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Join Ringo Starr for his 75th birthday celebration!

RingoBday-July2015Ringo Starr will celebrate his 75th birthday on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in front of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood. Ringo and his wife Barbara will join family, friends and fans in person to share a “Peace & Love” salute at Noon. The now traditional Peace & Love celebration is open to the public.
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If you can’t be there, Ringo invites everyone everywhere to think or say Peace & Love or share #PeaceandLove, at Noon their local time, on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #PEACEANDLOVE to send Ringo your birthday wishes, joining him in his hope for world peace and love for one another.
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Take a picture or video and share it on social media with the hashtag #PEACEANDLOVE. Ringo will be choosing a few of his favorite pictures and videos to re-post on his own social media and website. Go to the Facebook event page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/995150243851506
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This idea was born in 2005 when Ringo was asked what he would like for his birthday, and his reply was “more Peace & Love.” Ever since, he has invited the public to join him wherever he is on his birthday and asks “everyone everywhere to think, say or do #PeaceandLove at Noon their local time.” So the Peace & Love moment moves over the planet starting at Noon in New Zealand to Noon in Hawaii and everywhere in between.
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In Memoriam: Cynthia Lennon dies from cancer at age 75

It was announced on Wednesday April 1 that John Lennon’s first wife, Cynthia Lennon, passed away in Mallorca, Spain after a short battle with cancer.

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Julian and Cynthia Lennon at Beatles LOVE show premiere in Las Vegas in 2006. Photo by Shelley Germeaux for Daytrippin'

Julian and Cynthia Lennon at Beatles LOVE show premiere in Las Vegas in 2006. Photo by Shelley Germeaux for Daytrippin’

Cynthia met John Lennon at the Liverpool College of Art in 1958 and they soon began dating. She wrote about their relationship in her book, A Twist of Lennon (1978). She shared intimate details of their time together:
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“John and I in those early days would just sit opposite each other, hold each other’s hands under the formica table and gaze avidly into each other’s moon-struck eyes,” Cynthia said.
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A love letter from John to Cynthia was published in the recent book, The John Lennon Letters. John wrote an 8-page letter to Cynthia at Christmastime in 1958. He was 18 years old and gushing over and over of how much he loved her:
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“You are wonderful, I adore you, I want you, I love you, I need you, Don’t go, I love you, Happy Xmas, Merry Chrimbo, I love you, I love you, I love you, Cynthia… All I Want For Christmas Is You, Cyn”.
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A few years later as John was concentrating on his career as a Beatle, he and Cynthia decided to get married when they learned she was pregnant in 1962.
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Julian Lennon was born on April 8, 1963. The demands of touring during Beatlemania and the temptations from other women resulted in their marriage becoming strained.

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In 1968, Cynthia caught John and Yoko together at the house she shared with John. The subsequent split took a toll on the Beatle family with Paul McCartney writing a song of support and encouragement for Julian called “Hey Jude.” John and Cynthia’s divorce became final in November 1968.

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Cynthia Lennon at a book signing for "John" in New York, October 2005.

Cynthia Lennon at a book signing for “John” in New York, October 2005. Photo by Trina Yannicos.

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In 2005, Cynthia published another book about Lennon called John.
She talked about her marriage to Lennon in this interview promoting the book:

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Over the years, Cynthia appeared several times in public to support her son Julian at various Beatle-related events.

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In 2006, Cynthia and Julian attend the Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil premiere in Las Vegas.

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In 2010, Julian and Cynthia appear at the unveiling of the John Lennon Peace Monument in Liverpool.

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Cynthia Lennon was 75 years old. Julian Lennon has set up a memorial page for his mum at cynthialennon.memorial. He also posted a touching tribute for his mother on YouTube:

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“The news of Cynthia’s passing is very sad. She was a lovely lady who I’ve known since our early days together in Liverpool. She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all, but I will always have great memories of our times together.”

– Paul McCartney

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Review: Special Collector’s Edition of Beatles first official book

Ever wonder what The Beatles did on the day this picture was taken?
The Beatles "On Air: Live At The BBC Vol 2" Cover
This now famous photograph from the On Air – Live at the BBC, Volume 2 CD release is among the photos taken during The Beatles “Day in the Life” 1963 photo shoot featured in the new reissue of The Beatles’ first official book, Meet The Beatles: An Informal Date in Words and Personal Album Pictures.
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During this “day off” for The Beatles, they walked around London as virtually ordinary people – strolling around Soho, shopping at a local market, eating ice cream and sharing fruit with a few female fans. These photos can be distinguished from other Beatles photos since Paul is conspicuously wearing a sweater over his shirt and tie.
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It’s so “fab” and “gear” that a special 50th anniversary collector’s edition of Meet The Beatles has been reissued. Here we get a behind the scenes look at what life was like for The Beatles before they hit it big in America and became a global sensation.
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Meet The Beatles includes a personal introduction by The Beatles, while the rest of the 40-page photo-filled book was written by Beatles’ publicist Tony Barrow, the man who coined the phrase “The Fab Four.”
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The hardcover book is an exact reproduction of the original which was published as a magazine in 1963 by Souvenir Press. The book features black and white photos of The Beatles, many taken by Dezo Hoffmann. What has changed in the last 50 years is the price: originally costing two shillings and six pence in the UK, the price is now £10.
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Original 1963 edition

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50th anniversary reissue

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An interesting tidbit of Beatle history is how The Beatles were listed in the text as “George, John, Paul and Ringo” most likely due to alphabetical order, which surprisingly works for both their first and last names. However, when closing out their introduction (“Thanks a million all you Beatle People — you’re the gear”) their signatures are listed in the customary order of “John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr.”
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Amidst the entertaining “Beatletistics” of each individual member (George “favors smallish blondes”, John “dislikes traditional jazz and thick heads”,  Paul has “a strong liking for Kraft cheese slices”, and Ringo “dislikes onions, motor bikes and Chinese food”) and the many photos of The Beatles in their “Beatropolis,” (a.k.a. Merseyside) is a fascinating look at “A Day in the Life” of The Beatles in London in 1963.
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What Meet The Beatles reminds us is how down to earth The Beatles were. In their introduction, The Beatles respond to a frequently asked question: How has stardom changed you? The Beatles respond: “It HASN’T!” They continue to explain: “Luckily there are three other Beatles ready to sit on any one of us who may show signs of swelling of the bonce…”
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The original UK publication sold 1 million copies and was translated into several different languages. Here is the US version published in 1964.
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To get your copy of the Meet The Beatles 50th anniversary reissue, click here.
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Ringo Starr sings about his band before The Beatles

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Postcards from Paradise album cover. Photo credit: Rob Shanahan

Ringo Starr has written a new song reminiscing about his early days in Liverpool about the band he was in before he joined The Beatles. The song title, “Rory And The Hurricanes,” was announced last week along with the full track listing and release date of Ringo Starr’s new album, Postcards From Paradise.

The song “Rory And The Hurricanes” coming out on March 31 will add to the musical autobiography that Starr has been creating since 2008. Instead of publishing a traditional autobiography, Ringo has chosen to write about his life through his songs.

“I have been offered autobiographies, but all they only really wanna know about is those eight years in The Beatles and there would be three volumes before I even got to that,” Ringo explains. “[So] I’ve decided to do mini-autobiographies, instead of writing a book, I’m doing it on record… I’d rather put it quickly in a song, snippets of part of my life.”

This song will continue the musical memoir that Starr started in 2008 with his song “Liverpool 8” about the good and the bad of growing up in this British working class town where he became part of The Fab Four.

Rory Storm was mentioned in “Liverpool 8” as Ringo sings: “Played Butlin’s Camp with my friend Rory / It was good for him, it was great for me.”

It was while Ringo was the drummer for Rory Storm’s band that he adopted the first name “Ringo” instead of “Richard” for all the rings he wore and “Starr” instead of “Starkey” for “Starr Time,” a portion of the show where Ringo did a major drum solo.

Here are Ringo’s autobiographical songs (so far) in order of release:

“Liverpool 8”

“Liverpool 8” released in 2008 is the first song in Ringo’s virtual musical biography. Ringo sings about joining The Beatles and leaving Liverpool for worldwide fame. In the song, which was co-written with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, Ringo asserts “Liverpool, I left you, but I never let you down.”


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“The Other Side of Liverpool”
“The Other Side of Liverpool” released in 2010 was about the negative aspects of growing up poor in Liverpool as Ringo sings “We had to go to Steeple Street / Just to take a bath.”


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“In Liverpool”

“In Liverpool” is the third installment to Ringo’s musical biography released in 2012. He sings of his early days as a drummer and going to clubs: “Me and the boys, me and the band / Living our fantasies.”

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Paul McCartney releases Wings remasters and New Ringo Starr tour dates

Wings remastered albums

Reissues of two Wings albums, Venus and Mars and At The Speed of Sound, were released last week. Both albums are available in a variety of physical and digital formats. Starting with a 2-disc (2 CD) Standard Edition, the first CD features the original remastered album and the second CD includes bonus audio made up of material including demos and unreleased tracks.

The 3-disc (2CD, 1DVD) Deluxe Edition is housed in a hardback book featuring unpublished photographs, new interviews with Paul, material from Paul’s archives and expanded track-by-track information. The deluxe version bonus DVD is comprised of filmed material from around the time of each release, some of which has never been seen before.

As with all the Archive Collection, Paul McCartney has personally supervised all aspects of the reissues.  The remastering work was done at Abbey Road by the same team who have worked on all the reissues as well as the Beatles’ catalogue.

Since launching the Paul McCartney Archive Collection in 2010, Paul has received two GRAMMY Awards for the releases.  In 2012 he picked up Best Historical Album for Band on the Run and this year Wings over America picked up an award (Best Boxed or Special Edition Package) on the same night that Paul set a personal best by picking up five awards in just one night. In 2013, RAM was nominated for Best Historical Album.

Other titles released to date in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection are Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America.  Is your collection complete?

(Source: Official Press release)

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New Ringo Starr Tour dates

Ringo-2014tourPRRingo Starr and his All Starr Band – Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham – announced new tour dates beginning on February 13 in Louisiana and then onto Texas, Birmingham, South Carolina, and Orlando before traveling throughout Latin America with shows in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and more. The tour continues through March ending with 3 shows in California in Santa Ynez, San Francisco and San Diego and a show in Las Vegas.

This incarnation of the All Starr band is the same line up he has played with since 2012, and the addition of these new dates comes as no surprise to anyone who has heard Ringo talk about this band, with whom he loves performing. “We have so much fun playing together , we don’t want it to end!”  Ringo also loved touring in Latin America and said “the audiences were just great and so loving, we can’t wait to go back”.

RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL STARR BAND ON TOUR:

February 2015
13 Riverdome, Bossier City, LA
14 Cowan Center, Tyler, TX
15 BJCC Concert Hall, Birmingham AL
17 The Peace Center, Greenville, SC
18 Bob Carr PAC, Orlando FL
21 Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
22 Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan
24 Van Wezel PAC, Sarasota FL
26 HSBC Brasil, Sao Paolo, Brazil
27 Vivo Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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March 2015
1 TBD
3 Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
6 Bogota Corferias, Columbia
8 Coliseo Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
10 National Auditorium, Mexico City
12 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez CA
13 Masonic Theater, San Francisco CA
14 Pala Casino, Pala, CA
15 The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV

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For additional dates and on sale dates please check local listings and for more information please visit:
www.ringostarr.com

(Source: Official Press release)

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Beatles 50th anniversary: A Hard Day’s Night in theaters

Happy 4th, Beatles fans!!

July 6, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the premiere of A Hard Day’s Night!

A special 50th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray edition is being released by the Criterion Collection for the 50th anniversary of the film. This latest release features new 4K restoration from the original camera negative and a new 5.1 surround sound mix produced by Giles Martin.

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The film is also being shown in select theaters this Fourth of July weekend.

See if the film is playing in your area:

http://janusfilms.com/harddaysnight/index.html

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EVENT ALERT:

Sunday July 6 –
Pattie Boyd to recount meeting The Beatles at ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ screening
http://www.examiner.com/article/pattie-boyd-to-recount-meeting-the-beatles-at-a-hard-day-s-night-screening

Monday July 7 –
Join former Beatle Ringo Starr in Hollywood to celebrate his birthday
http://www.examiner.com/article/join-former-beatle-ringo-starr-hollywood-to-celebrate-his-birthday

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NEWS from our BEATLES TWITTER and FACEBOOK pages:

Paul McCartney’s website is giving away free tickets to his North American shows
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Listen to the full mystery ‘train song’ from A Hard Day’s Night – Is it The Beatles?
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Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein honored with Blue Plaque in London
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Photos: Indian temple abandoned since the Beatles visited in 1968 is now a shrine to The Fab Four
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New book: The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four [massive 2 volume set, over 1000 pages] by Ken Womack – http://goo.gl/m1igis

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Ringo Starr ‘Peace and Love’ concert special to air on AXS TV

ringo-sideCAXS TV announced on July 1 that it will celebrate the life and legacy of Ringo Starr, with the once-in-a-lifetime tribute concert “Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love,” on Sunday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET. The David Lynch Foundation hosts the benefit event, presenting Starr with the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award for his dedication to spreading peace and love throughout the world as a pioneer of transcendental meditation—a method for self-development, stress reduction, and relaxation, that Starr famously began practicing during the Beatles’ trip to India in 1968.

Filmed at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on January 21, 2014 the unprecedented event is packed with heartfelt moments and great performances from some of music’s biggest names who have come together for the first ever tribute celebrating Starr’s music. Highlights include video tributes from Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono; Betty LaVette performing “It Don’t Come Easy”; Ben Folds with “Oh My My”; Ben Harper on “Walk With You”; Joe Walsh with the rocking “Back Off Boogaloo”; Brendon Benson revving up “Don’t Go Where The Road Don’t Go”; The Head and the Heart doing the timeless classic “Octopuses Garden”; and kicking it all off Giles McWilliams from Ark Life with “Can’t Do it Wrong.”

Serving as house band for the evening is a super-group of rock royalty led by GRAMMY®-winner Don Was on bass; Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) on keyboards; iconic axemen Peter Frampton and Steve Lukather (Toto) on guitars; and Kenny Arnoff (John Mellencamp) on drums.

The guest of honor himself, Ringo Starr, closes out the evening with a spectacular three song set, “Photograph” and “Boys,” and then for the finale, inviting all of the night’s performers—along with members of the star studded audience including Eric Burdon, Gary Wright, Gregg Bissonette, Jeff Lynne, Colin Hay, Richard Page, Sheila E., Edgar Winter, and comedian Jim Carrey—back on stage to join in an epic sing-along of “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

Watch an excerpt from the show here:

“Ringo Starr is one of the true unsung heroes of rock n’ roll,” said AXS TV founder Mark Cuban. “The wide-reaching impact he’s had on the industry—both as an artist and a humanitarian—is on full display here, as evidenced by the variety of high-level performers that came out to pay tribute to his legacy. This is absolutely one of the most unique events you will see this year, and AXS TV is proud to be a part of it.”

The David Lynch Foundation was founded in 2005, as a means of providing transcendental meditation training to adults and children throughout the world. Since that time, the foundation has treated tens of thousands of people, with special programs developed for underprivileged students, survivors of domestic violence, and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. The foundation launched the Ringo Starr Peace and Love Fund in January of 2014.

For information on how to make a donation to the Ringo Starr Peace and Love Fund, please visit: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/peacelovefund/

(Source: Press release)

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