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Almost two years after it was opened for the visitors, fans of English band The Beatles will get a chance to go through rare photos and documents at Rishikesh’s Chaurasi Kutia where the Fab Four stayed in the ’60s.

The members of the band -- Ringo Star, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon -- visited Chaurasi Kutia ashram in February 1968 (now part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve) to learn transcendental meditation from spiritual guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. During their stay here for nearly two months, the Beatles penned 48 popular numbers. A few of them figured in two albums -- The White Album and Yellow Submarines.

The Beatles’ India visit will complete 50 years in coming February. The Uttarakhand government intends to showcase the event in a big way, but it lacks access to material of archival value related to the Beatles’ visit. Presently, visitors to the ashram get a chance to see a couple of wall paintings, done by some others.

Due to technicalities of procurement rules and lack of funds, the state government found it difficult to participate in international auctions to buy photos or other stuff associated with the band.

Source: hindustantimes.com

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SITE crew preparing for Sir Paul McCartney’s show at Perth’s nib Stadium on December 2 have been told caterers will provide them with vegan food only.

“All the crew members have to eat vegan food,” a crew member said.

“No one’s allowed to eat meat for three weeks on site.”

“It has to be vegan food rider.”

It’s not the first time the animal activist has encouraged others to follow his diet.

McCartney, pictured, reportedly demanded only vegan food be sold in the concourse at his concert in Illinois in July. Offerings included vegan chilli fries, vegan nacho grande and buffalo cauliflower and fries.

Also in July, employees at Intrust Bank Arena in Kansas reported they received emails informing them no meat products would be allowed backstage. Those who wanted to eat meat were confined to a designated area on the upper concourse after the concert started. The 75-year-old has banned animal food products from his rider when he performed in Canada in 2013.

It was reported he would not perform unless show organisers confirmed no meat would be eaten backstage.

He also said he did not want any furniture in his dress details

 A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the collection of Yoko Ono has sold for $10.9 million.

Sotheby's says the work, titled "Cabra", was sold Thursday night in New York to an unidentified buyer.

The pre-sale estimate was $9 million to $12 million. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Spirit Foundations, founded by Ono and John Lennon.

"Cabra" was inspired by Muhammad Ali's 1970 knockout of Argentine heavyweight Oscar Bonavena, known as "The Bull."

It shows a bull's skull on a bright red background above a boxing ring. Hieroglyphics denoting a "TKO" - technical knockout -are above the skull.

The title, "Cabra," is Spanish for goat. When capitalized, GOAT becomes an acronym for "Greatest of All Time" - a reference to Ali.

Source: VOA News

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The Surrey home where John Lennon penned some of the Beatles biggest hits has listed for £8.9m.

Purchased by the musician and his first wife Cynthia in 1964, at the peak of Beatlemania, Kenwood sits in 1.5 acres on the St George’s Hill estate in Weybridge.

Lennon hired interior designer Kenneth Partridge to overhaul the house. Partridge knocked down walls to create party-friendly reception rooms and installed mauve flocked wallpaper and a globe-shaped bar. The musician – who wrote ‘I Am the Walrus’ in the attic – sold the home just four years later when the couple separated.There’s little trace of Partridge left in the six-bedroom home’s interiors, which have been renovated by the current owners. Spacious rooms feature leaded windows that look onto the mansion’s stepped garden, while the living room comes with a fireplace and original wood-panelling.

Source: by Emma Tucker

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The go-ahead was given Tuesday to a project that will open the children's home made famous by a Beatles song so that fans can visit for the first time.

Thousands of Beatles devotees from across the world make the pilgrimage every year to Strawberry Field in Liverpool, featured in the John Lennon ballad, Strawberry Fields Forever.

The social charity and owner of the children's home, Salvation Army, plans to create a gift shop, a Beatles exhibition area and a training center for young adults with learning difficulties.

Liverpool City Council's planning committee approved the 2.6-million-U.S.-dollar plan on Tuesday.

Planning officers said in their report: "The profile and wider significance of the site is raised by its connection to the Beatles and the 1967 song 'Strawberry Fields Forever' which was inspired by John Lennon's childhood memories."

"The site, Strawberry Field, and specifically the gates at the entrance to the site, are widely recognized as an important cultural asset."

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No band is more emblematic of British music than The Beatles, and no car is quite as quintessentially British as a Mini Cooper — except, perhaps, an Aston Martin.

Now’s your chance to own what are arguably the two most British pieces of musical and automobile history: an 1964 AstonMartin DB5 formerly owned by Sir Paul McCartney and a 1966 Mini Cooper that used to belong to Ringo Starr. Both vehicles are up for bids via Bonhams, a celebrated auction house in England.

The Aston Martin was purchased by McCartney in 1964 and enjoyed by the Beatle for six years. “Though [McCartney] later owned an Aston Martin DB6, which has been the subject of extensive media coverage, this lesser known DB5 is believed to be the first Aston owned by the musician. He ordered it at a particularly important career juncture: just weeks after the Beatles’ famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and the completion of filming A Hard Day’s Night, their first film,” Bonhams elaborates.

Source: Nicole Raney 

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Beatles fans far and wide have taken to Twitter to express their frustration with the new John Lewis Christmas advert.

But it isn’t Moz the cuddly 7ft monster they have a problem with, nor is it the advert’s sweet tale of a friendship between monster and young boy.

It’s not even that this year’s infamous soundtrack is a cover of The Beatles’ classic Golden Slumbers reimagined by Elbow.

Instead, fans of the Fab Four have been left dissatisfied with how the advert, or more specifically the song, ends.

Originally being part of the medley that makes up the B side of the legendary Abbey Road album, The Beatles’ Golden Slumbers moves into Carry That Weight.

Source: Meaghan Spencer

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When the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus pulled up at Hialeah Gardens High School, many students didn’t know much about the famous late Beatle.

Some wondered if he was on the bus himself. One insisted to her friend his last name was “Legend.”

But when the educators who drive the bus-turned-recording-studio-on-wheels played the 1971 song “Imagine” and other Beatles tunes, the kids understood the messages. They know what it’s like to yearn for a world without violence.

“My cousin got shot,” said sophomore Yvette Smith. “It [had] a big impact on me. … We need to have peace in this country, because, all this shooting needs to stop, needs to come to a stop.”

On a hot morning last week, Smith and three thousand of her classmates arranged themselves on the school’s football field in the shape of a peace sign. A photographer shot the scene from perch high above them, sitting in the bucket of a cherry picker. Drones circled, too, capturing images of one of the biggest human peace signs the national music education program has ever staged.

Source: Jessica Bakeman

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Ringo Starr is known for constantly sharing his message of "peace and love" with the world, and he's hoping fans will now help him "Give More Love."

The former Beatles drummer has launched a contest asking fans to submit a short video clip or a still photo depicting peace, love and kindness, for possible use in an official video for the title track to his latest album, Give More Love .

You can submit your photo or video via Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #GiveMoreLoveContest. In a video posted on his Facebook page , Ringo explains, "I'm asking you to listen to Give More Love , my new CD, and if you can make a 15, 20-second little video or a still…we're gonna put them all together and make an incredible three-and-a-half-minute movie."

Starr will choose his favorite photos and clips for use in the video. Fans have until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 1 to submit their entries. Visit GiveMoreLove.com for more details and to check out the pics and videos that already have been posted.

Source: Midwest Communications Inc

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Unseen footage of the Beatles filmed more than 50 years ago is to go on sale.

The Fab Four were caught on camera by actor Leo McKern while on location in the Austrian Alps for the 1965 movie Help!

McKern was cast as Clang, the leader of a mystical cult determined to recover a ring from Ringo Starr’s finger which would enable a sacrifice to proceed.

The late actor was a keen amateur photographer who took images on the major locations of the film – Obertauern in Austria, the Bahamas and Salisbury Plain.

He also put together a reel of 8mm film, running time 14 minutes 55 seconds and with no sound, which captured the Beatles and fellow cast and crew members in March 1965.

The footage is bookended by shots of McKern’s then 10-year-old daughter, who grew up to become the actress Abigail McKern, sledging down a variety of inclines, taking a ride on a cable car and playing with her baby sister.

Source: Daily Mail

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