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Over Six Hours of Never-Before-Seen Restored Footage, Including The Beatles’ Last Live Performance, to Roll Out on Disney+ Over Three Days, November 25, 26 and 27, 2021

The Walt Disney Studios, Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. announced today that Disney+ will bring “The Beatles: Get Back,” a Disney+ Original documentary series directed by Peter Jackson, to fans and music lovers worldwide.

Because of the wealth of tremendous footage Peter Jackson has reviewed, which he has spent the past three years restoring and editing, “The Beatles: Get Back” will be presented as three separate episodes. Each episode is approximately two hours in length, rolling out over three days, November 25, 26 and 27, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.

“As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for this extraordinary documentary series by the legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson,” said Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, The Walt Disney Company. “This phenomenal collection of never-before-seen footage offers an unprecedented look at the close camaraderie, genius songwriting, and indelible impact of one of the most iconic and culturally influential bands of all time, and we can’t wait to share ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ with fans around the world.”

Peter Jackson commented, “In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.”

He added, “I’m very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story in exactly the way it should be told. I’ve been immersed in this project for nearly three years, and I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it.”


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The rare postcard signed by the Beatles John, Paul, George and Jimmie is expected to reach at least £5,000

A rare Beatles postcard is being sold off with the signature of the drummer who replaced Ringo when he fell ill.

Drummer Jimmie Nicol stood in for Ringo Starr for two weeks on a Fab Four world tour right at the height of Beatlemania.

Jimmie played 10 shows as Ringo’s replacement from June 3 – 15 1964 after the Beatles drummer suffered a bout of tonsillitis.

Londoner Jimmie got the call to join the band after he was spotted by manager Brian Epstein playing with Georgie Fame and the Flames.

Following a six song audition, the 24-year-old was given a Beatles haircut and told to pack his bag for a flight to Denmark the next day, reports Ultimate Classic Rock and Culture.

During his brief stint, Jimmie’s wife was able to acquire a rare signed postcard by John, Paul, George and her husband Jimmy at Beirut airport as the plane landed to refuel.

John, Paul, George and Jimmie had stepped off the plane to a large screaming crowd, among them Jimmy’s wife.
The consignor’s letter of the postcard’s authenticity describes how Jimmie’s wife obtained the autographs.

The letter reads: “At Beirut airport on that day a very large crowd gathered to greet the arrival.

“[Jimmie’s wife] was in a privileged position because her father (Wing Cdr SJ Eaton – RAF) was Air Attaché in Beirut at the time.

“She was able to get through the security cordon, board the aircraft and speak to the Beatles and obtain their signatures.”
The 5.5 x 3.5 inch postcard of a Hong Kong harbour scene has the names of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Jimmie Nicol signed in blue ballpoint pen.

Described as “incredibly scarce” by Paul Fraser Collectibles, the postcard is expected to reach £5,000 – £6,000 at auction.

At the time of writing, the postcard looks set to reach with a top bid currently standing at £3,700 with eight days left before the auction closes.

Only 12 signatures of Jimmie with the other Beatles members are believed to be in existence.

Following his brief elevation from relative obscurity to worldwide fame and then back again in the space of a fortnight, Jimmie never quite hit the same heights in his musical career.

Now 81-years-old, he is reported to have shied away from media attention, preferring not to discuss his days with The Fab Four.

However, it is claimed that Jimmie’s stint sitting on Ringo’s drumming stool did inspire a Beatles song.

During Nicol’s brief time on the tour, both John Lennon and Paul McCartney would often ask him how he felt he was coping, to which his reply would usually be “It’s getting better”.

Three years later the story goes that Paul McCartney was walking his dog, Martha, with Hunter Davies, the Beatles official biographer, when the sun came out.
McCartney is said to have remarked that the weather was “getting better” and began to laugh, remembering Jimmie.
This event is rumoured to have inspired the song “Getting Better” on 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

McCartney again references Nicol on the Let It Be tapes from 1969, saying: “I think you’ll find we’re not going abroad ’cause Ringo just said he doesn’t want to go abroad. You know, he put his foot down. Although Jimmie Nicol might go abroad.”



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From the Archives, 1964: Hundreds hurt in wild crush to see The Beatles
First published in The Age on June 15, 1964

Beatles’ Welcoming Crowd Jams Streets

ABOUT fifty young people were taken to hospital yesterday after a near-chaotic welcome to the Beatles by 20,000 outside the Southern Cross Hotel.
Another 200 teenagers were treated on the spot, many of them in Red Cross stations set up in the hotel and in the Australian-American Club opposite.
The welcoming crowd jammed Exhibition Street from Bourke Street to Collins Street.
Between Bourke and Little Collins Streets, there was one solid, swaying, chanting mass of humanity.

Six ambulances ran a shuttle service to take casualties to the Royal Melbourne and St. Vincent’s hospitals.
Hospitals reported the injured, none of whom was admitted, mainly suffered from faints, bruised ribs and hysteria.
Police estimate 250,000 people welcomed the Beatles at the airport, along the route and in the city.

As the crowd waited for the Beatles to appear on the hotel balcony overlooking Exhibition Street:

-Barricades to keep clear a section of the street in front of the hotel were swept away.
-Girls fainted but were carried along upright in the crush.
-Police on horseback and on foot were sometimes powerless to halt the human tide.
-Numerous fights broke out but lasted only seconds.
-One slightly built girl began hitting a man over the head with her stiletto shoe when he blocked her view.
-Some fans climbed on top of ears; others scaled trees in the centre of the street.
-One tell 10 feet into the crowd when the branch of a tree snapped.

The Beatles, who had come from Melbourne Airport in a closed car, entered the hotel by a staff entrance in Little Collins Street.
Their welcome at the airport, by a crowd of 5000, was comparatively quiet.
Many of their young fans in Exhibition Street had been walling for hours.
When the Beatles appeared eventually on the hotel balcony, cheering and chanting rose to a crescendo.

The Beatles joked and laughed with the crowd for several minutes. At one stage, they gave mock Nazi salutes because the scene must have reminded them- as it reminded many onlookers—of a Hitler youth rally.

When the Beatles went inside the hotel, the crowd soon dispersed.

Inspector L M. Patter-son, of Russell Street, who was in charge of police operations, said that despite the casualties “things went all right.
“It was hectic for everyone concerned from the airport into the city, but there were no bad incidents and no ill feeling either way.” he said.

Inspector Patterson said more than 25 police cars and 300 policemen were used to supervise the crowds.
During the “big crush” the lounge room floor of the Australian-American Club was like a battlefield strewn with bodies.
Crushing, foot and leg injuries and hysteria cases were laid out on blankets and carpets all over the floor and propped up in arm chairs lining the walls.

They were brought in two entrances in a steady stream — some on stretchers borne by police and ambulance-men, some supported by friends, others carried bodily.
Many were unconscious when brought in, while others sobbed in pain, or were hysterical with emotion.

Girls outnumbered boys by 10 to one in the casualty room.

The airport arrivals of Ringo Starr and the main group—for which greatest fears were held—were almost uneventful.

One of the tour organisers, unaware of the Southern Cross crush, said: “It looks as though our public appeals for fans to keep away from the airport have been successful.”

Five thousand teenagers were simply in good voice when the airliner carrying Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and stand-in drummer Jimmy Nichol touched down from Adelaide at 3.15 p.m.

The group alighted from the plane, waved to their screaming idolisers and swiftly completed two circuits of a special reserve for Beatle fans in an open truck.

The earlier arrival of drummer Ringo Starr and the group’s manager, Mr. Brian Epstein, was at least livelier.

Ringo, whose departure was delayed by a severe bout of tonsillitis and laryngitis, left London on Friday and arrived at Melbourne airport at 9.55 a.m. yesterday.

More than 2000 fans – some of whom had been camped there since early on Friday—lined the wire mesh fence of a special reception area.

Frenzied squealing began when his airliner came into sight, and reached a crescendo that drowned even the sound of aircraft motors when the mop-haired drummer stepped onto the passenger gangplank.

Ringo, wearing a black corduroy Edwardian coat and carrying a large, pink-ribboned toy koala, looked tired and drawn as he waved an overnight bag to the fans.

Last night there were still groups of teenagers lingering in the hotel plaza and in Exhibition Street.

But the Beatles had an early night and made no appearances.

A spokesman said they were tired and went to bed at about 9 p.m. Police remained on duty at the hotel throughout the night.



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New LIPA secondary school finally wins government approval after ‘appalling limbo’.
LIPA founder Paul McCartney said, ‘It’s great news to hear LIPA High School is finally launching in September. The team behind it are fantastic’
A delay over Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) opening a new secondary school has been overcome after the Department of Education finally gave it approval.

The institute spoke publicly of their frustrations in March over the wait for their proposals to be rubberstamped, describing how children were being left in an “appalling limbo.”

The well-known establishment wants to start teaching children from the ages of 11-16, adding to its higher education college, a primary school and a sixth form.

LIPA is set to send Year 7 and 8 pupils into a temporary home in their primary school, with future plans to build a new secondary school in years to come.
But in recent days, the Department of Education approved the plan, bringing an end to months of uncertainty, and meaning the school can open in September.

LIPA primary pupils will transition from the lower school over the next five years until it is fully populated from years 7 to 11.
Recruitment is currently underway to staff the school and most of the facilities required are in place.
Ruth Murphy, a parent and a governor of LIPA Primary said: “The year 6 pupils and parents at LIPA Primary are delighted and relieved to know that now they have the opportunity to continue their education at a school that has the same ethos and values as LIPA Primary.

“Some LIPA Primary pupils have decided to continue onto alternative choices secured in recent months.

“This means LIPA High School will also welcome a number of excited pupils from other primary schools who were on the waiting list to join.
“We are all so pleased to hear this decision – pupils who intend to continue on to LIPA High School or join from another primary are simply thrilled.’

Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA’s founding principal, said: “This is a day when a dream I had 28 years ago has come true: a symbiotic learning journey from 4 to 16 and even beyond.

“Just this bit of the dream has taken much longer than I ever thought it would; we made a few attempts to get this agreed and now we are finally there, seconds before the clock strikes twelve.

“The reward will be the effect that we have on children and their future lives.
LIPA said the high school was already heavily over-subscribed for September 2021 for the 52 places available.

Pupils are welcomed to apply for year 7 September 2022 via the usual admissions process, led by Liverpool City Council.