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A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen explaining why he was returning his MBE was found tucked in a record sleeve from a £10 car boot haul.

The anonymous owner took the document to a valuation day at The Beatles Story in Liverpool on Wednesday - and discovered it was worth about £60,000.

One expert believes the text is a draft of the letter Lennon eventually sent, which remains in the Royal archives. Lennon returned the MBE in protest at Britain's involvement in a civil war.

The letter reads: "I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts."

The letter, which was recently unearthed in the owner's attic, has been described as an "incredible find" by music memorabilia expert Darren Julien. It was originally discovered inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection of 45s, picked up for £10 at a car boot sale 20 years ago.

"My theory is that John Lennon never sent this draft because of the smeared ink," said Mr Julien. "If you're writing to the Queen, you want the letter to look pretty perfect, you don't want the ink to be details

In late 1974, former Beatle George Harrison released a holiday single of sorts. Its A-side, "Ding Dong, Ding Dong," was one of the catchier tunes from his latest album, Dark Horse.

Luckily for Beatles fans—and for guitar fans in general—Harrison filmed a pre-MTV music video to go along with the tune. It's overflowing with guitar cameo appearances; we even see a few of his iconic, Fab Four-era axes a full 10 years after the height of Beatlemania. You can check it out below.

As Harrison parodies several younger versions of himself—"ringing out the old," as it were—he plays (and/or displays) a Gibson ES-5 (not one of his Beatles guitars, despite the Hamburg-era leather jacket he's sporting as he plays it), his legendary 1963 Rickenbacker 360/12, his original Epiphone Casino (the same guitar he played on the Beatles' final tour in 1966) and his 1957 Gibson Les Paul, also known as "Lucy."

This is the guitar Harrison plays in the "Revolution" promo video, the same ax Eric Clapton plays on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (according to Andy Babiuk, and I totally agree). We also see a few custom instruments, including a 12-string acoustic guitar made by Zemaitis.

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THE recent release of The Beatles documentary, Eight Days A Week –­ The Touring Years, showed what life was like for the Fab Four at the height of their popularity. Now a new book, The Beatles – I Was There, uncovers the stories of the fans who saw the band live. Author Richard Houghton spoke to more than 400 people lucky enough to see the group between 1957 and 1966 to record their memories. The Beatles made several trips to Scotland during that period and the book features tales of Scots who saw John, Paul, Ringo and George as they went from unknowns to the biggest stars in the world.

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, January 6 1963

Bill Cowie, 15 at the time, and his brother Mike turned up early, so knocked on the stage door and were invited in to meet them. “They were tuning their guitars and discussing their playlist,” Bill recalled. He requested Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen, which John later dedicated to the “lads in the front row”. After the first set, Bill and Mike went back to the dressing room and Paul offered them a cup of tea. Afterwards, Kathleen Donald, 15, and her friend Pat Masson knocked on the dressing room door for autographs. “When I got marri details

Imagine a Beatles biography that combines the rigorous research of a World War II history tome with the continuously unfurling dramatic plot of a Game Of Thrones-style epic. Mark Lewisohn had this thought, or something like it, in 2003, and went about purging his life of virtually all non-Beatles-related activity from that day forward.

Ten years later, in 2013, the first volume of the wryly titled The Beatles: All These Years showed up on bookstore shelves, taking us all the way from the lineage of Ringo Starr’s grandparents to the moment right before the crushing onset of Beatlemania in 1963. Lewisohn expects to finish the second volume, which will cover 1963 to 70, in 2020.

His appearance at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, October 22, marked the end of a three-week research trip of gathering new material for this book, some of which he promised would significantly change the way we think about the story of Beatle-mania.

Disputes about the Beatles’ musicianship almost always feel like a show of faux contrarianism, but it’s important to acknowledge that their enduring popularity is due in part to the sheer volume of ephemera produced during the Beatlemania years. Nothing enab details

A former Cavern Club cleaner from Southport rescued a painting of Ringo Starr worth an estimated £5,000 when the club closed down in 1973. In the build up to a special Memorabilia Day at The Beatles Story in Liverpool former cleaner Hal Morris came forward with the painting that was recovered when the club initially shut.

The portrait of Ringo, which hung on the wall of the Cavern Club before its closure was hidden away in a drawer at Hal's home in Ainsdale for more than three decades before it was re-discovered a few months ago. It has been valued at around £5,000 by LA based Julien’s Auctions who are hosting the memorabilia event with The Beatles Story.

The original portrait of the Fab Four drummer deep in thought was painted by artist Pete Williams as he sat next to fellow Beatle John Lennon in the original Cavern Club. While John isn't featured in the painting, there is a rough sketch of him wearing his famous spectacles on the reverse side along with the artist’s signature.

Hal said: “I am absolutely flabbergasted that the painting is worth so much! It was given to me by a builder who was starting to take things down when the Cavern Club closed in March 1973 and it&rsqu details

PAUL MCCARTNEY was upset and emailed Phil Collins after being accused of being rude and patronising, but the Genesis star says the former Beatle needed to be told he had a bad attitude.

The row has rumbled on after McCartney sent Collins a message, but no apology. The drama erupted last week when Collins accused his fellow pop legend of being rude and condescending, saying that he humiliated him at a party at Buckingham Palace. The Genesis star says he is sorry that McCartney is upset but implied that McCartney will keep bing rude unless someone stands up to him

He said: "I met him when I was working at the Buckingham Palace Party at the Palace thing back in 2002. McCartney came up with Heather Mills and I had a first edition of The Beatles by Hunter Davies and I said, 'Hey Paul, do you mind signing this for me?' And he said, 'Oh Heather, our little Phil's a bit of a Beatles fan.' "And I thought, 'You f**k, you f**k.' Never forgot it." This week he told Billboard magazine that McCartney messaged him shortly after he made the accusation.

Collins said: "He's been in touch about it because he was upset. I certainly didn't get any flowers from him; I got more of a 'Let's just get on with our lives.' And I'm details

For The Beatles, 1966 sparked a revolution - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Every corner of the planet had discovered The Beatles by 1966, but it was the year when we would all discover who they were becoming. Steve Turner’s new biography Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year (Ecco, 464 pp., *** out of four stars) narrows in on the explosive midpoint of the band’s career, which begins, unremarkably, with a badly needed break from the business of being Beatles. Off the road and out of the studio for the first time in ages, the weary quartet settle into their own lives in and around London, sopping up avant-garde culture and experimenting with mind-altering drugs.

When they reassemble at Abbey Road in April to record Tomorrow Never Knows, John Lennon’s rendering of an acid trip, the transformation is unmistakable. As Bob Dylan vastly underestimates when he hears the song: “Oh, I get it. You don’t want to be cute anymore.” Beatles '66 is in many ways a companion piece to Ron Howard’s new Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years documentary. Where that project culminates in the group’s discomforting final tour in 1966, Beatles '66 tracks the evolution of the music that forced their retirement from the road.

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George, Through His Son’s Eyes

When George Harrison died in 2001 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer, he didn’t just leave behind his legacy as one of The Beatles – he left behind his beloved son Dhani, who has since devoted his life and career to preserving his father’s musical legacy while at the same time forging his own. Shortly after George’s death, Dhani appeared in the Concert For George documentary in which he was kind enough to sit down and share some of his most precious memories of his dad, revealing a man who, when at home, wasn’t a rockstar – he was simply ‘Dad’ and as Dhani Harrison tells it, a pretty damn good one.

“He used to say to me every day, ‘You don’t have to go to school today. Do you want to just go on a yacht in the South Pacific and run away forever?'”

From heartwarming tales that paint George as a gentle parent willing to let Dhani explore and create art instead of insisting he join the rank and file of everyday life, to a rebel at heart who refused to let authority figures mistreat or in any way break Dhani’s spirit, George’s portrayal through the eyes of one of the people who loved details

Many people have claimed the title of “fifth Beatle,” the unacknowledged secret ingredient that made the greatest rock band of all time so successful. Vivek J. Tiwary’s and Andrew C. Robinson’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle takes up the case of Brian Epstein, the manager who originally found The Beatles in Liverpool and helped guide them to superstardom.

Originally published in 2013 to much critical acclaim (including Eisner and Harvey Awards), The Fifth Beatle is now available in an expanded paperback edition, just in time for a planned TV event-series adaptation.

The new edition includes some extra behind-the-scenes content, including Robinson’s original pencils and inks for various pages. In the scene below, for instance, multiple ’60s rock stars converge at a party. The new edition features Robinson’s original breakdowns of the scene.

By: Christian Holub

Source:Entertainment Weekly



It was a mob scene at our Hearst Movie & A Martini recent screening of the Ron Howard Beatles documentary “Eight Days a Week” at the Avon Theatre in Stamford.

Perhaps it was not the Beatlemania madness of 50 years ago, but the film about the early touring days of the four “mop tops” from Liverpool filled the 271-seat venue. We joined forces with the nonprofit theater’s regular monthly Documentary Night to celebrate the preview of a movie that takes a new angle on the quintessential 1960s rock group — focusing on the live performances during the first half of the decade, when the Beatles’ music was taking off all over the globe.

Produced and directed by Howard in collaboration with the Hulu streaming service, “Eight Days a Week” features newly restored concert footage with the soundtracks cleaned up digitally so that the live performances are more powerful than ever. For many years, the inferior sound mixing of the concert footage allowed the screams of thousands of fans to overpower the songs the Fab Four was playing on stage.

As a result of the digital restoration of the music, tunes such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “A Hard D details

Sir Paul McCartney once offered to write and produce songs for the Four Tops.

The 74-year-old Beatles legend is a massive fan of the Motown band and the only surviving original member, Duke Fakir, has revealed when he met the guitarist at their manager Brian Epstein's party in London in 1966, he said he'd love to write some songs for them, but the 'Reach Out I'll Be There' hitmaker never took up his offer.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz - ahead of their UK tour which kicks off at Liverpool's Echo Arena on Friday (21.10.16) - Duke said: "Paul McCartney was very generous and came to me and told me he loved the Tops and he remembers when he first met us and we had a party in London, The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein threw a party for us, and Paul and I had a long talk. He asked me, 'Do you need some new music?' And I said we will call you, but I never called."

Despite a collaboration never happening, Duke, 80, wouldn't turn down the chance to have the 'Hey Jude' hitmaker pen some lyrics for the group now.

Asked if he would invite McCartney to work with them now, he said: "Of course. Are you kidding?"

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THINK FOR YOURSELF - Friday, October 21, 2016

The Beatles get by with a little help from a friend.

 Picture it.

Bob Dylan, now the recipient of a Nobel Prize, emerges from a blue Ford station wagon and the frenzied thrum of Manhattan's Park Avenue, past a throng of screaming fans, into the Hotel Delmonico (now a luxury condominium tower owned by Donald Trump). He rides an elevator to the sixth floor and sleuths through a bevy of reporters, policemen and hangers-on into the annals of music lore and legend.

"That was rather a coup," Paul McCartney would later admit. The Beatles, in their hotel suite with managers Brian Epstein and Mal Evans, met Dylan for the first time that August night in 1964. They were also introduced to another cultural icon of the '60s: marijuana.

"Until the advent of rap, pop music remained largely derivative of that night at the Delmonico," argued rock journalist Al Aronowitz (the mutual friend who staged the encounter) years later. "That meeting didn't just change pop music — it changed the times."

It is, in hindsight, a kairotic moment after which the Beatles, and music, were inarguably changed. Thanks to Dylan, they had graduated from pills and drink. A year later, they chanced on LSD. Rubber Soul details

On the verge of last month's release of Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years, a Ron Howard-directed film showing live performances of The Beatles, a surprising lawsuit was filed by the company assigned Sid Bernstein's intellectual property.

Bernstein was a well known rock promoter in the 1960s, credited with bringing The Beatles to the United States, who passed away at the age of 95 in 2013. The lawsuit focused on the role he enjoyed for The Beatles' 1965 performance at Shea Stadium, which has been featured on ABC in 1967, in the 1995 television docuseries, The Beatles Anthology, a 2010 Billy Joel concert film called The Last Play at Shea, and last and not least, as supplemental material following screenings of Eight Days a Week. The footage is also streamed at the website.

After five decades, Sid Bernstein Presents is now claiming rights to both the footage from that Shea Stadium performance, and despite seeing the Copyright Office reject its copyright registration application in July, asserts infringement on the part of two Beatles-related companies, Apple Corps Limited and Subafilms Limited.

On Wednesday, defendants filed a motion to dismiss the complaint that rejects the "frivolous" not details

Paul McCartney is, of course, best known as a member of the Beatles and as a prolific songwriter. At the age of 74, he tours the world relentlessly playing songs old and new to the delight of fans young and old, mostly in ballparks across America. It’s not by accident though that he finds himself on second base for a two and a half hour show…

Here’s a portion of a interview conducted by the Boston Herald just prior to a concert appearance at Fenway Park in 2009: Herald: With two nights at Fenway and dates at New York’s Citi Field last month, you’re spending a lot of time at ballparks. Are you a baseball fan?

McCartney: Baseball to us is a game called rounders we played as kids. Actually, I accidentally broke a girl’s nose when I was a kid with my back swing. I still remember her name. Shirley Prytherch. P-R-Y-T-H-E-R, um, C-H, I think. I don’t know, but it sounds Welsh to me. It’s something like this that accounts for all the armor you guys wear now playing baseball. She didn’t have any and look what happened to her.

Does that mean you’re not really a baseball fan?

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It’s eerie: the voice on the other end of the phone line is a dead ringer for that of John Lennon. That’s no accident.

Daniel Taylor has masterfully taken on the vocal inflections of the late Beatle in the musical/play Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which comes to Club Soda on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Taylor — a Liverpudlian, like Lennon — has the late Beatle’s look and mannerisms down pat, too. So much so that the hair stands up on the neck of many a patron who catches the show. The resemblance, physically and vocally, is that uncanny.

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion has bowled over audiences in the U.S. and the U.K. The Club Soda date marks the show’s Canadian debut, before it moves on to cities including Toronto and Vancouver. And that’s only fitting.

Lennon, who was murdered in New York 36 years ago, had a special connection with this city. In 1969, he and bride Yoko Ono conducted a Bed-In for Peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Joined at their bedside by Timothy Leary, Dick Gregory, Tommy Smothers and Petula Clark, among others, Lennon and Ono recorded Give Peace a Chance, their protest against the Vietnam War.

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The cover photograph of the Beatles Abbey Road album is one of the most iconic images of pop history. Taken in 1969, it shows the group walking across a zebra crossing. Led by a white suited John Lennon, the Fab Four cross from left to right. Paul, of course, is barefooted.

But there are other versions, including the group crossing the other way, and there are even shots with Paul wearing sandals.

Now these rarely seen alternative takes are being put up for auction in New York next Thursday. In all there are six photos taken by Iain Macmillan, who only ever made a handful of sets of the images. For decades Macmillan, who died in 2006, just sat on the negatives, said Nigel Russell, director of photographs with Heritage Auctions, which is conducting the sale. This set was given to an executive with the Capitol record company, which had the US rights to the Beatles’ music at the time. It was sold onto a collector who has put them up for sale.

The whereabouts of the other remaining sets is unknown. “It doesn’t appear the rest were sold in a gallery, we think they were given away to others involved in the 1969 recording,” he said.

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Phil Collins blasts Sir Paul McCartney - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Phil Collins thinks Sir Paul McCartney is condescending. The 65-year-old star is former fan of the legendary singer, but his perception of Sir Paul took a sharp downward turn following an encounter at the Party at the Palace event at Buckingham Palace in 2002, which marked the Golden Jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

He said: "I've got to preface this by saying McCartney was one of my heroes. But he has this thing when he's talking to you, where he makes you feel ...[putting on a condescending Scouse accent] 'I know this must be hard for you, because I'm a Beatle. I'm Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.'"

Phil admitted he has "never forgot" the way he was treated by Sir Paul at Buckingham Palace. He explained to the Sunday Times newspaper: "I met him when I was working at the Buckingham Palace party at the palace thing back in 2002.

"McCartney came up with Heather Mills and I had a first edition of The Beatles by Hunter Davies and I said, 'Hey Paul, do you mind signing this for me?' And he said, 'Oh Heather, our little Phil's a bit of a Beatles fan.' And I thought, 'You f***, you f***.' Never forgot it."

Source: Hamilton Spectator


There are places I remember All my life, though some have changed. 

Some forever, not for better Some have gone and some remain.

All these places have their moments -- "In My Life" The Beatles

In February 1964, our somber nation, still reeling from the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, was invaded. Not by communists but by the British. Instead of arriving for battle as their forefathers had, these four mop-topped, 20-something Liverpool lads came in rockin' and played a role in a cultural revolution fueled by music. Soon on a first-name basis with America, John, Paul, George and Ringo made quite the first impression. Beatlemania swept the 50 states. And we were forever changed. "Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Beatles!" an interactive, artifact-driven traveling exhibit examining the phenomenon opened at the Clinton Presidential Center on Oct. 8 and runs through April 2. "It's really a look at the touring years," says Ben Thielemier, communications manager with the Clinton Foundation.

The exhibit of more than 400 items, including records, rare photos, instruments, clothing and tour artifacts, was curated by the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum and Fab Four Exhibits LLC. Th details

During the heyday of Beatlemania, there was a commonly agreed-upon way of keeping up with each of the Fab Four…

Paul is the cute one George is the quiet one Ringo is the funny one John is the smart one

By “smart” I’m sure the fans meant John was witty, clever and—since his name appeared first on almost all Beatles songs–the real brains behind the band. Of course, John was very witty; most Beatles press conferences left reporters in stitches as he would fire wise cracks with machine gun speed. He also was extremely clever and despite the arrangement of the words “Lennon/McCartney” being a bit overblown, he was a brilliant songwriter. But he was also “smart” in that he was sometimes an icy smart alec. Sometimes it was charming, like with this little shot during a concert in front of the freaking Queen of England…

Other times however, he could come off as entirely cruel. He used to mock disabled people and often showed contempt for political leaders in cities and countries he visited. There’s also the fact that he abandoned his first wife and son, and occasionally was violent against women. Interviews from friends and associates often details

Desert Trip has offered several surprises. And on Saturday night the bright light was Rihanna who joined Paul McCartney onstage to belt out FourFiveSeconds. They first performed the song together at the 2015 Grammy Awards. The 28-year-old beauty wore a baggy pin-stripped suit as she made her way through the hit with the 74-year-old on his guitar. 'We finally found someone under the age of 50,' McCartney joked after she left the stage.

FourFiveSeconds, which was also co-written by Kanye West, has been a regular song in both Rihanna and Paul's set lists since the single made its debut in January 2015. Neil Young was also on hand to perform A Day in the Life which was combined with John Lennon's Give Peace A Chance and Why Don't We Do It in the Road? Paul's daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney, and her friend Kate Hudson were in the audience. 

This comes after the Rolling Stones hit the stage for the second weekend on Friday. Mick Jagger, 73, took the stage in a bright pink and red jacket to belt out some of his oldies like Start Me Up and Angie. Paris Hilton and Alessandra Ambrosio shared their images from the event on Snapchat and Instagram. 

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John E. Carter doesn’t need the Internet in order to figure out which day of the week March 21, 1961 fell on. It was a Tuesday. Tuesday nights were when John’s band, the Bluegenes (which later morphed into the Swinging Blue Jeans), brought on a special guest at the Cavern in Liverpool. That particular night, he was on stage, introducing a local group making its nighttime debut in the popular, perspiration-drenched cellar club.

He did so reluctantly this time, and only at the insistence of club owner Ray McFall. “Our group didn’t want the Beatles on,” said John, 78, who played guitar with the Bluegenes, reminiscing at his home in Beaconsfield. “I’d seen the Beatles, and they were dirty. They were scruffy.” He had seen the not-yet-Fab Four play at a local church, St. Barnabas — where Paul McCartney had sung in the choir — and was put off by what he considered to be the group’s unprofessional attire, raw performance and rough demeanour.

After introducing the leather-clad quartet at the Cavern, John left the club for a pint. When he returned to resume his MCing duties, he was mildly shocked.

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A new Paul McCartney song, written and performed by the former Beatle, appears on the soundtrack for the Raymond Briggs adaptation Ethel and Ernest, the Telegraph can exclusively reveal.

The animated film, based on Briggs's moving 1998 storybook about the lives of his parents, premieres this afternoon at the London Film Festival.

Jim Broadbent voices Briggs's father, milkman Ernest, while Brenda Blethyn plays his mother Ethel, who worked as a lady's maid before meeting her future husband in 1928. The film tells the story of the couple, from their marriage to the birth of their son (Briggs, played by Luke Treadaway), to their experiences during the Second World War and post-war years.

McCartney's new song, titled In the Blink of An Eye, plays over the end credits of the movie. Getting one of the most famous names in pop music to write a track for your film might sound like a bit of a daunting challenge but Ethel and Ernest director Roger Mainwood says he had an advantage: McCartney was already a fan of Briggs's work.

"I knew that Paul McCartney was a big animation fan and I knew that Raymond Briggs's book Fungus the Bogeyman had influenced Paul's 1980s track Bogey Music," he explained.

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This is the show I'm going to talk about on my deathbed--the day Sir Paul McCartney turned a high desert roadhouse into a modern day Cavern Club. It sounds like a dream, but it really did happen.

In between his Saturday night sets at Desert Trip, McCartney and his band blew in like tumbleweeds that can sing in perfect harmony to Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace on Thursday, Oct. 13, to play for a crowd of only a few hundred super fans who just found out about the show that morning when Macca announced it.

Some had seen McCartney's monster set at Desert Trip last weekend while others were headed to the Empire Polo Club this weekend. And there were high desert locals, like brothers Jaime and Mario Correa, 25 and 26, respectively, of Joshua Tree, who plunked down $50 each, in cash, for the show of a lifetime. Jaime Correa was working on a car engine when he heard about the show Thursday morning. "This is crazy," Jaime Correa said. "I didn't wake up this morning expecting to be here."

None of us did--well, except Macca and his band, and the merch guys, since there were posters ($10) and two different Pappy & Harriet's McCartney T-shirts for sale ($30).

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A Moray pensioner’s recollection of meeting The Beatles in the swinging 60s has been published in a new book about the Fab Four. A “cheeky” John Lennon leaned out of a window at student nurse Adeline Reid while theatrically clutching his chest, and asked her to take his pulse.

The encounter took place when the Merseyside musicians were playing their first ever Scottish gig, at Elgin’s Two Red Shoes ballroom, in early 1963. While Mrs Reid was “embarrassed” by the group’s attention at the time, the meeting became a source of pride when they hit the big time just a week later with the release of Please Please Me.

Yesterday, the Keith retiree reflected on how “lucky” she was to have her own personal memory of the pop legends. She said: “I was in my late teens and stayed at a bed and breakfast near the Two Red Shoes, while studying at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin.

“Next door, there was a boarding house where a lot of the acts that played there stayed. “That day, The Beatles were all hanging out of a window there – with John Lennon nearest to me. “He held his hand to his heart, saying ‘nursie, nursie’, “T details

Ringo Starr Is Basically My Surrogate Uncle - Thursday, October 13, 2016

SOMETIMES I THINK I’m the biggest Beatles fan in the world, which is probably how most Beatles obsessives feel. At age five, I attended my first Beatles convention; by age six, I could make the distinction between the group’s UK and US discographies. I was a savant in Fab Four trivia.

When I hear somebody say “the Beatles suck” (probably the textbook utterance of boilerplate iconoclasm), I take it personally. The Beatles raised me—my birthfather never paid a dime in child support, but he did leave me a turntable and ragged, water-damaged copies of 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 (also known as the Red and Blue Albums, respectively). As I got older and started surrounding myself with more and more Beatle-bashing, wannabe provocateurs, the band’s music would become my own little embryonic asylum away from the obscurantist chest-beating of punk and indie.

If the fact that I’m having fewer idiotic arguments about the band on social media is any indication, it appears that the music community has settled on the consensus that the Beatles were patently great (even if John Lennon was an asshole). But there’s one myth that even diehards like myself remain susceptible to: that Ring details

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