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The 49ers are in talks with Paul McCartney to perform the opening concert at their new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara - a move that would effectively yank the rug out from under San Francisco's plans for the music legend to headline a final send-off concert at Candlestick Park.

Mayor Ed Lee personally invited McCartney to close the Stick when the former Beatle played at the Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park last year. The idea was to say goodbye to the ballpark where the Beatles played their final paid concert in 1966. McCartney's reps and the city had been talking since Lee made the offer, and City Hall was convinced that the show was all but a done deal. It all changed, however, when McCartney's envoys, including his worldwide concert promoter, Barrie Marshall, toured Candlestick last month and let slip that they had just visited Levi's Stadium as part of negotiations with the Niners for an opening concert there in early August. It was a blindside hit tha details

Photojournalist John Mazziotta wouldn’t take his daughter along to the 1964 Beatles concert in Dallas, so he did the next best thing: He gave her his pictures and negatives. Jan Howes, who was 10 at the time but already deeply in love with The Beatles, did not see the band when it played Dallas on Sept. 18, 1964, but her father did.

It was, after all, his job: John Mazziotta was chief photographer at the Dallas Times Herald, assigned to cover John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from Love Field arrival to Memorial Auditorium blastoff. Mazziotta thought briefly of taking his daughter to the show, but reconsidered following news that girls, pressed against Cabana Motor Hotel plate-glass windows that eventually shattered, had to be hospitalized. “Dallas was another madness,” Harrison would recall years later, and Mazziotta wanted no part of that for his little girl, not so close to what had happened here just one year earlier. “He felt really bad details

Rock ‘n’ roll as we know it wouldn’t exist without the guitar – particularly the electric guitar. Originally imagined as a way of expanding the sound of contemporary jazz music, the electric guitar helped usher in the rock movement that produced some of the greatest musicians of all time and gave rise to many of the guitar manufacturers we now hold in an almost holy reverence – one of which is The Gretsch Company.

It twangs, cuts, clucks and roars. The sound of Gretsch guitars run deep throughout the history of modern music. From funk, country, R&B, jazz and rock – it’s been there. Whether it was Pete Towshend, Neil Young, Brian Jones, George Harrison or most notably Chet Atkins, the unique properties of a Gretsch allowed players to leave a personal and indelible mark on music. To celebrate one of the greatest guitar companies, we decided to offer up a brand new Electromatic®CVT III to one lucky member of our community and to mark the occasion – details

After an introduction by Jann Wenner — during which it was revealed that, unsurprisingly, the Brooklyn, New York Barclays Center is full of E Street Band and Kiss fans — the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony kicked off with the induction of legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

“Brian loved, protected and respected the Beatles,” said Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon, and went on to produce James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt), who inducted the late manager. “He took his responsibilities extremely seriously…. His biggest fear was letting the Beatles down in any way, whatsoever.” Asher fondly remembered the times he spent with the band socially, but noted that the Beatles lamented they had to wear suits onstage — and the Stones could wear “whatever they wanted.” That sartorial difference was due to Loog Oldham, who &ldquo details

The time is near: as Wayne Coyne just reported on Instagram, The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus’ cover of  The Beatles cover is almost ready for release. Coyne wrote: “Woke up ..fell out of bed.. dragged a comb across my head.. Yep!!!! @mileycyrus singing the Paul McCartney bit on A Day In The Life!!!!! Yesss!! Thanks 

 Almost done mixin !! Gon beeee rad!!!!! If ya love The Beatles and John Lennon you gonna love this!!! #freaks #floyd #beatles #srgtpeppers #theflaminglips #lovemoneyparty #dogsmusicfriends #drugmusicthatdestroyshate” Coyne also shared a short video teasing their tripped out version of “A Day in the Life”, a.k.a. the fifth best song ever written. The psych-rock vets first joined forces with the pop starlet during their concert in Los Angeles in February, which coincided with the Lips’ 30th anniversary with the band. Since then, the Lips have announced plans for a full covers album details

Let It Be, Reconsidered - Sunday, April 13, 2014

It was a dark time for the group. The Beatles lost their manager and good friend Brian Epstein to a barbiturate overdose in the fall of 1967. To forget their sorrows, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr along with their wives flew out of London to Rishikesh, India for a retreat with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for three months (Harrison and Lennon stayed the longest) starting in February 1968.

In this period the four Beatles wrote the bulk of their final compositions for the White Album, Let It Be, and Abbey Road. By late 1968, the group recorded their double album The White Album which had seen a number of arguments and a temporary walk out from Ringo. Paul McCartney felt that the group’s cohesiveness was lost in individual recording sessions, overdubs, and complex compositions. It was as if The White Album was a compilation of songs by solo acts rather than an ensemble band details

What do you do when there’s a singular talent in your field that is SO demonstrably superlative that no one can EVER hope to compete with it? This is “the Mozart problem,” according to Boston Globecolumnist Alex Beam, who describes it as “the presence of a market-clearing talent in one’s chosen profession.”

The reference of course is to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the child prodigy whose musical genius eclipsed that of all other classical composers of his time, leaving jealous rivals such as Antonio Salieri—according to the movie Amadeus at least—in despair of ever approaching Mozart’s creative endowment. Beam gives examples of other “market-clearing talents” who spent careers psyching out rivals—such as Bobby Fischer in chess or Michael Jordan in basketball—but leaves out my favorite example: a rock & roll band that has cast a long shadow on popular music for half a century. The Beatles—by nearly any measurement of artistic or commercial suc details

Harlem Records announces its first full-length album release. The Harlem-based independent record label that previously released the Cissy Houston EP "Walk on By Faith" in May 2012, and the Gospel for Teens Choir extended CD-single "Yes, We Can" in November 2012, will release the "HEY JUDE," a full-length collection of never-before released gospel versions of classic pop songs. 

"HEY JUDE" will be available for download on iTunes beginning Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Founded in 2012 by Vy Higginsen (President & CEO), Harlem Records also announces that Knoelle Higginson-Wydro, who has officially joined the burgeoning label as Vice President, will oversee the release of several full-length gospel albums via iTunes throughout the year. Produced by Ms. Higginsen, "HEY JUDE" features gospel versions of hit pop songs from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. "HEY JUDE" features covers of three Beatles hits, a John Lennon classic, and songs originally made famous by artists such as Ben E. King, Carole details

Filming for the new three-part ITV drama about Cilla Black, starring Sheridan Smith (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) is well underway in Liverpool. The ‘60s-set drama will tell the story of how the singer and Blind Date star met Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and how she got the attention of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin.

ITV's Cilla also follows Black's friendship with John, Paul, Ringo and George, how it shaped her career and resulted in two men fighting for her love. The shoot will take approximately six weeks to complete, and will include scenes from around the city – and a young Priscilla at the famous Cavern Club, where the Beatles played; the Zodiac Club, Blue Angel Club; and the Iron Door Club, where she chased her dream of becoming famous. So far, Sheridan is enjoying the city. “I've always wanted to work in Liverpool,” she said to ITV during filming, “it's the friendliest city in the world.” details

Music has always been one of the most important aspects of AMC's "Mad Men." Which is why, when creator Matthew Weiner wanted to use a Beatles song in season 5's "Lady Lazarus" episode, he refused to settle for anything but the real deal.

Instead of using a cover of the band's "Tomorrow Never Knows," Weiner insisted they use a master recording that cost the production upward of $250,000. As we head into the Season 7 (Part 1) premiere this Sunday, here's the behind-the-scenes story of how one pricey "Mad Men" episode came to be. From the real-life ad campaigns to the fashions, most everything on "Mad Men" is authentically 1960s. But for Weiner, there was always one glaring inauthenticity on the show. “It was always my feeling that the show lacked a certain authenticity because we never could have an actual master recording of the Beatles performing," Weiner told The New York Times. "It always felt to me like a flaw. Because they are the band, probably, of the 20th century.” That isn't to say that the series has neve details

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