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A vintage musical equipment collector has increased his collection with rare items previously owned by members of the world’s most famous band, The Beatles. Chris Hewitt, 61, from Wincham, stages exhibitions of musical equipment and album sleeves at his private ‘Museum of Rock’.The most recent arrival to his museum, in Station Road, are the speakers from London’s Abbey Road Studio Two control room- used to mix most of The Beatles recordings. He said: “I was so pleased to find the speakers and even more so to actually buy them. They still sound and look great too, as they would have done back when The Beatles recorded with them.”

These 1960s Altec Monitor speakers are on display alongside Chris’ existing collection of items previously owned by Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, David Bowie and many more.His collection already includes two amps which were owned by George Harrison and a pair of compressors owned by John Lennon and later Ringo Starr.

The 61-year-old claims to have the largest collection of 1960’s and 1970’s sound equipment in the country, as well as a large collection of vintage guitar amps and mixing desks which he has been collecting since he was 17-years-old.He added: “We hope to get these new items into some exhibitions in due course alongside some of the other Beatles items we have obtained.“The museum has been starting to grow like this for a while now and its brilliant to be able to see all the old recording equipment still be in such good working condition today and for people to see this little part of music history brought to Northwich.”

Items from Chris’ exhibitions can be loaned by film, TV and music video production companies to help add a sense of realism when recreating scenes that feature older bands. Mr Hewitt has supplied some of his exhibits for the temporary recreation last September of the studio where 10CC and Joy Division recorded Strawberry Studios Stockport.



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HE WAS THERE! Apple Records former US manager Ken Mansfield takes a touching and comprehensive look back on one of Rock’n’Roll’s most significant events, while bringing an insider’s perspective to the days leading up to those 42 fascinating minutes of the Beatles monumental Rooftop Concert.

There are moments in time that cause us to stop and take notice of where we were and what we were doing when they happen in order to commit the experience to memory—how it made us feel, who was there with us, why it felt important. January 30, 1969 was one of those moments.

There are those who were on the periphery of the event that day and heard what was going on; but as one of the few remaining insiders who accompanied the Beatles up onto the cold windswept roof of the Apple building, Ken Mansfield had a front row seat to the full sensory experience of the moment and witnessed what turned out to be beginning of the end. Ken shares in The Roof: The Beatles Final Concert, the sense that something special was taking place before his eyes that would live on forever in the hearts and souls of millions.

As the US manager of Apple, Ken Mansfield was on the scene in the days, weeks, and months leading up to this monumental event. He shares his insights into the factors that brought them up onto that roof and why one of the greatest bands of all time left it all on that stage. Join Ken as he reflects on the relationships he built with the Fab Four and the Apple corps and what each player meant to this symphony of music history.




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Growing up a Beatles fan, Rusty Anderson had a recurring dream that the Fab Four would one day show up with their instruments at his La Habra home looking to jam with the then 7 year old. Decades later, Anderson finds himself sharing the stage around the world as as lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s band, which he joined in 2001.

Rusty Anderson,who has been lead guitarist for Paul since 2001, answers questions from the audience as he gives a clinic on guitar playing at Riverside City College’s Coil School of Arts Thursday in Riverside, CA. Feb 22, 2018

Anderson shared that unexpected journey Thursday night, Feb. 22, at Riverside City College’s Coil School of Arts with an audience of music students, local musicians and fans. “When I was five I flipped out over the Beatles, which is weird because I play with one now,” he said in the school’s 450-seat concert hall.
On a spare stage with just a red guitar, an amplifier, a music stand and a microphone, Anderson also performed a few songs for the audience. He played an instrumental version of a piece by 19th century French composer Claude Debussy and sang one of his own songs called “Effortless.”
Anderson began playing music at a young age and got his first guitar at 8. He found music to be an escape, especially after his older brother died when Anderson was 5. “It was kind of magical and positive and emotional and positive and fantastic,” he said. When he was 14, he formed his own band with friends called Eulogy which gained a Southern California following — playing about 85 to 95 high schools in one year, he said.
Eulogy continued to have some success in the 1970s and 1980s, playing shows with Van Halen and a gig in Riverside with The Police.

The band eventually broke up and Anderson started teaching guitar and working as a studio session player. He went played on songs by artists such as Elton John, Sinead O’ Connor, the Bangles and Ricky Martin. He even played guitar on Martin’s big hit, “Living La Vida Loca.” Through his studio work, Anderson got to know David Kahne, a producer and record executive, who casually mentioned he was producing McCartney’s next record and might need some guitar playing.

A few months later, Anderson was in a studio with McCarney. Within half an hour they were playing music. He said he felt an instant connection with McCartney, whom he said puts people at ease despite his iconic reputation. “You find that magical timing — there’s nothing like it,” Anderson said. “It’s really a communication. Instead of words it’s with tones and the instrument.”

After two weeks in the studio, Anderson had a surreal flashback to his childhood dreams when McCartney casually relayed to him “Oh, hey, I had a dream about you, mate.” Anderson laughed at the memory, responding to McCartney that he had been in his dreams as well. He ended up on McCartney’s album “Driving Rain,” and was invited to join the band. His first show was a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The show also featured David Bowie, the Who and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. “After doing that, I felt I could do anything,” Anderson said. He marveled at the fact that he’s now been in McCartney’s band 17 years — which he joked was like 200 years in rock’n’roll years. Anderson played in places he never thought he would be at, like Red Square in Moscow, two Super Bowls and the Coliseum in Rome. Responding to audience questions, Anderson offered tips on dealing with writer’s block, talked about what inspired him and his approach to songwriting.

He said there isn’t one path to learning and called himself a mediocre student at first who studied different types of guitar playing on and off. But, for him, the pursuit is about the joy of playing. “It’s something you do because it’s something you’re passionate about,” Rusty said.


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Van Zandt, along with Bachman Turner Overdrive founder Randy Bachman and Ringo’s musical director Mark Rivera, are meeting at E. 32nd St. venue The Cutting Room at 8 a.m. on Sunday for a visit with Ken Dashow, who hosts “Breakfast With The Beatles” on Q104.3.

“They will be telling their favorite George stories and strapping on some guitars to jam to a few Beatles tunes,” according to an insider tied to the appearance.
Van Zandt, a big Beatles fan, was joined on stage by George’s old bandmate Paul during a November performance in London where the two of them performed a rousing rendition of “I Saw Her Standing There.”



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An “extremely rare” letter signed by all four members of the Beatles has been sold £13,000 at auction.

The typed letter was sent in September 1965 to Atlanta-based DJ Paul Drew to thank him for his help on the Fab Four’s tour of the US. Signed by John, Paul, George and Ringo, it was auctioned along with a letter from Beatles’ press officer Tony Barrow. They were typed on manager Brian Epstein’s NEMS Enterprises notepaper.

The letter reads: “Dear Paul, we just thought that we would like to write to you all and say thanks very much for your help on the tour. We enjoyed it and appreciated your patience and co-operation. Hope to see you next year.”
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said it was an “extremely rare” piece of rock and roll history.
“Anything signed by all four Beatles is highly collectable, but to have it on NEMS stationery and addressed to Paul Drew – one of architects of Top 40 radio – takes it to another level,” he said.
The accompanying letter from Mr Barrow confirms details for the group’s 1965 tour.
The auction house said the lot was sold to an English collector.