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Ringo Starr Slates 'Postcards From Paradise' Weeks Before Hall of Fame - Friday, January 30, 2015

Former Beatle's 18th solo album will feature appearances by Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton and Richard Marx

By Kory Grow | January 29, 2015

Ringo Starr will not go quietly into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. About a month before his induction, the ex-Beatle will release his 18th solo album, Postcards From Paradise, which will contain 11 original songs.

Among them are "Island in the Sun," the first he has written with his All-Starr Band – Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette – and songs featuring appearances by a number of his famous friends. "If I am recording and you're in town and drop by, you're going to be on the record," Starr said in a statement. Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Richard Marx, Peter Frampton and Glen Ballard, among many others, will make appearances on Postcards.



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Statue 4 Eppy concert announced to raise funds for Brian Epstein statue - Thursday, January 29, 2015


A star-studded concert at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre is the latest fundraiser in the high-profile Statue 4 Eppy campaign.

Organisers are hoping to both raise the profile of the campaign further and boost funds to create a statue in honour of legendary Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein in his hometown of Liverpool.

Epstein took four Liverpool performers and shaped their careers into the biggest pop band in the world.

Now Liverpool campaigners are working tirelessly to raise £70,000 to have Brian’s efforts formally recognised with a permanent statue.

It will be created by acclaimed sculptor Tom Murphy, who was also behind the statue of John Lennon, which now stands in Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

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No One Needs to Know Who Paul McCartney Is - Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Celebrity, unlike influence, has an expiration date, but the value of older pop culture still shines in Kanye West's collaboration with the ex-Beatle.NOAH BERLATSKY

The constant, unforgiving churn of pop culture seems designed expressly to let the old know they’re boring and irrelevant. The carefully coded and collated cultural knowledge that defined your childhood, or even your adulthood, passes its sell-by date, and you're left staring at some ugly Nirvana shirts, wondering vaguely whether you should put them back in the closet for another pointless decade, or just chuck them now.

The reaction to the new Kanye/McCartney collaboration seems to argue for the "chuck them now" option. As one Twitter user declared after hearing the new track: "who tf is Paul McCartney ???!?? this is why I love kanye for shining light on unknown artists." Kanye fans, apparently, have never heard of the Beatles. Kids these days are broadly and hideously ignorant, and Western culture is doomed.

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7 Ways The Beatles Changed Boomer Childhood Overnight - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Screaming teenage girls got a lot of attention in 1964 and they're the ones immortalized in the black and white footage, but the largest number of first-generation Beatle fans were actually boys and girls between five and 10 years old -- boomers born in the mid-to-late 1950s. Though not old enough to go to shows like their older brothers and sisters, they were paying very close attention. If you're between 55 and 60, give or take a year or two, and feel an irrationally strong connection to the Beatles, this connection makes sense, given that the Beatles changed boomer childhoods in seven significant ways.

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Music festival to honor 50th anniversary of Beatles' Shea Stadium show - Tuesday, January 27, 2015


By: Steve Marinucci  AXS Contributor Jan 22, 2015 5 days ago

The 50th anniversary of the Beatles' iconic Shea Stadium show will be the theme of this year's Fab 4 Music Festival held in Danbury, Connecticut, this summer, Liverpool Productions announced Jan. 21. The day-long show will take place on Aug. 15, exactly 50 years to the day after the legendary concert.

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Wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton "Layla" Coming to San Francisco Art Exchange on Valentines Day - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Source: San Francisco Art Exchange 

Major exhibition of photos from Pattie Boyd's illustrious life in Rock 'n' Roll

Original Layla Painting on display for first time in US

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAE) announces the return of photographer Pattie Boyd, aka Layla, in a new exhibit opening February 10 – March 15, 2014. The Gallery is hosting a Valentine's Day reception for collectors of her work to meet her in person.

Former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Boyd's first-ever photography exhibit was held at SFAE in 2005. She received global accolades and the experience inspired her to write the autobiography, Wonderful Tonight, chronicling her life as the wife of two music legends who were best friends. 



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Brighton author dons headphones, dives into the Beatles By Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press Pop Music Writer - Saturday, January 24, 2015

There are Beatles lovers. There are Beatles fanatics. And then there are guys who spend months scrutinizing every Beatles track over and over, meticulously taking notes, and writing about the experience.

You can figure out where self-described Beatles freak Ted Montgomery fits.

With his new book, "The Beatles Through Headphones," the Brighton resident and University of Michigan staffer set out to log the "quirks, peccadilloes, nuances and sonic delights of the greatest popular music ever recorded," as the subtitle declares.

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How Does Paul McCartney Feel About College Courses on The Beatles' Music? - Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Paul McCartney thinks that college courses based on popular music, especially those that focus on his band The Beatles, are "ridiculous, and yet very flattering." Maca said this during a Q+A on his website.

He is so humble, and he should all be like, "Yes, I am da shit."

He furthered, "Ridiculous because we [The Beatles] never studied anything, we just loved our popular music: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc. And it wasn't a case of 'studying' it. I think for us, we'd have felt it would have ruined it to study it. We wanted to make our own minds up just by listening to it. So our study was listening. But to be told – as I was years ago now – that The Beatles were in my kid's history books? That was like 'What?! Unbelievable, man!' Can you imagine when we were at school, finding yourself in a history book?!"

The world's greatest living songwriter did note that you can't really learn to be a great songwriter by taking these courses, though. He said, "To think that you can go to a college and come out like Bob Dylan? Someone like Bob Dylan, you can't make."

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Four puppies named after The Beatles in need of a family - Thursday, January 15, 2015

Four American Bulldog puppies named after The Beatles are in need of a new home on Merseyside.

Fab Four John, Paul, George and Ringo are seven weeks old and being looked after by Dogs Trust.

Aimee Best, supporter relations officer at Dogs Trust Merseyside, said: “These puppies are a total delight, and very sweet. They have a lovely temperament, and love nothing more than cuddles with their carers.

“As they are American Bulldogs, they are going to be a large breed, so any new potential owner must be aware of that.

“They will require puppy training classes and lots of socialisation. As they are still so young, their owner must be around for most of the day to be with them.”

If you can give these very special puppies a loving home, drop in to the Dogs Trust centre Whiston Lane, Liverpool, L36 6HP or give them a call on 0300 303 0292.

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Paul McCartney Reboots Beatles Catalog for Neil Young’s Pono Music Player - Monday, January 12, 2015

All you need is cash: I am told that Neil Young’s high end music player and library, Pono, has scored a coup. They’ve secured the Beatles catalog for download in what’s known as loss-less digital.

Paul McCartney himself is said to be supervising the transfer of the Beatles’ crown in the jewel recordings so they can be added to the Pono catalog which can then be purchased and downloaded into the $399 Pono player.

This could be huge for Pono, which is already offering a wide selection of music on its site at 192 khz. But the Beatles will kick it over the top. Even last night when I ran into the Black Eyes Peas’ will.i.am the first thing he said to me about Pono was “Wait til you hear Sgt. Pepper on Pono. It’s going to blow your mind.” The Pono people have already played the classic 1967 album for him on their device. One thing he did tell me was that you don’t need very expensive head phones to enjoy it. “Just regular good headphones.” (Me, I have Grado and Sennheiser.)

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