In the Current Issue (#217)

What a year 2015 has been for Ringo Starr, what with a new album, his solo induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, wide publication of his photo book and more tour dates. Now, he's topped it off with a charity auction that raised a whopping $9.2 million, and Beatlefan #217 looks at some of the rare items the drummer parted with. Plus, Brad Hundt looks at how Ringo finally has found an All Starr Band worth keeping.

This issue also features Rick Glover's report from the latest Paul McCartney tour; a special section devoted to the new "1+" release, including detailed examinations by Allan Kozinn and Robert Rodriguez; the first part of Ken Sharp's Q&A with Beatles video and film director Michael Lindsay-Hogg and a 50th anniversary commemoration of The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album with articles by Bruce Spizer, Ken Orth and Al Sussman. And the new Beatlefan also takes a look at the McCartney Archive releases of "Tug of War" and "Pipes of Peace." Plus, we have more video, music and book reviews, and the Beatlenews Roundup has an on-the-scene report from the John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, tour reports, news of upcoming releases and much more!

A sample issue costs $8 in the U.S. or $12 abroad. U.S. funds only. If you want the latest issue, be sure to specify #216. For more information, email COMING IN ISSUE #218: The making of "Let It Be" and the case for its rerelease! Check it out!

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Beatlenews Headlines

Ringo Starr and wife Barbara held a charity auction of more than 1,300 of their personal items, including clothes, instruments, pieces of jewelry and other items, raising $9.2 million. ... BBC Radio 2 announced that Paul McCartney will be the headline act at the 10th annual Dine and Disco for Children in Need in 2016. The show will take place June 25 at London's Mulberry Inn before an audience of 80 auction winners. All of the tickets were auctioned off within a few hours, raising 2 million pounds. ... Ringo says he plans to start work on a new album in January, working out of his home studio. Ringo also plans to take the same incarnation of the All Starr Band back out on the road in 2016, Todd Rundgren told Billboard. ... A recording of the September 2014 George Harrison tribute show at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, featuring the likes of Conan O'Brien, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Ben Harper, Brian Wilson and Dhani Harrison, is being released Feb. 26 by BMG Recorded Music/Hot Records in five configurations. ... A new statue of The Beatles has been unveiled on Liverpool's Pier Head. And you can find more Beatles reading from our contributors at SOMETHING NEW: The Beatlefan Blog. Check it out!

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