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The Beatles' lyrics: Holy pop relics - Saturday, December 06, 2014

Hunter Davies' new book gathers the original scribblings of the Fab Four that became timeless pop classics. CBS News

Songs with word by The Beatles have never failed to delight their listeners. Now many of those songs are delighting library-goers as well. Mark Phillips takes us browsing:

On a busy road in London sits the British Library, and its collection of about 170,000,000 literary works and historic documents.

Some of them are given pride of place in the Treasures Gallery. Oh, you know, original works of Shakespeare . . . handwritten musical scores by Beethoven . . . the Magna Carta, details

John Lennon and Me - Friday, December 05, 2014

John Lennon and Me

AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND - This weekend the Avalon High School Theater Department will be presenting John Lennon and Me. This powerful theatrical piece is a touching story about friendship, love, life and loss, all through the eyes of teenagers.

The cast in this production is exceptional. The emotion of the show will speak to everyone. These are the types of live performances we encourage everyone to see. This is what theater is about and you won't want to miss it.

There are many events to choose from this weekend and the Theater Department hopes that supporting John Lennon and Me will be one of them.

There are three performances: Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 pm and Sunday Matinee, December 7 at 2:00 pm.  The performances will be held in the School Auditorium, where its promised to be dry and cozy.  Tickets are available at the door $8 adults and $6 student/seniors.

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McCartney, Springsteen, Zeppelin, The Stones, The Who & Clapton reside at the Montgomery Mall as Classic Rock 102.9 ‘MGK presents the 102.9 ‘MGK Classic Rock Art Show & Sale, Friday, Dec. 5 through Wednesday, Dec. 24 .

The Classic Rock Art Show features artwork created by rock stars, Famous rock photographs, album artwork, gold records, concert posters, animation art and more.

The show is at the Montgomery Mall, 230 Montgomery Mall in North Wales. Beatles animator Ron Campbell will be on hand on Friday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 14. He will be exhibiting his original Beatles cartoon art as well as painting new works at the show. In addition to his Beatles past, Campbell has been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby Doo, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Ed, Edd & Eddy and dozens more.

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The iconic rocker said: "It was a very big shock. I was so sad that I was not going to see him again. And the guy who did it was the jerk of jerks. He was not politically motivated

Sir Paul McCartney remembers Lennon

As the 34th anniversary of John Lennon's death approaches on December 8, his former Beatles band mate Sir Paul McCartney has branded his murderer Mark David Chapman "the jerk of jerks".

The 72-year-old admitted the Beatles had an 'acrimonious' relationship at times but the death of one of his closest friends left him reeling.

"There was acrimony in The Beatles. But when he got killed we were friends. We used to call each other up and swap bread recipes," he revealed on The Jonathan Ross Show, airing on Saturday night on ITV.

"I was at home when he died. I got a phone call. It was so horrific. I could not take it in that he was gone. It was a very big shock. I was so sad that I was not going to see him again."

Blasting Chapman, he added: "And the guy who did it was the jerk of jerks. He was not politically motivated."

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George we miss you:1943-2001 - Saturday, November 29, 2014
George Harrison, MBE, was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. 
Born: February 25, 1943, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Died: November 29, 2001, Beverly Hills, CA
Children: Dhani Harrison
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As you head off for the Thanksgiving holiday don’t forget to bring a small notepad. You never know when inspiration will strike.

John Lennon found his inspiration for “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” while riding in his Rolls-Royce. He grabbed a few pages from an address book that belonged to his driver to write down the lyric that popped into his head. This is just one of many stories in Hunter Davies’ new book, The Beatles Lyrics. Davies, the only authorized Beatles biographer, has access to more than 100 draft manuscripts of Beatles songs and he tells the story behind each one.

The book also teaches us something about creativity. You’re more likely to come up with your best ideas when your out of the office, which is why I recommend that people brainstorm and storyboard their PowerPoint presentations before they open up the software. To me a great presentation or speech is like a song; it has a hook, a catchy title, memorable lines, and an infectious story. If musicians don’t write their best lyrics while sitting in front of a piano wishing for the words to come,  why do think tha details

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Last week marked 36 years since the release of the Beatles' 'White Album', a record dogged by rumours of containing subliminal messages that, when played backwards, seemed to suggest Paul McCartney was dead. The cult of myths surrounding the Fab Four goes far beyond 'Paul Is Dead' conspiracy theories, however. Here's that and 14 other strange, suspicious tales about the Beatles blown open...

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Unused photos from The Beatles' 'Abbey Road' photoshoot have sold at auction for £180,000 at Bloomsbury Auctions in London.

The shots were taken on August 8, 1969 by photographer Iain Macmillan, who had only 10 minutes to complete the entire shoot. Six photos were taken in all, including the photo that eventually made the final cut, as well as a scenery shot of the Abbey Rod sign.

"This set of photographs has triggered a brilliant reaction from the market," said Sarah Wheeler of Bloomsbury Auctions. "It has been a pleasure to share them with the public at our sale rooms, even for a short time, and a delight to see them attain such a worthy price today."

Edward Dimsdale, Senior Lecturer of Photographic Theory at London College of Communcation, UAL, added: "Encapsulating a significant cultural moment, it is an image that launched a notorious conspiracy theory, and that clearly still provides a touchstone for fans. The opportunity to see the image in close relation t details

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Music-loving students coming to Newcastle could soon get a chance to live in accommodation with a notable pop history.

Plans have been submitted to convert Grade II listed Barclays House on Grey Street into a hall of residence.

The building was formerly the Royal Turks Head Hotel where, it is claimed, Paul McCartney and John Lennon were inspired to write She Loves You after a Beatles concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle as part of their tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry & The Pacemakers.

So it is possible that students could sleep in the very same room where the hit was penned.

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BBC handout photo of Sir Paul McCartney performing live at Maida Vale for BBC Radio 6

Sir Paul McCartney swapped stadiums for the back of a London shop as he entertained one of his smallest audiences for years - a crowd of little more than 30 people.

The star was aiming to give inspiration to musicians and aspiring songwriters after they assembled to hear him give a 42-minute talk about composing, as well as take taking questions about his experiences.

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