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Iconic gates made famous by a  Beatles song were painted yellow  by a mysterious “artist”. Merseyside Police were making  enquiries after tourists arrived at  the entrance to former children’s  home Strawberry Field in Woolton  yesterday to find the top half of one  of the gates had been painted  yellow.

The message “There is always a  field for imagination. John you  know you should be glad” had been  daubed on the wall next to the gates  – which became a place of  pilgrimage for fans of the Fab Four  after John Lennon penned the song  Strawberry Fields Forever. Police said the incident was  reported to them by a tour operator  who arrived at the gates just before  midday and found the yellow paint  still wet.

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He may have discovered the Beatles, but even with a little help from his friends, Brian Epstein’s legacy is being overlooked.For the past six years Geoffrey Ellis — an old friend who worked with Epstein while he was managing the Beatles in the Sixties before his death in 1967 — has been trying to persuade English Heritage to put a blue plaque on the house in Belgravia where the man Paul McCartney described as the “Fifth Beatle” lived and died.

Ellis, author of I Should Have Known Better: A Life in Pop Management, first contacted English Heritage in 2007, making the case for Epstein’s cultural impact and the fact that his promotion of the Beatles had resulted in “literally millions — possibly billions — of pounds flooding into this country”.


A Mount Rushmore–style sculpture  with The Beatles in place of the four US  presidents has taken centre stage in an  exhibition. Titled Tomorrow Never Knows, the  display is made up of four standalone  pieces focusing on Liverpool’s musical  heritage.

Terry McGunigle and Joe Forrest  were commissioned to create the 8x16ft  replica of the world famous south  Dakota memorial with  the faces of John, Paul,  Ringo, and George  instead of George  Washington, Thomas  Jefferson, Theodore  Roosevelt and Abraham  Lincoln. Illustrator Elliot  Chinnock’s contribution is a  re-imagining of the Fab Four’s iconic  Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band  album cover – with action figures  including He-Man hijacking the  famous scene.

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A previously unheard version of Ringo Starr singing 'Octopus's Garden' will be released along with a children's book of the same title this October. Earlier this year, Starr gave permission to publishing house Simon & Schuster to turn the famous Beatles' track into a picture book and, according to a post on his official Facebook account, it will come with a previously unreleased recording of the song, too.

Linking to an image of artwork from the book, a message said: "Here's an exclusive look at the artwork from the forthcoming picture book of Octopus's Garden – publishing this October, the song will be brought to life by illustrator Ben Cort and published with a CD of Ringo reading the story and an original, previously unheard recording of the song by Ringo."

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GILBERT TAYLOR - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Every filmmaker hopes their viewers will be left with indelible images, which will play over and over in the mind like a narrative transfusion. The great cinematographers achieve this gift of imagination and the truly great photographers even define the sensibilities of their time. Gilbert Taylor was such an artist.

Starting his career in the late 1940s, he went on to shoot the quintessential movie images of the 1960s and 1970s. Taylor lensed some of the most iconic projects from Swinging London, including The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night, Peter Sellers in Dr Strangelove, Polanski's Repulsion, and Emma Peel's heartbreaking departure in The Avengers. His work with Dick Lester and The Beatles provided a dynamic document of the band in motion and captured their trendsetting vibe with cutting-edge, stylish photography.

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Warhol snap shots - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

These never-before-seen photographs of celebrities captured by Andy Warhol are about to become and exhibition. This 1979 picture shows John Lennon and the boyfriend of fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, known as Halston. (BNPS)

Never-before-seen photographs of celebrities captured in informal moments by the artist Andy Warhol are to be sold. The American pop artist used photography as a medium of art towards the end of his career and had a tendency to snap spontaneous moments.

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Gallery 360,Northeastern University's on-campus art gallery, is hosting a collection of typewriters from famous writers, such as Ray Bradbury, John Lennon and Ernest Hemingway.

The collection belongs to a Northeastern parent, Steve Soboroff. Soboroff notes, “I love people who are the best at what they do. The idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters… it gives me the chills.” The exhibit will run from August 22-September 25.

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Harrison historical marker to be unveiled - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

BENTON — Plans are being finalized for the celebration marking the 50th anniversary of “the first Beatle in America.” George Harrison’s 1963 visit to Benton will be remembered during the celebration that includes the unveiling and dedication of a historical marker on the Benton Public Square.

Harrison, a member of The Beatles, was the first of his band mates to travel to the United States. He spent nearly three weeks visiting his sister, then a Benton resident, and got to know the region and a number of its residents during his travels. The Harrison marker will be placed by the Illinois State Historical Society in Capitol Park, Harrison Committee member Robert Rea said. “This site allows visibility to passing motorist at all times and provides much greater pedestrian traffic as opposed to the originally proposed location east of courthouse,” Rea said.

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The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. (2) Paul McCartney; $3,620,049; $131.27.

2. (3) Taylor Swift; $3,126,773; $86.58.

3. (4) Kenny Chesney; $2,182,829; $75.32.

4. (New) One Direction; $1,805,905; $65.73.

5. (5) Fleetwood Mac; $1,427,403; $110.90.

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LAKE GENEVA, Wis. — Yes, the Lake Geneva dateline is a bit beside the point, but I was so excited about a story Josh Stockinger wrote in Friday's editions I felt compelled to add my 2 cents while on a mini vacation.

Actually I wanted to be the first to add an online comment. It would have read, "Hey, I played with the New Colony Six, too! Well, OK, I mean I played kazoo with the group's frontman, Ronnie Rice. Once. On one song ('Runaway')." I was stopped in my tracks by the first post on Stockinger's story — a guy who said lying is the accepted norm in the rock 'n' roll business. So my brush with rock 'n' roll fame embellishment with a quick explanation of the truth seemed pretty lame.

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