Signed ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Beatles album rockets past predicted auction price

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A copy of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" autographed by all four Beatles up for auction has already surpassed its estimated price by tens of thousands of dollars, The Associated Press reports.

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Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies at 92

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With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over nearly a century.

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A fresh look at music’s biggest icons

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Joe Smith, a former Boston DJ who signed the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix among others, has donated more than 200 hours of interviews with rock and jazz artists to the Library of Congress. He conducted over 200 hours of interviews on tape. As you’ll hear from the stars, they helped fill in some blank spots in modern music history.

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Rejected Beatles audition tape to go up for auction

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The Beatles audition tape rejected by a record label executive in arguably the biggest blunder in pop history has resurfaced and will go on sale at a London auction next week.

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John Lennon’s killer denied parole for seventh time

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John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said.

Chapman, 57, was denied parole by a three-member board after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said Thursday. The transcript of his latest hearing wasn’t immediately released.

It was 55 years ago today … that John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time

Friendships come, friendships go. But 55 years ago today, two young British men met, and it’s not overstating things to say they changed the world.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon met for the first time on July 6, 1957, at the St. Peter Church Fete in Woolton, Liverpool, England. Lennon was playing in his band, the Quarry Men, and a mutual friend and sometimes bandmate, Ivan Vaughan, brought McCartney along and introduced the two.

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