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Beatles Artworks Highlight UK Fair - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Fabulous works of art by or inspired by the Beatles and their followers will be a major attraction at The Cheshire Decorative Antiques & Art Fair at Tatton Park, Knutsford, from 18th - 20th September 2015.

Going on sale will be original prints by John Lennon, featuring characters from his books, the prints signed by Yoko Ono, original drawings by Klaus Voorman, who played guitar with the group during their Hamburg period, and an inspired watercolour composed around the song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ for a Beatles project by the contemporary artist Angel Dominguez.

The Lennon prints and the original drawings by Klaus Voorman (b.1938), will be shown by Keith Denny of Balmain Fine Art from Cleveland. Voorman was trained as a graphic artist in Berlin and worked as a commercial artist, graphic designer and illustrator. He designed the cover art for the Beatles’ LP ‘Revolver’, for which he won a Grammy award, and went on to design cover works for Wet Wet Wet and the Bee Gees. As a musician, he worked with John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, Manfred Mann, Lous Reed, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson and many others.The Voorman drawings will be priced at £200 each. details

Award-winning Great Museums® Television's newest documentary, "Sound Tracks: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum," begins airing nationally on public television in September 2015. Narrated by musician/actor Steven Van Zandt, lead guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, the one-hour HD film showcases the world's only museum devoted to the story of American culture through the lens of rock and roll.

To coincide with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 20th anniversary, the documentary features interviews, histories and anecdotes by artists and rock pioneers. Graham Nash, (Crosby, Stills & Nash; The Hollies); Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead); Ann Wilson (Heart); and Darryl McDaniels (Run-DMC) lend musical and cultural commentary. Seymour Stein, founder of Sire Records; and Jann Wenner, Founder of Rolling Stone magazine and Co-founder of the Rock Hall provide insight into the story told by the museum.

Sound Tracks showcases the vitality of the Rock Hall, starting with the glistening prism of I.M. Pei's building on the shores of Cleveland's Lake Erie. "Within these walls lie the artifacts and stories of rock and roll, which is the most accessible art form of our time," explains Greg Harris, P details

There was more disappointment than joy Monday morning when tickets to Paul McCartney’s Oct. 22 concert in Buffalo sold out in minutes.

The announcement was made inside First Niagara Center four minutes after the box office opened and tickets became available on-line at 10 a.m. About 10 of the 100 people who had handbills giving them first shot at buying tickets were able to purchase them. Nearly 100 more fans waited outside, some for more than three hours, hoping that there would be some left for them.

Noreen Burke of Hamburg was the first to walk away from the ticket counter with her four tickets, Section 204, for $168 apiece. “Well worth it,” she said with a huge smile.

But Janet Harrison, who said she got up at 3 a.m. to take the bus and train from Kenmore to the arena, was out of luck since she didn’t have a handbill. She said when she got there last Thursday, they didn’t have any left. But she came to wait in line, ever hopeful. “I was thinking of telling them I was related to George, because my name is Harrison,” she said. “My father always said I had a famous cousin in London.”

Confusion reigned Monday morning as fans eager to snare tic details

Pattie Boyd has spoken about her life with George Harrison during her debut at International Beatleweek. The model and photographer was interviewed by Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn in front of a packed ballroom at the Adelphi.

It was her second visit to Liverpool in just over a week, after she attended Cilla Black’s funeral in Woolton. And she spoke of the day, saying “I thought I was going to weep like mad, but it was so wonderful and brilliantly done....I’m sure Cilla would have been really pleased.”

The 71-year-old was a teenage model in London when she first met Beatle George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964.

She says: “I got a call from my agent to go for an interview. The usual girls were all there waiting to go in and show their photographs. “I recognised Dick Lester, as I’d done some TV commercials for him, and I went away thinking it was an interview for a commercial.“I was shocked and amazed when my agent called and said I’d got a part in a Beatles’ film.”

Some scenes were shot on a train running to the West Country and back, and Boyd revealed how at the end of the day’s filming George Harrison details

Take one part R&B, one part Buddy Holly, and another part Everly Brothers and the result is “Thank You Girl,” the B-side to the 1963 single “From Me to You.” Ringo Starr’s pounding drumming, John Lennon’s bluesy harmonica, and Lennon and Paul McCartney’s tight harmonies make for an unfairly unappreciated early track.

Originally intended as an A-side, “Thank You Girl” was eventually replaced with “From Me to You.” Drawing from past interviews, Anthology quoted Lennon’s summary of the song’s fate: “We’d already written ‘Thank You Girl’ as the follow-up to ‘Please Please Me.’ This new number [‘From Me To You’] was to be the b-side. We were so pleased with it, we knew we just had to make it the a-side, Thank You Girl the b.” As Lennon stated in one of his last interviews, “‘Thank You Girl’ was one of our efforts at writing a single that didn’t work.”

According to the Beatles Bible, the song was a true collaboration between Lennon and McCartney, with the former writing the verses while the latter contributed the chorus and middle eight. Paul McCarney cla details

The Beatles were constantly photographed by professionals and obsessive fans alike, but they liked to take their own snapshots, too.

Drummer Ringo Starr especially loved taking photos.

During the group's glory days, Starr was active behind the lens, capturing candid moments on tour, backstage, and in the studio.

His work has been catalogued in a new book, "Photograph," which contains over 250 extremely rare and never-before-seen photographs taken by the world-famous drummer.

Published by Genesis Publications, the book will go on sale September 21.“There’s a lot of pictures in this book, shots of ‘the boys’ that only I could have taken," says Starr in the introduction.

Take a peek at the highlights below, as well as some of Starr's musings from the book.

Starr says he feels bad for famous young musicians of this generation who can't escape the media and society completely. "We'd go on holiday and it was great; we could go away, have a good time, and be left alone," he says. 

Soon after that photo was taken, Starr joined The Beatles. As the band's popularity grew, their days became busy with making music, going to photo shoots, and touring. Here, details

The 50 Best Beatles Songs - Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Fab Four. The Lads from Liverpool. The Mop Tops. No band has quite impacted the trajectory of popular music like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr did in The Beatles. They’ve earned more No. 1 records than any other group in their native England, and sold more records than any other musician in America. They are indisputably one of the greatest acts of all time.

But picking the best 50 songs out of the 300+ The Beatles recorded was a project Paste has planned for more than a year. More than 20 staff members, contributors and interns participated, voting for 98 different songs—nearly a third of the band’s brilliant catalog. And the results are fascinating. We included 26 McCartney songs, 17 Lennon songs, three Harrison songs (two of which made the top 10), and four that were truly co-written by Lennon and McCartney. Below, find our thoughts on the 50 best songs by The Beatles.

50. “The Long And Winding Road”

“The Long and Winding Road” begins quietly, but after those first five words when the strings swell up, it gets dramatic pretty quickly. This symphonic track triggers a deep sense of longing and always invokes a sort of empty fee details

What was your first concert? Was it so seminal that 50 years later rock writers seek you out to pick through your memories? Personally, I know that will never happen to me: mine was Grand Funk Railroad with opening act Suzi Quatro at Madison Square Garden in 1974. But for a very lucky batch of teenage girls – and a smattering of boys, parents and celebrities – it was The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in August 1965.

Following up on their groundbreaking 1964 sold-out concert at the Bowl, The Beatles returned for two performances the following year, August 29th and 30th. Tickets were $3, $4, $5, $6 and $7. Naturally, both shows sold out and with a capacity of just over 17,600, the band grossed $156,000 (almost $1.2 million in today’s dollars).

Back then, kids learned about and bought tickets through what today we call “traditional media.” AM radio station KRLA presented the concerts and promoters placed full-page ads in the Los Angeles Times, with a coupon that fans had to mail in on a specific date to order tickets.

And mail in they did. Fan and Beatles at the Bowl concertgoer Sharon Weisz remembers, “My parents didn’t subscribe to the Times so I had to go out and details

“Why does Pete Best still not know why he was fired from The Beatles?” Good question. (OK, it’s a bit “old school” before there was any school but again it beats answering those questions odd intimate inquiries. Seriously? We thought “The Walrus” was Paul. If you don’t get that reference then you need to look into a “Glass Onion”, mmmkay?) 

Former Beatles drummer Pete best still does not know why he was fired? Really?

It was August, 1960. A Brit band called The Silver Beatles recruited Pete Best as drummer. Guest speaker Mark Frauenfelder, contributor to BoingBoing, confirms this and adds: “Best was already in a band called the Black Jacks, but he took the gig and for the next two years he played with the band (which eventually dropped “Silver” from its name).”

In the summer of 1962 the band attended their first Parlophone recording session at EMI studios, (now Abbey Road Studios). They recorded four songs including the first recording of “Love Me Do.” Numerous sources note producer George Martin—not present during the actual recordings—later decided to use another drummer in the studio.  details

Liverpool’s tourism businesses have enjoyed as much as 15% annual growth in Beatles-related trade every year since 2008.

That claim was made by one of the local entrepreneurs behind the on-going International Beatleweek festival and comes as the city prepares for this weekend’s separate Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF). The continuing surge of interest in The Beatles has meant that Cavern Club owner Cavern City Tours has seen its turnover double in the past seven years and this year’s figure is expected to reach £6m with profits in excess of £1m. As well as the Cavern Club venue and International Beatleweek, the company also operates the Magical Mystery Tours around Liverpool.

Cavern City Tours co-owner, Bill Heckle, told ECHO Business: “We have had 15% growth since 2008 and we thought it couldn’t get any better, but it is. “This last week was as busy as Beatleweek ever was. The number of visitors to the city is continuing to rise.”

International Beatleweek runs between August 26 to September 1 and involves live gigs, talks, exhibitions, memorabilia sales and tours. It culminates this coming weekend when thousands of tourists are expected details

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