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On this day in 1958, Paul McCartney and John Lennon performed together for the first time at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Billed as The Quarry Men Skiffle Group, the group supported the Merseysippi Jazz Band at the historical venue, which opened its doors just one year prior to the performance and caught the emergence of the Merseybeat scene. The club quickly became world-famous, most notably due to the volume of Beatles performances that took place there between 1961 and 1963, and is now synonymous with the band. McCartney most recently visited the venue in 2018, when he played a surprise show for 250 fans.

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John Lennon’s coat from the “Magical Mystery Tour” film, his cape from “Help!,” three guitars, and Paul McCartney’s handwritten arrangement notes for “Hey Jude” — all from John’s son Julian’s private collection — are going up for NFT auction on Feb. 7, the first in a series to be rolled out over the coming months. “Lennon Connection: The NFT Collection” is presented by NFT marketplace YellowHeart and Julien’s Auctions.

The auction, the first all-NFT effort mounted by Julien’s Auctions, will open for bidding January 24 and commence in real time and in lot order for live bidding at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on February 7, 2022, live in Beverly Hills and online at juliensauctions.com.

Each item will be offered as an audio/visual collectible, with a personal narration from Julian. Descriptions and videos of the items appear below; the items themselves are not up for auction.

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SIR PAUL McCartney wrote his famous 1970s protest song Give Ireland Back To The Irish after seeing footage of Bloody Sunday.

The former Beatle was in the US at the time when on January 30, 1972, British Paratroopers opened fire at a civil rights march in Derry killing 14 people dead.

The 79-year-old musician said it was "deeply troubling" to see footage of a perfectly peaceful demonstration go wrong.

The song, which was banned by the BBC, went on to be a number one in the Republic.

Sunday Life reported the details from his new book, The Lyrics, written in collaboration with acclaimed Northern Ireland poet Paul Muldoon.

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MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the next round of artist additions for MerleFest 2022, which will be held April 28-May 1, 2022.

Trampled By Turtles, Colin Hay, and The Steel Wheels will join an already outstanding lineup which includes performances by Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass, Rissi Palmer, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Allison Russell, We Banjo 3, and more. MerleFest is the annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Hogslop String Band will be hosting this year's late night jam. Jam guest artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Additional fan favorites announced today include Barbaro, Big Daddy Love, The Contenders, Damn Tall Buildings, David Childers and The Serpents, Desure, Eli Yacinthe, Jake Blount, Kaia Kater, Nat Myers, Shannon McNally, Shay Martin Lovette, Sister Sadie, Tenille Townes, Time Sawyer, and Tray Wellington.

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During an interview, David Bowie said The Beatles inspired his hit “Space Oddity.” Bowie subsequently contrasted his lyrics with John Lennon‘s. Bowie also explained why he drew from other artists in his songs.

According to the book Bowie on Bowie: Interview and Encounters with David Bowie, the “Let’s Dance” singer discussed his music in a 1973 interview with NME. NME noted the use of puns in “Space Oddity.” “I must own up to The Beatles for creating that kind of feeling,” Bowie said. “The one thing that I really adored about [John] Lennon’s writing was his use of the pun, which was exceedingly good. I don’t think anyone has ever bettered Lennon’s use of the pun.”

Bowie compared his use of puns to Lennon’s. “I played on it more; Lennon would throw it away in one line,” Bowie opined. “I tend to build a song upon it. I treat my puns a lot more seriously.”

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Thanks to its massive success, the world-renowned rock band The Beatles is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the genre. Even though some fans and artists have been saying these days that rock is dead, The Beatles still carries the genre seriously.

Started its career in 1960 in Liverpool, The Beatles‘ original line-up was John Lennon on vocals, Paul McCartney on bass, George Harrison on guitars, and Ringo Starr on drums. Activating just 10 years until 1970, the band’s legendary line-up Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon were presented to rock music because of their band’s world success.

Throughout their 10-year full of a successful career, The Beatles‘ discography included 13 studio albums in their core catalog while including 21 studio albums worldwide. In addition to those, The Beatles released 54 compilation albums, 22 video albums, 36 EPs, 17 box sets, and many more things.

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For many Beatles fans, Paul McCartney may be one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His and John Lennon’s Beatles songs dominated the band’s catalog. Then McCartney continued writing songs for his subsequent bands. McCartney himself looks back on other songwriters, like Cole Porter, whose writing inspired “Here, There and Everywhere.”McCartney was a guest on the Fresh Air podcast on Nov. 3. He was there to discuss his book, Paul McCartney: The Lyrics, a compendium of all his lyrics from the Beatles songs and beyond. It was also just before The Beatles: Get Back premiered on Disney+. Host Terry Gross followed up on something he wrote about “Here, There and Everywhere” and McCartney explained.

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George Harrison wrote the song “Try Some, Buy Some,” which became a minor hit for Ronnie Spector, a former member of The Ronettes. George later released his version of the song. During an interview, David Bowie revealed why “Try Some, Buy Some” mattered so much to him.

In 2003, Bowie released an album called Reality. Reality includes a few cover songs, including a cover of “Try Some, Buy Some.” During a 2003 interview published in Vice, Bowie discussed his reaction to the song.

“George’s song, ‘Try Some, Buy Some,’ means a lot to me now,” Bowie revealed. “When I first heard that song it had a very different narrative to it. Now my connection to the song is about leaving a way of life behind me and finding something new.”

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During an interview, George Harrison explained the meaning of “Isn’t It a Pity?” He discussed why he wrote the song. The quiet Beatle revealed he didn’t even like the survey that inspired “Isn’t It a Pity?”

During a 2000 interview with Billboard, George discussed his hit “Isn’t It a Pity?” He said he never intended “Isn’t It a Pity?” to be one of his solo songs. George revealed the song would have been on a Beatles album if the Fab Four hadn’t disbanded.

Subsequently, George explained the meaning of “Isn’t It a Pity?” “It’s just an observation of how society and myself were or are,” George said. “We take each other for granted — and forget to give back. That was really all it was about.”

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In the history of rock music, John Lennon and David Bowie are legends. These icons have left us with a lasting catalog of memorable songs and performances.

Born in 1947, Bowie experienced his first musical success with "Space Oddity" in 1969. From there, he was on a creative roll and his career and stardom were on the rise. In the 1970s, Bowie continued experimenting musically and with his on-stage style, creating Ziggy Stardust, as well the dystopian "Diamond Dogs" (per davidbowie.com).

Lennon, who was born in 1940, experienced a meteoric rise to fame with The Beatles' success in Britain and their U.S. debut in 1964. By 1969, however, he was done with the band. His started creating music as a solo artist in 1970. A year later, he released the iconic album "Imagine" (per Biography).

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Long-time animal ally Sir Paul McCartney is throwing his weight behind the Save Cruelty-Free Cosmetics European Citizens’ Initiative, a campaign started by international PETA entities as well as Dove, The Body Shop, and more than 100 animal protection organisations to call on the European Union (EU) to uphold and strengthen its ban on animal testing for cosmetics.We all thought the battle was over and that cosmetics tests on animals in Europe were a thing of the past, but sadly, that’s not the case. The European Chemicals Agency continues to demand the use of thousands of rabbits, rats, fish, and other animals in cosmetics ingredients tests. But you can help put a stop to it. No animal should suffer for beauty, so if you’re an EU citizen, please go to savecrueltyfree.eu and sign the European Citizens’ Initiative to protect the ban. Signing the petition takes only a minute – and it will help save lives.

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At the time they were the two of the biggest names in showbusiness and this was the day they met on the QE2 in Southampton on their way to New York.

Peter Sellers, arguably one of the greatest British comedians and creator of the legendary radio programme, The Goon Show, was pictured with Ringo Starr, The Beatles’ drummer.

Both Peter and Ringo, together with members of their families and friends, were crossing to the US to complete a film called, The Magic Christian.

They appeared together out on the deck of the then-new QE2, where they put on an impromptu act for the Echo photographer.

Peter Sellers was travelling with his then four-year-old daughter, Victoria together with her nanny and accompanied by Amanda Quarry, stepdaughter of Cunard’s deputy chairman, Lorn Mancroft.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY shocked fans of The Beatles in 1988 when he didn't attend the band's official induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although the star later revealed why he didn't attend, at the time George Harrison told fans he still "loved" McCartney.
The Beatles were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At that point, the band had split up 18 years prior in 1970, following the release of their 12th and final album Let It Be. Eight years earlier, On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was tragically murdered in New York City outside his home. The band's position in the Hall of Fame was long overdue - but there was a problem. Paul McCartney refused to attend the event which was hosted by Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.

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PIERS MORGAN recently opened up about a time he was confronted by Beatles star Paul McCartney and was faced with a tough decision.
Piers Morgan, 56, has spoken up about a moment in which he was scolded by Paul McCartney following a phone call. The broadcaster discussed the incident on The Brett Lee podcast recently.

He spoke about a moment in which he had a scary phone call with Paul McCartney after meeting him for a few drinks earlier in his career.

He said, on Tuesday 18 Jan: “I was walking to the pub in Canary Wharf. We had a story on page 7 (in The Sun) about Paul McCartney.

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The Beatles’ George Harrison and The Ronettes’ Estelle Bennett didn’t bond over being the quiet members of their respective bands. George wasn’t “the quiet Beatle” any more than Bennett was “the quiet Ronette.” In the early 1960s, those were just the nicknames the press gave them for unknown reasons.

If George and Bennett really were quiet, they never would have struck up a conversation with each other at a party in 1964. They wouldn’t have dated or talked for hours on the phone late into the night either.
According to Ronnie Spector, Bennett’s sister, and fellow Ronette, the girl group first met The Beatles on their first tour of the U.K. in 1964. Both groups attended a show-business party in London and quickly became friends. However, two of The Beatles had other ideas.

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Before Jeff Lynne co-founded Electric Light Orchestra, he and his band, the Idle Race, watched George Harrison and The Beatles record some of The White Album in 1968.

Lynne had no idea that he’d be back in the studio with George, who’d requested him specifically to produce Cloud Nine in 1987. George had no idea that the person he’d brushed off as a Beatles copycat would become one of his closest friends.

During a rare 1987 interview with Entertainment Weekly, George explained that it was a bit ironic that he loved working with Lynne.

“In an article from the 1970s, when the writer described an ELO song coming on the radio, you said, almost dismissively, ‘Sounds like the Beatles.’ Now, irony of ironies, you’ve ended up working with Jeff Lynne,” Entertainment Weekly pointed out to George.

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The soundtrack album Yellow Submarine includes some of The Beatles‘ most famous songs. Despite this, George Harrison criticized the album in an interview. Notably, he had a theory about why Yellow Submarine was so popular even in the 1990s. George Harrison liked some of The Beatles’ albums but...

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“Imagine” is one of the most famous songs John Lennon released after The Beatles’ breakup. During an interview, George Harrison said “Imagine” could have been a Beatles song. George explained why the Fab Four didn’t record the track.During a 2000 interview with Billboard, George promoted a rerelease of All Things Must Pass. George said he created demos for some songs from his solo album All Things Must Pass while The Beatles made Let It Be. “I mean, I was probably trying to get them recorded in amongst all the usual John and Paul [McCartney] stuff,” he recalled.

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George Martin is heard telling his granddaughter why he signed The Beatles in a sweet new clip shared by his son Giles Martin. Watch the video below.

In the footage, shared on Twitter, the producer discusses how he initially met The Beatles and what he thought of the quartet when they travelled from Liverpool to London to meet him. “Well, that’s a silly name for a start,” he’s heard saying when he recounts being told about The Fab Four.

He decided to give them a chance, commenting: “I met them in London and when I listened…it was ok but it wasn’t brilliant. But the magic bit came when I started to get to know them because they were terribly good people.”

He continued: “They were funny, they were very clever…and they were the kind of people that you liked to be with. So I thought, ‘if I feel this way about them, other people will feel this way about them’. So therefore, they should be very popular.”

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One of The Beatles‘ most famous songs is “All You Need Is Love.” During an interview, John Lennon said the lyrics of The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” did not reflect his life at the time he wrote them. He explained what he thought about love when he penned the song.

According to Blank on Blank, John discussed finding the love of his life, Yoko Ono, in his 20s. “I can’t give you the formula for meeting the person that you’re going to love, but it’s around, you know,” he said. “And it happens.”

Yoko discussed what it was like to find love. “I mean, I just sort of, I was starting to give up hope, you know, that kind of thing, you know,” she said. She felt she was too old to be in a fulfilling relationship until she found John.

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Before The Beatles went to America and after The Ronettes recorded “Be My Baby,” John Lennon met Ronnie Spector at a party. They instantly clicked. Maybe almost too well. John put the moves on Spector, and she had to deny his advances quickly.

According to People, The Beatles officially met The Ronettes at a show-business party in London. The Ronettes were over the pond for their first U.K. tour. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and more welcomed the trio and made them feel a part of the music scene.

Spector had heard that the Fab Four wanted to be introduced to them. “They had seen us on Sunday Night at the London Palladium and they said, ‘We have got to meet these girls with the black long hair and slits up the side,'” Spector said.

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Sir Paul McCartney will join other figures from the world of music in a radio special to pay tribute to Liverpool-born presenter Janice Long.

The BBC has announced plans to celebrate Long with a tribute programme hosted by Zoe Ball and featuring a number of artists, including the former Beatle.

Long, who was born in Liverpool in 1955, became the first woman to have her own daily show on Radio 1 and the first regular female presenter on Top Of The Pops.

She died at home on Christmas Day at the age of 66, following a short illness.

'A Life In Music' will broadcast on Radio 2 on January 23 and feature family, friends and the musicians she helped during her 40-year career in broadcasting.

Sir Paul will discuss his “old Liverpool mate” who was always “a pleasure to meet” and voice his sadness “at the loss of a great Scouse girl”.

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“The Beatles: Get Back” is a feat of modern cinema. Spanning nearly eight hours and chronicling the development of one of the greatest albums of all time, this film pushes fans to reconsider how and why The Beatles broke up.

The footage was pulled from director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film, “Let It Be” and its unused recordings. Originally to be released as a TV special, “Let It Be” transformed into a documentary film capturing the development of the Beatles’ twelfth studio album by the same name.

When Jackson began looking through the footage, he stated, “I was thinking, I’d love to make a Beatles film, but I don’t want to make the Beatles-breakup film. That’s the one Beatles movie I would never want to make.” Jackson maintained this mindset throughout the film’s creation.

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The Beatles were a British rock band active during the 1960s, and recognized as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed in the history of popular and rock music. Formed in Liverpool, it was constituted from 1962 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Rooted in skiffle, beat music, and 1950s rock and roll, their sound would often incorporate elements of classical and traditional pop music, among others, in innovative ways in their songs; the band would later go on to work with a wide range of musical styles, ranging from ballads and Indian music, to psychedelia and even hard rock.

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Full disclosure: I’m more of a Stones guy than a Beatles guy, and some early Beatles (Love Me Do, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and the like) I can find incredibly irritating. Now, sometime around Revolver, I took a turn and most of their albums from then on I like quite a bit. Abbey Road, in particular, I consider to be a stone-cold masterpiece. Although I still think The White Album has way too much filler (Ob-La-Di, Rocky Raccoon, and so forth).

What I’m getting at here is that I didn’t come to Peter Jackson’s seven-plus hour, three-episode series for Disney on bended knee—quite the contrary. I came to Get Back not as a fanboy but as an interested critic.

So, with that preamble out of the way, let me just say, this is a fascinating piece of work. The first part of the initial episode gives the viewer a quick overview of “Beatlemania” before bringing us to what would be the Beatles’ sessions for the recording of their last studio album, Let It Be in 1969 (Abbey Road was actually recorded after Let It Be, but released before).

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