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SXSW 2013 Review: ‘Muscle Shoals’
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Muscle Shoals: Fame Studios

Muscle Shoals
Director: Greg Camalier
Cast: Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Clarence Carter, John Paul White, Gregg Allman, Keith Richards, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Cliff, Rick Hall

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama changed the world as the birthplace for some of America’s most creative, exciting, and soulful music.

Directed by Greg Camalier, Muscle Shoals documents the history of the Muscle Shoals music scene and the players involved in creating that signature sound – including FAME Studios founder and legendary producer Rick Hall and The Swampers, the Muscle Shoals rhythm section that played with the likes of Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential as a hot-spot for rhythm and blues.

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SXSW 2013 Review: Ryan White’s ‘Good Ol’ Freda’
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Good Ol' Freda and Paul

Good Ol’ Freda
Director: Ryan White
Cinematographer: Austin Hargrave
Editor: Helen Kearns

On their 1963 Christmas record, The Beatles give thanks to “Good Ol’ Freda!” in Liverpool, their devoted secretary and friend. Directed by Ryan White, Good Ol’ Freda is a documentary about Freda Kelly, who was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big.

The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. She had no idea how far the band would go, but she had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and they had faith in her. Many people came and went as they sky-rocketed to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple of the inner-circle because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the band’s devoted secretary and confidant, Freda was witness to the evolution of the greatest band in history.

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Record Store Day 2013: Jimi Hendrix Poster, Paul McCartney 45 & WB’s Limited Edition Vinyl
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Record Store Day 2013

There’s going to be some pretty nice rarities and goodies available to the zealots, stalwarts, and casual fans across the country who partake and take advantage of Record Store Day 2013 on April 20th. As we reported, Jack White (of The White Stripes fame) is the Ambassador of the anticipated day this year, the 6th incarnation of it, a day in which celebration for the black circle, the vinyl record, runs sky high. And items like a rare limited edition Jimi Hendrix poster and single, a nice cachet of offerings from Warner Brothers Records showcasing bands like Cream, The Deftones, Gary Clark Jr., The Stooges, and The Flaming Lips to name a few, will be available for purchase to those who are lucky enough to snag them. And to top it all off, there’s even a single by Paul McCartney to be released as well for sale which is for sure to be the icing on the cake for vinyl collectors.

Below is the info on the Hendrix and McCartney offerings, as well as a full list of all the offerings from Warner Bros. Records with descriptions and edition numbers.

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The Beatles T-Shirt For ‘Red Nose Day’ Charity
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Red Nose Day Beatles t-shirt

For Red Nose Day this year, designer Stella McCartney, daughter of Paul McCartney, has created five charity t-shirts, one of which features a photo of The Beatles taken by her late mother, Linda McCartney.

The Beatles photo on the shirt is doctored to show the Fab Four with red nose and glasses on, in honor of the March 15th event, which includes a telethon to raise funds that will go to provide fresh water and life-saving vaccines in Africa, as well as help those in the UK who are homeless or living with domestic abuse. Red Nose Day is part of the British charity organization Comic Relief.

Along with The Beatles selection, McCartney’s designs, which are featured on Fairtrade, organic cotton t-shirts, also include one each for Marilyn Monroe, Tommy Cooper, and Kate Moss, as well as one for kids with a giraffe on it.

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Remembering Beatle George Harrison On What Would Have Been His 70th Birthday
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George Harrison

Today would have marked the 70th birthday of the late George Harrison, who made up one-fourth of one of the most famous musical quartets in music history, The Beatles.

Shrouded in a kind of misunderstood guise while in The Beatles and somewhat to this day as what his actual role was in the band, the contributions of George Harrison to that Liverpudlian unit and to his solo career, which saw arching highs and aching lows, were monumental and immeasurable. His work was bright and necessary, adding just the right touches and facets to the crown jewels in The Beatles. Harrison’s lead guitar playing and background and sometimes frontman singing gave immense color to the sometimes suffocating for him log jam of the tunes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, songs that also were churned out with a breathless standard and a high one at that, on an endless assembly line of quality, but ones which still seemingly pushed Harrison’s back against the wall when it came to those two men helping and bringing to fruition the true talent that nested inside of him. He became rather vocal about it through the years; he wasn’t comfortable being a somewhat sitting duck, a placid, go with the flow team player as Richard Starkey had been in the group (drummer Ringo Starr), where Starkey knew his deficiencies songwise and vocal wise, and thus, rested on his drum laurels, where he marveled flawlessly and often.

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The Beatles’ First No 1 U.S. Single ‘Love Me Do’ Enters The Public Domain In Europe
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The Beatles

“Love Me Do”, the first number one single released by The Beatles, has entered the public domain in Europe due to the contemporary copyright laws, reports Rolling Stone.

Released 50 years ago last year (and backed with the B-side of “P.S. I Love You”), the tune, which launched The Fab Four into the musical stratosphere, can now be used free of charge in any forms of media one desires in Europe. The copyright law on the other side of the pond states that all recorded music has an expiration date after 50 years. On December 31st of last year, it took effect.

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2012 Black Friday Lightning Deals – Music CDs & Box Sets
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Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set

All week, Amazon has been offering up Lightning Deals, limited quantities of various products for a discounted price for a 4-hour window of time, as a prelude to the biggest shopping day of the year — Black Friday. You have to be on the lookout for these deals and once the item runs out, the sale is over. Meaning, if you see something on sale that you want, buy it immediately before it’s gone.

Amazon has released the Lightning Deal schedule and prices for Music CDs and Box Sets for Friday, November 25, starting at 5AM PST (that’s 8AM EST) and running through 9pm PST. See a sample of some of the Black Friday deals here below, along with more information on how these special deals work. You can visit the main Sale calendar page to see ALL the deals and the exact times they’ll be going up.

Here’s some of the items coming up on sale:

Nirvana – Nevermind [4 LP Deluxe Edition]
35.99

Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set
$35.99

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Blu-ray Review: Magical Mystery Tour
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Magical Mystery Tour Blu-ray

Magical Mystery Tour
Blu-ray
Directed by The Beatles
Written by The Beatles
Starring: Paul McCartney, John Lennon,
George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Victor Spinetti, Jessie Robins, Mal Evans
Apple Corps
Not Rated | 52 Minutes
Release Date: October 9th

Magical Mystery Tour, the colorfully wild mess of a film by The Beatles, has been released on Blu-ray and it’s one of the few times in the bands illustrious and innovative career that the term “mixed bag” can be applied when summing up one of their projects.

But suffice to say, Magical Mystery Tour, while an absolutely charming and irresistible piece of delectable eye candy to gaze upon, and even more so now with the spit and polish of the Blu-ray remastering, still ultimately remains nothing more than a curio of The Moptops at their psychedelic peaks, still in the cosmic high of their Sgt. Pepper period, the idyllic peace, love carefree metaphoric lounging on eiderdowns in their native England. It’s a hollow and disjointed piece that has it’s only reliable saving grace in the wonderful soundtrack, which is remastered as well, with the memorable musical strains of The Beatles in all their sonic glory at peak levels.

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MP3 Deal: The Beatles’ ‘Birthday’ By The Jam’s Paul Weller
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The Beatles Birthday By The Jam's Paul Weller

In honor of Paul McCartney‘s 70th birthday today, Amazon is currently selling the MP3 version of The Beatles song “Birthday” as performed by Paul Weller of The Jam for only $.70.

This deal is valid only for today, June 18, 2012, until 11:59pm PST. All proceeds from the sale of the song will go the War Child organization, a charity that helps children whose families, communities, and schools have been torn apart by war.

Weller and McCartney worked together in 1995 when they recorded a cover of The Beatles song “Come Together” under the name Smokin Mojo Filters. Weller also recently joined McCartney on stage, along with Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones) and Roger Daltrey (The Who), at the Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall for another Beatles classic, “Get Back.”

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Happy 70th Birthday, Paul McCartney!
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Paul McCartney

Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney! One of the greatest songwriters currently living today, the ex-Beatle celebrates his, are you ready, 70th birthday today!

McCartney, who grew up in the unassuming town of Liverpool, England on June 18, 1942, went on to become of the most seminal figures of music in the 20th century, churning out a regular assembly line of memorable songs, spanning countless genres, beloved by fans globally, and covered by scores of musicians playing styles ranging from Arpeggio to Zydeco. It would take a book the size of a city’s telephone guide to explain the whole machinations of McCartney’s body of work and talents, and many scribes have attempted to put the man in biographical and critique form. One of the wealthiest musicians and biggest-selling ones of all time, the McCartney train shows no signs of slowing down or letting up even into the 21st century, as he still tours, performing Beatles songs and ones from his large body of solo work, still releasing albums, guesting on documentaries, charting new genres of music, this jack of all trades remains one of the greatest figures in musical history with his still youthful, whimsical, and witty zeal.

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