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Beatle news briefs: Fabs' songs in cartoon; landmark damaged; drum camp

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“Beat Bugs,” an upcoming original animated series from filmmaker Josh Wakely's Grace Productions, has acquired rights to the Beatles catalog, Variety.com reported March 11.

Variety said the songs to be included in the series won't be the Beatles' originals, but cover versions. The series, about bugs in an overgrown back yard, looks to introduce young viewers to the music of the Beatles.

Nutopians nominated: The Nutopians, who have produced two great “Lennon Remagined” tribute albums, announced on Twitter March 11 they are one of there nominees in the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards. You can vote for them at the link. The group's name was given to them by Yoko Ono after learning about them through their involvement with WhyHunger.

Camp spots open: Ringo All-Starr Gregg Bissonette is holding a three-day “Groove Camp” March 14-16 at Hampton Inn and Suites in Thousand Oaks, CA. The camp will offer students 24 hours of hands-on, intensive playing. Bissonette tweeted March 11 that spots are still open. For more information, go to this link.

Weathered the storm: The recent bad weather in the Los Angeles area did some damage to the the Bob's Big Boy restaurant in beautiful downtown Burbank where the Beatles once ate, sources tell Beatles Examiner. The damage has since been repaired and Bob's back where he belongs.

'You've got a future': The Chicago Journal Online has a profile of Jay Goeppner, who takes the John Lennon voice in his duo Beatle Brothers. He says he almost quit singing, but was re-inspired after an encounter with Harry Nilsson at a Lennon tribute, who told him, “Kid, you've got a future in this business.”

Lennon as a radical: The latest edition of the weekly Beatles news show we co-host with Ken Michaels features a great conversation with James A. Mitchell, author of the book, “The Walrus & the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution.” Mitchell's book recalls Lennon's interest in radical politics in the '70s and our discussion goes into what it was like during that era. It's available for free download now on our Podbean.com site, where you'll find our other shows. And Ken will be giving away six of the new Factory Entertainment Beatles lunchboxes on his site beginning Friday.

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