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Feb. 5, 2014 - Candice “Candy” Leonard is a first-generation Beatle fan with a PhD in Sociology.  So not only does she still carry the Beatles in her heart, but she can explain what she calls the ‘joyful trauma’ experienced by millions of other Fab Four fans in her forthcoming book, Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World.

Beatleness tells how the Beatles’ constant presence throughout 1960s transformed the childhood and adolescence of millions of American kids and how, through these kids, the Beatles “changed everything.”  Based on hundreds of hours of in-depth fan interviews, the book offers a thoroughly fresh approach to the Beatles’ impact on the fans and the culture, and explains the unique feeling of connection first-generation fans still feel toward the band. Candy Leonard received her BA in Communications from Queens College, MA in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia, and PhD from University of NH.  She has taught sociology details

As the District prepares for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Beatles’ first concert in the United States, which happened to be right up the street from CQ Roll Call HQ at Uline Arena, chairs from the venue are being raffled off to benefit the DC Preservation League.

On Feb. 11, the league and Douglas Development, which owns the arena, will present a tribute concert to the Fab Four’s Feb. 11, 1964, show at the arena. The tribute band Beatlemania will play the Beatles’ set list from that night, as well as other favorites. Five pairs of the arena’s wooden bleacher-style chairs will be raffled off at the concert. Raffle tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online. To buy tickets to the event, The arena, located at Third and M streets Northeast, was built in 1941 and is a designated DC landmark that has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. On a normal day, it’s used primarily as a parking lot.

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The Beatles were photographed by National Geographic photographer Fred Ward during their first U.S. concert on Feb. 11, 1964, at the Washington Coliseum in D.C. Ward's Beatles photos, including rare color performance shots like this one, will be on display Feb. 9 in Camarillo. 

Beatles fans who want to go the extra mile -- literally -- to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s storming of America can hop on the 101 Freeway on Sunday and head to Camarillo for an exhibition of some rare and in some cases previously unpublished photos of the group’s first U.S. concert in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 1964. Fred Ward, a National Geographic photographer and writer, was on freelance assignment and covered the Beatles’ arrival by train in Washington two days after their barnstorming debut performance Feb. 9, 1964, on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Previously, Ward had been photographing high level political figures including President Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Cuban details

A Son's Tribute to the Beatles - Tuesday, February 04, 2014

On Thursday, the Morrison Hotel Gallery on Prince Street in SoHo will open a photography show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to the U.S. What separates this exhibit from other events of its ilk? It was curated by Julian Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Cynthia Powell and a photographer in his own right. (He is also represented by the Morrison Hotel Gallery, who put on his first exhibition in New York.)

The 50th anniversary had come up several times with Mr. Lennon but "it was all seeming too much of a muchness, you know?" he said the other day in a phone conversation from Europe before a several-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia as part of his White Feather Foundation. "It was not only impossible to figure out who was doing this, that and the other, but I just decided to take a backseat and send my best wishes and love that way." Then Timothy White, a photographer and a partner at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, came to Mr. Lennon with an idea to peruse a few hundred photos of his dad with the Beatles, pick out 25 or maybe 50, beca details

50 years after the Beatles first came to America John still appears to be the most Popular Beatle, an online survey over the past 3 years of real Beatles Fans at eCommerce site Fan Four Store has the standings as they have been for many decades John, Paul, George, and Ringo in this poll with nearly 9999 votes counted.

John is in first spot (3534 vote(s) - 35.8%) , followed very closely by Paul (3427 vote(s) - 34.7%) with George 3rd (2005 vote(s) - 20.3%) and of course Ringo in 4th place(906 vote(s) - 9.2%) when this story was posted www.fabfourstore.com had registered 9872 vote(s)... they are hoping for 9999 votes by this Friday the 7th Feb 50 years after the Beatles first landed in America , vote today on the home page at this Exclusively Beatles Store on the web.

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A new eight-CD box set gathering together five lengthy conversations John Lennon and Yoko Ono had withVillage Voice journalist and New York radio personality Howard Smith will be released on April 14.  Smith Tapes: I’m Not The Beatles: John & Yoko Interviews 1969-72 features audio of Lennon and his wife discussing a wide variety of topics, including the couple’s political activism, their interest in primal therapy, the breakup of The Beatles and the band members’ solo work.

The compilation features interviews that took place in May 1969 via the phone when Lennon and Ono were hosting their famous Bed-In event in Montreal, in December 1969 at rocker Ronnie Hawkins‘ home near Toronto, in December 1970 at the Regency Hotel in New York City, in September 1971 at the St. Regis Hotel in NYC and in January 1972 at the couple’s apartment on Bank St. in the Big Apple. The box set lists at $49.99 but currently is available at SeeOfSound.com fo details

Lost Beatles photographs found - Monday, February 03, 2014

This piece by Adrienne Aurichio is part of a series of essays to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first American television appearance on CBS's "The Ed Sullivan Show." It culminates with CBS News, 50 Years Later...The Beatles at The Ed Sullivan Theater: Presented by Motown The Musical, a live, interactive multimedia event at The Ed Sullivan Theater on Feb. 9. 

Bill Eppridge believed that a good photojournalist had a certain amount of luck when it came to being in the right place at the right time. He certainly was in the right place on the morning of February 7, 1964. Bill, just 26, was in the Life magazine office early that day when Director of Photography Dick Pollard needed someone to be at JFK Airport to photograph the arrival of a British rock group known as The Beatles. Not only was Bill there when they stepped off the plane, but he also followed the group for the next six days.  Strangely, all 90 rolls of film, with more than 3000 images went missing for years. They resurfaced around the same time that The Beatle details

Vince Calandra had never even held a guitar before. But, even back in February of 1964, he had a pretty good sense that he shouldn’t drop this one. Calandra, a self-described “street kid from Brooklyn,” had worked his way up on “The Ed Sullivan Show” from mail boy, to cue card holder for guest stars like Buddy Holly, to stage producer. A coincidence of clothing led to his brief brush with fame that day, though.

The Beatles arrived at the studio on Saturday for rehearsal the day before their big American debut on Feb. 9, but George Harrison was laid up at the Plaza Hotel with strep throat. The band’s road manager, Neil Aspinall, was standing in for rehearsal. Before it got started, manager Brian Epstein rushed over to send him back to the hotel to deal with crises. Harrison’s sister, Louise, who’d been taking care of him, couldn’t get past security back into the hotel (“You and about 1,000 other women have come here and told us they’re George Harrison’s sister,” Calandra recalls them saying); plus, t details

JFK Airport will host a celebration and dedicate a historical marker 50 years to the day the Beatles arrived there to screaming fans for their first trip to the U.S. On Feb. 7, the Port Authority and radio station Q104.3 FM will mark the day the Fab Four arrived at the airport on a Pan Am flight that day in 1964, and were greeted by screaming fans.

Port Authority officials will unveil a marker inside the airport that pays tribute to the Beatles' landing at JFK, and a cover band will play Beatles tunes to honor the day. The Beatles held their first U.S. news conference at the airport after they landed, which was attended by NBC 4 New York's Gabe Pressman, pictured in one of the photos above.

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A coffee stall once frequented by the Rolling Stones and The Beatles has been saved from losing its license. The future of Chelsea Bridge Coffee Stall, in Queenstown Road, was uncertain following complaints by people living in Chelsea Bridge Wharf over noise and litter.

But Wandsworth councillors voted last night to preserve the license, after a petition signed by more than 700 people to save the stall was presented. Complaints were made to the council over noise, litter and anti-social behaviour by 27 members of the Chelsea Bridge Wharf Residents Association. Neighbours said people urinated on stairs close to the river and customers were kicking balls against their lift. The stall, which has been open since the 1940s, was a famous meeting spot for rockers known as the Chelsea Bridge Boys during the 1960s. Renato Di Paola has been the license owner for about two years, with a 24 hour trading license being in place for over 45 years. He said: "We do have a lot of residents in favour of us and haven't got a problem with us, there is some that have got a problem with us. "We get all details

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