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June 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ still fresh after 50 years |Movie preview

When United Artists arranged to produce the Beatles’ first feature film, “A Hard Day’s Night,” in 1964, the company’s sole intention was to cash in on a craze before it fizzled out — which, considering the fickle tastes of teenagers, they expected would happen in about six months. Instead, “A Hard Day’s Night” became a classic,…

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February 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Read all about the Beatles | Book reviews

TuneinRecently, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. — Feb. 7, 1964 — with a nostalgic scrapbook of reader memories of the first Beatles concert in Seattle, which happened at KeyArena (then the Seattle Center Coliseum) on Aug. 21 that year. To continue our celebration of the Fab Four, we offer a look at some of the new (and reissued) books about the Liverpudlian lads.

Books

“The Beatles: All These Years Vol. 1 Tune In,” by Mark Lewisohn (Crown/Archetype, $40).
Ever since his publication of “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” in 1987, Mark Lewisohn has been one of the clearest voices among Beatles’ historians. Lewisohn received the biographer’s dream gift for that book — the chance to listen to all the Beatles’ Abbey Road session tapes — and his concise and levelheaded reporting was welcome.

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December 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

More unreleased Beatles material escapes from the vaults | New Recordings

The Beatles, ‘The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963’ (Capitol/Universal/Apple)

More Beatles rarities are available in this new release (Apple Corp. Ltd.)

More Beatles rarities are available in this new release (Apple Corp. Ltd.)

Coming just five weeks after the release of “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2,” more previously unreleased Beatles songs were issued on the digital-only “The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963,” which was released on iTunes on Tuesday.

There’s an ulterior motive behind the release; as explained in a recent New York Times article, the band has to officially put out unreleased material in order to hold on to the copyright. But Beatles fans will just be happy to get their hands on more rarities from the vaults.

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November 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Shy-guy pop tonight at the Tractor | Concert preview

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin hits the Tractor Tavern Wednesday night.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin plays the Tractor Tavern in Ballard Wednesday night.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin plays the Tractor Tavern in Ballard Wednesday night.

Philip Dickey named his band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin by accident, and he said it’s one of the best and worst ideas he’s ever had.

On one hand, the name is a mouthful and it has engendered its share of detractors.Yet it’s also memorable and even earned them a weeklong trip to Moscow, Russia earlier this year, where they met with some of the real Boris Yeltsin’s friends, played before a huge crowd and came away with a stash of vodka. 

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November 12, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Beatles ‘On Air’ at the BBC once again | New Recordings

The Beatles, ‘On Air — Live at the BBC Volume 2’ (Apple/Capitol/UMe) Nineteen years after the release of the Beatles’ first “Live at the BBC” set comes another collection of mostly previously unreleased songs and interviews the group recorded for Britain’s BBC radio from 1963 to 1966. The Beatles’ radio appearances were meant to promote their records, so…

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