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Beatle news briefs: Bibliography sequel examines legend; 'Wonderwall' Blu-ray

Melissa Davis, the co-author of “The Beatles Bibliography” published by The Beatle Works, told Beatles Examiner Jan. 20 the first supplement to the book is at the printers, will be out in a few weeks and will include a new revelation about the Beatles.

Freebies with "The U.S. Albums"; "Wonderwall" on Blu-ray.
Freebies with "The U.S. Albums"; "Wonderwall" on Blu-ray.
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Some retailers are giving away bags and lithographs with the purchase of "The U.S. Albums."
Capitol Records/Universal Music Group

“I can tell you that it topped out at 168 pages, 250 entries and includes a provocative article from Mike Brocken (first time in print) about the Cunard Yanks,” Davis said in an email. “It challenges the oft-repeated idea that merchant sailors, as well as some British Navy sailors, brought U.S. records back with them to Liverpool and sold them virtually on the Albert Docks to Scouse teenagers desperate for American music. It's a scene portrayed in Sam Taylor-Wood's film 'Nowhere Boy' and virtually accepted as fact – but is it based in fact?”

She said future supplements will also include at least one original article.

“The first supplement will be out in just a few weeks; the second one will be out at the end of the summer because there will be just so much to cover we'll probably have two in 2014.”

"U.S. Albums" freebies: David Rubin tells us his copy of "The U.S. Albums" came with the bag and lithograph you see in the picture on this page. We suggest checking independent record stores.

Wonderwall” coming to DVD: Shout Factory has announced the 1968 film “Wonderwall” is to be released on Blu-ray on March 25, reports The long out-of-print DVD will also be re-released separately. The movie features music by George Harrison and stars Jack MacGowran as the eccentric Prof. Oscar Collins and Jane Birken as Penny Lane (no kidding). The cast includes Anita Pallenberg, who was linked at various times to Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Brian Jones.

Paul and Nancy party with Obamas: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell were among those who helped celebrate Michelle Obama's 50th birthday last Saturday, according to People Magazine, which said Paul wouldn't let anyone come between him and his wife. Also there were Hillary and Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé and James Taylor.

Canadian group pays tribute to Lennon: Toronto and New York-based Canadian band Blurred Vision will be appearing on Canada's national morning show “Canada AM” to perform their John Lennon tribute "Dear John" Jan. 30, the group announced Jan. 20. The track and official video were released in April 2013 and proceeds from the iTunes sales of the track benefit Whyhunger, the New York City-based charity fighting hunger and poverty in America and around the world.

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