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A Global Search Is On for Famed Beatle Bass
Missing: One Beatle Bass

Missing: One Beatle Bass

Paul McCartney's Höfner hasn't been seen since 1969

(Newser) - Almost anyone who runs across a certain distinctive, left-handed Höfner violin bass guitar will recognize it, Nick Wass said: "It's the bass that made the Beatles." And if anyone sees it, Wass would like to know. He's heading up a global search for the famous...

George Harrison's Mom Was a Bit Irked by His Fans

In letter up for auction, Louise Harrison says she was 'disgusted' by screaming girls, 'ashamed' to be female

(Newser) - If there was one Beatles song that the late George Harrison's mom could've picked to describe how she felt about some fans of her son's band, "Get Back" may have been a top contender. At least that's the impression one gets from a letter penned...

AI's Latest Trick: A Final Beatles Song

Paul McCartney says it will be released this year

(Newser) - For years, Paul McCartney has teased one final Beatles song. Now, with help from artificial intelligence, it's finally complete. "We just finished it up and it'll be released this year," McCartney told the BBC on Tuesday, adding the song began as a demo from John Lennon....

One of Crosby's Final Tweets Offered Thoughts on Heaven

'Overrated' and 'cloudy,' the singer-songwriter wrote on the day he died

(Newser) - David Crosby died Wednesday at the age of 81, and he showed up on Twitter just hours before his passing to make a cheeky observation that turned out to be eerily prescient. Crosby retweeted another post speculating on who might be barred from heaven, based on the things they'd...

Miami Beach Hotel With Storied Past Is Destroyed

Deauville Hotel, which hosted the Beatles and JFK, had fallen into disrepair

(Newser) - A once-luxurious Miami Beach hotel that hosted the Beatles and President John F. Kennedy during its 1960s heyday was imploded Sunday after falling into disrepair and abandonment in recent years. The 17-story Deauville Hotel fell into itself after a series of explosions were set off, sending up a large cloud...

Scathing Lennon-McCartney Letter Sells for $70K

Lennon tells former Beatles bandmate that he clearly 'didn't dig the words' to 'Imagine'

(Newser) - Beatles memorabilia is valuable—even when it's from low points in the band's history. The Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction house says a scathing post-breakup letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney has sold for $70,000, including a $14,000 buyer's premium, TMZ reports. In...

Lennon's Angry Letter to McCartney Up for Sale

'You know damn well we can't just sign a bit of paper'

(Newser) - An angry note John Lennon penned to Paul McCartney after the breakup of the Beatles has resurfaced on the auction block. Lennon sent one copy of the three-page typed letter dated Nov. 24, 1971, to McCartney and another to Richard Williams, the editor of British music magazine Melody Maker, urging...

If Not for This Artist, the Beatles Might Not Have Been

Stuart Sutcliffe was never forgotten, and his contribution can't really be overstated

(Newser) - John Lennon called him his "soul mate." George Harrison called him the band’s "art director." He's the reason Paul McCartney switched to bass guitar. He had the fashion sense and the stage presence. He even invented the band's iconic "mushroom head" hairdo....

Get Back Gives a New Look at Beatles' Twilight
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Peter Jackson Restores the Beatles

Documentary listens in shortly before the band's breakup

(Newser) - If the Beatles' final days are legend—a collision of various, usually conflicting narratives argued by fans for decades—Peter Jackson would seem a logical choice to reconsider the myth. In his hands, The Beatles: Get Back provides a fresh take, per a Wall Street Journal review: "joyous, tedious,...

Paul McCartney Nixes Practice He Calls 'a Bit Strange'

Ex-Beatle will no longer be signing autographs for fans

(Newser) - Nearly 15 years ago, Ringo Starr "put his foot" down, and his pen, and informed fans he wouldn't be signing autographs anymore. Now, the only other surviving Beatle has jumped aboard the same no-autographs train. The AV Club reports on a new Paul McCartney interview with Reader's ...

Jagger Embraces 'Cover Band' Dig From McCartney

Comments reenergized the long Beatles-Stones rivalry

(Newser) - Mick Jagger paused between songs to say a few things to the more than 50,000 fans at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles—a big crowd for a cover band. "There's so many celebrities here tonight, of course, you know, naturally," he said. "Megan Fox is...

McCartney: Lennon Broke Up the Beatles

Ono and Lennon were 'making a new life,' he says

(Newser) - The Beatles, who broke up more than a half-century ago, might instead have gone on making music for years, Paul McCartney says. But they went their four ways, and after receiving much of the popular blame since because he had broken the news, McCartney wants to make clear that it...

Lennon Tape Not Heard for 50 Years Hits Auction Block

Includes never-released 'Radio Peace,' performed during John and Yoko's 1970 Denmark visit

(Newser) - Think you've heard every John Lennon bootleg, remaster, and import? There's a new tape in the mix, unheard for more than 50 years, though you'll have to convince the person who just bought it for $58,300 at auction to play it. The 33-minute recording made in...

Ringo: OK, I'll Let This Sex Toy Be Called 'Ring O'

Ex-Beatle ends trademark battle over penis ring with similar-sounding name

(Newser) - Hear "Ringo Starr," and the first words you may associate with him are "the Beatles," "drummer," maybe "Octopus's Garden" —but probably not "penis rings." The 80-year-old star wanted to keep it that way, which is why he filed a...

Peter Jackson Has a Holiday Gift for Beatles Fans

Director offers 5-minute 'sneak peek' of Beatles documentary to hold fans until August premiere

(Newser) - Earlier this month we commemorated the sad 40th anniversary of John Lennon's murder. Now, a happier cap to 2020 regarding Beatles news, courtesy of Peter Jackson. Per Rolling Stone , the Lord of the Rings director released a "sneak peek" of The Beatles: Get Back, his upcoming documentary on...

This Would Have Been Big Birthday for John Lennon

Paul McCartney posts tribute to his fellow Beatle's 80th

(Newser) - It's hard enough to wrap our heads around the fact that John Lennon was killed nearly 40 years ago. Now another fact to make our jaws drop: He would've been 80 years old Friday. And as tributes circulate on the internet , one "heartfelt message" in particular is...

She First Saw the Beatles in 1960. Then, 'My Whole Life Changed'

Astrid Kirchherr, who took iconic black-and-white photos of the Fab Four, is dead at 81

(Newser) - Astrid Kirchherr, the German photographer who shot some of the earliest and most striking images of the Beatles and helped shape their trendsetting visual style, has died at age 81. She died Wednesday in her native Hamburg, days before her 82nd birthday. Her death was first announced by Beatles historian...

McCartney's Scribbled 'Hey Jude' Lyrics Sell for $910K

Part of big Beatles auction commemorating 50th anniversary of their breakup

(Newser) - On April 10, 1970, the Beatles were said to have officially broken up , and to commemorate the weighty occasion, Julien's Auctions offered more than 250 items of Fab Four memorabilia on Friday. Reuters reports that included among the pieces sold off were the wooden stage from a Liverpool venue...

Ringo Starr Gets the Band Back Together

For one song, the Beatles are together, kind of

(Newser) - A decades-old shoutout from John Lennon helped pave the way toward Ringo Starr's latest single—a Beatles reunion of sorts. Paul McCartney plays bass on " Grow Old With Me ," which is one of the last songs written by Lennon. What's more, producer Jack Douglas inserted a...

50 Years On, 'Fab Four' Hit Abbey Road

Thousands mark 50th anniversary of album cover shot

(Newser) - Fifty years to the day after the Beatles walked across Abbey Road in London, thousands followed in their footsteps, including a newly engaged Paul McCartney lookalike. The Evening Standard reports "an estimated 2,000 fans" gathered Thursday to re-create one of the most iconic album covers of all time....

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