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Lennon Guitar Left in Attic for Decades Sells for $2.9M

'If you know the chords, Beatles tunes fall out of the sound hole effortlessly'

(Newser) - In late 1965, John Lennon gave one of his guitars to Gordon Waller of the pop group Peter and Gordon but it doesn't seem to have been a treasured gift. Waller gave it to a road manager, "who took the guitar home, tossed it in the attic, and...

This Beatle Is a Billionaire After Beyonce Boost

After Beyonce's cover of 'Blackbird,' Paul McCartney hits a new milestone

(Newser) - It may seem wild that it took this long, but one of the Beatles is finally a billionaire in the UK, and he has Beyonce to (partially) thank. Paul McCartney and his wife, Nancy, have popped up on this year's "Sunday Times Rich List," with a net...

Inspiration for Clapton's 'Layla' Sells the Goods —for Millions

Pattie Boyd's auction at Christie's brings in $3.6M, way above expectations

(Newser) - The online auction of a trove of letters, photos, and other items that Pattie Boyd—ex of Eric Clapton and George Harrison—concluded Friday and surpassed all expectations, per the AP . Christie's said the auction brought in about $3.6 million, roughly seven times more than expected. The most...

Sam Mendes Is Directing 4 Beatles Biopics

John, Paul, George, and Ringo movies will be released in 2027

(Newser) - Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes and Sony Pictures Entertainment are going to come together to make four Beatles biopics—one for every member of the Fab Four. The interconnected George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr movies will all come out in 2027, and the "dating cadence of...

A Decadeslong Musical Mystery Has Been Solved
A Decadeslong Musical
Mystery Has Been Solved
in case you missed it

A Decadeslong Musical Mystery Has Been Solved

Paul McCartney reunited with long-lost bass guitar

(Newser) - In 1961, when the Beatles were not yet a global phenomenon, Paul McCartney bought a bass guitar for £30 (approximately $38, or the equivalent of more than $1,000 today, per the Guardian ). McCartney became known for the Höfner bass, notably shaped like a violin, and it...

Emmys Pick 10 Biggest Moments in TV History

From Beatles and MLK Jr., all the way through 9/11 coverage, these moments made an impression

(Newser) - The Emmys take place Monday, and it's the awards ceremony's 75th anniversary of celebrating the best on the boob tube. To honor that milestone, the Television Academy assembled members and academics who sifted through more than seven decades of TV gold, including news reports, sitcoms, dramas, variety shows,...

After 47 Years, Man Returns Penny Lane Sign to Liverpool

Sign stolen by drunk students is now in Beatles museum

(Newser) - A piece of Liverpool history is now in the city's Beatles Story museum almost half a century after it was stolen by a group of drunk university students. The museum says a Penny Lane street sign was sent to the museum by a man who admitted he was part...

Listen to the 'Final' New Beatles Song
The Beatles Just
Released a New Song

The Beatles Just Released a New Song

'Now and Then' features the late John Lennon and George Harrison with Paul and Ringo

(Newser) - More than 40 years after John Lennon was killed and more than 20 years after George Harrison died, the Beatles have released a new song. Listen to "Now and Then" here . You can also see a short film about how it was made here . The song comes from a...

The Beatles' Last 'New' Song Is Coming Out Thursday

'Now and Then' features all Beatles members alive and dead, thanks to AI

(Newser) - Sixty years after the onset of Beatlemania and with two of the quartet now dead, artificial intelligence has enabled the release next week of what is promised to be the last "new" Beatles song . The track, called "Now And Then," will be available Thursday as part of...

A Global Search Is On for Famed Beatle Bass
Missing: One Beatle Bass

Missing: One Beatle Bass

Paul McCartney's Höfner hasn't been seen since 1969

(Newser) - Almost anyone who runs across a certain distinctive, left-handed Höfner violin bass guitar will recognize it, Nick Wass said: "It's the bass that made the Beatles." And if anyone sees it, Wass would like to know. He's heading up a global search for the famous...

George Harrison's Mom Was a Bit Irked by His Fans

In letter up for auction, Louise Harrison says she was 'disgusted' by screaming girls, 'ashamed' to be female

(Newser) - If there was one Beatles song that the late George Harrison's mom could've picked to describe how she felt about some fans of her son's band, "Get Back" may have been a top contender. At least that's the impression one gets from a letter penned...

AI's Latest Trick: A Final Beatles Song

Paul McCartney says it will be released this year

(Newser) - For years, Paul McCartney has teased one final Beatles song. Now, with help from artificial intelligence, it's finally complete. "We just finished it up and it'll be released this year," McCartney told the BBC on Tuesday, adding the song began as a demo from John Lennon....

One of Crosby's Final Tweets Offered Thoughts on Heaven

'Overrated' and 'cloudy,' the singer-songwriter wrote on the day he died

(Newser) - David Crosby died Wednesday at the age of 81, and he showed up on Twitter just hours before his passing to make a cheeky observation that turned out to be eerily prescient. Crosby retweeted another post speculating on who might be barred from heaven, based on the things they'd...

Miami Beach Hotel With Storied Past Is Destroyed

Deauville Hotel, which hosted the Beatles and JFK, had fallen into disrepair

(Newser) - A once-luxurious Miami Beach hotel that hosted the Beatles and President John F. Kennedy during its 1960s heyday was imploded Sunday after falling into disrepair and abandonment in recent years. The 17-story Deauville Hotel fell into itself after a series of explosions were set off, sending up a large cloud...

Scathing Lennon-McCartney Letter Sells for $70K

Lennon tells former Beatles bandmate that he clearly 'didn't dig the words' to 'Imagine'

(Newser) - Beatles memorabilia is valuable—even when it's from low points in the band's history. The Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction house says a scathing post-breakup letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney has sold for $70,000, including a $14,000 buyer's premium, TMZ reports. In...

Lennon's Angry Letter to McCartney Up for Sale

'You know damn well we can't just sign a bit of paper'

(Newser) - An angry note John Lennon penned to Paul McCartney after the breakup of the Beatles has resurfaced on the auction block. Lennon sent one copy of the three-page typed letter dated Nov. 24, 1971, to McCartney and another to Richard Williams, the editor of British music magazine Melody Maker, urging...

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
Peter Jackson
the Beatles

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...

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