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A fireman-style jacket once owned by John Lennon is to go on sale at auction. The blue coat is believed to be the same garment the iconic musician sported on the back cover of his and Yoko Ono's 1969 album Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions.

Lennon left it on a coat hook at pal Jon Hendricks' home in New York City in 1978, and Hendricks then gave it to a friend, Andrew B. Harvey. No estimated sale price has been given for the item but previous jackets belonging to the Beatles legend have fetched up to $200,000. Harvey's certificate of authenticity states, "This British fireman's coat once belonged to John Lennon. It was given to me in 1978 by Jon Hendricks, my (then) common-law wife's uncle. Brothers Jon and Jeff Hendricks... were involved in the art movement known as 'fluxism' as was Yoko Ono. Through this they got to know the Lennons in the early seventies... "In 1978 we went to stay with Jon for a few weeks.

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The Paul McCartney concert scheduled for June 14 in Lubbock is now sold out. Select-a-Seat sold all remaining tickets in an hour after they went on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday morning. The capacity for the concert is set at 11,500.

There are still VIP packages available for the concert with prices that range from $470 to $2000 per person. Anyone interested in purchasing one can call 770-2000. About 340 people also attended the wristband lottery drawing for the tickets at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Friday morning. Select-a-Seat is the only authorized ticket vendor. Texas Tech University and the City of Lubbock held a press conference on April 16 at the Buddy Holly Center concerning legendary singer, songwriter, Paul McCartney's scheduled appearance in Lubbock June 14. Texas Tech officials such as TTU System Chancellor Kent Hance and Texas Tech President Duane Nellis along with Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson and other city representatives made the announcement as a collaborative effort between Texas Tech University and the City of Lubboc details

Liverpool tourist attraction The Beatles Story is to host a free conference on “The Business of the Beatles”. The two-day symposium on June 26 and 27 has been organised as part of the city’s International Festival for Business (IFB). The Beatles Story has teamed up with Liverpool Hope University and Marketing Liverpool to hold the event.

Delegates will get an insight into how Liverpool approaches music heritage tourism and the wider global industry of Beatles-related business. As one of the global capitals of music heritage, Liverpool has led the way in defining itself by its musical legacy and in doing so attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to the city every year. This, in turn, creates employment and inward investment opportunities. The symposium is aimed at those who wish to know more about how the legacy of The Beatles is being handled by entrepreneurs within Liverpool and how the history of such developments have brought the city to the point that it is at now. The event will welcome representatives from London-based British Music Experience, now c details

BETHEL -- Someone is striking a chord of disharmony. A music industry autograph expert is challenging the authenticity of Paul McCartney's signature on a guitar being offered for auction next month by aBethel church. The milky white Fender Squier electric guitar, along with other celebrity-signed items, were bought by St. Thomas Episcopal Church from CharityGROW, a vendor that sells autographed memorabilia to nonprofits for fundraisers.

Roger Epperson, a music industry autograph authenticator, collector and expert, said Thursday the guitar was not signed by McCartney, who skyrocketed to fame 50 years ago with The Beatles. "This is not authentic. It's a pity and a crime," Epperson wrote in an email to Hearst Connecticut Media. Epperson is a consultant and authenticator for Christie's and Bonhams auction houses in the United Kingdom. He also works for RR Auction, which publishes a monthly catalog with 100 or more autographs, and Heritage Auctions, which auctions entertainment memorabilia four times a year. CharityGROW defended its company by details

Paul McCartney will headline the final concert at Candlestick Park in August, the former Beatle and San Francisco officials said Thursday, ending a back-and-forth drama that had the city competing against the 49ers for the right to play host to the music legend.

"Putting the rumor mill to rest, Paul has confirmed that he will indeed return to San Francisco Aug. 14 to play Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert," a statement on McCartney's website said. City officials later confirmed the news. "We just kept pushing and were persistent and drove the deal down the field," said Phil Ginsberg, director of the city Recreation and Park Department, which operates Candlestick. Tickets will go on sale May 5. It was not immediately known how much they will cost. 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.

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Sir Paul McCartney has secretly met up with Pussy Riot – amid speculation he could become the biggest-name star to snub Russia because of their human rights record. The music legend held a summit with members of the controversial feminist protest group in Los Angeles a fortnight ago as they thanked him for his support during their prison ordeal.

Sir Paul has previously met Vladimir Putin for tea in the Kremlin when he performed in Red Square in 2003. The Russian leader, who was in the front row for the huge gig, has also confessed to being a fan of the Beatles. But relations between the two men appear to have dramatically nosedived since with a string of political interventions by the singer against the politician’s policies. After being invited to meet the singer during his tour rehearsals in the American city, Pussy Riot said afterwards: “Sir Paul has repeatedly told us that he found it hard to believe that Russia - a country with such a rich and developed culture - accepts what Putin is doing today .” Some Russian fans fears t details

POMONA >> Sumara Sevilla was hooked once she heard the thumping upright bass at an Imelda May rockabilly concert two years ago. That inspiration still drives the 10-year-old Kingsley Elementary School student as she learns to play cello and dreams of a future in music.

“Words can’t describe how much I love the cello,” the fifth-grader said. The love of music reached hundreds of children Tuesday as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop at the school to teach students about music and the recording industry. Though music programs have suffered cuts throughout the state due to tough economic times, tour officials say their work is turning the sentiment toward music education around. “I think they’re finally seeing the value of it,” said Chris Walker, who drives the bus and has worked as a driver for artists such as Snoop Dogg. It’s a growing program that has high demand, and some schools have been on the waiting list for years. That’s because students get to see high-tech recording equipment in action, play inst details

McCartney guitar tops Bethel auction - Thursday, April 24, 2014

BETHEL -- A new electric guitar autographed byPaul McCartney tops the offerings at this year's St. Thomas Episcopal Church benefit auction. The ivory Fender Squier guitar wasn't played by McCartney, but it's similar to those he played when he was a member of The Beatles.

The opening bid is $1,685. "The cachet of owning something with Paul McCartney's signature on it really increases the value," said Dana Treidel, customer service director of the Bethel Music Center. "I would love to have it." McCartney's signature is written in swirling blue ink, in stark contrast to the guitar's white body. "It's from Charity Grow, which helps people who are having auctions," said Dawn Fawcett, who is organizing the May 3 auction with another parishioner, Robin Mitchell. McCartney "was aware that this would be sold for charity. That's why he does it." Along with the guitar, a red boxing glove signed by Sylvester Stallone, who played "Rocky" in a series of movies, is available. Signed photographs of astronaut and form details

Sean Lennon's new album Midnight Sun - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When your father was a member of the Beatles and your mother an acclaimed avant-garde/noise artist, you're allowed to take some creative liberties. Just ask Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono), who has spent nearly 25 years performing solo and with acts like Cibo Matto, Albert Hammond Jr. and his mother's group, the Plastic Ono Band. 

But in recent years, Lennon has been living an almost modern-day rock'n'roll version of Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson, having formed a romantic and creative partnership with British model/recording artist Charlotte Kemp Muhl, who he has recorded and toured with under the name the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, or as they commonly go by now the GOASTT. Their newest LP, Midnight Sun, arrives April 29 through Lennon and Muhl's own Chimera Music. Until then, stream the album in full on Recorded in the four-year gap following the release of their roughshod  details

When the Beatles Blew Their Big Chance - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The much-maligned Decca Records will forever be known in the annals of rock history as the label that rejected the Beatles — an epic, billion-dollar blunder considered by many to be one of history’s greatest commercial missteps.

And sure, opting for Brian Poole and the Tremeloes ahead of the Fab Four sounds like a gargantuan mistake, but just because hindsight is 20/20, that doesn’t mean that it has good ears. Because if you look closely — and really listen — to a day in the life of the world’s biggest band, you may just decide that it was the Beatles, as much as any Decca exec, who blew their big chance that day.To say the the Liverpudlian band was at a key juncture in late 1961 is an understatement: In the six weeks leading up to their audition at Decca, the Beatles’ somewhat inert fortunes had been handed over to a one-man career accelerator in the form of new manager Brian Epstein. The original Fab Four (Pete Best, not Ringo Starr, was still on drums) had spent much of the past year building up their 10 details

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