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Ringo Starr Reveals The Private Lives Of The Beatles With Never Seen Before Photographs

They were the biggest band in the world in a time where iPhones, Facebook and Snapchat didnt exist- leaving the private lives of The Beatles a mystery until now.

Ringo Starr is one of the last remaining Beatles and is set to release a book which reveals intimate images of the boys both before they were famous and during their down time in the height of their fame.

The new book aptly named Photograph reveals an archive of personal snapshots of the boys from Liverpool going about their daily life-including enjoying exotic holidays and partying with the stars.

Ringo has captioned the soon to be iconic images of the band to tell all the never told before tales that lie behind them.

Here are the unseen photos of The Beatles

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10 Great Bob Dylan Live Performances

Bob Dylan- poet, one of the best song-writers ever, amazing live performer. Bob has been well known to kick ass live. This list is pretty biased towards the few videos on YouTube with good sound quality. Normally, when thinking of Dylan, everyone thinks of “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin”, so I’ve decided to mix it up a bit and put in some classics you may not have heard.

10. Girl From The North Country Fair With Johnny Cash – 1969

Apolitical, simple and mainstream- a side not usually on display. But here it is in all it’s glory. Plus- Johnny Cash! They kinda stumble through the song- pretty much the same as on Nashville Skyline- but there’s something cool about it, it’s laid back, they’re two friends having a sing-song, and it rocks.

9. Shelter From The Storm 1976

The sound quality here isn’t as good as one might hope, but what with it being such a cool rendition of a classic tune I just had to include it. Dylan, as always, likes to mess around with his songs, never playing them the same way twice, and never was this more obvious than on tour in the mid-seventies.

8. Visions Of Johanna 1966

The studio version is often used as the perfect example of what Dylan called his “wild mercury sound” from the mid-sixties, specifically on Blonde on Blonde. Stripped of its bells and whistles however, the song still stands as one of the greats.

7. One More Cup Of Coffee 1975

Scarlett Riviera’s violin makes this video- the combination of the beauty of the violin and the roughness of Dylan’s rasp makes for something that can only be described as “hauntingly kick-ass”.

6. Ballad Of A Thin Man 1966

Bob sitting at the keys looking like a stoned fragile little bird- this is the “wild mercury sound” live.

5. Lay Lady Lay 1976

Originally a mellow country song, Lay Lady Lay has been rocked up 70’s style. This I guess you have to be a proper Dylan fan to like, the words get garbled and the vocals do have their low points- but having said that, there’s something magnetic about the performance and it’s somehow become one of my favourites.

4. Tangled Up In Blue 1975

Embedding disabled, but this version rocks so hard I just can’t deny you it.

See it on Youtube (opens in a new window).

Proof that eye-liner on men can be cool. He misses out the best verse though! “She opened up a book of poems, and handed it to me- written by an Italian poet from the 15th century! And every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coal, pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul!”

Bob makes eyeliner and poetry cool in a single effort. Can Billie Joe Armstrong do that? (Arguments in the comments are always fun)

3. It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding 1965

Pure poetry and some killer guitaristry here. Simple guitaristry, but still a million times cooler than anything to come from Malmsteen! “If my thoughts and dreams could be seen, they’d probably put my head in a guillotine- but it’s alright ma, it’s life and life only!”

2. Like A Rolling Stone 1966


“I don’t believe you!”

I know I said there’d be none of the really well know ones, but how could I not include this? Sadly it lacks the snare kick of the studio version, but this is still one legendary performance.

1. Isis 1975

Dylan the frontman- “If you want me to… YES!”

I love it. Warning- takes a while to start, and is quite loud.

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Kylie Minogue Covers Bob Dylan Track for ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Movie Theme

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Kylie Minogue has re-recorded the theme to Absolutely Fabulous for the hit TV comedy’s upcoming movie.

The Australian pop star has secretly covered Bob Dylan’s 1975 tune “This Wheel’s On Fire” for the much-anticipated film, according to The Sun.

She isn’t the first person to tackle the track, which Dylan first performed with The Band. The song has also been covered by The Damned star Rat Scabies, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Elvis Costello.

Julie Driscoll teamed up with Brian Auger and The Trinity to score the biggest hit with the song in 1968, and Driscoll re-recorded the track with comic Adrian Edmondson for the Absolutely Fabulous TV series in the early 1990s.

The soundtrack to Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, which will be released on July 1, will also feature actress Jane Horrock’s rendition of Shirley Bassey classic “Big Spender.”

David Bowie Ties Elvis Presley Album Chart Record in the U.K.

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David Bowie has tied a record set by Elvis Presley almost 40 years ago with 12 albums in the new U.K. top 40.

Presley fans dashed out to buy The King’s records following his death in 1977 and Bowie’s devotees have done the same to honor the passing of the rocker earlier this month.

Three weeks after his death, Bowie’s final album Blackstar has scored a third week at the top of the charts, while Best of Bowie and Nothing Has Changed feature in the new top five, at three and five, respectively.

Adele remains at two in the countdown with her own record-breaking release, 25, and Justin Bieber’s Purpose is at four.

Meanwhile, Canadian stars Shawn Mendes and Bieber rule the top of the U.K. singles chart – Mendes’ breakthrough hit “Stitches” lands another week at the top, ahead of Bieber’s “Love Yourself.”

Jonas Blue and Dakota’s dance version of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” hit debuts at three, and Bieber’s “Sorry” and Snakehips’ “All My Friends” round out the top five.

Elvis Presley’s Longtime Guitarist Scotty Moore Dies

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Elvis Presley’s first guitarist Scotty Moore has died aged 84.

The musician passed away at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday. Moore was famous in the music industry due to his work with Elvis at the height of his career, with his guitar contributions on the singer’s hits such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hound Dog” becoming legendary.

Following the news of his death, Phillips Recording Service engineer Matt Ross-Spang shared a snap of himself with Moore on Instagram, writing: “We lost one of the finest people I have ever met today. I was lucky to call you a friend and I’m very glad I got to see you just a few days ago.”

“The guitarist that changed the world…; especially mine; I hope you don’t mind if I keep stealing your licks. Love you Scotty.”

Moore also made musical history through his work with Elvis and bassist Bill Black as The Blue Moon Boys, which they formed in 1954 and continued until 1968.

He also inspired countless musicians through his unique skills, including the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

“Everyone else wanted to be Elvis…;I wanted to be Scotty,” Richards once said.

Moore was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, before The Memphis Music Hall of Fame inducted him last October. Due to the musician’s ill health, Richards was on hand to accept the honor in his place, and once again spoke of his love for the guitarist.

“I think without Scotty, I wouldn’t be here,” he said. “I don’t know how many people would be either. He was such an inspiration.”

After his work with Elvis, Moore played alongside stars such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Ringo Starr and Jerry Lee Lewis as a freelance studio engineer on albums and television specials.

Moore is survived by his five children, Donald, Linda, Andrea, Vikki Hein, and Tasha, and numerous grandchildren.

This Artist Painted Jimi Hendrix’s Face Onto An Old Vinyl Record

This video by artist Daniel Edlen shows a complete painting of Jimi Hendrix onto an old vinyl record from start to finish, viewed at 12x normal speed. Daniel uses white acrylic paint layered directly onto the vinyl record. The black vinyl visually mixes with the white paint to create the illusion of shading. Once the paint gets in the grooves, he can”t get it out, so even a little mistake could ruin the piece.

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Daniel says it was his father”s music collection that inspired his lifelong passion for music and the physical memories pressed into records. The only records he would never paint are his fathers, as you can”t listen to records once they are painted on. The purpose of Daniel”s vinyl art is to celebrate the subject and object. By creating art on the artifacts of creativity, he”s paying homage to artists and thanking them for shaping the person he is today.



Led Zeppelin not guilty: “Stairway” verdict is a modest victory for creativity

At times, it looked like it was going to bend the other way. But a Los Angeles federal jury has decided unanimously that Led Zeppelin did not break copyright law in the composition of its song “Stairway to Heaven.” The suit brought by a trustee of the estate of the late Randy Wolfe, singer and songwriter for the group Spirit, had alleged that the classic-rock warhorse stole an arpeggiated progression from a Spirit instrumental, “Taurus.”

“We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years,” songwriters Robert Plant and Jimmy Page said in a statement. “We appreciate our fans’ support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.”

The decision isn’t entirely shocking, but some of the music community had worried that the similarity of the opening of “Stairway” to a plucked passage in “Taurus” would lead to a guilty verdict. And that, some feared, could open up a flood of suits of this kind – justified or otherwise. The $40 million the plaintiffs were asking for, and the song’s status as perhaps the most famous in the classic-rock canon, meant it was likely to have a serious impact. The decision against Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which was based on a far-less famous Marvin Gaye song and settled for a much smaller amount, has already provoked similar cases (including, indirectly, this one.) A win for Spirit’s camp could have led to a huge number of ambulance chasers.

So what’s likely to be the effect of the judgment? This is probably a case where a process that seems to be accelerating will halt for a little while. A case against Zeppelin might have opened the door to a huge number of out-of-court-settlements, which get far less attention than court trials with superstar bands, but could easily inhibit the songwriting process if they become too casual. And because the suit over decades-old songs eluded a statute of limitations because of a remastering, bands could become shyer about putting out new editions of old work, which is good news for neither artists nor fans.

Was justice served here? I have mixed feelings about the case. It’s not that I think the single passage – as memorable as it is – makes the entire song a rip-off. But Zeppelin has taken almost entirely songs from blues songwriters, including Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf. “Dazed and Confused” is one of Zeppelin’s very best songs, but go listen to the original, by folksinger Jake Holmes, and ask if the British band might have heard this one before. Legally, this kind of evidence was ruled inadmissible in the “Stairway” trial, but it’s hard to see Plant and Page as entirely credible in the issue of musical originality. Did they hear the Spirit song before writing “Stairway?” Could the phrase have stuck in their memories? I’m still not sure.

The larger issue, though, is that artists of all kinds, especially songwriters in popular music, need to be allowed some measure of borrowing. Here’s Alex Ross, the New Yorker’s classical music critic, who documents how the passage in question goes back at least as far as a Henry Purcell opera from the 1680s:

The latter-day insistence on unambiguous originality in musical composition — or in literature, for that matter — betrays a small-mindedness about the nature of creativity. T. S. Eliot famously commented, in 1920, that “immature poets imitate; mature poets steal,” and added that the “good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique.” In other words, a borrowed idea can become the kernel of a wholly original thought. This is what Bach does in the Passacaglia and Fugue; it’s what Shakespeare does throughout his plays. These days, though, we seem to want geniuses who play by the rules and give due credit to their colleagues; we want great art executed in the manner of a scholarly paper, with painstaking acknowledgments and footnotes. Small wonder that in the absence of such art, we keep falling back on the past.

There needs, of course, to be a balance, so that musicians can become known for, and profit from, their work. But as irresponsible as Zeppelin has been in other cases, they seem here to be guilty of taking a fragment, and perhaps not even that. This ruling may help set a precedent that recognizes the way musical creativity really works.



What Classic Rock Stars Would Have Looked Like If They Were Alive Today

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Top 10 Unpleasant Facts About John Lennon

When you’ve essentially been canonized as a modern secular saint, there’s no way to not be overrated to one degree or another, but in the case of the legendary John Lennon, the gap between the idol people worship and the real person is so enormous, and the accolades that come his way so over the top, that it’s impossible not to try and mitigate the damage to some degree. The truth is, many people – young and old – all over the world model their lives and beliefs after the Lennon icon, and they really, really shouldn’t. Here’s why:



There’s simply no way of disputing this: the revered icon of peace and love had a serious problem with violence against women. This has been documented all the way back to his Liverpool days, and he eventually admitted it himself later in life. His first wife Cynthia and his second, Yoko Ono, were both victims of Lennon’s brutality at one point or another, and given that most men who beat their spouses or girlfriends regularly are not particularly discriminating about the object of their violence, it’s frankly impossible that they were the only ones. It seems clear in hindsight that the gentle icon the hippies worship was actually a man with very serious psychological problems who often flew into uncontrollable fits of rage which he took out on the women in his life.

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Emotionally Abused His Son


Without question, the greatest victim of Lennon’s character failings was his oldest son, Julian. Lennon clearly resented the young boy whose conception had forced him into a marriage he didn’t want and trapped him in a domestic routine he was too immature and narcissistic to sustain. Both Julian and his mother Cynthia have publicly stated that Lennon was alternately absent, indifferent, drug-addled, and generally unpleasant to be around during Julian’s early childhood. After he divorced Cynthia, Lennon took off with Yoko Ono and dropped out of his son’s life for years. After they reconnected, Lennon severely emotionally abused his son on several occasions, berating and screaming at him until the boy was reduced to tears. Once, Julian giggled and Lennon shouted back, “I hate the way you fucking laugh!” Julian was not yet a teenager at the time. In perhaps the saddest statement ever made about Lennon, Julian later stated that Paul McCartney was more of a father to him than his real father was.

Pathological Liar

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Put simply, John Lennon made up his own life – exaggerating, embellishing, and outright lying when it suited him to do so. Usually, he did so out of pure egomania – a desire to make himself appear better than he actually was. Everyone does this to some extent, but in Lennon’s case, he rewrote almost every major event in his life to suit his tastes. He claimed he had been a working class lad from Liverpool before the Beatles; he was actually raised in a comfortable middle-class home. He denied being married during his early years of stardom. He claimed to have met Yoko Ono at an art show and their love blossomed spontaneously; in fact, Ono had stalked him for months before he gave in to her advances. He claimed to have lost interest in the Beatles due to Paul McCartney’s tendencies toward pop music and dominant role in the group, as well as his desire to do his more avant-garde work outside the band; in fact, he had all but left the band in its last two years as the result of a serious addiction to heroin. When he emerged back into the public eye shortly before his death, he claimed that he had been spending time baking bread and being a stay-at-home dad; in fact, he had been living in a drug-induced haze most of the time. The truth in all of these cases was embarrassing, but no more than the kind of behavior many rock stars acknowledged engaging in during the ‘60s and ‘70s; Lennon compulsively lied about it anyway.

Broke Up the Beatles


Contrary to later tales of a spontaneous break and/or the decision by Paul McCartney to leave the band, it was John Lennon who destroyed the Beatles. Certainly, all was not well with the band during the final years of the ‘60s, but it was Lennon and Lennon alone who brought down the axe, announcing at an otherwise routine meeting that he was leaving the group. It was kept under wraps for some time, but no one was under any illusions about the ability of the group to go on without him. Essentially, Lennon’s departure made the death of the Beatles inevitable; it just took a year or so for the obituary to be written.

Politically Clueless


People tend to see Lennon as some sort of divine guru of peace and love because of his political activities in the early 1970s. The truth is that most of Lennon’s reputation as a political activist is based on photos of him with various ‘60s radicals and his own press statements. He never actually did anything whatsoever of note in the political realm, and most of the radicals he cultivated thought he was an ignorant poseur. The few things he did actually do, like giving money and publicity to violent groups like the Black Panthers, are nothing to be proud of.


This is probably the most controversial item on this list, and it must be admitted that it is an inherently subjective issue to some extent, but a very good case can be made that even as a musician and a songwriter, Lennon was remarkably under-talented. First, he was at best an average guitar player, mostly confined to basic rhythm parts, and his piano playing wasn’t much better. As for his songwriting, yes he did write a handful of truly inspired songs, but as time passes and the nostalgic hype surrounding the Beatles begins to fade, a lot of his works comes off as silly and dated. Try reading the lyrics to “Strawberry Fields Forever” or “Come Together” sometime. They’re pure hippie psychedelic babbling, the kind of thing that passed for profundity in the drug-induced haze of the late 1960s. The only thing that makes them work is the terrific production, for which credit easily goes to producer George Martin and the other Beatles as much as to Lennon himself.

In fact, looking back on the Beatles legacy, one can make a pretty good case that both Paul McCartney and George Harrison (on the later albums, at least) were superior talents to Lennon in the songwriting department. The truth is, after about 1965, Lennon more or less drops out of the Beatles. He had almost nothing to do with the Sgt. Pepper album, and most of what came after was – by everyone’s admission – largely at the behest of Paul McCartney. By the end, as you can see in the film Let It Be, McCartney was desperately trying to motivate a Lennon who simply didn’t want to be there. As for Lennon’s solo career, there are five or six memorable songs and the rest… Well, can you name a single track from “Sometime in New York City”?

Follower Not a Leader


This is true of pretty much all the Beatles, but with Lennon it’s particularly obvious. In the beginning he was following the American rhythm and blues tradition with a smattering of Roy Orbison-style pop ballads. Later he’s obviously trying to channel Bob Dylan. Then he’s aping the psychedelic stylings of the California drug bands. After that, he gloms on to avant-garde, John Cage-influenced (above) modern art music. Truth be told, there wasn’t much Lennon did that hadn’t been done before by more original and talented artists.

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Mindless Conformist


Despite his reputation as a freethinker following his own path, Lennon was an obvious case of someone desperate to fit in. Yes, he was trying to fit in with groups that were considered non-conformist, but conformism is conformism. Right from the beginning, Lennon was posing. Back in the day, the teddy-boy look was the in thing, so he shows up in leather jackets and a pompadour. Then its the cute pop look. Then the psychedelic hippie thing. Then the angry avant-garde hipster. It never ends. Everything about Lennon, from his music and politics to the way he dressed, was an attempt to fit in with sub- or counter-cultures that already existed.

Desperate for Money and Fame

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As much he liked to pretend to be a misunderstood artist following his own uncompromising vision, the truth is that Lennon pursued fame and fortune from the beginning. Even in the early days when the Beatles were a struggling bar band, he used to extol them by saying they would go “to the topper most of the popper most.” He happily went along with the Beatles’ haircuts, suits, and calculated image; as well as the band’s innumerable media appearances; only denouncing it all as shallow and empty later in life, when he was cultivating an avant-garde reputation. His relentless antics with Yoko Ono in the early ‘70s now seem to be such a blatant plea for attention that one wonders how anyone took them seriously back then. And of course, he never turned down any of the fat paychecks that came his way as a result of his fame and success.



This is the toughest one and the hardest to say in public, mainly because Lennon’s murderer (above) cited it as his primary motive, but that doesn’t make it any less true: Lennon was a perfect example of someone who lived by the hypocritical dictum of “do as I say, not as I do.” As his critics sometimes point out, all you have to do is go straight to his songs. The man who sang “imagine no possessions” lived a millionaire’s life in a posh New York hotel. The man who sang “imagine no religion” was obsessed with every spiritual and New Age fad that came his way, including Hindu meditation, the I-Ching, and astrology of all kinds. The man who sang “all you need is love” was a bitter, violent, and angry man who abused his family and friends. The man who praised having “nothing to kill or die for” helped finance and publicize radical groups who extolled the use of violence. Quite literally everything his fans see personified in the icon of John Lennon are ideals the man himself either couldn’t or wouldn’t live up to.

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