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26 Jan 2011 13:19


Offbeat: Canadian woman earns first ever degree in Beatles studies

  • I am so proud of my achievement.
  • Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy • The former Miss Canada finalist graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a Masters degree in Beatles studies. “Beatles, Popular Music and Society” was the first ever such course to offer such a degree, making Zalahan-Kennedy the world’s first collegiately accredited Beatles expert. source

08 Dec 2010 11:03


Music: Rolling Stone has John Lennon’s last print interview – in audio form

  • Earlier this year I was cleaning up to find some files in the recesses of my closet when I came across two cassette tapes marked ‘John Lennon, December 5th, 1980.’ It had been 30 years since I listened to them, and when I put them on this totally alive, uplifting voice started speaking on this magical strip of magnetic tape.
  • Rolling Stone writer Jonathan Cott • On rediscovering the audio tapes made from the interview he did with John Lennon – the last print interview he did before his death, one which was never fully transcribed as a result. Considering today is the 30th anniversary of the iconic Beatle’s murder, it only makes sense that Rolling Stone would pull it out today. Still though, it’s a pretty cool document of rock history. source

16 Nov 2010 10:04


Music, Tech: Yeah, Apple announced The Beatles on iTunes. Snore…. zzz

  • We’d like to thank The Wall Street Journal for making this so anticlimactic. source

15 Nov 2010 20:21


Music, Tech: The long, winding road between Apple Inc. and Apple Corps

  • It’s been a very long time coming. The Beatles and Apple have been on each other’s bad side for so long that the rock legends’ appearance on the Apple Store is almost anticlimactic, and likely to be incredibly boring. But the WSJ’s reporting that it’s finally going to happen. We’d like to remind you all how this happened and the stakes that were involved.
  • 1967 The Beatles form their own company, Apple Corps, which they used mostly for their own music.
  • 1976 Two computer nerds and a third guy still kicking himself found Apple Computer. It’s a big hit.
  • 1978 One Apple sues the other, and they make a deal not to encroach on each other’s businesses.
  • 2003 Apple starts up its iTunes Music Store, causing another lawsuit, which they won back in 2006.
  • 2010 Reports come out suggesting that The Beatles will finally be on the iTunes store. Finally. source

09 Oct 2010 11:26


Music: Yoko: John Lennon would TOTALLY use Twitter to protest war

  • 99% of the world is taking a stand against wars like Iraq and Afghanistan. John would have done that but he’d have loved the new communication media. He would have been writing statements and sending them out to the world as a blogger and a tweeter.
  • Yoko Ono • Suggesting that John Lennon, who would’ve been 70 today, would have used Twitter to protest the Iraq war. Dude did that silly bed-in thing to protest the Vietnam War, so why not? “When we did our bed-ins for peace against Vietnam the world just laughed at us,” she said. Ono, by the way, is getting up there – right now, she’s 77, though her interviewer says she doesn’t look a day over 50. Here’s the REAL question: Would Lennon put up with the crap over their albums not getting on iTunes? Seems like he wouldn’t. source

06 Aug 2010 14:58


Music: Yoko did it: The Beatles not hitting iTunes anytime soon, kids

  • (Apple CEO) Steve Jobs has his own idea and he’s a brilliant guy. There’s just an element that we’re not very happy about, as people. We are holding out. Don’t hold your breath … for anything.
  • Yoko “Beatles Destroyer” Ono • On the idea of releasing the Beatles’ music on the iTunes Store. You know, this debate was funny when it was 2003 and buying music on the Internet was a new and exciting thing. But now it’s 2010. Just accept Apple’s terms, Yoko and company, before you miss out on your chance to be part of the online music revolution altogether. You’ve missed out on millions of dollars already. source

26 Jan 2010 10:18


Music: Wu-Tang + The Beatles = Surprisingly palatable, awesome

  • Five years after “The Grey Album” put Danger Mouse on the map, a gimmick like The Beatles mashed with the Wu-Tang Clan should seem old hat, but somehow it doesn’t. “Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers” benefits from a clever mix and a great title. source

05 Nov 2009 09:34


Music: Can they work it out? EMI sues some site selling the Beatles online

  • Some Web site you’ve never heard of,, starts selling Beatles songs for a quarter a piece based on a strange bastardization of copyright law. source
  • The rights holders, EMI, are just like, “nuh uh,” and sued the company. You know, EMI, if you put the Beatles catalogue on iTunes, it could be awesome. source

14 Sep 2009 12:59


Music: A really old lady held back the kinda-old Beatles from the U.K. No. 1

  • 92 age of WWII-era entertainer (and chart-topper) Vera Lynn source

10 Sep 2009 11:00


Music: Beatles hater? Oversaturated with Beatles? You’re not alone.

One Beatles hater says their music is “either childlike and simple or rather leaden and pompous – one or the other all the time.” Kill him! source