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Beatle news briefs: Rolling Stone meets the Beatles 50th; a very Beatle New Year

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Rolling Stone magazine said in a story published Jan. 1 that its next issue, which hits newsstands this Friday, will look back at the the Beatles' arrival in America 50 years ago. In the article, writer Mikal Gilmore looks back at the hurdles the group faced and the uncertainty as they flew over to America for the first time.

"They've got their own groups," Paul McCartney told Phil Spector on the plane. "What are we going to give them that they don't already have?"

But typically, John Lennon was ready to meet the challenge head on, telling Stone editor-in-chief Jann Wenner, “We knew we would wipe you out if we could just get a grip."

The article is previewed here.

Happy Beatle New Year: Paul McCartney and his band members tweeted out New Year's wishes to fans Dec. 31. “Happy NEW year! What are your resolutions?,” his Twitter account said. “Happy new year brothers and sisters!,” guitarist Rusty Anderson tweeted. Brian Ray wrote mischevously, “Happy New Year, my lovelies! Yeah yeah yeah, I said it early to beat the traffic. Be safe, but be bad. :-))”

Ringo Starr got his wishes in early. “Happy new year everybody peace and love peace and loveRxx,” his Twitter account posted a few days ago. And Yoko Ono sent out a spirited message. “#GIVEPEACEACHANCE Going through many unexpected changes with incredible difficulty, The Human Race, again, has managed to survive. #IMAGINE We can make it. I love you! yoko N.Y.C. 2013,” went out on her Twitter account with a picture of the Imagine Peace Tower, which was lit for the New Year.

We also received a New Year's wish from Apple recording artist Brute Force. “HAPPY YOU NEAR. There couldn't be a BR TE without U.”

Soon on Netflix: “Good Ol' Freda” will be on Netflix in early January, the film announced Jan. 1. They said they are also booking more international showings for the first months of the year. The film was released on DVD in early December. If you haven't bought it, what are you waiting for?

TV alert: Kevin Howlett, author of “The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970,” talks about his work restoring the BBC recordings for “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2” on tonight's (1/1/14) “PBS Newshour.” He says when he came into his work on the BBC material, there was little audio to work with. "I first investigated this material way back at the end 1981 and you could discover all the paperwork related to the Beatles radio programs, what songs they covered, but finding the tapes, that was another matter."A preview on the PBS site has pictures from the book and a few quotes from the interview.

Also on TV tonight: Julian Lennon on NBC's "The Tonight Show." Check local listings for both shows.

New box pics: A couple of new views of “The U.S. Albums” box can be found here. They aren't, as labeled, the first pictures. We had those. We also told you about the promo sampler.

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