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Yoko Ono took out a full-page ad in the New York Times on Friday calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject state permits for a pipeline that would transport gas fracked in Pennsylvania into New York's Southern Tier.

The ad, paid for by the anti-fracking activist, artist and widow of John Lennon, called on Cuomo and President Barack Obama to reject the Constitution pipeline.

“We must stop fracking, which means we must not transport fracked gas across our state where it is headed for foreign export markets,” she wrote. “The danger to our homes is also the danger to the rest of the world, as we continue to harm the climate, the world is watching us.”

In the ad, Ono called the pipeline a “scar that never heals” and said it had an Orwellian name.

Plans call for the Constitution pipeline to become part of a network that will transport natural gas to New England, where governors have called for more capacity amid dramatic price spikes. Federal regulators have already largely signed off on necessary approvals for the pipeline. Some residents who have fought the pipeline running through their land have been taken to court by the developers.

By: Scott Waldman

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Revolver marked an important milestone for the Beatles: It represents the group at their most experimental to date. Backwards guitars, eerie sound loops, surrealist lyrics: nothing was off-limits for their 1966 masterpiece. A perfect example of this early innovation is “I’m Only Sleeping,” the primarily John Lennon-penned track that features sound effects, a stellar Lennon vocal, and an unusual Harrison guitar solo.

While many fans believe “I’m Only Sleeping” refers to drugs, the words also refer to Lennon’s habit of sleeping late. In his infamous interview with journalist Maureen Cleave on March 4, 1966, he claimed that he was “physically lazy. … I don’t mind writing or reading or watching or speaking, but sex is the only physical thing I can be bothered with any more.” Cleave even mentioned that “he can sleep almost indefinitely, is probably the laziest person in England.

” According to other sources such as Rolling Stone and the Beatles Bible, the story may also derive from John Lennon’s annoyance at Paul McCartney waking him up for a songwriting session. Lennon scribbled the initial lyrics on the back of an envelope, althoug details

Louise Harrison never wanted to write a book about her famous brother, George Harrison.

“I felt there were so many crazy books out there about The Beatles I didn’t need to add to it,” Harrison, 83, says during a phone interview from her Southern California home.

She finally decided it would be OK to join the gaggle of authors because no one who has written about the famous British band has the personal knowledge she does. That’s why she penned “My Kid Brother’s Band a.k.a. The Beatles” (Acclaim Press, $18.89). The 354-page book is a behind-the-scenes look at how she helped fuel Beatlemania while living in America when The Beatles began to emerge.

The book is available in stores and online at

It was another John, Paul, George and Ringo who made the final arguments for her to write the book. Harrison has been the manager of The Beatles cover band, Liverpool Legends, for several years.

“The guys told me that I had a perspective that no one else would have. They told me that it was important that I write the book,” Harrison says.

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“It’s just a happy coincidence.” That’s my oft-repeated mantra when I’m asked if I’m related to Ringo Starr, the subject of my new book, “Ringo: With a Little Help” — the first comprehensive biography of The World’s Most Famous Drummer.

You’d be surprised how often I’m asked that particular question, mostly by people who either don’t know — or just plain forgot — that Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey in Liverpool, England 75 years ago on July 7, 1940.

But that’s not the only thing about Ringo that people forget — or didn’t know about him in the first place:

The ingrained Dickensian image (particularly among Beatles fans) of Richy Starkey growing up dirt-poor in Liverpool? Not quite. While Richy and his mom, Elsie, lived in the Dingle — a gritty part of town located near the rough-and-tumble Liverpool docks — Elsie worked several jobs (barmaid, cleaning houses) to keep a relatively comfortable roof over Richy’s head. A photo from his youth shows Richy and his childhood friend, Dave Patterson, posing in sharp suits — and the Starkey grandparents lived just down the street details

Paul McCartney has spoken out about the British government's impending amendment that will once again open the door for fox hunting in England and Wales. In a statement, the bassist and longtime animal rights activist called the sport "cruel and unnecessary" and threatened that, by passing the bill, the conservative Tory party "would lose support from ordinary people and animal lovers like myself." 

"The people of Britain are behind this Tory government on many things, but the vast majority of us will be against them if hunting is reintroduced," McCartney said. In 2004, the British government placed stricter restrictions on fox hunting, which was practiced legally for sport for nearly five centuries until the legislation passed. However, current Prime Minister David Cameron revealed in March he hoped to repeal the ban as long as the fox hunts were "appropriate" and done "efficiently," The Guardian reports.

McCartney isn't the only rocker to argue against renewing fox hunts: On July 9th, Queen guitarist Brian May appeared on BBC's Newsnight to slam the amendment, which will be put to a vote on July 15th. "There is no justification for the hunting of foxes on the grounds of control of foxes," May said. "They details

For those of you who haven’t watched the Beatles’ 1970 documentary Let it Be (likely through less than legal means, for reasons I will get into here), here’s what went down: After noticing how unusual The White Album turned out to be, especially with the songs increasingly becoming less rock n roll, and being less group-oriented, Paul decided the band should get back to basics, writing new songs and performing them at a special concert that nobody agreed exactly where it should take place. They decided to rehearse at Twickenham Studios in London and have a crew film them for a possible TV Special. It did not go well; instead of showcasing a reborn Beatles, it showed off the beginning of the end, with constant fighting between Paul and the other members of the band. In the end, the concert did take place, on the Apple Studios rooftop, and the footage for the TV special was released into a full-blown movie.

However, the last time it was released to home video, it was in 1981. In the decades since, the band has teased the possibility of a rerelease (including, in 1992, doing what appeared to be a full restoration of the film which only saw the light of day through snippets on the Anthology miniseries,) bu details

Alex Ross made his name with his painted, nearly photorealist artwork for superhero comic books, most famously Kingdom Come and Marvels. Now he's turning his hand to a different set of visual icons. Rolling Stone can exclusively reveal Ross's series of illustrations of the Beatles, created with the blessing of the band's organization Apple Corps. Ross is set to unveil the artwork in person at this week's Comic-Con International in San Diego.

The first fruit of the project was a six-foot-wide print of the band; a painterly, CinemaScope-style re-envisioning of the distinctly cartoony, two-dimensional imagery from the Beatles' 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine.

"I was very much raised on that film," Ross tells Rolling Stone, "so I know every detail of it, and I can import that into my work, as though it was a live-action film that they starred in. I was warned at the outset that they might not get approval from the [John Lennon and George Harrison] estates to release it formally — that it was a kind of test. I thought I might not get another chance at this, so I wanted to put everything plus the kitchen sink in one piece of art."

By: Douglas Wolk

Source: Rolling Stone

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Richard Starkey, aka Ringo Starr, turns 75 on July 7th. The lad from Liverpool who’s been the world’s most famous drummer for more than a half-century has provided the world with infinite musical reasons to celebrate his life and work. Less immediately known but certainly also worthy of celebrating is Ringo Starr’s one-of-a-kind cinematic career.

Inherently funny, sympathetic, and warm, Ringo looks like a born character actor and exudes a screen presence on par with his dynamism behind a drum kit. He so clearly and effortlessly steals the Beatles’ debut classic A Hard Day’s Night (1964) that the follow-up, Help! (1965), is built around him.

More work with the Beatles followed from there, but unlike most of his bandmates, Ringo kept it up until he was a bona fide go-to film actor (his only real competition of note was John Lennon, who co-starred in the 1967 satire, How I Won the War, before returning to focus on music).

So for Ringo’s reaching his seven-and-a-half-decade milestone as one of rock’s defining icons, let’s light up our screens with a salute to his secondary career as a movie Starr.

By: Mike McPadden

Source: VH1


Out of 308 songs penned by the Fab Four, 48 (16 per cent) make reference to the weather, researchers found

    by Sarah Knapton July 7, 2015

Britain may have become obsessed with The Beatles because they bombarded the public with songs about the weather, a new study suggests.

Brits love nothing more than moaning about the weather and it seems a spell of bad weather is an inspiration for songwriters too.

Over 900 songwriters or singers have written or sung about weather - and The Beatles are among the most prolific, researchers from Oxford and Southampton Universities found.

Dr Sally Brown, of Southampton University, said: "We were all surprised how often weather is communicated in popular music whether as a simple analogy or a major theme of a song.

"These examples indicate discussing weather - often seen as a British obsession - is a popular pastime, and much can be learnt from how society portrays weather in music and the types of weather that inspire musicians.

"Thousands of popular songs have been written, many hundreds of which contain references to weather.”

Rain was a frequent theme employed by The Beatles
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We all live in a Jell-O submarine!

A Brooklyn-based artist recreated some of The Beatles’ most iconic photo shoots and album artwork using gelatin.

Henry Hargreaves, a 36-year-old New Zealand native, started the unique artwork back in June, mixing up different colors of the snack to create edible portraits of the British band.

Each painting took about two hours to create — with Hargreaves using plasticine to make an outline and then filling it in with gelatin.

“I’ve always enjoyed toying with people’s expectations when it comes to food,” Hargreaves told Barcroft Media.

“Here, viewers might be fooled into thinking they’re looking at a 2-D illustration of the yellow submarine, but upon closer inspection, they’ll realize the reflective color blocks are in fact made entirely of jelly,” he added.

Hargreaves is a full-time photographer and food artist who made headlines last year for his photo series that cataloged death row inmates’ last meal choices.



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