Allan Kozinn examines the strange case of the late Magic Alex, the controversial Beatle friend from the Apple era who, in later years, had a sideline of suing those who called him a charlatan.Also in the new issue, London Editor Simon Rogers picks the best Paul McCartney tracks since "Flowers in the Dirt" originally came out in 1989, and Tom Frangione discusses why many fans aren't happy with the forthcoming deluxe reissue of "Flowers," or the box set of George Harrison's LPs. Bruce Spizer looks back 50 years at the unveiling of the "new look" Beatles with "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane," and Candy Leonard recounts how fans reacted to the "psychedelic" Fabs. Plus, Kathy Urbanic looks at how important February was in Fab history, Ken Sharp talks with Howie Edelson about his new Beatles podcast, and Reed Pitkunigis surveys Beatles-related releases issued in surround sound. And, we have all the latest news, plus reviews of new video and books.
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"George Harrison: The Vinyl Collection" was due out Feb. 24 and the latest Paul McCartney Archives Collection release, "Flowers in the Dirt," will be released in multiple configurations, including the deluxe treatment, on March 24. ... McCartney has filed a lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing seeking a judgment confirming that he will get back his portion of the Beatles song copyrights beginning in October, 2018. ... Paul has announced concert dates in Japan in late April, the first 2017 dates confirmed for the One on One tour. Meanwhile, rumors of impending U.S. concert dates this summer are circulating. ... Rolling Stone reports Macca is expected to issue his next studio album this year. It previously was reported that he had been recording with producer Greg Kurstin, known for his work with Adele. A summer release seems likely. ... A 1956 Austin Princess originally designed to be a hearse and formerly owned by John Lennon, has sold at auction for $159,500. ... "Now the Time Has Come," a song featuring Ringo Starr that debuted last September for International Day of Peace, has been made available as a free download. 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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