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Celebrate The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine with this Cool Box Set…

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the The Beatles’ groundbreaking animated film, Yellow Submarine Titan Merchandising has issued an incredible Beatles Yellow Submarine Limited Edition Box Set. Limited to only 1,968 pieces, the lavishly illustrated box contains a Yellow Submarine novel by Mad Magazine’s Bill Morrison, a 6 1/2-inch Yellow Submarine vinyl figure, 16 lobby cards, 4 movie posters based on the originals, 5 Beatles badges, a replica Yellow Submarine film premier ticket, and an exclusive art card signed by Bill Morrison! It’s available now for pre-order at Entertainment Earth!

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Play Beatles Pinball in London

Wednesday 12th December at the Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury, and we have access to the only Beatles themed pinball machine outside of the US. This is a limited edition, fully licensed pinball machine – the latest must-have for any Beatles fan!

It is free to play by any visitors to the shopping centre – making for a perfect escape from the Christmas shopping.

With the vast majority of the 1,964 machines already snapped up, this is a rare chances to play these machines.

Focusing on the Beatlemania of the Swinging Sixties, the machines feature nine timeless songs from what was arguably their prime. It’s the European debut of these machines since recently launching in the US, with each machine costing thousands of pounds each.

What:                 Beatles Pinball Pop-Up Shop

Where:               Brunswick Centre, Bernard Street, London WC1N 1BS –

Nearest tube station: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line)

When:                 Until Wednesday 12th December



You’ll never work again! Scouse music icon Gerry Marsden hangs up his microphone after 60-year career

Sixties pop icon Gerry Marsden, famous for his football anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, is hanging up his guitar after almost 60 years of touring.

The 76-year-old lead singer of Gerry and the Pacemakers has announced his retirement on his official website, telling fans he wants to spend more time with his family.

Singer and guitarist Marsden thanked fans for their ‘unconditional support’ since he burst onto the scene in 1959, adding he would ‘miss them all’.

Marsden, a close friend of John Lennon, and his Pacemakers group were the second band signed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, working the same Liverpool and Hamburg, Germany, music circuit as the Fab Four.

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Ringo Starr Spread Peace & Love For The George Harrison Fund For UNICEF

For this year’s Giving Tuesday, you could help spread some peace and love by using the Ringo Starr Facebook Frame and tagging 2 friends. To lend your support, simply visit this Facebook pagechange your Facebook profile filter and encourage two friends to do the same for UNICEF USA.

A Sample Post would read: “Hey (@name) and (@name), I know you’re big Beatles fans. Ringo Starr is helping UNICEF spread peace & love. I’m challenging you to help by changing your profile picture and donating to the George Harrison Fund.” If they prefer, however, fans can also simply donate $10.

The George Harrison Fund dates back to In 1971, when George Harrison and Ravi Shankar staged two concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden that brought together a star-studded cast of musicians to alert the world to the plight of the Bangladeshi people, victims of simultaneous floods, famine and civil war.

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Here Comes The Sun has been named the most popular Beatles song of 2018, according to data about the UK’s music streaming audience.

The George Harrison-penned track has come out on top as the nation’s favourite song from the Fab Four, racking up more streams between January and November than any other, streaming service Deezer said.

Twist and Shout is in second place, Let It Be is third, Come Together is fourth and Hey Jude rounds off the top five.

Other songs in the top 20 include Day Tripper, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Penny Lane and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Deezer has also shared other streaming statistics to mark the 50th anniversary of the group’s The White Album, which was released November 22, 1968 – including the surprisingly young age of many listeners.

It has been found that more people under the age of 25 currently stream Beatles tracks than those who would have been around in their heyday.

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Was Ringo Starr the Original Instagrammer?

The former Beatles drummer on his love of photography (and cows) and how he almost chased his country music dreams

RELAXED IN black, a backward cap and his ever-present sunglasses, Sir Ringo Starr, 78, is quick to unleash his trademark wit, as droll as it was when the Beatles first touched down in the U.S. in 1964. “Twenty questions?” he asked as we took our positions in a villa at Los Angeles’s Sunset Marquis hotel. “Nah, I’ll give you 10 questions. Just cut the answers in two.”

His years with the Beatles are, of course, a relatively small part of what Mr. Starr calls “life’s rich pageant.” He was the first to score a massive hit after the band’s breakup—1970’s “It Don’t Come Easy”—and since then he’s done everything from performing charitable work to voicing the conductor on TV’s “Thomas the Tank Engine” and touring almost ceaselessly after his first outing with his All Starr Band in 1989.

Mr. Starr’s latest endeavor is “Another Day In The Life,” the third in a series of illustrated memoirs. While the first, “Postcards From the Boys,” showcased messages he and his ’60s bandmates shared throughout their lives, his new book highlights a lesser-known aspect of Mr. Starr’s restless creative spirit: Ringo Starr, photographer. Here, 17 of his answers, edited for space if not all cut in half.

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Back for 50th-anniversary reissue, Beatles White album is still inspiring

For an LP with a plain white cover, eponymous ninth studio album – more commonly referred to as the “White Album” – has generated a mass of symbolism since its release 50 years ago in November 1968.

With its glossy all-white gatefold cover, black inner sleeves and portraits of the Fab Four hidden inside the sleeve, the influence of the can be traced across a huge range of cultural artefacts. For example, the author of New Journalism, Joan Didion, named her study of the end of the 1960s dream, The White Album. The starkness of the LP’s presentation seemed aligned to the collapse of post-war idealism documented by Didion’s book.

For cult leader Charles Manson, the record contained a litany of hidden messages that only he and understood. George Harrison’s Piggies and Paul McCartney’s (admittedly crazed) Helter Skelter foretold the chaos of a bloody race war, a new apocalypse that Manson was to instigate and alone survive.

In 2004 Brian Joseph Burton, AKA Danger Mouse, issued The Grey Album, a mash-up of The Beatles and rapper Jay-Z’s The Black Album.

And, as if the cultural and commercial importance of the could be doubted, a re-issue of the record to coincide with its 50th anniversary went into the Billboard top 200 with a bullet at number six. Interestingly, of the 63,000 units sold in the week from November 9 to 16, 52,000 were in traditional album sales.

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Caroline Mickler has inked a deal with musical equipment distributor JHS on behalf of Apple Corps to produce a line of instruments and accessories for young children based on the Beatles-inspired film Yellow Submarine.

The Yellow Submarine instrument line includes a ukulele, junior half-size guitar outfit, outfit (including nylon strung guitar, carry bag, guitar strap, pitch pipe, spare set of strings and plectrum), along with two-inch-wide polyester webbing straps from 39 inches to 58 inches and a variety of picks for ages three and up.

“The fantastic Yellow Submarine designs, the wonderful songs and the positive message the film sends out about music make it an ideal inspiration for a range of colorful, fun and fab instruments,” says Ben Chapman, media and artist coordinator, JHS. “We’re delighted to be working with Apple Corps to help budding Beatles to learn, play and make happy music on instruments specially designed for them.”

The picks and straps are available now while the instruments are set to launch closer to Christmas at music shops and toy stores.

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