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March 25, 2013
by Act Naturally
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The Beatles were without any question the most popular, most influential of all rock groups. Their influence expressed itself first of all in the simple sociological dimensions of their success, unmatched in pop-music history. But the band also managed almost singlehandedly to transform the innocent entertainment of rock-and-roll into the artistically self conscious pretensions of rock.

As the Beatles began to define their generation, it became apparent that John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the creative forces behind the band.

Ringo Starr was cute and cuddly and George Harrison played eloquent lead guitar, but it was Mr. Lennon and Mr. McCartney who composed most of the band's songs and were the lead singers. They worked together in a classically complementary manner. Mr. McCartney was the sunny, bright one, the purveyor of lilting ballads and cheery love songs.

Mr. Lennon was the harder, fiercer man, the true rocker of the foursome, with the deepest, most convoluted sense of rock's anger and potential triumph.

Source: John Rockwell

The Beatles, Beckham to appear on new 10 pound notes?

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London: The Beatles and Sir Mick Jagger are among 150 famous Brits who are under consideration to become the new face of the 10 pound note. Bosses at The Bank Of England have released a list of great Britons who have been suggested for the honour by members of the public ahead of the printing of a batch of new bills next year.

Late royal Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a car crash in France in 1997, is nominated, along with the late Queen Mother.

The Beatles and David Beckham has made the list alongside fellow sports stars including cricket’s Michael Vaughan and rugby’s Jonny Wilkinson.

Political figures including former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst have also been suggested to appear on the new note when it replaces the current bill featuring legendary scientist Charles Darwin.

Overall favourite for the nod is World War II Enigma code breaker Alan Turing, the computer pioneer who devised techniques for cracking German ciphers.

Source: First Post Live

John Lennon and George Harrison electric guitar to be auctioned

A Vox electric guitar said to have been played by John Lennon and George Harrison, jewelry given by Elvis Presley to associates and an autographed pillow Michael Jackson threw to a fan from a Paris hotel window are among a bevy of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia items coming up for auction May 18 in New York.

The one-of-a-kind Vox guitar was played by Lennon during a video recording session for the song “Hello Goodbye,” and by Harrison while he was practicing “I Am the Walrus” for the “Magical Mystery Tour” film, according to Julien’s Auctions, which will host the sale at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square.

It is expected to fetch $200,000 to $300,000. Lennon subsequently gave the guitar to friend “Magic Alex” Mardas, who accompanied the Beatles on their trip to India to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

“It’s extraordinary when you have the opportunity to offer such an amazing piece of music history as the Vox guitar played by both George Harrison and John Lennon,” said Julien’s Executive Director Martin Nolan said in a statement. “This guitar is truly one of the most historical pieces of music memorabilia Julien’s Auctions has ever had the pleasure of offering.”

The auction will include other Beatles-related items including copies of the “Butcher” album cover of the 1966 “Yesterday…and Today” album estimated to sell for up to $20,000, a copy of the “Please Please Me” album signed by all four Beatles that could go as high as $50,000 and a copy with all four signatures of Lennon’s book “In His Own Write” ($20,000 to $30,000).

Other items include a cape created for Presley for his “Aloha From Hawaii” satellite TV special in 1973, estimated to bring $120,000 to $140,000, a ring and a wristwatch he gave to friends, six jumpsuits from “Partridge Family” co-star and teen heartthrob David Cassidy, the Michael Jackson pillow ($2,000 to $4,000) and a jacket the King of Pop wore for a meeting with Nelson Mandela estimated to be worth $4,000 to $6,000.

Julien’s “Music Icons 2013” auction also will include items from the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna and other pop and rock stars. The full catalog can be viewed at Items will be on view to the public from May 13-18 at the Times Square Hard Rock Café, while the Vox guitar will be exhibited April 16 to May 8 at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge Silverware in Kildare, Ireland.

John Lennon letter to Eric Clapton up for auction
Yoko Ono posts photo of John Lennons glasses to protest gun violence

Source: Los Angeles Times Randy Lewis

The Beatles' John Lennon and George Harrison get blue plaque in London

John Lennon and George Harrison have received a Blue Plaque in London.

The commemoration was at 94 Baker Street - the site of the Apple Boutique clothing shop, which was owned in the 60s by the band's company Apple Corps Ltd, the BBC reports. A plaque to Lennon was already on the site, but has now been replaced with one that also remembers Harrison, who died in 2001.

The plaque was unveiled by Rod Davis, the banjo player in Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen, which formed in 1956 and would later become The Beatles.

Meanwhile, the world's first major exhibition about the life of The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is set to open this summer. Ringo: Peace & Love will open at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on June 12 and close in November 2013, before touring cities across the world in 2014.

The exhibit will look at "all aspects of Starr's musical and creative life", including his work as a musician, artist and actor and will, according to a statement, "aim to propel Starr's universal message of peace and love".

On display will be never-been-seen photographs as well as letters, documents and original artefacts, including the drum kit Ringo played at Shea Stadium and on The Ed Sullivan Show as well as his 'Sgt Pepper' suit, 'Help!' cape and jacket worn during The Beatles' famous London rooftop concert.

Source: NME

Beatle Facts

George Harrison:
Musician, singer, songwriter, music and film producer
Vocals, guitar, sitar, keyboards, bass, ukulele

John Lennon:
Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, artist, writer, actor
Vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica, bass guitar

Ringo Starr:
Musician, singer, actor
Vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards, guitar

Paul McCartney:
Musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer, businessman
Vocals, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, drums

Source: Wikipedia

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