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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.

But baffled by the Scouse accents, they demanded the Fab Four were dubbed with mid-Atlantic voices. Fortunately for all of us Paul McCartney refused, saying: “If we can understand f***ing cowboys talking Texas, they can understand us talking Liverpool.” The result was the Oscar-nominated box-office smash A Hard Day’s Night, made for just £200,000 using hand-held cameras and now considered the greatest rock’n’roll film ever made. And it is set to win a new generation of fans when a digitally remastered ­cinema ­version is released across Britain and America on Friday to mark its golden anniversary. Today the 87-minute black and white film is ranked in the world’s top 100. But in 1964 The Beatles were reckoned to be no more than nine- details

SEAN LENNON SHARES KIDNAPPING FEARS - Monday, June 30, 2014

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

. “It was the bogey-man story,” he nodded. “The song isn’t jokey at all…Being John’s boy was very intimidating. It’s taken me longer than other people to feel comfortable in my own shoes.” ‘Midnight Sun’ serves as a continuation of Lennon’s work with the Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, the duo he’s formed with multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Kemp Muhl — and although the two are dating, he stresses that their relationship should details

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.

"Beatlemania so consumed Seattle that the Edgewater had to install cyclone fencingaround the hotel to keep the screaming fans at bay," the hotel's website says. "Some fans even tried swimming across Elliott Bay to reach the Fab Four." The package starts with a night in the Beatles Suite, a 750-square-foot space in the refurbished Room 272 where they stayed. It has panoramic views of the bay, a living room, a dining area, a library and an in-room photo gallery of the group. Pictures include images of the lads fishing from the window of the room details

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.

Alan Yentob meets up with the surviving Pythons – John Cleese, 74, Michael Palin, 71, Terry Gilliam, 73, Terry Jones, 72 and Eric Idle, 71 – as they rehearse the eagerly awaited run of 10 shows.

When tickets for the gigs went on sale, they were snapped up in an astonishing 43 seconds.

Little wonder that the Pythons’ comedy legacy has been compared to the incomparable influence that The Beatles had on music.

“The Beatles never had a ‘last night’, because they didn’t know it was coming,” says Eric.



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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.

Neighbour William Taverner said: “I have three young children and I am concerned about road safety. It is busy enough with quarry lorries. ­Timber lorries would be too much.” Another resident said the narrow road had blind corners, potholes and limited passing places Colin Chrystie said: “This timber could easily be taken out by another road on the estate. I’m not sure Mr McCartney is even aware of this ­proposal. I think if he knew, he would see sense.” The trees are being removed from the former Beatle’s 600-acre High Park Farm as part of a maintenance programme. Last year Sir Paul, 72 – who had a No1 hit in 1977 with his band Wings’ song Mull Of Kin details

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.

An auction of original art and poetry from the books at Sotheby's in New York earlier this month saw the pieces selling from $2.9m. Publisher Jamie Byng said: "Fifty years on, these two books by Lennon remain wonderfully fresh and memorable and distinctive and it is a great honour to be publishing new editions of them which do justice to the original drawings. Lennon was an exceptional artist and there is a growing appreciation of this which is borne out by the recent, record-breaking sale at Sotheby’s." The new hardback ed details

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.

The idea of issuing such academic proclamations originated with the music department’s entrepreneur-in-residence, Ken Weiss, a music business veteran who Katz appointed to the position he created in 2010. Weiss sought to make meaningful connections between the university and notable musicians performing in the region. Having once worked with the former Beatle, Weiss contacted him, and Starr warmed to the idea.  “When we agreed to meet, he said, ‘Bring me one of those graduation hats,'" offers Katz. "And it was very Ringo-esque, in that we put it on backward and we were fumbling around and final details

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.

But the single most important event of their stay in LA—the one that leaps off the tip of every music-obsessed tongue whenever that time and place and tho details

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.

This wasn’t a moment of acting or planning or choreography, but a purely spontaneous interaction between members of the most famous band in the world captured on film. The contrivance of the scene produced a “mistake” which then inspired a genuine, unpremeditated moment between the bandmates, a real glimpse at John’s interaction with (and affection for) his colleagues outside the trappings of unprecedented fame and millions of dollars in royalties. Throughout A Hard Day’s Night, director Richard Lester toys with the obvious contrivances of filmmaking, a façade made details

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.

"Never," she admitted to British magazine NME about attending the festival. "But this year Sean, my son, said to me that I had to do it. So I thought, 'OK.’ Once I'd said yes I started saying to myself, 'Are you crazy?' But I'm doing it." At 81, Yoko isn't fa details

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