News Round-Up: The Beatles, Paul Weller

The Beatles Let It Be

Our recap of the stories we featured during the past seven days includes some major reissues for The Beatles and Paul Weller.

The forthcoming film from Peter Jackson – The Beatles: Get Back – looks set to be a restorative process in more ways than just through its digitally enhanced tape.

And as it prepares to shine a new perspective on the behind the scenes footage for the original Get Back project which came to be known as a document of a band falling apart at the seams, the opportunity has been taken to update (again) the album which would eventually prove to be the Fab Four’s swansong at the start of 1970.

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The Courteeners will mark 15 years since their first gig with a tour of the UK during November.

The ‘Whites Of Their Eyes’ tour is to start at the Engine Shed in Lincoln on November 15th, and will stay up north for most of its run before ending at the Brixton Academy in London.

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The brief, understated tributes left by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger to Charlie Watts are the perfect eulogies to a man who, for six decades, had quietly pinned the success of The Rolling Stones together.

Finally solving a problem position in the pair’s fledgling blues band, Watts’ jazz style and unique backbeat would prove to be the much needed glue as that group moved from those sixties London clubs to the centre of the British invasion, and later the stadium rock boom of the 1970s, with upheaval, loss and even tragedy along the way; throughout it all, his expression always unmoved, his cynicism for fame and rock star cliche unchanged.

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Paul Weller by Sandra Vijandi

Paul Weller by Sandra Vijandi

Paul Weller’s sixth solo record llumination and its immediate predecessor, the acoustic double live album Days Of Speed, are being reissued by Craft Recordings on October 15th.

Released into the barren years for vinyl, llumination featured a guest appearance from Noel Gallagher, as well as Carleen Anderson, Jocelyn Brown and Kelly Jones, and went to number one in the UK in September 2002.

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The death of Don Everly, the last surviving member of The Everly Brothers, at his home in Nashville has been announced by the Rock & Roll pioneer’s family.

“Don lived by what he felt in his heart,” their statement reads. “Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams with his soulmate and wife, Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother.”

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Arlo Parks and Fontaines D.C. took home the big album prizes from this year’s AIM Awards ceremony, which was hosted remotely in London last week.

Parks’ debut Collapsed In Sunbeams won Best Independent Album, while Fontaines D.C.’s A Hero’s Death was recognised with the Best (Difficult) Second Album award.

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