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A copy of The Beatles' 1968 "White Album" sold for $790,000 USD at Julien's Live Auction in December 2015. That's officially the most expensive record ever sold at auction, Guinness World Records confirms in its 2017 edition — more than double the $305,000 Elvis Presley acetate that previously held the title.

Now, before you're like: "my mom's got one of those downstairs" or "I saw, like, 20 copies at the flea market last weekend" or "I'm using one of those as a coaster for my bubbler," know that this was a very special copy. Stamped with the serial number "0000001," it's the very first pressing, long thought to belong to John Lennon, but actually, kept in a bank vault in London by that sneaky Ringo Starr for more than 35 years.

It was expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000 USD after numbers 0000005 sold for $30,000 in 2008 and 0000023 got $13,750 in 2012, but the gavel price smashed all estimates, raising a handsome sum for Starr's charity benefitting social welfare, The Lotus Foundation. The buyer's identity is unknown. Let's hope it's not Martin Shkreli.

Guinness is really into music right now, it seems.

By: Chris Hampton

Source: Chart Attack

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Beatles film world premiere to be held at FACT - Thursday, September 01, 2016

Liverpool is to host the world premiere of one of a huge new Beatles film. Academy Award winner Ron Howard’s authorised film The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is going to be shownat FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) at 6.30pm on Thursday 15 September – 30 minutes before it is screened at London’s Leicester Square.

The film charts the phenomenal early years of The Beatles (1962 - 1966) using rarely seen footage to explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came to be a phenomenal, world renowned band.

Following the invitation-only city premiere, the cinema doors will be reopened at 8.45pm as members of the public are being given the opportunity to apply for tickets for an exclusive free screening of the film, once again at FACT.

The film explores the history of The Beatles through the lens of the group’s concert performances, from their early days playing small clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg to their unprecedented world tours in packed stadiums around the globe from New York to Melbourne to Tokyo.

The first feature-length documentary authorized by The Beatles since the band’s breakup in 1970, Eight D details

Is it "Magical Mystery Tour" or "Yellow Submarine" or "Beatles for Sale," or a different album entirely? Which Beatles album would you pick as the worst of their original 13 records?

We all have favorite bands, don't we? We have bands that we defend on principle, even if there's a weaker album or a less-than-amazing song, right? Not long ago, I saw an acquaintance post something on Facebook along the lines of (and this is a paraphrase): "The Beatles would have had a perfect string of albums if only they hadn't released 'Magical Mystery Tour.'

" I guess my acquaintance thought The Beatles' 1967 follow-up to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was rather hit-and-miss, an uneven record bogged down with more than its fair share of clunkers. I wasn't sure how I wanted to respond at the time. Others were less forgiving (or were even more damning), and in the end the original post was taken down.

So let's move that discussion here, shall we?

The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" music wasn't intended to be "an album." It was released in the UK as a six-song two-EP (extended-play) record set as a soundtrack for their third film (which bears the same name). In the U.S., singles that hadn't appeared yet details

Fifty years ago, The Beatles released Revolver, an album which saw them move into a more experimental musical world. The band's manager Brian Epstein wanted an album cover that would help fans make the journey with their musical heroes. So the band called on an old friend to help - graphic designer and musician Klaus Voormann.

The artist, who has now produced a graphic novel about his time with the band, said he is still surprised he was chosen to create the cover for Revolver. "I was sitting in the bath in my tiny flat in Hampstead when I got the call from Paul," he said. "He said 'Klaus, the new album... got any ideas for the cover?' "I just couldn't believe they were asking me to do it.

"They invited me down to Abbey Road to listen to the tracks - I was just blown away, floored by what I was hearing. "I thought I was dreaming - Tomorrow Never Knows with its backward looped tapes and bird cries. It was something totally new."

Revolver combined the swirling psychedelia of Tomorrow Never Knows with the dark complexities of Eleanor Rigby, and signalled the shift away from the bright and shiny pop of the Fab Four years. The album cover needed to reflect that change.

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The Beatles' Hollywood Bowl live recordings will get a new life this fall with the newly remixed and remastered Live at the Hollywood Bowl album. Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin, oversaw the project at Abbey Road with engineer Sam Okell.

One of the standouts from the original release, which came out in 1977, is "Boys," a Shirelles hit that featured Ringo Starr on vocals. The band performed it on August 23rd, 1964, and the new version captures both they hysteria of the audience as well as the drummer's gritty vocals, his bandmates "bop-shoo-wop" backup vocals and a cutting George Harrison guitar solo. The new mix was taken directly from the original 3-track tapes of the concert.

In 1977, George Martin told Rolling Stone about presenting his mixes of the songs to the Beatles. "John Lennon heard it last week and was delighted with it," he said. "It was a labor of love, like restoring an antique motor-car." At the time he had had to restore the tapes, which had been in storage for over a decade.

"Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago," Giles said in a statement. "Now there's improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be details

Representatives acting on behalf of Ringo Starr have denied claims that he has checked into rehab. The Beatles legend had reportedly admitted himself into a residential rehabilitation clinic to ‘dry out’ before committing himself to a series of autumn tour dates with his All-Starr Band.

Sources claim recovering alcoholic Ringo, 76, had been residing at the facility for a number of weeks as a precautionary measure, telling RadarOnline: ‘As a long-recovering alcoholic, he’s constantly worried about falling off the wagon. That’s his biggest fear. The temptations to drink and do drugs again are all around him, especially when he’s on the road. He wanted to make sure that didn’t happen!’

A spokesperson has since dismissed those claims, insisting the British musician has been enjoying a summer break in coastal California with his wife, the model and actress Barbara Bach. 'The story today about Ringo in rehab is totally untrue,' read an official statement, released on Wednesday. 'Ringo is healthy and happy and has been on holiday with his family in Malibu and sends everyone Peace & Love.'

Ringo has previously spoken candidly abut his battle with alcoholism and details

Despite his stardom with the Beatles, or maybe because of it, George Harrison had an ongoing search for meaning – the meaning of life and of death, and he yearned for a long time for an encounter with someone with the answers.

“I get confused when I look around at the world,” said Harrison during his last public performance before he died in 2001, “and I see everybody is running around and, as Bob Dylan said, ‘He not busy being born is busy dying’, and yet nobody is trying to figure out what’s the cause of death and what happens when you die. That to me is the only thing really that’s of any importance. The rest is all secondary.”

Harrison thought that perhaps no one wanted to talk about what happens after death because no one understood it, but he believed in a ‘knock and the door will be opened’ philosophy. If you want to know anything in this life, he said, you just have to knock on the door.

He acknowledged, however, that getting to the truth was no easy task, and that there is a lot of noise one must get past to find answers. “We’re being barraged by bullshit,” said Harrison. “The answer is how to get peace of details

If you ever wondered who took the clean cut members of the Beatles and turned them into psychedelic, soul searching songwriters, look no further than Bob Dylan. On this date in 1964 (so the story goes), Dylan introduced John, Paul, George, and Ringo to the glories of smoking marijuana.

Dylan, who had just played a show with Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm and co. at Forest Hills Stadium, arrived to meet the Beatles at the Delmonico Hotel in New York, and he almost immediately whipped out a joint to smoke with the mop-topped foursome. Manager Brian Epstein announced the band's lack of "experience". While the band relayed stories to Dylan of trying marijuana once in 1960, they said it hadn't worked. Dylan clearly had the goods, as the Beatles would go on to get ridiculous high on that fateful evening in New York.

Dylan had apparently misheard the lyrics to "I Want to Hold Your Hand" as "I get high" instead of "I can't hide", and showed up to meet the Beatles ready to smoke. When John Lennon told him the correct lyrics, Dylan responded incredulously and basically shoved joints in the Beatles' face all night long. Lennon would relive the experience on a later date, remarking, “I don’t remember much what we details

Imagine. John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for a ninth time. Mark David Chapman met with a three-member parole panel during the week and was later informed he will be kept behind bars at least another two years, when he will be next eligible for parole, a state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision official told the Daily News. The official did not know the reasoning behind the decision. But in the past, the Parole Board — even while citing Chapman's clean prison record since 1994 — has routinely said that releasing him would "undermine respect for the law."

A lawyer and spokesman for Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, did not return calls for comment Saturday. Chapman, 61, shot Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980, as the famed ex-Beatle and Ono returned to their Dakota building home across from Central Park after a late night recording session. Sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, Chapman currently resides at upstate Wende Correctional Facility.

The News recently reported that since his last parole hearing in 2014, five people sent letters to the Parole Board seeking his release. There were also two letters during that time in opposition to granting Chapman parole.

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It was 50 years ago today on Aug. 29, 1966, that the Beatles played what turned out to be their final ticketed show at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. And Nancy Guida, who attended both that show, Paul McCartney's 2014 concert that closed the stadium and shows by others including the Rolling Stones, said there was nothing like a Beatles show.

“To this day, there is nothing like hearing, 'Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles,' she says. “I mean you can't even put in words what it felt like. The energy, I have never felt that at any other concert.” And she said despite the insanity and the screaming at the concerts, she could actually hear the all of the Fab Four sing. Well, almost all of them.

“This is something I would love to tell Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. I could hear them. Even at the Cow Palace, I could hear them. The only time I couldn't hear the Beatles was when Ringo sang. I was screaming my head off and I could still hear them. I knew exactly what they were singing.”

One of the major problems at the 2014 McCartney concert was the traffic gridlock that kept some fans from getting in. But Guida said that problem didn't occur in 1966. “I don't remember at al details

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