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Ringo Starr Is Hawking a Treasure Trove of Beatles Stuff

Drummer auctioning off more than 800 things he owned

(Newser) - More than 800 items owned by Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, are going to auction, including rare Beatles memorabilia like his three-piece drum kit used in more than 200 performances and a Rickenbacker guitar known as the "Beatle-Backer" that John Lennon owned and later gave to Starr.... More »

George Harrison's '63 Guitar Sells for $490K

And one of Elvis' Vegas 'penguin suits' fetches $122K

(Newser) - A guitar George Harrison played at a time when Beatlemania was taking flight has sold for nearly half a million dollars at a New York auction. Julien's Auctions says the 1963 Mastersound electric guitar went for $490,000 Friday to an undisclosed bidder. Julien's says Harrison borrowed it... More »

George Harrison Memorial Tree Killed ... by Beetles

But don't worry, it will be replanted

(Newser) - A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed—by beetles. Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation. The tree was removed last month and will be replanted in the fall.... More »

Beatles' Signed Sgt. Pepper's Fetches $290K

Shatters previous record

(Newser) - The Fab Four shattered another record yesterday, when a ultra-rare signed copy of their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album fetched a rather staggering $290,500 at auction—significantly topping the $30,000 that the auctioneer had predicted. "I consider this to be one of the top... More »

For Sale: Rare Color Pics of Beatles in '64

65 slides from first US tour set for the auction block

(Newser) - Unpublished early color photographs of the Beatles' first US tour will be sold at a UK auction. The photos were taken during the band's 1964 visit to the US, when color film was expensive and most images of the group were in black and white. The collection of 65... More »

Coming Soon: Beatles 2, Featuring Beatles' Kids?

James McCartney says he, Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison are up for it

(Newser) - Today in Terrible Ideas: The Beatles' offspring just might form a sort of "Beatles 2" band—at least to hear one of Paul McCartney's kids tell it. "I'd be up for it," James McCartney tells the BBC . "Sean [Lennon] seemed to be into it,... More »

Beatles Headed to iTunes?

Fab Four's iconic catalog was noted holdout

(Newser) - Fab Four fans, rejoice: Or at least hold your breath, because the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Steve Jobs' pending iTunes news is that Apple is nearing a deal to bring the Beatles' catalog at long last onboard. Apple is readying an announcement, anonymous insiders say, while also warning... More »

11 Best Beatles Songs by George or Ringo

Yes, they're mostly by George

(Newser) - Sam Greenspan admits he had a little trouble with this list for his 11 Points blog , but he toughed it out and came up with the best 11 Beatles songs written by Ringo Starr or George Harrison. The top five:
  1. "Something" (George): "Arguably his best lyrics, melody and
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'Lost' Beatles Song Finally Finished

Forgotten George Harrison lyrics turned into tune

(Newser) - Forty years after the Beatles split and eight after George Harrison died, a new Beatles song has been completed. Harrison gave the first ten lines of Silence (Is Its Own Reply) to a biographer in 1969, but they were put aside and forgotten until recently, the Telegraph reports. A BBC... More »

Beatles Remasters Pack a Wallop

CDs showcase Fab Four as they were meant to be heard

(Newser) - The Beatles just got better: every one of their original albums and a batch of collected singles has been remastered, boosting the quality to the level “the Beatles themselves would have heard and intended,” writes Matt Hurwitz in the Washington Post. The stereo CDs remind us that the... More »

John to Paul: 'You’re Daft, I Want a Divorce'

New interview tapes reveal Lennon as engineer of Beatles' break up

(Newser) - Long-forgotten interviews with the Beatles emerged today when rock journalist Ray Connelly dug out reels of tape he'd stored away in a forgotten suitcase. On the 40th anniversary of the band's descent into dissolution, Connelly reveals new information upending some impressions that Paul McCartney was responsible for the split. More »

Beatles Catalogue Gets Digital Facelift

(Newser) - The Beatles are getting a long-awaited makeover. The group's entire music collection, including all 12 studio albums released in stereo, is being digitally remastered for release in September, the UK Times reports. It will be the first time the first four Beatles albums will be available in their entirety on... More »

SNL Insider Dishes on Early Days

Sketch writer offers backstage pass to zany early years

(Newser) - The early seasons of Saturday Night Live “set an almost impossibly high bar” for the future, writes Stephanie Zacharek in Salon, and Al Franken’s writing partner shows why in his new book. Tom Davis offers a backstage pass to early antics at 30 Rock, and it's a compelling... More »

Paul Wants to Release 'Beatles Holy Grail'

Long-lost experimental track was once vetoed by the other three

(Newser) - Paul McCartney says it's time to release an avant-garde Beatles track that features gargles, shouts, and distorted guitar, the Guardian reports. Recorded during Penny Lane sessions in 1967, the 14-minute Carnival of Light was played publicly only once at an electronic music festival. McCartney, who is releasing his third avant-garde... More »

Beatles Contract Expected to Fetch $500K at Auction

Brian Epstein's copy of the original 1962 contract for sale

(Newser) - Brian Epstein's copy of his management contract with The Beatles, a pact that proved to be worth millions, is being offered for sale in London next month. The four-page document, signed by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr in 1962, carries an estimated $480,000 pricetag. McCartney... More »

Giggling Fab 4 Tape Discovered

Surprise song session recording to be auctioned off

(Newser) - A 1964 recording of the Beatles laughing too hard to finish a song is to be auctioned, reports the Daily Telegraph. The 30-minute tape captures the Fab Four repeatedly breaking down in giggling fits while trying to record the ballad "I'll Follow The Sun." The comical history tour... More »

Indiana Jones Whips Up $311M

Blockbuster numbers in five-day opening

(Newser) - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has struck it rich, racking up the most lucrative international opening of all time and the second highest US weekend box office take ever in a blockbuster weekend for the Steven Spielberg epic. The film grossed $151 million domestically and $160... More »

'Fifth Beatle' Aspinall Dies at 66

First road manager became guardian of group's legacy

(Newser) - "Fifth Beatle" Neil Aspinall, the first road manager of the legendary band who later ran the Beatles' recording company, has died from lung cancer. Aspinall, 66, was the chief guardian of the group's musical legacy after the Beatles broke up. "He vigorously fought to protect the Beatles franchise,... More »

Beatles Hotel Opens in Liverpool

'Interest has been unbelievable,' says manager

(Newser) - Move over, Penny Lane: Liverpool’s latest draw is the Hard Day's Night, a Fab Four-styled hotel that boasts 110 rooms and two swanky penthouses near the fabled Cavern Club, the BBC reports. The hotel also displays rare band photos and art by Beatles painter Shannon. “The bookings are... More »

Clapton Recounts Pain, Triumph

Addictions, death of son brought guitar legend to his knees

(Newser) - "Slowhand" takes up a pen in Clapton: The Autobiography. Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll—it’s all there in guitar legend Eric Clapton’s memoir. There’s also the death of a child and more than one journey to sobriety. Vanity Fair excerpts the poignant tale of... More »

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