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Throughout 1965-66, David Crosby and the Byrds were running neck and neck with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones commercially. And then, Crosby says, the Fab Four did something that blew him away.

“I was in London, at that time, when they were making Sgt. Pepper,” Crosby tells Alyce Faye. “When I got there, they didn’t really talk to me that much. They just dragged me out to the middle of the studio and sat me down on a stool. In Abbey Road, they had these speakers that looked like coffins. They were about eight feet tall, and they were on rollers. They rolled two of these things up, one on either side of me, and then they all left the room.” Crosby, who had just released the psychedelia-infused Younger Than Yesterday with the Byrds a few months before, then became one of the first outsiders to experience the episodic wonder of “A Day in the Life.” He still sounds amazed. “They had just finished it,” Crosby adds. “By the tim details

Thank you to all pre-ordering Ringo Starr's forthcoming book, PHOTOGRAPH. Ringo's limited edition is now fully subscribed, making it our fastest selling edition ever. 

"The good thing about this book," Ringo said during the making of PHOTOGRAPH, "is that it made me start looking through all my stuff. I found much more than I had anticipated." Every year, we say goodbye to titles from the Genesis back catalogue, and hello to new favourites. But it's not often they come and go so quickly. Readers may recall previous fast-movers by authors such as Paul Weller, Nick Mason and Jimmy Page.  Since Ringo's leather-bound volume was made available, readers have snapped up the entire edition in less than 3 months. Only 2,500 signed copies will ever be made. A tip from the publishers: you can still secure copies of the titles shown below. All are nearing the end of their editions. Those interested in PHOTOGRAPH ought not be disappointed. Ringo has just made available 12 of his favourite images as signed, museum-quality ar details

Next year could bring a U.S. tour for Julian Lennon, keyed to a just-announced appearance at South by Southwest in Austin. Talks are apparently on-going. Lennon, who dove headlong into photography even as his 2011 solo effort Everything Changes saw stateside release this year, earlier said the SWSW stop could include an exhibit, a screening of his new documentaryThrough the Picture Window, a theater-based acoustic show with a Q&A session, and then a concluding performance featuring an orchestra.

Best known for his 1980s hit “Too Late for Goodbyes,” Lennon became serious about photography after shooting pictures of his half-brother Sean Lennon’s 2007 tour. An exhibit titled Timeless opened in 2010 in New York, and Julian has maintained a tandem career ever since. The well-received Everything Changes featured a notable guest appearance by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame. Lennon confirmed talks with SXSW directors during a London screening of Through the Picture Wind details

Joe Peppercorn attributes his annual Beatles Marathon show to a quote from Ernest Hemingway -- "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk." A few years back, the local musician was sharing a drink with some friends and discussing an upcoming show at which he planned to play the Beatles' White Album in its entirety, and made an offhand comment that he would do the band's entire catalog. Which he did.

This year will mark the fourth such Beatles Marathon, an event which Peppercorn expects will be a 12-hour love-fest for one of rock 'n' roll's greatest bands. He and a collection of his bandmates from The Whiles, along with friends and special guests, will play every song from the Beatles' catalog, in chronological order. "That first time, it was very informal. We just kind of worked our way through everything," Peppercorn told The Beat. "But it triggered how much fun it is to play and sing these songs." So Peppercorn decided to make the marathon an annual adventure, dedicating more practice time to the catalog and bringing along more details

The Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison turned down an OBE before his death, it has been revealed. According to the Mail on Sunday, Cabinet Office papers obtained under the Freedom of Information Act disclose that Harrison turned down the “insensitive” offer of an OBE – after Paul McCartney was awarded a knighthood.

Harrison, who passed away in 2001, rejected the chance to be included in the New Year's Honours List in 2000. The OBE was recommended by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to acknowledge Harrison’s significant contribution to the music industry. The citation read: “He was a member of a band that many people would say is the best thing that Britain has ever produced, and possibly the best in the world, The Beatles.” However, jo details

This weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live brought out all the surprises — Macca, Madge and more — with Jimmy Fallon as host and Justin Timberlake as musical guest.

In his opening monologue, Fallon explained how he asked several of his musical idols to share the stage with him. “I’d like to sing with three of my friends. Mr. David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Sir Paul McCartney. Unfortunately they can’t be here. Traffic is tough this time of year and currently they’re all stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel,” he said. So, he had three empty mic stands where he would alternate from, mimicking each artist. Midway through his solo performance of “Joy to the World,” though Sir Paul walked out onstage to screams and asked if he could join in on the song. Joking that he was stuck in traffic — but then decided to take a Citi Bike — McCartney joined Fallon for a performance of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” 

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The Wings classic 'Live and Let Die' is featured on the original motion picture soundtrack of the forthcoming 'American Hustle'. Originally written for the 1973 James Bond film of the same name.

And now a fan (and ear-splitting!) live favourite, 'Live and Let Die' joins artists including Duke Ellington, Elton John, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Bee Gees, Donna Summer, ELO, Tom Jones and Danny Elfman on the soundtrack album. The David O. Russell directed film – which has just been nominated for 7 Golden Globe awards - tells the story of con man Irving Rosenfeld, played by Christian Bale. Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence also feature in the film which opens in the cinemas across the US on the 20th December.

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Broadway producer Vivek Tiwary landed his very own, custom tour of The Beatles's native Liverpool, England as he researched the life of Fab Four manager Brian Epstein for a planned biopic.

Tiwary has been working on a movie version of his The Fifth Beatle graphic novel for some time, and he previously flew over to the U.K. to learn more about what life was like for the stars in their famous hometown. But instead of taking the typical Beatles history tour offered by local guides, he managed to score a personalised journey all about Epstein. Tiwary tells, "In my early days of research I asked the Magic Mystery Tour Bus folks if they would design a Brian Epstein heavy tour for me and take me to places a lot of typical Beatles fans may not care about. So we went to the place where Brian Epstein was born and the house that he grew up in; his flat (apartment) on Faulkner Street that he kept and gave to John (Lennon) and (first wife) Cynthia. When John got Cynthia pregnant Brian said you have to marry her and your child needs to have a proper home. 

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In 1967, the Beatles spent the last weekend in August in North Wales, attending a conference on “spiritual regeneration” hosted by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Their entourage – wives, assistants, and friends, including Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull – numbered about sixty people, all of whom were housed in an otherwise empty student college dormitory. Everyone slept in tiny rooms with bunk beds and plain furniture, and everyone paid the same standard rate for lodging: £1.50 per night, including breakfast.

Members of the press were forbidden from the campus, and since only one person from the Beatles’ management team had a phone number with which to reach the group – to be used only in case of an emergency – it was expected to be a quiet weekend. But on the afternoon of August 27, the pay phone in the dormitory lobby just kept ringing and ringing. The news was devastating: Brian Epstein was dead. At that point, the cause of his demise had not yet been officially determined, but authorities noticed that his bedside table was details

Thousands of people spend their Christmas vacation at Walt Disney World each year. Nearly 40 years ago, one of those vacationers was John Lennon – and that trip included a historic event.

In 1974, John was in the midst of his 14 month separation from Yoko Ono – a period he called his “Lost Weekend” – and he decided on a whim to take son Julian and assistant/girlfriend May Pang to the Magic Kingdom. He booked a room at the Polynesian Village Hotel, now called Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Meanwhile, in London and New York, attorneys had finally put the finishing touches on the contractual paperwork that would solidify the Beatles’ breakup. The contract was four years in the making, and the other three Beatles were ready to sign. After years of red tape and millions of dollars spent, the official dissolution papers were drawn up and ready to be signed off on at the Plaza Hotel in New York in 1974. George and Paul had arranged to fly in and be present, while Ringo signed the necessary documents at an earlier details

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