It was 50 years ago today... give or take six months or so. A concert programme signed by all four Beatles at their first Sheffield show has been uncovered – selling at auction for £4,200. The programme for one of two City Hall gigs on Saturday March 16, 1963 wasn’t even in mint condition.
While this isn't one of the places where the late-music icon John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono staged one of their famous bed-ins for peace or posed naked for the cover of their 1968 album "Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins," we can think of no finer name-dropping, stop-the-dinner-conversation point than being able to say "Lennon used to live in this house."
A drum kit featuring various drums that Ringo Starr used when The Beatles played their historic Shea Stadium concerts in 1965 and 1966 currently is on display for a limited time at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store on 59th St. in New York City. The kit includes the bass drum Starr played at his old band’s August 15, 1965, show at the now-demolished ballpark, as well as the floor and rack toms he used at the August 23, 1966, concert at the stadium.
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Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler has announced that the upcoming release of her third book has been delayed to coincide with Beatles anniversary. The much anticipated third book She Loves You, in the highly acclaimed John Lennon Series, which was due to be released on October 9, 2013 has been pushed back by its author Jude Southerland Kessler. The new release date will be February 7, 2014 when the book will make its formal debut at the Beatles Conference in Altoona, Pa.
It’s a good day to be a squirrel. First comes the trailer for The Nut Job, and now the news that the squirrel-centric children’s book “High in the Clouds” is being adapted into a feature film. Of course, squirrels can’t actually watch movies, read news on the internet, or even understand the concept of language, but I’m sure they’d be pleased were it explained to them in squirrel terms.
A reel-to-reel radio relic that preserves a long-lost Canadian interview with John Lennon, discovered recently in a former New York broadcaster’s attic is set to be auctioned Thursday. We ended up in Montreal, which turned out to be a good thing. The interview vividly recalls the musician’s December 1969 peace mission in Canada that culminated with a private meeting between the pop superstar and then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
Fifty years ago, Beatlemania shocked the world, drawing hostility and pity from press and public alike. But the screamers were neither the first nor the last to be starstruck… The first time Scottish concert promoter Andi Lothian booked the Beatles, in the frozen January of 1963, only 15 people showed up. The next time he brought them north of the border, to Glasgow Odeon on 5 October, they had scored a No 1 album and three No 1 singles, and it was as if a hurricane had blown into town.
A signed copy of With the Beatles has seen some of the highest bids in RR Auction's online sale, which closed on September 26. The album, signed by all four members of the band and in superb condition, sold for $40,726. A rare UK stereo first pressing, first cover edition complete with the original record, it is described by the auction house as "virtually nonexistent", such is its rarity.