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What if Ringo had wound up in Texas? - Thursday, April 02, 2015

Ringo Starr didn't have to end up with The Beatles. He could have been a Texas factory worker moonlighting as a country blues player. He might have been a world-class knitter.

Thankfully, fate had other plans for the now-74-year-old drummer, who celebrates spring with his just-released album Postcards From Paradise and an induction April 18 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act.

The Liverpool, England, native was 13 and hospitalized for tuberculosis when he first played the drums. "This woman would come in with maracas and tambourines and little drums. I played the drum the first time, and every time she came back, I wouldn't be in the bedridden band unless I got a drum," he says. During the long stay, "I learned to knit."

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John Lennon's first wife Cynthia has died - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Cynthia Lennon, first wife of The Beatles' John Lennon, has died at her home in Spain, her family has announced.
A message on her son Julian's website said she died "following a short but brave battle with cancer".
It said: "Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers."
Julian also tweeted a picture of his mother, who was 75, inside a heart with the message "In Loving Memory".

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Beatles’ childhood homes are selling at ridiculous premiums - Tuesday, March 31, 2015


The semi-detached house at 1 Blomfield Rd. in Liverpool is a modest three-bedroom with a stucco exterior, wood-paneled walls, and red shag carpeting. In a typical scenario, such details would make the house feel outdated and undesirable. But Tuesday’s sale was far from typical: The property, which was home to John Lennon’s mom until her death in 1958, sold at auction for $229,000.

That’s $59,000 more than what comparable homes typically list for in the area. The buyer was a London woman named Jackie Holmes, who bought George Harrison’s childhood home last year for $231,000. She told the Liverpool Echo that she plans to live in one home and rent out the other as a Beatles-themed apartment.

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Liverpool's Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel on sale for £11m - Monday, March 30, 2015

Luxury city centre hotel opened its doors in 2008 and has proved a hit with Fab Four fans from all over the world.

Liverpool’s Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel is being put up for sale today with a price tag of £11m.

The luxury hotel in North John Street opened its doors during the city’s Capital of Culture year in 2008 and since then has proved a hit with Fab Four fans from all over the world.

It is housed in the Grade II-listed Central Buildings, which was designed by Thomas C Clarke and completed in 1884.

Hard Days Night is part of a group of companies ultimately owned and operated by Liverpool-based property firm, Concord Estates, run by Merseyside property entrepreneur, Tony Criss.

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Woman who inspired the Beatles’ ‘Dear Prudence’ once dated Robert Durst - Sunday, March 29, 2015

by Isabel Vincent And Melissa Klein

Two months before she went missing, Kathie Durst received a call from her husband’s mistress.

On the other end of the phone was Prudence Farrow — the sister of Mia Farrow, a yoga instructor and the muse behind the Beatles song “Dear Prudence.”

She was also married and lived in a Durst-family-owned brownstone on West 43rd Street.

“Prudence wanted Kathie to give Bob up,” Eleanor Schwank, a college friend of Kathie’s, told The Post in June 1982. She wanted him all to herself, friends said.

Prudence Farrow Bruns is lucky Kathie refused — she might be one of the few women to be intimate with Robert Durst who lived to tell about it.

Durst was arrested a day before the March 14 final installment of an HBO documentary series about him, “The Jinx,” where he was caught on a microphone whispering to himself, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

Durst, 71, was charged with the murder of his confidante Susan Berman, who was killed execution-style at her home in Beverly Hills in December 2000.

The crime came just days before law enforcement was to grill her about Kathie’s disappearance on Jan 31, 1982.

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Liverpool's quirkiest wedding venues revealed - Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Beatles Story and East Z East curry house included on list of unusual Government-approved wedding venues.

An Indian restaurant, Everton Football Club and The Beatles Story are some of the quirky venues where you can get married in Liverpool.

The Government has published its latest list of approved venues for marriages and civil partnerships - aside from churches and other religious buildings - and some Liverpool landmarks are included.

Couples can tie the knot at The Beatles Story on Albert Dock or the Hard Days Night Hotel on North John Street.

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Ringo's All-Starr Life: Inside Rolling Stone's New Issue - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ringo Starr returns to the cover of Rolling Stone on his own for the first time since 1981 in our new issue (on stands Friday). The happy-go-lucky Beatle gets serious, tracing his whole life to this point, from his poverty-stricken childhood to his struggles with drugs and alcohol to his upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. He also considers whether the Beatles would have ever re-formed if John Lennon and George Harrison were still alive. Contributing Editor Stephen Rodrick traveled down to Fort Pierce, Florida, to hang out with Starr as the drummer prepped for what he estimated would be at least his 800th solo concert. 

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What has John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed-in taught us? - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It's forty years since John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-In for Peace and, while as a protest it may have been ineffectual, as a work of art it has endured.

In the piece I wrote here recently, the talk was of things that happened 40 years ago. Maybe we could stay there for a little, since today is the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's infamous bed-in, a performance "peace" staged for the world's media. Now, I'm maybe not the best person to talk about this, having remained thoroughly immune to the charms of Imagine all these years. Nonetheless, there is something here I think well worth a revisit.

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Beatles' 1962 Hamburg tapes headed to auction for $300,000 - Friday, March 20, 2015

What’s being described as the master tapes of the Beatles performing live in Hamburg, Germany, in 1962 not long before Beatlemania exploded worldwide is going to auction April 1 and is being offered for about $300,000.

The tape, recorded at the Star Club in Hamburg’s red light district and said to be missing for nearly 40 years, will be offered by London’s Ted Owen & Co. auction house. According to the London Guardian, the original tapes, which include nearly five hours of live performances of 33 songs, were made by the Star Club’s stage manager, Adrian Barber, who had been asked to document the Fab Four’s live show by another Liverpool musician, Ted “King Size” Taylor.

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Newly Released Photos Reveal Lennon's Final Days - Friday, March 20, 2015

"These are your photos but just be careful how you use them," photographer Allan Tannenbaum recalls that Yoko Ono advised on a series of intimate portraits he took of her and her husband John Lennon in November 1980. At the time of the conversation, neither had any idea that 10 days later the former Beatle would be dead.

Despite many opportunities in the months that followed to publish the images, Tannenbaum opted to guard most of the pictures until now — 27 year years later. They appear in his new book, Yoko and John: A New York Love Story, a sort of peephole into the couple's final days together.

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