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The Fab Four wouldn’t have been the Fab Four without the genius of the man Paul McCartney called the “fifth Beatle” — Brian Epstein. Epstein discovered the Beatles and guided them through their path to fame with a mix of marketing madness, business savvy, and inspiration. He died at age 32, just as the band was seeing the height of their success, but he’s getting his due (finally!) in a graphic novel that will debut at Comic-Con.

Titled (fittingly), The Fifth Beatle, the story follows Epstein and the band through their early days in Liverpool, their first record deal, and Epstein’s epic 1961 proclamation that “The Beatles will be bigger than Elvis!” The novel also focuses on Epstein’s life apart from the band and his personal struggle with being gay in a time when homosexuality was still a crime in England.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Bob Dylan’s 10th bootleg album will focus on the early session tapes that would become the ‘Self Portrait’ and ‘New Morning’ albums. It was at the time he was working closely with George Harrison who released the ‘All Things Must Pass’ album around the same time.

Harrison and Dylan co-wrote the opening track from ‘All Things Must Pass’ titled ‘I’d Have You Anytime’ and George covered Bob’s ‘If Not For You’ for the album. ‘The Bootleg Series Vol. 10’ will include 35 rarities and previous unreleased material from Dylan sessions from 1969-1971. The cover is new artwork created by Dylan for the release.

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The acetate for a rare Beatles album that never saw release will be auctioned off on August 9 by Heritage Auctions. Best of the Beatles was assembled by Capitol Records as a two-LP set in 1964 as a compilation of the group's Capitol and Vee-Jay hits to date. According to experts, Capitol was not able to release the album as planned when they found out that Vee-Jay did not lose the rights to their tracks until a later date.

Included with the album will be a letter of authenticity from Clifford J. Yamasaki of Let It Be Records in San Francisco which reads: I certify that this 2 LP acetate of 'The Best of the Beatles' is one of two known to exist and was purchased from a Capitol Records executive for a project that was scrapped. The project: #46934-41. The date of pressing: 6-2-64

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Many Beatles fans can barely stand to watch the 1970 documentary “Let It Be,” which throws an unwelcome spotlight on the band’s members as they lecture, criticize and ignore one another while recording what would be their final studio album.

Not exactly the makings of a toe-tapping Broadway musical, in other words. But in a case of life imitating art imitating life, the musical “Let It Be” will begin previews at the St. James Theater on Tuesday under its own acrimonious cloud. This time, however, the bad blood extends to the courthouse, where one Beatles tribute band is in the curious position of defending itself against copyright infringement claims leveled by another Beatles tribute band.

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Sir Paul doesn’t just show up for anyone — let alone twice. Over the weekend, masked Italian DJs Bloody Beetroots released the music video for “Out of Sight,” their inspired collaboration with Paul McCartney, and the legend appears in the eerie clip.

How the collaboration came to be has been of particular interest in the weeks since its announcement; though an unlikely pairing, it seems the Beatle and Beetroots share a producer in Youth (aka, Martin Glover).

“This year, I’ve been spending quite a lot of time in the studio producing new stuff with Youth of Killing Joke,” explained Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, the mastermind behind the Bloody Beetroots, during a recent interview with KROQ’s DJ Jeremiah Red (host of Saturday nights’ Roq ‘n Beats). “He asked me if I was looking for some new features for my upcoming album. I said yeah, I have two names: one is Penny Rimbaud [formerly] of [punk band] Crass, and the other one is Paul McCartney. You never know if it will happen or not. But at le details

Paul McCartney Lights Up Fenway Park - Monday, July 15, 2013

Paul McCartney is a member of two very exclusive fraternities in the pantheon of rock and roll. He is one of few artists in the world who can sell out any venue, in any city, whenever he wants to, and he's part of an even smaller group that can play a lengthy show in which every song is a true, timeless, classic. McCartney showed the prowess that got him into both clubs with an amazing, sold out,  attendance-record-breaking performance at Fenway Park on Tuesday night as part of his "Out There" tour.

For the last 50 years — with the Beatles, Wings, and his own solo work — McCartney has dazzled massive crowds all over the world, but where some artists might become complacent and allow their shows to become stale, McCartney continues to improve. Over the course of the 38-song set (think about that for a minute before you read on; the man played 38 songs in a row and they were all classics), McCartney played every song that a fan could details

Back in 1973, John Lennon wanted to make New York City his home, but he was being treated like an illegal immigrant. Though his wife Yoko Ono already had a green card, the rabble-rousing Lennon had been denied permanent resident status in the US. So with characteristic whimsy and outside-the-box thinking, he called a press conference on April Fool’s Day to announce the pair’s creation of “a conceptual country, Nutopia,” seeking diplomatic immunity as its ambassador.

“Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awareness of Nutopia. Nutopia has no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people. Nutopia has no laws other than cosmic,” Lennon declared. The couple even hung a plaque inscribed “Nutopian Embassy” on their kitchen door in the Dakota. The virtual country flew a perpetual white flag, and its Great Seal was a picture of…a seal. You know, the kind that barks and does tricks for fish.

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On June 18, 1942, a boy named James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England. He'd grow up and meet other chaps — John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr — and together as the Beatles, they'd impact the lives of countless millions around the world, and of people living in Milwaukee, during the '60s and the decades that followed.

McCartney has been active ever since, in Wings, as a solo artist and on the road. On Tuesday, McCartney will take the stage at a sold-out Miller Park for his first Milwaukee concert since 2005, to perform in front of about 40,000 spectators.

In light of the occasion, we wanted to know some of the stories of the locals who owe so much to McCartney and his music. We reached out to a variety of Wisconsinites — among them executives, die-hard fans, and a famous Grammy-winning musician from Eau Claire — and asked, "What does Paul McCartney mean to you?"

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In 1960, a Hamburg art student with a flair for fashion and a passion for photography grabbed her camera and began to record intimate moments with a new group of friends, musicians from the north of England. The Beatles were under contract to play seven hours a day at the KaiserKeller Club when Astrid Kirchherr was introduced to them. She immediately saw something special in this young group and began to photograph them in her home and various settings around her city.

Rock Paper Photo is excited to introduce The Astrid Kirchherr Early Beatles Collection, considered one of the most important photographic records of 20th century pop culture. Our first release features 12 beautiful images, each available as hand-signed Silver Gelatin prints in editions ranging from 25 to 145.

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Paul McCartney's life was threatened by BDS (boycott, divest and sanction) anti-Israel groups prior to a concert he performed in the country in 2008, according to Adam Shay of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. “I got death threats, but I'm coming anyway. I got explicit death threats, but I have no intention of surrendering. I refuse to cancel my performances in Israel,” the ex-Beatle said according to Shay.

Shay said that many artists claim that they won’t perform in Israel for “reasons of conscience,” when the real reason is that they are frightened by death threats they receive. He added that many of the artists’ web sites have been hacked just ahead of their Israeli concerts.

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