In the Current Issue (#214)

We mark the reissue of John Lennon's album catalog on vinyl with a special cover package of articles. Included are Tom Frangione's consumer's guide to the albums included in the "Lennon" box plus a wrapup of his avant garde, live and compilation sets; Robert Rodriguez's look at the making of "Instant Karma," the single that proved to Lennon he could have success outside The Beatles; and Jeff Slate's review of what's good and bad about the new "Lennon" box set.

This issue also features coverage of Paul McCartney's recent U.K. tour by London Editor Simon Rogers and Senior Editor (and chief Fan on the Run) Rick Glover, who also looks back 25 years at the Paul McCartney World Tour, with photos by Jorie Gracen. Also in the new issue, Bruce Spizer goes back 50 years to tell the story of the "Beatles VI" album and Brad Hundt writes about the Beatles reunion-that-never-was from a second-generation fan's viewpoint. Plus, you'll find several pages of reviews and all the latest news, including an in-depth report on Ringo Starr's induction by Paul into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

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 #214. For more information, email COMING IN ISSUE #215: Stop worrying! The 50th anniversary of "Help!" is on the way! Check it out!

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"Lennon," a nine-LP box set of John Lennon's eight solo studio albums on vinyl, has been issued by Capitol-Universal Music Enterprises. ... Paul McCartney did four shows in the U.K., opening May 23 and 24 at London's O2 Arena, followed by May 27 at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and May 28 at Liverpool Echo Arena in his hometown. "Another Girl" (which he had debuted at the Budokan in Japan) and "Hope for the Future" (done at all the shows in Japan) were regular parts of the two alternating set lists in Britain, both of which opened with "Eight Days a Week." Macca also added a surprise number for all four shows: "Temporary Secretary" from his 1980 "McCartney II" album... Lennon's jumbo J-160E Gibson Acoustic guitar, which was bought by current owner John McCaw in a second-hand shop in the early 1970s, is up for auction Nov. 6-7 by Julien's Auctions and is expected to sell for as much as $965,000. ... Ringo Starr finally was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on his own April 18 at Public Hall in Cleveland, with a little help from some of his illustrious friends. Among them were brother-in-law Joe Walsh and Beatle brother Paul, who was the sparkplug behind getting the drummer into the hall as a solo act, gave the speech inducting him, and joined him onstage for a couple of numbers. ... A previously unreleased letter that George wrote to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew in May of 1966 confirmed that The Beatles seriously contemplated recording at Stax in Memphis with producer Jim Stewart before the plan was derailed by financial issues. "We would all like it a lot," Harrison wrote by hand, "but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word "Beatles,' and so it fell through!" The letter was recently sold for $20,000. . . . And you can find more Beatles reading from our contributors at SOMETHING NEW: The Beatlefan Blog. Check it out!

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