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“So sad to hear of the passing of my friend Al Schmitt.Al was the lead engineer in charge of the ‘Kisses on the Bottom’ session and was a fantastic guy besides being one of the world’s great engineers.He always had a twinkle in his eye and was ready for a laugh but most importantly when we had done what we thought was a good take and went into the control room to hear the playback it sounded fantastic. His self-effacing skills always came through.I send my love to his family and will always remember him with great fondness. Thanks for everything Al. “

Lots of love,



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Paul McCartney showed his support for his fashion designer daughter Stella as he proudly modelled one of her designs on Saturday.

Paul donned one of Stella’s blue jumpers which is part of a collaboration line with the environmental charity Greenpeace.

He took a selfie to show off the piece of clothing which was emblazoned with a natural world scene and rainbow.
Clearly thrilled her father was supporting her new line she shared the picture on her Instagram, writing that she was ‘so incredibly proud’ to see him wearing it.
She wrote in the caption: ‘So incredibly proud to see Dad @PaulMcCartney wearing our Stella x #Greenpeace limited-edition collab.

‘My parents are why I learned to fight for Mother Earth — especially vital, precious ecosystems like the Amazon. Now, I want to save it for my children.
Join me in supporting @GreenpeaceUK’s campaign to stop Amazon deforestation fuelled by industrial agriculture and meat production. Love you, Dad! x Stella’

Stella, 49, is launching a capsule collection supporting Greenpeace’s campaign to stop deforestation in the Amazon.

Stella is a lifelong vegetarian and environmental activist who has built her brand around a cruelty-free ethos.
She has never included leather or fur in her collections and during lockdown, she published an ‘A to Z manifesto’ of her brand’s values with V standing for vegan.



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PAUL MCCARTNEY’s recently reemerged sketch from when he was a teenager could show the “early Beatles”.
Paul has also become known for his artistic talent.
He produced a number of paintings, including abstract portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie and Elvis Presley.
Recently, Gotta Have Rock And Roll Auctions has listed a new piece by Paul that many will have never seen before.

The sketch comes from when he was a 16-year-old student at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys.
The Beatle’s drawing was discovered in his “school textbook from 1958” and could fetch up to £3,500 ($5,000) under the hammer.
Auction house owner Ed Kosinski told: “The drawing is rare and unique because it was from so early on during his time at art school. “Anything from that period is almost impossible to find.
“It shows that he was an artist first and foremost and later he became a very prominent painter. “Art was his first form of being an entertainer, this was before his fame with The Beatles.”

Paul was 15 years old when he met John, then 16, when he was performing at a church fete garden party with the original line-up of The Quarrymen.

They both attended the Liverpool art school and five years later, became international icons.

Paul’s drawing, which was sketched in pencil, shows two faces that could represent the legendary songwriting duo.
The first sketch on the left shows a man with hair that looked very similar to the star during the “early Beatles” years.

The unknown man, who is dressed in a blazer, shirt and tie, smiles as he looks ahead at the next figure.
The other sketch shows a man with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth who seemed to have extremely wide eyes.
Mr Kosinski said: whether he thought the sketches were early portraits of The Beatles.
He replied: “They did meet in art school so it is possible.”
However, Gotta Have Rock And Roll’s website noted “the cartoon-like” characters “strike a resemblance to the aesthetic of the early Beatles”.

The artwork, which is open for bidding until Saturday, was described as potentially being “a self-portrait” of Paul.
Other items listed in the auction include “the only known existing copy” of a “factory-sealed No 0000001 copy” of The Beatles White Album.

“There were about 10 made and they were given to various Beatles apart from this one, which went to an executive. -Mr Kosinski told –
“One of the Beatles previously sold his for a tremendous amount of money but this one is factory-sealed and is the only one in the world. “It is considered the holy grail among Beatles collectors because there are no others that are close in value.”
The album cover is estimated to sell for up to £500,000 ($700,000) and currently carries a bid of more than £38,000 ($53,594).


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They and many others are asking Boris Johnson to ‘put the value of music back where it belongs – in the hands of music makers.’

Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Chris Martin, Annie Lennox, and Noel Gallagher are among the A-list artists who are signatories of a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a show of solidarity among musicians, they and many others ask the PM to “put the value of music back where it belongs – in the hands of music makers.”

Other predominantly British stars to sign the letter include Paloma Faith, Gary Barlow, Boy George, Marianne Faithfull, Justin Hayward, Guy Garvey, Robert Fripp, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Joan Armatrading, and Damon Albarn.
The letter points out that the law “has not kept up with the pace of technological change and, as a result, performers and songwriters do not enjoy the same protections as they do in radio.” It goes on: “Most featured artists receive tiny fractions of a US cent per stream and session musicians receive nothing at all.

“To remedy this,” it goes on, “only two words need to change in the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. This will modernise the law so that today’s performers receive a share of revenues, just like they enjoy in radio. It won’t cost the taxpayer a penny but will put more money in the pockets of UK taxpayers and raise revenues for public services like the NHS [National Health Service].”

The letter, which also calls for “a regulator to ensure the lawful and fair treatment of music makers,” is backed by the Musicians’ Union and the Ivors Academy, who together represent tens of thousands of UK performers, composers and songwriters. They have come together for the project in partnership with the #BrokenRecord campaign, led by artist and songwriter Tom Gray. The MU has simultaneously published a petition which it is encouraging members to sign, reinforcing the requests made in the artists’ letter to the Prime Minister.

The document concludes: “By addressing these problems, we will make the UK the best place in the world to be a musician or a songwriter, allow recording studios and the UK session scene to thrive once again, strengthen our world leading cultural sector, allow the market for recorded music to flourish for listeners and creators, and unearth a new generation of talent.

“We urge you to take these forward and ensure the music industry is part of your levelling-up agenda as we kickstart the post-Covid economic recovery.”