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Beatles news: Ringo for sale; McCartney photo book goes digital

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The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which is about to close its “Ringo: Peace and Love” exhibit after being on display since last year, announced April 23 it is selling the double-sided banners that were seen around Los Angeles during its run. The banners are available through the museum, which is offering a $50 discount with the promotion code RINGOMEMBERPRICE.

In addition, Gary Astridge, who has been working on organizing, preserving and securely storing Ringo's drumkits and was responsible for handling and documenting two of the drumkits during the Ringo exhibit, will appear at the museum on the exhibit's final day at 11 a.m. April 27 to discuss his work. Admission is free, but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, e-mail membership@grammymuseum.org with “Peace & Love” in the subject line.

Everest” filmmaker award: MacGillivray Freeman Films, which produced the 1998 documentary “Everest” that was narrated by Liam Neeson and featured music by George Harrison, is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs from April 24 through May 1.

McCartney photo book digital: Bob Gannon's wonderful book of up-close Paul McCartney concert photos, “Paul McCartney: A Fan's Eye View,” is now available through iTunes for a much cheaper price than the print edition. Bob announced the new availablity recently.

Clapton-Harrison collaboration goes Hybrid SACD: Eric Clapton's “Journeyman” album, which features George Harrison, Chaka Khan, Daryl Hall, Robert Cray, Phil Collins and others, will be released on Hybrid SACD in May. The CD was produced by Jill Dell'Abate and Russ Titelman and mastered by Steve Hoffman.

New Beatlefan: Beatlefan #207, just out, pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of "The Beatles' Second Album" with an article about its history from Beatles historian Bruce Spizer. Other features include interviews with authors Chuck Gunderson and Mark Lewisohn, and Rick Glover on how Beatlemania conquered America's newsstands in 1964. A sample issue costs $7 in the U.S. or $10 abroad. You can get a sample copy or request the new issue from P.O. Box 33515, Decatur GA 30033.

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