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Music publisher Sony/ATV and Beatles company Apple Corps have both asked a New York federal court to dismiss litigation relating to a dispute over a documentary about the fab four. The producer of said documentary wants its lawsuit to be ‘administratively closed’, so taken off the agenda for now, but with the option to resume proceedings later.

As previously reported, in 2013 a company called Ace Arts went legal against the Sony publisher and Apple Corps over a documentary it was making featuring footage of The Beatles’ first ever US concert in Washington in 1964.

Ace Arts claimed that Sony/ATV had originally agreed to licence the publishing rights it controls in the various Beatles songs that appear in the concert recording, but later bailed on that agreement citing a clause stating that it was always subject to Apple Corps approval. The claimants alleged that the change of heart was because Sony/ATV and Apple Corps had decided to collaborate on a similar project about the Washington gig, and that that breached American competition laws. 

Ace Arts originally filed a complaint in California, though then moved its lawsuit to New York. But Sony/ATV, aside from disputing most of the f details

From January 2012

A discarded piece of The Beatles' 1969 hit is found in Abbey Road studios.

The guitar solo from The Beatles' 1969 hit single 'Here Comes The Sun' has been discovered after 43 years.

The solo, which failed to make the final cut of George Harrison's major contribution to The Beatles' 11th studio album 'Abbey Road', was found by Harrison's son Dhani, Beatles' producer George Martin and his son Giles during a visit to the studio which gave its name to the album. 

In a video, which you can see by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking, the three men are sat at the mixing desk playing the original master tapes of 'Here Comes The Sun' when they stumble upon the solo, which Dhani Harrison admits he had no idea existed.

'Here Comes The Sun' has been covered by numerous artists since its release in 1969, with soul singer Nina Simone, singer Pete Tosh, folk star Richie Havens and Swedish doom metallers Ghost among those to create new versions of the single. 


By: Jules Grant

Source: NME



After the one-two punch of the “Instant Karma” single and the galvanizing Plastic Ono Band album, it appeared that John Lennon was beginning to believe his own press. The man who had also given his generation a pair of embraceable slogans, “All You Need is Love” and “Give Peace a Chance,” began 1971 with a slice of illogically hollow rhetoric, “Power to the People.”

Then came “Imagine,” a pretty, optimistic ballad praying for world peace. Fair enough. In years to come, it would be brought to the world’s attention that the sensitive ex-Beatle who so sweetly sang “imagine no possessions” was, in this period, extremely wealthy and something of a pack rat – and more than happy to be coddled and treated, in private and in public, like a demi-god. In fact, this very incongruousness was one of the reason that idiot would shoot him in the back in 1980.

Back to ’71. John Lennon clearly loved being perceived as “the voice of the people.” Every utterance was treated in the rock press as if it were of biblical proportions. Certainly he was a smart man, and blessed with genuine and one-of-a-kind artistic ability. But he was details

Keith Richards gets no satisfaction from one of the greatest rock records of all time — in fact, he thinks it’s a "load of s---."

The outspoken Rolling Stones guitarist ripped The Beatles' classic work, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," in a recent eye-opening interview for Esquire's September issue.

"Some people think it's a genius album, but I think it's a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like 'Their Satanic Majesties,'" Richards revealed, referring to the Stones’ own psychedelic 1967 LP, “Their Satanic Majesties Request,” which was released months after the Beatles’ effort. "If you can make a load of s---, so can we."

The wrinkly rocker — who still tours regularly with his mates and even has a solo album coming out — said his Beatle bashing wasn’t limited to the Fab Four’s music, but also their stamina.

"Chicks wore those guys out. They stopped touring in 1966 — they were done already," said Richards, who also recently admitted that he likes to wake up with a daily joint. "There's not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away."

The Beatles released three more legendary albums after 1966: "The Beatles details

Ringo rocks: Black Crowes' Steve Gorman - Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Steve Gorman, the groove machine that purred behind the kit for the Black Crowes, is the latest drummer to pay tribute this week to Ringo Starr as he tells why the Beatles icon is his favourite player.

Not just that, but also why when it comes to Ringo, Steve is on the same page as Levon Helm.

"With music and musicians, there is no 'best', really. It's all subjective. So what we have, ultimately, are our favourites. Ringo Starr has always been, and will always be, my favourite.

"In 1971, when I was five years old, my brother, Tom, gave me three of his old Beatles albums – Meet The Beatles, Help, and Rubber Soul. I played Help first - I thought the gatefold was cool. When Ticket to Ride kicked in, I started air drumming. I didn't even know what air drumming was, but suddenly I was doing it.

"I kept on listening to those three albums. Over and over and over. And I kept on air drumming. Within two or three years I had acquired the rest of the Beatles catalogue - no small trick for a kid making 25 cents a week allowance. And I air drummed them all.

"My clearest memories of childhood are of listening to records in my basement. And for the first few years, I listened exclusively to Beatle details

One of the most influential figures of the 20th century, John Lennon evolved from sharp-talking pop-rocker to cynical idealist in his time growing up in the public eye. With such a resonating presence, both with and without the Beatles, filmmakers have been portraying Lennon on screen since the late 1960s. We look at some of the more notable times Lennon has been portrayed.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nowhere Boy

A chronicling of Lennon’s teenage life, his first band The Quarrymen, and his relationship with his Aunt Mimi, who raised him. Johnson plays the role understated, though the lack of any real insight makes the entire experience less than remarkable. The 2009 period piece also strived for accuracy, as it brought in both Paul McCartney & Yoko Ono to help punch up the accuracies of the script who both requested Lennon’s aunt be portrayed as more loving & supportive, as she was in real life.

Paul Rudd, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

With only a brief cameo in Judd Apatow’s satirical take on dramatized musical biographies, Rudd manages to capture the whimsical spirit that was associated with the ‘67-era Beatles, but never really existed. Rudd and this co-stars were te details

What a week for Paul McCartney! He wowed the crowd at Lollapalooza with one of his three hour shows replete with Beatles and Wings hits on Friday. He even performed a proper version of the hit he wrote for Rihanna, “Four Five Seconds,” on acoustic guitar. What a treat!

So what to do for an encore? On Sunday night, McCartney and wife Nancy staged a Beatles reunion at an intimate dinner in West Hollywood. They joined brothers in law Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh, who are married to sisters Barbara and Marjorie Bach, for a sumptuous repast at Craig’s on Melrose.

It was the perfect place for Paul and Ringo since owner Craig Susser, who entertained Sylvester Stallone last night with wife Jennifer, as well as Nikki Haskell and Leba–Mrs. Neil-Sedaka, features a vegan menu as well as one for carnivores.

But wait– there’s more. Craig’s regulars Jane Fonda and Richard Perry showed up by accident and quickly joined in at the next table. It was a big reunion for Perry, who produced Starr’s classic “Ringo” album and its follow up “Goodnight Vienna” in the early 70s. Ringo and Perry scored a bunch of hits including “Photograph” and “ details

5 Beatles Songs That Sound Better In Mono - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

From July 2014

And these aren’t the only revelations arising from a first listen to the Fabs’ mono vinyl remasters.

Mojo is doubting its own ears. We’re sitting in Abbey Road Studio 3, listening to a Beatles song we’ve heard hundreds of times, a Beatles song we’re not even especially fond of, and we’re tuning into things we’re sure we’ve never heard before; the hum of the acoustic guitar’s steel strings, a frail clarity to McCartney’s voice and an odd sort of reverb that acts as a bridge between vocals and strings. Yesterday has never sounded this good.

We’re here for Universal and Apple’s first official unveiling of “The Beatles’ original mono studio albums on vinyl”. The more canny of you will realize that the Beatles’ original studio albums are already available on vinyl, but time and entropy hasn’t been kind to the versions released between 1963 and 1968. So, on September 8 (September 9 in the US), The Beatles’ nine UK albums, plus the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in newly mastered mono versions on 180-gram vinyl LP details

49 years ago today John's "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus Christ" comment was widely reported in North American papers sparking controversy in the middle of their 1966 tour.

The following is an article from Nov. 2008.

More than 40 years after Christians were infuriated by the Beatles' claim that they were "more popular than Jesus", the Roman Catholic Church has made peace with the Fab Four.

Saturday's edition of the Vatican's official newspaper absolves John Lennon of his notorious remark, saying that "after so many years it sounds merely like the boasting of an English working-class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success".

In a lengthy editorial marking the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' famous White Album, L'Osservatore Romano heaps lavish praise on the British band.

"The talent of Lennon and the other Beatles gave us some of the best pages in modern pop music," said the newspaper, which has recently tried to shake off its stuffy image by covering popular culture events such as the Oscars and inviting articles from Muslim and Jewish contributors.

By: Nick Squires

Source: The Telegraph


On a hot and muggy evening 50 years ago this month, four mop-haired young men walked across the top of New York City's Pan Am Building and boarded a waiting helicopter. A few minutes later, the aircraft carrying the Beatles_John, Paul, George and Ringo_approached Shea Stadium at Flushing Meadows, Queens. There, 55,600 screaming fans, the largest crowd in show business history, waited in frenzied anticipation of their arrival.

The undisputed leaders of the British Invasion were about to launch their second sortie onto American soil, one year after their initial 1964 tour. The Shea Stadium concert was the first stop in an 18-day, 11-city tour that showcased the Beatles in front of a total of 300,000 adoring fans. The Shea concert generated the biggest crowd and biggest hype during the trip, and the event helped cement The Beatles as music's most influential rock & roll band. Moreover, the tour itself became important in other ways. First, it reflected The Beatles at the apex of their career together. In his 2005 memoir, "John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me," Beatles press agent Tony Barrow wrote of the significance of the 1965 concerts. "This was the group's brightly-shining summer solstice, after which all the Beatles' details

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