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Abbey Road Meets... Ken Townsend - Saturday, June 08, 2013

Today marks the 51st anniversary of The Beatles’ first ever recording session at Abbey Road Studios, which took place on 6th June 1962.

In honour of the occasion we put your questions to Ken Townsend, who was an engineer on that very session and went on to manage Abbey Road Studios for over 20 years.

We were inundated with questions on Facebook and Twitter, and it was a tough call picking the best ones to put to Ken. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Here’s the interview in full:

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‘Rockshow’ Released Next Week. Available To Stream On Facebook This Weekend! - Saturday, June 08, 2013

Next week will see the release on DVD, Blu-ray and Download of 'Rockshow', the live concert film which was shot in 1976 when Paul McCartney & Wings undertook the epic ‘Wings over the World’ tour. It would be the largest-scale tour they would ever undertake as a band.

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The Art of John Lennon on display in Seattle this weekend including rare pieces - Friday, June 07, 2013
An exhibit featuring John Lennon’s artwork will be in Seattle, Washington this weekend at Black Rapid Studio in the Queen Anne area. The exhibit, hosted by Pacific Edge Gallery and Black Rapid, will include over 120 framed limited edition artworks available for purchase, as well as Lennon’s hand written lyrics. Artwork catalogs and shirts will also be available.
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Paul Attends Opening Of New Linda McCartney Retrospective - Friday, June 07, 2013

Last night Paul attended the opening of the new Linda McCartney retrospective at the Kunst Haus Wien in Vienna, Austria. The new exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of Linda McCartney’s work featuring 190 of her iconic photographs and runs until 6th October.

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Song Facts: The Beatles — "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - Friday, June 07, 2013

''While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is not only one of the best songs George Harrison wrote with the Beatles — it's also one of the greatest songs on the White Album.

Whether it was jealousy, ego or apathy, the other members of the band didn't seem to care too much for the tune when Harrison introduced it to them and attempted to record initial takes on August 16

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Annie Leibovitz photo collection donated to Halifax gallery - Thursday, June 06, 2013

A collection of artwork by famed American photographer Annie Leibovitz is being donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as part of a permanent exhibition, including an iconic photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken just hours before Lennon was killed in December 1980.

The work by the celebrity portrait photographer was given to the Halifax gallery from the Al and Faye Mintz family in Toronto, the gallery announced Thursday.

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Body on the line for Beatles - Thursday, June 06, 2013

Paula grins as proudly holds up a creased A5 sized piece of paper scribbled with four signatures. It could be her most prized possession - and her most valuable set of autographs. And rightly so, she says, as she describes the lengths she went to, to get them.

"I think it was 1964, the Beatles were out here," she says, "and a group of us for school went out to Lennons to see if we could meet the Beatles."

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Today is International Beatles Fan Day - Thursday, June 06, 2013

Today, Beatles fans from across the universe are once again showing the world that all you need is love as they celebrate the 6th Annual International Beatles Fan Day.

June 6, 1962 is considered by many as the greatest day in Beatles history. On that day, the Beatles auditioned for George Martin.

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SOB's Summer Splash Concert Cruises The Fab Faux – Cavern To The Rooftop Show! - Thursday, June 06, 2013

Cool new series taking place in New York this summer.  SOB's Concerts has announced the Summer Splash Concert Cruises, a season-long row of spectacular concerts and dance parties on the deck of a 4-level infinity luxury yacht. July 13th we set sail with Beatles cover band Fab Faux. 

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When John Lennon Was Simon Cowell - Wednesday, June 05, 2013

from their first chart-topper to their final rooftop concert. 50 years ago this month, John Lennon was a panelist on the BBC show Juke Box Jury, where he rated every song a “miss.”

In 1960s Britain, they didn’t have American Idol or The Voice or The X Factor. But they did have Juke Box Jury. Not to be confused with the American version of the series, Jukebox Jury, Juke Box Jury featured a rotating panel of four showbiz personalities who would listen to a selection of the latest singles and rate them on a simple, binary scale: Each record was either a “hit” or a “miss.”

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