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Iconic Liverpool Club Jacaranda set to reopen - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Jacaranda, reputedly the first venue to host the Beatles, is re-opening next month after a two-year closure.

Appearing as Long John & the Silver Beatles before changing their name, the Beatles helped to establish the club in Slater Street as the musical hub of Liverpool.

Now its owners are hoping to replicate the success with a new generation of local musicians, even relaunching their famous open mic nights.

Graham Stanley, managing director of the Jacaranda said he hopes to strike a balance between keeping the history alive and bringing it into the 21st century.

He added: “The venue has evolved and changed over the years since its opening as a coffee shop in ’58, each new generation experiencing the Jacaranda in a different way to the last.”

Mr Stanley and his team are even offering local musicians the opportunity to rehearse there for free, in exchange for a gig- just like original owner Allan Williams did for the Beatles.

He said: “Providing rehea details

Mention “Twist And Shout” to a Boomer and you’ll get a shake of the thinning hair or shaved scalp along with recollections of the Fab Four on The Ed Sullivan Show. The more knowing response may even be the Isley Brothers, who recorded it first, in 1962. Ask who wrote the iconic rock number, however, and you’re more than likely to draw a blank look. Answer: Bert Berns. Ask who pulled Van Morrison out of the Belfast band Them and produced “Brown-Eyed Girl,” or who wrote “Piece Of My Heart” — first recorded by Erma Franklin and then made timeless by Janis Joplin — and the answer is the same: Bert Berns. A hit-churning songwriter-turned-producer in the Phil Spector vein, Berns died of a heart attack in 1967. He was just 38 and unlike his contemporaries Spector or Gerry Goffin and Carole King, or Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Berns was all but unknown beyond the Brill Building cognoscenti.

That’s about to change, at least if siblings Brett details

Meat Free Monday recently invited you to pick a lyric from Paul’s song ‘Meat Free Monday’ and represent that lyric in a creative way for their fifth anniversary video. They received thousands of entries, from Sweden to South Africa, Tahiti to Taiwan, with images taken on beaches and gardens, in restaurants and allotments, on top of mountains and even under water! The video features images from MFM supporters, from schools, from celebrities including Woody Harrelson, Joanna Lumley, Twiggy, Fearne Cotton and Sharleen Spiteri, from chefs including José Pizarro and Rozanne Stevens, from restaurants including tibits, HILTL and The Gate, and from many different MFM campaigns – after all “… it’s happening all around the world!”

On behalf of Meat Free Monday we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent in photos. If you like the video, if you support the campaign, if you want to help stop climate change then please show your support by signing the #M details

Ringo Starr selling £20m estate - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Beatles drummer, 74, and his wife, former Bond girl Barbara Bach, have put their 200-acre abode, Rydinghurst in Surrey, south east England, up for sale because they no longer spend enough time in the six-bedroom mansion. They told the Sunday Times newspaper: ''We have spent 15 years at Rydinghurst and will always have wonderful memories of our time there. ''It is a beautiful home with some very special features, but we are, reluctantly, unable to spend as much time there as we would wish. ''With commitments in America and our family in all England, we will continue to divide our time between Los Angeles and London.'' The couple - who married in 1981 - splashed out £2 million on the plush property back in 1999 and it is expected to reach between £10 million and £20 million when it goes on sale this week.

As well as 200 acres of land, the house boasts several impressive features including two music rooms, a cinema, a cottage and a coach house which comes with its own cottage and staff quarters. What's more, the abode is surrounded by picturesque lakes, a details

I got lucky last June, just not in quite the way I'd hoped, as you'll read. But my pursuit of a long-lost audiotape eventually opened the door (literally) and allowed me to take possession of a storage locker owned by a lawyer named Nat Weiss. For those who don't know, Nat just happened to represent The Beatles over on this side of the pond. It all started when I was doing research for a non-fiction book on The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. I was poking around for some audiotapes of a phone conversation that I know existed at one time. Whether those tapes still exist, I do not know. But I was hoping they might still be around and, if anyone had them, it was Nat. After all, he was the person who ordered a phone line to be tapped in the first place. I should back up and tell you that Nat Weiss was very good friends with Brian Epstein, both Jewish and gay in an era when being gay was a crime. The audiotapes had to do with a blackmail attempt against Brian. Nat was furious and had ordered all calls from the blackmailer to be taped. I know for a fact that those tapes exist details

A sculpture of The Beatles' song character Eleanor Rigby, made from £1m of used bank notes, will be unveiled at the Museum of Liverpool later. The 5ft 2in (1.57m) work depicts the "bag lady [who] died without a penny to her name," a museum spokesman said. Liverpool-born sculptor Leonard J Brown said it was "to show people that money isn't the only way to make you happy". He said his inspiration was seeing an old lady carrying a large number of bags in Hull, where he now lives.

The sculpture took six months to complete and the process began with the artist first having to negotiate with the Bank of England to get the used notes. He was eventually given the notes in the form of shredded pellets, £300,000 of which he used to fill the sculpture's chest cavity, while the remainder were mashed and moulded to a steel frame. "The sculpture serves to show people that money isn't the only way to make you happy and we should all be thankful for what we have. "There are people in every town and city like El details

Fact: Today marks the 30th Anniversary—to the day—that Three's Company went off the air. Crazy but true fact: John Ritter was 29 years old when he got his first series-regular gig on a TV show (Three's Company)—which just so happens to be the exact same age as his son Tyler Ritter is now, as he launches his first  job as a series regular on a TV show, CBS' The McCarthys. Both shows are comedies with messy communication styles and gay jokes a plenty—though, of course, in a sign that times have most definitely changed, Tyler is playing a guy who is openly gay, not a guy pretending to be gay in order to shack up with two girls, a laJack Tripper. Tyler is a standout among his show, and, we can only hope, similarly destined for greatness. And not to get all sappy here, but we can't help but think that somewhere, John Ritter is smiling. Not only are his two sons, Tyler (29) and Jason (34), doing really wel details

Reading the words now, and probably trying too hard to work out exactly what he [John] is trying to say, it would seem the message is simple: work hard, bring the money home, and you will get marital bliss. There is a slight hint of a chauvinism when he moans that he is working all day for money so she can have things. Maureen Cleave of the London Evening Standard was one of the first journalists to write intelligently and revealingly about The Beatles. She happened to be interviewing John on the day they were to record the song and went with him to Abbey Road in a taxi. During the journey, John showed her the words of the song, written down on an old birthday card given to [his son] Julian – he had recently had his first birthday – with an illustration of a little boy on a toy train. 

“I said to him that I thought one line of the song was rather feeble. It originally said: ‘But when I get home to you, I find my tiredness is through, then I feel all right’. Seizing my pen, John immediately ch details

He has written countless hit singles, orchestral scores, released electronica albums, film theme songs and changed the world with his music. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Most Successful Composer and Recording Artist of All Time, Paul McCartney has now added another first to his impressive list. No stranger to being involved with hotly anticipated releases, Paul has now entered a new genre all together. This week saw the release of the most highly anticipated video game of the year – Destiny. Years in the making Destiny is one of the biggest entertainment launches of 2014. Earlier this week fans were queuing through the night to get their first glimpse.  Stores across the world opened early in order to meet the demand. Made by Bungie, the studio behind Halo, and published by Activision, the company that brought you Call of DutyDestiny is expected to change the gaming industry. The hype surrounding this release demonstrates how the interactive ente details

#Peacerocks On International Day of Peace - Sunday, September 21, 2014
John Varvatos and Ringo Starr continue their #PEACEROCKS initiative with an outdoor celebration and performance on the International Day of Peace, Sunday, September 21, 2014. The celebration will take place in front of the John Varvatos store located on Melrose and Robertson from 4-6pm and will include a brief performance including a song from each member of an All Starr Band featuring Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather, Richard Page and more – and closing with three songs performed by Ringo Starr. This continues the #PEACEROCKS campaign that was launched on Ringo’s birthday July 7 when John Varvatos announced that Ringo would be featured in the Varvatos Fall 2014 campaign which is also a fundraising and awareness campaign to benefit the David Lynch Foundation via The Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund.
This is accomplished through the ads themselves, all of which include #PEACEROCKS to fuel an aggressive social media campaign using the hashtag. This call-to-action encourages participants to share photos of them details
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