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1. The Beatles made music a necessity.
Kids went from listening to Disney records and Alvin and the Chipmunks to "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You." Many boomers heard music at home and at school, but it was someone else's music. After 2/9/64, their ears were opened in a new way and they wanted this new music, made by and for young people. As one fan, age eight at the time, recalled, "Beatle music was ours. It became central to our lives." Children as young as six didn't want to be separated from their transistor radios. These young fans remained closely tuned in throughout the 1960s, with ears -- and minds -- wide open.

2. The Beatles displaced traditional childhood pastimes.
Children started spending more time listening to music, and records became the gift of choice. Cowboys and Indians, sports, Lincoln Logs, jacks, pickup sticks, and Chatty Cathy were pushed to the periphery. Boys who had just been playing army games were suddenly playing Beatles, with tennis racket guitars and trash can drums. Millions of boys (and a muc details

The New York/New England regional Beatles-themed festival, which is also known as Danbury Fields Forever is a family-friendly music, foods and arts festival that is now in its fourth year. The event will run from noon to 8 p.m. at Ives Concert Park, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Ten bands playing music from The Beatles, both group and solo material, plus other songs from the 1960s will be featured. The event will be hosted by Charles F. Rosenay! Ken Michaels of the “Every Little Thing” and “Things We Said Today” radio shows will also be guest emcee.



"Pattie was a major part of the music and pop culture scene as the wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton," says Theron Kabrich, co-founder of the San Francisco Art Exchange. "She has made an indelible mark on the history of that era, so much so that some fans consider her to be a fifth Beatle."

Ten years later, her follow-up exhibition includes a vast assortment of intimate and never-before-seen photos of her life, love, friendship with Harrison, Clapton and their talented, famous circle of friends. Additionally, on display for the first time in the United States, fans will have a rare opportunity to view the original Layla album cover painting that normally hangs in Boyd's home in England.

Patricia Anne "Pattie" Boyd was born in Somerset, England. She first met Harrison in 1964 when she was cast in the Beatles' feature film A Hard Days Night. Two years later they were married. When being a 'Beatle wife' made it too difficult to work, Boyd began taking a strong interest in photography. She captured her loved ones and the experiences they shared, including details

But his real revelation came in 2005. Donning a pair of headphones on a whim, he played his copy of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and discovered a whole new Beatles world to be explored, courtesy of an adventurous band that "understood the potential of the studio as an instrument in itself," Montgomery said.

"I was hearing stuff I didn't remember hearing over external speakers or in my car," he said. "So I listened again right away and started making some notes."

As he dove into the rest of the group's catalog, headphones on, Montgomery noticed more bits that hadn't registered on his prior "millions of listens." There was the "high trebly hiss of Ringo's drums" that dominates the Beatles' early work. The omnipresent hand-clapping on the first four albums. The spotty solos that crop up in George Harrison's guitar work.

And there were the true oddities, like the background voices buried on "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" that include John Lennon solemnly spelling out "H-O-M-E."

With a book deal locked up by early details

Paul McCartney thinks that college courses based on popular music, especially those that focus on his band The Beatles, are "ridiculous, and yet very flattering." Maca said this during a Q+A on his website.

He is so humble, and he should all be like, "Yes, I am da shit."

He furthered, "Ridiculous because we [The Beatles] never studied anything, we just loved our popular music: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc. And it wasn't a case of 'studying' it. I think for us, we'd have felt it would have ruined it to study it. We wanted to make our own minds up just by listening to it. So our study was listening. But to be told – as I was years ago now – that The Beatles were in my kid's history books? That was like 'What?! Unbelievable, man!' Can you imagine when we were at school, finding yourself in a history book?!"

The world's greatest living songwriter did note that you can't really learn to be a great songwriter by taking these courses, though. He said, "To think that you can go details

Four American Bulldog puppies named after The Beatles are in need of a new home on Merseyside.

Fab Four John, Paul, George and Ringo are seven weeks old and being looked after by Dogs Trust.

Aimee Best, supporter relations officer at Dogs Trust Merseyside, said: “These puppies are a total delight, and very sweet. They have a lovely temperament, and love nothing more than cuddles with their carers.

“As they are American Bulldogs, they are going to be a large breed, so any new potential owner must be aware of that.

“They will require puppy training classes and lots of socialisation. As they are still so young, their owner must be around for most of the day to be with them.”

If you can give these very special puppies a loving home, drop in to the Dogs Trust centre Whiston Lane, Liverpool, L36 6HP or give them a call on 0300 303 0292.


All you need is cash: I am told that Neil Young’s high end music player and library, Pono, has scored a coup. They’ve secured the Beatles catalog for download in what’s known as loss-less digital.

Paul McCartney himself is said to be supervising the transfer of the Beatles’ crown in the jewel recordings so they can be added to the Pono catalog which can then be purchased and downloaded into the $399 Pono player.

This could be huge for Pono, which is already offering a wide selection of music on its site at 192 khz. But the Beatles will kick it over the top. Even last night when I ran into the Black Eyes Peas’ the first thing he said to me about Pono was “Wait til you hear Sgt. Pepper on Pono. It’s going to blow your mind.” The Pono people have already played the classic 1967 album for him on their device. One thing he did tell me was that you don’t need very expensive head phones to enjoy it. “Just regular good headphones.” (Me, I have Grado and Sennheiser.) details

Sony has no plans to sell the music publishing business that controls rights to songs from the Beatles and Taylor Swift, as was suggested by leaked e-mails, Sony Entertainment chief executive officer Michael Lynton said.

Sony's music-publishing business, the largest in the world, has a catalogue of more than 2 million songs. Music publishers collect songwriting royalties from album sales, use on TV and other performances.

E-mails and documents released in the cyber-attack on Sony mentioned a 'top secret' plan to sell the music publishing business because it had few growth prospects, it has been reported last month. Top management at Tokyo-based Sony was concerned about the complex ownership and governance of the business.
In a January 8 interview, Lynton said a sale isn't under consideration.

Music publishing accounts for 14 per cent of Sony's music revenue, with recorded music generating the l details

Ringo: New album on the way - Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ringo: New album on the way

Beatle Ringo Starr has completed his 18th studio record, ahead of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

The drummer and singer-songwriter informed his fans in a video update. “I’ve finished my record, mixed the record and, next year, it will be out on Universal Records,” he says.

He also suggests that the All-Starr Band may tour in February and March. The Liverpudlian's most recent album, Ringo 2012, was released in January 2012.

Some weeks ago, Ringo was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the last of the Beatles to be elected for their solo careers.

 “I think it’s good,” he said. “I didn’t know that George and John were in it. I’m not keeping up with it all the time. It means recognition.

"And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, even though we were the biggest pop group in the land, though now it all looks funny in black and white.” The details

LAS VEGAS — A performer was hurt during a Monday evening performance of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles LOVE at the Mirage.

According to a spokeswoman for the company, Cirque said it followed protocol and "had the artist transported to a local hospital where they (the performer) have since been released in good condition."

While the show would not confirm what happened, a show attendee said the performer fell.

It's not the first time a performer has been hurt during a Cirque show. Sadly, one performer also died in 2013 after falling 50 feet.

  • Nov. 13, 2007 -- During the “Zumanity” show at New York-New York, two performers reportedly fell 15 to 35 feet from a white drape. One unnamed performer suffered serious injuries while the other performer, Alan Jose Silva, was treated for minor injuries.
  • June 26, 2013 -- An acrobat slipped from a slack rope and fell head first to the stage during a preview performance of “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay, reportedly suffering a mild concussion.
  • June 29, 2013 -- details
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