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It's nearly 50 years since B-Day, when The Beatles landed in Sydney to launch their 1964 Australian concert tour. Their arrival on June 11 sparked the phenomenon known as Beatlemania, which peaked when the group flew to Adelaide the next day. An estimated 300,000 people lined the highway from the airport to the Town Hall, around one third of the total population of Adelaide if that estimate is accurate. Photos suggest that it is.

The Adelaide crowd is usually quoted as the largest attracted by The Beatles in any one location. Advertisement This period has been celebrated by The Beatles in Australia Exhibition, which began in September 2013 at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. It’s now on at the Arts Centre Melbourne until July. Beatlemania is also being revived in a sale of Beatles collectables by Leonard Joel in Melbourne tomorrow, starting at midday. Items can be previewed in South Yarra today, from 9am to 8pm, or viewed online.


Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green may divide opinion based on their music or marriage. But the two will add further Marmite appeal after they recreated the iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in a bid to raise money for charity. The move is designed to showcase the launch of River Island’s new Come Together charity T-shirt, in support of international charity War Child.

The husband and wife mirror the legendary pair's famous statement in the classic 'Bed-In' image of John and Yoko in the presidential suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel, which was used to promote world peace and speak out against the Vietnam War. Millie Mackintosh said: 'It’s an honour to be involved in this campaign. The original image is one that is moving to us all, and the work that War Child does is something that we can all be inspired by. On top of that, the T-shirt is gorgeous, so I hope everyone will get behind this and wear theirs with pride!'  Meanwhile, Prof details

The search is on for six early fans of the Beatles captured in a photograph more than 50 years ago. The six girls were pictured with the fab four at St John’s Hall in Tuebrook, Liverpool in 1961, the first date when the group returned from playing The Star Club in Hamburg.

The negative of this image was given to Stephen Bailey who has managed The Beatles Shop in Mathew Street for 28 years. The shop is busy collecting memorabilia for the 23rd Annual Liverpool Beatles Auction which will be held at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in August. The annual event always turns out interesting pieces from the early days in Liverpool and Merseysiders are busy rummaging through their attics in anticipation. This photo was one such find which was discovered when a man dropped off some negatives to The Beatles Shop in Mathew Street which he said had been taken half a century ago by his father who was a photographer. Stephen got the pictures processed and found they were in perfect condition. One in particular stood out.

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It happened late one night with a phone call into Houston’s KLOL-FM, which led to a trip to the radio station itself, and then turned into a rarely heard and raw interview with The Beatles great, George Harrison. Listen to the interview now.Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 02, 2014.

Recently, unearthed and just released is a historic interview with George Harrison of The Beatles, and legendary radio personality, Levi “Who Loves You” Booker. The first released part of this interview covers George Harrison’s and John Lennon’s troubles with the law and drugs, and how George believes he and John were set up by corrupt cops. This is the first time, the public has heard George’s side of the story, and how it almost derailed him from ever returning back to the United States. This interview was recorded during George’s first ever solo tour in the United States in 1974. George was the first ex-Beatle to ever tour the United States with his 45-date Dark Horse Tour, supporting his new album at the time “Dark Horse.”

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JUNE 1, 1967: The Beatles released their most critically acclaimed album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on this day in 1967. 
The LP, in which the Liverpudlian band showcased a revolutionary new sound and the first ever concept album, instantly topped the charts in both Britain and America.

It also received huge critical praise, with Kenneth Tynan in The Times describing the release as ‘a decisive moment in the history of Western civilization’. The New Statesman claimed the album, which included the eponymous title track and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, elevated pop into fine art. And in the U.S., Time magazine declared the rock LP, which was the first ever to win four Grammy Awards, a ‘historic departure in the progress of music’. To Paul McCartney, who was inspired to produce an album that was thematically linked to their childhoods, it told the world: ‘We were not boys, we were men.’ Sg details

Yoko Ono honoured in Bilbao - Monday, June 02, 2014

CONCEPTUAL artist Yoko Ono’s 60-year career is being honoured in a major Spanish art exhibition. The Guggenheim Bilbao is hosting a retrospective of the pioneering 81-year-old’s work.

An immersive experience, visitors enter the exhibition through a beaded curtain sculpture and are brought immediately to her Painting To Be Stepped On, which featured in Ono’s first solo show in New York in 1961. The iconic Tokyo-born artist works with a variety of expressive media including performance, experimental cinema, literature and music. Beatle John Lennon – Ono’s third husband – labelled her ‘the world’s most famous unknown artist’. The exhibition runs until September 4.

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Sir Paul Mccartney was "extremely moved" by his fans' messages of support after his hospitalisation in Japan and is now "doing fine" following his return to London, according to a representative.

The Beatles legend was struck down with a virus after arriving in the Far East for a series of gigs, and he ended up scrapping his entire Asian tour when he was admitted to hospital in Tokyo. MCCartney was discharged from the facility and jetted back to London on Monday (26May14), and he is now said to be making a good recovery. In a monthly newsletter sent out to his fans on Friday (30May14), a representative for the star writes, "You may... have heard that Paul unfortunately had to postpone his dates in Japan and South Korea this month. We'd like to assure you that Paul is doing fine and he was extremely moved by all the messages from fans around the world. More info will follow on those dates, so please keep checking"

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In an email interview with Fiona Fernandez, Pablo Stanley, the San Diego-based creator of the comic strip, Imagine pays tribute to John Lennon’s iconic song.

Q. What inspired you to create this comic strip? Are you a John Lennon fan?
A. I've been a Beatles and John Lennon fan since I was a kid. Imagine has always been one of my favourite songs. Its message is simple and in a way utopian but still beautiful. 

Q. What were some of the challenges while creating a comic strip, especially since it was about one of the biggest cult songs of all time?
A. The biggest challenge was to put big ideas in small doodles. How can you simplify something so complex as hunger, war, hate and break it down in a way anyone can read? I used themes that anyone can relate to; good and evil, peace and war; and depict it in the most human way possible. I used some of my idols in the comic too. People who have fought for equality, human rights, non details

Highlights of The Beatles 1964 Australian tour has been released by EMI Records. It was 50 years ago when The Beatles were invited to Australia. They touched down in Sydney on June 11, 1964 and spent 13 days in the country and played 20 shows in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It was their only Australian tour.

Manager Brian Epstein promised he would bring the band back to Australia if they could maintain their current popularity. However, by 1966 they quit touring and never played live in public again expect for the Apple rooftop appearance for the Let It Be film. The footage shows the fans, the band and the press conference. Hundreds of thousands Australians lined the streets to see The Beatles. Australian fans were intense. 300,000 people turned up in Adelaide alone. It was the biggest crowd the Beatles ever had. John Lennon was asked what he expected to find in Australia. His response, 'Australians'. The Beatles 1964 Australian tour highlights


ANDREW Lancel will be among the unveiling party when a Blue Plaque is unveiled to Brian Epstein in London next month. The Liverpool actor is set to reprise his role as the late Beatles manager on stage this summer, this time in London.

But ahead of that he will be at the special ceremony at the London offices of Epstein’s company NEMS on Saturday, June 29, which is also expected to be attended by contemporaries, friends and family members of the manager and businessman. Brian Epstein, who would have been celebrating his 80th birthday this year, was also recently posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame following a campaign from fans. NEMS occupied offices in Sutherland House in Argyle Street, adjacent to the London Palladium, from the height of Beatlemania in 1964 until shortly after Epstein’s death in 1967 at the age of 32. David Stark, who is a LIPA companion as well as editor of SongLink International, sponsor of the plaque, speaking on behalf of The Heritage Foundation, said: "The Heritage Foundation is delighted our former Vice Presid details

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