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A RARE set of Beatles autographs, featuring all of the Fab Four, will go under the hammer at a Wareham auction next month, it has been announced. The autographs, collected by a fan after the band performed on the Thank Your Lucky Stars television show in 1963, will form part of a sale at Cottees Auctions.

Signed Beatles photographs containing all four members have sold for thousands of pounds at auction, as they remain the most sought-after items of Beatles memorabilia. Auctioneer John Condie said: “The autographs are contained in a personal scrapbook compiled at the time.“Together with the set of autographs are two publicity photographs of the group at Thank Your Lucky Stars, a fan club autographed card and various black and white publicity cards which will be offered at the same time.”

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The former Beatle was put on the spot during a phone chat with the host on Wednesday (16Oct13) as he launched a series of intimate concerts at the BBC's tiny Maida Vale studios in London, and agreed he would be willing to perform at The Mulberry Inn in Chiddingfold if those keen to see him play there stumped up the cash for Children in Need.

Evans, who pulled off a similar stunt earlier this year (13) after asking Take That star Gary Barlow to perform for 25 couples who paid to attend the intimate showcase, asked McCartney to play a 45-minute set on 28 June, 2014, prompting the rocker to state, "If I'm available, yeah, I will." The rock icon's daytime gig at Maida Vale on Wednesday, which aired live on BBC Radio was a return date for McCartney, who recorded several early sessions with the Beatles there in the 1960s.

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Rock fans will get the chance to perform 'live' with dead heroes including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury and Kurt Cobain when a hologram museum opens in London. Bosses of the Music Hall of Fame in Camden, north London are planning to use the latest technology to create lifelike 3D images of some of the world's most famous late and living stars.

Visitors will then be able to join their favourite musician for a performance, which will be recorded onto Dvd for posterity. The innovative idea was sparked after a hologram of dead rapper Tupac Shakur was used during a performance by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at last year's (12) Coachella festival in California. The project's manager Lee Bennett tells the London Evening Standard, "You could be transported back to a specific moment of music or play with artists who are no longer alive, even playing back-to-back with a hologram. I was at Coachella watching Tupac and it blew people's minds."

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An avid autograph hunter picked an unusual time to ask for Sir Paul McCartney's signature - in the middle of a live performance being broadcast by the BBC. The fan was in the audience of only around 200 people, made up of listeners and guests, who were watching the intimate show at the Maida Vale studios in west London.

Sir Paul seemed bemused by the request as he played a handful of new and old songs during a session for BBC Radio 6 Music, at the studios he last visited in the 1960s with The Beatles. "What? Now?" he asked the cheeky fan. "I love it - there's one in every crowd. As if I don't have enough to do to remember the songs and the chords."

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Critics praise Paul McCartney's "New" album - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Paul McCartney has been rolling out quite a bit of press for his latest album, "New," which is out now. The former Beatle exchanged accents with Jimmy Fallon and even did an impromptu performance in New York's Times Square leading up to the Tuesday release.

Critics have been largely positive about the new material, noting how it sounds refreshed and revitalized. Part of that "new" sound may have to do with McCartney's latest collaborators. The lead single was produced by Mark Ronson, known for his work with Amy Winehouse. Speaking about the song, McCartney said, "We can do what we want, we can live as we choose." In addition to Ronson, McCartney also teamed up with several other new collaborators. The 12-track collection marks McCartney's first album of original tracks since 2007's "Memory Almost Full." Last year, he released "Kisses on the Bottom," which featured mostly cover songs.

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A Very Special Christmas, the prestigious holiday music series that benefits Special Olympics, will celebrate its 26th season with a collection of really big chestnuts. A Very Special Christmas: ICON, out Oct. 15 on Universal Music Enterprises, serves up 11 tracks by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Rod Stewart, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Elvis and other A-list artists, some previous contributors and others on board for the first time.

The track listing:

John Lennon and Yoko Ono/The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir, Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Rod Stewart, Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Sting, I Saw Three Ships
Aretha Franklin, Winter Wonderland
Josh Groban, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Jon Bon Jovi, Please Come Home for Christmas
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Christmas All Over Again
Sheryl Crow, Run Rudolph Run
Elvis Presley, Blue Christmas
Carrie Underwood, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. announced Saturday afternoon that director Richard Lester, who helmed the influential classic Beatles' film musicals, 1964's "A Hard Day's Night" and 1965's "Help!," is the recipient of the organization's career achievement honor.

The honor will be presented at the L.A. Film Critics Assn. awards ceremony Jan. 11 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. Previous honorees include directors Paul Mazursky and Frederick Wiseman and actors Doris Day and Jean-Paul Belmondo. A child prodigy, the 81-year-old Lester began studying at the University of Pennsylvania at the age of 15. He started working in TV about 1950 and moved to London in 1953, where he worked as a director in indie TV. His 1960 short "The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film," which he made with "Goon Show" stars Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan earned an Oscar nomination.  The Beatles lo details

Macca Defends Miley Over Twerk Dance Moves - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sir Paul McCartney has told Sky News there was nothing wrong with Miley Cyrus' bump and grind moves at the MTV awards, saying: "Come on, we've seen worse than that!" The former Beatle told Sky presenter Charlotte Hawkins he was also happy for his 10-year-old daughter to watch the singer's twerking dance moves she has become synonymous with.

He said: "I watched it as an experiment to check, but you look at it and you say 'what's everyone shouting about?'. "I think it was only mildly shocking ... it wasn't explicit at all." Sir Paul is promoting his latest album, New, which is his 16th solo album. He said: "It's not difficult to come up with something new, but to come up with something new which is good is difficult because you're stacking them against the stuff you've done - but you've got to just forget that. "I love writing songs so I just have to say 'don't even try to better the old ones, just get on with it'.

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Elton John has discussed his former drug use, revealed how he once hid from legendary artist Andy Warhol during a cocaine binge with Beatles icon, John Lennon. The 'Rocket Man' star has spoken openly during his career about his former addiction problems, but has now revealed how Lennon's paranoia led the duo to ignore Warhol when he turned up at a hotel room in which the two were partying.

"I can remember being stoned out of our mind on coke at the Sherry-Netherland hotel, and at two in the morning, there would be a knock on the door," says Elton John in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. "It took me five minutes to get to get the door because I was so paranoid, but it was Andy fucking Warhol. "I said, 'It's Andy Warhol,' and he (Lennon) said, 'Don't f**king let him in! He'll have a camera and everything!' So we just waited for him to leave.

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71-year-old Paul McCartney comes off effortlessly contemporary as well as hummably Beatle-esque when it suits him in this well-crafted new album. Great, just what the world needs: more enthusiasm for something Beatles-related.

It's a little tiresome, after all, this relentless fawning. Seems like every fiscal quarter something else pops up: an anniversary, reissue, Cirque du Soleil production, documentary, or surprising new solo album. Can't we give it a rest and focus on, say, the Kinks, James Brown or Pulp for a while? Not while a Beatle's still making records as consistent and well-crafted as "New." With peaks as high as any music he's done this century and nary a valley as low as "Silly Love Songs," "Let 'Em In," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" or his oft-treacly last record of standards, "Kisses on the Bottom," Paul McCartney's latest studio album is pretty damned good — damn it.

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