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The UK could earn an extra £4bn every year in music heritage tourism, according to a recent report from UK Music. Titled Imagine, the study's findings take the example of Liverpool, where the heritage of The Beatles attracts millions of music tourists every year and generates £70 million for Liverpool’s local economy.

Other cities named include Hull, which will become the City of Culture in 2017 and boasts the only museum dedicated to night clubbing as well as being home to David Bowie’s backing band, the Spiders from Mars. In 2013 its Museum of Club Culture hosted a temporary exhibition celebrating David Bowie’s stage-persona Ziggy, drawing 30,000 visitors to the city. Coventry’s Music Museum recently welcomed its 1,000th paying visitor who travel to Coventry for its music heritage from Japan, Australia, Malaysia and the USA. And in Sheffield, Uncommon People is an online guide to home-grown bands, artists and musicians, such as Jarvis Cocker and the Arctic Monkeys. Jo Dipple, UK Music CEO, said: “Mus details

First, you speed up a classic instrumental solo track by John Lennon. Then, you slow down an accapella version of another solo Paul McCartney smash. Result: Fresh Beatle-y goodness.

Titled “Imagine The Band,” this eerie mashup will have you hearing ‘Imagine’ and ‘Band on the Run’ in a whole new way — and, perhaps, wondering if this is what a post-Beatles collaboration between Lennon and McCartney might have, in fact, sounded like. McCartney, in the past, has given his stamp of approval to such things — calling mashups “a tribute” — though, at least in the case of Danger Mouse’s memorable 2004 ‘The Grey Album,’ record label executives disagreed. EMI sought to halt the distribution of that project, which combined Jay-Z raps with samples from the Beatles’ self-titled 1968 album. ‘Imagine the Band,’ though it swept across the web this week, was actually produced by Mark Vidler and Go Home Productions some two years ago,& details

If you are a fan of The Beatles, you might remember A Hard Days Night, a comedy movie that portrays a couple of days in the lives of the group. A Hard Days Night was first released way back in 1964, and now the Beatles movie is getting re-released.

A Hard Days Night re-releases to cinemas on the 4th of July this year for its 50thanniversary, and we have the trailer for A Hard Days Night for your viewing consideration below. A Hard Days Night was directed by Richard Lester, and of course stars the legendary Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. The blurb that goes along with the trailer says… “Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the details

The owner of iconic Abbey Road Studios is planning a major expansion and upgrade of the facility, the Journal’s Bruce Orwall reports. As any self-respecting Beatles fan knows, Abbey Road is home to the famed Studio Two, where the foursome recorded an extensive amount of their catalog. The crosswalk out front is one the most iconic images in pop music history.

However, rather than capitalize on the studio’s distinguished history, Universal Music Group is putting its money on Abbey Road’s future. If it secures approvals, Universal will add two new state-of-the-art studios aimed at new rock, pop and urban artists, as well as a “retro” studio, complete with vintage gear for old-school projects. “It’s a place where we still need to record classic albums,” David Joseph, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music U.K., told Orwall in an interview. He wants it to be a place where “a new 17-year-old’s guitar band” can record great music. Neverth details

Ringo Starr is, of course, most famous for having played with a certain British Invasion group. But he’s not without his rootsy credentials, having sat in with no less a Chess legend that Howlin’ Wolf for 1972′s The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions. Meanwhile, his relationship with the youthful blueser Kenny Wayne Shepherd goes back to the Ringo 2012 project.

That puts their collaboration on the thunderous “Cut You Loose” from Shepherd’s forthcoming release Goin’ Home into perspective. Still, it might not prepare you for the deep pocket that the former Beatles sticksman climbs into on this old Buddy Guy/Junior Wells favorite. Listen to it via SoundCloud here! Shepherd sings with a stinging, gutteral menace, then unleashes a gurgling wah-stomping aside on his guitar. But, other than a few choice fills, Starr bears down, creating a rock-hard foundation that both establishes and nurtures this truly monstrous groove. It’s perhaps a whole new listening experienc details

Twelve previously unseen photographers of John Lennon before he hit the big time in The Beatles, have gone on show at a top London gallery. The collection were taken more than 45 years ago by John Stewart Farrier, a documentary photographer from Faversham. The images will go on show at The Proud Gallery in Chelsea’s King’s Road.

The 24”x 30” silver gelatin photograph is a composite collection of twelve black and white images of John Lennon taken on a Rolleiflex camera. The photographer said: “I am delighted with this exhibition. It has already generated enquiries from around the world, including Australia.” The snapper will be presenting a framed photograph to Yoko Ono, Mr Lennon’s widow, during her exhibition event at the 2014 Folkestone Triennial. He added: “I expect this showcase collection of photographs will come as a delightful surprise for Yoko.” John Lennon was shot dead by an obsessed fan outside his apartment building in New York in December 1980. He was just 40.

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The Beatles concluded their performing career on Aug. 29, 1966, at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Paul McCartney, one of the world-changing British band's two surviving members, concludes the 52-year-old stadium’s existence on Aug, 14.

It’s also the final show on Sir Paul’s global “Out There” tour. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. “VIP packages" also go on sale then McCartney, 71, has remained active and received Grammy Award nominations for 2013’s “New” album. Yes, he and his four-piece band - he's now been with them two years long than he was a Beatle - does play Beatles’ songs, tunes from Wings and his solo recordings After initial advance sale, American Express sales started Thursday and end Sunday. The “presale” runs today through Sunday. 

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British distributors Second Sight Films have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the country on July 21. 

To celebrate its 50th Anniversary the film will be presented in a new 4K digital restoration approved by director Richard Lester, with three audio options - a monoaural soundtrack in addition to newly created stereo and 5.1 surround mixes supervised by sound producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios. The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) head for London to appear on television, accompanied by their manager and Paul's grandfather (Wilfrid Brambell). Grandad gets into some trouble at a casino and then convinces Ringo to strike out on his own, but the boys find him just in time to play the big concert. Richard Lester's freewheeling directorial style set the tone for the Swinging Sixties. Special Features:

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You know you’ve made it in America when you get your image on a bubblegum card. In May 1964, as all things Beatles were taking hold over the youth of the world, Topps got in on the game, issuing the first in a series of Beatles trading cards. The original series featured a total of 60 black & white cards in the set, and sold for five cents a package.

Topps had been doing quite well selling baseball cards since 1950, and knew a golden opportunity was at hand. Card designer Sy Berger made the trek to England in early-1964 to meet with Beatles manager Brian Epstein to negotiate the deal. Between 1964 and 1965, three series of cards were issued, with color photographs and information on the back eventually worked into the equation. There were other sets of cards issued at various points in the ’80s and ’90s, but it’s the original three series that remain highly collectible to Beatles fans, selling for anywhere from 10 to hundreds of dollars in various eBay auctions.


At Abbey Road Studios, four visitors are summoned to a corner of the cavernous Studio Two to recreate an iconic sound made 47 years ago by another quartet: the Beatles.

On instructions, the lucky group is directed to three pianos—Steinway and Challen uprights, and a Steinway concert grand—and place their hands on keys marked with colored tape. On cue, they strike the chord, let it sustain as long as possible, and indulge in a rare act of rock 'n' roll tourism: playing the thundering finale of "A Day in the Life" in the same room, using the same instruments as the Beatles did in 1967. Exclusive music experiences are hard to come by in a world crowded with rock-fantasy camps and backstage ticket packages. Some other famous locales, such as the Sun and Stax studios in Memphis, Tenn., have long courted the tourist trade with museums and memorabilia. Yet Abbey Road has been mostly off limits. It is in London's placid St. John's Wood, where neighbors good-naturedly tolerate a stream of global tourists, even as they slow traffic by rec details

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