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Beatles news: Abbey Road on the River day 3; new books; deluxe Julian set

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The third day of Abbey Road on the River in Louisville on May 24 included a mini-Wings reunion with Steve Holley and Laurence Juber, who both performed with the Cryers, and a performance by John Sebastian. Other bands performing Saturday included the Beattribes, the Steve Sizemore Band, the Nick Peay Band, Revolution Pie, the Blue Meanies Group and the Norwegian Beatles. Check out the photos by Olivia Anne Morris Fuchs in the slideshow.Olivia Anne Morris Fuchs, who contributed the pictures from the show in the slideshow, told us, "Day Three of Abbey Road on the River was just one magical event after another. There are so many wonderful bands who play this premier American Beatles Festival that to compliment some, unfairly slights the ones omitted. But, some unique and special things always occur.

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"We had a bit of advance notice that it was possible that Laurence Juber would join The Cryers who had Steve Holley sitting in on the kit at one of their sets. That really did happen. To see two of the driving forces of some of the most wonderful music ever made by the Wings Band, Laurence Juber and Steve Holley, again on one stage enjoying the experience with laughter, and just total fun indeed was special.

"Gretsch Guitars first presented for auction a G6128T-GH George Harrison Duo Jet guitar which found a new home with a devoted auction winner. Gretsch also sponsored the stage in the Archibald Ballroom where John Sebastian of The Lovin Spoonful held a capacity crown rapt for what seemed like the shortest two hours in recorded memory. Hearing John Sebastian weave the events of those magical days when truly "new" music was emerging from bands like the Beatles and The Lovin Spoonful with stories of his personal encounters was captivating.

"The full set later in the day by Laurence Juber again was to a capacity crowd in the Archibald Ballroom. The evident mastery of the guitar by Laurence as he plays is mesmerizing. The players in the venue were amazed at his finger style virtuosity and emotion woven into his work. His set presented a broad sampling of his works over the years and was joyfully received.

"On to Day Four as we near the dreaded end of another wonderful Abbey Road on the River at the close of Memorial Day on Monday. But we still have John Sebastian and the Beach Boys on Sunday's bill." (Thanks, Olivia.)

Sad connection: Peter Rodger, whose son was the alleged shooter in the tragic events Friday in Isla Vista, CA., has worked in Hollywood in the movie industry and has been mentioned as assistant director of “The Hunger Games.” But according to IMDB.com, he was also director for a 2009 documentary called “Oh My God,” that featured interviews with celebrities and people from all walks of life who were asked to explain their views on God. One of those interviewed was none other than Ringo Starr.

Julian Lennon deluxe set: Recordstore.co.uk is taking preorders for a deluxe signed Julian Lennon “Everything Changes” box set. Due in October, the set includes CD and vinyl versions of the released album, an acoustic CD version, an instrumental CD, the “Through the Picture Window” DVD, a booklet and a certificate of authenticity signed by Julian. (Thanks to Ian Swan.)

More books coming: There are lots of Beatles books coming later this year, but here are two to watch for. Coming in September is “Where's Ringo?: The Story of the Beatles in 20 Visual Puzzles” by Andrew Grant Jackson and David Ryan Robinson, a take on the “Where's Waldo?” idea with 20 puzzles based on the Beatles story. Cute idea.

Also in September is Hunter Davies' latest Beatles book, “The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music.” Not just another book of print lyrics, Davies' book will feature pictures of the original manuscripts in the Beatles' handwriting.

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