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Rare Beatles Album Fetches $35,000 - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

One of the lowest numbered Beatles albums has fetched a winning bid of $35,000 (after buyers premium) with Heritage Auctions. The White Album, which had a U.S. Pressing number of A0000001, had previously belonged to Clifford J. Yamasaki of San Francisco's Let It Be Records. The auction also included a handwritten letter from Mr Yamasaki, explaining how he came to own it.

Here's an excerpt from that letter; "It (the record) is one of approximately two dozen copies given out as early promotional items to the Beatles and top Capitol Records executives. I purchased said copy from one of the above executives in the early 1970's. Said executive was head of the classical division at Capitol Records. The 'White Album' number A0000001 was shown at a Beatles Convention one time only. 'White Album' copies with this number A0000001 were never sealed with records or sold to the public."

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Former Beatle Paul McCartney could reclaim the copyrights to a cache of his most famous tunes, but he’ll have to wait five years to do so.
Copyright laws allow songwriters to regain control of their pre-1978 compositions after 56 years. That means McCartney could control his Beatles songbook from 1962 (like “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You”) in 2018 and an even bigger cache of tunes released in 1963, (“I Saw Her Standing There,” “Please Please Me,” and “Do You Want to Know a Secret’” among them) in 2019, reported.

McCartney will be 76 in 2018. The Beatles broke up in 1970. Michael Jackson and Sony/ATV Music Publishing later bought up a huge chunk of the group’s music. McCartney is worth nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars. He recently re-recorded “Mother Nature’s Son,” which was released on the White Album in 1968.

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A Beatles superfan has created a unique book of ordinary people's chance encounters with the world’s most famous band. The Beatles and Me by Dean Johnson, which is being officially launched on Monday, is devoted to meetings between John, Paul, George and Ringo, and their adoring fans.

Compiled from more than 700 contributions, it contains stories and pictures from over five decades of Beatlemania. The book came together after Johnson set up a Facebook page at Christmas to learn about other people’s memories of meeting The Beatles.Johnson, from Wirral, Merseyside, said: 'Everyone here has a Beatles story, whether they have met them personally or they know someone who worked on one of their bathrooms.

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Projection Advertising has transformed the appearance of 94 Baker Street, the Grade II listed one-time base for Apple Records and the Apple Boutique, as part of an event to launch the new Apple Apartments. Using two 15K projectors to create a light projection,

Projection Advertising filled the facade of the building –on the corner of Baker Street and Paddington Street – with a contemporary interpretation of the famous psychedelic-style mural by Dutch group The Fool, which had originally adorned the Apple building in its heyday. The image was projected with the strapline ‘another beautiful place for beautiful people’ – echoing Paul McCartney’s description of the Apple Boutique as ‘a beautiful place where beautiful people can buy beautiful things.’

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Prior to 1969, if you had insisted that a crosswalk would go down in history, you might have found yourself in the crosshairs of a petition for institutionalization. But a casual photo shoot on the morning of August 8 of that year made an otherwise nondescript pedestrian walkway into the stuff of legend... and a peculiar destination for millions of tourists to come.

It was 44 years ago this week that John, Paul, George, and Ringo put on their walking shoes — well, three out of the four of them, anyway — and stepped outside the Abbey Road Studios where they were recording Abbey Road to take a rather determined stroll across... Abbey Road.

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A Bridlington man is hoping a pair of half-century old leather strides he claims once belonged to Paul McCartney could trouser him thousands of pounds. Mike Hoggard claims Beatles manager Brian Epstein gave them to him when he played in a jazz band at Liverpool's Cavern Club in the early 1960s.

Mr Hoggard said the trousers, marked with the name "Paul", are the right size to have been the music legend's. He now hopes he can sell the leather piece of music history to a museum. 'Fancied a pair' A leather jacket belonging to George Harrison sold for £110,450 at an auction in December.

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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) presents its 23rd Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," September 25, 2013 at The Broad Stage, Santa Monica.  The evening will feature a star-studded cast including Sir Paul McCartney, details

AN amp once owned by a pop legend will be used to perform a tribute to the most iconic band in modern music - at a gig in Altrincham. The piece of equipment, once the property of George Harrison, will be used to play songs by the Beatles at the 4 Teas In Alty event.

It accompanied Harrison on a range of projects, including the recording of the supergroup’s Sgt Pepper and Revolver albums - and current owner Chris Hewitt said the piece is worth between £75,000 and £100,000. Former Oasis guitarist Bonehead will use the prized piece of equipment to pay musical homage to The Beatles during a performance at South City Music, in Altrincham, on August 17.

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A rare collection of Beatles records on sale in Newcastle this week is expected to reach over $1,000 at auction as part of the University of Newcastle Book Fair. The collection is one of the showcase items of the week-long fair, which is expected to draw crowds of up to 10,000 people.

Friends of the University, president Vic Levi says the event is expected to raise more than $80,000. "We think it's probably as good as, if not better than, the last one we held which was two years ago," he said. "So we're very confident that we'll get right up there in the proceeds and we're looking forward to that." Two rare volumes of poetry by Robert Burns will also go on sale today at the book fair. The books by Mr Burns were given to a Scottish immigrant bound for Newcastle in the nineteenth century.

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At least one Paul McCartney fan says he's angry he paid full price for tickets to the former Beatle's concert in Winnipeg next week, when much cheaper tickets have started appearing online. Tickets to McCartney's concert at Investors Group Field on Aug. 12 are going for as little as $17 on websites like StubHub, with floor tickets as low as $40.

By contrast, official prices on Ticketmaster start at $35 and go up to $250. Todd Trudeau, a longtime Beatles fan in Winnipeg, said he paid $1,200 for four tickets so he and his family could go. "If I would have waited, I could've bought 15 tickets then, instead of four, for what I paid for. It's not right," he told CBC News on Thursday. Trudeau said he's furious that he paid full price for the tickets when they're going so cheaply now. "That pisses me off because that's not right. I paid so much money to go see them — big fan of theirs," he said."Maybe they should give us like a cash rebate or something like that."


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