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ROCK HALL READIES EXPANSIVE NEW EXHIBIT HONORING GUITAR LEGENDS

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will unveil one of the most stunning guitar exhibits in the museum’s history.

On Sept. 29, a wall-to-wall guitar gallery will take up space on the museum’s second floor previously occupied by the Johnny Cash Music Masters display. The gallery will feature 15 guitars from a mix of music legends and modern stars:

Here’s the full list of artists whose instruments are featured:

Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead
Geddy Lee of Rush
Garry Tallent of the E Street Band
Bobby Womack
Eric Clapton
John Lennon
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth
Link Wray
Rick Danko of the Band
Ryan Adams
Kim Deal of the Pixies
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick
Mike Rutherford of Genesis
Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara

The stories beyond each of the guitars are the stuff of music legend. For instance, Lee’s instrument uses the neck from his 1972 Hybrid Fender Jazz Bass that Rush used to record “Tom Sawyer.”

The display also features the acoustic guitar Clapton used to record his Grammy-winning song “Tears in Heaven.” The three-time Rock Hall inductee used the same guitar for his memorable 1992 “MTV Unplugged” performance.
Adams’ 1967 Gibson Southern Jumbo guitar was used on several of the musician’s most memorable albums. Armstrong’s 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior is the instrument he played during Green Day’s “American Idiot” recording process.

Then there’s John Lennon’s 1965 Epiphone Casino guitar, which goes all the way back to the Beatles’ recording sessions for “Revolver,” arguably, the greatest album ever made.
The stories go on and on, as most of the guitars have been in the Rock Hall’s vault for quite some time and will now make their debut to visitors.


MARK HAMILL HAS A BEATLES MEMORABILIA COLLECTION

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The 65-year-old ‘Star Wars’ legend – who starred in the original trilogy as Luke Skywalker alongside Harrison Ford and the late Carrie Fisher – is constantly approached by fans who want to tell him about their extensive collection of items related to the universe created by George Lucas, with some original toys worth thousands.

Hamill can understand the urge to collect because he has purchased countless items inspired by The Fab Four.

Speaking to British GQ, the actor said: “Basically I started collecting things that I wanted when I was a kid but couldn’t get them so I got all the Monster Model and Kits that I wanted. The Beatles, I never paid any attention to their merchandising except for their records. Of course the minute they broke up, I wanted all that stuff. So I have a pretty nice Beatles memorabilia collection. That was my ‘Star Wars’.”


“HELLO MISS MARY BEE” UNRELEASED GEORGE RECORDING SOLD FOR £14,000.

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An unreleased George Harrison recording  sold for £14,000.
The reel-to-reel tape features an Indian-influenced track called Hello Miss Mary Bee, which was written especially for the vendor in early 1968. It was sent to her, along with a six-page letter from Harrison’s wife, Patti Boyd, which was included in the lot, as well as postcards sent by the Beatles guitarist.

A pair of John’s glasses went for £5,600 – cheap compared with the £19,500 a Canadian dentist paid for one of his teeth back in 2011.
A set of autographs gathered by a schoolchild extra on the Magical Mystery Tour film went for £7,000 at the Omega Beatles auction on Monday in Warrington, Cheshire, while the likely first draft of the screenplay for A Hard Day’s Night sold for £2,200.
A certificate of purchase and a receipt for the grave space went under the hammer, along with a miniature bible, dated 1899 and with the name Eleanor Rigby written inside. They were expected to sell for between £2,000 and £4,000.
About 250 items of Beatles memorabilia were up for auction on Monday. A number of other lots failed to sell, including a picture of the band painted by comedians Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson.
A handwritten score for Eleanor Rigby, expected to go for at least £20,000, was withdrawn from the auction shortly before it began because of an ownership dispute.


WHAT REALLY INSPIRED ELEANOR RIGBY?

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  • In a graveyard in Liverpool lies a headstone bearing the name Eleanor Rigby. Its deeds are being auctioned later as part of a sale of Beatles memorabilia, but what is the real story behind the Fab Four’s famous hit?

    It was at a church fete in 1957 that John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met. Just yards away lay the grave of scullery maid Eleanor Rigby, who had died, aged 44, in 1939. Nine years later, Paul would pen the lyrics for what became one of the band’s most celebrated songs. Often described as a lament for the lonely, or a commentary on life in post-war Britain, it tells the story of a woman who “died in the church and was buried along with her name”. It is tempting to picture the teenage Lennon and McCartney sombrely contemplating the headstone, imagining the life of Eleanor and later dreaming up the lyrics.

    But the reality is few knew of the grave’s existence until the early 1980s, and McCartney himself has denied it was the inspiration behind the song. This hasn’t stopped the deeds to the grave being listed for auction with a guide price of £4,000. They are part of a sale which also features other Beatles items and concludes on Thursday.

  • David Bedford, who has written several books about the band, said he thought it was “weird” there was such interest in a woman seemingly unconnected to the song. “The score of the song you can understand but a grave, I find it really unusual,” he said. “I’m not quite sure who would want to buy the deeds to a grave, and I’ll be interested to see who does buy them, and for how much money.” But Mr Bedford said he believed it would be “too much of a coincidence” if the grave had never figured in McCartney’s mind, at least at some subliminal level. “The mythology of the grave grows every year,” he said.
  • Written primarily by Paul, Eleanor Rigby was released in 1966 as part of a double A-side single which also featured Yellow Submarine
  • The song also formed part of The Beatles’ album, Revolver, and the single was released on the same day as the LP
  • The single spent four weeks at number one in the UK charts
  • In the US it reached number 11 and was nominated for three Grammys

The song seems to have gone through several stages of development.

Paul said when he first sat down at the piano he had the name Daisy Hawkins in his mind. He later changed this to Eleanor, after the actress Eleanor Bron, who had starred with The Beatles in the film Help! . The character’s surname at one stage was Bygraves, according to Spencer Leigh, author of The Beatles book Love Me Do to Love Me Don’t. But Paul later changed this to Rigby, from the name of a store he had spotted in Bristol – Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers. “I just liked the name,” he said in 1984. “I was looking for a name that sounded natural. Eleanor Rigby sounded natural.”

In 2008, a birth certificate for the woman buried in the graveyard of St Peter’s Church, Woolton, was put up for auction. “Eleanor Rigby is a totally fictitious character that I made up,” Paul said in response. “If someone wants to spend money buying a document to prove a fictitious character exists, that’s fine with me.” However, he has conceded in the past the headstone may have influenced him in a subconscious way.

Mr Leigh said it was easy to see how McCartney’s childhood visits to the churchyard would have been very memorable for him. “John Lennon had connections in that church and had even been in the choir there,” he said. “[Lennon’s] uncle died in 1955 when he was quite young. His name was George Toogood Smith. John loved the name and quite often he would take his friends into the graveyard to show them. “It’s quite possible McCartney saw the Rigby grave and just stored it away in his head. It’s just possible that he kept that in his mind. But we actually don’t know, and I think McCartney himself doesn’t know.”

Karen Fairweather, from Omega Auctions, conceded the connection between the real Eleanor Rigby and the song was a matter of “folklore”, none of which was rooted in “concrete fact”. “There is of course the gravestone, and the Rigbys lived on the road that backed on to the road where John Lennon lived,” she added.

Yet, whatever the origin of the name, Eleanor Rigby remains an integral part of the band’s story and Liverpool’s Beatles industry. The gravestone itself is regularly visited by guided tours and an Eleanor Rigby sculpture can be found in Stanley Street. Mr Leigh describes the song as “perfect”, both in its melodies and its representation of a typical Liverpudlian woman of the time. “The real Eleanor Rigby worked as a sort of scullery maid,” Mr Leigh said. “It just fits so perfectly.” He said the jazz singer George Melly put it best when he said: “Eleanor Rigby seemed to be written out of their experiences in Liverpool.”Liverpool was always in their songs but this was about the kind of old woman that I remembered from my childhood and later: very respectable Liverpool women, living in two-up, two-down streets with the doorsteps meticulously holystoned (scoured) and the church the one solid thing in their lives. “There’s the loneliness of it and it struck me as a poem from the start. If you read Love Me Do without the music, it doesn’t mean much but if you read Eleanor Rigby, it is a poem about someone, which [was] something unprecedented in popular song.”

source: bbc news


RINGO GIVES INSIDE LOOK AT NEW ALBUM “GIVE MORE LOVE” ON THE BEATLES CHANNEL

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Ringo sat down with Breakfast With The Beatles host Chris Carter to share details of his 19th solo album, Give More Love, which will be released September 15.

Ringo walks listeners through his entire new album exclusively on The Beatles Channel, providing commentary on each song’s meaning and personnel. Ringo Starr’s Give More Love track-by-track special premieres on Friday, September 15 at 5 PM ET. Encores: Friday, September 15 at 8 PM ET; Saturday, September 16 at 2 PM ET; Sunday, September 17 at 11 AM ET; Tuesday, September 19 at 11 PM ET; Thursday, September 21 at 12 PM ET.

Recorded at Ringo’s home studio in Los Angeles, Give More Love has 10 new tracks featuring collaborations with a little help from his friends – including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Benmont Tench, Timothy B Schmit, Richard Marx, Dave Stewart and Don Was, to name a few.

“I dance and cheer them on because I love what they do,” Ringo says. “We have a rapport with all the players and none of us have attitude, and none of us are afraid to just rock.”

Give More Love also includes a new version of Ringo’s Top 10 hit Back Off Boogaloo, which is based on the original recording Ringo made when he wrote the song. Ringo shared the story behind this new version – WATCH IT HERE:

 

In October, Ringo will hit the road in the US with his All Starr Band, the same beloved lineup he has performed with since 2012: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Hamm and Gregg Bissonette.

TO ORDER RINGO’s NEW ALBUM, GIVE MORE LOVE:  VISIT H E R E.

FOR RINGO STARR & HIS ALL STARR BAND 2017 TOUR DATES & TICKETS: VISIT H E R E.


FAN WHO GOT THE BEATLES’ AUTOGRAPHS IN NOTTINGHAM IN 1963 IS FINALLY SELLING THEM

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Kathleen, or Kate to her friends, was a 20-year-old Beeston girl in 1963 and on Thursday, March 7 saw The Beatles up close at the first of the band’s four visits to Nottingham. What’s more, she got them to sign their autographs for her album. The autographs go under the hammer at Mellors & Kirk on October 4, and are estimated at £1,000 to 1,500.

The postcard-sized leaf is signed “Love from John Lennon XXX” and “George Harrison X”. Theirs are the most highly prized Beatles signatures – for the obvious reason there will be no more, but also because the piece dates from the early years, the height of Beatlemania.

Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers fame has also signed the same piece. The Nottingham event was the first of manager Brian Epstein’s six ‘Mersey Beat Showcase’ concerts at different venues, which also featured Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, the Big Three and Cilla Black.

Recently Mellors & Kirk sold all four Beatles signatures obtained by a former worker at the Old England Inn on the A1 where the band stopped en route for a late night supper. She nipped out of the kitchen and got their signatures on a scrap of paper, for which we obtained £2,500 from an American collector. Beatles memorabilia commands high prices at auction as people want to own something directly connected with the most influential pop musicians in living memory.

Ringo’s own copy of the Parlophone Beatles album of 1968 sold for $790,000 in 2015, and a Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band LP signed by the Beatles sold at auction for the equivalent of £190,000 in 2013.

That sort of money would have been unthought of in March 1963 when the band had to unload their own equipment from a van when they arrived at the Nottingham venue, the Elizabethan Ballroom on the top floor of the Co-Op in Upper Parliament Street. Amazingly, on the night the room was apparently only half full.

It was to be a very different story on The Beatles’ three other visits to Nottingham later in 1963 and early 1964.
On May 23 in 1963 they were at the Odeon sharing the billing with Roy Orbison, and on December 12 that year returned to a tumultuous reception from thousands of ecstatic young fans. All police leave in the city was cancelled and a fleet of ambulances were put on standby. The Fab Four also visited the city on November 5, 1964.
Kate has treasured her memento of that historic night for 54 years, but isn’t sad to part with it because somebody else will treasure it.
It goes to show that its often the objects acquired without the least thought for future profit that turn out to be the best investments.
John, Paul, George and Ringo have attained a sort of immortality that only artists with something unique can. There is something so new and appealing yet sweet and sentimental about the lyrics and music which changed the way a new, post-war generation of baby boomers woke up to music.