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Ringo Starr has been asked the “crazy ­question” a million times before, and he knows that it’s coming.

I know he hates being interviewed because it’s always questions about the Fab Four, if he misses George and John, and whether he’s jealous of Sir Paul’s knighthood.

Five years ago Ringo dented his reputation as the joker of the Beatles pack when he posted an irate message on his website saying he would no longer sign autographs because fans were flogging them on eBay.

So I slip the question in between asking about his new band, his charity foundation and his love of gardening.

Would The Beatles have reunited by now had they all survived, after all their Sixies arch-rivals the Rolling Stone are back on the road again and due to headline Glastonbury next month for the first time?

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Source: Mirror News

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TO mark 50 years since The Beatles played Abergavenny Town Hall, a local shop is urging other businesses to create Beatles inspired window displays.

June 22, 1963, was the day The Beatles played their one and only performance in Abergavenny Town Hall. The Beatles took to the stage at 10.30pm after John Lennon flew in by helicopter from an appearance on Juke Box Jury in London. Just 600 fans saw them perform, each paying 12s/6d for their tickets.

The Beatles played a 20-minute set before attending a civic reception by the mayor and mayoress of Abergavenny, Councillor and Mrs JF Thurston and then spending the night in the town’s Angel Hotel.

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Source: Free Press

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Ace Arts filed suit against Sony and Apple Thursday in an effort to get the two media giants' lawyers off its case and let it release a Beatles documentary.

The Beatles' first live U.S. concert -- February 11, 1964 in Washington, D.C. -- was set to be included in its entirety in the upcoming Screenvision documentary, “The Beatles: The Lost Concert.”

Apple Corps. has its own Beatles concert project in the works. "The Beatles Live!" will incorporate concert footage from band's tours in the 1960s submitted by professionals and fans.

Ace Arts is suing for the right to distribute its version, “The Beatles: The Lost Concert.” It claims “the company that funded, taped, and exhibited the D.C. Concert allowed the film of the concert (the ‘Tape’) to be transferred without copyright protection.”

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Source: The Wrap Covering Hollywood

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Abbey Road Meets... Ken Townsend - Saturday, June 08, 2013

Today marks the 51st anniversary of The Beatles’ first ever recording session at Abbey Road Studios, which took place on 6th June 1962.

In honour of the occasion we put your questions to Ken Townsend, who was an engineer on that very session and went on to manage Abbey Road Studios for over 20 years.

We were inundated with questions on Facebook and Twitter, and it was a tough call picking the best ones to put to Ken. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Here’s the interview in full:

What kind of engineer are you? - ‏@manyreasonsy, via Twitter

A long since retired one, now an octogenarian and currently building a wall and steps in the garden!

I was trained as a design and development engineer at EMI in Hayes, but moved to Abbey Road in my final year as a trainee, in 1954. My job title was then Recording Engineer, but what are now known as Recording Engineers were then called Balance Engineers.

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Next week will see the release on DVD, Blu-ray and Download of 'Rockshow', the live concert film which was shot in 1976 when Paul McCartney & Wings undertook the epic ‘Wings over the World’ tour. It would be the largest-scale tour they would ever undertake as a band.

Pre-order your copy of the film now from Amazon HERE!

The film is packed with all the classic Wings hits - plus some of The Beatles’ and Paul’s solo classics. Although filmed on the ‘Wings over the World’ tour at the enormous Kingdome in Seattle, ‘Rockshow’, originally a cut down version of the concert, was not premiered until November 1980 in New York and April 1981 in London.

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Source: Paul McCartney

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An exhibit featuring John Lennon’s artwork will be in Seattle, Washington this weekend at Black Rapid Studio in the Queen Anne area. The exhibit, hosted by Pacific Edge Gallery and Black Rapid, will include over 120 framed limited edition artworks available for purchase, as well as Lennon’s hand written lyrics. Artwork catalogs and shirts will also be available.

The exhibit includes serigraphs, signed lithographs as well as limited edition reproductions of Lennon’s hand written lyrics, all authorized with the cooperation of the Lennon Estate. New releases include: "On Cloud 9", "Happy Life", "Family of Peace," "Forever Love", and "Let's Make a Dream", as well as the handwritten lyrics to the song "Give Me Some Truth."

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Source: Examiner

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Last night Paul attended the opening of the new Linda McCartney retrospective at the Kunst Haus Wien in Vienna, Austria. The new exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of Linda McCartney’s work featuring 190 of her iconic photographs and runs until 6th October.

The retrospective covers the whole of Linda’s career taking in her documenting of the ‘swinging sixties’ musical scenes of New York, California and London where she photographed The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, The Who and Simon & Garfunkel. The exhibition also includes images from the tours of Wings and more intimate moments with her family in Sussex and Scotland.

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'While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is not only one of the best songs George Harrison wrote with the Beatles — it's also one of the greatest songs on the White Album.

Whether it was jealousy, ego or apathy, the other members of the band didn't seem to care too much for the tune when Harrison introduced it to them and attempted to record initial takes on August 16. After more work on the song on September 3 and 5, he decided he didn't like what he heard and scrapped the recording.

He and the Beatles then promptly started over again, nailing a new backing track in 28 takes.

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Source: Guitar World

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A collection of artwork by famed American photographer Annie Leibovitz is being donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as part of a permanent exhibition, including an iconic photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken just hours before Lennon was killed in December 1980.

The work by the celebrity portrait photographer was given to the Halifax gallery from the Al and Faye Mintz family in Toronto, the gallery announced Thursday.

The collection includes 2,070 images — 1,307 editioned prints and 763 vintage file prints — that were published in 10 books beginning in 1983. The exhibition will open in the fall.

Ray Cronin, director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, thanked the Mintz family and called the donation "the single largest gift we've ever received."

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Source: CBC News Nova Scotia details

Body on the line for Beatles - Thursday, June 06, 2013

Paula grins as proudly holds up a creased A5 sized piece of paper scribbled with four signatures. It could be her most prized possession - and her most valuable set of autographs. And rightly so, she says, as she describes the lengths she went to, to get them.

"I think it was 1964, the Beatles were out here," she says, "and a group of us for school went out to Lennons to see if we could meet the Beatles."

The Beatles stayed at Lennon's Hotel on George Street; during their short time in Brisbane there were several attempts by teenagers to gain access to the Beatles' suite. Paula's attempt never made headlines, but she left with a special memento.

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Source: 612 ABC Brisbane

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