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Few events in John Lennon’s brief life were as traumatic and painful than the death of his mother, Julia, when he was 17. Although Julia had abandoned John to be brought up by her sister, Mimi, the event proved important in cementing his close working partnership with Paul McCartney, whose mother had died from an embolism when he was 14.

The road accident that killed Julia -- with an off-duty policeman at the wheel -- confirmed Lennon in his distrust of anyone in authority. Lennon’s first son, Julian, is named after his mother. But most of all Julia’s death was a musical inspiration. Both his gentle ballad to his absent mother on the White Album (1968) -- “Half of what I say is meaningless,/ but I say it just to please you, Julia” -- and “Mother,” his anguished recollection of her death that opened his first single album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970) -- “Mother, You had me. I details

On Jan. 18, 1964, the Fab Four graced the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, as 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' entered the Hot 100 at No. 45. Music, and our charts, would never be the same.

Fifty years ago today, the Beatles appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time. The band's breakthrough, and ultimately, pop culture-redefining, first U.S smash, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 45. The issue was dated Jan. 18, 1964. The following week, the song rocketed to No. 3. It became the Beatles' first of 20 No. 1s the following week (Feb. 1, 1964). The Beatles' 20 toppers remain the most by any artist in the Hot 100's history. (Mariah Carey follows with 18.) When Billboard ranked the top acts of the chart's first 55 years this past August, the Beatles ranked at No. 1. While today's gold anniversary clearly marks one of the most significant milestones in Billboard chart history, even at the time it was front-page news. Literally: "British Beatles details

After declaring the end of the Beatles, Paul McCartney retired to a studio-equipped farm in Scotland and released two modest, true solo efforts as if to deflect all the expectations: the charmingly ramshackle McCartney followed by Ram, a proto-indie folk/pop record, a cloistered and insular “selfie” that was dismissed as fluff in its own time and is now widely regarded as his best post-Beatles effort and a five-star desert island necessity.

On it, Paul flexed his multi-instrumental prowess and studio savvy (he alone among the Beatles positively lived in the studio) in the service of rustic and sweet throwaway tunes of the kind that must float out of his head when he sleeps. Elliot Smith never would have happened without Ram. Even now, 40 years later, Ram has all the freshness of a genuine rebirth. In his more combative and demonstrative way, John Lennon also followed through on the return-to-basics statement that Let It Be was supposed to make with Plastic Ono Band, exploring both musical primitivism and Janov’s primal scream on what is one of the most details

The University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music will continue its "In Performance" Series with a concert and lecture series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first U.S. performance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964.

On Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014—exactly 50 years, to the hour, after that famous nationwide broadcast aired to 73 million viewers—a concert honoring the Beatles and their music will begin at 8 p.m. in Strong Auditorium on the University River Campus, featuring performances by faculty, students, and Rochester-area 60s band The Smooth Talkers. "At the end of 1963, the Beatles took over British popular music in a way that no one had ever done before," said John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music and chair of the music department in the University's College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. "In 1964, the Beatles conquered America and the world." But according to Covach, the Beatles' lasting contribution was their ability to cash in "that initial fan popularity for details

Beatles’ fans have will have an unnamed lawyer to blame for their disappointment over the possible non-release of The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963.

According to Insight, a Bond Dickinson publication, copyright on the album — which contains 59 unheard outtakes — was due to expire in 2014, some 50 years after the recordings were made in 1963. Expiration of the copyright would have made the album available in the public domain.But in November 2013, the UK passed legislation extending copyright for sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. The problem was that the extension applied only to recordings that had been published or made available to the public. Bond Dickinson reports, however, that Apple Records, which owns the rights to the material, managed to take advantage of the law by making the recordings public “for just over 2 hours in a staged succession of countries before doing a disappearing act.” Gives new meaning to “value-added” legal advice, doesn’t it?


Paul has become the first musician in the world to reach 10 million followers on the Japanese-based social network LINE. Paul's account - now his most popular social network – is available in English and Japanese and was launched in mid–October to coincide with the release of his 'NEW'album and tour of Japan.

To mark the launch Paul made available – for a limited period of time - eight exclusive stickers for use on the platform. The social network is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Nokia Asha Series, and Paul's account is available in Japan, UK, USA, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Turkey, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Mexico, Italy, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Spain, Germany, France, Brazil, India and Russia.

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In fact, what you're about to see below is probably one of the coolest custom cars ever built. The four-wheeled masterpiece you're looking at was built by George Barris (aka the King of the Kustomizers) for Ringo Starr, the former drummer of the Beatles and still a global rock star.

Fitted with a flaming hood, the black coupe also sports a set of Cragar-style wheels and side tailpipes. While visual modifications may be minor, the Corvette-style pipes change the car dramatically, turning it into a vehicle that any hot rod enthusiasts would drool upon, us included. The reason we're reporting about this unique Bel Air is because it's scheduled to cross the block on February 7 in Paris, during an event hosted by Artcurial Motorcars. The Chevy, which also comes with a certificate of authenticity from George Barris, will be offered at no reserve and it's estimated to fetch between €40,000 and €80,000 ($54,400 - $108,800).

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Rare Beatles album sells for $175,000 - Friday, January 17, 2014

It's been called the greatest album of all time, but you won't find it on iTunes. At least, you won't find the first-issue mono pressing of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band gatefold LP on the U.K. Parlophone label.

A rare autographed copy sold at an auction Wednesday for $175,698, according to RR Auction of New Hampshire. John, Paul, George and Ringo all signed the cover for a young porter working at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay, England, where the band stayed in September 1967. According to a letter accompanying the record, employees at the hotel were warned not to bother the band, but the enterprising young lad "sneaked the album back into work up my top, as I didn't want the manager to see." The album comes with a letter of authenticity from Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, who says a copy of Sgt. Pepper signed by all of the Fab Four is like the "holy grail" of rock memorabilia.

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Paul Nominated for NME Award - Friday, January 17, 2014

Paul has been nominated for 'Best Solo Artist' at this year's NME Awards. The shortlist for the category, announced earlier this week, also includes David Bowie, Lily Allen, Kanye West, Jake Bugg and Lorde.

Fans can cast their vote for the award at NME's website HERE! Voting closes on February 21st. The awards will take place at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 26th.

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For years, Stevie Nicks has kept a treasured 1970-era photograph framed and with her on the road, getting untold moments of inspiration while touring both as a solo artist and with Fleetwood Mac. She’s pictured with George Harrison, along with the well-known Maui restauranteur Bob Longhi.

Nicks, as revealed in Graeme Thomson’s George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door, was in Hawaii at the time doing some uncredited co-writing with the former Beatles star. Nicks was said to have contributed to “Here Comes the Moon,” from 1979′s George Harrison. This treasured photograph was apparently taken while the guitarist put the finishing touches on “Soft-Hearted Hana,” from the same studio project — which was, in turn, dedicated to Longhi. The image from that long-ago impromptu collaboration in 1978, originally passed along by a friend, stays with Nicks even today. When I go on the road it goes right on my makeup mirror,” Nicks says. & details

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