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THE DEEDS TO ELEANOR RIGBY´S GRAVE ARE BEING SOLD AT AUCTION

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Today it was announced that the deeds for the grave thought to have inspired the timeless tune will go on sale at an auction next month.
They’re expected to reach between £2,000 and £4,000, and whoever buys them will have the right to be buried on top of Ms Rigby in St Peter’s churchyard in Woolton, Liverpool.
But who was the woman thought to have inspired the band’s classic 1966 melody about loneliness and depression? Paul reportedly claimed it was a name that just came to him, partly inspired by actress Eleanor Bron, who starred with The Beatles in the film Help!.

The Rigby part allegedly came from a shop in Bristol – Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers – that McCartney spotted while watching then-girlfriend Jane Asher perform in The Happiest Days Of Your Life.
He said in 1984: “I just liked the name. I was looking for a name that sounded natural. Eleanor Rigby sounded natural.”
Not long after, the grave bearing Eleanor Rigby’s name was spotted in the Woolton cemetery – with another one featuring the name McKenzie a few yards away.
In the song, the stark lyrics tell of a Father McKenzie writing “the words of a sermon that no one will hear” and “darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there”. Paul acknowledged that strange coincidence and admitted the name could have been a product of his subconscious.
The real Eleanor Rigby was born in 1895 and lived in Liverpool, where she married a man called Thomas Woods and is believed to have worked as a scullery maid.
She died aged 44 on October 10, 1939 – and was buried (along with her name) in the same grave as several family members including her grandparents, whom she lived with until her death.
Her tombstone has since become a landmark for Beatles fans visiting the city.
Whoever buys the space in her grave will be granted exclusive right of burial for 99 years.
Once these rights have expired, no one else can be laid to rest there until the grave is purchased again.
Human remains by law can be disturbed after 75 years from the date of the last full burial in the grave.

 

 
So, given that the last person to be laid to rest in the Rigby family grave was 68 years ago, in 1949, whoever buys the deeds could be buried there in seven years’ time.
The lot, which includes a miniature bible dated 1899 with the name Eleanor Rigby written inside, will go on sale alongside the original handwritten score for the song, which is expected to fetch £20,000.

 

 


THE BEATLES ARE HELPING MARK THE SECOND BIRTHDAY OF LIVERPOOL´S SHANKLY HOTEL

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Previously never-before-displayed Fab Four memorabilia will be showcased at the Victoria Street venue as it celebrates its two-year anniversary.
The iconic band sent a good luck message by telegram to Bill Shankly and Liverpool FC ahead of the club’s first-ever FA Cup triumph in May 1965.
Signed by all four Beatles, the telegram reads ‘Best of luck lads we’ll be watching on the tele. John Paul George and Ringo’.Liverpool went on to beat Leeds United in extra time of the Wembley showpiece.
The telegram will be publicly displayed at the hotel for six days from Monday, September 14 until Sunday, September 20.
The Shankly Hotel opened its doors in August 2015 and has welcomed over 150,000 guests in that time.
Chris Shankly-Carline, co-founder of the Shankly Hotel, said: “I still can’t quite believe we have this amazing hotel which honours my grandad.“He touched so many lives so it means everything that we can give fans, friends and family a place to come that pays tribute to his achievements for the city.The Shankly Hotel is everything and more than I ever imagined it would be and its first two years have been incredibly successful so it’s a great achievement for myself and the Shankly family along with everyone at Signature Living.”


ON THIS DAY: THE BEATLES REHEARSAL AT CAVERN CLUB

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22 August 1962 – Wednesday
The Cavern, Liverpool
Photographers – Bill Connell, Les Chadwick

This early morning rehearsal was in preparation for the afternoon’s Granada TV filming. These might be the first photos with Ringo.

 

 


“THE VIETNAM WAR” SOUNDTRACK WILL INCLUDE THE BEATLES

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US network PBS will begin airing the new 10-part series, The Vietnam War, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on 17 September 2017 and two companion soundtracks are to be released by UMe to accompany the visuals.

The Vietnam War: Original Score By Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, will feature over 90 minutes of new, original music on 2CD and 3LP, written and recorded by Academy Award-winning composers (and Nine Inch Nails mainstays) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Also released on 15 September is The Vietnam War: The Soundtrack, which includes many of the iconic songs representing the era, including 38 tracks on 2CD chosen from the 120 tunes featured in the film. The soundtrack will include: The Beatles (“LET IT BE”) , The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Buffalo Springfield, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, Otis Redding, The Animals, Barry McGuire, The Staple Singers, Cream and many more.


VINTAGE PHOTOS FROM THE BEATLES’ ‘ENTIRELY OUT OF CONTROL’ WORLD TOUR

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When it comes to photography and your subjects, he writes, there is a fine line and he was not willing to cross it.
“My philosophy has always been photograph what you see, your photograph should inform, and then get the hell out.”

Benson would go on to photograph the likes of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and the Queen. He has also photographed every American president since Eisenhower, and was was with Robert. F Kennedy when we was assassinated in 1968.

The Beatles had an incredibly loyal fan base. Stories of girls fainting at the mere sight of the band walking on stage were common, and the four would often get accosted no matter where they were in the world.
In 1966 Benson was sent to take photos of the fallout from John Lennon’s infamous “We’re bigger than Jesus Christ” comments in Chicago. According to Benson: “Lennon was broken, he was crying, and shattered, and the rest of the group wasn’t giving him much sympathy.”
Benson recalls how the band had become more “cynical, and were sick of touring. John turned to me and said: ‘We aren’t going to do this for much longer.’ Paul added: ‘Of course it’s going to stop, we’d look stupid jumping around on stage at 40.'”
Months later the band would play their final scheduled show. Benson writes that the two years he spent with the band were like none he had ever experienced, or would experience again.
“With most of my pictures I think I could have done better, but this was the perfect moment, it won’t happen again. I got it.”
“The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966” by Harry Benson, published by Taschen… H E R E.

 


RINGO’S BOOTS TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER

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Ringo Starr’s stage boots and George Harrison’s front door are among coveted Beatles memorabilia up for auction.
Some 300 Beatles collectibles are on sale through the annual auction at The Beatles Shop in Liverpool.
Two pairs of Starr’s shoes are for sale, including a pair he wore on stage in 1963. The size 7 black suede boots are expected to fetch between £4,000 (€4,400 approx) and £5,000 (€5,500 approx.) They are said to be worn but in good condition.
“The original Beatle boots were leather with a higher heel,” Ian Wallace from the Beatles Shop said. “As the drummer he was having to use pedals for the bass drum and the hi-hat cymbal and what have you, so he couldn’t use those boots.Instead he wore these suede ones, which were obviously more comfortable.”

The boots were given to a family friend by Starr’s mother and stepfather in the 1960s and they have been in their possession since.
The brown Cuban-heeled boots are expected to fetch between £2,500 (€2,745) to £3,000 (€3,300) as is a Japanese-style kimono.
The other lots in the auction include the front door of the home where George Harrison was born, in Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool.
A rare Cavern Club membership card from 1960 is for sale, as is a school music book signed by John Lennon with vintage school photos.
This, the 26th Beatles Shop auction, will take at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room on Saturday August 26, with a viewing day on Friday August 25.