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‘White Album’ Reissue Next Year?

I’ve been told by a very good source that Giles Martin IS working on a re-issue of the ‘White Album’ for its 50th anniversary next year. It was originally released on November 21st 1968.

As with the Sgt Pepper re-issue, it’s likely the album will be remixed, and include loads of out-takes. Hopefully these will include the demos made at George’s place, Kinfauns, before the album was recorded.

Giles Martin has been at Abbey Road Studios in the last few days, almost certainly working on this project.

More news when we get it!

Eight Days a Week: The Beatles’ Touring History in 8 Concerts

For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to attend a Beatles concert in the 1960s, Ron Howard’s Eight Days a Week just might be the next best thing. The 2016 documentary traces the band’s rise from a cramped and dank cellar in Liverpool to record breaking television appearances, jam packed stadiums, and—ultimately—rock immortality. Lovingly assembled through rare and often unseen fan home movie footage, Howard’s film also draws on more familiar material—restored to the highest echelons of  HD— and new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. All told, it’s a joyous and stunningly visual representation of their unbelievable journey, and an unparalleled look at a time when the four Fabs roamed the Earth and made themselves available to see, live and in person, for just a few dollars.

In honor of Eight Day’s a Week‘s television debut this Saturday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. central) on PBS, here’s a detailed look at the Beatles’ touring career, told through eight of their concerts.

For more see http://people.com/music/the-beatles-touring-history-eight-days-a-week-documentary/

New George Martin Biography Launched in London

A great new book, ‘Maximum Volume – the Life of Beatles Producer George Martin’ was launched in London last night. It is by acclaimed Beatles author Kenneth Womack. Among the guests at the launch were former head of Abbey Road Studios Ken Townsend, and engineers Peter Vince and Richard Langham, who all worked extensively with George Martin on Beatles records. Also present were author Mark Lewisohn, journalist  and author Ray Connelly, and Rod Davis of the Quarrymen.

To order the book from Amazon go to https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maximum-Beatles-Producer-George-1926-1966/dp/1903360242/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511277500&sr=8-1&keywords=George+Martin+maximum

The book is having its Liverpool launch this evening.

German police recover John Lennon diaries

German police on Monday arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon’s estate, including the late Beatle’s diaries.

The items were stolen from Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in New York in 2006 and have been seized as evidence, Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor’s office, said.

The unidentified man was taken into custody suspected of fraud and handling stolen goods.

A second suspect, who lives in Turkey, “is unattainable for us at the present time,” Steltner said in a recorded statement posted on Twitter.

The stolen goods consisted of “various items from the estate of John Lennon, including several diaries that were written by him,” Steltner added. For more, see https://www.expatica.com/de/news/country-news/celebrity-music-Germany-Beatles-police_1549732.html

Support the Beatles Fan Film ‘Here There & Everywhere’

A Film made by Fans for Fans! Supported by The Cavern Club, The Beatles Story Museum, The Hard Days Night Hotel, The Fest For Beatles Fans, Abbey Road on the River and The British Beatles Fan Club

For the world of super fans . . . who live and breathe the FAB4 50 years on.

Here There And Everywhere (HTAE) is an 80-minute ‘love letter’ spanning the band’s history as seen through the eyes, felt through the hearts and as told through the memories of their fans . . . from those who organise the fan festivals and tribute concerts . . . the memorabilia collectors who amaze and delight with their rare and unseen photographs and films. . . The Club runners who keep the fans together, to the authors and artists who continue to breathe fresh life into the never-ending magical mystery tour.

HTAE pays homage to the global family, showcasing the contributions that fuel The Beatles’ eternal flame. HTAE is The Beatles story as told by the fans and an important part of The Beatles future archive legacy!

For more on the film, to see the trailer. and to pledge your support click here!

Oh by the way, I’ll be featured in the film :>)

THE PAUL McCARTNEY ARCHIVE COLLECTION – Eight Albums out Today

The first eight Archive Collection titles are now available in stores released as single CD digipack, 180gram black vinyl, and limited edition 180gram colour vinyl. All vinyl LPs in the Archive Collection will feature a download card and fully restored artwork.

Fans can complete their collection at their local record store, or online via the below links:

Paul McCartney: McCartney – RED
Paul and Linda McCartney: RAM – YELLOW
Paul McCartney & Wings: Band on the Run – WHITE
Wings: Venus And Mars – RED & YELLOW
Wings: At The Speed Of Sound – ORANGE
Paul McCartney: McCartney II – CLEAR
Paul McCartney: Tug of War – BLUE
Paul McCartney: Pipes of Peace – SILVER

For more, and to order, go to https://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/the-paul-mccartney-archive-collection-eight-titles-out-now

Ringo Starr’s Mini Car Up For Sale

It seems to be the season for selling the Beatles’ old cars. Hot on the heels of the announcement of Paul’s Aston Martin going under the hammer, comes Ringo’s rather more modest Mini. It was custom made for him though, to carry his drumkit. It is likely to sell for £120,000.

For more see https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/4928146/1960s-rolls-royce-of-minis-owned-by-ringo-starr-tipped-to-sell-for-120k-and-it-comes-with-unique-boot-for-carrying-his-drum-kit/