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Gallery 360,Northeastern University's on-campus art gallery, is hosting a collection of typewriters from famous writers, such as Ray Bradbury, John Lennon and Ernest Hemingway.

The collection belongs to a Northeastern parent, Steve Soboroff. Soboroff notes, “I love people who are the best at what they do. The idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters… it gives me the chills.” The exhibit will run from August 22-September 25.

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Harrison historical marker to be unveiled - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

BENTON — Plans are being finalized for the celebration marking the 50th anniversary of “the first Beatle in America.” George Harrison’s 1963 visit to Benton will be remembered during the celebration that includes the unveiling and dedication of a historical marker on the Benton Public Square.

Harrison, a member of The Beatles, was the first of his band mates to travel to the United States. He spent nearly three weeks visiting his sister, then a Benton resident, and got to know the region and a number of its residents during his travels. The Harrison marker will be placed by the Illinois State Historical Society in Capitol Park, Harrison Committee member Robert Rea said. “This site allows visibility to passing motorist at all times and provides much greater pedestrian traffic as opposed to the originally proposed location east of courthouse,” Rea said.

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The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. (2) Paul McCartney; $3,620,049; $131.27.

2. (3) Taylor Swift; $3,126,773; $86.58.

3. (4) Kenny Chesney; $2,182,829; $75.32.

4. (New) One Direction; $1,805,905; $65.73.

5. (5) Fleetwood Mac; $1,427,403; $110.90.

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LAKE GENEVA, Wis. — Yes, the Lake Geneva dateline is a bit beside the point, but I was so excited about a story Josh Stockinger wrote in Friday's editions I felt compelled to add my 2 cents while on a mini vacation.

Actually I wanted to be the first to add an online comment. It would have read, "Hey, I played with the New Colony Six, too! Well, OK, I mean I played kazoo with the group's frontman, Ronnie Rice. Once. On one song ('Runaway')." I was stopped in my tracks by the first post on Stockinger's story — a guy who said lying is the accepted norm in the rock 'n' roll business. So my brush with rock 'n' roll fame embellishment with a quick explanation of the truth seemed pretty lame.

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Sid Bernstein made musical history in 1964 when he took an unknown British pop group – the Beatles – to America and started the "British Invasion" there. He booked the Beatles to play at Carnegie Hall and later arranged their famous shows at the Shea Stadium – the first major rock stadium acts – and presented the first US appearances of the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Dave Clark Five, the Moody Blues and the Animals.

Bernstein's interest in British culture had been nurtured as a GI during World War II and, after returning to America, he kept up with what was going on by reading British newspapers. In 1962, he noticed stories about a new pop group from Liverpool whose public appearances were causing scenes of mass hysteria. “I said, 'I've got to bring them to America. The language is the same'.” He phoned Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who had reservations: the group's early records, released in the US on minor labels, were not selling well. Bernstein won him over, however, by promising to get the group i details

Doctor Robert Goes to Liverpool - Sunday, August 25, 2013

Beatles Radio is at the Mathew Street Festival - International Beatle Week Liverpool. So much to do and see from taking a Magical Mystery Tour Bus ride for two hours for around $22.00 or 15.00 quid. The tour started at Albert Dock and down to Lime Street, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields as well as to the homes of John, Paul, George and Ringo. It was definitely worth it. The tour guide was great and was pretty spot on with his Beatles facts.

Beatle Bands are playing every hour at the Cavern Club from noon until 1:00 am both Sunday and Monday (Bank Holiday in the UK),
including one of our favorites, "The Beatrips". You can drop into bars like "The Rubber Soul", "Lennon's Bar", and the "Quarry Quarter."
Last night Doctor Robert and the crew had a pint at the Phil, the pub close the Liverpool Institute where John Lennon when asked what the negative aspects of fame were. He allegedly replied, "Not being able to have a drink at the Phil without being bothered." So, if you ever get the chance to visit Liverpool during International Beatle Week, we highly recommend it details

Author Kevin Roach, who has penned an excellent book on the family of Paul McCartney and is co-author of another on the Beatles, has now authored “George Harrison: That's the Way God Planned It,” which explores George Harrison's early life. We interviewed him about his new book, which is available as an e-book for Kindle in the U.S. and the UK and as a paperback in the UK.

Q: “Are any of the pictures in the book new? One of the onstage shots looked unfamiliar?”

KEVIN ROACH: “There are a lot of unseen photos of the Harrison family photos and places where George grew up around Liverpool, the stage shot of George and Johnny Gentle was taken by a local news reporter when the Beatles supported Gentle on the Scottish Tour.”

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This is the story of aging rock musician Gary Goldberg, The Beatles and a lie that, in the end, came to haunt him. Goldberg took the podium last week at the Elmhurst Historical Museum to tell a few dozen spectators about his days in the Cave Dwellers — a 1960s Chicago garage-rock band that never made it big but, 48 years later, found a new audience among collectors of reissued and hard-to-find vinyl records.

The story was nearly true, save for the most attention-grabbing detail: that on Aug. 20, 1965, the Cave Dwellers opened for The Beatles at Comiskey Park, where legendary guitarist George Harrison played Goldberg's Hagstrom six-string and gave away his own guitar strap as thanks. What Goldberg, now 68, wasn't prepared for was being publicly confronted at the museum by former bandmates, prompting a Daily Herald investigation that culminated five days later with a striking confession. "We really didn't play (with The Beatles) at all," Goldberg admitted. "It (the story) just got carried away, and I couldn't stop it."


A WEBSITE devoted to random meetings between the public and The Beatles over the years is set to become a book. The Facebook page, called The Beatles And Me, was set up “for a bit of a laugh” according to its creator Dean Johnson.

But in just a few months it has pictures and stories from hundreds of encounters with John, Paul, George and Ringo over the decades. It has become so successful that Dean and Jennifer Smedley, the creative director of Liverpool-based Plantapress, now plan to turn the web page into a book. Jennifer said the idea came up after she met Dean through a mutual friend. She said: “Dean told me about it and how he thought it would make a good book – and I thought ‘yes, let’s do it’.”

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Lennon jacket fetches £7,000 - Friday, August 23, 2013

A Derbyshire woman has paid £7,000 for a jacket once worn by Beatles star John Lennon.

The teal blue jacket was once the property of Jo Jo Johns, personal assistant to The Beatles, who worked at the group's offices from 1968 to 1975 and cleared Lennon's house when he moved to America. The winning bidder said it was a birthday present for her husband. The jacket was expected to fetch between £8,000-£12,000.

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