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James McCartney's 'cathartic' album - Sunday, February 21, 2016

James McCartney found working on his new album "cathartic".

The 38-year-old musician - who is the son of Beatles star Paul McCartney - believes his new LP, titled 'The Blackberry Train', is an "evolution".

He said: "It's all been an evolution. This set of songs definitely has a harder edge, but it's a continuation of the last album. The main thing for me is to not conform or compromise.

"I like the music to have elements of the avant-garde, psychedelic, and be just a little against the grain. But in the end, it's about having as much emotion as possible for me, musically and lyrically. It's all about the music being cathartic, heartfelt and true."

The opening track of James' album, 'Too Hard', can be downloaded instantly if the album is pre-ordered.

Of the track, he shared: "I wrote it in Los Angeles, and tried to infuse it with a country feel to really bring out that desperation, and the idea of trying too hard. "Dhani Harrison came into the studio and we both collaborated on the guitar solo in the song." The Blackberry Train will be released on May 6 and fans can preorder the album now on JamesMcCartney.com

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A lock of John Lennon's hair that was snipped as he prepared for a film role has sold for $35,000 at auction.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said Saturday that the 4-inch lock of hair was purchased by Paul Fraser, a United Kingdom-based memorabilia collector. A German hairdresser kept a tuft of Lennon's hair after giving him a trim before the Beatle started filming 'How I Won the War,' a dark comedy released in 1967. 

The movie follows the World War II misadventures of British troops led by an inept commander. The hair was one of several Beatles-related items on auction. A photograph of the iconic band signed by all four members went for $42,500.

And a sealed copy of the band's 'butcher' cover for the 'Yesterday and Today' album went for $125,000. Weird as it may seem to some, selling famous people's hair is a lucrative business. Also on sale on Paul Fraser's site is a strand of Marilyn Monroe's hair, on sale for £399.00, while Beliebers can get their hands on a strand of the singer's locks for the same price. 

By: Alexandra Genova

Source: Daily Mail

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They loved The Beatles in sixties, yeah, yeah, yeah and we still love them today, yeah, yeah, yeah.

On November 6, 1963, when The Beatles played at the old ABC Theatre in Northampton for the second time that year,the first being on March 27, one 18-year-old police cadet walked out of Campbell Square police station and into the car park and knocked on a limousine with black out windows.

The passenger window was rolled down about two inches by one John Lennon and the police cadet, Richard Moisey posted in a sheaf of pink carbon typing paper and a pencil.

John Lennon took the items and shut the window. A few minutes later the window opened two inches and out came the papers containing the Beatles autographs. 

Some had two Beatles signatures, others three and some lucky ones had all four autographs from the Fab Four. Richard who was the youngest person in the building had been sent out by the female secretaries and typists who were looking through ever window and ever vantage point to see if they could catch a glimpse of The Beatles.

As soon as he returned into the building he had his own experience of Beatlemania when he was mobbed as all the excited secretaries wanted the Beatles autog details

Eric Clapton has announced that his 23rd studio album, “I Still Do,” will be released May 20. It features his versions of such blues classics as Robert Johnson’s “Stones In My Passway” and Leroy Carr’s “Alabama Woman Blues,” along with Clapton’s rendition of “Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day,” a 1934 chestnut previously recorded by Paul Robseon, Perry Como and Eddy Arnold. (The full track listing for “I Still Do” appears below.)

The album also contains “I Will Be There,” a song of unknown vintage, which features vocals and acoustic guitar by one Angelo Mysterioso (a musical nom de plume used in previous decades by the late George Harrison). The former Beatle and Clapton were close friends who were married, in succession, to the same woman, Patti Boyd. Clapton first used his Mysterioso alias on the 1969 Cream album, “Goodbye.”

“I Still Do” is being released by Clapton’s own Bushbranch label, in association with Encinitas-based Surfdog Records. It is the English blues-rock guitar legend’s third consecutive U.S. release through Surfdog.

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Lennon car rolls into Royal B.C. Museum - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

John Lennon’s flower-emblazoned Rolls-Royce limousine was rolled off a flatbed truck, driven a short distance, and pushed into the lobby of the Royal B.C. Museum on Tuesday. The famous Phantom V touring limousine that once delivered the Beatles to Buckingham Palace in 1965 — the Fab Four received medals from the Queen — spat out plumes of white smoke as it was driven to the museum’s doors.

“It’s a canvas with a motor,” museum curator Lorne Hammond said of the 3,000-kilogram vehicle. “It’s a complicated thing to manage.” Regarded as a treasured piece of Beatles’ history and exhibited throughout North America for more than 20 years, the well-oiled machine will be displayed in the museum’s lobby until April 28.

Kasey Lee, conservation manager at the museum, said she barely slept Monday while going over the logistics of transporting the vehicle from a warehouse — in an undisclosed area in Greater Victoria — to the museum. The paint is fragile and any condensation would have played havoc with it. A tarp would scratch it. An accident would be disastrous. “It gives me more headaches than any other piece in our collection,” L details

How George Harrison pranked Phil Collins - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Late Beatle George Harrison liked to laugh, as evidenced by his fondness for Monty Python and the financial backing he provided for the comedy troupe’s 1979 comedy classic, Life of Brian. According to Genesis singer-drummer and solo superstar Phil Collins, the music legend also got a kick from playing pranks on his acquaintances.

When he was 18, the then unknown Collins got a day’s work playing congas on a session for Harrison’s 1970 triple album, All Things Must Pass. Although Collins’ percussive efforts did not appear on the finished product, the event remains a treasured memory. “I went to Abbey Road, and recorded with Harrison, and Ringo was playing drums,” he tells EW. “Unfortunately, I cashed the check, because I needed it. The 15 quid meant a lot in 1969.”

Collins met Harrison several more times over the years, and the pair became friendly — friendly enough for the Beatle to prank the Genesis member, anyway. In 2001, shortly before Harrison’s death, he put out a remastered version of All Things Must Pass and around the same time sent Collins what he claimed was a version of the track on which he had played featuring the drummer’s missing ha details

Ringo Starr’s official Twitter account retweeted ‘f*** the Beatles’ after it was hacked by a prankster.

The legendary drummer’s account also said that One Direction’s Harry Styles was ‘a bit smelly’, in a post retweeted and liked hundreds of times. But a post from ‘Team Ringo’ on his official Facebook page apologised for ‘any confusion’ and said the Twitter account had been hacked. It said: “For friends following on Twitter the account was hacked this morning and we are working on resolving the issue. “Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. Peace & Love, Team Ringo.”

Ringo Starr's staff said his Twitter account was hacked after he retweeted a 'f*** the Beatles' post, as screengrabbed by a Buzzfeed journalist. One tweet from Ringo’s account had read: “Being honest here, @Harry_Styles was a bit smelly”.

The pair had been pictured in a photo together at the pre-GRAMMY gala earlier this week in Beverly Hills, California. The tweets were swiftly deleted, while Ringo fans shared their anger on his Facebook page that people would dare to hack his account.

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Stella McCartney planning menswear line - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

According to WWD, McCartney is planning to launch her first menswear range in time for the spring 2017 season.

Though a spokesperson for the brand declined to comment on the speculation, a male line would be natural progression for the designer, who is best known for her tailoring, separates and knitwear.

Developing ranges aimed at the men's market is an emerging trend in the fashion world, with iconic fashion houses such as Balmain and Marni both launching collections recently.

McCartney, 44, launched her fashion house in 2001, and she has since been focused on the womenswear market.

Her current collections include ready-to-wear, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and children's clothing. Last year also marked the tenth anniversary of the successful Adidas by Stella McCartney line, which is a range aimed at the active younger audience.

In 2010, McCartney was appointed Team GB’s Creative Director for the 2012 Olympics by Adidas and designed the uniforms worn by British athletes who were competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Musicologists and verbose rock fans have dedicated thousands upon thousands of words to the merits and "behind the music" details of "important" albums such as the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. But how many books have you read about Mick Jagger's solo debut, She's the Boss? How about Bill Wyman's 1974 solo outing, Monkey Grip? Should we even bother asking about the Charlie Watts Quintet's Long Ago and Far Away?

Let's face it, regardless of how great (or, in these three cases, decent-ish) they might be, solo albums by members of legendary rock bands—from the Stones to the Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Guns N' Roses—rarely (if ever) attain the same legendary status of the music released by the bands themselves.

For instance, let's take this George Harrison fellow.

Guitar-centric magazines and websites (like this one) have, deservedly, slathered decades worth o' praise on Harrison's 1962-to-1970 guitar work with the Beatles. We've broken down his guitar solos from "Something," "I'm Only Sleeping," "Let It Be" and "Old Brown Shoe." We've applauded his introduction of sitars and 12-string electric guitars into pop music. We've even dedicated Guitar World lessons to his late-Beatles-era acoustic w details

The ongoing slaughter of rhinos and elephants for the illegal trade in rhino horn and ivory is such frequent and terrible news that when good news arises, it is worth celebrating. That makes us happy to announce the naming of a baby Southern White Rhino at Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy in honor of Ringo Starr.

So here's how a baby rhino comes to be named Ringo, and a little of what we hope that will accomplish. In January I was filming with the conservation teams at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, whose broad array of projects include a chimpanzee sanctuary established with Jane Goodall, armed anti-poaching teams and formidable K-9 units, and community partnerships that support local communities and enlist their help in the battle against poachers. Ol Pejeta is also home to the last three Northern White Rhinos in the world and the largest group of black rhinos in East Africa, 109 of the estimated 2,500 in the world.

While I was filming, I was introduced to a recently rescued southern white rhino who'd been found in late October at age 2 weeks, abandoned and barely alive. Now 3 months old, the quickly growing baby is cute, rambunctious and healthy, and seemed to me like the poster child of an entire species under details

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