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ON THIS DAY: THE BEATLES FILMING A PERFORMANCE LATE SCENE EXTRA AND SCENE AT 6.30 PROGRAMMES

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The Beatles had a break from their Autumn Tour, and spent the afternoon at the Granada television studios in Manchester filming a performance and interview for the Late Scene Extra and Scene At 6.30 programmes.

They mimed to two songs: their forthcoming single I Want To Hold Your Hand and its b-side This Boy. The backdrop of the stage set contained enlarged fictitious headlines from the Daily Echo.


ON THIS DAY: JOHN RETURNED HIS MBE TO THE QUEEN

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On this day: John Lennon returned his MBE to the Queen, as an act of protest against the Vietnam war.

John’s chauffeur Les Anthony returned the insignia of the award to Buckingham Palace in the morning, also delivering handwritten letters to the Queen, prime minister Harold Wilson, and the secretary of the Central Chancery, explaining his actions.

The letters were written on notepaper headed Bag Productions, the company Lennon had recently set up with Yoko Ono.

Your Majesty,
I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.With love. John Lennon of Bag


PERTH FANS GET A CHANCE TO CHAT WITH PAUL

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Paul will answer questions from fans at an intimate Q&A session in Perth on Thursday, November 30.

While the venue is yet to be revealed, fans are invited to record a video of themselves asking the music icon the question they have always wanted to ask.

They then have to upload the video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with @FrontierTouring and @PaulMcCartney plus #AskPaulAUNZ in the caption. The post needs to be set to “public”.

Paul will perform nearly three hours’ worth of his greatest moments from the past 50 years of music — described as “dozens of songs that have formed the soundtracks of our lives” — at nib Stadium on December 2.

The competition closes on Monday, November 27, at 2pm Perth time.

Winners and their guests must be in Perth during the day of the Q&A.

Frontier Touring will notify winners of the location and timing of the special event.


GERMAN POLICE PRESENT STOLEN JOHN DIARIES

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German police presented on Tuesday diaries, pairs of glasses and other items belonging to late Beatle John Lennon that were stolen from his widow Yoko Ono in 2006 and eventually ended up in Berlin.

   

German police presents stolen diaries and other items belonging to John Lennon that were recovered, during a news conference in Berlin, Germany. Police arrested a man in Berlin on Monday suspected of receiving the 86 stolen items, which include Lennon’s last diary that ended on the day he was shot and killed in New York on Dec. 8, 1980.

“This day contains the entry that on that morning John Lennon and Yoko Ono had an appointment with Annie Leibovitz to take a photo which I think is world famous,” Berlin prosecutor Michael von Hagen told a news conference.

The Leibovitz portrait of a naked Lennon curled up around Ono on their bed ran on the January 1981 cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Hagen rejected suggestions that Ono might have lent or given away the objects: “The diaries especially … were also treated by Yoko Ono as something sacred. And the idea that she would have given away three original diaries, especially the one that ends on the very day Lennon died, can be completely ruled out.”

Carsten Pfohl, head of property crime for Berlin police, said investigators had found one of the pairs of glasses and a receipt in Lennon’s name hidden in the trunk of the car of the accused on Monday.

Police suspect that the items were stolen by Ono’s former driver and then taken to Turkey and were only brought to Berlin in 2013 or 2014. Another suspect lives in Turkey, they said.

The Berlin police was alerted after they were found by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house, which had previously valued the objects at 3.1 million euros ($3.64 million), ($1 = 0.8519 euros).


GEORGE: “IT WAS UPSETTING TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH SOMETHING SO SLEAZY AS CHARLES MANSON”

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Charles Manson’s devoted followers, the so-called Manson Family, was influenced by aspects of 1960s counterculture and lived a hedonistic, drug-filled lifestyle. At the center of what became a murderous cult was the music of the time—including some of the Beatles best-loved tracks. According to a series of interviews Manson gave over the course of his life, and in the testimony he gave at his 1970 trial and conviction for nine murders, the serial killer said hidden lyrics in songs on the album The Beatles, more commonly known as the “White Album,” inspired his family’s murderous acts.

 

Speaking to Rolling Stone in 1970, Manson said it was the Beatles who inspired the Tate-LaBianca murders in August 1969. “This music is bringing on the revolution, the unorganized overthrow of the establishment,” he said. “The Beatles know [what’s happening] in the sense that the subconscious knows.” At the scene of the LaBianca killings, one of the murderers used a victim’s blood to paint the words “Healter Skelter” on the refrigerator. It was a misspelling of Helter Skelter, one of the seminal tracks from the Beatles’ White Album, released in November 1968. In his account of his time in the cult, Manson family member Paul Watkins wrote that Manson began using the phrase “Helter Skelter” to refer to what he described as an oncoming race war. “What it meant was the Negroes were going to come down and rip the cities all apart,” Watkins recounted in My Life With Charles Manson. “Before Helter Skelter came along, all Charlie cared about was orgies,” he added. Manson also believed a series of other tracks made oblique references to race-related violence. The cult leader reportedly believed that the Beatles song “Piggies,” a satirization of bourgeois tastes, foretold of a Black uprising against the establishment. He frequently referenced the track “Revolution 9,” telling his followers that it contained the order to “rise” and referenced the Bible’s Book of Revelations. Similarly, he claimed the song “Blackbird” was an incitement by the Beatles for a race war. The family members wrote “Pigs” and “Death to pigs” in blood at the scenes of the killings, and cult members later described how Manson had explained the album’s significance in relation to the violence.

The Beatles all unreservedly dismissed the claims made about the album’s content. “He interpreted the whole thing…and arrived at having to go out and kill everyone.… It was frightening, because you don’t write songs for those reasons,” Paul McCartney said of Manson in the 2000 book The Beatles Anthology.

“It was upsetting to be associated with something so sleazy as Charles Manson,” George Harrison also said in Anthology.

Manson, who was convicted of nine murders in 1971, achieved unprecedented status in the years that followed as the most notorious American murderer of the 20th century. He died November 19 of natural causes at age 83, having spent the majority of his life inside penal institutions.