A 1962 Rickenbacker guitar played by both George Harrison and John Lennon is to be auctioned off in New York in May (14). The instrument will be among the highlight items going under the hammer at the Julien's Auctions Music Icons event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on 16 and 17 May.
Harrison bought the Rickenbacker 425 guitar in 1963 in Mount Vernon, Illinois while visiting his sister Louise. He asked the owner of Fenton's Music store to revamp the axe so it looked just like Lennon's Rickenbacker.
The guitarist played his prized possession when the Beatles first performed on TV show Ready Steady Go! in October, 1963, and again during an appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars the following December.
A spokesman for Julien's Auction picks up the story: "He also used it during a week-long tour in Sweden. Harrison was photographed with the guitar extensively and the entire band has been photographed posing with the guitar.
"George Harrison played the 1962 Rickenbacker in the Abbey Road studios when the Beatles recorded I Want to Hold Your Hand - the song that gave the band their now infamous big break in the United States."
Lennon played the guitar backstage before a Beatles performance in Glasgow, Scotland on 5 October, 1963. A photograph published in an August 1964 issue of Beat Monthly magazine shows the Fab Four frontman with the guitar.
Harrison gifted the instrument to pal George Peckham, after he asked to borrow one of the Beatles star's guitars for an appearance on British music show Top of the Pops with his band The Fourmost.
The Julien's Auction spokesman tells WENN, "Peckham kept the guitar on the condition it would never be modified."
Even the guitar's case has a history - Slade singer Noddy Holder reportedly bought it for Peckham when he spotted the guitarist carrying the instrument around.
The source adds, "Holder saw Peckham walking around with the guitar without a case and could not personally bear to see a Beatles guitar carried around without one."
The Rickenbacker 425 guitar is accompanied by two letters from Harrison's office, which confirm he gave the guitar to Peckham - one from Harrison's wife Olivia and the other from Caroline Foxwell, Harrison's assistant.
Other highlights included in the collection of Beatles memorabilia up for sale in New York include a Paul McCartney-used Hofner Bass guitar with mother-of-pearl pick guard, which was often rented by McCartney from Harris Hire in Beckenham, England, and a rare, signed Beatles '65 album.
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Gangstas. Thugs. Bad influences. Rappers have been called a lot of things (by themselves and others), but some of the most well-known rappers have a hidden passion and they're starting to let the world know about it. Like a handful of models who love to eat and cook, there are a few rappers out there who can throw down in the kitchen. Here are five rappers who are proud foodies.
We've seen him on Jourdan Dunn's cooking series, and he's also made crab cakes on ABC's The Chew. Everyone seems to enjoy his food, which is why he's about to drop his highly anticipated cook book. He spoke with Sway in the Morning about his health-conscious approach to cooking and eating, and also told Fuse he had some pretty cool ideas for recipe titles (including "FedsFettuccini").
Whatever you do, do not go to Bun B's food blog You Gotta Eat This on an empty stomach. We also do not recommend visiting that blog's Instagram page no matter how recently you just ate... at least if you're minding your diet. Because, no matter what, that pancake bacon stack is going to look amazing. Bun B also has some good studd for the more adventurous palette, including the jellyfish sushi he recently tried at Uchi Houston.
The Queens rapper played food critic for Vice for a while, and his food truck was wildly popular. Now that he's on tour, he's still finding excellent eats all over the world. Those insanely huge slabs of meat in New Zealand? Pretty scary... and delicious, we imagine.
Last year, Coolio sold off his entire music catalogue to fund his new ventures as a chef. This is probably a great idea, especially since his 2009 cookbook Cookin' with Coolio did so well, and he was a favorite during Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off (he actually placed second in the competition).
Perhaps more of a budding restaurateur than a foodie, Fab spent some time running around New York City and visited some of the city's dopest spots. If you haven't been to Sons of Essex yet, those mac 'n' cheese balls might do it for you.
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At a recent convention for the show, a fan asked Doctor Who queen Billie Piper which American series she'd love to guest on. Her answer, without hesitation, was Girls.
Make this happen, Lena Dunham! We can totally see Piper hanging out with the ladies in Brooklyn. Maybe she's a cool, cosmopolitan friend from Jessa's travels, an actress co-starring with Adam in a short film who rubs Hannah the wrong way, or a TA who befriends Shoshanna. Hell, we'd even take her in a cameo as an impossible-to-please coffee shop patron. Though she deserves a multi-episode arc, at the very least.
For one, the effortless beauty could teach the girls something or two about boho-chic fashion. Rompers, slouchy maxi dresses, high-waisted jeans. She would rock them all. And since Billie is a survivor of teen pop and the scrutiny that comes with it, she and Lena can bond over the ludicrous amount of attention paid to everything Dunham wears or doesn't. Thanks to her lead role in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, we know Piper can handle Girls and its frank sex scenes. But it's Billie's range and choices that set her apart from the ingénue set. While "Belle du Jour" was an uber-fab Cher Horowitz of the sex industry, Piper de-glammed in the 100% improvised 2012 miniseries True Love to play a teacher who starts a relationship with a female student. As is required of all British actresses, she has taken her turn in a Jane Austen adaptation. But — unlike some of her contemporaries — Piper is just as comfortable in modern or period pieces. Must be all that time she spent traveling through time and space with the Doctor.
We'll see Piper next in the upcoming Showtime thriller Penny Dreadful. And after that, perhaps a party in a Greenpoint warehouse? Time will tell.
Producers for an animated children's TV series have struck Beatles gold after acquiring the rights to the Fab Four's back catalogue via Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Josh Wakely's Beat Bugs, which chronicles the lives of urban creepy-crawlies, will feature a collection of Lennon & McCartney tunes.
Announcing the news on Tuesday (11Mar14), Sony/ATV managing director Damian Trotter states, "Josh's ingenuity and creative exploration of these iconic songs in a wholly imaginative world was too good to pass up and the idea of opening up the single greatest music catalogue of the 20th Century to the next generation is something we are particularly excited about."
Sony/ATV Music Publishing bosses have always been guarded about issuing rights to use Beatles songs - many filmmakers and producers have been forced to use Beatles tracks recorded in the group's early days and the band's cover songs to get around the tight licensing issues.
British rocker Duffy Power has died, aged 72. The musician, real name Raymond Howard, passed away in London on 19 February (14).
He shot to fame in the late 1950s, and was noted for his links to The Beatles.
The Fab Four are said to have auditioned for the rocker's manager to win a chance to tour with Power while they were still a trio named the Silver Beetles, they missed out on the opportunity and landed a slot on pop star Johnny Gentle's Scottish trek instead.
Power later recorded a version of Beatles track I Saw Her Standing There, which was reportedly written by John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney with him in mind when they were attempting to establish themselves as songwriters for other artists.
He released a number of solo records, and recorded with blues group Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated and his band Duffy's Nucleus, but failed to achieve mainstream commercial success.
Power also reportedly turned down the chance to record Living Doll, a track which went on to become a huge hit for Sir Cliff Richard, while his noted work included contributing to the soundtrack of 1969 movie classic The Italian Job.
Rockers Arctic Monkeys were the big winners at the 2014 NME Awards in London on Wednesday (26Feb14) after taking home a trio of top honours. The Fluorescent Adolescent hitmakers, who headed into the ceremony with eight nominations, picked up the first prize of the night, for Best Live Band, and followed it up with the Best Album accolade for AM and Best British Band.
But it wasn't all about the Arctic Monkeys - their hit Do I Wanna Know? lost out to Disclosure's White Noise in the Best Track category, and Best Music Video went to Eagulls for Nerve Endings.
Lily Allen claimed the title of Best Solo Artist, but appeared a little shocked as she collected the trophy and told the crowd, "This is kind of dumb because David Bowie is in this category, and Jake Bugg, so this goes to you guys, not me! Thank you."
Meanwhile, Blur star and Innovation prize winner Damon Albarn was given the honour of introducing Sir Paul McCartney as the recipient of the one-off Songwriter's Songwriter award, in celebration of his phenomenal career.
As he took to the podium at the O2 Academy Brixton, the Beatles icon recalled reading the NME magazine during his youth and confessed to pulling off a prank with his Fab Four bandmates years ago, revealing: "One of the things we used to like to do was plant false stories in the NME and we actually got one in that George (Harrison) was Billy Fury's cousin, but he wasn't...!"
After a brief technical glitch, Blondie were honoured with the night's final accolade, the Godlike Genius award, and they wrapped up the event by hitting the stage for a hits medley, kicking off the set with their 1979 smash One Way or Another.
Other performances during the night came from the likes of The Horrors, Belle and Sebastian, and Metronomy, who teamed up with female trio Mutya Keisha Siobhan to open the show with Love Letters.
The main list of winners at the 2014 NME Awards is as follows:
Best British Band - Arctic Monkeys
Best Live Band - Arctic Monkeys
Best Album - AM by Arctic Monkeys
Best Track - White Noise, Disclosure
Best Solo Artist - Lily Allen
Best New Band - Drenge
Best International Band - Haim
Best Music Video - Nerve Endings by Eagulls
Best Music Film - Made of Stone, directed by Shane Meadows
Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution to Music - Belle and Sebastian
Philip Hall Radar Award - Fat White Family
Songwriter's Songwriter Award - Sir Paul McCartney
Godlike Genius - Blondie
Innovation - Damon Albarn
Best Festival - Glastonbury
Best TV Show - Breaking Bad
Funnyman Neil Innes has regrouped his Beatles parody band The Rutles for an upcoming U.K. tour. The former Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band star and sidekick John Halsey, aka Ron Nasty, and Barrington Womble, will hit the road as the 'Pre-Fab Four' in May (14).
Bandmates Eric Idle and Ricky Fataar will not be a part of the reunion.
The Rutles were conceived by Innes and Idle for a skit on the Monty Python star's British comedy show Rutland Weekend Television and they became a cult act, releasing a handful of well-received albums featuring Beatles song parodies and even starring in the mockumentary All You Need Is Cash.
Editors at Forbes magazine have named rappers A$Ap Rocky, J.cole and Meek Mill among the Hip-Hop Cash Princes of 2014. The inaugural list was compiled by rapper and entrepreneur Bryan 'Birdman' Williams and Fab 5 Freddy and features artists who are up and comers in the genre.
Only artists under the age of 30 are eligible for the list.
Rounding out this year's countdown are Azealia Banks, Big Sean, Chance the Rapper, French Montana, Travis Scott, Tyga, Methodology and Wale.
An autographed copy of The Beatles' second U.S. album gifted to George Harrison's throat doctor 50 years ago is set to go under the hammer at a memorabilia auction next month (Mar14). The Meet The Beatles! vinyl was signed by Harrison and his bandmates and given to Dr. Jules Gordon as a thank you after he successfully treated the singer/guitarist for tonsillitis in February, 1964.
The treatment allowed him to perform as part of the Fab Four's U.S. TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show days later after missing out on rehearsals.
The lot is expected to fetch at least $10,000 (£6,250) when it goes up for grabs as part of RR Auction's March Marvels of Modern Music sale.
Other Beatles keepsakes also featured in the auction include a sketch of a naked woman and a sheep by John Lennon and a signed first pressing of their debut EP, Twist and Shout, both of which have starting bids of $1,000 (£625).
Jackets worn by Beatles icons Ringo Starr and George Harrison in 1965 movie Help! are expected to fetch at least $80,000 (£50,000) at auction. The stars donned the tailored blue coats for the comedy adventure and even modelled them on the cover of the film's soundtrack.
Help! director Richard Lester kept the pieces of clothing in his personal collection after filming wrapped, but he has now decided to place them up for sale as part of a Fab Four memorabilia sale at Omega Auctions in Liverpool, England.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather says, "As Beatles clothing goes, these have got to be amongst the Holy Grail for any Beatles collector. They feature on one of their most recognisable album covers and I have a feeling these could really fly off the block!"
The items will be among more than 200 lots going under the hammer on 20 March (14), the 50th anniversary of the U.K. release of the Fab Four's single Can't Buy Me Love.