Everyone thinks they know the tale of the controversial original cover for The Beatles' U.S. "Yesterday and Today" album, but the truth is more complex and fascinating, Bruce Spizer writes in Beatlefan #220. Despite what you have read in countless books, articles, Internet sites and blogs, the "Capitol Butchers The Beatles" story is just that - a story, and a wrong one at that. Get the true story in the new Beatlefan, along with Ken Orth's look at Robert Freeman's "lost" cover for the "Revolver" album, Kit O'Toole's examination of how John Lennon adopted the principles of the advertising world in his anti-war campaign and Jeff Slate's conversation with biographer Philip Norman about how he came to change his view of Paul McCartney.Also in this issue, Rip Rense makes the case for a "new" Threetles recording and Rick Glover assesses Macca's revamped road show. Plus, there are reviews of new books, broadcasts and recordings, including the controversial "Pure McCartney" collection, and all the latest news and reports from Paul and Ringo's new tours.
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Paul McCartney has confirmed he will be part of a Coachella-produced festival scheduled for Oct. 7-9 featuring Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, the Who and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. With performances starting after sunset, each artist will play a full set - not abbreviated festival sets - per night. After the first weekend sold out, a second was added for Oct. 14-16 with the same lineups. Those six acts have never before shared a bill. ... Ringo and the All Starrs launched the new tour June 3 at Lakeview Ampitheater in Syracuse, NY. Just one change in the set list from last time around, with "What Goes On" returning and the All Starr collaborative effort "Island in the Sun" dropped. The lineup, which includes, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, has been together since 2012 and is the longest running All Starr Band. ... As of June 3, the music of the Traveling Wilburys is available on streaming services for the first time. The digital deal includes all major services such as Apple Music and Spotify. ... Ron Howard's film about the Fabs' touring years now has a title and release plans. "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week" - which is being produced in cooperation with Apple Corps and the surviving Beatles as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison - will debut in theaters and on streaming service Hulu this September. And you can find more Beatles reading from our contributors at SOMETHING NEW: The Beatlefan Blog. Check it out!For the latest Beatles news, subscribe to Beatlefan/EXTRA!" . . . Bill King offers commentary on The Beatles (and much more) at Quick Cuts, the new Internet journal on pop culture. Click here to read it.
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