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Fifty years ago, on Thursday, June 11, 1964, four lads from Liverpool, England, arrived in Australia on their first world tour – John, Paul, George … and Jimmy. A fifth, Ringo, newly recovered from tonsillitis, took over from Jimmy Nicol and assumed his rightful place a couple of days later.

The strange and stirring sound of the Beatles – or the latest electronic noise, depending on whose side you were on – had shot up the Australian charts the previous December. But even the most enthusiastic shrieking fans at the old Sydney Stadium in Rushcutters Bay couldn’t have guessed that half a century later the musical landscape would still be reverberating from the band’s impact. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that trip to Australia, four fab contemporary Australian songwriters explain how the Beatles influenced their lives, their record collections and their music. 

Sarah Blasko

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NAVI MUMBAI: Young Sunder was on Thursday morning placed onto a truck by experts who travelled to Kolhapur to work with the Maharashtra forest department, and is on his way to a 49ha forested care centre in Bangalore, where he will have the company of 13 other elephants, as per a Supreme Court order.

The team faced many setbacks, including their truck tyres being punctured by persons who wanted to keep Sunder on MLA Vinay Kore's property, where he allegedly suffered months of abuse. Sunder was with the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur in 2007, but after the use of spiked chains and beatings came to light, Maharashtra minister of forests Dr Patangrao Kadam on August 21, 2012, and the Project Elephant division of the ministry of environment & forests on November 9, 2012, issued orders for his rescue. But Sunder was spirited away and hidden in an old poultry shed, where he continued to be beaten and was so heavily chained that he recently sustained a serious leg injury. "Despite obstacles, People for the Ethical Treatment of details

Music lovers listen up! The Science of Rock 'N' Roll Exhibition opens June 11th at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto and features all kinds of hands-on exhibits that are sure to get your feet tapping to the beat.

Canadian rockers Arkells entertained at the media preview on June 5th with a set from their upcoming album High Noon. Signed to Universal Music, their performance was outstanding - another reminder that Canada has a wealth of musical talent. The exhibition features informational walls that showcase the history and evolution of rock from the 1950s to today, music instruments from various eras, historical recording equipment as well as record players, tape players, eight-tracks, sheet music and Walkmans — anyone remember any of those? You can drum along with a Beatles' song, record a track in one of four video recording booths (and see your recording later online, available for download to social media), or try your hand at being a sound engineer in a recording studio. There's something for everyone who loves music at this e details

Ever the musician, Ringo Starr still loves playing gigs and hitting the road for fresh tours. The former Beatle kicks off a new series of concert dates with his All-Starr Band on Friday in Rama, Ont. The current leg of the tour then veers into the U.S. before returning to Canada for a date in Vancouver in July.

"It's the dream I had at 13: to play drums and play with good people — it's still unfolding," he told CBC News. It's what I do." Along with participating in the host of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in North America this year, he's also marking the 25th anniversary of his first All-Starr Band tour. Meanwhile, the amiable drummer and singer is balancing a host of other projects as well, including a new album, several books and an art exhibit.

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June 6, 2014 will be one of those dates I will never forget! For that is the time I have ever seen any of The Fab Four! We had amazng seats and I watched Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band perform. Casino Rama in beautiful Canada was the stage.

The concert was breathtaking, exicting and a chance of a life time for me. Ringo and his band mates put on an amazing show and they all were bang on! The night was full of musical surpises and prestine playing. The audience had a treat of a few Bealtes favs like: Yellow Submarine, Act Naturally and some new orignal tunes from Ringo himself. We heard some great tunes by Toto and Santana. They all made sure the audience was having the time of their life and joining right in with some great faves from 50 years ago when all The Fab Four were together!  There was many talented stars on the stage last night but the icing on the cake was the Fab Starr himself Mr Ringo Starr! Me myself and I sure I speak for everyone in that audience it was a night to remember. As I sit and look at my perfect ticket from last night I smile and tuck it awa details

Ringo Starr has had a ball celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America this year as well as some of his own honors. But, he says, it's put a bit of a crimp in plans for his next album.

Starr tells Billboard that he's "probably two-thirds through" with the follow-up to "Ringo 2012," which he plans to release in February. "Usually I make the record in January, February, March and mix it in April," he explains. "But because of all that Beatles stuff I sort of got behind because of the rehearsals and the fun and the joy. I was in L.A. until the first of April and I was trying to finish the record and just said, 'Ah, I've got too much to do.' " He has plans to work on it during July and August, when he's back in Los Angeles after the first leg of his latest All-Starr band tour wraps on July 19 at the Greek Theatre. Starr has been working on the set with Toto guitarist and current All-Starr Band member Steve Lukather, along with Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Nashville details

A MICROPHONE used by The Beatles when they played live in Hull in 1964 is set to fetch about £6,000 at auction. The microphone was owned and used by The Beatles in the early 1960s. It was given by John Lennon to a fan after the show at the ABC Theatre in Hull on October 16, 1964.

Now, almost half a century later, the fan, who has not been named, is selling the Reslosound Ltd RBT/L ribbon microphone, which is expected to sell for £5,000 to £6,000 at Christie's South Kensington on Friday, June 20. According to Christie's, Lennon decided to give the microphone away as he did not think it was functioning properly. A spokesman for Christie's said: "The vendor attended The Beatles concert in Hull and, following the show, struck up a conversation with one of the band's technicians. "The vendor was keen to start his own band so the technician gave him the microphone, telling him John Lennon thought it wasn't working properly any more so the band had no use for it." The type of microphone was used at the early venues where The Beatles performed. The spokesman details

I have been involved for the last few years in a campaign to save the birthplace of Ringo Starr at 9, Madryn Street in the Dingle. The campaign also includes all of the “Welsh” Streets that include Madryn Street, the area where I grew up.

We need to raise £40,000 to fund the public enquiry, for which I have given written evidence and may be asked to appear before the enquiry. There are lots of incentives for anyone who contributes to the fund, including copies of my two books, “Liddypool” and “The Fab one hundred and Four: The Evolution of The Beatles” and many more.

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ALBANY >> The first of the two living Beatles will play the area Tuesday, when Ringo Starr will be at the Palace Theatre in Albany with his All-Star Band. Sir Paul McCartney will be at the Times Union Center on July 5.

Of course people will be at the Palace to see Starr, but his band is truly a groups of All-Stars. Members include Steve Lukather (Toto), Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie (Santana and Journey), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Mark Rivera and Bissonette. Steve Lukather recalls earlier this year finding himself standing just offstage, about to play one of the most memorable shows of a 40-year music career. He was one of the guitarists in the band that was backing McCartney and Starr for “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles” television special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the group. For a musician who was inspired to pick up the guitar by the Fab Four, the moment was not lost on Lukather, a founding member of the group Toto. “I was standing there looking at Paul, looking at Ringo, and all of a sudden they star details

Original manuscripts and drawings by former Beatle John Lennon, produced for two acclaimed books he wrote in the mid-1960s, sold for $2.9m (£1.73m) on Wednesday, more than double the pre-sale estimate, Sotheby's auction house said.

All of the 89 lots in the sale, from Lennon's 1964 book In His Own Write and 1965's A Spaniard in the Works, were snapped up by buyers. The highlight of the sale was The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield, the manuscript for Lennon's parody of Sherlock Holmes from A Spaniard in the Works which fetched $209,000 (£125,000). "The outstanding result, the first white glove sale of 2014 at Sotheby'sNew York, shows that Lennon's nonsense verse, puns, wicked humor and comic drawings continue to resonate 50 years after the publication of In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works," Gabriel Heaton, the deputy director of Sotheby's books and manuscripts department, said in a statement. A white glove sale is an auction in which every lot is sold.

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