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A Hard Day's Night 50th anniversary - The story behind the Beatles' pop masterpiece - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Fifty years ago US film distributors fancied making a quick buck exploiting a British band they dismissed as a passing fad. They wanted a low-budget film about The Beatles to be thrown together in a few weeks to cash in on “a brief craze”, reports the Sunday People.


In some ways, growing up with John Lennon‘s for a dad must have been pretty cool — but in others, it could be fairly nerve-wracking, as Sean Lennon explained in a recent chat with Mojo. Chief among young Sean’s fears? Being kidnapped. “I was terrified of that scenario when I was young. We lived under the threat of kidnap and I had the whole bodyguard thing,” he admitted, explaining that one of the songs on his new ‘Midnight Sun’ album, ‘Poor Paul Getty,’ was partially inspired by that childhood trauma

Beatles slept at Seattle's Edgewater Hotel 50 years ago; so can you - Monday, June 30, 2014

In 1964, the Beatles arrived in Seattle on Aug. 21 to play the Seattle Coliseum. Most hotels wouldn't house the moptops because they couldn't protect them from their ever-present hysterial fans, but the Edgewater Hotel did. Half a century on, the waterfront hotel marks its moment in the Bealemania spotlight with a Fab Four World Tour package for anyone who wants to relive the Beatles era.

Monty Python were The Beatles - Monday, June 30, 2014

They were the surreal comedy troupe who took television by storm, made millions howl with laughter at their bizarre sketches and inspired a new generation of alternative humour.

And now, thanks to this special film, fans of Monty Python can go behind the scenes as they prepare for their farewell reunion shows in London.

Macca in row over plan to fell trees on Mull of Kintyre farm - Sunday, June 29, 2014

He wants to remove 300 lorry loads of timber a year for the next few years from his Scottish hideaway on the peninsula of Kintyre. But residents say the increase in the number of heavy lorries using a single-track road would be dangerous. They already cope with trucks going to a nearby quarry and say the road is at saturation point.

Canongate to republish Lennon classics - Sunday, June 29, 2014

Canongate will publish facsimile editions of John Lennon's two books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works this December. First published in 1964 and 1965 respectively, the books combine drawing, poetry, and stories. In His Own Write was one of the biggest books of the 1960s, selling 600,000 copies in the UK alone.

UNC-Chapel Hill gives Ringo Starr a plaque—and a hat - Saturday, June 28, 2014

On Sunday, Mark Katz, the chairman of UNC-Chapel Hill's music department, helped secure a Carolina-blue mortarboard to the head of the man who sang “Yellow Submarine.” Ringo Starr, in town to play a show that evening at DPAC with his All-Starr Band, arrived on campus to accept a proclamation from the music department in recognition of his contributions to music, culture and life at large.

50 Years After the Beatles' Hollywood Bowl Concert - Saturday, June 28, 2014

When they visited Los Angeles for the first time in the summer of 1964, the Beatles went to the Whiskey A Go Go, where George Harrison hurled a glass full of water at an annoying photographer and instead soaked actress Mamie Van Doren, who happened to be walking by. They attended a party in their honor at the Brentwood home of the mother-in-law of then-Capitol Records head Alan Livingston, where well-heeled parents paid $25 a pop (the money went to charity) to have their kids meet the lads, and where stars like John Forsythe, Edward G. Robinson, Groucho Marx, Rock Hudson, and Jack Benny joined the mop-top madness.

How ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Saved the Rock ‘n’ Roll Movie - Friday, June 27, 2014

The uniquely discordant strum of a guitar introduces the now-iconic image of the Fab Four careening down a London-as-Liverpool street, chased by a horde of screaming young fans. George attempts to sneak a glance behind him, then loses his balance and careens to the ground, bringing poor Ringo down with him. John looks back to witness the instantaneous mayhem and continues running elated with laughter.

Yoko Ono (81) thinks she crazy for agreeing.... - Friday, June 27, 2014

The annual music festival, one of the most popular dates in the British music calendar, kicks off properly on Friday and has a varied and diverse line-up of artists including Dolly Parton, Metallica and Arcade Fire. Yoko will also be there to entertain the crowds, and it marks her first foray into the famous event.

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