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He's known for being hugely successful as a singer. And at the age of 71 Sir Paul McCartney has been perfecting another one of his many talents by taking to the French Alps with a personal instructor to hone his skiing skills.

Despite Paul's new hobby, his wife Nancy, 53, doesn't appear to be quite as keen as her husband to take to the ice. According to The Sun newspaper, she has been steering clear of the icy conditions by staying in their private lodge when the singer heads out to test his skiing skills. The skiing trip couldn't have come at a better time for Paul, who has been busy in the US for the past month making a special TV show, The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles, to commemorate 50 years since the group first appeared on American television. During the show, Paul and his bandmate Ringo Starr paid tribute to late Beatle John Lennon - who was shot and killed in New York in 1980 - and George Harrison, who died of lung cancer in 2001. Drummer Ringo 73, told the audience during the programme details

Lennon Bermuda nominated for music app award - Thursday, February 27, 2014

John Lennon: the Bermuda Tapes app has been shortlisted for an SXSW Interactive Award. The app was launched late last year and chronicles John Lennon’s trip to Bermuda, where he was inspired to write the Double Fantasy album.

It has been nominated in the Music category which is “projects related to musicians, bands, and the music industry, as well as online radio and other developments that offer streaming audio content”. The other nominees are: ACO VIRTUAL, Just A Reflektor, Marmoset and Rocking the Daisies. In addition, people can vote for the app in the People’s Choice category.  The winning entry in each of the 15 categories will be revealed at the 17th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards Ceremony presented by INNOCEAN on Tuesday, March 11.  

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Sotheby’s in Manhattan is holding an auction on June 4 where over 100 items produced by John Lennon will be up for sale, ranging in expected prices from $500 to $70,000.

The most desirable item in the bunch is Lennon’s handwritten manuscript of “The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield,” a Sherlock Holmes parody that Lennon wrote in 1964 while on vacation in Tahiti, during which he read several Holmes stories. The manuscript is nine pages, in blue and black ink, and includes corrections. Lennon had quite a passion for literature, especially early on with The Beatles. During his elementary school years he made a handmade magazine, “The Daily Howl,” and when his band started to gain traction and fame in Liverpool he wrote several articles for a local music magazine called the “Mersey Bea details

Sir Paul McCartney collected an honorary prize at the NME Awards for his songwriting skills - and admitted he had no idea how he did it. He was being honoured with an award as the "songwriters' songwriter" at the annual awards event in recognition of his half century as a hitmaker.

The former Beatle was given a standing ovation by guests at London's 02 Academy Brixton. Sir Paul said: "The great thing about songwriting is that you don't know how you do it, so you can't talk about it." He was presented with the prize by Blur and Gorillaz star Damon Albarn who said: "What can I say other I love him like millions and millions of other people. He's a lovely spirit and a beautiful human being." Albarn - about to launch his solo career with Everyday Robots, his debut album in his own name - was himself a winner, collecting the "innovation" prize for the continual reinvention of his career.

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Mike Love of the Beach Boys was a close friend and colleague of the late George Harrison, and to honor Harrison’s birthday today (February 25) a previously-unheard recording has been premiered.

Said Love in a statement about the song, and Harrison’s birthday: As you all know, February 25th would have been the 71st birthday of George Harrison. George and I had shared many life experiences together, some of my most cherished moments in life especially the time spent with George and his band mates at Maharishi’s Academy in Rishikesh, India. George and I felt that the pursuit of spiritual knowledge more than balanced our lives as musicians. We found that practicing TM provided us with an inner peace that enhanced our music. Once one found inner peace, there was no reason to look to substances for the purpose of reaching an altered state of consciousness.

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When Darin Reyes, a 21-year-old graphic designer and artist in Los Angeles, learned that Carter Sexton in Valley Village, California was going to do a show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America, he chose to do a record sleeve project on their 1968 song "Back in the USSR."

A Beatles fan since high school, Darin loves their music for being timeless and always sounding fresh. "Back in the USSR" was especially intriguing to him since it was a parody about something that never happened: the Beatles did not perform in the USSR while they were together because they were perceived to be too western."'Back in the USSR' is a very interesting song," says Darin. "While the Beach Boys were singing about California girls, the Beatles turned the idea around and sang about a country most westerners wouldn't dream of singing about." Darin approached the puzzle posed by the parody by combining his skills in graphic design and art. His use of the Red October font and 1960s European style of graphic design made a reference to the context and time period of the song. "On details

The Rutles announce UK Tour - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Legend that will last a lunch time The Pre - Fab Four The Ruttles have announced a tour of the Uk this May. 

Performing will be Neil Innes AKA Ron Nasty and original Rutles drummer John Halsey also known as Barrington Womble. Halsey would be the only original member of the group taking part in the shows. The tour will begin on May 7th in Exeter and conclude on May 31st in Liverpool.

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Yoko Ono, in a Q&A with fans, addresses a couple of questions involving recent Beatles-related events she attended, including the 56th annual Grammy awards and the star-flecked 50th anniversary concert filmed a day later.

Ono attended both shows, which found Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reuniting on stage. For Grammy night, they performed “Queenie Eye,” from McCartney’s current solo release New. For the anniversary event, they offered key Beatles songs apart, and then joined together for rousing versions of “Sgt. Pepper’s/With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey Jude.” Ono, widow of their late bandmate John Lennon, was surrounded at each performance by a group that included their son Sean, Starr and his wife Barbara, Joe Walsh of the Eagles and his wife (who is Barbara’s sister), and McCartney and his wife Nancy.

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Last night, Paul and his family attended the opening reception of the Linda McCartney retrospective photography exhibition in the city of Montpellier, France. The exhibition will run from 21st February – 4th May 2014 at Le Pavillon Populaire, a very special space dedicated to photography.

More than 200 prints and original documents are displayed, reflecting Linda's instinctive ability to capture the beauty of a particular moment. Linda got her first big break as a photographer while working as receptionist at 'Town and Country Magazine'. She used an unwanted invitation to a Rolling Stones promotional event on the SS Sea Panther on the Hudson River in New York to document the event and photograph the band. She became a professional photographer in the mid-sixties. Her pictures during this period chronicled the musical revolution of the decade. Linda's photographic oeuvre contains photographs of the musical scene of the 60s in New York, Californ details

Hey! You! Wanna meet Paul McCartney, only the greatest living songwriter? Well, Charitybuzz's Beatlemania Charity Auction, featuring the chance to meet Sir Paul McCartney, is here! 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles crashing American shores on The Ed Sullivan Show this month, online charity auction site Charitybuzz has launched The Beatlemania Charity Auction, featuring incredible opportunities to win a piece of Beatles' magic and give back to remarkable causes at the same time. Meet the Legendary Sir Paul McCartney: Sir Paul McCartney is auctioning the opportunity for one lucky bidder and a guest to join him backstage at an upcoming concert of their choice. The fans will have the opportunity to meet the former front man and acclaimed solo artist after any one of his incendiary performances slated for 2014. Proceeds of the experience, valued at $50,000, benefits The MusiCares Foundation, and bidding closes February 28th.


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