordinating Nike trainers. The businesswoman met up with her husband after her gym session, with the pair heading to Serafina in East Hampton for a spot of lunch with Nancy's son Arlen Blakeman.

The Hamptons holiday was a real family affair for Nancy and Paul. As well as sailing, Paul was also spotted getting a workout in as he went cycling with his son James, 37. 

By: Joanna Crawley

Source: Daily details

A Devonshire lady, who once threw a bouquet at Paul McCartney and whose husband has been described as a look-alike John Lennon, is selling some rare Beatles memorabilia. The lady, who does not wish to be named, has been a fan of the Fab Four since her teenage years. At Plymouth Auction Rooms next month she will release a fascinating selection of transparency images from the film Help!, a complete set of autographs, and a copy of The Saints – an early recording credited to Tony Sheridan and the Beatles.

“I saw the Beatles twice at the ABC Exeter when I was at school,” she says. “The first time I was at the back. The second time I was down at the front and threw a bunch of flowers at Paul McCartney because he was my favourite.” Since those teenage days she has changed allegiance and now says John Lennon is her favourite – with people having commentated that her husband bears a resemblance to the world-famous Liverpuddlian.

When she was a teenager she acquired the autographs at an auction raising money for a special baby care unit. John Lennon’s signature is even dated 1963. The lady’s father then gave her the collection of publicity images which are from the Beatles& details

Aspiring midland’s musicians became rock royalty for the day as they caught the John Lennon Educational tour bus on the final leg of its Irish tour.

Mullingar Youth Café hosted the bus for the day, which was last in Ireland in 2013.

The musicians from the Edenderry Rockers and Mullingar Music Jam are part of a performance music education initiative called Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath.

No ordinary coach, the facilities on the bus are world class and allowed the attendees to learn and participate in all aspects of music production for song writing and recording to producing a music video.

The song and the video made on the day now go into post production with senior producer Brian who is based is the US. 

With access to every part of the bus, including state of the art production facilities, instruments and expertise of the team, the young musicians were delighted with the sheer level of participation and input.

“We've had a super cool day here in Mullingar. The group got on really well and we've enjoyed working with them," said a member of the crew, which included engineers Alex, who acted as record producer for the day, Henrik and Hans and driver Scott details

Beatles Artworks Highlight UK Fair - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Fabulous works of art by or inspired by the Beatles and their followers will be a major attraction at The Cheshire Decorative Antiques & Art Fair at Tatton Park, Knutsford, from 18th - 20th September 2015.

Going on sale will be original prints by John Lennon, featuring characters from his books, the prints signed by Yoko Ono, original drawings by Klaus Voorman, who played guitar with the group during their Hamburg period, and an inspired watercolour composed around the song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ for a Beatles project by the contemporary artist Angel Dominguez.

The Lennon prints and the original drawings by Klaus Voorman (b.1938), will be shown by Keith Denny of Balmain Fine Art from Cleveland. Voorman was trained as a graphic artist in Berlin and worked as a commercial artist, graphic designer and illustrator. He designed the cover art for the Beatles’ LP ‘Revolver’, for which he won a Grammy award, and went on to design cover works for Wet Wet Wet and the Bee Gees. As a musician, he worked with John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, Manfred Mann, Lous Reed, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson and many others.The Voorman drawings will be priced at £200 each. details

Award-winning Great Museums® Television's newest documentary, "Sound Tracks: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum," begins airing nationally on public television in September 2015. Narrated by musician/actor Steven Van Zandt, lead guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, the one-hour HD film showcases the world's only museum devoted to the story of American culture through the lens of rock and roll.

To coincide with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 20th anniversary, the documentary features interviews, histories and anecdotes by artists and rock pioneers. Graham Nash, (Crosby, Stills & Nash; The Hollies); Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead); Ann Wilson (Heart); and Darryl McDaniels (Run-DMC) lend musical and cultural commentary. Seymour Stein, founder of Sire Records; and Jann Wenner, Founder of Rolling Stone magazine and Co-founder of the Rock Hall provide insight into the story told by the museum.

Sound Tracks showcases the vitality of the Rock Hall, starting with the glistening prism of I.M. Pei's building on the shores of Cleveland's Lake Erie. "Within these walls lie the artifacts and stories of rock and roll, which is the most accessible art form of our time," explains Greg Harris, P details

There was more disappointment than joy Monday morning when tickets to Paul McCartney’s Oct. 22 concert in Buffalo sold out in minutes.

The announcement was made inside First Niagara Center four minutes after the box office opened and tickets became available on-line at 10 a.m. About 10 of the 100 people who had handbills giving them first shot at buying tickets were able to purchase them. Nearly 100 more fans waited outside, some for more than three hours, hoping that there would be some left for them.

Noreen Burke of Hamburg was the first to walk away from the ticket counter with her four tickets, Section 204, for $168 apiece. “Well worth it,” she said with a huge smile.

But Janet Harrison, who said she got up at 3 a.m. to take the bus and train from Kenmore to the arena, was out of luck since she didn’t have a handbill. She said when she got there last Thursday, they didn’t have any left. But she came to wait in line, ever hopeful. “I was thinking of telling them I was related to George, because my name is Harrison,” she said. “My father always said I had a famous cousin in London.”

Confusion reigned Monday morning as fans eager to snare tic details

Pattie Boyd has spoken about her life with George Harrison during her debut at International Beatleweek. The model and photographer was interviewed by Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn in front of a packed ballroom at the Adelphi.

It was her second visit to Liverpool in just over a week, after she attended Cilla Black’s funeral in Woolton. And she spoke of the day, saying “I thought I was going to weep like mad, but it was so wonderful and brilliantly done....I’m sure Cilla would have been really pleased.”

The 71-year-old was a teenage model in London when she first met Beatle George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964.

She says: “I got a call from my agent to go for an interview. The usual girls were all there waiting to go in and show their photographs. “I recognised Dick Lester, as I’d done some TV commercials for him, and I went away thinking it was an interview for a commercial.“I was shocked and amazed when my agent called and said I’d got a part in a Beatles’ film.”

Some scenes were shot on a train running to the West Country and back, and Boyd revealed how at the end of the day’s filming George Harrison details

Take one part R&B, one part Buddy Holly, and another part Everly Brothers and the result is “Thank You Girl,” the B-side to the 1963 single “From Me to You.” Ringo Starr’s pounding drumming, John Lennon’s bluesy harmonica, and Lennon and Paul McCartney’s tight harmonies make for an unfairly unappreciated early track.

Originally intended as an A-side, “Thank You Girl” was eventually replaced with “From Me to You.” Drawing from past interviews, Anthology quoted Lennon’s summary of the song’s fate: “We’d already written ‘Thank You Girl’ as the follow-up to ‘Please Please Me.’ This new number [‘From Me To You’] was to be the b-side. We were so pleased with it, we knew we just had to make it the a-side, Thank You Girl the b.” As Lennon stated in one of his last interviews, “‘Thank You Girl’ was one of our efforts at writing a single that didn’t work.”

According to the Beatles Bible, the song was a true collaboration between Lennon and McCartney, with the former writing the verses while the latter contributed the chorus and middle eight. Paul McCarney cla details

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