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Who was The Fifth Beatle? We look at the Top 10 contenders including Brian Epstein and George Martin #BeatlesWeek

With the movie, The Fifth Beatle, based on the life of Brian Epstein, set for release later this year we look at the Top 10 contenders for the coveted title.  1. Brian Epstein (1934 – 1967) If anyone has a claim to the Fifth Beatle tag it is probably Epstein. The Beatles’ first manager and music Entrepreneur/Svengali, he was unwavering …

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shinychrisWho was The Fifth Beatle? We look at the Top 10 contenders including Brian Epstein and George Martin #BeatlesWeek
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Why A Hard Day’s Night is the ultimate pop movie #BeatlesWeek

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do on the Beatles’ celluloid masterpiece So many pop stars have turned up in movies that it hardly warrants attention any more. Perhaps you can blame Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender, the first of his many cheese-ahoy visits to celluloid for creating the inextricable precedent that with chart fame comes screen time. This …

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AshleyWhy A Hard Day’s Night is the ultimate pop movie #BeatlesWeek
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Would a 1971 Beatles album been their best? #BeatlesWeek

Just Imagine… Imagine, if you will, that John had never met Yoko, that George had been allowed to contribute more than just Something and Here Comes The Sun, that Ringo had more to his canon than novelties like Octopus’s Garden and Yellow Submarine, and that Paul hadn’t felt it necessary to issue the writ that effectively wound-up The Beatles in …

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AshleyWould a 1971 Beatles album been their best? #BeatlesWeek
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Boyhood and the Beatles: The Black Album from the film #BeatlesWeek

  If you’ve seen Richard Linklater’s recent cinematic masterpiece Boyhood, you’ll be familiar with the scene in which Mason (played by Ethan Hawke), presents his son, Mason Jr. (played by Ellar Coltrane) with a gift for his 16th birthday: a compilation of songs from each Beatle’s solo career, fused in one aptly named The Black Album. I’m not going to …

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Top 10 Best Beatles Buys: including Vans pumps, Apple onesie and Yellow submarine wellies! #BeatlesWeek

It may have been 50 years since they first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and ‘broke’ America, but The Beatles legacy remains not just in their music, but in their spin-off merchandise too. T-Shirts, Russian dolls, coasters, cufflinks. You name it, you can buy it – much of it is tacky and just uninspired reproductions of album covers etc. …

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shinychrisTop 10 Best Beatles Buys: including Vans pumps, Apple onesie and Yellow submarine wellies! #BeatlesWeek
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10 reasons why The Byrds are the most influential rock band of all time

1 They brought Dylan to the masses And helped him on his discovery of electric music 2 They influenced The Beatles   The Fabs hero-worshiped them, and many Beatles tracks feature that trademark Byrds jangly guitar. Rubber Soul was almost a Byrds tribute album. 3 They were first to get a Psychedelic song in the charts This was a full …

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Ashley10 reasons why The Byrds are the most influential rock band of all time
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Amazing pics of the day The Beatles played to just 18 people

Take a look at this pic. It is quartet of likely looking fellas from the early 60s enjoying a sneaky beer. Look again though and it becomes clear that in the picture is a very young John Lennon and an even younger George Harrison – who at eighteen is only just old enough to be swigging from the bottle. It …

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AshleyAmazing pics of the day The Beatles played to just 18 people
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Beatles, Led Zep, Pink Floyd. Ten Classic Albums on YouTube (and not Spotify) and how they got there

Over the past year or so there has been a significant trend of full albums showing up on YouTube. There is invariably no video content – just a still of the artist and the music. The interesting part is that there are now many classic albums on YouTube a good chunk of which aren’t available on Spotify or other streaming …

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AshleyBeatles, Led Zep, Pink Floyd. Ten Classic Albums on YouTube (and not Spotify) and how they got there
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Sitar frenzy – how Ravi Shankar (along with The Byrds and The Beatles) created Psychedelia

Like everyone I am sad to hear of the death of Ravi Shankar this morning. The Indian sitar player, who was arguably the first World Music (as we understand it now) star, wowed them at the Woodstock Festival, was chummy with The Beatles and much of pop’s aristocracy, and did much to popularise Indian arts and music at a time …

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AshleySitar frenzy – how Ravi Shankar (along with The Byrds and The Beatles) created Psychedelia
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The Lost Beatles Photographs by Larry Marion

We can’t wait for the new comprehensive pictorial book of lost photographs of Britain’s greatest music export, The Beatles, to come out. Written by Larry Marion with the help of The Beatles’ US Tour manager Bob Bonis, the book features everything from on stage performances to rehearsals and light-hearted behind the scene moments. The book is being published by Harper …

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LauraThe Lost Beatles Photographs by Larry Marion