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  • A taste of Beatlemania in the 1960s

    06/29/2016 7:24:19 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 54 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 1/21/14 | CBSN
    A taste of Beatlemania in the 1960s In 1963, CBS News characterized Beatlemania as an "epidemic" that had "seized" Britain's teenage population. Soon, it would "infect" America.
  • Paul McCartney Reignites Decades Old Feud with Yoko Ono, Recalls Lennon Resentments

    07/05/2015 5:48:58 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 151 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | July 5, 2015 | Roger Friedman
    The other big quote from the interview which will live on: “When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, OK, well now John’s a martyr. A JFK. So what happened was, I started to get frustrated because people started to say, “Well, he was The Beatles.” And me, George and Ringo would go, “Er, hang on. It’s only a year ago we were all equal-ish.” Yeah, John was the witty one, sure. John did a lot of great work, yeah. And post-Beatles he did more great work, but he also did a lot...
  • McCartney 'in Hospital' Report

    05/22/2014 5:28:41 AM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    Reuters TV via Boston.com ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014
    SNIP The Sankei Sports newspaper said McCartney was admitted to this hospital in Tokyo when the infection worsened, although there's no confirmation he is in hospital. (Video report at source link.)
  • Beatlemania: A moment in time never to be repeated

    02/09/2014 7:47:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 138 replies
    KEN5 News ^ | 02/09/2014 | CHRIS TALBOTT
    Musical moments that capture the attention of a national audience - and beyond - never seem to be in short supply. Last week, Bruno Mars set a ratings record with 115 million people watching his Super Bowl performance. A few months ago, the talk was about Beyonce’s surprise album. And there’s still discussion of That Miley Moment at the MTV Video Music Awards. But moments that spark a musical revolution? A dramatic altering of the pop culture landscape? A true moment for historians to analyze? Rare indeed, which is what makes the 50th anniversary of what is considered the start...
  • 'I felt I was on trial for murdering the Beatles': Yoko says.....

    12/02/2013 8:22:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 91 replies
    mail online ^ | Daniel Bates
    FULL TITLE: 'I felt I was on trial for murdering the Beatles': Yoko says fans wrongly convicted her for 40 years Yoko Ono has told how being blamed for The Beatles’ split made her feel like she was on trial for murder. She said: ‘It feels like I was accused of something that I didn’t do, which was breaking up The Beatles. It’s like you’re accused of murder and you’re in prison and you can’t get out.’ Since the Fab Four broke up in 1970, Miss Ono has been blamed by many fans for their demise because she was in...
  • Owner of John Lennon's tooth hopes to clone the late Beatle

    08/23/2013 1:51:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    nbc ^ | Aug. 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM ET | Randee Dawn,
    The dentist who purchased John Lennon's rotten molar for $31,000 at a 2011 auction now has plans for the tooth: He's getting it genetically sequenced in the hopes of cloning the musician, who died in 1980
  • Paul McCartney engaged to girlfriend Nancy Shevell

    05/08/2011 10:43:28 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 55 replies
    AP via The [Myrtle Beach] Sun News ^ | Friday, May. 06, 2011
    LONDON --Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Nancy Shevell are engaged, his publicist said Friday, nearly four years after they were first spotted together.
  • Beatles fans unite to save Ringo Starr's home

    08/25/2010 11:51:51 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | Aug 25, 2010 | no byline
    The house of the former Beatle Ringo Starr has been under threat for a number of years. Beatles lovers in Liverpool have united in a bid to save Ringo Starr's home which is under threat of demolition. The Save Madryn Street (SMS) campaign will be launched at the city's Hard Day's Night Hotel. It will be headed by local Ringo lookalike Max Frudd. Born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940, the drummer lived at the house for the early years of his life. The Victorian terrace in Madryn Street, Toxteth, is one of hundreds in the "Welsh Streets" area to...
  • John Lennon's toilet to be auctioned with Beatles memorabilia

    08/24/2010 12:40:20 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 23 Aug 2010 | no byline
    ...A mono-sound copy Two Virgins, which he recorded with Yoko Ono, is expected to fetch at least £2,500. When the avant-garde LP was released in November 1968 it was notable for being sold in brown paper bags because the sleeve controversially featured a naked picture of the famous couple on the cover. Although a limited release of 5,000 stereo versions of the album were available in shops, fans had to write to the record label to purchase a mono copy of the record. The exact number of mono copies sold is not known, but auction organisers say it is likely...
  • The Beatles never entirely shook off the Catholicism of their youth

    08/06/2010 11:24:26 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 35 replies
    The Catholic Herald UK ^ | 19 July 2010 | William Oddie
    I find myself in an unusual and slightly strange situation: I am in disagreement with Cardinal George Pell. This has never happened to me before, and I’m not sure that I like it. In a sermon last week, the cardinal had a go at the Beatles, and in particular John Lennon, whom he described as “the best known of the Beatles, who once claimed they were better known than Jesus Christ”. Well, so he did: but John Lennon wasn’t the same phenomenon at all as the Beatles. Cardinal Pell attacked in particular Imagine, in which, as the cardinal reminds us,...
  • Paul McCartney Joins Ringo Starr Onstage in New York (Meet The Twotles at Ringo's 70th birthday)

    07/09/2010 12:16:05 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies · 2+ views
    Billboard ^ | July 08, 2010 1:40 EDT | Courtney Baldasare
    Ringo Starr kept his 70th birthday celebration going on Tuesday night (July 7) with a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall that was positively star-studded, thanks in part to "a little help from his friend," Paul McCartney. The former Beatles bandmates topped off the show by surprising audience members with a performance of "Birthday" from "The Beatles [White Album]," and appropriately so. With McCartney on lead vocals and Starr behind the drum kit, the duo performed with classic rock 'n' roll flair. "Birthday" was preceded by another all-star collaboration, when Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band played "With...
  • Beatles label Apple Records to release downloads (of the non-Beatles artists)

    07/07/2010 12:07:08 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 7 July 2010 09:14 UK | no byline
    The Beatles' record label Apple is to release material to download for the first time - but the music of the Fab Four will not be included. Apple has remastered 15 albums, including Mary Hopkin's Post Card, to be released digitally and on CD. The work of The Beatles has never been cleared for download, partly because of a trademark dispute with iTunes owner Apple. Earlier this year, Sir Paul McCartney said "one day it's going to happen..." "I know iTunes would like to do it, so one day it's going to happen." He said the delay had been down...
  • Paul McCartney: "I like Obama... and he’s right to have a go at us for polluting his Country"

    06/24/2010 9:48:24 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 94 replies · 1+ views
    The Sun UK ^ | June 24, 2010 | JACQUI SWIFT
    THE shocking images of oil-covered wildlife and ruined beaches across the Gulf of Mexico have horrified millions. But passionate green campaigner Sir Paul McCartney believes the environmental disaster may have a silver lining, with the search for clean, renewable energy now being pushed forward. The Beatles legend said: "Sadly we need disasters like this to show people. Some people don't believe in climate warming - like those who don't believe there was a Holocaust. "But the facts indicate that there's something going on and we've got to be aware of it if we want our kids to inherit a decent...
  • McCartney Hopes Abbey Road Plan Will Come Together (EMI selling Abbey Road but maybe not the name)

    02/17/2010 12:30:10 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies · 413+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2010, 10:51 am | BEN SISARIO
    One of Abbey Road Studios’ most famous clients hopes that the facility, which has reportedly been put up for sale, can be saved. Paul McCartney, speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight television show on Tuesday, said there have been efforts to save Abbey Road by “a few people who have been associated with the studio for a long time,” although he did not name those people or include himself among them. “I have so many memories there with the Beatles,” he added. “It still is a great studio. So it would be lovely for someone to get a thing together to...
  • Ringo Starr recruits Paul McCartney on new album (Beatles "reunion")

    11/20/2009 12:16:40 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 30 replies · 1,001+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Friday 20 November 2009 | Sean Michaels
    The two remaining Beatles have teamed up for a duet on Starr's forthcoming solo album, Y Not. It's a band renuion! Sort of ... Paul McCartney appears on two tracks... "Paul was doing the Grammys, so he came over to the house and was playing bass on [new song] Peace Dream," Starr explained. "I played him this other track and Paul said, 'Give me the headphones. Give me a pair of cans'. And he went to the mic and he just invented that part where he follows on my vocal. That was all Paul McCartney, and there could be nothing...
  • Lucy of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' fame dies

    09/28/2009 9:44:56 AM PDT · by Borges · 102 replies · 3,797+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 09/28/09 | GREGORY KATZ
    LONDON – Lucy Vodden, who provided the inspiration for the Beatles' classic song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," has died after a long battle with lupus. She was 46. Her death was announced Monday by St. Thomas' Hospital in London, where she had been treated for the chronic disease for more than five years, and by her husband, Ross Vodden. Britain's Press Association said she died last Tuesday. Hospital officials said they could not confirm the day of her death. Vodden's connection to the Beatles dates back to her early days, when she made friends with schoolmate Julian Lennon,...
  • 'How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'N' Roll' by Elijah Wald (book review)

    06/12/2009 12:28:41 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 55 replies · 1,562+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 11, 2009 | Erik Himmelsbach
    "This history of American popular music culminates with the splintering of music culture by the Fab Four." ...Critiquing critics "It is often said that history is written by the victors, but in the case of pop music, that is rarely true," Wald writes. "The victors tend to be out dancing, while the historians sit at their desks, assiduously chronicling music they cannot hear on mainstream radio." It's a valid conceit, yet it's hardly revolutionary. In fact, it was much more clearly articulated 30 years ago, when the sage philosopher David Lee Roth noted: "Rock critics like Elvis Costello because rock...
  • BOB AND MACCA SET TO TEAM UP (Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney collaboration)

    05/27/2009 1:10:45 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 11 replies · 342+ views
    Daily Express ^ | Tuesday May 26,2009 | no byline
    Just weeks after Bob Dylan announced he wanted to collaborate with fellow legend Sir Paul McCartney, moves are afoot to bring the two superstars together. Industry insiders say Macca is set to team up with Dylan in California over the summer, where the pair are expected to work on new songs as a duo. The news comes after Dylan declared this month that he found the idea of working with the former Beatle “exciting”. McCartney’s spokesman then declared their man would be “very interested” in a collaboration. “Paul has a home in California not too far from Bob’s so the...
  • The Beatles’ Remastered Albums Due September 9, 2009

    04/07/2009 11:04:43 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 64 replies · 2,426+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | 4/7/09, 9:22 am EST | no byline
    On September 9, 2009, after a nearly 22-year wait, digitally remastered versions of all of the Beatles studio albums will be released, a press release has confirmed. Each album will feature the track listings and artwork as it was originally released in the U.K. and come with expanded booklets including original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited time, each of the Fab Four’s 12 proper albums will be “embedded” with a brief documentary about its making. The rereleases will include the Beatles’ 12 studio albums and Magical Mystery Tour as well as Past Masters Vol....
  • Beatles Rock Band Debut Set for September (09-09-09)

    03/05/2009 4:47:07 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies · 526+ views
    PC World ^ | Mar 5, 2009 4:35 pm | JR Raphael
    It's official: The Beatles will come together digitally this September for their much anticipated Rock Band debut. MTV Games has announced a September 9 launch date for the worldwide release of the Fab Four's interactive adventure, to be titled The Beatles: Rock Band... With a little help from their friends at Harmonix--the company that created the Rock Band concept--the Liverpool quartet will let you sing and play your way through all eras of its career. You'll be able to take on the role of John, Paul, George or Ringo, using either your Rock Band instruments or special Beatles-like instruments that...
  • Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr to headline NY concert

    03/05/2009 8:43:13 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 30 replies · 540+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 5, 2009
    The former Beatles will headline the Radio City Music Hall concert on April 4 for the David Lynch Foundation The David Lynch Foundation provides funds to teach students how to meditate so they can "change their world from within."
  • Unreleased Beatles material surfaces online - Fans are calling the find 'the holy grail'

    02/24/2009 10:17:08 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 80 replies · 1,703+ views
    NME ^ | Feb 23, 2009 | no byline
    A previously unreleased version of The Beatles' 'Revolution 1' has found its way online. The recording, which is supposedly 'Take 20' of the song, is available to listen to via a YouTube link below. 'Take 20' of the song is notable, as it appears to bridge the gap between The Beatles' 'Revolution 1' and 'Revolution 9'. The main difference in the 'new' version of 'Revolution 1' and the version of the same song that appeared on 'The Beatles' (commonly known as 'The White Album') is the track's length. The unreleased version is a full seven minutes longer than its released...
  • 'Drunk' Lennon tape sells in LA

    12/22/2008 1:50:24 PM PST · by weegee · 12 replies · 914+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11:58 GMT, Monday, 22 December 2008 | no byline
    A cassette tape of a "drunk" John Lennon recording a cover version of a rock 'n' roll song has sold at auction in Los Angeles for $30,000 (£20,200). The six-minute recording, made in autumn 1973, is of Lennon performing Lloyd Price's Just Because. "Debauched lyrics" improvised by "a drunk Lennon" include "just a little cocaine will set me right", auction house Bonhams and Butterfields said... Lennon's "slurred warbling" included, "I wanna take all them new singers, Carol and the other one with the nipples, I wanna take 'em and hold 'em tight," Bonhams and Butterfields said. "The background band speeds...
  • Nurse in The Beatles' Penny Lane identified after 40 years

    10/28/2008 5:30:38 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 58 replies · 1,981+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/28/2008 | Graham Tibbetts
    Since the song was released in 1967 the identity of the "pretty nurse selling poppies from a tray" has remained a mystery. But a schoolfriend of John Lennon's, who has written a book about growing up in Liverpool, claims to have the answer. Lennon will have known Beth Davidson (left) from childhood According to Stan Williams, she is Beth Davidson, who Lennon would have known from childhood. The moment which provided the inspiration came when Miss Davidson was selling poppies on Penny Lane, dressed in a cadet nurse's uniform. Some boys, including Lennon, saw her near Bioletti's barber's shop -...
  • Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney's Wax Head Found In A Bin By A Homeless Man

    10/23/2008 7:57:11 AM PDT · by Goonch · 65 replies · 964+ views
    allheadlinenews ^ | October 23, 2008 10:30 a.m. EST
    London, England (CNS) - Sir Paul McCartney's head has been found in a bin by a homeless man. Anthony Silva has found the waxwork of the Beatle legend's head and earned himself a reward of 2,000 pounds [around $3,200]...The head, made in the 1960s and displayed at the Louis Tussauds museum in Great Yarmouth, is expected to sell from 5,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds, or around $8,000 to $16,000, at Carters Entertainment auctioneers.
  • BBC: Ringo 'too busy' for autographs (other details)

    10/14/2008 11:06:46 AM PDT · by weegee · 36 replies · 713+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 13 October 2008 10:14 UK | no byline
    Sculpture Starr, who released his most recent album Liverpool 8 in January, recently completed a tour of the US and Canada. The musician currently divides his time between Los Angeles, the South of France and his UK home in Surrey. In April, a foliage sculpture of Starr outside a railway station in Liverpool was beheaded by vandals. The performer had reportedly angered some locals when he told the BBC's Jonathan Ross he missed nothing about the city.
  • Yoko Ono, EMI drop suits over Lennon song ('Imagine' vs. "Expelled" fair use lawsuit)

    10/09/2008 10:38:15 AM PDT · by weegee · 22 replies · 580+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 8, 1:15 AM ET | (Reporting by Ajay Kamalakaran in Bangalore; Editing by Louise Heavens)
    John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and EMI Records, the world's fourth largest music company, dropped copyright infringement lawsuits against the makers of a documentary that used the portion of the song "Imagine" without permission. The news was made public on Tuesday by a Stanford Law School's Fair Use Projects release. The dismissal follows unsuccessful attempts by Yoko Ono in federal court and EMI Records in state court to enjoin Premise Media Corp's documentary, "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," because it uses a 15-second clip of the song. "We think it was clear from the beginning that our clients had every right...
  • Israelis flock to (Paul) McCartney show (in spite of Palestinian protests)

    09/30/2008 11:16:55 AM PDT · by weegee · 1 replies · 275+ views
    BBC News ^ | Page last updated at 12:27 GMT, Friday, 26 September 2008 13:27 UK | no byline
    Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has played his first gig in Israel in front of an estimated 40,000 cheering fans. The 66-year-old singer kicked off the historic concert with the familiar Beatles' song Hello, Goodbye at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park. Some fans turned up wearing "I love Paul" and Beatles T-shirts. Earlier the star said he was "not nervous, but excited" ahead of the gig, which comes 43 years after The Beatles were banned from performing in Israel. Back in 1965 The Beatles were scheduled to perform, but were prevented taking the stage because of fears they could "corrupt the...
  • Barack Obama a Lightworker? (New Age Kookyness)

    06/06/2008 5:06:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 78+ views
    Outside The Beltway ^ | June 6, 2008 | James Joyner
    San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford has perhaps the kookiest explanation for Barack Obama’s rise that I’ve yet seen. No, it’s not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric. It is not fresh ideas or cool charisma or the fact that a black president will be historic and revolutionary in about a thousand different ways. It is something more. Even Bill Clinton, with all his effortless, winking charm, didn’t have what Obama has, which is a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high-vibration integrity. Dismiss it all you like, but I’ve heard from far too many enormously...
  • Ben & Jerry's Brings You the Dumbest Re-Enactment of the Decade:

    05/28/2008 10:13:06 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies · 73+ views
    debbieschlussel.com ^ | May 28, 2008 | Debbie Schlussel
    Honors Moral Equivalency for Palestinian Terrorism - Remember these two drug-addled citizens of Greater Hirsutia and their famous advertisement for bed sores, AIDS, and how to help Communism succeed in its tyranny? They called it a "Peace Bed-In." Well, homely actress Maggie Gyllenhaal--who famously told us that America is to blame for 9/11 and that we deserved it--is teaming up with "peace activists" (I call them the capitulation team) and Ben & Jerry's at the ice cream company's New York to re-create the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Peace Bed-In of 1969. Joining Ms. Gyllenhaal will be photographer Roy Kerwood,...
  • Sgt Pepper must die! (overrated albums critiqued by different artists)

    06/20/2007 11:37:29 AM PDT · by weegee · 31 replies · 477+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Friday June 15, 2007 | Interviews by Paul Lester
    The Beatles, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Nominated by Billy Childish, prime mover of British garage rock I had a Beatles wig Beatles guitar when I was four - so I know what I'm talking about, but Sgt Pepper signalled the death of rock'n'roll. Rock'n'roll is meant to be full of vitality and energy, and this album isn't. It sounds like it took six months to **** out. The Beatles were the victims of their success. This is middle-of-the-road rock music for plumbers. Or people who drive round in Citroens - the sort of corporate hippies who ruined rock...
  • All You Need Is Love: New Beatles Album Woos Fans

    11/22/2006 4:57:28 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 86 replies · 2,527+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 22, 2006 | Staff
    LONDON (AFP) - Fans have rushed to buy the first "new" Beatles album for a generation -- a radical remixing of some of the group's most famous songs -- more than 35 years after the break-up of the iconic band. "Love", which has the backing of surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, comprises 26 of the Fab Four's hit songs, but many of them mixed together using previously unheard material from the studio. "I hope this will help people to hear Beatles music again," said Giles Martin, son of the group's original producer Sir George Martin who is often...
  • McCartney is GQ's Man of the Year

    09/06/2006 12:27:15 PM PDT · by mcg2000 · 77 replies · 1,323+ views
    BBC ^ | September 6, 2006 | Staff
    Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney won the Man of the Year title at the GQ magazine awards held in London. Sir Paul was honoured for his latest album and his successful US tour. "Paul McCartney is not only one of our greatest living legends, he's also probably the most dignified," said GQ editor Dylan Jones. Other winners included Extras creator Ricky Gervais, presenter Jonathan Ross and singer Rod Stewart - who was given the outstanding achievement award. Embraced By PublicTop Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson won TV personality of the year, and received his award from Stewart's fiancee Penny Lancaster. GQ...
  • The U.S. Vs. John Lennon

    We live, as the pundits say, in the United States of Amnesia. Even so, did the makers of "The U.S. vs. John Lennon," an inquiry into our government's bizarre attempt to neutralize the perceived political juice of that famed English singer-songwriter, really need to spend half the movie explaining the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement to viewers? If things are really that bad, then perhaps the filmmakers should explain who John Lennon is. After all, the Beatles date back over 40 years. For those who do remember or are aware of the zeitgeist of the counterculture, this lengthy regurgitation...
  • Sacked Beatles drummer Pete Best still on the beat

    08/16/2006 10:34:06 AM PDT · by weegee · 38 replies · 1,102+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 16, 2006 | no byline
    COLONIE, N.Y. -- As the live beat of Beatles classics begins bouncing off the walls of the Elks Lodge, a man with a gray mustache stands before his drum set and speaks up in a Liverpool lilt. "Let's take you back," he tells the crowd, "to the days when I used to play with a bunch of guys by the names of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison." Ringo Starr's playing the Elks club? No. Meet Pete Best, the drummer booted from the band just before Beatlemania exploded. John, Paul, George and new guy Ringo went on to become voices...
  • Paul McCartney turns 64 Sunday

    06/16/2006 11:20:33 AM PDT · by weegee · 14 replies · 766+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Fri Jun 16, 10:29 AM ET | By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer
    LONDON - "When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now," sang Paul McCartney on "When I'm Sixty-Four," a jaunty tune from The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album. A spokesman would not say how McCartney planned to spend the day, but he could be excused for skipping a party. It has been a traumatic year, in which the former Beatle split from his wife of four years, Heather Mills McCartney, amid lurid headlines about their relationship and her past. "People seem to be interested in him as a celebrity, but not as a musician," said Beatles historian Peter Doggett...
  • Newfoundland Premier, Ex-Beatle to Spar on Seal-Hunt on Larry King

    03/03/2006 8:36:25 AM PST · by NorthOf45 · 61 replies · 1,282+ views
    CBC ^ | March 3, 2006 | CBC Online Staff
    N.L. premier, ex-Beatle to spar on seal-hunt on Larry KingCBC News March 3, 2006 The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador will be on Larry King Live on Friday night to oppose the anti-seal-hunt views of rock legend Paul McCartney. Danny Williams's appearance on the CNN talk show was to be taped in advance. He was to defend the hunt, which McCartney and his wife, Heather, have been protesting this week during a visit to Prince Edward Island. McCartney, who visited seal pups in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, claimed Thursday that 95 per cent of the seals killed in Canada...
  • Castro the 'Lennonist' (Castro unveils John Lennon Statue in Havana)

    12/09/2005 1:24:34 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 38 replies · 1,232+ views
    BBC News ^ | Saturday, 9 December, 2000
    The Cuban President, Fidel Castro, has paid homage to John Lennon at the unveiling of a statue of the late pop singer in Havana. The ceremony in the Cuban capital's El Vedado Park coincided with the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's murder in New York. President Castro praised Lennon as a revolutionary, whose thinking and ideas made him great. In the 1960s, when Lennon's band The Beatles topped the charts throughout the world, the Cuban authorities denounced their music as decadent. But an official statement said recently declassified US documents showed how Lennon had suffered for his opposition to the...
  • Art imitates strife: Rutles launch feud

    05/10/2005 9:00:59 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 18 replies · 518+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 10, 2005 | Mark Caro
    First came Paul vs. John, which begat Dirk vs. Nasty, which begat Eric vs. Neil. Monty Python member Eric Idle and comedic songwriter Neil Innes were the close friends and collaborators who created the Rutles three decades ago as a parody of the Beatles -- a very popular band, you may recall, whose bitter breakup left close friends/collaborators Paul McCartney and John Lennon at each others' throats. In the wake of the recently released straight-to-DVD "The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch," Idle, who plays McCartney stand-in Dirk McQuickly, and Innes, who plays Lennon stand-in Ron Nasty and wrote the...
  • The Beatles' toilet roll up for grabs

    01/04/2005 9:51:08 PM PST · by weegee · 32 replies · 2,393+ views
    Digital Spy.co.uk ^ | Tuesday, January 4 2005, 10:09 GMT | by Daniel Saney
    A roll of toilet paper that was criticised by the Beatles is up for auction on Ebay. The snubbed toilet roll was not received with appreciation by the members of the band, who noted with disgust that it was "too hard and shiny". Despite it giving them something to read during their visit to the toilet, they were also unimpressed with the fact that each sheet had "EMI LTD" stamped on it. The toilet paper, which once sat in an Abbey Road lavatory, has been kept in a glass box since being auctioned at a 1980 Abbey Road sale, reports...
  • The Beatles: icon or con?

    12/22/2004 11:56:06 AM PST · by qam1 · 357 replies · 4,692+ views
    Sidney Morning Herald ^ | 12/22/04 | Greg Hassall and Charles Purcell
    Greg Hassall and Charles Purcell do battle over the fab four. FOR OK, Ob-la-di Ob-la-da is the most annoying song ever written. And you won't find Revolution No 9 on too many iPods. But how many bands' dud tracks can you count on one hand? The Beatles deserve their place in the pop pantheon. They revolutionised the way pop music was written, recorded and talked about. They were funny, charismatic, hungry to learn and unafraid of controversy. They matured spectacularly over seven tumultuous years, then quit on a high note with the peerless Abbey Road. They were a genuine band,...
  • (Yoko) Ono offers two new songs for 'Lennon' musical

    12/07/2004 11:09:37 PM PST · by weegee · 16 replies · 477+ views
    New York Times via Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 7, 2004, 4:29PM | no byline
    Lennon, the new musical about John Lennon's life set to open next August, will have two unpublished songs that Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow, has given to Don Scardino, writer and director of the production. The songs, India, India and I Don't Want to Lose You, exist only on private recordings that Lennon made in his last years. I Don't Want to Lose You, a slow, introspective ballad, was one of three songs Ono gave to the surviving Beatles when they reunited in the early 1990s to complete a few Lennon songs for The Beatles Anthology. An electronic hum in the...
  • McCartney: "I Have Tried Heroin" (Doubtless Explains the Writing of "Silly Love Songs")

    06/02/2004 10:51:49 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 61 replies · 877+ views
    The Mirror ^ | 6/2/04 | Jon Wilde and David Edwards
    AT THE very height of Beatlemania, the Fab Four played to an astonishing 500,000 people during a 1964 whirlwind tour of the US. Today, 40 years on, Sir Paul McCartney will be seen by more than 700,000 fans in a 13-date European tour. Not bad for a man who turns 62 this month. But even though he is in numerical terms a bigger draw than the Beatles ever were, he is not about to play down the debt he owes to his years in the biggest pop group of all time. In his most revealing interview ever, McCartney has talked...
  • Paul McCartney Speaks out against Iraq war

    05/28/2004 12:32:42 PM PDT · by sandbar · 75 replies · 418+ views
    BBC Online ^ | 05/28/2004
    McCartney speaks out against war Sir Paul wrote a song, Freedom, after the 11 September attacks Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has criticised the UK government for being too hasty in going to war in Iraq. "Maybe our government went in too fast with the Americans," he told the weekly Portuguese magazine Visao on Thursday. "It would have been better if the UN had been together," the 61-year-old singer continued. "Now it's become very bloody with Iraq, it's very difficult." The singer, who is currently touring Europe, opens the Rock in Rio music festival in Lisbon on Friday. Sir Paul...
  • Beatlemania! 40 years ago today, the Beatles changed America forever

    01/31/2004 2:53:10 AM PST · by ejdrapes · 9 replies · 1,002+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | David Fricke
    Beatlemania!40 years ago today, the Beatles changed America foreverBy David Fricke Cover photo by John Dominis Shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 9th, 1964, a short, stiff man with rubbery bloodhound features -- Ed Sullivan, the host of the highest-rated variety hour on American television -- addressed his New York studio audience and the folks tuned in at home over the CBS network. "Yesterday and today, our theater's been jammed with newspapermen and hundreds of photographers from all over the nation," Sullivan said in a nasally chuckling voice. "And these veterans agreed with me that the city never...
  • DOUBLE BAGGER (Did Peter Jennings Get It On With Yoko Ono In Front Of His Wife & 500 Other People?)

    10/29/2003 7:38:46 AM PST · by presidio9 · 57 replies · 2,095+ views
    NY POST ^ | October 29, 2003 | Dick Johnson
    <p>YOKO Ono still knows how to get a man to take his clothes off. Peter Jennings was interviewing Ono at last week's ArtWalk event for the Coalition for the Homeless when she somehow talked the news anchor into getting inside a giant black bag with her in front of 500 people at Cooper Union's Great Hall. A few moments later, both emerged with Jennings struggling to put his shirt back on and Ono's own garb disheveled. While no one's quite sure what happened in the bag, everyone was craning their necks to get a glimpse of Jennings bare-chested - including his wife, Kayce Freed, seated in the front row with her mother.</p>
  • ZZZOTT! The American Beatles

    09/18/2003 2:48:10 PM PDT · by JuliusTheGreat · 76 replies · 591+ views
    The American Beatles ^ | Sept 18, 2003 | Jon Bell
    Hi all. I have just read the most amazing political novel. It's called The American Beatles, and it's by a kid named Jon Bell at N.C. State. It's about what might happen if the Beatles existed today, in America: but it's also a ruthless and hilarious critique of the modern media and the American right-wing community. It's a damn good book. You can read it online in e-book form at BeatlesNovel.com.
  • New Beatles CD coming: "Let It Be Naked" in shops in October

    09/07/2003 6:44:21 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 45 replies · 306+ views
    Fox News ^ | September 7, 2003 | World Entertainment News Network
    Beatles Strip 'Let It Be' for 'Naked' Release The surviving members of rock legends The Beatles are releasing a new version of their last ever album, "Let It Be" - with a different name. Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have spent months working on the album, which includes classics "Long and Winding Road" and "Get Back" - and are promising an entirely new sound for fans. The pair have stripped back the Wall Of Sound effect put on the LP by producer Phil Spector, so just the Fab Four themselves can be heard. The new release - called "Let...
  • Caption this...

    08/02/2003 7:40:10 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 29 replies · 460+ views
    The Sun ^ | August 2, 2003 | The Sun
    Sir Paul McCartney, 61, who had a hit with Band on the Run, was out in London.
  • Ringo Starr interview ("I am about peace and love. I am about non-violence.")

    07/27/2003 8:39:09 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 65 replies · 3,973+ views
    Q: The first song on "Ringo Rama" is Eye to Eye. A: Eye to Eye. Q: It sets the tone for what the album and Ringo Starr are all about, peace, love… A: …and love, yeah. It's -- you know I am a product of the '60s. And if you've ever seen my live tours, you know, the All-Starr tours, I'm -- every song is peace and love. I've got the peace sign going there and I've still got it going because, you know, it's, it's what I'm about. I am about peace and love. I am about non-violence....