In the Current Issue (#215)

The new issue of Beatlefan (#215) marks the 50th anniversary of "Help!" with a 14-page special section from some of our contributing editors, including Kit O'Toole's re-evaluation of The Beatles' second feature film, Bruce Spizer's detailed history of the accompanying albums, Ken Orth on the making of the album cover, and "Beatleness" author Candy Leonard writing about what fans were thinking in 1965. Also included with Kit's feature are exclusive "Help!" photos from the Vincent Vigil Photographic Collection, also provider of the distinctive front cover photo! Publisher Bill King also has news of a special "Help!" trivia quiz giveaway courtesy of Vincent Vigil.

This issue also features Senior Editor Rick Glover's exclusive account of getting invited onstage by Paul McCartney to show off his Fans on the Run banner and give Paul a FOTR badge, Executive Editor Al Sussman looks back at a 1965 Top 25 for the ages, plus what the biggest act in pop music was up to that year, and Contributing Editor Howie Edelson talks with veteran keyboardist David Paich of Toto fame about working in the studio with Macca and Michael Jackson. Plus, we have three pages of video and book reviews, and the Beatlenews Roundup has an on-the-scene report from Ringo Starr's 75th birthday celebration, McCartney tour reports, news of upcoming releases and much more!

A sample issue costs $8 in the U.S. or $11 abroad. U.S. funds only. If you want the latest issue, be sure to specify #215. For more information, email COMING IN ISSUE #216: A chat with Dave Edmunds and the latest from the McCartney Archive! Check it out!

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Beatlenews Headlines

"Tug of War" and "Pipes of Peace" will be reissued Oct 2 as the latest entries in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. For the first time, one of the albums will be offered in both a brand-new remix and in the original mix. As in the past, both will be issued in several configurations. ... Ringo Starr and wife Barbara celebrated his 75th birthday July 7 in Los Angeles, the second year in a row his noon Peace & Love observance has taken place in front of the Capitol Records Tower. ... Paul and Ringo led celebrity reaction to the news of the Aug. 1 death at age 72 of their old Liverpool friend and fellow Brian Epstein management client, Cilla Black. ... The "Hollywood Vampires" all-star album featuring Macca as well as such names as Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Joe Walsh, Slash, Dave Grohl and Zak Starkey, is due for release from Universal on Sept. 11. McCartney's contribution is a new version of "Come and Get It." ... Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, who worked on Macca's "Kisses on the Bottom,&" has a new album of some of Macca's lesser-known solo tracks, "Midnight McCartney," due out Sept.11. It was McCartney who suggested he do the album. ... Yoko Ono and U2's Bono joined New York officials marking the city's inaugural John Lennon Day on Ellis Island July 29, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the day the Beatle got his green card allowing him to stay in the U.S. . . . And you can find more Beatles reading from our contributors at SOMETHING NEW: The Beatlefan Blog. Check it out!

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