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An upcoming book about George Harrison's life will reveal darker secrets about the late Beatles guitarist, including rifts with Paul McCartney and how being in the band nearly sent him spiralling into a nervous breakdown.

Graeme Thomson, author of George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door, spoke those who knew Harrison best, including ex-wife Pattie Boyd and close friend Roger McGuinn of The Byrds. Glyn Johns, who produced the band's final album Let It Be, revealed Harrison wanted to quit the band during the recording after rows with bandmate Paul McCartney. "It was very uncomfortable," said Johns in The Daily Mail. "To watch this begin and be there in the immediate aftermath was very unpleasant."



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LIFE magazine photographer Bill Eppridge, who chronicled The Beatles arrival in the U.S. and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, died on Wednesday at a Danbury, Conn., hospital. He was 75.

Eppridge of New Milford, Conn., had been in the intensive care unit at Danbury Hospital for several weeks suffering from a blood infection that was the result of a fall where he injured his hand, according to the his hand, according to the National Press Photographers Association. Eppridge's work was showcased in an >exhibit at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield earlier this year. At the time of his death, Eppridge was putting the final touches on a book recalling his days with The Beatles in February 1964.Speaking with The Republican in March, Eppridge said he was a contract photographer for LIFE magazine when he was assigned to cover The Beatles’ arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Feb. 7, 1964.

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As Sir Paul McCartney prepares to release his first solo album in six years he tells of how his happiness with his wife Nancy Shevell has inspired his writing, how he struggles not to repeat the past and how his wedding DJ ended up as a producer on the album New.Is New a joyful album?

This is a happy period in my life, having a new woman - so you get new songs when you get a new woman. But in actual fact there is a lot of sadness mixed in on the record - the more you listen to it you'll find pain getting changed to laughter - there is quite an undercurrent of that. But generally I'm having a good time so I hope that's made it onto the record

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An investigation is under way into why £2m of Merseyside taxpayers’ money was spent on Beatles memorabilia that turned out to be worth only £300,000.

The ECHO can reveal that items, including a pair of John Lennon’s glasses and George Harrison’s first guitar, bought by Merseytravel in 2008, have been revalued and found to be worth only £300,000 – £1.7m less than the original valuation. And the ECHO has learned that lawyers for the passenger transport authority – which bought The Beatles Story museum in the Capital of Culture year – had raised concerns over the valuation at the time.

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Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he has been urged to collaborate with Thom Yorke. The music icon's daughter Stella McCartney is said to have advised him to work with the Radiohead frontman, but he is concerned that he may refuse the offer.

Speaking to NME , he said: ''My daughter Stella is very keen. She's got a project, she keeps saying to me, 'Ring Thom and just go into the studio and just see what you come out with'. ''I'm a bit sort of paranoid to just ring him up. 'Hey Thom, it's Paul here. What do you fancy, what are you doing? Do you fancy writing something?' Just in case he says, 'Er, actually I'm busy'.'' Paul also named Bob Dylan as a possible collaborator in the future, but admitted that John Lennon will always be his top songwriting partner.

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Ringo Starr's ultra-rare French touring car - once dubbed 'the world's fastest four-seater' - is set to sell for a staggering £350,000.

The Beatles drummer paid £5,570 for the Facel Vegal Facel II, which he bought at the height of the band's unprecedented musical career. Now, the glamorous car is expected to sell for more than 60 times its initial price tag at auction. Ringo bought the vehicle in 1964 after spotting it on a stand at the Earls Court Motor Show in London. The Beatles had just released their first movie A Hard Days Night and broken big time in the US - with the top five singles at one time in the American charts.

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The 34th Annual John Lennon Birthday Party at Enoch’s Pub is recognized as the longest-running Lennon birthday party in the United States and continues the celebration again this year.

Oct. 2, 2013 - MONROE, La. -- Calling all Beatles and Lennon fans!  The 34th annual John Lennon Birthday Party will be held at Enoch's Irish Pub & Café in Monroe, Louisiana on Wednesday Oct. 9, 2013 at 7 pm.  This celebration, which began in 1979 - the year before Lennon was murdered, has twice been recognized by Yoko Ono with her appreciation. Live music for the night will be provided by recording artist, Kenny Bill Stinson - an honoree into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Kenny was featured in the PBS film, "River of Song" and is a blend of rock 'n' roll and blues. Beatles songs are his specialty.  Also performing will be local musician Dennis Goodwin.

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Paul McCartney fans in New York and Los Angeles will get to hear his new album, New, a little more than a week before it’s released.
This Sunday night in New York it will be played for the first 100 people who show up at the Open Road VW/Audi dealership on 11th Avenue and West 55th Street at 7 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. You’ll get to listen to it in one of 100 new cars parked on the dealership’s roof.And over in L.A., fans need to show up at the Vineland Drive-In at 443 N. Vineland Ave. in the City of Industry at 6 p.m. The first 400 cars to arrive will be admitted to hear the album via the theater’s FM transmitter.
New comes out on October 15th.
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It was 50 years ago today... give or take six months or so. A concert programme signed by all four Beatles at their first Sheffield show has been uncovered – selling at auction for £4,200. The programme for one of two City Hall gigs on Saturday March 16, 1963 wasn’t even in mint condition.

True, the item had been signed not once but three times by John Lennon, together with signatures from John, Paul and Ringo all on the same double page spread – a collector’s dream. But the rest of the programme had been cut up to remove two further individual signatures by Harrison and Starr. It seems the snips had been made to share the precious scribbles between the group of friends who had clubbed together to buy the programme – and who presumably waited patiently for the band after the show.

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While this isn't one of the places where the late-music icon John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono staged one of their famous bed-ins for peace or posed naked for the cover of their 1968 album "Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins," we can think of no finer name-dropping, stop-the-dinner-conversation point than being able to say "Lennon used to live in this house."

The home is currently owned by Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ian Thorpe, who just listed the Hollywood Hills bungalow for $999,000. Thorpe bought the 960-square-foot home for $879,000 in 2006. Located in Laurel Canyon, the listing notes that the retreat was built in 1961, sits on a hillside treed lot, and has lots of charming features including wall-sized windows, built-ins and a Japanese-inspired master bedroom that we assume Yoko Ono had nothing to do with.

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