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John Lennon's first home was sold to a US buyer for nearly half a million pounds. The red-bricked terrace house,  in Wavertree , where the former Beatle lived with his parents and grandparents, went at auction for a whopping £480,000.

The sale of number nine Newcastle Road was held at the Cavern Club, in Liverpool, and  attracted a handful of potential buyers, including a few international bidders. The three-bedroomed home had a top guide price of £250,000 but went for nearly twice that after a two bidders, one on the floor and one on the phone, became embroiled in a bidding war. But it was an anonymous US bidder on the phone that took the lot. Jason Doll-Steinberg lost out after the price soared way above what he wanted to pay. He travelled all the way from London to try and buy a piece of Beatles history.

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McCartney stuns café chef - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Beatles legend, and well-known vegetarian, had finished filming British music show Later… with Jools Holland Monday when he stopped into the Fortify Café in Maidstone,Kent.

According to UK newspaper The Sun, the singer treated the entire TV crew to a meat-free lunch, purchasing 12 sandwiches, roasted peppers, hummus, falafel, frittatas and several sweets. Chef Sian Sheridan told the outlet he was shocked to have a celebrity guest. “I made sure everything was perfect. I couldn’t believe I was making Paul McCartney’s lunch,” he gushed. According to the paper, the bill tallied approximately £120, a drop in the bucket for the musician, worth approximately £680 million, according to the Sunday Times.

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It looks like Fair Lawn’s now famous “Kids in the Car” are going to get to meet Ringo Starr after all. “How great that they found these people!” The Beatles legend said in a statement released Monday morning. “And how cool to now know a little of their story and what that moment was like from their perspective.

Right now I'm off in Latin America on tour and I won't be back until November when we play two shows at the Palms in Las Vegas. I look forward to meeting them when I get back. See you in Las Vegas! Peace & love, Ringo”  The release from Starr’s publicist went on to say that the tour will wrap in Las Vegas at the Palms on Nov. 22 and 23rd “where Ringo will meet them.” The friends in the photograph are Charlie Schwartz, Bob Toth, Gary Van Duersen, Suzanne Rayot, Arlene Norbe and Matt Blender, who died in 2011. They cut class at Fair Lawn High School to try to see The Beatles at Kennedy Airport on Feb. 7, 1964. The picture is featured in Starr’s new book, “PHOTOGRAPH.&rdq details

A new graphic novel about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will debut in Italy as part of the 10th anniversary of the country's Rolling Stone magazine. Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker's Dark Horse Comics/Panini Comics collaboration,

The Fifth Beatle, will hit shelves next week (beg28Oct13), three weeks before its official release date in mid-November (13). The graphic novel chronicles the early years of the Beatles, seen through the eyes of their manager Epstein, and follows the band's success story to the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Fifth Beatle will be available outside Italy on 19 November in a hardcover, oversized library format.

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Sir Paul McCartney never tires of performing Beatles hits like Yesterday and Blackbird - because he always wants to perfect them and understand what was going on in his mind when he wrote the songs.

The singer/songwriter admits he thought he'd be sick of his old hits by now, but he still enjoys belting them out onstage. He explains: "What it is, is I'm actually trying to play the song like I know it effortlessly, but there is a pattern I must not miss, and there are words I must put with that pattern, so I'm normally still trying to get it right. "And what I find myself doing is re-examining the work of this twentysomething. It's like it's not mine. It's not a dawdle. There's hardly anything where I switch to autopilot. "Instead of being bored with a song, I'm still trying to look at it: 'What the hell is this thing?'"

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In July 1968 Paul McCartney spent a morning in Victoria Hall, Saltaire, recording with the Black Dyke Mills brass band. Now, he can be seen back in Saltaire – along with John, George and Ringo, the other three members of The Beatles – in a spectacular exhibition at Salts Mill of black and white photographs.

Paul Berriff was a 16-year-old trainee journalist in the early 1960s who hit upon the inspired idea of improving his photographic skills by taking pictures of up-and-coming pop groups in Yorkshire. The 70 pictures that make up Rock Legends include The Rolling Stones, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, three members of Pink Floyd including the late Syd Barrett and Roy Orbison. Most of the photographs of The Beatles in relaxed mood were taken behind the scenes at the Gaumont cinema (later the Odeon) in Bradford.

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 The Grammy Awards will come earlier than usual in 2014, and will have something extra special. Ringo Starr confirmed for me tonight that The Beatles will likely be celebrated twice–once during the Grammy Awards, and then again the next night. The plan right now is for a special Beatles segment during the Grammys on January 26th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their arrival in America on February 7. 1964.

Then, on January 27, the Monday night after the Grammys, there will be a special Beatles show in Los Angeles at the Convention Center. Right now it’s supposed to entail a lot of different acts playing Beatles songs. Ringo says that so far he and Paul McCartney have discussed only the “possibility” of their participation. “It’s not like we’re not going to do it,” he told me. “But it might be cool to have all these other bands doing our stuff, and we’re watching.” Knowing Paul and Ringo, though, it might be hard to keep them off the stage. And for a true Beatles anniversary celeb details

Paul McCartney has never dwelled in yesterday, even if he remembers it quite well. At 71, he's just released his 24th post-Beatles album, New, and is generating music at a pace that puts artists a quarter of his age to shame. And in a remarkably candid cover story by Rolling Stone contributing editor Jonah Weiner (on newsstands Friday) McCartney discusses the drive keeps him creating fresh music — as well as the memories of his Beatles bandmates that continue to shape his life today.

Perhaps most shockingly, McCartney reveals that although he's always teaming up with fresh talent — New features production by Adele collaborator Paul Epworth, Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, Giles Martin (son of legendary Beatles producer George) and frequent Kings of Leon partner Ethan Johns — he also consulted with another source, someone who knows his music intimately: John Lennon. "If I'm at a point where I go, 'I'm not sure about this,' I'll throw it across the room to John," McCartney tells& details

In a photograph in the new biography of the Beatles, "Tune In" by historian Mark Lewisohn, John Lennon stands in a Hamburg street in his underwear in the middle of the night, reading a copy of the Daily Express dated October 1960.

"One of the things he read in that paper was that when Eddie Fisher stayed with Elizabeth Taylor when she was in the London Clinic, he slept on the floor in the same room," Mr. Lewisohn said in an interview. "And in 1970, John did the exact same thing with Yoko, in the London Clinic. He slept on the floor." Mr. Lewisohn could just make out the headline "Castro Seizes Envoy" in the photo, so he tracked it down, hoping it would help date the picture. Knowing that John Lennon generally read the Daily Express every day cover to cover, Mr. Lewisohn read that issue, too, wanting to know what Mr. Lennon would have seen. He says he loves the coincidence that Mr. Lennon, unwittingly or not, re-enacted a scene he would have read about a decade before. "I like the parallel that he read it, and then 10 years later did the same thing," he says.

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 The Grammy Awards will come earlier than usual in 2014, and will have something extra special. Ringo Starr confirmed for me tonight that The Beatles will likely be celebrated twice–once during the Grammy Awards, and then again the next night. The plan right now is for a special Beatles segment during the Grammys on January 26th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their arrival in America on February 7. 1964.

Then, on January 27, the Monday night after the Grammys, there will be a special Beatles show in Los Angeles at the Convention Center. Right now it’s supposed to entail a lot of different acts playing Beatles songs. Ringo says that so far he and Paul McCartney have discussed only the “possibility” of their participation. “It’s not like we’re not going to do it,” he told me. “But it might be cool to have all these other bands doing our stuff, and we’re watching.” Knowing Paul and Ringo, though, it might be hard to keep them off the stage. And for details

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