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Consider, in 2012, how set in stone the identities of the four Beatles appear to be. Over two decades since his murder, the smoothing over of John Lennon’s rough edges – those that were the product of self-perpetuation during his early life – has long been completed. The image that will last for thousands of years is one of the long-haired family man, who spoke of nothing but peace and love.

Paul McCartney gets a rougher deal: he is destined to be the uncool, cheesy half of the greatest songwriting partnership ever. Personally, I have always argued for him and against this perception, but when you consider that the guy went on bloody X Factor and duetted with bloody Jedward, you kind of have to conclude that he has made his own bed.

Ringo Starr seems doomed to be defined – via his announcement a couple of years ago that he would no longer be signing autographs – as the eternally grumpy old curmudgeon. All of which means that, 40-odd years after they split, George is the coolest Beatle, the connoisseur’s Beatle. “After all,” wrote The Huffington Post, when previewing Martin Scorsese’s recent Harrison biopic, “we're not hearing about [Sc details

Paul McCartney recently addressed the infamous Lennon/McCartney songwriting credit, specifically, his name being listed second. The order of their names came from, according to him, being late for a meeting between himself, John Lennon and their manager at the time, Brian Epstein.

While McCartney has (more or less) come to terms with it, there’s a hint of curiosity in that fateful meeting, considering the fact that Lennon and Epstein’s relationship has been widely speculated upon both during The Beatles’ career and in the years that followed their breakup in 1970.

Discovering The Beatles

Epstein first heard The Beatles on Nov. 9, 1961 during a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, down the street from his job at North End Music Store, one of the many facets of his family’s business he’d been involved with over the years. Less than three months later, he signed the group to a five-year deal, despite never having managed a musical act before. Nonetheless, his business acumen played heavily, namely by controlling every aspect of the band’s public image until he was able to present a finely polished, marketable product to the world.

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The Apple Core Band drew crowds to Baker Park on Sunday night as the band members recreated the music of the Beatles — playing familiar fan favorites and encouraging the audience to sing along.

The band, formed during the summer of 2009, played at the Baker Park Bandshell from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of Frederick’s summer concert series. The group played Beatles music spanning from some of the band’s earlier music played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last performance at the Apple Corp building in London.

Since The Apple Core’s debut in January 2010, they’ve used instruments from the Beatles time-period such as the Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass, a rosewood Telecaster, Rickenbacker 6 and 12 string guitars, an Epiphone Casino, a Gibson J-160E and Vox guitar amplifiers.

The Apple Core Band also had no wigs, costumes or other theatrics to offer. Instead, they just focused on the music.

By: Rebecca Savransky

Source: The Frederick News-Post

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Paul McCartney will forever be identified with The Beatles, but jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli has attempted on a new album to revive some of the legend's lesser known solo tracks.

Pizzarelli, a popular guitarist known both for his own songs and collaborations with other artists, said the ex-Beatle himself came up with the idea for the album, "Midnight McCartney," which will come out on September 11.

"'It might be interesting for you to do a few of my songs that are lesser known than some of the others,'" Pizzarelli quoted McCartney as telling him in a letter.

"'I realize this may be a little immodest, if not pushy,'" he wrote, saying he hoped to hear his songs in a "'mellow jazz style.'"

Pizzarelli, explaining the album in a statement, said that he interpreted McCartney's compositions by adding elements that the jazz guitarist had not employed before such as backing vocals, handclapping and more horns than usual.

Songs on the album include "My Valentine," from McCartney's 2012 album "Kisses on the Bottom," which was in itself a jazz project by the former Beatle.

Source: AFP

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Come together for a very special event... Sid Bernstein Presents 2015: The Brooklyn Invasion - a 50th Anniversary celebration of The Beatles historic August 15, 1965 concert at Shea Stadium - featuring THE LONDON SOULS plus special guests LAWRENCE and THE MYLES MANCUSO BAND. The concert will take place on Saturday, August 8 at 8:00PM at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY). DJ Kevin Barker will spin classic 45s from 6:00 PM. General Admission tickets are $15 for standing room only. To order tickets go to http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/880579-brooklyn-invasion-london-brooklyn/ or visit the Brooklyn Bowl box office.

Sid Bernstein, legendary impresario and rock concert promoter, brought The Beatles to America and was known as the father of the British Invasion. Sid passed away on August 21, 2013 at the age of 95. With the evening's mix of youthful talent, the Bernstein family continues the spirit and legacy of their father who always looked to present new, emerging artists to the world.

Source: Broadway World

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Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills has claimed to "do all the music teaching" for their daughter because the former Beatles can't read sheet music.

The former ski racer and environmental activist, who was married to McCartney between 2002 and 2008, recently spoke to The Guardian about their only child, Beatrice, 11. "Beatrice says she’s 99 per cent me," Mills said. "I don’t know if that’s a good thing. I think she’s got the best of both of [Paul and I], we’re both very musical." 

"I taught her the saxophone, because her father can’t read music so I do all the music teaching, and I’m good with languages. She’s a brilliant poet so obviously gets that from him, but I think she’s got the best of both of us."

Mills also added that she doesn't like to discuss her past with McCartney that often, saying: "I don’t want to go into my second marriage too much because if you haven’t got something nice to say about someone you shouldn’t say anything at all, and it had a lot to do with the person I married." 

By: Luke Morgan Britton

Source: NME

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A few days after my Christie pilgrimage I visited the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, now also owned and managed by the National Trust, extremely modest properties in comparison but the Liverpool houses tell a story even more extraordinary.

Lennon and McCartney’s homes themselves were both unspectacular (McCartney’s substantially more unspectacular than Lennon’s) – they were the houses lived in by most British people in the Fifties; yet visitors come to gaze on the signs they gave of incipient greatness.

Going in to Lennon’s house I felt rather like the chap who welled up in Greenway. I saw The Beatles in Weston-super-Mare in 1963, aged nine, pre-Beatlemania, so had some stake in their success; Lennon’s death was my Diana moment.

And Colin has had illustrious visitors. Six years ago he met the minibus at the gate and there was Bob Dylan.

‘He was interested in how cold it was in the house in winter – he’d had a similar experience growing up in Minnesota.’

Other paying punters have included Debbie Harry, James Taylor and ‘someone from Kasabian’.

He estimates he’s shown more than 110,000 details

They worked on the transatlantic liners that shuttled between Liverpool and New York in the 1950s – and every time they docked, they brought fresh sounds and fashions to an eager city.

One solitary record changed Bill Harrison’s life. He was a 15-year-old lad from Liverpool, walking down to his local sports centre, when he heard a bewitching sound coming from someone’s window.

“I sat on the wall to listen,” he says, “and this chap came out in a beautiful midnight blue suit and a pair of oxblood slip-on shoes with a brass bull’s head on the top. I thought, ‘This fellow’s a film star!’”

He wasn’t a film star, though. He was a seaman – one of the famed Cunard Yanks, whose journeys took them around the world, giving them access to the records and clothes you could only buy in the US. The song that had transfixed Harrison was Settin’ the Woods on Fire by Hank Williams, which the mystery seaman explained he had found in Texas. He promised Harrison that such treasures awaited him, too, should he choose to join the merchant navy.

And so began a long career at sea in which Harrison and his colleagues performed dual roles: details

Hodder & Stoughton has acquired an “intimate portrait” of musician Paul McCartney, written by journalist Paul Du Noyer.

Non fiction publisher Hannah Black acquired world English rights to Conversations with McCartney in a deal with Ros Edwards at Edwards Fuglewicz Literary Agency.

As a young music journalist in 1989, Du Noyer was contacted by McCartney's office and invited to interview the star.

In the years that followed, Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work closely with McCartney, with their conversations covering music and his private feelings on John Lennon and his late wife Linda, among others.

Written with the permission “and blessing” of McCartney, Conversations With McCartney will draw from Du Noyer’s interview sessions and couple "McCartney’s own candid thoughts with Du Noyer’s observations".

Du Noyer said: “Decades of access to Paul McCartney have been a privilege for me as a writer, and a personal thrill as a fan. I’ve now woven together our many interviews, many published for the first time, because - thanks to Paul's honesty, humour and unique perspective – I think they make for an affectionate and full details

THE Beatles are among the stars to have graced an iconic double decker bus but the search has begun to find the hundreds across the country who stepped through its famous doors in the 1960s.

Stockton Heath resident David Thrower, aged 64, bought the Leyland RTL double decker vehicle 30 years ago for £750 and has continued to restore it ever since.

The bus toured the country and made its way through Europe on a journey which helped accumulate numerous high-profile film roles.

It appeared in around 20 films including Ballad in Blue, I Was Happy Here and The Deadly Affair but the main claim to fame arrived in 1964 during the filming for A Hard Day's Night, starring The Beatles.

Sadly, the scenes were edited out from the final release, but all four members, who rode in the bus, autographed the upper-deck ceiling. The signatures were lost when the ceiling was repainted before the bus was converted to an open-top

Source: Warrington Guardian

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