We celebrate the life of Sir George Martin with a special section led off by Allan Kozinn's assessment of the career of the man Paul McCartney said deserved, more than anyone, to be called the fifth Beatle. Al Sussman offers a baker's dozen of Martin's best productions, and Tom Frangione recalls meeting Sir George.Also in the new issue, we mark the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour with a perceptive examination of Macca in 1976 by Robert Rodriguez, plus photos and memories from Jorie Gracen and other fans. And Wally Podrazik looks at how McCartney chose to make his recent musical emoji project for Skype yet another artistic exploration, while "Beatleness" author Candy Leonard argues that "Nowhere Man" was The Beatles' first "political" song. The new Beatlefan also has fan reaction to the forthcoming "Pure McCartney" compilation, tour details and much more.
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Ringo Starr has canceled his June 18 All Starr Band show at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC, in opposition of HB2, a controversial measure recently signed into law in North Carolina that, among other things, limits transgender people to using restrooms assigned to the sex they were when they were born. Said a statement from his press office: "Like Bruce Springsteen and other fellow artists, Ringo stands with those fighting against the bigotry of HB2. Ringo states, 'I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.'" ... "Pure McCartney,"a Paul McCartney-curated career-spanning compilation to be issued in three formats that, in toto, feature 67 Macca tracks, is to be issued June 10. ... Macca launched a new tour, dubbed One on One, April 13 in Fresno, CA. The shows feature his first live solo performances of "A Hard Day's Night" and "Love Me Do." ... As of April 4, the three volumes of "The Beatles Anthology" are available for streaming worldwide. 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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