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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years Review

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A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which offers an inside look at Beatlemania, the three years when the best pop band in history toured the world. The messy title is a hint as to how compromised this film is: it's not a proper journalistic look at the band, but rather an approved portrait with the rough edges removed. But with its never-seen footage and lots of great music, it can't help but be hugely entertaining.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr spent years developing their sound before they hit the big time. And when they set off on their first tour in 1963, things immediately went crazy, with unprecedented displays of fan adoration. Fans couldn't get enough of these cheeky young guys from Liverpool, and their irreverent antics during interviews further endeared them to their audience. As they embarked on their first major tour of America, young journalist Larry Kane was sent to accompany them. Initially annoyed at this fluffy assignment, Kane was won over by their talent and the way they stood up to segregation laws in the South. But by 1966, they found that playing concerts in stadiums was simply too exhausting (they couldn't hear themselves above the screaming), so they abruptly stopped performing in public. The rest of their career took place in the studio.

All of this is recounted in a terrific range of home movies, archive footage, snapshots and interviews from the time, plus present-day recollections from Paul and Ringo. Added to this are interviews with celebrities who as children saw them perform, artists who worked with them and historians who examine their talent and impact. With access to this kind of material and a skilled editing team, Howard creates a film that's energetically gripping, offering a perspective on the Beatles that we may not have seen before.

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George Harrison's Beatles Songs To Be Released


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George Harrison's previously unheard Beatles tracks are set to be released.

The music legend left behind a lot of unfinished material before his death in 2001 aged 58 and his widow Olivia and son Dhani, 37, are keen to finish the tracks together and release them in the near future for his fans to hear.

She told Billboard's Overheard column: ''There are a lot of songs that are unfinished.

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'Come Together' Is The Most Popular Beatles Track On Spotify


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It’s been less than a week since The Beatles’ back catalogue finally hit streaming services and music fans all over the world have been indulging in all the Fab Four’s classic hits. But the band’s arrival to the streaming world has perhaps also helped to settle a long-standing debate among music fans, as to what is the definitive Beatles’ song.

The BeatlesThe Beatles’ back catalogue is now available on streaming services.

At 00.01am on Christmas Eve The Beatles’ music hit stream hit almost every major streaming platform including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, TIDAL, and Amazon Prime. It marked the end of the group shunning the streaming world, finally bringing their music into the 21st century.

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The Beatles' Back Catalogue Confirmed To Hit Streaming Services On Christmas Eve


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The Beatles music has finally been confirmed as hitting a range of streaming services just in time for Christmas. The band’s official twitter account made the announcement today, with their full catalogue becoming available from tomorrow, Christmas Eve.

The BeatlesFrom tomorrow you will finally be able to stream The Beatles’ music.

‘December 24 at 12:01am local time, The Beatles’ music is available for streaming worldwide,’ the announcement read, with a link to the band’s official site. The music will be available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody, Slacker Radio, Tidal and Amazon's Prime Music service. The songs will not, however, be available on Pandora.

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Could The Beatles Be Ready To Hit Streaming Services On Christmas Eve?


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It's been a long wait for fans, but The Beatles are rumoured to finally be about to begin releasing their music on streaming services and tracks could come as early as Christmas Eve. Despite being arguably the most popular group of all time, the Fab Four have so far kept their back catalogue off services such as Spotify and Apple Music.

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Billboard reports that there is conflicting information on exactly when the band’s music will appear on streaming services, but discussions are said to be ‘strongly hinting’ towards a December 24th arrival date.

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Ron Howard To Direct Beatles Documentary, From Cavern Club To San Francisco


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Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is set to direct a documentary about The Beatles, following their journey from Liverpool's Cavern Club to their last concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Crucially, the movie is being made in-corporation with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono.

Ron HowardRon Howard [L] will direct the Beatles documentary [Getty/Christopher Polk]

Howard - known for Apollo 14, The Da Vinci Code and Frost/Nixon - called it "an astounding story".

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The Beatles: On Air Live At The BBC - Volume 2 - Feature


Nearly twenty years since the release of The Beatles' chart-topping compilation album 'Live At The BBC' featuring radio performances from 1963 to 1965, producers Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley have now compiled 'On Air Live At The BBC - Volume 2' featuring never-before-heard performances, banter and cover tracks.

The compilation includes 63 tracks which weren't featured on the previous volume; 37 of which are newly released radio performances and 23 which feature unheard banter and chatting amongst the band and the radio hosts. There are 10 tracks which were never recorded for EMI and some which haven't been released at all; among them are covers of Chuck Berry's 'I'm Talking About You', 'Beautiful Dreamer' and different versions of previously heard covers including Ray Charles' 'I Got A Woman'.

Howlett and Heatley were truly spoilt for choice when it came to compiling this new collection, given that the world's most-loved band performed an incredible 275 shows on the radio throughout their musical journey in the 60s, appearing on 39 different shows in the year of their debut album release. The new compilation, re-mastered by Guy Massey and Alex Wharton, includes a detailed booklet and is set for release on November 11th 2013.

The Beatles Rarities Album To Be Released: 'On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2'


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A new album from The Beatles will be released in November showcasing songs the Liverpool band recorded in the BBC's studios. The record, entitled On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2, will serve as the sequel to 1994's Live At The BBC and will feature ten unreleased songs from the 1960s that the band never recorded for their record label EMI.

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A New Album Of The Beatles' Songs Will Be Released In November.

The rarities, according to The Independent, will include the famous four-piece's cover of Chuck Berry's 'I'm Talking About You' and the 19th century, oft covered 'Beautiful Dreamer.' All live-to-air pieces without editing, the songs will only emphasise The Beatles' musical proficiency and ability to make great music together.

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Let It Be: The Beatles Broadway Musical Opens Despite Copyright Lawsuit


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Having played in the West End last year, the Beatles musical Let It Be opened on Broadway last night (24th July) in the midst of an on-going copyright infringement lawsuit that has been filed by the creators of rival tribute show, Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles. The people behind Rain claim that Let It Be incorporates elements of their 2010-11 show, including musical arrangements of hits, hairstyles, similar Scouser banter, and a selection of 28 of the 31 songs that Rain brought to Broadway.

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The Beatles Stage Tribute Band.

According to the New York Times, Peter Cane, a lawyer for Let It Be's producers, Jeff Parry and Annerin Productions, argued that the copyright claim was absurd. Speaking to the NY Times, Cane said "Let It Be is a tribute to The Beatles, not to the four guys who impersonate The Beatles. How do you monopolise the ability to present an impersonation of The Beatles? How many different ways can you really do it? The Beatles acted a certain way, they played certain notes, they spoke a certain way."

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Frank Allen and Vicki Michelle - Frank Allen of the Searchers and actress Vicki Michelle unveil a blue plaque funded by the Heritage Fund to honour the former beatles John Lennon and George Harrison on Baker Stree - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 17th March 2013

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Frank Allen, Vicki Michelle, Lennon and George Harrison
Frank Allen, Vicki Michelle, Lennon and George Harrison

Ravi Shankar Memorial Service Held In California


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Family, friends and fans have all congregated in California today to mourn the late Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar, who passed away earlier this month.

Shankar will long be remembered for his inspirational style of playing the sitar, which has led many to claim him to be the greatest player of the instrument in the modern era. His work with The Beatles and the influence he had on them, particularly George Harrison, who became a close friend to Shankar, opened his work and a completely new sound to Western ears for the first time for many, and his music will be remembered long after his passing.

Olivia Harrison, the widow of George, attended the ceremony and gave a speech telling of the impact Shankar had on her, her late husband and everyone who came into contact with him. Whilst Ravi's daughter, Anoushka Shankar, and her half-sister Norah Jones also showed up to pay their respects to the late great.

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Ravi Shankar, The Godfather Of Indian Classical Music, Has Died At The Age Of 92


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Shankar changed the face of modern music and opened the eyes of millions to sitar music as well as the Asian-sub-continent's classical music differences in tone, rhythm, harmony and timbre. Sitar music has entirely different scales to the European classical music that had informed most artists until the 1960s when The Beatle's George Harrison introduced Shankar to the world of pop music, and pop music's fans to Shankar. 

As the music world weeps for the loss of one of the last century's greatest influences, many people have spoken of their sense of loss. Ivan Hewett, writing for the Telegraph, speaks of his 'first encounter' with Shankar on one his parent's vinyls. He describes the music as "darting and bobbing like a hummingbird and sighing like a disembodied voice." He wrote, "I especially liked the moment when the tabla entered, because this signalled was the closing section of a composition that would get faster and faster, ending in a dizzying whirl of virtuosity." 

As his friendship with George Harrison blossomed, he played at an array of enormous music festivals, including the iconic festival Woodstock in 1969 which resulted in his music being associated with the free-loving, drug-fuelled moment of the era. "People had this idea that my music was somehow mixed up with the drug culture, that it was a way of losing your consciousness," Shankar said said. "But that's so wrong, the tradition is all about achieving an inner purity. I always hated the drugs, and I decided not to play at those festivals any more." 

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"A True Pioneer" - The Recording Academy Pay Tribute To Ravi Shankar


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The Recording Academy have paid tribute to the late Ravi Shankar, who passed away, aged 92.

In a statement, from the organisation behind the annual Grammy awards, his influence is acknowledged in many musical fields, such as pop, classical, jazz and world music. “Three-time GRAMMY® winner and renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar was a true pioneer in introducing Indian music to the West,” writes the Recording Academy’s President / CEO Neil Portnow.

The statement continues “Just last week, I had the honor to inform him that he would receive a 2013 Lifetime Achievement this February. He was deeply touched and so pleased, that he extended a gracious and personal invitation to visit with him at his home. We have lost an innovative and exceptional talent and a true ambassador of international music. Our thoughts and sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and all of those around the world who were inspired by his music and compassionate philanthropy.”

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Elizabeth Taylor Queen Of Posthumous Celeb Earnings, Toppling King-of-Pop Michael Jackson From The Top Spot


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After her death last year aged 79, just two years after her great friend Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor has become the world's highest grossing dead celebrity, according to Forbes. This result sees the growth of her estate beat MJ, as that was his title in 2011. 

Time report that her estate has made $210m over the past year due to an enormous Christie's auction of her belongings, which made $184m, with this, added to the sales of her perfume White Diamonds, pushed her ahead of the $145m that Jackson's estate earned. According to Dorothy Pomerantz, it's likely that Michael Jackson will hit the top spot again next year, and Taylor's success a one off due to her death. She says this is due to the multiple streams of income to his estate: "Not only does it earn from sales of his own music, Jackson owned a 50% stake in Sony's ATV catalog, which includes artists like the Beatles, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. His estate also collects money from the successful Cirque Du Soleil show The Immortal Tour." 

Other legendary characters that appear on the list include Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Dr. Seuss, Steve McQueen, and George Harrison. The $145m made by the dead Thriller star is more than any other living artist today, proving that although he's not leading posthumous earning, he's still the King of Pop. Although, with two of the Beatles in this list, perhaps we can award that King-dom jointly. The Liz & Dick biopic about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, starring Lindsay Lohan, will be airing November 25th 2012, and may just top up Liz's account a touch more.

George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney - Beatles wax figures as young men including George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon Thursday 14th June 2012 Wax figures of The Beatles are unveiled at Madame Tussauds. The unveiling comes days before Paul McCartney celebrates his 70th birthday on June 18, 2012.

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George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul Mccartney
George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul Mccartney
George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul Mccartney
George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul Mccartney
George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul Mccartney

George Harrison - John Brosnan, as George Harrison, Thursday 9th February 2012 performs on stage during the 'Classical Mystery Tour', a note-for-note live reincarnation of The Beatles at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts.

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George Harrison and Ringo Starr
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Video - Alicia Keys And Swiss Beatz Loved Up On The Red Carpet - 8th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball Arrivals Part 4


Singer Alicia Keys hosted the 8th Annual Keep A Child Alice Black Ball in New York recently and invited her celebrity friends along for the event. Her husband Swiss Beatz pulled her close on the red carpet and the couple seemed very much in love.

The event honoured late Beatle George Harrison, who died ten years ago in 2001 of cancer. R&B singer Usher performed his song OMG and in a tribute to the guitarist, included sitars, an instrument that fascinated George

George Harrison - NY Film Festival presentation of George Harrison Living in The Material World. Photos diane cohen New York City, USA - HBO documentary screening of 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World' at Alice Tully Hall Tuesday 4th October 2011

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George Harrison and Neil Simon - Joe Bithorn as George Harrison New York City, USA - Opening night of the Broadway production of 'Rain - A Tribute to The Beatles' at the Neil Simon Theatre - Curtain Call. Tuesday 26th October 2010

George Harrison and Neil Simon
George Harrison, Neil Simon and Ringo Starr
George Harrison, John Lennon, Neil Simon, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul Mccartney
Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Neil Simon
Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Neil Simon
John Lennon, George Harrison, Neil Simon and Ringo Starr

Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Neil Simon and Ringo Starr - Mark Beyer, Joey Curatolo as Paul McCartney, Joe Bithorn as George Harrison, May Pang, Andre DeShields, Ralph Castelli as Ringo Starr, Steve Landes as John Lennon New York City, USA - Opening night of the Broadway production of 'Rain - A Tribute to The Beatles' at the Neil Simon Theatre - Backstage. Tuesday 26th October 2010

Sir Paul Mccartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Neil Simon and Ringo Starr
Sir Paul Mccartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Neil Simon and Ringo Starr
Sir Paul Mccartney, Chita Rivera, George Harrison, John Lennon, Neil Simon and Ringo Starr
Sir Paul Mccartney, Chita Rivera, George Harrison, John Lennon, Neil Simon and Ringo Starr
Sir Paul Mccartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Neil Simon and Ringo Starr
Sir Paul Mccartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Neil Simon and Ringo Starr

George Harrison, Let It Roll Album Review


Review of George Harrison's album Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison

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Dhani Harrison and George Harrison - Dhani Harrison and Paul McCartney Tuesday 14th April 2009 at Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Los Angeles, California

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Dhani Harrison, George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and Tom Hanks
Dhani Harrison and George Harrison
Dhani Harrison and George Harrison
Dhani Harrison, Eric Idle, George Harrison and Olivia Harrison

George Harrison - 'From life to life, a garden for George Harrison' London,England - at Chelsea Flower Show Monday 19th May 2008

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Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Muse Saturday 5th April 2008 Los Angeles, California

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Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Muse
Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Muse
Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Muse
Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Muse

Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Linda Mccartney and Muse

Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Linda Mccartney and Muse
Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Muse
Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Muse
Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Muse

A Hard Day's Night Review


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In watching A Hard Day's Night, you might feel an intense desire to tune out the visuals and simply sit back and listen to one of the most awesome movie soundtracks of all time. It is The Beatles, after all.

But don't do it! Miss the narrative (sketchy as it may be) and the visuals (jerky as they are) and you'll be missing one of the funniest and most unique movies ever made. Shot before The Beatles had hit it big in America, the movie ostensibly follows a day in the life of the Fab Four, as they travel to a TV appearance and an evening concert and experience various misadventures along the way.

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Yellow Submarine Review


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This psychedelic trip into the minds of the Beatles is certainly memorable, but you have to wonder what this movie would be like without the awesome collection of Beatles tunes punctuating the soundtrack. Not much, I'm afraid. The battle against the Blue Meanies has all the drama of Sesame Street. The meeting of the Nowhere Man has all the drama of the meeting of a walking potato. If you're a Beatlemaniac, make sure you opt for the DVD, with a remastered soundtrack, five languages worth of subtitles, and enough extras to fill the Albert Hall.

A Hard Day's Night Review


Extraordinary
In watching A Hard Day's Night, you might feel an intense desire to tune out the visuals and simply sit back and listen to one of the most awesome movie soundtracks of all time. It is The Beatles, after all.

But don't do it! Miss the narrative (sketchy as it may be) and the visuals (jerky as they are) and you'll be missing one of the funniest and most unique movies ever made. Shot before The Beatles had hit it big in America, the movie ostensibly follows a day in the life of the Fab Four, as they travel to a TV appearance and an evening concert and experience various misadventures along the way.

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George Harrison

Date of birth

25th February, 1943

Date of death

29th November, 2001

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.77






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