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A set of candid photographs featuring George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono ahead of the Concert for Bangladesh have emerged for sale and are expected to sell for thousands at auction. In the photographs, the former Beatles appear to be on good terms despite the Fab Four splitting up a year before the landmark benefit gig in 1971. Sotheby's are placing the set of photographs, soon to be exhibited in New York, under the hammer at the A Rock N Roll History: From Presley to Punk auction on June 24.

The photographs show Lennon smiling and joking around and Yoko Ono engaged in conversation with a frosty looking Harrison. The late Harrison asked all his former bandmates to perform and it would have been the first time the group would have appeared on stage together in the U.S. since 1966. Drummer Ringo Starr and Lennon agreed but McCartney refused due to a rift over the legal problems the Beatles split had caused. But just days before the Concert details

Epic Rights Secures John Lennon Licensing - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

John Lennon is the latest iconic personality to secure a worldwide licensing, global branding and rightsmanagement agreement with Epic Rights. Yoko Ono has pacted with Epic Rights CEO Dell Furano to develop a worldwide initiative encompassing the career of her late husband.

Epic Rights will develop two new programs for the John Lennon legacy: the John Lennon Classic brand for products featuring the artist's name, likeness and signature; and the Bag One Arts brand based on drawings by John Lennon from rare archival sketches. These drawings encompass the years 1964 through 1980 and celebrate human love and communication, including his iconic and instantly recognizable self-portrait. Epic Rights will introduce the new John Lennon programs to potential licensing partners at the June 2014 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. As the worldwide merchandise and licensing agent for John Lennon Classic and Ba details

With ‘Mad Men’ set to end its acclaimed run on AMC next year, there will undoubtedly be a void in ’60s-set programming that needs to be filled. Enter NBC, who are reportedly in talks to create a series about the history of the Beatles.

Deadline says that the network is working with Michael Hirst, Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg, the same production team that created ‘The Tudors,’ which ran on Showtime from 2007-10. Bob Greenblatt, who was President of Entertainment for Showtime during the period that the story of King Henry VIII aired, is currently the chairman of NBC. The series is still in the early stages of development, but it is expected to have an eight-episode run, so the question of how much they’ll be able to tell is up for grabs. Still, the history of the Beatles is an oft-told tale — not least of which by the group itself in their remarkable 1995 ‘Anthology’ documentary — so fictionalizing it can lead to all sorts of questions about accuracy. And then there’s th details

Five years to the day after the release of The Beatles in Mono, a box set of the group's monaurally mixed catalog through 1968, the band is issuing a vinyl version of the box set. Although the quartet put out stereo versions of their albums concurrent with the mono ones throughout most of their career, the Beatles considered the mono versions as definitive.

The limited-edition 14-LP Beatles in Mono vinyl box set includes the group's first nine U.K. albums – from Please Please Me to The Beatles – the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour and a collection of Mono Masters, which consist of non-album singles and tracks, all on 180-gram vinyl with artwork matching the original releases and a 108-page hardbound book. Each mono LP will also be available to purchase individually, outside of the box set. Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee and Grammy-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz details

Ringo Starr, who is currently on tour with his All Starr Band, is also bringing his artwork to New York City. What started merely as a diversion to pass the time, has since developed into an iconic collection of artwork. This year Ringo has created a unique set of 'self portraits' that truly showcases his evolution as a visual artist.

On June 19th, a collection of Starr's self-portraits will be unveiled at a VIP opening reception and exhibition at the Soho Contemporary Art Gallery, 259 Bowery, New York, NY 10002( To attend this VIP opening reception you must be one of the first 50 to purchase a signed piece by Ringo Starr. Artwork is on sale now. You will have the opportunity to meet him on June 19 at a private reception and have a photograph taken with him. Very limited space. Please call or email Soho Contemporary Art gallery for a pdf of the exhibition catalogue. Phone: (646) 719 1316 Email: "Soho Contemporary Ar details

Paul McCartney's postponed Out There tour dates left thousands of disappointed fans and promoters scrambling to adjust their schedules. And while the long-term costs of his recent viral infection are likely to be minimal, show delays and cancellations can become rife with complications.  

McCartney had to pay perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars for the musicians, crew, trucks and buses he hired to set up the shows originally planned for June, concert-business sources say, but he also likely had insurance in case of cancellation. "It would be a huge catastrophe if Paul couldn't tour again, ever," says Doc McGhee, manager of Kiss, Darius Rucker and others. "But a postponement is just an inconvenience. I've seen people cancel shows that are sold out and come back later and do 50 percent [of the] business — I would doubt that would happen to a Beatle." Although McCartney, 71, had to postpone all of his June shows in the U.S. to new dates in October, he said in a statement this week that he details

Ringo Starr is once again ready to get by with a little help from his musical friends, as the rock legend kicks off a brand-new North American tour with his All Starr Band tonight in Rama, Canada.  Todd Rundgren has been a member of this All Starr Band lineup since 2012, and he says playing in the group is “the best gig you could have.”

He tells ABC News Radio that Ringo pretty much treats everyone in the band as equals, and that includes the Beatles drummer himself. “There’s no kind of, like, Ringo class and our class,” explains Rundgren.  “We stay at the same hotels that he stays in.  We fly in the same plane that he flies in…You know, it’s not ‘I’m the star and the boss and you guys just work for me.’  He’s very…proud of the fact that this is a real band and he’s part of it.” Todd, of course, seems grateful to be part of the All Starr Band too, explaining somewhat jokingly that he almost didn’t meet Starr&rsqu details

Jimmy Nicol, the stand-in drummer for Ringo Starr at the start of The Beatles’ 1964 world tour, sitting all alone at the departure lounge at Essendon Airport, waiting for his flight home to England.

Packed in his luggage is a copy of The Advertiser newspaper from two days earlier. Splashed across the front page is a picture of Jimmy, born in London, three Lads from Liverpool and DJ Bob Francis, standing on the Adelaide Town Hall balcony in front of an ecstatic mob of adoring fans. Even the three “official” Beatles were amazed by the fanatical reception they received in Adelaide at the start of their Australian tour that saw 300,000 on the streets — so just imagine how mind-blowing it was for the newest band member? Complaining he could no longer cope with the “mediocrity of life”, Nicol, walked out of his London flat three years after that remarkable winter’s day in Adelaide and effectively disappeared for the next four decades. Born James George Nicol in 1939, a month before the start details

The Mahwah Museum will host the Les Paul 99th Birthday Gala 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trustees Pavilion at Ramapo College. A live and silent auction will be held, offering an array of special guitars and music memorabilia, in addition to live entertainment by the Les Paul Trio and a raffle drawing of autographed guitars and pick guards.

The live auction will include a Hofner bass guitar and pick guard signed by Paul McCartney, one Fender Squire solid-body electric guitar autographed by Pete Townshend and a second with an autograph by Chuck Berry on the pick guard. For a full list of auction items and information about online bidding, visit mahwah Wine, hors d’oeuvres and light fare will be provided. Tickets ($25 for both the gala and raffle) are available 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike; at Robbie’s Music on Route 17 north; at Devon Fine Jewelry in Wyckoff; at Alto’s Music on Route 59 in Airmont, N.Y.; and online at


The U.S. Congress is working to update laws on who gets paid for recorded music, in a possible omnibus bill, as old CDs pile up at yard sales and music lovers increasingly shift to streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify.

One bill, the RESPECT Act, would close a loophole that allows digital music services, like SiriusXM, to stream music recorded before 1972 without paying for them. These include legends such as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and other Motown artists. A second bill, the Songwriter Equity Act, would give songwriters more leeway to argue for higher royalties when their songs are played by digital streaming services. Songwriting and recordings are licensed separately. Representative Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from New York, said on Tuesday he was working on an omnibus bill to address these and other legal issues as digital streaming has replaced broadcast radio and albums as the most popular way of listening to music. "We can create a better system for radio competitors, for artists and songwri details

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