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Photographs from The Beatles' record-breaking Shea Stadium show are to go under the hammer this month. No less than 61 pics, taken by amateur photographer Marc Weinstein, are expected to fetch £15,000. The sale of the pics is on 22 March at the sale at Omega Auctions in Stockport. Check this link for some of the photos: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2287472/Photos-The-Beatles-Shea-Stadium-expected-fetch-15-000-auction-mark-50-years-album.html?ito=feeds-newsxml



It's Record Store Day on 20 April. For the occasion, Paul McCartney will release a limited edition 12-inch EP of the live version of Maybe I’m Amazed which was originally released on Wings Over America. The release fuels rumours of the upcoming release of Wings Over America and the first-ever DVD release of Rockshow. No specific date has been mentioned for this however. Keep you posted!

Beatles' secretary breaks silence in new film "Good Ol' Freda"
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - For Freda Kelly, secretary to the Beatles and chief of the band's fan club, work sometimes involved trailing the Fab Four to the barber shop, sweeping their locks from the floor and mailing strands of hair to adoring female fans.

Kelly, one of the Beatles' longest-serving employees, worked for the band for more than a decade - longer than the British band was together - but has never shared her stories publicly until now.

She breaks her silence in a new documentary, "Good Ol' Freda," to have its world premiere on Saturday on the second day of the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. 

"It's such a classic Cinderella story: Girl picks the job of a lifetime," director Ryan White told Reuters.

The tale is sure to delight Beatles fans, but White seeks to tell a story that transcends that audience, a story about an amazing decade in an otherwise ordinary life.

The film features four Beatles songs, which required the permission of many people, including the living Beatles. It also includes never-before-seen photos of the Beatles.

A mutual friend and a family connection to the 1960s Liverpool music scene brought Kelly to the attention of White, who took the opportunity to tell Kelly's story.

A personal message from Paul on the passing of Tony Sheridan:
'Tony was a good guy who we knew and worked with from the early days in Hamburg. We regularly watched his late night performances and admired his style. He will be missed.'

http://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/27448-tony-sheridan-1940-2013

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Sad news from Germany today. Tony Sheridan died yesterday (16 Feb) at the age of 72. He had been hospitalized since last December and was in very poor health.

Tony Sheridan was most famous for his recordings with the Beatles for Polydor Records during their Hamburg period, including My Bonnie. He was born in Norwich, England, and attended art school. He had learned to play the violin when he was young but later swapped this instrument for a guitar. In the late 1950s he played in a skiffle group and eventually moved to London where he became a session musician. He worked with the likes of Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent before moving to Hamburg, Germany, with his group the Jets.

Tony Sheridan was a often seen guest at Beatles conventions and performed until recently.

 

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 Paul’s Kisses On The Bottom has won Best Traditional  Pop Vocal Album at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.  This brings Paul's total Grammy win to no less than 16!

 Additionally, Band On The Run has been inducted this  year into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

 We say, well done Paul!

Check out the remake of Heart Of The Country: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnS0wwgjDYc&feature=player_embedded
Watch this wonderful 30 minute tribute to Linda, with commentary by people such as Elvis Costelle, Chrissie Hynde, Stella and Mary McCartney http://music.uk.msn.com/exclusives/video.aspx?videoid=28bywxabg

Rare Paul McCartney Recording of 'A World Without Love' Surfaces

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rare-paul-mccartney-recording-of-a-world-without-love-surfaces-20130118?utm_source=dailynewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

Song was taped at Peter Asher's family home in 1964

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Hi Fellow Fabbers,
My Mum, 83, year old Angie McCartney is releasing her first book in the UK on Jan 30th with a 2 night celebration of the Beatles featuring bands from as far away as Japan and The Czech republic at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. Please 2 very special, seldom seen guests;)
Please take a peek at http://www.mccartney.com for more details on the events and stay tuned for when the book will be released in the USA and as an ebook.
Best regards,

Ruth McCartney
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We are saddened to hear of Ravi Shankar's death today. The Indian sitar legend died in a hospital in San Diego in the US where he had been admitted last week for surgery. However, Shankar did not fully recover from the surgery despite the best efforts of surgeons and doctors.

Ravi Shankar gained widespread international recognition through his association with The Beatles in the 1960s. The Indian government describes him as a 'national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage'. George Harrison once called him 'the godfather of world music'.

Shankar played at Woodstock and the 1967 Monterey Pop festival. He also worked with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. Shankar composed a number of film scores and won three Gammy Awards.

Ravi Shankar last appeared in concert at Long Beach, California on 4 November with his daughter Anoushka.