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If Not for This Artist, the Beatles Might Not Have Been

Stuart Sutcliffe was never forgotten, and his contribution can't really be overstated

(Newser) - John Lennon called him his "soul mate." George Harrison called him the band’s "art director." He's the reason Paul McCartney switched to bass guitar. He had the fashion sense and the stage presence. He even invented the band's iconic "mushroom head" hairdo....

Get Back Gives a New Look at Beatles' Twilight
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Peter Jackson Restores the Beatles

Documentary listens in shortly before the band's breakup

(Newser) - If the Beatles' final days are legend—a collision of various, usually conflicting narratives argued by fans for decades—Peter Jackson would seem a logical choice to reconsider the myth. In his hands, The Beatles: Get Back provides a fresh take, per a Wall Street Journal review: "joyous, tedious,...

Paul McCartney Nixes Practice He Calls 'a Bit Strange'

Ex-Beatle will no longer be signing autographs for fans

(Newser) - Nearly 15 years ago, Ringo Starr "put his foot" down, and his pen, and informed fans he wouldn't be signing autographs anymore. Now, the only other surviving Beatle has jumped aboard the same no-autographs train. The AV Club reports on a new Paul McCartney interview with Reader's ...

Jagger Embraces 'Cover Band' Dig From McCartney

Comments reenergized the long Beatles-Stones rivalry

(Newser) - Mick Jagger paused between songs to say a few things to the more than 50,000 fans at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles—a big crowd for a cover band. "There's so many celebrities here tonight, of course, you know, naturally," he said. "Megan Fox is...

McCartney: Lennon Broke Up the Beatles

Ono and Lennon were 'making a new life,' he says

(Newser) - The Beatles, who broke up more than a half-century ago, might instead have gone on making music for years, Paul McCartney says. But they went their four ways, and after receiving much of the popular blame since because he had broken the news, McCartney wants to make clear that it...

Lennon Tape Not Heard for 50 Years Hits Auction Block

Includes never-released 'Radio Peace,' performed during John and Yoko's 1970 Denmark visit

(Newser) - Think you've heard every John Lennon bootleg, remaster, and import? There's a new tape in the mix, unheard for more than 50 years, though you'll have to convince the person who just bought it for $58,300 at auction to play it. The 33-minute recording made in...

Ringo: OK, I'll Let This Sex Toy Be Called 'Ring O'

Ex-Beatle ends trademark battle over penis ring with similar-sounding name

(Newser) - Hear "Ringo Starr," and the first words you may associate with him are "the Beatles," "drummer," maybe "Octopus's Garden" —but probably not "penis rings." The 80-year-old star wanted to keep it that way, which is why he filed a...

Peter Jackson Has a Holiday Gift for Beatles Fans

Director offers 5-minute 'sneak peek' of Beatles documentary to hold fans until August premiere

(Newser) - Earlier this month we commemorated the sad 40th anniversary of John Lennon's murder. Now, a happier cap to 2020 regarding Beatles news, courtesy of Peter Jackson. Per Rolling Stone , the Lord of the Rings director released a "sneak peek" of The Beatles: Get Back, his upcoming documentary on...

This Would Have Been Big Birthday for John Lennon

Paul McCartney posts tribute to his fellow Beatle's 80th

(Newser) - It's hard enough to wrap our heads around the fact that John Lennon was killed nearly 40 years ago. Now another fact to make our jaws drop: He would've been 80 years old Friday. And as tributes circulate on the internet , one "heartfelt message" in particular is...

She First Saw the Beatles in 1960. Then, 'My Whole Life Changed'

Astrid Kirchherr, who took iconic black-and-white photos of the Fab Four, is dead at 81

(Newser) - Astrid Kirchherr, the German photographer who shot some of the earliest and most striking images of the Beatles and helped shape their trendsetting visual style, has died at age 81. She died Wednesday in her native Hamburg, days before her 82nd birthday. Her death was first announced by Beatles historian...

McCartney's Scribbled 'Hey Jude' Lyrics Sell for $910K

Part of big Beatles auction commemorating 50th anniversary of their breakup

(Newser) - On April 10, 1970, the Beatles were said to have officially broken up , and to commemorate the weighty occasion, Julien's Auctions offered more than 250 items of Fab Four memorabilia on Friday. Reuters reports that included among the pieces sold off were the wooden stage from a Liverpool venue...

Ringo Starr Gets the Band Back Together

For one song, the Beatles are together, kind of

(Newser) - A decades-old shoutout from John Lennon helped pave the way toward Ringo Starr's latest single—a Beatles reunion of sorts. Paul McCartney plays bass on " Grow Old With Me ," which is one of the last songs written by Lennon. What's more, producer Jack Douglas inserted a...

50 Years On, 'Fab Four' Hit Abbey Road

Thousands mark 50th anniversary of album cover shot

(Newser) - Fifty years to the day after the Beatles walked across Abbey Road in London, thousands followed in their footsteps, including a newly engaged Paul McCartney lookalike. The Evening Standard reports "an estimated 2,000 fans" gathered Thursday to re-create one of the most iconic album covers of all time....

'I Love You, Man': McCartney Plays With Ex-Beatle

'We've got a surprise for us,' says Paul McCartney

(Newser) - The Beatles had 50% of a reunion Saturday night in Los Angeles when an unexpected guest showed up at Paul McCartney's tour stop, Rolling Stone reports. "We've got a surprise for us, a surprise for you, a surprise for everyone: Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only,...

Critics Fail to Sing Yesterday 's Praises
What Critics Are Saying
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What Critics Are Saying About Yesterday

It's decent, but they fault its 'cheap gags' and 'romantic apex'

(Newser) - Hit by a bus during a worldwide blackout, a struggling singer-songwriter awakes to a world in which the Beatles never existed and so steals the band’s material for his own. That’s the premise of Yesterday , which has audiences dancing. They give the film a 91% rating on Rotten...

New Play Credits Overlooked Beatles Influence

Author credits stabilizing effect, creativity of John's first wife

(Newser) - If Beatles fans blame Yoko Ono for the Beatles' breakup, maybe they should credit John Lennon's first wife for the Fab Four staying together as long as they did. This Girl, a play about Cynthia Lennon, her husband, and his band, will premiere this summer in Liverpool, hometown of...

Charity's 'Hidden Treasure': Slightly Warped Beatles' Demo

Auction of 'Love Me Do' demo from 1962 closes Wednesday

(Newser) - In 1962, 250 demos of the Beatles' debut single were sent to radio stations. Nearly 60 years and 600 million album sales later, one of those turned up at a charity store operated by the British Heart Foundation, which will bring in at least $7,400 from its sale. "...

Stolen Magazine With the Beatles Back After 50 Years

The Ohio public library gets a nice surprise

(Newser) - An Ohio library says a 1968 copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover has been returned by a borrower who apologized for stealing it as a "kid" and sent $100 to cover late fees, the AP reports. The Cuyahoga County Public Library says it received the...

'Inconceivably Smooth' Whisky Comes at a Price

Bottle of Macallan 1926 expected to fetch up to $923K at auction

(Newser) - Only 40 bottles of Macallan 1926 whisky were produced in 1986. Of those, 12 featured a label designed by Sir Peter Blake, one of the artists who created the cover art for The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, per Vox . The ultra-rare bottle could now...

Beatles Came to Japan Once. The Footage Remains Sealed

Fans had wanted video of historic 1966 Beatles visit released uncensored

(Newser) - Some Beatles superfans are likely not feeling fine after a decision by Japan's Supreme Court regarding 50-year-old footage of the Fab Four from when they visited the Land of the Rising Sun. AFP reports that Beatles buffs from Nagoya had tried to get their hands on a 35-minute reel...

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